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About Selva Grill

Selva offers innovative, intricately prepared dishes, plated and presented as works of art. Selva has earned raves from all
over the world, including from the New York Times, which write that Selva is “serving possibly the best food in Sarasota,”
and that “everything on the menu is worth trying.”

1345 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Peruvian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -1:00am

Cross Street:
Main St. & Palm Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 362-4427

Website:
http://www.selvagrill.com/

Entertainment:
see website for special events

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet provided by city, Thurs -Sat located across the street.

Executive Chef:
Ysacc Sanchez

Private Party Facilities:
On premises private parties

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Selva Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (73)
Good for a Date (69)
Fit for Foodies (65)
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Special Occasion (59)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Great for Outdoor Dining (40)
Hot Spot (34)
Worth the Drive (34)
Romantic (32)
Authentic (30)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Fun (23)
Tapas (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Business Meals (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Happy Hour (18)
Local Ingredients (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Late-night Find (17)
People Watching (17)
Casual (14)
Healthy (14)
Cozy (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Spicy (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Seasonal (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Great restaurant; our go to! It never disappoints! We had a great wait staff and management was very nice. Michelle, thank you!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Michelle was excellent, very attentive but not hovering - very timely. The Ahi Tuna and Shrimp Spring Roll was exceptional. The New York Strip was a New York Strip, nothing out of the ordinary or unique but well prepared. The Tangerine Crush cocktail was excellent, the Jalapeno Margaritas excellent as well (don't get a seed and don't bite on it unless you like very hot). Drove over from east coast for my son's birthday and to meet his girlfriend. Selva's fit the occasion extremely well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had one of the best seafood meals we have ever had! It was fresh, perfectly prepared and delicious! The service was excellent and we had a wonderful time celebrating our friend’s retirement.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great choice of ceviche and original appetizers and entrees. Wonderfully prepared and delicious food — all 4 of us thought so.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!
I have dined here 5 times and all 5 times it has been EXCELLENT!
Blake our waiter was excellent too!
Every time I come to Sarasota I dine here:)

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Always delicious- Chilean sea bass

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We started with the short rib spring rooks and the empanadas. Botwe were superb. Likewise, the sea bass entree was delicious. We have been here many times before but this is our first review. Every meal has been perfection.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our second dinner at the Selva Grill and this time was better than the first (which was fantastic!!!). The martinis were exquisite. The food was cooked perfectly and tasted great with the sauces. The service was excellent: not overly attentive but always there when we needed her. The only distraction was the noise level - hard to hear, we practically had to shout. A tad pricey but definitely well worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

I love the food at Selva! One member of our party ordered duck rare and it came well done. Although they offered to replace the order within 7 minutes, she declined so that she would t be eating when everyone was done. The biggest problem I have with Selva is the noise level! So......try an off night and eat outside on the “porch”!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Have eaten there multiple times. My favorite restaurant in downtown Sarasota. Love the Peruvian food, which is always outstanding. Always go there several times during the opera season. Outstanding place.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The worst dining experience of my life.

This was one of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota. NO MORE. I picked my wife up from the Tampa airport and was looking forward to a wonderful meal at Selva. We were seated in a small side room with 3 small tables and a large table set for 12.

A large party of 16 arrived with more people than the table could hold and people were standing and leaning over my chair as I tried to enjoy my meal. I finally moved around the table to the banquet and squeezed next to my wife so I could hear her and avoid being jostled. It was a disaster.

The boisterous party overtook the small room and our dining experience was totally ruined. It was like sleeping in a double bed with an elephant.

I spoke to the manager and he was belligerent, explaining that the party was going to sit outside and then he needed to reseat them inside in the small room. Then he offered me dessert. Why would I want to extend my misery?

Why would the restaurant subject their guests to an experience like this? Why didn’t they reserve the small room for the large party and seat us in the main dining room? Given the circumstances, why did they accept my reservation? My meal should have been comped. And I will speak with the owner.

Steve P

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was phenomenal as usual. Service was slow and unfriendly and, despite indicating that reservation was for a birthday celebration, there was no acknowledgement of the special occasion.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Selva has got it’s grove back.
Attentive service, serving delicious food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We love Selva Grill. We eat here multiple times during the winter season, often before attending the theatre. The food is different from any other restaurant in town. Check out the menu prior to eating here. We love the variety on the menu, & the beautiful presentation. You can make a meal of the appetizer & salad selections. This is the best Caesar salad you will ever eat, but again, it's a different version from what you would normally expect. The service is always good. We enjoy sitting outside under the covered patio & watching the action go by. It is a high end menu price wise, but worth it for the unusual, but very delicious food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We loved our experience here - great food, drink and service. I was most impressed by the food offerings, quality of the food and presentation. Our server, Debbie, was very friendly and helpful. It was a busy night, so a little stressed, but Debbie was smiley and friendly and helpful since it was our first visit. We loved the Tuna app, Sea Bass, Salmon, and Chicken Dish was excellent!! The hostess was very nice on a very busy night. Small complaint - the bar service was a bit slow...they couldn't keep up with the traffic.

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

There were 4 of us and our first visit. Waitress was very helpful in explaining some of the appetizers and entrees. Great choices, we had 2 sea bass (very flavorful) 1 scallop and 1 chicken. The chicken was a big hit so highly recommend it. We will go again

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was amazing and the service was great. We were served within a reasonable amount of time and were served a special congrats dessert by the staff (Ohio State fans).

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was delicious
Service was amazing
Wine was perfect
Great dining experience

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always a favorite for us. good food, good service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I love the ambience, but the food is what makes Selva so special. It's the kind of food preparation that makes your mouth water. It's a special restaurant and my personal favorite.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a reservation for 2 on NYE. Went into the restaurant after checking out the menu and reading reviews, looked good. We were greated and sat quickly. Our waiter came over to us and the first thing he said was that we had to be out by a certain time for the next seating. It seemed quite rude and unprofessional. We felt rushed before we even looked at the menu. We were also not aware of the “special” NYE menu. It was basically the same menu except every item price was marked up 25% or more. That did not stop us from ordering what we wanted but the quality of the food did not deserve a 25% markup. Paying $50+ for an entree we saw listed online for around $30 didn’t seem right. The rest of the service was good although the timing between courses was fast. We ordered 4 courses with barely any break between. Again we felt rushed. We started with cocktails which were great and had wine with dinner. Not a big selection of wines by the glass but we found one we liked. I would not come back for a holiday dinner or any other day where prices would be marked up. Although the food was good it was not worth the price. I wish we had a better experience for a big holiday dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always our go to in Sarasota. Beautiful atmosphere. Great menu. Terrific service. Made our anniversary really special!

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food and service great as always. Peruvian classics with modern cuisine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The service and the food were outstanding. Can’t wait to go back

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing and our downtown Sarasota favorite!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding in every way. Highly recommended as unique dining experience. Superb.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Cozy, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent evening. Food, service and ambience. Our favorite special restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is one restaurant we count on to be consistent. The meals and service have always been
very good.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Just a fantastic meal. Creative, tasty and superbly done!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The worst experience I have had in a restaurant in years. It took over an hour for our meal to come out of the kitchen. Although the apologies came from the everyone it was just way too much to sit there for over an hour waiting for a meal. It was mediocre at best when it did arrive. Terribly disappointed.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food is always spectacular!
Our waiter was MIA. At first we enjoyed not being rushed but then we wondered if he had left for the night! Our table was not in a good spot. That was disappointing since we booked days before.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wonderful food. Great service

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vip
 (México)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Muy buena comida y servicio

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner for 4. Asked for patio when confirming reservation. Arrived on time and table was not available so we were inside. Very noisy! Waiter not very attentive. Food was good but not great. The paella was disappointing. Skirt steak good as was mahi mahi in coconut sauce. Did not get dessert.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Another delicious meal on Christmas Eve. The food and service was outstanding even though a busy night. Drinks also are made perfectly. The flavors of the entrees are delicious and the ceviche is the best in town.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Spicy Ahi was the best dish of the evening. Duck breast was good. Empanadas, Aji de Gallina Spring Roll, special pork chop and Traditional NY Strip New York Strip, herb butter, truffle parmesan fries were OK. Pot de creme was very good. Third time there. Been there, done that.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We were seated immediately, found us a quiet table off the bar area and server was really good. Menu is always good. hat tip to the Chef! It was a typically busy Friday evening and everything went as planned.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Simply said, Fantastic food. Great service to match!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Absolutely phenomenal food and presentations,great flavors,good decor,and wonderful service. I have extremely high standards and this restaurant by far is one of my favorites on the west coast of Florida. Would definitely recommend for any occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always our favorite in Sarasota.
Never disappointed

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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