About Selva Grill

1345 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
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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.”

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Peruvian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm

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

Catering:
Bring a touch of Selva's foods and culture to your next event. They provide a unique catering experience to satisfy any event from weddings to intimate social gatherings.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking located across the street.

Executive Chef:
Ysacc Sanchez

Private Party Facilities:
On and off premises private parties

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

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Selva Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5

We had a party of 8. They had our table ...

vip
Dined 3 days ago

We had a party of 8. They had our table ready with our reservation. This place was a little pricey, but great food quality and presentation. The ceviche was a standout along with the fish dishes. The desserts were sized for two people and amazing.

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Put this on Your List

Dined 6 days ago

Just read all of the favorable reviews on all of the review sites and assume they were all understated because we couldn't find the words to describe the food. This is the absolute best meal I have had in Sarasota. I have been here three times since 1/1/16 and every meal is outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience3
service2

It was our second visit, this time we ha ...

Dined 7 days ago

It was our second visit, this time we had 6 in our party. Here we go, there was no valet as described, so we drove around the block several times till we found a spot. Not a huge deal but if you advertise valet, you should have valet. Then it started with the water, tasted like really bad tap water full of cancer, full of chemicals. Something out of an old hose. Have to give it to them on the appetizers they were great, thumbs up. Last time we went we had the seabass and rack of lamb, it was excellent, this time we tried something different and thumbs way down. I think without the seabass and lamb they don't have much left. Short ribs tasted like they were out of the microwave and the salmon plate was never finished or barley continued. There's more but I have wasted enough time. Worth the visit but not multiple times

food4
ambience3
service2

Very poor service this evening. No apolo ...

Dined 7 days ago

Very poor service this evening. No apologies, no recognition that the starters took close to 40 minutes.

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Great restaurant

Dined on April 20, 2016

This is my favorite restaurant in Sarasota. A little pricey but worth it. The service is always good and I have yet to be disappointed by food. My out of town guests love it.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Pleasant Surprise

Dined on April 19, 2016

We wanted a restaurant where we could have a light meal before a show at the Van Wesal. Our waiter was great - made excellent suggestions and explained the various dishes. The presentation and the food itself was outstanding! We ate outside.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious!

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

As always, we had a delicious meal. Our server was excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Enjoyed our dinner and had very good service.

Dined on April 16, 2016

Very good for that special dinner before an evening at the theater in Sarasota. We did not feel rushed in order to make the curtain time. One of the better restaurants of equal value in the area. We highly recommend Selva for a memorable dinning experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
food4
ambience3
service3

Starter meals were great. Restaurant was ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

Starter meals were great. Restaurant was very loud and a little cramped. Food was quality. I don't think I'd go on weekend again though.

food5
ambience5
service5

The ceviche was excellent as usual - als ...

Dined on April 15, 2016

The ceviche was excellent as usual - also had salad and bouillabaisse for the first time - and thought it was great !!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great For Foodies!!

Dined on April 14, 2016

I'm a restaurant owner in another Florida city across the state, and I'm "A Foodie". Loved this restaurant. Everything was special, the vast choice of Ceviches, the Paella, the service. I had not heard much about this restaurant and found it on Yelp, and I almost went back the last night, (and probably should have). Selva was the best of my 3 dinner outs of my 3 day trip. Highly recommend. Our server was Michi, or something like that. She was VERY good in every way, so nice.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Great every time

vip
Dined on April 13, 2016

The skirt steak at Selva Grill is the best- we can never order anything else!! It is superbly prepared. Cocktails are great as well. This is a great spot for first date, night with friends or family, business dinner, and beyond. The excellence is in the consistency.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Never disappointed

Dined on April 12, 2016

Two couples went to Selva Grill before going the FlA Studio Theater. We were on a time schedule. The food that we ordered was delicious, beautifully presented and we got out on time, thanks to the waiter.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

RJ

Dined on April 12, 2016

First time at Selva's. Instead of Flemings or Roys--where we often go--I took my wife to Selva's for her birthday, and we were not disappointed! Best presentation of food on a plate we have ever seen, i.e., each plate was a work of art. AND the food was terrific. We thoroughly ejoyed the Skirt Steak and the Lamb Chops. We have added Silva to our regular list of fine dining!

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

Great meal. Always good at Selva Grill. ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

Great meal. Always good at Selva Grill. Very consistent food, presentation and service.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and great service. Maggie, ou ...

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

Great food and great service. Maggie, our server, was very attentive.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Outstanding

Dined on April 4, 2016

I took two business clients who are foodies to dinner. They were blown away by the creativity of the dishes. The Chilean sea bass was cooked and plated beautifully and the combination of sauces and spice were simply outstanding. The ahi tuna/watermelon appetizer was a hit as well. My guests rated the meal in their top 10.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Wonderful Sea Bass

Dined on April 3, 2016

The Chilean Sea Bass was wonderful! Good wine, nice ambiance, a little pricey, but worth the expense.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome

Dined on April 2, 2016

I cannot find another restaurant in Sarasota that comes close to Selva. The food is excellent!! We tried the snapper dish this visit and were blown away. The sea bass was also awesome. I can't wait to go back!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

'Simply the best restaurant in town'

Dined on April 2, 2016

I have been coming to Selva Grill for many years whenever I am in the region and have also brought many of my visiting friends there for dinner. The food and service are ALWAYS at the same high level and the selection of (Malbec) wines is outstanding. It is every time a special occasion to return to the place.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service4

Tough steaks. .. one of their signature ...

Dined on April 1, 2016

Tough steaks. .. one of their signature dishes!

food5
ambience5
service5

Truly THE BEST RESTAURANT IN SARASOTA! ...

Dined on March 29, 2016

Truly THE BEST RESTAURANT IN SARASOTA! Selva has wonderful food, beautifully presented. The managers Jeremy and Aldo oversee all facets of running a great restaurant. The servers and assistants are professionals! Charming, knowledgeable and make the dining experience special. Patty Miller

food4
ambience3
service4

Selva delivers every time. Dependable. E ...

vip
Dined on March 29, 2016

Selva delivers every time. Dependable. Excellent menu and preparation.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great place, dinner was excellent

Dined on March 27, 2016

Great place, dinner was excellent

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

selva

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

beautiful ly run restaurant. especially good were the tuna & watermelon serviche, and the special scallop. for the main course, the duck was very tender, and the 8 lamb chops very succulent. service is fine without being overly attentive.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

As usual, the food was impeccable and th ...

Dined on March 26, 2016

As usual, the food was impeccable and the service was excellent! The lamb is one of the best lamb dishes I've ever had and the tuna ceviche was delightful!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic restaurant! Great tasting food ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

Fantastic restaurant! Great tasting food and outstanding presentation!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

The service was the best part of this me ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

The service was the best part of this meal! Food was quite good, and the presentation was excellent.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

IMHO--The best in town

Dined on March 22, 2016

We come to Sarasota every year for a month and have been to Selva's Grill every yr for the last 4 years and have never been disappointed. This year they took my fav, the veal chop, off the menu much to my dismay but the paella was a great substitute.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value2

very good

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

We sat on the patio with the heaters and it was very nice. We enjoyed the ceviche, Spanish chopped Caesar salad and my short ribs with asparagus and requested plantains. My husband did not love his swordfish special - plus it was way too expensive (we forgot to ask how much it cost before we ordered). Overall, though, the food presentation was quite impressive and it's definitely a nice restaurant.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Very good as always

Dined on March 21, 2016

Another enjoyable evening at Selva Grill. The food was excellent and the service was attentive and very friendly. One of my favorites in Sarasota. It never misses.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service4

Three of the four items that we ordered ...

vip
Dined on March 21, 2016

Three of the four items that we ordered were cloying sweet. My husband's shrimp ceviche appetizer was drowning in orange sauce, and the highly recommended flank steak came atop fried plantains that were worthy of a famous New Orleans dessert Bananas Foster. My dishes, although also contained a sweet component, were interesting and palatable. I loved the tuna-watermelon starter and the Chilean Sea Bass. If you come to Selva Grill, be a sure to bring your sweet tooth.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Selva Grill was definitely on their game ...

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Selva Grill was definitely on their game. Service and food was outstanding.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4

Excellent creative food. Among the best ...

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Excellent creative food. Among the best restaurants in Sarasota.

food5
ambience5
service5

The food preparation, delivery, quality ...

Dined on March 19, 2016

The food preparation, delivery, quality and presentation are just about the best you'll find...anywhere. This is a destination spot and if you're in the area you should make a point to eat here. You will not be disappointed.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Never disappoints

Dined on March 18, 2016

We were once again, very happy with our dining experience at Selva. This was our 4th or 5th time here. It is consistently good

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

One of the best in Sarasota

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

We really like Selva Grill. We go there whenever we can. I have reviewed it before but would still go back any time. Love the drinks and the food. The service is very good. It is a wonderful restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

The best so far in Sarasota Fish dishes ...

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

The best so far in Sarasota Fish dishes where perfect Would be a regular if I lived here

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent

Dined on March 16, 2016

This was our second visit and it didn't disappoint! We love fine dining and the cultural twist and complex flavours and presentation were exceptional! The ceviches were to die for (we've tried many and loved them all!). We ordered the red snapper on both visits and loved more each time. This is truly an amazing dish. Last visit was black cod and this visit was Mahi-Mahi and Shrimp duo. Both of those were good but didn't blow us away as much as all other courses. The Selva Mojito was delicious and both desserts rich delectable treats... chocolate mousse and peach bread pudding with an UN-believable caramel sauce to go with it. The service was perfect, and the ambiance romantic, but a bit dark for pictures and easy to miss some of the details in the plating!! We will absolutely be back but along with our red snapper favorite I think we will try a meat dish for a change. Ceviche as appetizer of course and ANY one of their amazing desserts(share because they a re huge!)

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience3
service4

Great vibrant restaurant. Very loud and ...

vip
Dined on March 16, 2016

Great vibrant restaurant. Very loud and happening. Scallop, tuna tartare and wahoo were the stars. Paella was outstanding too.

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