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“Gastronomical delight” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Selva Grill

Selva Grill
1345 Main St, Ste D, Sarasota, FL 34236-5600
941-362-4427
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Ranked #39 of 822 restaurants in Sarasota
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Main St. & Palm Ave.
annarbortraveler55
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Gastronomical delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

It turns out we saved the best for last: a night at the opera, but before, dinner at Selva Grill. Our server, Sean, described the specials with such mouth-watering detail that we knew we had to try them.

Appetizers: butternut-squash with lump crab, and crab ceviche on blue tortilla chips - both outstanding. Dinners: we both selected a salmon dish, and neither of us wanted to share. That's always a great sign! If the special is salmon topped with lump crab, on mashed plantain, don't hesitate, it's superb! We were too full for dessert, but they looked scrumptious as well.

I'm a sucker for vertical food presentation, - when your meal looks like art, it feels as if someone really took the time to prepare this dish! Delicious tastes and visual delight are in plenty supply at Selva Grill!

Our server was wonderful - there when you wanted him, but not imposing, enough personality to make you feel like you mattered.

I was surprised at how big the place was - and given that, it's equally amazing how well timed everything was. Our food arrived fast, it was hot, - Selva is a well run restaurant- hats off to the management.

I wouldn't call the atmosphere romantic (thought the meals themselves would be an excellent fit in a smaller, more cozy setting) - but it was very festive.

My only complaint: the music! Really? Some rock and roll kind of music. Yuck - so out of synch with the clientele.. There was an almost exclusive opera crowd in attendance. The average age was no doubt above 65! Change the music to some nice jazz!

Visited March 2013
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Morris, Connecticut
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Good contemporary style grill”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Server was aloof, disinterested, however food was fresh and tasty. Seafood is the best choice here however we enjoyed a delicious option of roasted chicken with fIngerling potatoes and rosemary demi glacé. Appetizer of sweet pea risotto leaned toward a southwestern flair including cilantro... more spicy rather than the expected creaminess... Fine, not spectacular. I had sea bass and although I ordered the Chilean sea bass special they mistakenly delIvered their regular dish... Very good flavor, accompanied by a formed polenta cakelet and sautéed leeks. One appetizer, 2 glasses of Brut Champagne, 2 entrees, total $100 plus tip. Overall good, not notably outstanding .

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Orangeville, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“mmmmm good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Wow - the food here was amazing. From the crab cakes starter to the steak main - simply an explosion of taste! The place was loud - hard to carry on a conversation and the painting on the one wall made me dizzy - but all in all - well worth a visit.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tallahassee, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best seafood ever, and great service too!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

With one small exception, everything we had was completely perfect. Just get the specials and whatever the waiter suggests for dessert. This was truly exceptional in every way, not sure if we have ever had a better meal!

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Colorado
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“It is near the opera & our friend saw the ad in the program.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I ordered the special appetizer & entree...they were just as the waiter said, delicious. We had good service. We told them we had opera tickets & we were out in plenty of time.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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