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“Peruvian in Sarasota”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Selva Grill

Selva Grill
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Ranked #17 of 1,029 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Peruvian, Latin, Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Main St. & Palm Ave.
Santa Monica, Ca
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113 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Peruvian in Sarasota”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

Great food and service. The menu is varied - the traditional ceviches and starter tapas were really well done and the main dishes were excellent as was dessert. Great wine list too. I think overall the restaurant is a 4.5 but since that's not a choice I upgraded it.

Visited February 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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233 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Peruvian Fusion at its Best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

We saw so many items on the menu that interested us, we decided to share 5 small plates. The first was the special tuna cerviche. It was fresh and full of flavor. We proceeded with the La Buena Causa consisting of lump crab, cilantro infused potato salad, avocado and a ricoto aioli. The combination of flavors was astonishing. Next, the Crab Spring Roll in a crispy jacket rather than the lettuce we are accustomed to. What’s a meal without Truffle Parmesan Fries. YUM! Our last plate was Picante de Camarooms, a soupy shrimp dish with a bit of heat from the piri-piri sauce.
The only negative was the tables should have been tuned to allow couples the hold hands. It was Valentine’s Day, The young couple next to us did turn their table to shorten the distance between them. The ambience was conducive to a fine dining experience. Outside seating is available and Reservations a must. Valet parking is available across the street.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank SeanorLike2Eat
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New York
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401 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Our server made things right”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Five of us had an early dinner reservation. The restaurant has a great contemporary design, with a wall mural that continuously changes color, and the front open to the fresh air (with heaters outside for those who are brave enough to dine al fresco during the cooler winter evenings). Unfortunately, there must have been a mix-up and nobody was assigned to serve our table right in the middle of the restaurant! After about 15 minutes I called this to the attention of one of the wait staff and he come back ready to help us out. From that point forward it was smooth sailing. He was great, the food was excellent (we had the salmon, paella, snapper, all very nice and beautifully presented), and everyone had a wonderful time. The only issue I'll raise, and the one reason it's not the best rating, is because one of us has an allergy to soy and that's all they use. This is the cheapest oil (and hydrogenated soybean oil has potential health issues) and the only work-around for them was for the kitchen to prepare a fish and sides with butter. This was disappointing for an otherwise nice restaurant and also delayed our service further. To the waiters credit, he did his best and even offered two complementary deserts, which was appreciated.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank skgbos
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Sarasota, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The Best in Sarasota....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

Hurrah - Sarasota finally has a five star restaurant with excellent....everything! I had the spring rolls, Caeser salad, the snapper, and cheesecake for dessert. My companion had the skirt steak and loved it. We felt like we were in NYC at an upper East-side "in" spot. The atmosphere was just right and thankfully, not Sarasota-style casual (tee-shirt and shorts). We'll be going here on a regular basis. Please don't close down!!!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank BobW516
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Sarasota, Florida
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great food and fun atmosphere.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

My first experience was a dinner celebrating a work colleague's birthday. The servers were knowledgeable, friendly and fun! The food was great and the vibe was upbeat. Questions about the menu were explained and a sample was even offered to a friend who was unsure about a dish. All in all, we had a great time and enjoyed the evening. Since that time, I have introduced my husband and friends to Selva. We have enjoyed the restaurant every time!

  • Visited January 2014
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