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“Spacious seating and good menu choices”
Review of Selba - CLOSED

Selba
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Stafford
Manakin Sabot, Virginia
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Spacious seating and good menu choices”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

You can have conversations at this restaurant without participating unintended with those of your fellow diners. My first visit was with a party of six and other than the automatic add of 15% which I think should be for larger parties, and usually ensures mediocre service. Service here was fine, though our knowledgeable waiter had a bit of an attitude you find us not typical of gentile Richmond. Everyone enjoyed their meal. My swordfish was spot on, oddly two of the ladies in the group were the only ones who went for fillet mignon, which were cooked to their requested levels. The braised short rib was reported as succulent and tasty without having excessive fat and a BBQ brisket got two thumbs up too. Another fish dish - I can't recall which - was also approved as excellent. Wine list was broad enough in varietals for anyone with several familiar friends listed.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank d4bob
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English first
Richmond, Virginia, United States
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97 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Valentines Day Special Menu & Evening!”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We made late reservations, 9 PM due to a conflict; thought this could be a mistake but not for Selba! We were greeted and served as if the evening were still young! A three course pre fixe menu including wine pairings was presented: 3 first course options, 5 main course options and 3 dessert options all for $55! We chose the poached oysters with trimmings, the arugula, candied spiced pear, goat cheese, pecan, slightly sweet, perfect vinaigrette; Maine salmon in a fabulous preparation with interesting accompaniments, filet mingion with chili pepper, mole and Swiss chard followed by vanilla citrus creme brulee (delicately flavored and sooo creamy, and a Neapolitan layered flaked pastry that featured strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate mouse on a bed of chocolate. The wine pairings were carefully chosen, a souvenir with the arugula pear salad, a petite grenache with the beef, and Santa Barbara Chardonnay with the salmon; with the desserts a blanc de blanc with notes of vanilla.
A piano played at the perfect volume with lovely selections. We could not have been more delighted with the chef's selections, the service and the entire experience. We look forward to returning to Selba! Thank you for a memorable Valentines Day!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank SLKj
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Richmond
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150 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A Nice Addition to the Fan”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Just had dinner at Selba. This is a nice addition to the Fan. It is a large venue with two dining rooms and a small third room, which can be closed off for private dining. There is a smoking lounge which is closed off, although the door could be tighter. There is a nice long bar with some two top tables. The service is good and attentive. We found the food very good, although the items were fairly tame. My one complaint is that the front dining room is very loud. There is not much sound absorption and the piano is nice but adds to the noise.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank FlyRight
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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88 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Nice for drinks and appetizers”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

last night a group of about 20 visited Selba for a drink and appetizer before dinner. They were expecting us and were very accomodating. The owner made time to come and chat. We had flatbread pizza, veggie egg rolls with pineapple remoulade, and pita and their own crispy, salty, herby pumpkin seed crackers with a variety of hummus and dips. All were tasty and a good time was had by all.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Linda T
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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118 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“great food and ambiance”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

we had Sunday brunch here and the food was very tastey. The menu is a tad eclectic--which makesit fun. We got a pitcher of mimosas--which was mostly ice. Friends got a pticher of bloody mary's--also mostly ice. I had a savory french toast with a lemon syrup topping. It was so good. My friend got chicken and waffles--served with hot maple syrup. The chicken and waffles was a huge portion whereas my french toast was a normal size portion. There was piano music in the background. We did not sit in the garden room as our group was too large. The garden room is beautiful with "tifffany" lamps and beautiful flora.If you are there with 4 or less people request the garden room.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank reescares
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