Arterra
Arterra

Arterra

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.arterrarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8583696032
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday, 6:30am - 10:30am, Saturday & Sunday 7:00am-11:30am. Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:00pm. Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm-9:30pm. Dinner Closed Sunday Bar: 11:30am - midnight. Special bar menu from 2:00pm - 11:00pm. Sushi Bar: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm. Happy Hour Specials Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Wills
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Live Music Wednesday through Saturday, 6:30PM-10:30PM

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet and self parking available.
A word from Arterra
Arterra™, meaning “art of the earth,” serves American food accented with an eclectic blend of over 300 American wines. The distinctive atmosphere of Arterra evokes a comfortable yet elegant feel with the exhibition kitchen displaying a perfect view of the chefs at work. Arterra specializes in contemporary seasonal cuisine that reflects the diversity of American cooking culture: updated, refined and intensely flavorful. Produce, meats, poultry, fish, game and other products are harvested or hand-selected by local ranchers, farmers and fishermen exclusively for Arterra.
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Arterra reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (12)good for groups (8)fit for foodies (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)neighborhood gem (2)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)romantic (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great for lunch meetings
    LizThomps
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Located near the Carmel Valley/ Del Mar Heights business park, Arterra is a great spot for a lunch time business meeting. The food is the best in the area, and the staff is accommodating when you are on a tight time frame. I come here frequently with coworkers or business contacts and always opt for a salad with added salmon or seared ahi. I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Bar and Patio were more popular
    KathylynneVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was my first time at this restaurant. It seems most people hang out and eat in the Bar and Patio area where they have a nice sushi and appetizer menu. We sat in the dining room because we didn't realize this and you can order from all 3 menus there, sushi, appetizers and dinner. However, the restaurant was sparsely populated with two single diners and one two top, probably staying in the hotel for business. In retrospect, I think we would have enjoyed the Bar and Patio area better as it was more casual and energetic. Although we only ordered sushi, it was fresh and delicious. The dining menu was simple with about 8 options, including meat, fish, and pasta.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • disappointing
    LocalReviewerVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This is the 2nd time Arterra has disappointed us in the past 5 months. Not worth the $$ really. Soup was too salty, clearly a packaged one. Chicken leg confits were actually chicken wings, very dried ones. Service was super slow. And as for the view over the Hwy... overall very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surf858
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The cheddar burgers are really perfect, juicy delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Great farm to table food
    mbx2
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Had choices we all enjoyed. Have a drastic food allergy and there were choices I was good with.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Excellent Food!
    Jaxx
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    All 4 entrees were cooked to perfection and tasted absolutely wonderful (everyone shared!) The lobster mac n cheese was delicious and could have made an entree on its own. Fantastic meal all around!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    DoctorCee
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The manager Tracy made sure our visiting guests/physicians from China were well taken care of. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    DoctorCee
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 251 reviews are from the Arterra reviews archive.
  • not impressed
    Rong
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I found the Arterra not up to my expectation of outstanding Marriott food and service. It was really loud and the food was not much better than a coco's experience at 3 times the price. It was good but not great.
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  • So so
    RCD2253
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    If I were staying at the hotel the restaurant would be fine, but wouldn't go out of my way for it. I had pasta primavera which was not good, my husband the steak salad and my friend the lamb shank. No one came close to wanting to finish their plate. Dining room is very cold, tiled floors make it feel like a cafeteria. Only one server made for is service. Would not recommend or go back.
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  • Great food
    Anthony
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was excellent and service was above average. Only complaint would be that meal was a bit overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and Delectable!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A fantastic evening filled with superb delicacies, caring servers, and romantic tables served up on Valentine's Day!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, but quite loud
    Joc1977
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    We went for restaurant week and the food and service was great, but the noise level was quite loud. It was hard to have a conversation with the two ladies I was with. Overall it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not very good
    DelMarBill
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Very poor service. Could have been the night we were there. Food was just ok, nothing special. Thought it was not a good value.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Phil
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The food choices were very good for myself and three guests. Service was very good. I found the noise level on a Friday evening too distracting. Overall will recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We live in the neighborhood
    Local
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We live in the neighborhood and love coming here for lunch, dinner or just for a glass of wine
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    A good place for a business meeting, convenient, and nice setting. Food is good and service attentive. Predictable Marriott Quality/
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, service was poor
    critic
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Food was very good. Service was very bad. The acoustics are terrible. The sound bounces off the stone floors and walls. This place needs softness such as carpeting and linen tablecloths to absorb the sound. There was in appropriate live music in the bar area - some guy playing the guitar in flip flops and shorts. This is not appropriate for a fine dining restaurant. The wine by the glass list is totally uneventful. On a good note, the food was delicious. However, the terrible service (due to the fact that only one server was on the floor) negated all the positive aspects of our dining experience.
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  • Meh.
    sdGALVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    The menu reads better than the actual food. I ordered the salad with the pom vinaigrette. Overall it was good but it was overdressed so the lettuce leaves very wet and sloppy and it caused the dressing to seem too sweet. But I think the dressing would have been perfectly balanced in taste if the salad wasn't overdressed. The osso bucco was promising and extremely fragrant upon delivery. I prefer my osso bucco a bit more tender and not garnished with freshly chopped rosemary which was overwhelming and really overpowered the delicate butternut risotto which was cooked perfectly. If these dishes were executed with a more deft hand, I would recommend this restaurant is Fit for Foodies. At this time, it is not. Table service was spotty.
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  • Was I surprised
    tilesVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    THis place used to be a great neighborhood gem. Great food, service, vibrant. We went their for a family birthday dinner and were extremely disappointed. From service (a new waiter nervous as heck), menu choices were not what we expected yet pretty pricey. Food was so so. Wifes salmon was dry and overcooked. Ordered a desert for the table and it took forever. Mentioned it to the waiter and he said it would come out of the oven soon. When it finally arrived the bottom was burned and it wasnt the desert I ordered. Will not be back - too many choices for this price point
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  • Ordered a glass of viognier
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Ordered a glass of viognier and was brought chardonnay "from same brand" as if that was automatically ok (though when I questioned, server offered to bring something else). Limited menu, food quality ok but nothing special. Very high noise level from lounge precludes comfortable dinner conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hotel restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    The short ribs (osso bucco) was tender but didn't have the deep flavor that slow cooking gives it. Seasoning was understated, and the side that was surrounding the meat was also short on flavor. Lobster mac and cheese was full of lobster chunks, but again flavor of the cheese was a little bland. Grilled scallops actually were excellent, good seasonings and prepared to a tenderness that rivaled sushi quality. The sushi roll with the spicy tuna and shrimp was excellently prepared with a nice chili kick. Overall, food was good, not bad for a hotel dining experience. But for the quality, I found the dishes about 25% overpriced as listed, meaning I can find this quality of food in most San Diego restaurants for less.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice for a business meeting
    JG22
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Great food and ambiance....very conducive to a low key business meeting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Less than thrilled.
    kvol
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Went in with a group of my friends to celebrate a birthday. When I made the reservation I noted this and while I was not looking for any give-aways, acknowledging this would have been appropriate. The food was just okay, nothing over the top. We felt very rushed by the server especially after we finished dinner when he brought over the check to us before asking if we were interested in dessert. In addition, acoustics were horrible and when we arrived at 7:30pm the music from the bar was making it difficult to hear the guests at my table. Overall I was looking forward to the experience and in the end we all felt disappointed. If in the area I might go back but honestly, don't feel I will go out of my way again to dine here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs More Selections
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    The menu at lunch needs more selections...there was no pure fish plate available.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious fancy food!
    Vacationgirl98
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Although on the pricey side the food was uniquely delicious and very imaginative! The service was outstanding & the staff was friendly. We made our reservation ahead of time & we were seated immediately. The food is what my husband calls "fancy" so it was perfect for our anniversary! Portions were adequate and wine list extensive. Expensive but worth the money.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Too my mother to Arterra for Mother's Day. The buffet was way overpriced and the food was mediocre. I was disappointed with the service as well as the quality of food. It was subpar and not worth the ridiculous amount of money I spent for three. I will no longer be going to Arterra, nor will I recommend the restaurant to anyone. Very disappointed.
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  • Arterra service wanting
    JimMVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2013
    The food was not great. My cuban was tolerable but my companion's steak salad was inedible. What killed me was the service. We waited for over 30 minutes to get our food after we ordered. I have avoided Arterra of late because of the terrible service. The manager I spoke with was kind enough to comp our lunch and that will earn them one last chance to impress me. I am not sanguine about the outcome.
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  • Typical hotel bar restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Typical hotel bar restaurant. Decent scotch and sushi is all that saves this place
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  • It has been a while since
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    It has been a while since we went there. But the food got really good. It was a little too noisy...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very average. Went for restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    Very average. Went for restaurant week and the main course was good, but not on the regular menu (sea bass). Appetizer was also good - bacon wrapped dates. Dessert was just ok. Restaurant was loud. Wine list is not very good and a bit pricey.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was slow although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    The service was slow although the restaurant was not full and there was plenty of staff. The room was noisy and cold. The food was only average for a high priced restaurant. We were a party of seven and no one was overly fond of the entire dining experience. We dine out often hand have varied food tastes but overall were disappointed. We tried this spot for restaurant week to see if we would enjoy the experience but were not happy with our food adventure.
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  • Great for dinner
    nanakiye
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    This is a restaurant week review. I could not get enough of the lobster "mac n cheese." The quotes are appropriate as it was made of orzo pasta but it was truffle oil goodness. The lamb on farro entree was a generous portion and very well prepared. The seafood garganelli was satisfying as well. Desserts, though beautifully presented, fell flat. The oreo cheesecake had a stale, gummy texture and the chocolate cake was reminiscent of a Little Debbie cake.
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  • Not impressed
    BrunchloverVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Food was good , but not great. The salmon was very fishy. Good business meeting place. I took my boyfriend for his birthday, but wouldn't go back again.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    The food and service were great. I always feel welcome at Arterra!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • New Years Eve dinner at Arterra
    Mark
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Good service, excellent food in a very warm relaxed but upscale atmosphere
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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  • I read the reviews before
    love2dineVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    I read the reviews before I scheduled a lunch after the movies with my girlfriend so I was hesitant because the reviews were not good. To my surprise, the food was excellent! The lobster macaroni and cheese was one of the best dishes I have had in recent years! It was listed as an appetizer but our server told us it was large so he advised us to split it. It was large enough to make a very good entree if one preferred. The sandwches we had as entress were large and delicious, nicely presented. My only criticism would be the furniture which looked old and the view out of the windows of all of the construction taking place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seems to be going downhill a bit
    techshark
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    It seems to have gone down hill since the last time we were there. Our first table could not be made to be level and the restaurant looked kind of dingy. The food was fine and the services was good.
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  • Still one of the better spots
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2012
    Still one of the better spots locally for business lunch. Menu not as good as it was in the Bradley Ogden / Carl Schroder days.
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  • Disappointing
    MaggieOVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    Arterra used to be one of our favorites but we've not been in a few years so we decided to try it for restaurant week on Monday. We knew something had changed when we walked in at 6:45 & there was one other table in the restaurant. NEVER a good sign even on a Monday night. We were seated but not given the restaurant week menu which was provided reluctantly when we asked. My husband ordered a Tanqueray and Tonic & the server asked if he wanted it up or over ice. The appetizers were good as were the entrees but the dessert was a disaster. We both ordered the peach cobbler. When it arrived its was a luke warm heap of tateless limp pears w a dry crust sprinkled on top. It was so tepid the rock hard tasteless ice cream wouldn't even melt
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