Cafe Terra Cotta
Cafe Terra Cotta

Cafe Terra Cotta

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeterracottalittleton.com/
  • Phone: 3037946054x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Andy Read
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Exclusive Restaurant Seatings Available for groups of 20 or more. Call for pricing and description
  • Private Party Contact: Levi Pike 3037946054x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Public Transit: Light Rail Station 3 blocks away
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking and Private Lot in Back
A word from Cafe Terra Cotta
Picture yourself dining at one of the most unique hidden jewels of all South Metro. Join us in the elegant yet historic Louthan house in Old Downtown Littleton. Here you will experience a carefully hand picked wine list, a diverse breakfast and lunch menu with a Southwestern flare, and dinner experience that will not soon be forgotten. We look forward to serving you with our best in the near future.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Cafe Terra Cotta reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (78)great for outdoor dining (72)special occasion (49)fit for foodies (45)romantic (42)great for brunch (29)notable wine list (20)great for lunch (18)kid-friendly (5)good for groups (2)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Incredible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We do not go out to eat often and this was a treat for us! We had not been here before, but someone recommended it to us. Great ambiance in an old Littleton house on a quiet street. Food was amazing, melted in your mouth, great presentation. I had the chicken wellington and my husband the hangar steak. Great staff. We were there on a weeknight, so could have been calm compared to weekend. It was a rainy night, so no eating outside, but had lots of outside seating, on the huge front porch or in the garden area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my2cents
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was absolutely great, the atmosphere was great, however the noise level was high. It was not particularly busy but very noisy. Our waiter seemed to be more occupied with being the bar tender than being our waiter, fortunately the waitress handling the table next to us kept our drinks refilled. The feel was very relaxed and the Walleye was very tasty. We will definitely return to try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    akazooey
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent as always. Service was wonderful. We were never rushed. Thank you for a wonderful experience on the rare-occasion date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food ok could be better
    Fudnsvcmatter
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service lacking. Waiter seemed to be flying solo so I'll give him that. But if he had explained that to me, I'd be more forgiving. Not attentive and not engaged with our table but more so with others so the discriminate attentiveness was verbdisappointing. Also, this is tomato season. No reason to be serving hard underripe heirlooms in your caper se Mexicano! Will think twice about returning as prices are comparable to downtown without the wow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lily
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Cafe Terra Cotta is always a good place to go for a meal. The food is different and good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was cold. The duck was tough and dry with burnt corn salsa. The waiter never came to check on our food after it was delivered and he smelled heavily of alcohol. When I made the reservation I told them it was for our son's birthday. They never even acknowledged it. I will never go back because it was a complete waste of money and really made a special occasion unpleasant. I emailed the owners to let them know about the bad experience and they never responded.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wilelyone
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Can't believe this gem has been open for 7 years and we just found it! Monica was our waitress and she made us feel right at home. Service was prompt and with a delightful smile. Having moved from the Great Lakes many years ago we just had to have the Mackerel and it was outstanding. Will definately return...with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cafe Terracotta is not what it was
    Dinesoutalot
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've been loyal semi-regulars to Café Terra Cotta for the past 5 years or so. Until 1-2 years ago it's been a great neighborhood place to go for a nice change of pace with a short yet interesting menu, good wine list and delicious meals. As Café Terracotta has become more popular however, we've noticed the range and quality of the meals has declined and the food seems more bland. It's also extremely noisy inside ("energetic" = noisy), so very difficult to carry on a conversation with others in your group. That said, the wait-staff continues to be very friendly and attentive. We hope our more recent experiences are a temporary blip as Café terracotta offers great potential for a gourmet experience in a friendly neighborhood environment.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dr. Mark Kinard
    markk
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wonderful evening, the portions were substantial; 3 of us had Walleye. The service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for brunch...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Been here for brunch...and now, dinner. Prefer the brunch. Dining experience for dinner was good but not great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful food but very loud--we have been here before, but the night we came was exceptionally noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had great service and the best possible table on the outdoor deck. A very attentive waiter, good wine - but sort of so-so food. Some of us had a very good meal and others not so good. (fish overcooked, bland rice dish). We would lover to go back, but there are so many other options now that it may not happen.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    my wife and I went on a dinner date here and loved it ! fantastic food (lots of gluten free options), very reasonable prices, wonderful service. we couldn't have been happier.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dynamite dinner
    milehighdinnerdude
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    What a wonderful experience at CTC. A varied menu featuring classic food combinations with intriguing spice mixtures. The lamb was superb and remarkably filling while the barramundi fish and chips hit the spot. A really cool dessert plate featured a chocolate walnut and coconut gauche as well as a peanut butter cream pie with a peanut butter dust. What a cool dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Everything was outstanding, did not take long for my food to arrive :)
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    DisappointedDiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Love this place & always make it out special occasion place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • taste bud sensation!
    lovinlife
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was amazing. Every attention to culinary detail was made, right down to the oil dip for the fresh warm bread. The service was f flawless with a relaxed feel. Best date night with my husband ever!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brd86
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Always enjoy eating here. Great food with a unique mix of flavors and creativity. Service is always great - a lost item in most dining experiences today. Lacking a little on the wine side, but acceptable selections are available.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food for foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Wonderful menu with some unusual combinations and a fantastic wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous meal, wonderful service
    rkpack
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Enjoyed a lovely dinner here, complete with the brussel sprout appetizers (which you must try to believe!), fabulous salad and wonderful fish entree. Menu changes often, but I wouldn't hesitate to return, whether for the same sampling or all new choices. Service was great although they got an unexpected rush, so a couple of minor errors on my order, which were attended to and remedied immediately. Made of our everyday meal a truly special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice find
    Glenda
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had an early dinner and the food was great and the service friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Ambience
    EatingOutIsSpecial
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was excellent. I had the lamb chops with sweet potato and kale. The food was great. We ate inside the old house, and that was very disappointing. The entire interior had been gutted and turned into one large room. Every table had a very clear view of the kitchen, which I found most unpleasant. There are other restaurants in the Denver metro area that also have great food, and I would choose one of those way before returning to Cafe Terra Cotta. I don't like eating a nice meal in view of an industrial kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleasant dinner!
    Lala
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Everything was great except for a minor issue with overly rare lamb which we sent back. The issue was remedied. The meat came back out perfectly and the chef gave new sides which had obviously gone cold in the wait. All in all, great dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A summer evening on the patio -
    Pilar
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I know that recently there were several reviewers who commented on slow service. Ours was excellent, and so too, was the food. We ate outside which required staff to travel longer distances and climb stairs, but all went well for our dinner. I have lunched here several times without problems. Excellent for my GF needs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    Box249
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is my second visit. The food is amazing, and the staff so friendly and nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have dined there many times and the food was disappointing! The walleye was overcooked and the hanger steak was tough and not medium rare.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mary12
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    had been there a few months ago inside and very noisy and wasn't sure I'd be back, but decided to try again and glad that I did. this time outside and just a great experience. food was hot when arrived very please with our visit
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambiance service lacked
    Newhotspotgal
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I went to this restaurant about 4 years ago and just loved it. This time the service was really lacking. We had to ask our waiter every time we wanted something. It wasn't even crowded and dinner took 2 1/2 hours. The fondue appetizer was watery. If they could fix that it would be great! Drinks, appetizers and salads were nicely priced. Entrees were a little pricey and just okay. Great location for a quiet dinner or date. Minor changes that need to be made. I'd recommend this place as years ago I know it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    NewCustomer
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I took a friend to dinner for her birthday. The staff was great, the food was great and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little place
    msfunnybonesVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We've been to Cafe Terra Cotta a few times and it's always good. This particular night seemed a little slower with service than usual, but we didn't complain, because we were in no hurry. The staff seemed to be rushing around and possible short handed. But overall, it was fine. Since we'd been there before, we knew it was going to be good no matter what. And it was. My walleye was a bit overcooked, but still good. The brussels sprouts appetizer was amazing. Everything else was quite good as well. We always go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food!
    luvtoeatanddrink
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Quiet ambiance, simple and elegant decor with outstanding service. The food was the best food I've ever had at a restaurant and I was also impressed with the wine list. I look forward to returning! Highly recommend for a romantic date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Experience
    treesoutside
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I've been at lunch at enjoyed it but went for a special occasion at dinner and was disappointed. The drinks and appetizer were good but dinner itself was just OK. Overpriced for what we got. The wait staff was not very friendly. Nobody greeted us when we walked in though multiple servers passed us. A couple of the women waitresses NEVER smiled and seemed annoyed to be dealing with customers. I wouldn't go back at dinner. Maybe for lunch though.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Find
    javaruke
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I was looking for a nice place for a romantic dinner before a Red Rocks show and this hit the target! My wife and I shared brussel sprouts and Mexican caprese and both came packed with unique flavors. We had the lamb chops and hangar steak for our mains and both enjoyed them completely, along with the tasty sides. My lucky day as I love apple pie and the dessert special was apple pie which was very good - the crust was flakey and flavorful. Our service was very attentive and friendly. The waitress checked in often enough, but not too much, to make us feel special. And the manager also stopped by to chat and make sure all was well. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Service on the night we were there was extremely slow - asked for an extra napkin - never received it. Seemed like they were short staffed or something. Very noisy and expensive -
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BonBonVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had not been in a while, nice changes. Our friends had never been & really liked it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find
    BROSE
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    "My wife and I enjoyed the old brick style house turned into an upscale quaint cafe. It was our anniversary and had a great experience. We will be back not only for special occasions but with friends. We started with champaign and the baby kale and spinach and arugula grapefruit salads. Champaign and salads complimented each other! My wife is gluten free so they brought us fantastic gluten free bread and had several options for entrees. They also make their own bread that is out of this world. My wife had the roasted acorn squash with pork chop and I had the pan-fried honey pepper walleye both were very flavorful and delights. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable and complimented the courses."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    2dine42
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Celebrating our 13th year anniversary, I found this place and figured we would give it a try. What a find! Great ambiance, great service, great food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downhill
    Charlie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Having been there several times in the past, we expected a nice evening on the patio with good food and wine. First off, we kept asking the server who brought us water if he was out waiter and he would say "I will take care of you" and then disappear. There was only one other table outside with us and he was paying little attention to either table. My dinner was fine, but the other was so overcooked they agreed to take it off the bill (which is nice but not the way to enjoy a night out). Parking is impossible. When it came time to pay the bill, we had to get up and go inside where our server was chatting away at the bar with another employee. I doubt I will be back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, the menu is varied!
    SayNo2Chains
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We did apps and split dinner so we could try more items from the menu. The service was a bit slow, but we used the time to talk!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely but a Bit Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We selected this venue so that four of us could have a nice dinner and engage in conversation. Unfortunately, even Terra Cotta was a bit too loud for comfortable talk. They were very busy, and the waitress seemed a bit rushed--which she was. We want someplace relaxing..unfortunately this could have been more so.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate