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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Cafe Terra Cotta reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (81)great for outdoor dining (72)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (47)romantic (36)great for brunch (26)notable wine list (22)great for lunch (18)kid-friendly (5)good for groups (5)hot spot (4)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • JoeLizVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    On of my favorites, except for the noise level. It is difficult to carry on a normal conversation due to the loud noise level inside. Enjoy it more when I can dine outside and carry on a conversation without shouting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well worth the visit
    luvdwntnlttlton
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We received a gift certificate for Terra Cotta from a friend, but had always intended to visit, as we love downtown Littleton. It could not have been a more enjoyable evening. Our server, Chad, was exceptional in all ways and was just a delight to visit with. The ambiance is what you'd expect in a refurbished, century-old home - warm, cozy, low lighting accenting a dark interior. The only suggestion might be to isolate the kitchen because the bright fluorescent lighting detracts from the aforementioned ambiance - very minor point, though. The dishes were marvelous - the pork chop for my wife, while I had superb spaghetti squash. The wine selection was excellent, as were the suggestions for mixed drinks. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We loved the quality of the food and unique and charming atmosphere. We sat outside on the covered porch, and there were great tables also available on the front lawn to offer a variety of outdoor options when the weather permits. Inside, the old victorian home provided charm and intimacy. Don't miss out on the crispy brussel sprouts as an appetizer - amazing! The chicken wellington is a nice twist on the traditional, and lots of great wine pairing options for any of the dishes. Affordable quality and solid service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've been avid fans of this spot for years. Dinner tonight was not great, barely average. Must be under new ownership. We'll be trying out new places to replace this one. Sad to see it slip.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Love this place. Cozy, warm, inviting. Good food, nice wine list and great service. This time we introduce another couple to Cafe Terra Cotta; kinda like introducing one friend to another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food and service. The only thing I didn't like was the seating. Not a big fan of sharing a unibooth sitting close to other diners. Otherwise, great place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We've been several times to Cafe Terra Cotta. The food is always excellent. This time we had the most wonderful waiter. I can't remember his name, but he said he was new and hired to be the sommelier. Great service, very friendly. Everything he recommended was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT!!!
    Smiles
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was so good! It was different and fresh and tasted amazing. The wait staff was so nice and helpful givien that I had a 2 yr. with me....they had a booster chair, children"s menu and the mac and cheese was delicious. I would go back here again and again. ENJOY!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints!
    Mokebrains5
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything was fantastic from the quaint booth to our sommelier waiter to every entree prepared to perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at Terra Cotta. The food was great, service was great. I would highly recommend it for a date night celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quiet neighborhood gem
    Dave
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Delicious food, nice atmosphere and good service, overall a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Things Have Slipped A Bit
    SteakStarved
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    With several visits since Spring, we've noticed some negative effects since an apparent change in ownership. While mostly attentive, service seems to be more in your face, with servers rushing through the inside dining area to reach the front porch and gardens. Menu selections have continued to diminish, offering a mix of old and new, but with old favorites missing. That said, food quality remains relatively high. However, the calamari special was extremely dry on the outside. One unforgivable mistake early on a recent Saturday evening was that the unavailability of the trademark white sardines on the Caesar salad. What?!!? And, the dessert dispaly case at the entry has regrettably given way to wine storage.former anticipation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was fantastic, wine list was great, and the patio was lovely. This was my third time here and Cafe Terra Cotta never fails to disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pip333VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We loved the ambience and the menu looked great. Loved my Brussels sprout appetizer and the spaghetti squash and shrimp main course. Levi was very helpful in recommending a wine. Our only complaint was too much food!! I hated to leave food on my plate. But next time we will know!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't be better
    SydBee
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    If 10 stars were possible, even that would be too few. My husband and I went for a date night. It was our first time here, but it will definitely not be our last. We were immediately greeted by the owner who treated us royally. Monica, our server, was also exceptional. The dinner was amazing, as was Monica's wine recommendation. We enjoyed a wonderful, romantic evening dining outside of this picturesque restaurant. The entire staff was helpful and courteous. Without a doubt, one of our best dining experiences...can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kent
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food is always great and one of our favorite dinning experiences in downtown Littleton
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Didn't live up to its reputation
    mnance74
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A beautiful outdoor porch setting. Parking was a real challenge. Whole street looks to be converted from a residential street and traffic and parking, though not noisy, is difficult to negotiate. Service recovered well after an initial difficulty getting drink order straight. Restaurant seems vey "chef" proud, even announcing his name at the bottom welcoming all to the restaurant. So to have wait staff tell tables at 6pm that the chef is still trying to "come up with something" as a special was surprising. Main entrees were good. Caesar salad was very oily and relied entirely on an abundance of anchovy fillets (like 6 of them) for flavor. Completely overwhelmed the salad. Mixed salad was good. Dessert was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    FrequentDinerKBVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've been going to Terracotta for years and it has never disappointed. The decor is nice, the food is great and the staff is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night!
    SpiceGirl6
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Café Terracotta, and were not disappointed! From the hostess to our server we were greeted and congratulated. Then came the food... every bite was a flavor explosion! From the spinach and strawberry salad, to the hangar steak and the chicken wellington - each plate was thoughtfully created and flawlessly executed. We couldn't pass up the chance to taste dessert, and their crème brulee and Nanaimo bars didn't disappoint! Thank you, Café Terracotta for a memorable evening, and thank you Chef Tyler for coming out to greet us and seeing that every bite was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bugeater
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food & outstanding service are consistent attributes of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find in Littleton
    OneWorld
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Imaginative and delicious menu is served in old house setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going back...
    James751VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Took two business associates to dinner, my first time, their second. They warned me of the noise levels and their opinion of the food (mediocre). The food doesn't measure up to mediocre...it was poor. The noise level off the brick walls is deafening (guys, buy some accoustic panels or hang something to muffle the din)...back to the food...two of us had the flounder special with herb risotto. Fish was very greasy and the risotto bland like Cream of Wheat cereal. The Walleye seemed to be ok and the Brussels sprouts appetizer was good...ergo two stars...sorry, but I read these reviews and based my booking on the seemingly good ones...buyer beware!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • very nice evening
    drdave
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    i have eaten here many times. this night was a little rainy and we sat comfortably on the beautiful porch. It was a quiet night for them, so it was especially nice for us. my only disappointment was they have taken their salmon off the menu though it was still on their website. They have a well selected wine list that should have something for everyone. The food is always quite good and fresh. We are fortunate to live in the immediate area and have this gem so close.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Terra Cotta
    Rocky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First time for dinner. We've enjoyed brunch several times previously. Ate outdoors. Very pleasant. An easy recommendation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time!
    CarolSue
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We met with two other couples on a Wednesday night. Food was great as well as was the service. We'll surely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    bluemax
    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
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    • 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
    Foodlover
    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
    • Service
    • 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.