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Cafe Terra Cotta
Cafe Terra Cotta

Cafe Terra Cotta Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeterracottalittleton.com
  • Phone: (303) 794-6054
  • 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 (303) 794-6054

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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Wonderful evening, the portions were substantial; 3 of us had Walleye. The service was exceptional."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Been here for brunch...and now, dinner. Prefer the brunch. Dining experience for dinner was good but not great."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Wonderful food but very loud--we have been here before, but the night we came was exceptionally noisy."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding, did not take long for my food to arrive :)"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Love this place & always make it out special occasion place!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Wonderful menu with some unusual combinations and a fantastic wine list."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had an early dinner and the food was great and the service friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This is my second visit. The food is amazing, and the staff so friendly and nice."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I took a friend to dinner for her birthday. The staff was great, the food was great and we had a great time."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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 -"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had not been in a while, nice changes. Our friends had never been & really liked it."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • ""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.""
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "A very nice, somewhat intimate neighborhood feel. Good food, though a bit pricy in the evening. For a fairly small place, can be surprisingly noisy in the evening."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "THe food was prepared VERY NICELY. Was delicious !"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • " Delightful spot that we will return to time and time again. Looking forward to being able to dine on their charming patio. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I had never been for dinner before, and while we had a nice dinner it was too expensive. I will probably stick with Brunch and the garden seating when weather permits. Nothing special inside really."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The ambience of this restaurant is excellent. It is situated off a side street in downtown Littleton in a remodeled home. There is indoor and outdoor seating. We dined here for our anniversary and were not disappointed. The service was impeccable and the food delicious. This is definitely a place you want to take your time and enjoy every bite."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We came here, after an axhaustive search, for our 8 year wedding anniversary. We were both pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The menu is just the right size for me as I don't enjoy 50 different options to choose from. The chefs obviously know what they're doing and do it well. Loved the wine selection too. Our waitress was fantastic! Always there when we needed her and never there we we didn't. She helped make our special night memorable. Although I couldn't fit another bite in my stomach, she brought over a treat I couldn't refuse. Thanks for the celebratory cupcake and champagne, how could I say no?"
    Dined on 5/3/2014