La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego
La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego

La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lagranterraza.com/
  • Phone: 6198498205x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. A la carte and buffet. Reservations recommended. Complimentary valet during lunch. Dinner in Grand Dining Room (Tuesday-Friday 5-9 pm) Sept-May.

    Visit our website for special events such as monthly wine dinners, holiday brunches, current hours and more.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mitch Weaver
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Private events are custom designed to fit your needs. Please email us at Terraza@sandiego.edu. We will work with you to create an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests. Weekends are now available for your special event - book today!
  • Special Events: Private events are customized to fit your needs. Please email Terraza@sandiego.edu. We will work with you to create an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests. Weekends are now available for your special event - book today!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Linda Vista Road, on the campus of USD
  • Public Transit: ~Linda Vista Road at USD Main Driveway - Bus
    ~Morena Trolley Stop within 1 mile
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free guest parking is available in the Mission Parking Structure - enter at USD's mid entrance (USD Main Driveway) at Linda Vista Road. Please obtain a guest parking permit at the entrance kiosk.

    Complimentary Valet Parking is available during Lunch, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

    Handicap spots are available in front of the restaurant/Hahn University Center.
A word from La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego
La Gran Terraza is a California bistro featuring farm-to-table lunch and dinner. The Grand Dining Room and terrace have fantastic views of Tecolote Canyon and Mission Bay. O'Toole's offers tapas, nightly happy hour, a cozy fireplace, local craft beers and an excellent wine list.

The Grand Dining Room offers a lunch buffet and an a la carte menu. For dinner (Sept-May), we offer a varied menu from tapas to innovative entrees and divine desserts.

Visit our website for a calendar of special events.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (46)scenic view (45)good for groups (27)fit for foodies (25)special occasion (24)neighborhood gem (22)great for brunch (21)great for outdoor dining (17)romantic (13)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Home Away from Home
    nyexport2
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    La Gran Terraza is a FIND! The waiters are ready, willing and able to bring whatever change you require. They make you feel that you're a home. The salad choices vary in flavors but never in quality. Soups are a delight as are the entrees. I could eat there every day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredibly Elegant/Reasonable Price
    HJL92103VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Our friend's birthday celebration was at La Gran Terraza for their Wednesday night Prime Rib Buffet. Exceptionally delicious, and excellent service (Jeannie) from this beautiful location with a view of the sunset1
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • grandmastreat
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A lovely evening. The view is spectacular, the food good, the service friendly and efficient. This is one of our favorite spots for a family get-together.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NewBeginning
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    There is a need for attention to detail. I took a friend there for the very first time for her. I notice her menu was dirty. It had some spots on it. That didn't look good
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden gem
    USDAlum
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    La Gran Terraza is a wonderful restaurant. The menu changes seasonally, everything is fresh and the pricing is very reasonable. The staff is always attentive and friendly. You can have a large party or dine with two. They'll meet all your needs. Plus the view is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the jewel in the neighborhood
    grandmastreat
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    La Gran Terraza is an elegant gem hidden away in USD. The view is spectacular, the service friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nyexport2
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our group loves meeting here for lunch. We usually have the round table. This time we expected 10, too many for a round table. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly good
    socwokkg
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We decided to go to La Gran Terraza to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We got married at the Immaculata church and thought we would be a little nostalgic to go to USD campus for lunch. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from a restaurant on a college campus but was pleasantly surprised. The food was very good, especially the fresh cucumber lemonade. My husband had the bleu cheese burger, which was very tasty. I had the Bing Cherry Salad with grilled chicken, which was great. The service was fantastic and they even surprised us with a special anniversary dessert. We would definitely go back for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NewBeginning
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food took too long and the fries were totally over done
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Treasure
    out4lunch
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The dining room is exquisite: floor to ceiling arched window, white table cloths and a feeling of spaciousness. We've had lunch or brunch here several times. In all cases, the food was very well prepared and appears locally sourced. My favorites are always the variety of seasonal salads. This time it was a great spinach strawberry salad, but on other occasions I've enjoyed a golden beet salad and a fresh berry salad. The protein selections are good quality, nicely seasoned and not overdone. The hanger steak and catfish were delicious. Our favorite waitress, Jeannie, is both efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An observation about the buffet
    NewBeginning
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The buffet menu included mahi mahi; however, there wasn't any when we go to the buffet. The only choice available was steak which was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best prime rib, fantastic service.
    best4experience
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The atmosphere is understated elegance in extreme comfort with a spectacular view. The preparation is top quality as is the service all at a very affordable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem of a restaurant.
    tortuga27
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    La Gran Terraza is an unexpected gem of a restaurant. It has casual elegance, an unbeatable ambience, great views, and a wonderful lunch buffet at a reasonable price. They offer a good selection on their menu if nothing on the buffet appeals to you...with an exceptional selection of lunch salads. Location on the campus of beautiful USD is a usual pleasant surprise for first-time guests. Easy valet parking is usually available. Special holiday and other dinner and brunches are worth a try...often with entertainment. We had them cater a Sunday brunch for 75 people for our 50th wedding anniversary and it was outstanding. Great place for birthday celebrations too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor lunch
    NewBeginning
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We were the only ones eating lunch outside. Maybe that's why we felt we got forgotten. I actually had to get up and look for a waiter to pay our bill.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little known gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    First the food is very fresh and well prepared. Second both the room with parquet floors, wood fraimed windows and the view of Mission bay is superb. And the price for thr lunch buffet is quite reasonable. Unless you're an alumni, you have probably never heard of the place. Pluss there are occasional wine and theam events as well as classes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, but will return!
    MamaMia
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful Sunday brunch with music...great food....great service!! It was a little difficult to find the place on the campus and know where to park....I would use the valet service next time! I would definitely return again!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful lunch/sensible prices.
    nyexport2
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My group of retired co-workers have met there for lunch several times. Each time is better than the one before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    They have valet service since parking is tricky on the USD campus. It is reasonably priced and has a nice lunch buffet. Check hours before going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding restuarant
    APUSH
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food was outstanding, service was friendly, fast and attentive. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone attending a function at the university of San Diego
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lillian
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. I regularly take all my guess that visit me from out of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Despite having an unexpected group of 40 people arrive the service was outstanding! In particular a waitress name Jeannie. Friendly, efficient and willing to do whatever it takes to make customers happy,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Virg
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Wonderful restaurant, gorgeous room with expansive view, excellent food and ambience. The invigorating campus setting just adds to its uniqueness and flair.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back again!!
    Nanbrit
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This was my second visit but this time I brought two good friends along and they were as impressed as I was on my first lunch. Staff remembered me which was very nice. It's difficult to decide on menu since it is extensive with each item ( I'm sure )prepared and served perfectly. The desserts are "out of this world"... congratulations from three ladies who indulged ! Interesting and tasty variations on lemonade also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Father's Day Brunch
    SanDiegoDiner
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food and service were outstanding. We had a wonderful table by the window. The mini strawberry shortcakes were excellent. We will be back for sure and Jeanne is a excellent waitress.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Father's Day Brunch
    Antonio
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We sincerely enjoyed our day there. Our waitress was very curtious, freindly and atteneded to our needs. Will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • definately a repeat
    Foodpretty
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have been to the gran terraza many times...always wonderful. The ambiance is absolutely wonderful, the food great, and the service stellar. We started going when our son was a student at the University of San Diego, but now enjoy going as a family with our graduate. The value is also unbelievable; the average cost for everything from wine to food is much less than any comparable venue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We booked a table for Father's Day Brunch and were pleasantly surprised. We were quickly seated outside where the view was phenomenal. The staff was super friendly. We were expecting good food, but what we got was exceptional! The buffet was well kept and the options were plentiful. There were even children's options for my 4 1/2 year old and 2 year old. We particularly enjoyed the seafood spread. Their ceviche was fantastic and the shellfish (crab and shrimp) was very fresh. The desserts were absolutely delicious and sensible. Because our family spent quite a bit of time in Europe, we really appreciated how the desserts were not overly sweet! La Gran Terraza knows what they are doing! A notable hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Julianna
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I love La Gran Terraza. The food is excellent (you have to try to grilled shrimp caesar salad!), the service is outstanding, and the view is lovely...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Granny
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My favorite restaurant in town, love the food and the ambience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The U-T review was so right!
    Nanbrit
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    First visit and will definitely be making Gran Terrazo a super "meeting for lunch" with friends.... a delightful change from the usual restaurant experience. I happened to dine alone but at no time did I feel uncomfortable. In fact I felt that the entire staff from room manager to all servers went out of their way to chat in a way that made me "one of the "regular diners" ".... very special people. Enjoyed my wee meal ( especially the dessert! ) and the view very much. Glad to have found you; an exciting secret place that shouldn't be so hidden !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening!
    SDRay
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Loved the Prime Rib buffet: Views of Tecolote Canyon and the ocean were gorgeous. The wine list is excellent and outrageously reasonable. The restaurant is quiet, elegant and well-managed. Waiters and waitresses friendly and attentive. Delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 511 reviews are from the La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego reviews archive.
  • Great experience
    Cheetah
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was very good. Setting unique and tables spaced well so there was plenty of room to move around buffet tables Service was good but servers kept removing my coffee cup so every time I went to get food I was afraid our table would be cleared (it wasn't as though we stayed a long time and ate huge amounts)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for brunch!
    icanhike
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took m mom here for Mother's Day and was pleasantly surprised with the experience. The high ceilings and many windows create an ambiance that is open and light, with great views from any table. The manager and his staff bent over backwards to ensure guests had a good experience, and the food was delicious. The only glitch in our day was that our reservation confirmation advertised for $6 a plate less than what the restaurant was actually charging.... this appeared to be a communication issue with Open Table, as the menu offered on the reservation site did have the correct prices. The manager immediately corrected our bill.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a fabulous find!
    FITfoodieintrainingVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    As a USD alumn, I was surprised that I had not been to La Gran Terraza before last Friday. (Of course, I was a student at USD long before La Gran Terraza was there!) A friend of mine has been telling me about it for quite awhile, and I'm so glad we finally went. It was the perfect setting for an elegant lunch. The dining room is bright and cheery with a lovely view. We both had the buffet for lunch, and you can't beat it. The buffet was not overwhelming ... there were three of four delectable choices of salads and entrees - and lots of little (and delicious) dessert bites. My favorites were the salmon and tri tip, the grilled asparagus caprese-ish salad, and the lavender crème brulee. I'm already planning my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • spoiled and pampered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great! I always feel spoiled and pampered by the waitstaff!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Love the special lemonades. Service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    Sandy
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I have always been impressed by the wonderful service and food here. The woman I took here is going to come here more often. She loved it too.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not bad
    Laura
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Decent food. Portions were a little small. Service was okay. Server was a tad informal. She was friendly but did not seem to have great knowledge of the menu (at least the one question I asked). We had to ask for bread more than once. I have been here for the lunch buffet and it is MUCH better. Not sure I'd go to LGT for dinner again though.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    They have a great buffet, but I didn't have that this time. I had brown butter sole with truffle ravioli, broccolini, and wild mushrooms. I was very satisfied with my decision.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best brunch ever!
    33birthday
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The brunch offerings were outstanding, well prepared good quality food!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.