My wife and I have now dined at Terra twice. The cuisine is simply outstanding and the service is excellent. The wait staff is friendly and very well versed in the food and wine offerings. Highly recommend dining at a bistro table in the bar area- great spot. The "gourmet" doughnuts are a must for desert! Great neighborhood restaurant that is worth a drive.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was great, although
The food was great, although the portion was a little small. The service was excellent!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Restaurant in Jacksonville
Read about this new restaurant in the Avondale area of Jacksonville, FL. Said the owner Michael Thomas had some other great restaurants such as Sterling's and 24 Miramar which I loved eating at when he owned them. So I decided to give this one a try, and I am Glad I did. Terra transformed an old standby, Pastiche into a beautiful, cozy restaurant. The earth tone colors made you feel right at home and the Mercury Glass chandeliers over the bar were fantastic. We were immediately greeted by a Host upon entering, later we found out he was Michael Thomas, the owner. He showed us to our table which was in the new dining room which had a rustic feel. The acoustics were good and we could hear each talk even though the entire restaurant was full. P
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for dinner on a Saturday
Went for dinner on a Saturday night. Very busy. Service was a bit slow but the food was delicious. The Filet Mignon was perfect vast was the catch of the day grouper. Wine list selection somewhat limited but very reasonably priced for their selections. Will definitely return for another meal!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Duck breast over polenta
The Duck breast over polenta is to die for! I have not had better since Chef Hans in New Orleans. The Tuna was amazing as well and we highly recommend the chocolate torte! Wow everything was impeccable!
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've had lunch at terra several
I've had lunch at terra several times but this was our first dinner. My husband was very impressed with his spinach salad and blackened mahi meal. I had the beef filet and it was a flavorful tender piece of meat served with sauteed spinach and roasted fingerlings. We will definitely return to terra again.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice and good experience They
Very nice and good experience
They tried very hard to exceed every expectation
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chilean Sea Bass and salmon
Chilean Sea Bass and salmon was excellent. We also had dessert, bread pudding and a cheese cake that were delightful.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, great service
Excellent food, great service and a wonderful wine list! Outstanding dining experience!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We decided to try this last week. We arrived prior to our friends, so we sat at the bar. The bartender was welcoming and friendly. Wine choices are very nice. Did not look at the beer menu, but they had some on tap. A wine was reccomended to us by one of the managers. It was a wonderful and nicely priced cab.
I had the steak and it was slightly overcooked,(I ordered med and it came med well) but still delicious. The spinach was amazing! My friend had the salmon and it was amazing!
Lemon soufflé cheesecake was to die for!!
Service was over the top amazing!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best BLT ever
I love a good BLT and when I see one on the menu I simply must try it. Terra's menu was diverse with everything from small plates, salads, full entrees (hubby had the mahi mahi and loved it) and it was tempting but my eyes kept coming back to the blt. It was everything I wanted in a GREAT blt. Fresh lettuce, flavorful tomatoes and the garlic aioli was a nice change but the bacon was the star as it should be. Nice thick slices, perfectly cooked with just the right amount of salty porkness perfection on a fresh made roll that was light and flavorful yet held together nicely to the last bite.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very impressed with the food. All of our meals were delicious. The only thing I wasn't crazy about were the fried green tomatoes. There was too much batter and the tomato slices were thin so all I tasted was batter, very little tomato. The service was very good. Our waiter kept us informed as to when each course would arrive and was very attentive throughout.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terra, under the guidance of Michael Thomas, will be a goto spot for special occasions for many years to come. It is a little more expensive than I would like it to be. But the food is fantastic.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We'll dine here again!
Truly enjoyed our evening. We requested seating away from large/noisy groups which was accomplished to our satisfaction. Our server, Sam, was attentive without being obtrusive, which is another request we made when we were seated. Our meals were excellent! The spinach salad was very tasty and our entrees included crab cakes for my sweetie (he said they were the best he had eaten in years) while my pasta was fresh and perfectly done. The owner, Michael Thomas, stopped at our table to introduce himself and we appreciated his time. We will definitely be returning to Terra Jax!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best New Restaurant in Jacksonville
Upon entering impressed that every employee was smiling. Nice bar. Server came to table within first minute. The Wine list is comprehensive and very reasonable priced. He was professional and knowledgeable. We had Pork Belly Skewers and the Chipotle Mac ‘n Cheese. The Pork Bellies were the best. The Mac ‘n Cheese was excellent with a hint of hotness. Entrees: Ribeye steak and Fresh Catch (sea bass) were wonderful. Seriously, the Ribeye was better than Ruth Chris and less expensive. The Sea bass was cooked to perfection. Terra’s pastry chef made three desserts that day: Chocolate Torte, Lemon Soufflé Cheesecake & Tropical Coconut Cake. OMG, the greatest Coconut cake ever and the Lemon Cheesecake was light and delicious.
We will be back.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an excellent father's day brunch - great crab cake eggs Benedict - with lump crab, wonderful lox - could upgrade bagels, the flash fried hashbrowns fantastic. Good mimosas and sangria. We will be back for dinner - the menu looks really interesting. Also they have daily lunch specials in addition to their lunch menu.
They are a welcome addition to the neighborhood!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this new spot
We were recommended by a neighbor.. I was surprised at how great the menu & selection was that it wasn't busier. We've told everyone we know how great Terra is, and plan to make it a regular spot. Pricing is very reasonable, too
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistent good food
Very relaxing dinner with excellent food. For a shared starter the parmesan french fries are awesome. Enjoyable evening.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great addition to the neighborhood
Our main courses were Duck breast, medium rare, and the catch of the day, Wahoo, both served with garlic mashed potatoes and the veggie of the day, succotash sans Lima beans. My duck was fantastic! Seared in a red wine reduction, it was cooked to perfection and paired well with the potatoes. My boyfriend's Wahoo was a little overdone and his portion of succotash and potatoes was considerably smaller than mine, but still delicious overall. 4/5 stars for the simple fact that I had to squeeze by the other table to get to my seat against the wall. The restaurant is small and tables are pushed a little too close together. Overall, a really great place and I look forward to trying their brunch menu.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noteworthy dining experience
Our party of four each had a different entree and we were all delighted with the presentation and taste of the food. The fried green tomatoes were a wonderful starter and the lamb chops and duck were superb. Steak and fish were also delicious. Salads were beyond expectation and plentiful. This is truly a wonderful dining experience. We have been there for lunch and dinner and will return soon for brunch. Our waiter was right on top of things and extremely helpful when questioned. Manager came over to greet us as well. Great place!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Middle of storm
We live at the beaches where the weather was fine but downtown had a huge storm. We made the trip anyway and we were glad we did, Terra was worth it. The food and service was great. We are adding it to the rotation.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall excellent experience.
Overall excellent experience. Food was great! Service was very good. We really enjoyed the wine - would like to see them expand their list to include more choices in the 50-75 per bottle range. Only real downside was it was freezing in the dining room. The server had it turned down but took a little bit before we thawed out. I recommend Terra and will definitely return.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch in Fairfax
I love it. They are open to suggestion, and serve good food with great service. Make sure to get your mimosa (all sparkling wine w/ a dash of OJ for color - fun!) Some favorites are the crab cake benedict, the shrimp and grits, the bacon, and the brie.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little treasure
I loved the atmosphere. It was so romantic and totally appropriate for the little intimate dinner I wanted for my birthday dinner with my
Hubby. The food was really goiod. The server, Quinn, was amazing. Best server I've ever had, and he got te best tip I've ever given. We will defiantly be going back. Oh and the wine was delicious also :)
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went on a Monday at 6 for a lite meal - salads and appetizers.
We both had a Caesar salad, which was good, but did not have the 'bite' if most Carsar dressings.
I missed that. The appetizers were excellent. The crab cakes (4 small ones)we sgreed, we the best we've
had anywhere - high on flavor and low on filler. The grilled pork belly skewers were also very tasty. Cubes of seasoned pork with a cube of fresh pineapple in each skewer. We will definitely try it again; probably for entrees next time.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place, great service and awesome waitstaff and very very good food!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a quiet night, the service was awesome, the food was fantastic !
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best find in Jacksonville
Terra has the best dinner in Jacksonville and even better service (John was incredible). Great for apps and desserts too. Good wines. Friendly owner and staff.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I are both vegetarian, so we called ahead as the menu suggested before we made our reservation. Upon arriving the server had a multitude of options for us not listed on the menu that the chef would be happy to make for us. My boyfriend had the Orzo Prima Vera and I had a delicious Frittata. We couldn't decide whose meal we liked best! Neither of us wanted to share. TJ our server also let us try samples of the two beers and wines we were interested in before making our decision on a whole glass. From appetizers (we had the fried green tomatoes) to desserts, it was all delicious! We cannot wait to come back for more. Excellent service and food, who can beat that?
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the Fresh Catch of the Day
I ordered the Chilean Sea Bass and it was just perfection. My husband order the Mahi but was a little surprised to find out it costs $10 more to order it in panko, which was a suggestion by the server. This is the second time with 2 different restaurants that suggested ordering a menu item a certain way to only find out it costs an extra $10. Be sure to quiz your servers on their suggestions to avoid surprise at the end of a lovely evening.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I dined here on a Friday evening and had a fabulous experience. John (server) was phenomenal. We started with the cheese plate, which was great. My husband had the sea bass special, which was delicious. Very fresh and nearly melted in your mouth. I had the pork chop, on John's recommendation as I NEVER order pork, and it did not disappoint. Tender and exceptional flavor. We finished w/ a blueberry cheesecake (it was more than a simple blueberry cheesecake, but I do not recall the details of the description). Again, it was fabulous: fluffy yet extremely creamy w/ a great blueberry sauce. The only issue they have at this time is noise level and they are aware of this and working towards a solution. We will definitely be back!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
From beginning to end Terra was fabulous. Staff educated on the menu and able to make recommendations. Seafood was fresh, and flavorful. Dessert - Lemon Meringue Cheesecake! Game changer.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was much better than expected and worthy of praise. Especially tasty, cooked properly and well presented.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terra is a wonderful addition to the Avondale dining scene. Old fans of Pastiche will be happy to have a fine new restaurant in this old location, tastefully refurbished with the tent replaced by an enclosed room. Much more comfortable.
The menu is varied and the food delicious. The entire staff from management to wait staff to the chef go out of their to way to make sure you have an enjoyable experience. I'm a difficult diner due to allergies to gluten and soy but these folks make it their mission to keep me safe and satisfied. We'll make Terra a frequent destination.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyting we expected
Quinn is a great host and the staff was exceptional. The food was outstanding, the menu covered every taste. Every detail was addressed too make your dining an exceptional experience. We will return regularly and past the experience to our friends an family.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over all the food was great.
Over all the food was great. My cesar salad was excellent. I had the special, pairing a New York strip with Swordfish. The steak was excellent but the fish could have been fresher. The seasoning was good and I enjoyed the flavor of the sauted kale.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
little hidden gourmet kitchen
This place is amazing as is the food and people who work there.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleasant evening with good food
Nice neighborhood restaurant with good service, food and wine
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good but not great. I was hoping for that "WOW' dish.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful elegant dining experience
The Terra is a hidden gem in Jacksonville. My companion and I enjoyed the ambiance and the delicious food. We felt as if we had just dined in an Italian villa off the Amafi Coast!!! This was the Best experience we have had in our travels.....
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We made anniversary reservation & arrived to find small floral centerpiece. Service exquisite, as was food as usual. Staff accommodating, attentive- team approach. New lit outside patio looked fabulous. Terra created a memorable dining experience. Perfection.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect date spot.
We were greeted at the door by the owner who promptly sat us and took our initial drink order. He also came by later and checked on us after the meal and it was apparent he cared.
Our waiter was very attentive and always seemed to show up right when we needed something.
We got the pork potstickers that were essentially huge hunks of bacon like ham with pineapple. The sweet/salty combo was good and I enjoyed them.
The chipotle Mac and cheaper was good, and it blew my mind how the aftertaste had some heat but the rest wasn't overly spicy.
I got the ribeye, it was on par with orsay's steak and Frits. Great!
My wife got the Chilean sea bass and said it was the best she had tasted.
My only regret was that I did not go there sooner.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasant experience
Service at Terra was excellent. The waiter was helpful, informative and attentive (but not overly attentive). The food was inventive and more than above average. A pleasant evening with friends at a great location. We will definitely return.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Local Joint
This place was amazing. We went because of a group on and LOVED the food. The prices are reasonable for their dishes and the food was as good as any steakhouse I've ever been to. This place is a must go.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was wonderful...always attentive but not intrusive. The meat tray we had as an appetizer was ok...good but nothing special. My husband had the special (Sea Baas) it was a very large piece of fish and was cooked PERFECTLY. I went with the pan seared scallops, they also were cooked very well, my husband thought that my risotto was slightly over cooked, but I thought it had a great taste. We will go back.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had the pork belly skewers appetizer; it reminded me of smoked bacon. Quite tasty! I had the lamb chops for my entree and they were good but not a "wow." Still, I would like to return and try some of their other entrees, such as the duck. I had the torte for dessert and it was scrumptious.
The real treat was the service. Everyone was exceptionally nice and our server (Quinn, I believe) was wonderful! He was personable and had recommendations for us. He kept our drinks filled and had lots of jokes and stories to share, but at the same time wasn't oppressive.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Detail lacking for this price point
Our server was very attentive, but a bit overly so. We felt welcomed, but the server could have been a guest at our table with all of the additional, and sometimes off color, conversation. He also missed things because he was so distracted by talking about topics unrelated to our meals. He had nothing but glowing things to say about the food, but once we received our food, there were things he should have clearly steered us away from ordering. I had the sea bass, which was nicely browned on one side, but the underside was so crispy that it would be considered burned. Our server could not stop talking about delicious the risotto was, yet this was literally one of the worst risotto's I have ever had. It was like eating wallpaper paste.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dined at Terra on a Saturday evening with a group of 6. Food and service was excellent. Really appreciate the Chef's wilingness to prepare special dishes for my wife's food allergies! Look forward to returing soon.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best fried green tomatoes I have ever eaten! I have been twice now; once for a wine tasting and the second time for an early evening dinner for two. The service is excellent, the owner is very inviting and the food was impeccable! I will definitely recommend and go again.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
excellent dining experience
it was an enjoyable experience wait staff is responded to all my needs and the food was excellent. I would definitely recommend the Terra to my friends and neighbors.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM