Terasol
Terasol

Terasol

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.terasolartisans.com/
  • Phone: 2022375555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Brunch: Saturday: 9-2:3 pm Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Every Friday starting at 6:30pm, join us for a live performance by local musicians.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nebraska and Connecticut
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metro: Tenleytown or Van Ness
    Bus H4, M4, L4
A word from Terasol
TERASOL, an artisan gallery and café. Interested in a quick visit to Paris? Terasol celebrates local artisans while offering a true European experience. Whether you are interested in new artistic creations or in simply sipping a nice café au lait, succulent French onion soup or delicious boeuf bourguignon while being serenaded by Edith Piaf, pack your suitcase and join us!
Make sure to check out our website for our upcoming events. Check out our music nights every Fridays! See you soon!!!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Terasol reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)great for outdoor dining (25)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (13)romantic (11)special occasion (9)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)good for groups (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Good Food; Slow Service
    RandyH
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The steak frites were good but not the typical cut of meat; instead of a hanger steak or skirt steak it was more like a Salisbury steak. It tasted fine but was not what I expected. I wasn't impressed by either glass of red wine, but the chocolate bread pudding was phenomenal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Half a foot in France
    MabelDodge
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    If you're looking for the perfect French Baguette, Terasol's makes you think you're back in France. As to its Salad Nicoise, while the ingredients were tasty, it was an American version of the French classic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Little Place
    Trimalchio
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We typically go after hearing a writer speak at Politics and Prose (across the street). Consistently delicious food, a fine, reasonably priced wine list, an understated jazz combo plaing at the bar, good people-watching among the urbane clientele, all make a perfect compliment to the literary sampling, and for an eminently civilized night out.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming
    Picky
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Pros: Portion size was better than expected. Presentation delightful. Cooked to my liking the first time. Wine list was sufficient for pairings. Live entertainment. Clean Cozy for two, but no more than a party of 6, cramped if more than that, unless you want the whole facility for work function. Outdoor seating, when available. Cons: Noise level a little high due to life entertainment, but not over whelming. Tad pricey.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood gem
    GuidoVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    This small restaurant has a remarkably ambitious menu that is even supplemented with daily specials. The wine list is more modest. After multiple visit, I am very impressed by the consistent quality of the food. A test for me is a restaurant's bread (so few know what good bread is): Terasol passes with flying marks. Portions are generous as well, though not excessively so. Do try it out!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it time.
    Melvina
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Don't know how old this place is. Staff are friendly, but our order was botched--and then fixed. Mussels were good. Hanger steak was ordinary. Frites were limp. Crab salat as appetizer was great. The place really does have nice feel, but the menu is a bit limited. Only our second visit, but we will come back. Not very busy for a Sat. nite. Live music was nice. Parking not too hard.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a lovely neighborhood find
    Evdining
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Discovered Terasol for a business lunch between Cleveland Park and Chevy Chase-- most are not open for lunch. What a cozy place; parking was easy. We were offered the front window table--a bright comfy location. Wait staff was attentive, the selections for lunch extensive. I had the Nicoise salad--a very attractive presentation; the tuna was a bit bland--a little rarer than I prefer and forgot to mention. My colleague had the asparagus soup of the day and mussels - 'both were tasty'. I want to return to try other offerings when I'm more focused on food than work related discussions. A special feature is the decor with wonderful pottery for sale and displayed throughout the restaurant-- jewelry too-- the space is also a crafts gallery!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cleveland park gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I wanted to try a French Restaurant I've never been to before. This one exceeded all expectations. I ordered chicken which was unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our first visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This was our first visit to this restaurant and we weren't disappointed. It was an outstanding experience with amazing food and great service. Can't wait for our next visit to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent French Cozy
    cindys
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Well prepared meals in neighborhood gem! Excellent service, too. Live music some nights. Truly delicious. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and cozy
    Babsp
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We dined at Terasol this week with two Francophiles and they were very impressed with the food. They commented that the onion soup, beef bourguignon and salmon appetizer were identical to what they are served in Burgundy (where they live half the year). A nice recommendation. My only complaint was that the white wine was served in huge bubble glasses that were very hard to drink from. We requested different glasses and got them ... cheerfully.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant neighborhood French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Pleasant neighborhood French bistro with the added amenity of a jazz group playing. Food is good and honest.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a truly lovely and
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is a truly lovely and friendly place. Music is excellent and the live jazz on Friday night is treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the onion soup
    nancychanVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    It's flavorful and cheesy and not salty. Perfect for a cold night with a glass of wine and some of Terasol's crusty baguette.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly a gem!
    dcjc
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    In celebrating my birthday with friends, I selected Terasol. I did so primarily for the delicious food, the quiet atmosphere, the great service, and the fact that it is a true neighborhood gem. Once again, Terasol did not disappoint. My friends all remarked that they would like to return and could think of occasions that Terasol would be the perfect dining experience. Those frites are dangerous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Gem
    EasyEdVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Terasol is that wonderful place that is always dependable. It is charming and embracing. The menu is interesting; the food is delicious, with generous portions. The waitstaff is attentive and informative. The owners make you feel welcomed and special. Great for a casual or festive occasion. A delight for friends from out of town, or out of the neighborhood. The weekend music of light or latin jazz, or guitar combo, is extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful neighborhood place.
    Rich
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Wonderful food, ambiance, and all around great neighborhood find. Charming, good service, excellent food, and reasonable prices. A real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very pleasant traditional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Very pleasant traditional French bistro food. Nice addition are the local crafts for sale ranging from ceramics to paintings and lithographs and jewelry. Bouillabaise was on special and was excellent sized portion - could have been more flavorful - same true of the chicken stew. Labeled as Blanquette de Volaille but in my experience that dish would have mushrooms and some cream. This had neither. This is nice neighborhood place but not worth if you are not in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was wonderful and
    Mari
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was wonderful and the staff very pleasant and efficient. Every time you drank water your glass was re-filled. We enjoyed the musicians. The bread was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    Ranger
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Visited Terasol on a quiet weekday night when the restaurant had only a handful of customers. Wait staff were extremely attentive. I had rated the food very good in earlier (weekend) visits, but was slightly disappointed in food quality during this visit. The Beef Bourguignon, a house specialty, was uninspired - no delicacy in the spices - not much more than a basic beef stew. The meat in my companion's lamb dish was excellent, perfectly cooked, but covered with a brown sauce that added little. The French onion soup lacked character. A high point: 50% off special on bottles of wine. Overall, the quiet atmosphere at Terasol was enjoyable, but our sense was that on this particular night, the "A" team in the kitchen was not working.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, little neighborhood
    SilgocreekVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Excellent, little neighborhood gem with a wide variety of dishes on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Cafe
    Alex
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    This small French café is a gem. Lovely, really takes you to Paris even down to the white tablecloths. My only disappointment was we went to brunch and they ran out of their wonderful croissants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid if not creative
    Marylander
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    This was our second time at Tersaol. We went on the early side as we had theatre tickets. The food was fine though the soup was not quite hot enough. The service was prompt and friendly. The live music was soft and nice. Only odd thing was the faint smell of gas in the restaurant when we first entered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    DCAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    How did I not know about this place earlier? A very nice restaurant in a lovely, comfortable space, with simple bistro fare prepared quite nicely. The staff were all very attentive, and we enjoyed looking at the artwork and gifts in the front part of the restaurant. All in all, a welcome surprise and a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Enjoyable Find
    MSESQ
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    After an event at Politics & Prose, we were fortunate to get a quick reservation at Terasol. The food was delicious and the service both friendly and helpful. All in all, a very unexpected and enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, was better months ago
    Lanny
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We live in Terasol's Chevy Chase, DC neighborhood and were thrilled when, somewhat over a year ago, they had a revival, the place was jammed at times, the food excellent, prices very fair. Recently, however, at least our food choices were very average. The chicken stew had no distinctive taste, was served in a very hot, small pot so that it was hard to maneuver the bones which we were given nowhere else to place. It was, consequently, rather hard to eat and not particularly meaty or tasty anyhow. My wife's bouillabaisse was slightly better, and a very generous portion, good but in no way special. Service good, atmosphere pleasant, musicians playing pleasant, soft jazzy tunes well. Will try Terasol at least once more and hope.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Underrated French bistro
    ManAtTheCornerTableVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Humble restaurant in Cleveland Park is a well kept secret. The food is much better than many comparable French bistros. The onion soup is outstanding, and the rack of lamb was superb.
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  • Charming Provincal Taste
    Ron4eating
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    A charming boutique with a Provincal taste in artifacts and food --accompanied by west coast 70's jazz
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but limited menu!
    Smonasky
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Food was great (not fantastic, but definitely worth coming back if I'm in the neighborhood). Restaurant itself had a bit of a confused aesthetic; cluttered the front with items for sale, more open in the back with the tables and a small bar, but I found myself enjoying it after initially being a bit wary. Ordered the croque monsieur which was very good and my boyfriend had the quiche roquefort which was pretty good as well. Coffee was served in a nice french press and was better than the usual breakfast coffee. Nutella Crepe for dessert was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, pottery, and jazz!
    Ezili
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Terasol is a delightful and artistic neighborhood gem serving delicious French food. While it's elegant it is not, thankfully, pretentious. The live weekend jazz, small pottery and craft gallery, and the warm and attentive service make this an extra special place to take your friends and family. You will leave happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as expected
    Joan
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    After raving about this little gem we were disappointed with our food and the time it took to get it to us (over an hour.) The place was unusually busy for lunch so we will give it another try. I think it is much better at dinner time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch at a French Restaurant
    Adventurous
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Who knew that the French did brunch? Well, Terasol does it and with great skill for our party of 8. Kept the 2-year old occupied and provided a variety of options for the adventurous and not-so-adventurous. Very attentive service and were ready for us at the 10AM opening that the Sunday early-risers needed for their trip south.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • funky but great
    jillntVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    I must have driven past this place hundreds of times and never noticed it. But we ended up eating there last saturday night and were so surprised at the great food, and the live music. We wished the music played later than 9 pm which was early to quit on a saturday night but we would definitely come back. The service was also great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Saturday night dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Great Saturday night dining spot. Good food and music.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terasol on a Weekend Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Arriving in early evening, found restaurant very active (we had made reservations and definitely needed them) with an inobtrusive jazz trio playing in the back, and a number of large parties as well as couples and small groups filling the medium sized restaurant area. . Service was quick and efficient. Wine was excellent and not too expensive -- although only about three of the 15 or so white wine selections were available by the glass. We intended to only come for drinks, but decided to have some light fare -- excellent Onion Soup, which seemed to be a favorite at many tables, and a large reasonably priced cheese plate, which we couldn't finish. Accompanying baguette was very good and replentished as necessary.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm, cozy and great live music
    Jlowe88
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Good good, excellent service, warm and cozy atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lovely French-oriented menu,
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    A lovely French-oriented menu, and lots of interesting crafts to look at and buy, if interested. The chef was very accommodating about splitting plates (we wanted to share entrees) in the kitchen so we didn't have to mess with them. Some places won't do this. The pasta was cooked al dente. The lobster in the lobster ravioli, however, was hard to find. Whatever was in it was tasty, however. I don't think I'd order it again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We took out of town friends here on a Saturday night. As usual, we had a great meal -- there is a lot of variety on the menu and quite a few interesting specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small, bustling, lively atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Basic French cuisine. I especially enjoyed the salad.. Good for a lunch or a light, informal dinner. We ate early and by the time we left, noise level was becoming extreme, what with conversations bouncing between the cement floors and metal ceilings and live music playing in the background.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Pleasant Dinner
    dcDishVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    There were 2 of us and restaurant quiet as it was fairly early and mid-week. We appreciated the quiet. We both had the beet appetizer salad and we split a pasta entree, which was one of the specials that evening -- fettuccine with scallops in a vodka sauce. Both were very good. Service was friendly and attentive. Nice warm bread with offers of refills.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.