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
56 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)great for outdoor dining (24)fit for foodies (20)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (11)romantic (11)special occasion (9)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (3)scenic view (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Excellent
    RTS2
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Small narrow space unlike any French bistro I ever visited but the food was superb, the service flawless and the ambience comforting. Most of the Paris restaurants, especially the neighborhood spots, do not come close to what this place offers. It is a neighborhood spot as a matter of fact. Not fake French like Le Diplomate, it is more like what you might find in the residential parts of Paris, a little gem trying to be nothing more than what it is, a nice place to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Typical French Cuisine
    PierreVP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Excellent service, with classic and typical French cuisine. Presentation was very good, quality was outstanding. Tables are a bit small. I had a business lunch there, and it was not too crowded, but if the restaurant was any fuller I could tell it might become to "cosy". Wine selection was adequate, with prices on the medium-high side.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food well presented
    billinwien
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This tiny place is a find. All four dishes served traditionally and very well. Mine was nothing more than a beautifully crusty, rich-broth French onion soup and a perfect small crisp Caesar salad with a tomato border and requested anchovies. The dressing was proper and light. Combine with a visit to Politics and Prose across the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jackie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Good food, good menu, long wait for main course. A little more expensive than we expected. We've eaten lunch there and it wasn't so expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New fave
    thirstyjourno
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Love this place when we're in the mood for a little home-cooking, French style. Bouillabaisse is excellent. Also boeuf bourguignon. Special was shrimp provencal. Frisee and lardons very nice. Conveniently located across from Politics and Prose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    ExMontrealer
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Went there because I bought a TravelZoo 2 for 1 promotion. Was given a more limited menu, but the food was just great! Had a very interesting and delicious Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, followed by a scrumptious Salmon with Risotto. Dessert was a Hazelnut Crepe. (good but I would have preferred to have had a fruit option, which may have been available on the full menu.)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Jazz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As Terasol regulars, we always enjoy the live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DavidWashIngtonVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The casear salad is very good. We love the french onion soup. This is a nice little neighborhood gem. My two issues are the chairs-- very uncomforatble to sit in (the service is kinda of slow and you are there for a while). I have had my leg fall asleep more than once while waiting for service. :--(
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a treat
    FoodieFamilyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The specials are inevitably very good and yet the regular menu also beckons! New wine list untested so we can't speak to that yet. The chocolate bread pudding put a smile on people's faces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I should go more often...
    Discerningdcdiner
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Terasol is within walking distance of my home...I should go more often. The mushroom risotto was outstanding, the chenin blanc just right and you can never go wrong with the chocolate mousse. All in all, a fun evening with a good friend, good conversation and good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worst ever!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have been in the hospitality business for many years and our dining experience the other night was the WORST I have ever had!!!We waited 45 minutes for even a drink order and they were not busy and it went down hill f rom there! The waitress was so spacey and kept mixing up our orders and the service was non-existent!!! I would be embarrassed to own this restaurant!! The parties around us were in complete agreement!!! We were so hopeing to have found a new neighborhood restaurant but we would NEVER go there again! AWFUL!!!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not that good
    Sandra
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My quiche and the onion soup were very good, although not as outstanding as the bread. The hanger steak was tough and came cold. The fries that came along were a bit limp. The goat cheese that was supposed to come chaud with the salad was not chaud and the toast it sat on was as hard as a rock. I think this place is good for brunch, or lunch; not so sure about dinner. I wish I had tried the crepes, they sound delicious. One plus is that the waiter was very friendly but one minus is that the restroom needs some attention.
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  • Always delivers
    MonkVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Saturday night, there's a combo playing, which makes this a perfect place for a date, and, as always, the food and service are delightful. I feel lucky to have Terasol in my neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice lunch at Terasol
    UKFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Ate lunch at Terasol with a work colleague and because we were pressed for time, we didn't indulge in starters or dessert. We both had lemonade and iced tea, followed by a salmon nicoise salad and quiche Lorraine. Overall the food was very good. It would have been nice to have some green salad served with the quiche Lorraine (instead it was served with a potato salad and some pickles vegetables, but overall we enjoyed ourselves and the prices were reasonable. The restaurant was nearly empty for lunch (we arrived at 11:30), so service was prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    Dcmom
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I went here w some friends even though we had reviews of the horrible service. There aren't a ton of good or unique restaurants in upper NW and this could fill such a hole. But it lived up to its reputation - our waitress took forever to cost the table, when she did come by she didn't know the specials or what was in the lights cheese plate. the manager (or owner?) came over and we again asked and he was so irritated that he has to be bothered to go find out about the cheeses. He also was bothered that we asked for prices on the listed drink specials. Pulling teeth. It was like they didn't want return customers. The food when we got it was good. Excellent frites, quiche, mussels, mousse. So it's a bummer they can't get their act together.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Excellent! Much improved (food and service) over last visit about 1 1/2 years ago. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went for brunch and met a friend I hadn't seen for a while, so we stayed there a bit over a couple of hours and even though we were not ordering anymore, we were not rushed out. Very friendly staff. When we thank the person taking care of us for letting us stay so long, she answered: it's Sunday, you're not supposed to rush on Sunday, you're supposed to relax and take your time! I only tried the tomato/mozarella quiche that was very good. Loved their iced latte. Will go back and try more dishes out of their menu. Dined outside since the weather was amazing that day. Will have to go in and see the pottery! Ran out of time. Will definitely go back.
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  • Very nice lunch
    robertadcVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Terasol is the reason that Open Table gives you the option to describe a restaurant as "neighborhood gem." I have never had a bad experience there. The service is efficient and polite, and also friendly. The staff somehow projects a happy relationship which is contagious. My tuna ahi was perfectly prepared, the sauce delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebratory Meal
    UpperNorthWester20016
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This has become our spot to celebrate career promotions. Thus only the fondest of memories are conjured every time we visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Onion Soup Win!
    AmandaVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A friend and I tried out this adorable French restaurant and sat outside to enjoy the weather. The servicewas great and the onion soup was divine!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming taste of France
    localfolks
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We totally enjoiyed our dinner at Terasol. They were courteous and friendly and particularly appreciative of our having taken the trouble to reserve in advance. The food is traditional French Bistro food often with a slightly modern twist. They have many specials and a more than adequate wine list, with a few good choices in each category, available by the glass. The dessert choices are fairly routine, but well prepared. They could do with at least one dessert special to spice up the finish. While the total would not be considered cheap, we thought we got good value for our money.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st time to visit
    OceanMark
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great experience. Very good food. Wonderful music.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outsatanding Live Jazz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As usual, the live jazz duo provided an enjoyable ambience to complement the great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good, with one caveat
    GuidoVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Terasol remains the best restaurant in the area, despite competition from newly-opened, packed Macon. It has a richer menu (alas, they dropped half-price wines on Tuesdays), the cooking is better, and it is infinitely quieter, with one caveat. Some of the servers are terribly loud as they announce specials and take orders, disrupting the restaurant's tranquility. But that should be an easy fix.
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  • Wonderful neighborhood bistro
    Butta1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This spot is smallish and tight seating but the food is on. Classic bistro so don't expect whispering, hovering waitstaff or crazy heavy sauces. Honest,tasty food served with smiles and enthusiasm. Friday evening music is a charming touch. 2 teenagers with us used to best world restaurants as well as street food internationally and they enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful casual weekend brunch
    skylonsevenVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This is a perfect neighborhood weekend brunch spot. The dishes are terrific. French influenced, there is something for everyone. And eating outside during nice weather is special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant!!
    ReneeVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We just love going to Terasol! It's like being in Paris, yet only a few blocks away. Our dinner was delicious. It was terrific to sit outside with the September-like weather in mid-July. Terasol is a real gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprising gem on Conn. Ave.
    mimaof4VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Delicious lunch:healthy, flavorful salads, yummy gazpacho to start. Friendly but not overbearing service. Surprising gem tucked into small space on busy Connecticut Ave. Only negative was dessert menu of overly rich choices. We were offered mango sorbet, off-menu, which was a perfect ending to lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good neighborhood restuarent
    auntannieVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had a very nice dinner with a friend the other night. Service was just right allowing us to linger over our meals while we caught up with each other. I have eaten here twice recently - once with a group of 5 for lunch and this one with 2 of us for dinner. Both times everyone was very pleased. I love the blue cheese quiche, but the only suggestion I would make is to not pair it with potato salad - some green salad would be perfect. Chocolate bread pudding is very decadent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's all good
    thirstyjourno
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Some hard choices at Terasol. Frisee or Nicoise? Cod or moules? Bourguignon or bouillabaisse? Good problems to have. You can eat French and eat healthy -- it's Med/garlic/veg, not Paris/bechamel/glop. Not a big pile of potatoes either. Lentil soup if you must. If you're feeling too virtuous, there's creme brulee, creme caramel, chocolat and sorbet. Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Saturday Lunch
    DCVisitorVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We took a large group to lunch last Saturday and had a delightful meal with warm, attentive service. We felt transported in the sunny, arty space and all enjoyed their meals. Well done and we will back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Disappoints
    bette55VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Everything is great about Terasol except the food. The location is perfect, the decor is interesting and the staff is very nice. It looks like it's going to be a great french meal. The bread is delicious and the wine list is interesting. But both times I've eaten there the food is just mediocre. The other night, they had gazpacho as an appetizer special. The flavor was fine but the soup was thin. I also had roasted chicken which was over cooked and a brown sauce that could have come out of a can. It wasn't horrible. It was just not very good. I'm really rooting for this restaurant because it is a nice addition to the neighborhood. I will probably go back one more time but I think they've got work to do in the kitchen. I hope they do it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    TurtleSoup
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food and atmosphere are top notch! The service was very attentive and helpful. Our party of four enjoyed an early dinner before a show. Two of us had the mussels which were the best mussels I've ever eaten...and I've eaten a lot of mussels. One of our party had the hanger steak and another the gazpacho and quiche au roquefort. We pretty much licked our plates clean. All was delicious! The restaurant itself is in a nice neighborhood and we found parking right out front. We highly recommend Terasol!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 185 reviews are from the Terasol reviews archive.
  • Overlooked gem
    Trimalchio
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food puts Le Diplomate in the shade and on weekend nights there is usually some understated combo laying down some tasy jazz. This place certainly doesn't garner the attention of DC's splashier establishments, but they do a bang-up job. Very reasonable wine list. Seafood specials are espically noteworthy. Paté is superb, & crab deviled egg app. Yum.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We go here all the time. Food is always great, service is consistently good too. The live music on Friday and Saturday nights is always fabulous and provides for an inviting atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • girlfriend
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Good spot for an evening catch up with friends during the week - can actually have a conversation. My boullaboise was the special of the evening but I thought it was just okay. It was a very (too) generous portion the fish and mussels were tasty but the shrimps were chewy. My friend asked for rare seared tuna but thought the fish cut was too muscular so a bit chewy. My other friend really liked the roast chicken in the caesar salad. The beef bourgignon on an earlier visit (shortly after the restuarant opened) was fabulous - we didn't try it on this recent wamer evening. The chocolate bread pudding dessert was delicious! Service was charming and attentive. The atmosphere is welcoming, great idea to display local artisans work.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent menu
    tdn2801
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Master chef prepares excellent salads, soups and fish and meat dishes; helpful server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great food and service made this such a marvelous experience, my in-laws asked for the card so they could return on their own.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood French spot!
    Ryan
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Terasol has a diverse menu with plenty of classic-fare french options. If you're looking for deliciously authentic French cuisine at an understated cafe with an affordable wine list, this is your place. Go elsewhere if you're looking for vegan French-Thai fusion. Great service too. We used to always go to Le Chat Noir for French... they may have been replaced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charming neighborhood bistro
    LGfromDC
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Lovely salads, mussels, soups. Charming space with friendly, capable waiters and a decent wine list (loved the sparkling rose). Generous portions. Would definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.