5010 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008Neighborhood:
Chevy Chase, DC
FrenchPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.terasolartisans.com/
- Phone: (202) 237-5555
- 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.
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!Continued
Make sure to check out our website for our upcoming events. Check out our music nights every Fridays! See you soon!!!
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
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Terasol reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since August 1, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (21)great for outdoor dining (21)great for lunch (18)romantic (12)great for brunch (10)special occasion (8)notable wine list (6)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)hot spot (1)Show More
- Menu much improvedOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 11/21/2014It had been a while since I ate at Terasol. The menu, which I previously had found rather limited, has been expanded significantly, with many new fine choices. Our first courses and entrees were all excellent. Service was attentive. Live music was great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Can be improved but tolerable.SushiCDined on 11/17/2014Great place for lunch. The food is fresh and delicious, and although the menu is not extensive, there are good choices for every taste. Last time I went I ordered a salad and it was very well sized and seasoned. The deserts are great. The decor is enhanced by the the work of talented potters who display their wares in the restaurant. However, I went back for dinner and the experience left something to be desired. The fish was bland, the mashed potatoes way too rich. But what really frazzled me was the service... but well, everybody has a bad day from time to time. Would I recommend Terasol to a friend? Yes, but....Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great live jazz!OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 11/8/2014We really enjoyed the guitar and bass duo. The food and service were also outstanding.Special Features:
- Lovely lunchMiaJosieDined on 11/6/2014Terasol is reasonably priced, and is a perfect spot for a delicious lunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 10/25/2014We've been here several times and have really enjoyed the food. This last time; however, was somewhat of a disappointment. After being seated, we waited quite a while, even to be served water, and we were hard-pressed to be served bread. We would have probably odered a second glass of wine, but were concerned that we would be finished with our entree before the wine arrived. It appeared that the tables had been moved much closer together and that the wait staff was overextended, even though our server did her best to accommodate us.Special Features:
- Lovely LunchLGfromDCDined on 10/24/2014My friend and I had a lovely lunch here, and I've also been here for dinner. This is a charming neighborhood restaurant. The menu leans towards French Bistro, but they also offer seasonal and local twists, such as a salad topped with crab meat. Service was super friendly, prices reasonable and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. I would definitely return.Special Features:
- ExcellentRTS2VIPDined on 10/17/2014Small 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:
- Typical French CuisinePierreVPDined on 10/13/2014Excellent 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:
- excellent food well presentedbillinwienDined on 10/12/2014This 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:
- JackieDined on 10/10/2014Good 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New favethirstyjournoDined on 10/5/2014Love 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:
- DeliciousExMontrealerDined on 9/30/2014Went 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:
- Great JazzOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 9/26/2014As Terasol regulars, we always enjoy the live music on Friday and Saturday nights.Special Features:
- DavidWashIngtonVIPDined on 9/26/2014The 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. :--(
- Always a treatFoodieFamilyVIPDined on 9/25/2014The 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:
- I should go more often...DiscerningdcdinerDined on 9/22/2014Terasol 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:
- worst ever!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/12/2014I 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!!!!!
- Not that goodSandraDined on 9/7/2014My 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.
- Always deliversMonkVIPDined on 9/6/2014Saturday 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:
- Nice lunch at TerasolUKFoodiesVIPDined on 9/5/2014Ate 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Horrible serviceDcmomDined on 9/4/2014I 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.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/24/2014Excellent! Much improved (food and service) over last visit about 1 1/2 years ago. Will go back.Special Features:
- Very nice!EvieDined on 8/24/2014Went 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.
- Very nice lunchrobertadcVIPDined on 8/21/2014Terasol 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:
- Celebratory MealUpperNorthWester20016Dined on 8/18/2014This has become our spot to celebrate career promotions. Thus only the fondest of memories are conjured every time we visit.Special Features:
- Onion Soup Win!AmandaVIPDined on 8/18/2014A 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:
- Charming taste of FrancelocalfolksDined on 8/15/2014We 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:
- 1st time to visitOceanMarkDined on 8/15/2014Great experience. Very good food. Wonderful music.Special Features:
- Outsatanding Live JazzOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/9/2014As usual, the live jazz duo provided an enjoyable ambience to complement the great food and service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Consistently good, with one caveatGuidoVIPDined on 8/5/2014Terasol 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.
- Wonderful neighborhood bistroButta1Dined on 8/1/2014This 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:
- The following 193 reviews are from the Terasol reviews archive.
- Wonderful casual weekend brunchskylonsevenVIPDined on 7/27/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful restaurant!!ReneeVIPDined on 7/18/2014We 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:
- Surprising gem on Conn. Ave.mimaof4VIPDined on 7/18/2014Delicious 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good neighborhood restuarentauntannieVIPDined on 7/17/2014Had 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:
- It's all goodthirstyjournoDined on 7/15/2014Some 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful Saturday LunchDCVisitorVIPDined on 7/12/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food Disappointsbette55VIPDined on 6/29/2014Everything 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful!TurtleSoupDined on 6/28/2014The 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:
- Overlooked gemTrimalchioDined on 6/20/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.