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TERRA, An American Bistro
TERRA, An American Bistro

TERRA, An American Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.terra-bistro.com
  • Phone: (847) 563-9100
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Sunday - 4:00pm -9:00pm,
    Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Friday - 5:00-10:00pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dave Perlick
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Terra, an American Bistro does offer off site catering on a limited case by case basis and Executive Chef Dave Perlick does offer personal chef services as well. Please call for further details and information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Livingston
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Terra, An American Bistro has both on site parking and complimentary Valet parking available.
A word from TERRA, An American Bistro
Terra, An American Bistro is Montarra Restaurant Groups newest restaurant. Executive Chef Dave Perlick, together with Chef de Cuisine Chris Peterson , brings his critically acclaimed talents to the North Shore in Evanston Illinois.


Chef Dave has created a wonderfully diverse menu of contemporary American Cuisine with International influences that will showcase, when available, the finest locally grown ingredients, the freshest seafood and the best cuts of locally grown, corn fed, USDA Prime Grade Beef.



Terra, An American Bistro also has an extensive wine list featuring more than 50 wines from over 10 countries to pair with the wonderfully diverse dishes Chef Dave has created.


Our menu changes seasonally to bring you the freshest ingredients to your table so you are sure to discover something different every time you visit.


We look forward to making your dining experience with us, a truely memorable one.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "We usually go to downtown Evanston restaurants so even though TERRA is off by itself we will probably go back. Everyone was friendly without overdoing it - servers being overly friendly has been somewhat annoying lately. Creative menu, enjoyed the wine recommendation."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We went to Terra for our 34th wedding anniversary this past weekend. The food was very good, our server was friendly. We did feel that we were kind of rushed through the meal even though there were empty tables. We ordered a bottle of wine - it was good but it shouldn't have cost $62."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went for a birthday celebration and had a great time. Elegant ambience. We were able to talk to each other without yelling, the waiter was polite and helpful, and food delicious. Especially the flourless chocolate cake. :)"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was our first dinner at Terra. Our group of 4 ladies spent 4 hours at the table and enjoyed everything...bacon wrapped dates were a standout. We all have different main courses and desserts; selections for the entree were jambalaya, tuna, sea bass and beef short ribs. Bryon, our server, was very friendly and attentive. We had one bottle of Prosecco and alas, the bar had no more. Bryon, brought a different sparkling wine, which we were offered a taste. We accepted it, but it was not too much to our liking. We hope they restock Prosecco. We rated this 4 stars simply b/c the sparkling wine selection was so limited. This is an extremely nice restaurant and we wish them success."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This place is great place. I brought some friend here who were celebrating their anniversary. The food, ambience and service was point on! The staff were extremely friendly and courteous and went above and beyond to make our dining experience nice. I would highly recommend this place!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Nice selection of a variety of dishes. Small plates and flatbreads make for lots of sharing possibilities. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was better than average. The ambiance was a bit dry and sterile it did not live up to the menu. It was too bland without any edge or elegance. The tables were very close together and lacked any intimacy."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "All courses were delicious, drinks and wine were perfect and service outstanding! We are ready to go again!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Imaginative and fresh menu, ever new and tasty, with a few reliable standards. Significant other loves the jambalaya. Fish is my choice and never disappointed."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This place is great! Despite some negative reviews about outdated decor, the atmosphere is lovely and the food was terrific. Menu had a lot of options! Something for everyone. I had the seared tuna while my daughter and mother-in-law had the meatloaf (seriously good meatloaf!). My son said the gnocchi rocked and my husband raved about the Jambalaya. We were too full for desserts but we will be back for those another day!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A great place to go for interesting food/menu, good service, and without the crowding of tables and excessive noise you find at so many places today."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The menu is FABULOUS, the service is pretty good, but the decor is HORRENDOUS! (Think mid80s suburban spot for senior citizens) There's a reason this place had only 4 tables occupied while places nearby like Found, Farmhouse, Boltwood, and Union are packed every night! Hire a designer, get ride of the browns and dusty roses, the awful ceiling, the tall ceramic vases with fake flowers and grasses. Get a vibe going, cuz the food is outstanding and if you do this, people will come! If not, this place will go under... SOON."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Classic menu items but prepared in creative and exceptionally delicious ways. Everything was a treat"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Delightful and delicious! Excellent food, beautiful presentation, and the entire staff made an effort to make our 91-year-old birthday girl feel very special!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "So we booked a table here at the last minute (3 hours before on a Friday night) and were pleasantly surprised to get in (My husband thought it might be a bad sign). We met friends at the restaurant and were seated immediately. We didn't do appetizers and split some salads which were more than enough and very good. Two of us had the special halibut which was amazing. We all agreed that the food was really good, and we would return. Service was also prompt and friendly, not annoying."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Went with a large group. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was slightly slow although the staff was attentive. Have been there previously and no issues with the service. Must haves: bacon wrapped date appetizer, donuts for dessert."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As we are relatively new to the area, we have been exploring many different eateries on the North Shore. Last weeks find for us was Terra. The food was excellent, it was easy to find, and the service was outstanding. We are both Gluten-Free (celiac), and so are very careful where we eat. We had no issues, and were happy to find the waiter understood the problem and pointed out to us what we could eat and what we couldn't. They do not have a dedicated gluten free menu (hint hint), and they do not have a dedicated fryer for flour-based foods, so we could not try the polenta fries (sad face). The Duck cassoulet was great, as were my wife's lamb chops. Nice selection of specialty drinks and wine. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Three of us had the Sea Bass special--it was terrific!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "we liked everything we ordered; it was good, although not outstanding. I liked the bacon wrapped meat loaf, and they were accommodating about substituting for one of the side dishes. They're also flexible about making an appetizer portion into a main course."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had 4 people and all enjoyed the food. The appetizer portions were large; 6 large shrimp and a lot of calamari so plenty for sharing. The seafood linguini had tons of seafood. The chocolate mousse cake was moist and enough for 4 to share. The service was a little off; we waited ages for the appetizers and then got this main course immediately. The booth was okay for us but if you have guests who are large, I suggest a table. The restaurant was quiet; it wasn't full but there were plenty if people there. I would return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was very good, the wait staff very helpful and the noise level low except for the background music. However the restaurant was not nearly full so the noise level is unpredictable. And because the restaurant was not full, the didn't rush us and our group of six could relax and enjoy conversation."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Terra continues to be a consistent choice for the north Evanston/Wilmette area. The food is prepared well, they have interesting options, and the service is professional. The prices have climbed up a but which makes it a pricey option."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Looking for a new place to try and stumbled across Terra! Food was delicious and service terrific. Lamb, sea bass, salmon & cassoulet - all were far above expectation. A return for sure."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Had a birthday family dinner with some seniors. Service was prompt and attentive. Food was excellent. The noise level was very minimal and thus good for conversation. Would highly recommend this special bistro for quiet family celebrations."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our evening here. Very good food and good service. Convenient. Appreciate the valet parking. We''l be back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Had dinner at the bar. Barkeepers were attentive and knowledgeable. Food was VERY good. The few times I was there the customers were of the older set."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We have been to and enjoyed Terra several times and always enjoyed the food and service. Menu is broad enough to tempt the vegetarian to the carnivore and the use of seasoning and sauces is always spot-on. However, this time something was not up to my (or fine dining) standards. While we were still enjoying our salad course, the entrees (beautifully prepared ahi tuna and tasty jambalaya) appeared. No attempt to correct the situation or offer an alternative... just "oops". The rest of the meal went well. I don't think it is just our preference; we have taken a major markdown on lesser restaurants, blaming management for lack of wait staff or kitchen training. What happened here?"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The food is so so nothing special. They bring a basket of large stale crackers instead of fresh bread. I think they could do better."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went for Mothers' Day. Our waiter was pretty bad. He never asked about the food or checked in with us. He also didn't seen to know the menu or whether we could modify items on it. The bus boys paid more attention to us. I hope they got talk of the tip."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I've enjoyed Terra's food at least seven meals before and my meal and the service was just off this time. While the Caesar salad was wonderful (crisp and pungent), my bacon wrapped meatloaf was cold. My dad's steak was too rare (ordered medium). The presentation of the food was lovely but the actual fare fell a little flat. My husband's shrimp and spaghetti dish was adequate. The server, though polite, had my aged parents hand him their dishes rather than moving to them to remove them. I'm hopeful our evening was an anomaly as I've had great meals at Terra and had talked up the restaurant to my out of town family. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wonderful for either romantic dinner or friendly conversation. Tasteful setting, appropriate music volume and genre and delicious food. Unobtrusive, but attentive wait staff. Nice last minute find. Delightful."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Been here three times recently. The food is diverse and excellent. Niko is the best !"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Terra. We brought two guests who are pretty picky and they were very pleased with their meal and the service. The ambiance of this restaurant is so warm and relaxing. My scallops were wonderful and my husband ordered the Tenderloin Tips, cooked to perfection. Best of all was the wonderful fruit tart dessert. We'll come back again and again."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This is second time we've been to Terra. Food is always of high quality and flavorful. The ahi tuna tacos were excellent as well as their fish selections. Terra also has an interesting cocktail menu. Loved the dessert of affagato with warm house made donuts. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went to Terra for a birthday dinner. We had been a few months ago and loved it so wanted to try it again. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the servers are attentive but not invasive and the food is very good. A nice, easy, delicious find!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Good solid food, not pretentious, a fair value for the price."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "While it's easy to pass Terra on Greenbay Road just south of Wilmette, it remains a good option for fine dining in the area. The food is well prepared and the service is good. A bit pricy for what it is. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had never been to Terra before and we were pleasantly surprised. The food was very good and the service was great. The ambiance was bistro noisy. Parking is tough so they have complimentary valet parking. We had the organic greens salad and the scallops and bullabaise and both were outstanding. We thought our waiter had too many tables, but he and his support staff handled it well. It is slower dinner experience to don’t expect fast food. The price, 130 for 2, was not bad considering the same meal would cost twice as much in the city. We are going to add the restaurant to our list."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We always wanted a restaurant with a variety of choices close to home. The ambience and noise level are very rewarding when so many restaurants you can't have a conversation. The bar is perfect if you want to sit and eat there but the dining room is never rushed and you can linger before a show or theatre. One thing is I have noticed prices getting pushed higher and they need to offer either soup or salad and a vegetable to continue to keep this location a place to continue to return"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was our fourth or fifth time at Terra, and this time the food was especially tasty. Tried some of the small plates this time, and all were tasty. Bacon wrapped dates especially good, also the Brussels sprouts. Wines by the glass a bit pricey, but the Pinot Grigio I had was delicious. Overall, a solid & reliable neighborhood place, one we will return to I am sure."
    Dined on 4/4/2014