TERRA, An American Bistro
TERRA, An American Bistro

TERRA, An American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.terra-bistro.com/
  • Phone: 8475639100x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
TERRA, An American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (39)good for groups (25)special occasion (24)notable wine list (15)romantic (7)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • A favorite neighborhood spot
    Rosie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Like the new menu! Good variety and seasonal flavors. Always good service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mm Mm Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've dined there before, and Terra is our favorite Evanston/Wilmette area Restaurant. Dinner for 4, we opened with a moderately priced Kim Crawford Savingon Blanc, we shared the Bacon wrapped Dates, the Pork Flat bread, and the special brussel sprouts, all were delicious, the dates best of them all. For Main course, my companions oredered 2 Prime Steak Burgers, A fish Taco apetizer, and for myself, the most delicious Bone in Pork Chop Special I've ever eaten, served over Grilled Asperegus, small potatolings and lightly bathed in a sweet apple glaze. For Dessert, We shared a pecan pie, a flourless chocalate cake. We've always been happy with Terra, and this time it hit on all cylinders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service was very nice. Our server w as dry helpful with health related special requests. The menu has a nice variety of choices and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Find Terra on the Internet
    Schertzandcompany
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was my job to find a restaurant My job as the passenger as we were driving into the area for a concert was to find a place to eat. I got online to checked out what Evanston had to offer and found Terra's menu. It sounded interesting and it met my friend's Paleo diet & vegetarian needs, as well as, my traveling companion and my "good comfort food" desires. My companion does not have what I would call a foodie palate so to hear him go on and on at how fantastic the food and waiter were validated my choice was a success! We highly recommend Terra to anyone with picky eaters! I enjoyed their modest but carefully chosen wine selection too. My companion says get the Beef Tenderloin Tips when you go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, service was not
    Wolfie
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The menu is interesting, but they were out of the entree I ordered and one of the side dishes and the service was extermely slow, only two waiters working that night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terra's Firma
    rong626VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Been there twice,including last weekend going back tonite with another couple. Found the food great, tad spicy, prices about average, service a little slow, but really enjoyed the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terra for anniversarry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Food was great. Service we prompt, courteous, and pleasant. Would recommend Terra readily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable-- with very good food
    Jon9509
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The title says it all. The menu is interesting and the food is first-rate. Service is terrific and this is that rare good restaurant where you can carry on a conversation with the people around your table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food great-Service needs work
    luv2eat26
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I went to Terra because we like to try new restaurants and we like to support Evanston restaurants. Unfortunately, Terra is not a restaurant we will return to. ("You only have one chance to make a good first impression.") While the food was very good, the service was frustrating. Our server was very engaging, when he stopped at our table, but he missed many of the details. It took almost 10 minutes for him to greet us and take our drink order. We never received the salads we ordered. (He admitted the salad preparer was 'overwhelmed'.) We finally had our water refilled for the first time (after many requests) when we were paying the bill. There are too many other excellent restaurants in Evanston--we will not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice local spot
    AntifragileVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We tried this on a last minute whim. Do not let the wide availability fool you, it is a nice spot. The service needs some work. Despite having a well thought out wine list, it took too long to order and receive our wine (why cant restaurants get this right?). Also, if you are going to sell $200 bottles of wine, you cannot just have one wine glass for all varietals (although it was a respectable Cabernet glass). On to the food. There is a great selection of tapas like appetizers. The mushroom/truffle soup is one of the best I have had anywhere (please make this a permanent part of the menu). The Tuna taco, could have used more Tuna but was very tasty. Salads and flatbreads are also winners. Nice place. Keep it up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    CarolMusic
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This place is always good an we go often enough to be interested in specials....so we can keep varying what we select. It's too easy to just order the same One Great Dish. My only criticism is I do wish they had more whitefish than tilipia.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not always up to its ambitions
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Together for a reunion, we wanted a quiet place to chat. Terra is local for us, free valet a nice touch. Decor not trendy, but quiet. But our server was loud, just this side of rude, with a 'let's get the show on the road' attitude. The menu was an odd mix, modern bistro (foie gras) and greasy spoon (Grecian lamb). Our group ate chicken breasts (rated average), Korean style short ribs, the special, quite good, though not in the least Korean. Lamb was fine. The green salad could have been fresher. We felt the prices were on the high side for the value. Terra could be good with more attention and refinement, especially the service- I recommend they hire a consultant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Positive first impression
    evanstondiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our first visit to TERRA. The food was quite good -- interesting combinations of flavors and spices, well-prepared and presented. The beet salad was particularly flavorful. The service was outstanding -- helpful and professional without hovering. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    WilmetteFoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent food and very pleasant atmosphere. Not too noisy. Not too expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Sherry
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was very good and service attentive and friendly. We will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food kind of slow service
    drkittens
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The title says it all: The food was _really_ good, but the service was fairly slow. I would be more forgiving about that if they had been really busy or something, but we went on a Thursday night and it was hardly packed. I will definitely be back for the food though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    PalatineDiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, expensive wine
    BuckyDucky
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Me gusta!
    Sabroso
    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. :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terra, great evening
    nye47
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fanstatic Place
    Anniversary
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great for sharing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Nice selection of a variety of dishes. Small plates and flatbreads make for lots of sharing possibilities. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stevigVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    All courses were delicious, drinks and wine were perfect and service outstanding! We are ready to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great eating experience
    Munchkin514VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond expectations!
    JT1492VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carole
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant needs a makeover!
    drheidi
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great preparation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Classic menu items but prepared in creative and exceptionally delicious ways. Everything was a treat
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner!
    needtogetaway
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    SaturdayNiteDiner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 403 reviews are from the TERRA, An American Bistro reviews archive.
  • Excellent meal
    GorgarVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal.
    33Years
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Three of us had the Sea Bass special--it was terrific!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    stho
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with generous portions
    Susieq
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fun Evening for All
    phyllgo
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pricy food
    regulardinerVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    STrail
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.