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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
  • Email: info@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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "You have to watch for Terra to pop up on Green Bay Road, but it's worth the vigilance. The interior of Terra strikes you as you enter with a very upbeat feeling. The food is varied, leaning a little Italian, but all seafood and meat selections are interesting, and are delicious, as we sampled each other's apps and entrees. Service is prompt, prices are moderate; we will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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
  • "I've been here 3 or 4 times and each time I'm pleasantly surprised at how tasty and interesting each dish is. Traditional dishes are a little lighter (that's a good thing) but not short on flavor. There's an interesting flavor element in each dish, making it a little different from what you find elsewhere, but never weird. Everything is just right!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We felt a little rushed when ordering drinks. The waitress, Ana had great suggestions for appetizers along with entrees."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our first visit was a great experience. The service was attentive and the server very knowledgeable. Wine more than adequate but single glasses a bit pricey. BYO for a nominal corkage fee may be a good choice. The food was outstanding. Flavorful, beautiful presentation and not excessive in serving size. Liked it so much that we already made a reservation for our next outing."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Lamb shank special was delicious. Tasty munchies on the table. Great food and service right in the neighborhood!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We went there with a party of 6 and it was awesome. The food was excellent and delicious. If you are in there try the bacon wrapped dates, the beef tenderloin tips. The service was fabulous and they even had complimentary valet parking. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time at Teera. Both times the food has been excellent. We especially love the bacon wrapped dates and the Ahi Tuna entree. So yummy!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "If you're a foody looking for a local "Fit For Foodies" option and are tired of the Highland Park, Deerfield and Highwood restaurants, this is a good choice. The atmosphere is very nice and it's well decorated. Nice menu options. Rack of lamb was amazing. Bread pudding was very tasty, but on the smallish side (not big enough for sharing), but that made us have to order the beignets with espresso poured over them. Total yum!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Nice: but ambience a little subdued. Reasonably priced. Would defiantly return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our first visit to Terra will bring us back. The food was excellent, the service was very friendly and attentive. It is a casual date night destination."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Visited Northwestern to take some family friends(students) out to dinner, the customer base felt like it was only octogenarians. Food was decent, though overpriced, my table, though, with college kids and myself in my late 20s we were definitely the youngest people there. Service was decent, food lacked creativity and was a little under seasoned."
    Dined on 5/17/2013
  • "I had an enjoyable meal at Terra. I liked the décor, the friendly help and atmosphere and of course the food. The scallop appetizer had a nice taste and I had Jambalaya for dinner. Good Jambalaya. To truly judge I would need to try more food, but it seemed like good variety at a good price and I would suggest Terra to others."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Beautifully prepared food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. We dined at prime time on a Saturday and the room was vibrant and energetic without ever being intrusive. Our server was marvelous and very knowledgable about the menu and wine list. This location is ideal for a relaxing weekday meal, a romantic dinner or a special occasion event. Don't miss this neighborhood find right in the heart of busy Green Bay Road in Evanston. 5 stars."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Good food, ambience, service, quiet -- perfect older diners"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food is very good here and wait staff are all very efficient and personable. We've eaten here 5-6 times. This last time, the menu seems to be smaller, which we were disappointed about."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Best salad. Best fish tacos. Small plate but Pefect w salad. Attentive smart staff Really enjoy. Wish it was open for lunch"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Dining at Terra was a fantastic. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Once again, wine list item was not available. Over priced for quality and innovation."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We've celebrated a couple of special occasions here, as a couple, a foursome, and on this occasion, Valentines Day, with our 2 adult children and their spouses. The appetizers we shared were generous and wonderful. Everyone ordered a different dish and we were all pleased. Our daughter, a vegetarian, had no problem ordering a "custom made" entree, ad well as a salad sans meat. The service was exceptional as always."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Upon entering Terra Bistro, I'm always impressed by the beautiful bar that greets its guests. The main room is also tastefully decorated, an element that enhances the dining experience. My recent visit was my third, but my friend had not yet had the pleasure. We shared three items: the "large plate" special of sea scallops, the small plate fish tacos, and a baby-greens salad with strawberries and goat-cheese crouton. My friend was impressed by the selection of menu items and found our selections to be perfect for her appetite and palate. If I had one criticism it would be that the scallop dish was a tad over-salted, and I'm not one to stint on the sodium chloride. I look forward to visiting Terra again and trying some new dishes."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Similar to our two prior visits, the food was quite good but the service was incredibly spotty. It took the server a good 15 min to approach our table, he rushed us to order but then forgot our drinks and didn't bring them until well after the appetizers were served. He didn't let us know the specials until after our appetizers came and then rushed thru them so quickly we could barely understand him. Then when we tried to order one, we were told they ran out (it was only 8:15!) He took our entire order without writing it down, and forgot one of the sides which didn't come until we were done with dinner. It's too bad b/c the food is really good, but poor service three times over the past 1 1/2 years means we probably won't return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "the food was good, but it took four different choices to find something that could be prepared without garlic or onions. This was in spite of the menu highlighting the restaurant sensitivity to food allergies and local grown items. the main courses were more imaginative than the salads and desserts. Overall, not bad, but we will not rush back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have been to Terra a few times and have never been disappointed. This time we chose to sit at the bar and had a great time. The bar is beautiful and Brandon is a wonderful bartender who made us some wonderful cocktails. The Food as usual was stellar. This is easily one of the best restaurants and one of the biggest secrets on the NS. We have introduced many friends to Terra and they have all been equally impressed. Keep up the great work and thank you for being here!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We have been here a few times before and returned because we like it . This time I was somewhat disappointed. The waitress seemed a little inexperienced although she tried to be helpful. I asked her if the meatloaf was spicy. She said "No, it was not spicy at all." Wrong! It was so peppery that I could not eat it. When I told her, she offered something else. I ate everything else on the plate other than the meatloaf and told her I prefered to get a dessert. She said she would give us two. My friend enjoyed his dinner very much. The desserts were OK. I think we will try it again, but I will be more careful with what I order."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Terra was a nice cozy spot, yet our party of 7 was not out of place. The menu had something for everyone. Our waiter Nicco was terrific. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have been going to Terra since it opened and have never been disappointed. We like to bring our own wine and the corkage fee is modest, $15 except on Monday when there is no corkage fee."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This is the 3rd or 4th time we have been to Terra, and they never disappoint! The food was delicious, perfectly seasoned, light fish, and loved the appetizer - - we had the goat cheese croquettes, very crispy and light on the outside, gooey perfection inside, with that lovely fruit compote. My only quibble with the meal was the dessert; LOVED the flavor of the bourbon pecan pie, but in order to serve it warm, it would seem they heated it in a microwave, as the crust had completely lost it's tenderness and was tough to cut. Otherwise, very tasty. Warm pie is delightful, but I'd sacrifice warmth for tender crust. The service is prompt and friendly and attentive. We really need to visit more often."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I really enjoyed everything, the food was great, plenyifull, and presented well. A really great place that I would return to in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "If you are looking for a somewhat upscale creative dining option Terra is a fine choice. They have excellent seafood chicken and meat options and a very good wine selection. It's hard to find anything negative to say about this restaurant."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We took friends to Terra and had a very pleasant evening. The atmosphere was warm and pleasant with very friendly and efficient service. Everyone was happy with their small plate selections (fish tacos and black mussels) and the chicken breast entre was especially tender and juicy."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Terra remains a solid option for dinner in the North Evanston-Wilmette area."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "I first dined at Terra during its first month of being open, when it didn't yet have a liquor license and was still working out some other kinks, but the staff was very friendly, and I saw potential in the food, so I hoped it would survive the competitive Evanston-area restaurant scene. It did. A year or so later, I returned and was pleased from top to bottom with everything, from the menu (including the drink options) to the atmosphere. I would definitely go back. (Free valet parking - bonus!)"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Well prepared food, fish not overcooked, tender, fresh. Ability to change vegetables is a good feature. Striped sea bass excellent. Service excellent. Wait staff knowledgeable about the food. Complimentary valet service a real plus."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal at Terra. We always enjoy a venue where we can hear each other and this was fine here."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Decor very fine, and an improvement over its restaurant predecessor. Tables nicely separated for ease of serving and privacy. Fine lighting, comfortable on the eyes but bright enough to easily read the menu Food choices were interesting, imaginative, and gave each of my guests and me chance to enjoy many tastes/ scents/ visions Presentation of the entree was excellent My son, a guest, is an excutive chef at a fine Grand Rapids MI restaurant --> he enjoyed / reveled in the entire experience"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I felt we were slightly rushed through our meal, the courses came on the heels of one another, but the food is delicious and the donut dessert is yummy! Even when full it never seems loud and it is a very relaxing ambience. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Another great dining experience at Terra. I went with 2 friends and they both loved it! The food was excellent and so was the ambiance. I would highly recommend Terra to my friends and family. In the last month I have been there 3 times!!! It is one of my favorite restaurants to dine at!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014