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Terra Restaurant
Terra Restaurant

Terra Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://terrarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (707) 963-8931
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Su-Mon, W-Th 6:00pm-8:30pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Hiro Sone
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We enjoy bring Terra to your party for up to 150 people. While not always available with enough notice Hiro and Lissa can make your event very special. The menus we suggest are from the current menus we offer at the restaurant. Local farm grown vegetables, meats and fish. A true restaurant experience in your home.
  • Private Party Facilities: Terra can be reserved for your private party. The room seats up to 40 people and is a gracious room for celebrating. Our menus are custom created for each party from our current menu so everything is very seasonal and local. Dietary requirements are seriously respected. Please see our website for photos of the room set up for a private party and a sample menu.
  • Private Party Contact: Lissa Doumani (707) 963-8931

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adams and Hunt
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of parking on the street and in the two lots north of our building. We are a small town and the businesses near us are happy to have our guests park in their lots after 6:00pm
A word from Terra Restaurant
Terra Restaurant has been a leading restaurant in the Napa Valley since 1988. Set in a historic field stone building, Terra gives you the feeling of the Napa Valley, or some have said the French country side. We are proud to be part of such an important area not just for food but also for wine (Our family owns Quixote Winery). We are, Hiro and Lissa the chef/owners of Terra and love to work closely with the local growers for our vegetables and the farms that raise the meats we serve. Incredible dairies that make the cheese and the fishermen that bring in the catch we serve. The connection to the land and the people is why we love what we do. Terra serves a prix fix menu of 4, 5 or 6 courses. Terra has received a Michelin Star since the first award in 2007 and each year since then. Hiro Sone received the James Beard Award for Best Chef California in 2003 and Terra received James Beard Award for Outstanding Service-2008. The San Francisco Chronicle gave Terra & Bar Terra 3 1/2 stars.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Terra in St. Helena is a wonderful restaurant. The food is amazing and the staff goes out of their way to be helpful. We have dined ther many times and it is always top notch."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "very tasty and interesting and perfectly prepared menu. while not as lavish or polished, nor arrogant, as The Meadowood, our dining experience was just as good. wine reasonably priced..."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Terra is a very nice restaurant, but at the cost it is just not worth it. There are much better restaurants with more inspired food and warmer atmospheres at much better prices. It was very good, but just didn't hit the mark. And WAY too quiet - like pin-drop quiet."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This place is tiny, less than 10 tables, but the food is excellent. It's a tasting menu but you get to pick your courses. The food is delicious with so many flavors. My only regret was getting a dessert instead of another savory dish."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The dishes were all outstanding, small compositions with a blend of French and Japanese influences. We particularly enjoyed the seafood crudo, the dumplings, the pork sugo, and the fish. The chocolate mousseline was a wonderful finish. We even bought the cookbook, published in 2000."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food, but portions a bit large. Would not recommend more than 4 courses. We were stuffed by end of the 3rd portion. Sommelier tends toward white wines, but choices were good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I'm kicking myself that I haven't been here sooner. Everything was so good and the service was excellent! We will be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Have enjoyed Terra since shortly after it opened years ago. The food and service remain excellent, and one can actually have a conversation here without excess background noise. We went with friends, and everyone thought the same."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant in all respects. If you want a loud, rowdy restaurant this is not it. Fine dining tapa style. Eclectic dishes, small portions, multiple courses served perfectly timed. Quiet, relaxed dinning in a understated European style building."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I was at Terra with friends from Hong Kong last month and returned this past weekend with lady friends from all over the country. I was very impressed, both times, with the service, quality and variety of the food, and the ambience. I hadn't realized that the restaurant has been established for well over 10 years which is all the more impressive because the food is very inventive and the flavors are so current with today's taste preferences. My girlfriends were a bit concerned with the fact that it's a set price for 4, 5 or 6 menu choices (mix or match sweet and savory), that the meal would be too heavy. But the flexibility of choices allowed us all to try most of the 25+ choices on the menu, and every dish a stand out!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Wonderful little gem! We came on our honeymoon 5 years ago and returned on our recent trip for a friends wedding. Excellent wine choices, too!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The menu dishes are creative, well thought out and superbly executed. There are layers of flavors. Everyone in our party were thrilled."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food at Terra was wonderful. The menu is set up to sample several dishes, all of which are wonderful. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was very comfortable. Overall a great experience!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant was "fine"--the service, the food, the atmosphere. Considering the reputation and price tag, frankly I was expecting to be blown away. We have eaten at many fine restaurants our times in the Napa Valley--Mustards, Tras Vigne, Redd, Boucheon--and all of those were a more memorable food, service and atmosphere experience. My advice, skip this overrated restaurant and go elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and the service we recieved given that we chose the restaurant with little input from friends or reviewers. The evening was alot of fun supported by the outstanding food and wine selections. The staff were extremely helpful and eager to answer any of our questions. It is sometimes the subtle things that are most remembered and appreciated when dining, and we found these things in the smiles and patience that we were afforded. We will recommend this restaurant to our friends and we will make a point of revisiting it when we are again in the Napa Valley."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "By far, the best dining experience for my husband and I during our trip to Napa. Residing in New York City, we are fortunate to have access to dozens of fine dining options. While in Napa, Terra easily exceeded our expectations and set the bar very high! The Capellini pasta with American Caviar and Lemon Caper Vinaigrette was unqiue and addictively delicious. The tuna crudo was another star. We can't recommend Terra enough! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My husband and I each had the 6 dish tasting menu at Terrra for dinner. All were wonderful tasting and well composed. We like the smaller portions because it enables you to taste more dishes. We have been meaning to go to Terra for a few years now and this first visit met our expectations well. What also is nice is that the noise level is low so that you can actually have a conversation. We would not recommend the Chef's red table wine; they do have good choices on their wine list though. Overall, a visit well worth it, and we would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was the dinner for our first night on our honeymoon and it did not disappoint. The food was creative and excellent and probably the best service I have ever had. We each had the four course dinner (which was plenty of food) and ate the Chawan Mushi - which was different and worth a try; Lobster Tortelloni (a favorite); Black Cod (excellent); Abalone (very good) Risotto and the Duck. All great!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "melt in your mouth pork, darling abalone, fantastic green garlic chickpea soup"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My second time dining at Terra. The service is friendly. timely, very informative and helpful. Food preparation is creative, flavorful, with unique offerings. The menu is for experienced diners or guests who are willing to try new preparations. Nothing on the menu appears wild or crazy but it is prepared with creative, subtle flavors. I was a with another guest and we ordered the tasting menu with four dishes. It was suggested we each order four different preparations and share. A separate plate was provided for eating, our experience was expanded and the tasting experience was a food lovers dream. The dining room is quiet enough to enjoy conversations, atmospheric with the old stone walls and room accessories. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "It's difficult to find, and the town folk don't know it's there and if you walk by the place every day, you would think it's empty but don't let that fool you,your not there for the decor but the food. It's been operating for 20 years plus so it's an establishment.It has fusion style Japanese food and it has a very good black cod to die for and small plates of everything else. I recommend it for the excellent dishes, 4 plates for $78 is the set price and it's worth it, you can pick anything you like, both seafood and meat,but more toward the seafood. The taste is mild so you don't have a strong flavour that overwhelms you. Best restaurant in many years. a real gem,don't tell other people."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We came to celebrate a special evening. The restaurant was rustic but upscale. It was moderately noisy but nice. The Japanese mushi was good and most dishes had an Asian influence. We ordered our 4 courses at the beginning. After the 3rd course our waitress brought the dessert menu back even though we had declined it earlier. I thought it was just an attempt to sell us a 5th course but it turned out she forgot our 4th course. She later remembered it and apologized with complimentary wine. Overall though it was a nice evening and the food was very good. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "the 4 or 5 course dinner was simply terrific and a must for foodies traveling to wine country"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "A LONG TIME FAVORITE OF MINE THAT HAS RISEN TO EVERY CHALLENGE SINCE IT HAS OPENED WHETHER IT BE ROMANCE, BUSINESS OR JUST SHOWING OFF. MANAGER, ANDREW (WHO SOMETIMES ASSISTS IN "WAITING ON YOUR TABLE") IS A GEM AND IS IN MY ALL TIME TOP 10 IN THAT COLLATERAL DUTY. MS. LIZA, CO OWNER/HOSTESS, IS ONE OF THE GRAND DAMES OF THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY AND HAS THE KNACK OF MAKING YOUR TABLE THE MOST IMPORTANT TABLE IN THE NAPA. HER HUSBAND/CHEF, HIRO, IS AMAZING IN IN HIS CREATIVE AND DELICIOUS RENDITIONS OF OFF THE WALL SURPRISES. NAPA'S GREAT WINES TASTE BETTER HERE SO DON'T MISS THE POSSIBLE BEST MEAL OF YOUR LIFE!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Every time we visit we have an outstanding "to die for" dinner. It's gourmet "tapas". Hiro Sone is a genius and very creative. From the hamachi crudo; risotto with nettles; Aqua Pazza...ir was all excellent. The waiters are knowledgeable and friendly and attentive yet never intrusive. How can such a great restaurant be so elegant yet unpretentious!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We like them even more since they converted the menu to small plates."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "best selection of menu items and ability to mix and match courses - quality of food outstanding"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I have eaten in the bar several times. Always great. Here they have a more typical entree/veg/starch menu. This time my wife and I were staying at our house in Calistoga, we made a reservation and sat in the dining room. What a difference. The menu in the restaurant is more small bites tasting menu - my preferred way to eat. The tuna crudo was the best I have had since I was in NYC. The duck - delicious. How often do you see a menu where you want to eat everything? Will have to go back. Totally recommend! Remember: mind the step!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We made reservations to celebrate my brother's 30th wedding anniversary, so I made reservations at Terra. The restaurant called to confirm the reservation and I did confirm, even 2 hours before the reservation time. When we arrived, we were seated in Bar Terra, which is their less formal section. When we mentioned the discrepancy, the restaurant tried to accommodate us, however did not have a table available in the main dining room, so we were offered to have the same fixed prix menu in the Bar, which we did. The food was excellent, however the setting was not what I had intended. The restaurant also did not adjust anything on our bill, charging for corkage, as it was apparently not their fault that the reservation was not correct. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Supremely impressed with our meal and service to match. Had an amazing celebratory meal at The French Laundry that afternoon (amazing experience), and our evening dinner at Terra did not disappoint. The Gem of Wine Country. Will go back to every single time we visit Napa Valley. Artistry and passion, thank you for sharing this with us diners."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "this was the best meal we had in the napa valley. the concept, service, wine, and food were all excellent. i couldn't find a fault with anything if i tried. the choices on the tasting menu made me feel like having a ten course tasting. the five we chose were all perfectly executed. the wine that was suggested went perfectly with all courses. truly memorable and enjoyable. if you are in napa, you cant go wrong with this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Chef and the staff served the best most innovative restaurant meal that I have ever experienced. From the moment we were greeted to the fond farewell and bid to return, all performed at an unequaled level."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food was artistic with creative and great flavors. Great service, very friendly, but perfectly balanced. Too many things that we wanted to order, which is a high compliment. Very small intimate space. Extremely highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My wife and dined at Terra a few weeks ago. We are accustomed to fine dining, and were very disappointed. We were greeted at the door with "how can I help you?" instead of the customary, "welcome," that one expects in a restaurant. The ambience was frankly bizarre -- the dining room is split in two. We were seated in the "wine cellar" which contains about 10 tables and has acoustics that allow you to hear EVERY WORD spoken in it. The food ranged from barely adequate to a few quite good dishes. Chawan mushi is excellent. The service was indifferent at best. All in all, I was truly disappointed with our experience at Terra. It felt like a tired restaurant that has far passed its prime. "
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Great unique dishes......and very very good. We sat at the bar area and were pleasantly surprised Outstanding dishes with excellent mixed drinks....second time visit. Both great!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service. A treat- very special."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Awesome place, awesome food, and the chef even came out and took a picture with us, which was neat."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Every component of every dish was of the highest quality, prepared and cooked to perfection, then combined to create gastronomic artistry of world-class perfection. Our 5 course meal was a non-stop tour de force of the finest mouthfuls of divine inspiration. We've both been around the world, and dined at the finest restaurants. This meal was right up there at the top of the list. If this review seems over the top, it doesn't even start to do justice to the artistry, the craftsmanship, the elegance, and the gifts of culinary love we were honored to receive. Others may also be pushing the art forward, but they will be drafting behind this team of superstars!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "In a recent trip to NAPA Valley, we decided to visit Terra at the recommendation of a friend. After several trips in past years, we've dined at many of the finer restaurants in the "multi-valley" area but have never heard or visited Terra. Boy, what a find and after seeing what they have accomplished from a ratings standpoint in the past 7 years (Michelin, San Fran Chronicle, Open Table), how could we have missed them! The food was fantastic, the ambiance very nice, and the pricing reasonable for the quality and the region. Will be replacing some "automatic revisit" restaurants with Terra in future trips for sure."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "You wouldn't know this restaurant was there unless someone told you about it. The food was outstanding! We chose the 4 course meal and it completely tantalized the senses visually and flavorful. I would say Terra has done the best job ever creating fusion between foods. Even the simplest food was taken to the next level in flavor and textures. It is now my new favorite restaurant in Napa Valley!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014