Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar - Best Western El Rancho Inn
Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar - Best Western El Rancho Inn

Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar - Best Western El Rancho Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.terracecafeandbar.com/
  • Phone: 6507425588
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 7:30AM - 11:00AM
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM
    Brunch: Sunday; 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Palm Room features our famous underwater bar back as seen in the movie "The Right Stuff". We can accommodate up to 150 people in this room. Our Veranda Room can accommodate up to to 30 people. This private room is next to our main dining room and bar.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Brogdon 6508710208
  • Special Events: Easter and Mother's Day Brunch is served in our Palm Room, downstairs featuring our underwater pool view. Our Palm room is available for private parties and special events. Contact Michael Brogdon for more information on booking your next event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Center Street
  • Public Transit: 6 Blocks from Caltrain and Bart. On El Camino Real SamTrans line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking anywhere on hotel grounds.
A word from Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar - Best Western El Rancho Inn
Terrace Cafe located poolside at Best Western El Rancho Inn features Contemporary American Cuisine. A hidden oasis in the city of Millbrae on the San Francisco Peninsula.Join us for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.
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Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar - Best Western El Rancho Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.7
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (4)special occasion (2)fit for foodies (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Surprising
    JohnBVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is the restaurant for a Best Western Plus, which is not where I'd expect to find good food. But my wife and I enjoyed our dinner there. The food might be described as foodie-updated traditional. So the vegetables are fresh and the sauces aren't the standards of (say) the 1960s. Plus the staff was very attentive and helpful, and they certainly seemed to actually enjoy working there. This isn't somewhere I'd drive out of my way to go to, but if I was in the neighborhood, I'd certainly dine here again. The only negative (of sorts) is that the wine list is quite limited (but not particularly expensive).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We chose to eat at the bar, as we do, 90 percent of the time when we eat out. We were told that it was fine and that we were welcome to have our dinner there. Big mistake at this place!! We have never had such poor service !!! The bartender, who was not overly busy did nothing to serve us. By the time our food came we did not even have utensils, let alone bread, s&p, etc. His lack of service continued throught the meal. We are locals and have been to meetings and catered events at this restaurant, and wanted to try it for dinner. I don't think we will return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gabba Gabba Gabba Sorority
    gypsydaughter
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Appetizers (specifically calamari) need refining. Desserts bring food rating down from very good to good. Eat here; get dessert elsewhere. EXCELLENT service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening out
    DinWithFriends
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great place for nice meal. Service is great. Food is great. Nice menu. Full bar. Also a very nice place to have a party (birthday, shower, etc.).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a surprise
    PrestorVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I was looking for a restaurant nearby for dinner with a colleague. We decided to give this place a try. The food was outstanding. We commented that we would look for this place next time we were enar the SFO airport. The service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 39 reviews are from the Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar - Best Western El Rancho Inn reviews archive.
  • A good meal out
    Chris
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The terrace restaurant was an ideal venue for our evening meal when we stopped one night at Best Western El Ranchero Inn before a return flight to Orlando. We enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent. We live in England so not likely to be back in wonderful San Francisco any time soon!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Londonite
    SS2013
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We always enjoy the peaceful ambience and good service of the Terrace Cafe. We go there before flights from SFO. Often friends join us.The food is good- a little rich and creamy for my senior- citizen diet but enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Snooks
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We were originally going to Broadway Grill until we looked at the menu and the prices were high! Then we went to the Terrace Cafe menu on line..I had been there for lunch, and it had great selections and prices! Very good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was terrific!
    Celly13VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    I had the risotto. It was delicious! Service was great...only issue would be parking since it is located within a hotel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Went there for lunch with a friend. I had been there before several times and always enjoyed the ambience, food and great service. It's close to home and a very comfortable place to go for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, reasonanble prices
    Frank
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    We had a group of 5. Everyone enjoyed they meals. Two of the diners had their room at the El Rancho. After driving from southern California, they were pleased to a fabulous restaurant within a close walking distance for their room. It took the rest of us only a few minutes (about maybe 30) to make the drive down from San Francisco. Also the menu, which I know you change now and then had some great choices. Actually we all picked out different entrees. Nice quiet dining room. No complaints! Frank
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Denny's type venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Saw the good reviews and so brought a client for lunch. Food and service we're very good....felt like I was visiting a retirement home though. Several tables were being used for people playing cards or mahjong. Not a big deal, maybe just on Wednesdays, but not appropriate for a client lunch. Tables outside by pool had no umbrellas so too hot for lunch, but would have been my preference over the inside. Like I said though, good service and very nice omelet and club sandwich....no complaints there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, nice setting
    BoyFromTheCountry
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    We were meeting friends on an incoming flight and wanted to have dinner beforehand. This was a perfect place, close to the airport (10 min), quiet and very pleasant setting. Food was very good, as was the coffee. No drinks this time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food and service were good, but definitely for a more mature crowd.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Making our reservation online
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Making our reservation online was very easy. Our group of six got a terrific table. The ambience was cheerful but quiet and the food was good. It was not expensive and our service was very attentive but not overly so. Joining their frequent diner program will give you a discount which we got. Overall a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Late night dinner with large group
    ApplejacksVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2012
    This is a passable place for what it is... a place to park your car for an early flight. The meals are better than I remember years ago, but not a place I would recommend unless a car is not available. Drinks in bar are sosso..The breakfast bar is much better than it was in the past...but not a full meal and the usual carb fest. It served us well though......would go again...
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  • For a hotel the food was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    For a hotel the food was very good but the service was fantastic. The waiters were very knowledge and helped us since we had restricted diets. For travelers staying here this is a must - great food for a hotel. the mac and cheese was so tasty with a nice crispy baked top on it. The wine list is nice and extensive and the waiters are knowledge and make recommendations. Pricing is very reasonable for a hotel. For locals not a bad place to stop by.
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  • Went on suggestion of friend.
    fun2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    Went on suggestion of friend. Great service from everyone at restaurant. Host, waiter, service staff. Steak with bleu cheese butter and steamed vegetables was tasty. Seafood jumbalya was on the spicy side for those who like milder dishes, but very tasty. Would recommend to anyone. Close to airport and easy parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had excellent waiter service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    We had excellent waiter service and the food was enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We ended up just staying in
    HollywoodVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    We ended up just staying in the bar and having dinner. Our service was very good and the food was fine. Certainly would eat there again while staying at the El Rancho.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for a small meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    My church circle uses this restaurant for a yearly lunch. We are always happy with the service and food. It is quiet enough that we can conduct our small amount of business without having to shout, they never rush us out and we sometimes chat for quite a time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The starter was cold in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    The starter was cold in the center like it hadn't been heated through and the sea bass was so crispy I thought it was like bacon. That being said my husband had the salmon and he was pleased with it.
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  • Good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    Always great service and great dinner. steak and fries w/ balsamic vinegar. yummy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food and a Room Nearby!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    This restaurant is located on site with a Best Western Hotel nearly surrounding it. It is also only a 10 minute drive from the SF International Airport. While the wine list is nothing special, it does offer a full bar, comfortable surroundings and very good food. The staff is also very attentive and friendly. While I would not go out of my way to dine here, it is the perfect spot to get a very good meal with friends who have a long layover at the airport. Especially if they need overnight accommodations as the Best Western is clean and reasonably priced, and has a free shuttle to and from the airport.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a find! Really good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/8/2012
    What a find! Really good food at fair prices. But the best thing is the service -- old-fashioned, well trained, customer oriented -- obviously stellar management. The waitress called us "you two" instead of "you guys"! And when dinner was slightly delayed, they comped us two desserts. This is the kind of service that really makes a nice meal. Thanks!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrate here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/2/2012
    What's left of a large family that loved holiday, birthday, any special occasion celebrations, gets together every year for an after Christmas gift exchange. The family matriarch wanted to try a smaller venue but nothing worked. I suggested the Terrace Cafe after seeing that it was wheel chair accessable. I had been there before but not since the extensive upgrage that was done more recently. It brought the venue into the current century. Absolutely beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great margarita royale and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2011
    great margarita royale and good roast beef special;
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A surprise find in a Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    A surprise find in a Best Western motel of all places! Ordered simply, NY strip and Caesar salad. Salad was superb, croutons were fresh, steak was delicious, cooked medium rare as ordered, but the highlight was the fresh cream spinach.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/11/2011
    Food was very good and service was excellent. Prices are moderate and presentation was special.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for breakfast,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    Great place for breakfast, with truly outstanding service!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great venue for breakfast
    BobM
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    Great venue for breakfast or brunch on a sunny day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Hotel Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/21/2011
    Terrace Cafe is a great place to have a nice meal for a good price. Their Prime rib special is great for $13.95, it comes w/ mashed potatoes and a veggie. The bar makes the best Margarita Royale! Definitely recommend! Servers, busboy and bartender all deserve kudos!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly good
    dragonreesVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    Food was excellent. We tried one of their better known dishes – the Crab Cake Tower Appetizer and we were not disappointed. It consisted of the Crab cakes, avocado, tomato ginger relish, cilantro, sunflower seed, and pesto. Our entrees included the Roasted Pork Loin and Mahi Mahi. Both of these were on the “specials” list this night and were quite good. Service was competent and not overbearing. The only problem was the noise level. There was a private party – a teenagers birthday celebration – in the banquet room directly below the restaurant and a open stairway leading down to it. The noise was really off-putting. Otherwise, this might be a very nice quiet place to relax.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really good for a hotel restaurant!
    DarstcoachVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2011
    While the decor is somewhat dated, and most of the clients over 60, this sweet place surprised us. The beet salad was truly excellent, the food was surprisingly good, and Lupe, our waiter was spot on.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our guests ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2011
    One of our guests ordered a hamburger, and asked for all the lettuce, etc to be on the side. A cheeseburger arrived, with butter or such all over the bun. We sent the cheeseburger back, and they apparently just scraped the cheese off, as it took the waiter less than 5 minutes to bring it back, with the bun still full of butter or mayo. The waiter had no personality, and was not friendly at all.
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  • Great Job Again
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/31/2011
    Another satisfying experience! Came on a Sunday and the brunch menu was given to us, but our totally helpful waiter's assistant assured me I would be able to order from the lunch menu - the crab cake tower - which is why I come here in the first place. Best appetizer ever!!! So, dad had breakfast, mom the turkey sandwich, hubby and I salads and two towers to share of course and everything was excellent. There were just of few of us at there so it was nice and quiet and even though there was a baby there, the parents kept him in line and took him out when he decided he had had enough food. Our waiter was professional enough but could have been a bit warmer - there were so few of us there to begin with - his assistant was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrace Cafe exceeded expections
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/14/2011
    My husband and I came here with a friend before he had to catch a flight to Europe. We need something quick and healthy and Terrace Cafe exceeded our expectations. I had the Crab Tower which wowed me - in addition to crab, it had avocado and pesto - a wonderful combination of flavors. Our friend said his beet salad was excellent and my husband enjoyed his sesame chicken salad. We told our waitperson that we had to catch a flight and she was very accommodating. My only regret is we didn't have much time, so we'll be back to savor another Crab Tower and try other dishes. The Cafe is located next to a Best Western, which could cause people to dismiss it as a tourist place. If we lived closer, we'd be at this neighborhood gem often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had lunch with the girls.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2011
    Had lunch with the girls. Had a tender steak,salad and fries for under $12.00. Nice bar scene too. You can stay overnight and they will shuttle you to the airport and you can also store your car here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was nothing to rave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/7/2011
    The food was nothing to rave about. The pork tenderloin was dry and tough. I may possible try it a second time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had Easter Brunch at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/24/2011
    We had Easter Brunch at the Terrace Cafe at the Best Western El Rancho on Easter and I would definitely go again. The food was very good and we walked out of their stuffed. The kids enjoyed the desserts and selections as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic