Terrace Cafe
Terrace Cafe

Terrace Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://terracecafecharlotte.com/
  • Phone: 7045546177x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday 7:00AM-2:30PM; Tuesday-Saturday 7:00AM-9:00PM; Sunday 8:00AM-2:30PM. Closed For Dinner Sunday and Monday nights.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Southern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Yes, we provide catering for all types of events, parties, and receptions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Upstairs seating
  • Private Party Contact: Jacob Penick (828) 773-4935x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Assembly Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking deck right beside restaurant
A word from Terrace Cafe
Terrace Cafe is an upscale breakfast, lunch, and dinner cafe located in the heart of South Park Charlotte. The cafe boasts an extensive menu of homemade items taken from family recipes. Full service bar, skilled baristas, and opportunities for private parties also available.


We are open daily for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. We take reservations for Dinner hours. Breakfast and Lunch are Walk-In only.
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Terrace Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (3)neighborhood gem (2)kid-friendly (1)fit for foodies (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Good but no longer that special ...
    Manatee4meVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I used to look forward to interesting & creative meals at Terrace Cafe, but the menu has drastically changed since I last ate there and the fare is much simpler. It's very good but just not that special anymore. There are many breakfast items now available all day and overall prices seemed to be lower, both good things. My egg white vegetable omelet was excellent and my friend enjoyed her burger and fires, but I was expecting a more "foodie" experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 232 reviews are from the Terrace Cafe reviews archive.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We went during dinner, not knowing that this is traditionally a brunch / breakfast hot spot. The food was absolutely delicious. Across the group, we ordered a mix of dinner entrees, salads, and breakfast items, and everything was delicious. Would recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner weak, but breakfast all day
    LKNDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    (Full review on Yelp, limited in text here). We went for dinner mid-week. It was my first time here, and I found the ambiance cold (literally & figuratively). Waiter and manager were both very friendly. We were pleased to see they now offer breakfast all day long (always a plus when it's fresh and tasty). However, we were sad to see their dinner & lunch menu seemed a bit watered down. This is clearly a great place for breakfast, brunch & lunch - dinner, not so much. I'm told they used to have a delicious pork chop entree - but it's completely gone from the menu and the kitchen (we asked). I ordered the soup of the day (basil tomato) which was great! I got the chicken salad with a "large scoop" of the chicken salad on top. Not a big scoop.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Time Dinner
    CharlotteTom
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Thought we'd heard about this as a great breakfast place we decided to try it out for dinner. The Fish and Chips was nice variation on the original(which I've had in England). The batter was quite thick but thoroughly cooked and seasoned delicately to ADD to the flavor of the fish not hide it. My only complaint was there were too many chips(French fries) but they were hot and lightly salted. Neither the fish nor the fries were dripping in oil like another local place, which serves them in baskets to let the oil drip onto the plate! Blah! The fillet was very large- at least a half pound- moist and tender. For dessert we split the Lemon Chiffon Cake. Very soft, light and lemony. A great finish to the fish and chips.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easter (Breakfast) for dinner
    CuldesacGirls
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food was a hit with our group of seven. Lighting was harsh (too bright). Waitstaff was excellent. A breakfast-y smell upon walking in was a little off-putting. Fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner is a Quiet Affair
    LeAnnSki
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    If you like dining at a very quiet restaurant this is the place. Was there at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday and we were the only diners in the place until about 6:30 when one other couple arrived and then about 6:45 a family with children came in. The food was very good. I have been at the Terrace Cafe for breakfast when a seat is a half hour wait sometimes. They have a decent wine list and a full service bar.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great food, good options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some good healthy choices. Very accommodating to specific needs. Enjoyed our dinner there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Charles
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Made reservations and arrived to find that there were no tables available. They opened up the upstairs for our family to get us seated and made sure that we were taken care of. That level of service is outstanding! I was worried that we would be forgotten since we were the only ones upstairs, but two waiters made sure that everything went smoothly. The food and service were great and the kids loved having the balcony to ourselves for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Evening
    BBBar
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Four girlfriends spent a very pleasant evening at Terrace Café. This is a casual , fairly priced restaurant in the Piedmont Row area. It was not busy and the service was quick. The wine list is small, so it led me to believe that this is mainly a breakfast /lunch type of place. Everyone enjoyed their food, especially the side cobb salad with little onion rings on it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brinner Options
    John
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We recently ate here for a quick meeting and loved the experience. The restaurant wasn't too crowded on a Wednesday night around 6pm and we got fantastic service and some of the best food we could. We all had breakfast for dinner - chicken and waffles (superb), omelet (great), shrimp and grits (terrific), and some kid's animal shaped pancakes. All were delicious. We also had the chocolate cake for dessert and it was phenomenal. Limited beer selection, but all local stuff - which was nice. Strongly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was good food, but not Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I much prefer the location in Ballantyne than South Park. Ballantyne's location is larger, they stay open later, the food is better and they have more options on the menu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrace
    foodlover
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    First time there and will go back for dinner. Place is packed for lunch and our experience for dinner was quiet and very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better for Breakfast/Lunch
    Sterbs
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Terrace Cafe is excellent for breakfast or lunch. I highly recommend it. Dinner, on the other hand, is good but not memorable. I will say the Ballantyne location has better ambiance. The South Park restaurant just seemed kind of empty and brightly lit, even on a Friday night--although it was quiet and nice to be able to have a conversation with friends at the table. The food was very good, especially for the price, and the service was excellent. I can't say I was disappointed with any aspect of my experience there, but at the same time I did not leave excited to go back again. It's certainly worth a visit if you haven't yet been, but it's not at the top of my Charlotte restaurant recommendations.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    MsAmeliaB
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    They put a spit on the originals to make it delicious! I had grilled chicken but it was stuffed with cranberry / apple chutney and my vegetarian friend had their veggie plate and loved the pesto quinoa patties. I had a taste and they were delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was excellent-
    Terim123VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The service was excellent- food mediocre at best. A disapppointment. No creativity with menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT SERVICE FOOD WAS VERY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    GREAT SERVICE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD !!! CRAB CAKES EXCELLANT!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our valentine's
    Court
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Perfect for our valentine's date. Food was perfect, service was excellent and loved the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day dinner
    Bruce
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We like the Terrace because of their lobster bisque. It is the best. Portions are large
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Dinner out with friends
    Diana
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Very enjoyable dinner. We visited on a Wednesday evening so the restaurant was quite. The service was very good and the food delicious. I had the Flounder which was grilled nicely and very moist with a pesto sauce on the plate not over the fish. The Fried Chicken and the Fried Chicken with Bacon Waffles were tried and complimented by our friends. The waiter was knowledgeable about the wine list and his recommendations were helpful. We also had a number of appetizers and all were good with generous portions. We were too full to tried the desserts but they sounded delicious. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant
    ash222
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    We have been wanting to try Terrace Café for a long time and finally got around to it for dinner. For a long time, we were the only ones in the restaurant, and while we were there they only sat 4 other tables. Even with that, the service was pretty slow. We sat for at least 15 minutes before our order was taken. The food was good. I enjoyed their vegetable platter which was different from the standard veggie plate. My husband ordered the lobster bisque and the lobster ravioli, which was pretty much the same dish and in a heavy cream sauce which wasn't his favorite. Overall, the experience was just ok. We do want to give it another try as we've heard great things but just didn't experience it. The biscuits were divine though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    dkcm
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We came for Queen's Feast and had a great meal. Everything was delicious. We were all trying each others dinner. The wedge salad was yummy and the terrace fried chicken was wonderful and the pumpkin praline cheesecake was awesome. Our waiter Michael was very helpful with helping us decide.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed but will try again
    Mcsatt31
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I have heard so much about brunch at Terrace Café that I was a little disappointed with dinner. I went for restaurant week and the menu options was the reason I selected the restaurant. The fried green tomatoes were delicious, but they ran out of both dessert options. The ambience was nice, but I wouldn't say it was romantic. I will try to go back, but for brunch next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food's always good and
    GDJR
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food's always good and the service attentive. Decor is minimalistic. No soft surfaces to dampen the noise. The food and availability of reservations keeps bringing me back, but I wish it wasn't so noisey.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Shrimp and Grits
    Hugh
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Celebrated a number of birthdays for the family and everyone was happy. My shrimp and grits was a different style than I'm used to but very flavorful and good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I have eaten at Terrace multiple times and was pleased to see the quality of the food did not change during a busy restaurant week. I especially liked the wedge salad - it could have been commonplace but the flavors of the bacon and crispy onions added some punch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    2Diners
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Nice Staff, Pleasant atmosphere. Enjoyed the food. Great deal for Restaurant week. Look forward to going back for the regular menu. Highly recommend the fried tomato appetizer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great but Lighting Very Bright
    kristinabrown
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We came for the Queen's Feast and so only had a limited menu. The lobster bisque was very yummy, the steak was plain, the fried chicken was excellent, the sides were great and their pumpkin praline cheesecake was to die for...well, not literally but it was a great ending with coffee! The lighting was quite bright, and made it feel more casual than the food showed. We will definitely be visiting there again!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Queen's Feast
    HnBE
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The service was wonderful and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. My main course (shrimp and grits) was really good but my husbands steak was just mediocre. I loved the biscuits with honey butter (yum) and jam. We had the sweet jalapeno jam which was surprisingly good. We also had the fried green tomatoes that were ok. They were bland and while the breading was cooked well and kind of too much, the tomatoes were not as cooked as we would have liked.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We eat at Terrace Cafe all the time & we were quite disappointed this time. The fried green tomatoes were really small & didn't come with the greens that we always get with them. The salmon portion was also very small, however, very tasty. The flavor of the pesto quinoa was tasty but way over cooked. I cook quinoa & it is never mushy. We did not choose the $30 restaurant week menu so we were surprised with the size of the portions. I've never been disappointed with the salmon in the past & I've had it at least a dozen times before. I've also never had the fried green tomatoes with out the greens. I don't think we'll come the next time it is restaurant week...perhaps that will help.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Tops Food
    denisdines
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Some of the food was good, but overall nothing outstanding here. The service was very good. Very attentive. Although one of the busyboys did have a body odor problem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute star!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Excellent food! Superb service! Wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best breakfast ever
    Jennifer
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We had not been in a while due to our last experience and it was well worth comming back. The food was amazing... service was on point. BF had shrimp and grits... he said they are the best he has ever had... he swears each time he comes back they are somehow better than the last time. I ordered the chicken and waffles which were equally amazing. The waffle was perfectly browned and crisp.. the chicken super tender, well seasoned and not the least bit greasy.. breading was nice and light. The combo of chicken, waffle, syrup and hot sauce was so good I stuffed myself and had to take a nap. We both agreed we should eat there more often after this experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little less than expected
    DondonVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Perhaps it was because it was New Year's eve, but I was more disappointed in the food and service at the Terrace café than any time I've visited them in the past. The first course, oysters, was really disappointing. Usually their oysters are among the best things on their menu, but on this dish, it tasted like over-battered hushpuppies on a bed of pimento cheese. The server, while extremely friendly, took an exceedingly long time in delivering cocktails to the table, and even then, one of them had to go back because it was wrong. I've loved visiting the terrace café over the years, and hope it returns to it's former fantastic self. This visit, however, made me reconsider returning at all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Foodlover
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The ambiance does not give the food justice. I went for a romantic dinner but the lights in the downstairs dining room were on full blast and then the host sits a large party right beside us and it just killed the mood even more. So I know not to go there for a romantic dinner but the food was great so we decided to bring some friends to try brunch and it was amazing. A grest spot for friends and colleagues to meet and eat but def not to be romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    Diner
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    The quality of the food always is among the best restaurants in Charlotte yet is a more moderately priced. The service is always good and, unlike many popular and larger, more crowded restaurants, you can actually carry on a conversation without having to yell across the table. Excellent food for a reasonable price in a very comfortable setting.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe feel...
    yosojazzyfizzle
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The atmosphere does not fit the food. Phenomenal food choices and to die for chicken and waffles, they give a twist to traditional southern cuisine, but instead of a "cafe" feel its more of a cafeteria feel. Based on location you would think to dress to impress but jeans are more the feel. Other than that, the food is what was important and it lives upto its ratings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Sarahbelle10
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I brought my friend who was visiting from out of town to Terrace Cafe. Terrace Cafe had been on my list of places that I had wanted to try since I moved here last year. We were impressed with the drink menu, as well as the Southern classics on the food menu. The shrimp and grits were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfort food with a twist
    Dengig
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Piedmont Row has a couple of big expensive restaurants. ....and then it has a couple of genuine treasures. On notable establishment, The Terrace, always served breakfast and lunch but now serves dinner as well. Of course, with contemporary Southern menus tend to bleed over into each other. My wife clamed the shrimp and grits were the best she ever had (she has had a lot). The Blue Crab Bisque was thick enough to be a meal unto itself, and there was no scrimping on the crab meat. The Sweet Potato Bisque was a surprise, hearty enough for a meal and sweet enough for a dessert. I noticed a full coffee bar and interesting dessert menu, but was to full to try. Prices are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    emacline
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I love everything about this restaurant...the ambience, the food (never disappointed - always with a unique flavorful twist), the unique silverware and water glasses...the biscuits w/spicy jelly, the breakfast and brunch offerings, the special coffees and teas, the desserts! I love the details such as the scripture at the hostess stand and even the mints by the door :) Also, Terrace Café coupons are one of the reasons I buy the Charlotte Citypass book!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm in love...
    StuffedVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    ... I don't know if it was the wine or what, but I loved everything I consumed!! We ordered the calamari and crab dip and I was in heaven. I ordered the crab soup and bourbon salmon and i couldn't stop eating. Everything was soooo delicious!! So much that I've made another reservation in a week for when my mom is visiting from California!! YUMMMM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet