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Terrace Cafe
Terrace Cafe

Terrace Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://terracecafecharlotte.com
  • Email: jacob@terracecafecharlotte.com
  • Phone: (704) 554-6177
  • 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, Southern, Comfort Food
  • 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) 773-4935

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great food, good options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some good healthy choices. Very accommodating to specific needs. Enjoyed our dinner there."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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."
    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!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Perfect for our valentine's date. Food was perfect, service was excellent and loved the atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The service was excellent- food mediocre at best. A disapppointment. No creativity with menu."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "GREAT SERVICE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD !!! CRAB CAKES EXCELLANT!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We like the Terrace because of their lobster bisque. It is the best. Portions are large"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Excellent food! Superb service! Wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "... 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!"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Made a same day reservation for two and had an awesome dining experience! Our server was excellent and had a good working knowledge of the daily specials and menu items. The food was delicious with generous portions. The salmon was superb, and the chicken with mashed potatoes made a delicious comfort food meal....just what I needed! The triple chocolate cake was one of the best chocolate desserts I have had in Charlotte. Definitely a new favorite restaurant for us!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food at dinner was wonderful; probably the best swordfish I have ever had."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "The service was very friendly and attentive. Excellent food and value priced in a great neighborhood. I would return with friends again for a casual dinner in the future."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Been here during the day many times so thought we'd try for dinner. Happened to hit $5 wine-by-the-glass which was a great opportunity to try a very nice wine for a low price. Crab cakes were very good - more crab than filling. Big portion. Shrimp and grits were good too. Tiny biscuits served with a jalapeno jelly were a nice touch."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Our server Whitney was excellent ... friendly, efficient and professional. The arugula/spinach salad was excellent; both my wife and I had one. The biscuits with jalapeno jelly were, as always, delicious. I had the maple glazed salmon with asparagus and carrots, and my wife thoroughly enjoyed the scallops and fried calamari with risotto."
    Dined on 10/10/2013