Terzo
Terzo

Terzo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.terzosf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 441-3200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Reservations Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Reservations Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Mark Gordon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Street
  • Public Transit: 22 Filmore & 45 Stockton
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $10 per car in the evenings. Street parking is also available. Access easy via Union Street Muni.
A word from Terzo
Terzo (which means third in Italian) offers a daily changing menu of about 15 small plates and 5 large plates. Its “pan-Mediterranean” fare is under the care of Executive Chef Mark Gordon. The wine list offers over 80 options of European and Californian wines chosen to pair with the food.

A high table sits between the bar and dining room and offers communal style seating for up to 10 diners. Additional walk-in seating is available on 3 high tops in the front window. Espresso leather banquets line the dining room. A more intimate back dining room can be booked for private parties of up to 18.

Inspired by the wine bars and cafes of Sicily, Rome, Seville & Madrid, wines are stored along the walls of the dining room. An original fireplace was refurbished and is lit when the weather is chilly out. Stylish lighting creates a chic atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Terzo reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)fit for foodies (71)romantic (39)notable wine list (30)good for groups (28)special occasion (24)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (6)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • We brought a guest from Boston
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We brought a guest from Boston here for dinner and had a wonderful meal. The hostess seated us at a table tucked away in a far back corner. It was comfortable and cozy so we could take our time and really "dine". Every dish was excellent: mahi-mahi with fresh dill, organic free range steak, and chicken on a skewer. Salads were plentiful and fresh. We tried their panna cota for the first time and it was delicious: light and creamy. Our waitress was friendly and professional - just the right touch. Overall, a perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Amazing!
    marg
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    WE loved everything about Terzo. The food, the service, the atmosphere...did I mention the food? Fresh, beautifully presented, interesting flavor profiles...just delicious! Definitely on our 'best in SF' list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    A meal can easily be constructed around several small plates and shared main dish. Too bad the taste of the celery was overpowered by red pepper powder! Otherwise everything else was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good Service was
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Food was good Service was good Only complaint is that tables are too close No privacy even the waiters can't maneuver it serve correctly in the cramped space Suggest you remove one table and spread out the remaining ones
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Waited forty minutes for our table even though we had a booking and arrived on time. Lots of apologies but no one member of staff seemed to be in charge. Opted for 'small plates' (tapas). Ordered six between three of us. They came out at different times. We were told kitchen was closing so,had to decide there and then if we wanted to order more food. Average food. No ambience.
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  • Delightful
    Oscar
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    This restaurant has been in the neighborhood for a long time and we just got around to going there.. We were pleasantly surprised. The food was great and our server very friendly, informed and helpful. He helped make our evening. We will be back… Thanks
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ahhh...
    BBella
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    As always, it was a treat to dine at Terzo the other night. This time we had only vegetarian food and there were many choices, all delicious. I've never been disappointed at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    HappyguyVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I'm not sure why Terzo doesn't get higher mention on the sfgate top 100, because it never disappoints with great food and wonderful service. The interior vibe is perfect too. A must visit for locals and visitors to the cow hollow/marina neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner!
    halfdomeVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We've been to Terzo 3x in the last 4 weeks and loved every meal. Pastas and skirt steaks are excellent. Ron, our waiter, is the best. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and delicious!
    katmdoor
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My date and I will definitely be coming back to Terzo soon -- we had the most delicious Valentine's Day dinner! We didnt want the evening to end. From the service, to the wine/beer list, to the absolutely to-die-for dishes (we ordered the Mozzarella, Meatballs, Chicken, and Spaghetti Asparagus) we left full, happy, and very glad we chose Terzo for our Vday date. We found our gem in the Marina!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner at Terzo
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I kep cmonig back and Terzo keeps delivering. Last night's braised lamb was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy spot
    Clements
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a nice dinner here. I would try not to sit on the big bench seating because you'll be rubbing shoulders with other diners. We manage to get our seats changed easily, however. Our server was very cheerful and I'd recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the small plate selections!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Group of 6 ordered most of the small plate offerings and enjoyed everything!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything Better Than It Sounded
    bugzieVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    For example, I make excellent hummus, but the grilled pita bread here makes a huge difference. Could eat here every night. Not dainty little tapas, but substantial courses suitable for sharing that allowed for variety and lack of fillers on the plate. Helpful waitress: spot-on, casual but highly professional service. Very pleasing ambiance. Had been here some years ago, but I think it has gotten even better. Also reasonably priced for quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our second time here did not
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Our second time here did not disappoint. Terzo is quickly becoming one of our favorites. Chicken cooked to perfection; beautiful salads; great pasta and desserts (the apple tart is very good!). Wish they offered a whole grain bread, but otherwise can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, great service!
    TedmantleVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We are big fans of Terzo and go about twice a month. We haven't tired of the small plates and usually have five or six together with a pasta. The menu changes at least weekly so new items are always coming on depending on whats fresh and in season. We love the creativity of Chef Mark. He is also willing to share a tip or two, though, when I try stuff at home, it doesn't quite match what he's doing. (I guess that's what professional training and access to the best ingredients does.) The staff is excellent. They are friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and very professional. Nicole always remembers what we order and everyone on the floor is friendly and welcoming. All of this is the reflection of a well run operation with excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time
    MissvicVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    went to dinner with a friend. enjoyed pork loin on polenta with brocollini - delicious, well cooked and seasoned. Good wine, reasonably priced, not loud at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful dinner experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We picked this restaurant from a list of places not far from BATS Improv at Fort Mason. We were enticed by the yummy menu and Terzo did not disappoint! It was a great dinner, start to finish. Friendly staff, fantastic food and a nice ambiance. We sat in the smaller back room which I think is quieter than the main dining area and that worked perfectly for us. We didn't have time to try out dessert, but everything we had - minestrone soup, beet salad, hummus & pita, chicken & bread skewers - was delicious and I would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    halfdomeVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Great place to stop for a semi-casual, semi reasonable dinner after work or on the weekends. Wine list is most impressive and reasonably priced. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter was really great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Our waiter was really great - super attentive and made a birthday experience very fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A winner!
    jamiekVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We've eaten at Terzo several times and have never been disappointed. At our most recent visit, the arugula salad and burrata cheese were off the chart. We also liked the mahi mahi but the spiedini was a bit too spicy for our taste. The service is outstanding and the restaurant has a great vibe. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Who Doesn't Love TERZO!
    Cheryl
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Keep up the good work, this is one of my all time favorite restaurants in SF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Terzo
    MarinMaven
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    We just went back to Terzo for a birthday dinner with five of us, and it was really delicious. We are in our late 50's, so a little older than the average diner there, but the only issue with that is the noise. It did get a little loud, but not so bad that we won't go back. The food was incredible. I had the yellow mushrooms over polenta and the arugula salad. What a perfect pairing. Others had the gnocchi, soup, grilled calamari and pork loin. All superb. Really fully explored flavors. The wine was quite good, and their ginger lemon tea actually has bits of lemon and ginger in a little iron teapot that they keep refilling. Desserts were good as well. The apple crisp was a big hit, and I had three flavors of ice cream that were delish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved Terzo
    caitlinsfVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Was pleasantly surprised on my first visit to Terzo - charming service, delightful ambiance, great wine selection, and delicious food! We enjoyed everything we tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhod restaurant
    John
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    This a good restaurant in the Marina, but not good enough for me to return. Everything was ok but just not better than most. The atmosphere is somehow stark. Just my opinion.
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  • Wonderful Tapas & Great Find!
    WinklerfourVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The look and feel was rustic and comfortable. The wine list offered many wines by the glass/bottle which was great to coincide with the tapas menu. Food was exceptional and delish! Will DEFINITELY go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful neighborhood find.Food
    gabberVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    wonderful neighborhood find.Food is better than any Marin restaurant.Service was wonderful but not fussy. The dishes were perfect and the small plates a delight.The prices are very reasonable for this caliber restaurant Cant wait to go back
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • great service, excellent food,
    Pingacella
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    great service, excellent food, nice ambience, perfect for date night or small group, will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Excellent, fresh food; convenient location with valet parking which is helpful if you're in a bind; very friendly servers. Menu is set up with small plates for sharing and large plates. Only complaint is there's often trouble timing things out so you can sit there waiting over 10 minutes after they clear one set of plates and before they bring the next. Otherwise, excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terzo is a perfect restaurant.
    HFraad
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Terzo is a perfect restaurant. The food is great, the service is efficient, informative, friendly and warm, most especially from a waiter named Ron. It stands in contrast to another restaurant we went to, SPQR where the food was superb, but the entire experience was marred by crowding, and noise combined with formality and pretense. Terzo delivers an excellent experience . All of the elements food, ambiance and service combine to deliver an ideal restaurant experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Awesome
    GRodVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    I needed a place for a part work, part pleasure, double date. I knew Terzo was not pricey but I hoped that the atmosphere, service and food quality would be good enough to impress my guests. The staff at Terzo over-delivered again. Everything about the evening was excellent. We shared the Moroccan Chicken, Steak and several small dishes. The food and service was awesome. The check was 25% lower than it would've been at a comparable restaurant. For a small business owner, I truly appreciated the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess
    Montijuic24
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The Host was not the most pleasant or accommodating when we arrived early evening on New Years Eve with our dinner reservation made in advance with a request near the fireplace. We were stuck in the middle of the walkway with no other choice ...The skirt steaks we ordered came rare (we ordered medium well)...The coffee served to my guest from our waitress...was turned over by a waiter rushing thru the isle,needless to say the hot coffee was spilled in the lap of my guest.... Our experience was not pleasant and the attitude of the Hostess was unforgivable...If it wasnt for New Years Eve we would have walked out and went some where else in the neighborhood.
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  • Special Restaurant
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our first time here was on New Years Eve: we will be back. We appreciate the organic, free range meats and organic produce! The chef's preparation of vegetables is outstanding. The steak and pasta entrees were reminiscent of Tuscany. The service was excellent and the dessert - apple crisp - was the perfect finish. Thank you, Terzo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    love2eat
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    My third time at the restaurant. Always excellent! Food, service and wine could not be better
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but a little oily.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Good food but a little oily. Service was very poor.
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  • Cute place, great service
    ConnieVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Small plates of great food to share. Portions weren't huge, so we had to order several but very tasty. Meatballs were awesome!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    CaptVideo
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Small plates served family style makes it easy for everyone to try everythng. Pork meatballs w/polenta were magnificient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went for Christmas Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We went for Christmas Eve dinner. Everything about the evening was enjoyable. The food was absolutely delicious and the service excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Fiori
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Terzo is a delightful neighborhood gem. The menu offers a great selection of small plates and a few main dishes. Our favorites were the calamari, buratta with artichokes and the ravioli. Perfect selection of Italian, California, Spanish and German wines by the glass and bottle. The service is very good and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    SueS
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    My family has a tradition of going out to dinner to a nice restaurant with great food and ambiance on Christmas Eve. We have been to Terzo before on Christmas Eve. Last time we were seated in the back room with a family with infants who cried the whole time and it made for a very poor experience. This time I especially asked not be secluded in the back room when I made my reservation and again asked not to be seated there when we arrived but the hostess ignored us. I think next time we will not being going to Terzo but to another wonderful restaurant where they know how to cater to customers and understand that if a customer makes a reservation to come to your restaurant, they do not want to be sequestered from the party!
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