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About La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego
La Gran Terraza is a California bistro featuring farm-to-table lunch and dinner. The Grand Dining Room and terrace have fantastic views of Tecolote Canyon and Mission Bay. O'Toole's offers tapas, nightly happy hour, a cozy fireplace, local craft beers and an excellent wine list.
The Grand Dining Room offers a lunch buffet and an a la carte menu. For dinner (Sept-May), we offer a varied menu from tapas to innovative entrees and divine desserts.
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San Diego, CA 92110
Californian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-1:30pm. A la carte and buffet. Complimentary valet during lunch. Dinner in Grand Dining Room (Sept-May Tues-Fri 5-9pm, Summer June-Aug: Fridays 4-8 pm).
Linda Vista Road, on the University of San Diego campus
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Private events are custom designed to fit your needs. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work with you to create an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests. Weekends are available for your special event - book today!
Comply with all campus parking regulations. Meter info is available at entrance and parking lot kiosks. Complimentary Valet parking is available during lunch, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm (in front of the Hahn University Center).
Handicap spots are available in front of the Hahn University Center.
~ Linda Vista Road at USD Main Driveway - Bus
~ Morena Trolley Stop within 1 mile
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Private events are customized to fit your needs. Please email email@example.com. We will work with you to create an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests. Weekends are available for your special event - book today!
La Gran Terraza, located on the campus of the University of San Diego, offers stunning views of Mission Bay and Tecolote Canyon and exclusive ambiance, making it the ideal venue for private events.
La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego Ratings and Reviews
Great hidden gem on USD campus. Beautiful views, very nice presentations of table, meals and restaurant overall. Dessert was delicious! We went for Valentine's Day, they had a great menu selected for this special date night. They had a lovely pianist playing in the background as well! The only thing that might have made it even more perfect would have been dimming the lights a bit and maybe put some candles on the table to make it a wee bit more romantic for Valentine's Day anyway...
The meal was disappointing. The marinara sauce in the Arnachini Margherita was so salty that it was barely edible. This was to compensate for the fact the risotto balls were bland.
Chicken tangine was very disappointing--the chicken was dry; the coulis was lumpy and very dry.
The best part of the meal was dessert.
We have had their prime rib meal, and that, too, has become rather disappointing.
First time dining here. Experience was very good, but the signage to locate the restaurant was just fair. It is in the same building as the college store and other rooms and offices. Had to ask directions twice to find it. The venue itself is impressive, with floor to ceiling palladium windows, overlooking Mission Valley and the view extends all the way to Coronado Island. We were there for lunch, but think the view of the city at night must be awesome. We both had a salad option, one with grilled chicken and bleu cheese and one "trio" with beets , sweet peppers and zucchini. Both were nicely seasoned, not filled with lots of lettuce and beautifully presented. We shared the dessert, a chocolate "ice cream sandwich ", a giant confection with two huge, thick chocolate cookies, surrounding about three inches of chocolate ice cream and liberally dusted with chocolate shavings. Definitely a dessert to share. Service was attentive, and we did not feel rushed at all. Valet parking was available at no charge, although we did leave a tip. The. University campus itself is beautiful. We will return again for dinner. A great find is an unusual place !
Had family in town for the holidays and they loved the view, the campus and the food was terrific, even though it was the last lunch before they closed for the Christmas holiday. The prime rib was very tender and seasoned nicely and the selection of salads was wonderful!
Took mom for her 95th birthday and was disappointed with the cold buffet. I was hoping for some warm food. Buffet has always offered warm food in the past; I’ll be sure to ask what is being offered next time I make a reservation.
$35 for a cold lunch, plus two $5 tips (service and valet).
Staff overworked and noone specifically assigned to your table....this never happened before....we will try again, but this past week's lunch I even had to take my credit card out to the hostess...noone was picking it up and took over 30 min. for lunch to arrive. Had to ask for it.
Everything took too long. Getting server attention, getting food, bill plus one meal never came. Manager came over to table to apologize and offered JUST the person who's dinner was missing a cup of coffee. And then charged us for it. Needed to complain to get it removed. Very sloppy.
Great venue. My only challenge this time was that the valet was full. I would have preferred to do that instead of park and pay for parking. Also, after i checked in to the restaurant they let me know there is a code for 1.5 hours of free parking. That would have been useful before I parked and paid!
The Thanksgiving Menu was good. The food was tasty.
First time attending the pre thanksgiving lunch buffet. Everything was excellent and we had an efficient and personable waitress. The dessert table needed clean up, attention, and replenishment and it was only 1pm with another hour left for guests to enjoy it.
The turkey was the BEST turkey I ever have eaten out! Moist and flavorful. Salmon great! Pork loin a little on the dry side. Veggies, sweet amazing cranberry, potato mash and dessert awesome. Had some good options for gluten free, so didn't try gravy, stuffing and pie and cookies. Hot wild blueberries and raspberries yummy.
La Gran Terraza's roast beef buffet offered an outstanding selection of fresh salads, fruits, and veggies to accompany the main course. Everything was displayed invitingly. There was also a delicious selection of desserts. Our waitress was exceptionally attentive.
Unfortunately, due to the parking issues, I will probably not return nor recommend for business meetings. I've used the valet, however if there is a lot of activity on the campus, the valet gets full, and there is NO WHERE to park, even if you plan on arriving early. Something needs to be done about the parking for the restaurant!
seated us on patio, alone. No waitress came. Had to get up and go find one. Brought wrong food after a very long wait for lunch. Eventually waitress tried her best to make things better. Valet parking said we had to be back by 1:30 period. Had to get up front lunch and get keys. Took 15 min to find the car later. Not our best day.
La Gran Terraza is a real find. We went for restaurant week and had a wonderful meal for $30 per person. I've eaten there often and also love their buffet. Great selection of food.
The dinning room is casually elegant in a beautiful Spanish-style building on the impressive University of San Diego campus.
Parking in their structure or on the campus requires use of their parking meters, which I find problematic. You can park in the structure free after 7:00 pm.
We had the MOST delightful evening! Each month the 6 of us get together for dinner, we've been doing this for decades. It was the first time any of us had been to La Gran Terraza. The food was excellent, the view was fabulous and the setting was remarkable. Betty was our server. She was wonderful! Personable, efficient, competent, unobtrusive and very pleasant. She was knowledgeable regarding not only the menu but also the wine list. We’ll add this location to future dining out adventures!
We found that there were issues with the pork loin (as in the past) as well as the chicken: (1)you needed a steak knife to cut through the meat slices...it looked good, but it was tough & tasteless...the gravy with mushrooms was very tasteful...(2) both my wife & I choose chicken pieces which had a rib cage attached...here again, the white meat had a stringy texture which made it difficult to cut...we had to to pick it up & eat it with our hands.
The soup, dessert & salads were very good.
Service, compared to the many prior lunches, was lacking.
Eliminating the card punching for attendance incentive was very disappointing too.
If I had payed twice the the price for the buffet, I would have demanded a refund!!!
Unfortunately this time I cannot write a good review. Five of us were celebrating our four years of friendship and since we enjoyed the food, ambiance, and service at this restaurant last time, we came again, this time to celebrate. They ran out of everything in the middle of our lunch. Some in my group never tried the b.b.q. beef. We did not enjoy the chicken that much. There came a big group while we were eating, they were very energetic and noisy! We saw them with empty plates in their hands around the food table, hoping to find some main dish to eat but chicken, beef, and pork were out! We have never experienced a buffet lunch that had not enough food. Where was the manager and why would they let more people come in the restaurant if they were out of food????? This left a bitter memory for all of us and our money was wasted.
The biggest disappointment was the food. Especially the prime rib, which was what most of us were looking forward to. It was overdone (prime rib should be pink, not brown in the middle) and it was tough (you should be able to cut prime rib with a butter knife). I had to saw through the prime rib with my butter knife and thought about asking for a steak knife at one point. Also some of the thicker pieces of salmon were undercooked.
Frankly, I brought some guests to the restaurant and was a bit embarrassed when we left, when everyone revealed that they didn't really enjoy the food.
It was my first time at this restaurant and I was not disappointed at all. The food was fantastic I enjoyed a great meal with fantastic service. Everything was fresh and the beautiful flower centerpiece was just Magnificent. The background music was delightful and very soothing I could spend the whole day there. Met some friends there for lunch and we really were very happy we selected the location.
We enjoyed fantastic service provided by Betty and Elly complimented with a variety of tasty, delicious food options. The buffet was amazing!! Our servers delivered a beautifully prepared "Happy Birthday" dish of desserts to our honored Mom for whom we were celebrating her 90 years!!
Thank you to all at the Gran Terraza for making ours a memorable, delightful event!
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