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.View Private Dining Details
Enjoy a holiday brunch buffet with Mom! $44.95 adults, $17.95 kids (6-12), 5 and under free with paid adult.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
The dining room is lovely. The food was interesting and tasty. The service was slow.
Everything was great! Our server was attentive and the food was great. We had great time!
P.S. The account I have with Open Table is under Sr. Virginia Rodee, she was my supervisor but has now retired. I have my email address linked to her name. I would like to update the information and have an account under my name linked my USD email address. How can I change this?
We have been coming here for business lunches each month for at least 3 years. We tried different venues, and other places were crowded and noisy; we settled on La Gran Terraza and never left. The ambiance and atmosphere has always been lovely. The lunch buffet has an excellent and creative selection of salads, two different proteins, a soup, starch, and a selection of mini-desserts. Add complimentary valet parking - this restaurant is a real winner for business lunches.
There used to be a cheese board with fruit; this was deleted along with a salad and bread this time when we went. The separate areea for desserts was removed; all the desserts were on the main buffet table. Selection thus has been decreased, but is still adequate. Price with tip included on bill, so check when you pay.
Easter Sunday brunch
Excellent choices in the buffet, all well prepared and nicely presented
A thoroughly enjoyable meal
For a special occasion brunch rivals the Del!
Great. Plenty of choices
la Gran Terraza is a lovely place suited well for a "ladies" lunch. The food is excellent and the ambiance is wonderful. It's a special place.
I was sorely disappointed with La Gran Terraza, wait time was too long for dinner. This was a special occasion, but didn't feel like one. We were hurried into the dining room, ordered our dinner, waited forever and were underwhelmed. Too bad, I thought this would be a good idea.
Excellent buffet, especially salads with shrimp, salmon, steak or all of these. Tasty soups. Superb service. Fabulous views of San Diego.
As usual the dining room setting is perfect with a lovely view. The menu options were excellent and the food delicious. The service was responsive and attentive.
The location is great, the food was good, however I had to give a low star rating due to the slowness of service. The place did not look overcrowded and ironically we only ordered 2 salads. It took an excessively long time to get them. When we inquired we were given what sounded like excuses. This was a business meeting, I could tell my guest was not impressed.
Great service! We were nearly the only guests for early dinner! (Early seating). Great sunset view!
Back to the scene of my fabulous 70th and 74th birthday parties. Just awesome as always.
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...
I love everything about La Gran Terraza except their new menu. The setting and service is great, but I feel they are trying to be too experimental with their menu. Our dining experience was wonderful except we were totally underwhelmed with the food.
This is my second visit to La Gran Terrazza, and I was not disappointed. Very good service, excellent food and great ambience.
We ate here during restaurant week. Three course fixed price dinner. Four pf us hafd different entres and each was terrific. Bread pudfing and three desert sampler were terrific. Service was wonderful!
Food was marginal. No ambiance. Disappointed. 😕 my birthday no acknowledgement.
Excellent meal overlooking Mission Bay.
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).
Always have eaten from. your delicious buffet.
Understand you are eliminating the punch card...sad but I do understand.
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.
This was the Festival Tea. It was lovely. I recommend that you go next year
Wonderful dinner for my birthday. Carolers made it more special. Food buffet wonderful. Staff Betty did a great job taking care of us. We will definitely come back. Would love to take guests.
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 place! Excellent food and service, a beautiful restaurant!
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.
This place is on the USD Campus and it truly is a gem of a restaurant. I really didn't want to leave a review since it's never packed but they deserve my review. Go on Wednesdays for their prime rib buffet, it as good as Donovans.
One of the best kept secrets in San Diego. Don't be intimidated by the fact that the restaurant is on campus. Valet parking solves the parking problem.
My guest was a dear friend of 20 years; we celebrated his 74th birthday. La Gran Terraza's cuisine and service did not disappoint. And there was even a little slice of cake for him, with a birthday candle and song!
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.
Had lunch with my son who goes to USD. Looking forward to going here again.
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.