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La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego

791 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (9)
  • Scenic View (9)
  • Good for a Date (8)
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.

Visit our website for a calendar of special events.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean
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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).
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Phone number
(619) 849-8205
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private events are custom designed to fit your needs. Please email us at 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!
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Cross street
Linda Vista Road, on the University of San Diego campus
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
~ Linda Vista Road at USD Main Driveway - Bus
~ Morena Trolley Stop within 1 mile
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Special events & promotions
Private events are customized to fit your needs. Please email 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!
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Private Dining

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.

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What 791 People Are Saying
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2.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great service! We were nearly the only guests for early dinner! (Early seating). Great sunset view!

Ducky (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Back to the scene of my fabulous 70th and 74th birthday parties. Just awesome as always.

Clairebear92037 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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...

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

This is my second visit to La Gran Terrazza, and I was not disappointed. Very good service, excellent food and great ambience.

KathyE (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

Shorty (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was marginal. No ambiance. Disappointed. 😕 my birthday no acknowledgement.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent meal overlooking Mission Bay.

DPKs (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

vipPatD (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

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 !

samm (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

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!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

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).
Very disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Always have eaten from. your delicious buffet.
Understand you are eliminating the punch card...sad but I do understand.

ManinBlack2 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Food excellent
Ambience excellent