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La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego

4.3
800 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Great for Lunch
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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Cuisines
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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Catering
Private events are custom designed to fit your needs. Please email us at terraza@sandiego.edu. 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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Neighborhood
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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 terraza@sandiego.edu. 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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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

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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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

What 800 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The dining room is lovely. The food was interesting and tasty. The service was slow.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Everything was great! Our server was attentive and the food was great. We had great time!
Thank you!
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?

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great. Plenty of choices

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Excellent buffet, especially salads with shrimp, salmon, steak or all of these. Tasty soups. Superb service. Fabulous views of San Diego.

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1.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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...

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent meal overlooking Mission Bay.

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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 !

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Great!
Food excellent
Ambience excellent

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2.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

This was the Festival Tea. It was lovely. I recommend that you go next year

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Great place! Excellent food and service, a beautiful restaurant!

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Had lunch with my son who goes to USD. Looking forward to going here again.

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2017

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!

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1.0Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

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