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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.

Visit our website for a calendar of special events.

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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).

Cross Street:
Linda Vista Road, on the University of San Diego campus

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 849-8205

Website:
http://www.lagranterraza.com/

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!

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.

Public Transit:
~ Linda Vista Road at USD Main Driveway - Bus
~ Morena Trolley Stop within 1 mile

Additional:
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 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!

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.

La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.3

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4.6

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4.4

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (14)
Scenic View (14)
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Good for Groups (11)
Casual (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Healthy (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Vegan (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fun, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Disabled Access
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, People Watching, Organic, Healthy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined 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!

Tags: Scenic View, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 19, 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Organic, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Everyone was very friendly and in conjunction of how good the food was and the gorgeous view, this is now my favorite spot to eat .

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent food, beautiful view and excellent service too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Good value buffet but go early before it's picked over

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I ate there 4 days this week for lunch and it took FOREVER for someone to come and take my drink order. Most of the time, I was almost finished with my meal before anyone paid attention to our table. Very disappointed in this.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Betty was great! It was quite busy and we were on a tight time frame, but she made sure our orders came quickly. Thank you!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

the ambiance & service has always been excellent; however, at times the 2 main entrees and/or soup are not up to your high standards...the chocolate desserts have always been excellent too.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Groups, Disabled Access
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Great value for the buffet and beautiful setting. I was looking so forward to the prime rib buffet night but was a little disappointed that the guy carving the prime rib cut it way too thin for prime rib. He kind of hacked at the meat. However, when I asked for a different cut he obliged. I had to ask for a steak knife. Seemed the wait person should provide a steak knife without being asked. Ambiance, as usual is excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Our server could not answer menu questions, nor did he get the answers and return to us. We were not offered drink refills. The check was put on our table without asking us if we'd like dessert. The chicken sandwich was deconstructed, but the menu did not mention that.
However, we enjoyed ourselves. It just could have been better.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Found out about this "well kept secret" when they were featured in Taste of Morena..talk about a find! Incredible views matched with good food at a good price is always a winner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 14, 2017

It has Valet and is a beautiful location at a beautiful university.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This is one more time of our good dining experience at the La Gran Terraza in recent years. We took another couple with us for a Mother's Day brunch and they were very satisfied with essentially everything, from food to ambiance and service. In spite of having a full capacity of patrons, the
restaurant staff maintained a smooth and efficient service for food and beverage to the satisfaction of patrons. For that accomplishment our guests and ourselves want to recommend
the restaurant to people who may not have such satisfying experience with busy restaurants,
especially during special occasions like the Mother's Day.

PHK1

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Enjoyed Mother's Day Brunch. Great food. Great staff.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Was a bit busy so it was an hour before we were able to get our order in and the food brought out.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 24, 2017

The buffet would be good value if more attention was paid to service and choice of food. Ice cold dishes for soup...no never. Lack of spoons for dessert..... request for same never answered. Cold potatoes in with the hot entrees...confusing. Waitress too stressed to pay attention? Desserts only pretended to be special. Synthetic cream in a glass is still "synthetic cream in a glass". Desserts and cheese ran out very early on. The whole performance was a shadow of earlier days. Very sad experience!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Wonderful Brunch for the entire family. Fresh seafood, salads, carved meat galore. Even a kids table with children's favorites. Delicious desserts and chocolate fountain. Beautiful venue and good service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Great Easter Brunch with the family. Kids enjoyed and service may have started slow it picked up and were all very attentive.

Tags: Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter Brunch was spectacular! Bring an empty stomach as there is a variety of food to choose from. Atmosphere is family friendly. Was hoping for conventional cakes and pies for dessert, but not available, small pastries instead.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 11, 2017

I find La Gran Terraza to be a very nice location for dinning and especially the Christmas Brunch with Santa and The Easter Brunch as well. This is an upper class dining experience. I do wish they would have some comfort food at times. Service was average. All my guests find the beautiful scenery and almost gasp when they see it a first time They should have more than one type of Ice Tea. I ask and they do not make it on a regular basis. The flat bread was a good chocie but there needed to be other kinds of meat and cheese. The onions fell rather flat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Vegan, Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 11, 2017

The restaurant is wonderful, the food is good, the view is killer, the service is fine, but the parking is horrible. Valet is usually full, so it takes a lot of time to find a place then walk up to LGT. As a seventy year old, I see fewer trips here as a result.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Great food in a gorgeous setting, excellent prices, dutiful and personable service, breathtaking views of Tecelote Canyon and Mission Bay, and easy parking with valet! The absolute nicest restaurant or club on a college campus.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Our granddaughters attended the university graduating last May. During that time we had regular lunches with them. It is such a relaxing place and keep coming back driving from Garden Grove to continue our routine of lunches . We came as a family for the Spectacular Christmas and that will become an annual event. The servers are so welcoming it makes you feel like the meal will be most enjoyable. Chase was our server and was the best!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 16, 2017

It is a very nice place to conduct a business meeting, or a cultivation meeting. However, it does not serve the needs of faculty and staff for a quick or economical luncheon. Working people, whether they be faculty or staff, cannot afford such high prices simply for lunch, no matter how nice.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals
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