Il Terrazzo

4.2
164 reviews
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Incredible Italian Fare & An Amazing Wine Selection Il Terrazzo honors simplicity and history. With a beautiful view of Mt. Hood and the Willamette River diners enjoy an experience unlike any in Portland.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Ate outside. Noise and ambiance were what is to be expected.

A
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, right along the watefront. Amazing burratta, and great service!

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and wonderful service. Lovely to sit next to the river.

RS
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Il Terrazzo many times! We keep coming back because it’s excellent in every way. The food is consistently good, the service is excellent (we are “regulars” and enjoy seeing wait staff every time we go), and staff remembers our drink preferences! We enjoy eating outside on the RiverPlace Esplanade. The view is lovely and the people-watching always fun. This our go-to place!

D
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place. Michael and his staff are great. Great service. Great food and drinks. And the river view is one of the best when outside dining.

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Honestly I really have not much expectation because it is hard to find tables for a large party. While the decor of the restaurant was nice, the limited menu and tasteless food pretty much ruined the dinner experience. The Beef Stew was tasteless and the meat were not tender. I had a seafood dish and the actual dish did not match the menu. The dish was basically tasteless again. The only acceptable dish was the Bolognese. I will not return to Il Terrazzo again and you should not even bother with it.

N
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Soupy, Tough, Bland, AND Over-Priced!


When we entered Il Terrazzo, we immediately noticed that it was only about 1/3 as busy as the other restaurants that bordered it, but we felt maybe we had just gotten lucky and caught a lull. By the time we left, we understood why it was only frequented by the naive tourist that stumbled into this awful place.

My wife’s beef entre was in a stew and yet as dry as dry can be (that’s actually hard to do). My pasta dish was swimming in a sea of bland liquid. Everything came to the table microwaved (you cannot get pasta that lava hot without a microwave), and it seems that steamed tomatoes are the restaurant’s “go-to” everything solution as it dominated our dishes…in a really unpleasant way.

My wife had both her salad order forgotten and her dish-accompanying toasted bread forgotten (although promised twice). When I sat down, I was mistakenly (to give them the benefit of the doubt) given the lunch menu, and so at the final check, I was amazed to find prices were much more because they were the actual dinner level prices. I would not have minded much if the food had been at all tasty. We left 70% on the plate. All we could think of during our meal was “Let’s eat what we can stomach and get out of here.”

How this place got so many good reviews is an absolute mystery to me. Maybe tourists just want to drink wine, and don’t care that much? It’s baffling. Stay away. Portland has so many other wonderful choices that to come here is, well, you have been warned.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and the food was incredible! It was the perfect space ..great view & ambience..chairs so comfy for an unhurried dinner with friends AND then there is the food !!!! Can’t stop telling all my foodie friends about it ....we all wanted to come back & order the antipasti as a main!!! Thanks owner chef Michael to take time to talk about your passion...I will be a regular!!!

HS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the fresh pasta! Server was great and the alcohol was amazing

F
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed our evening and the waitress was wonderful to us, food was good, a beautiful night overlooking the marina, perfect.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I got the lasagna and my wife spaghetti. The base is a beef flavor vs tomato. I thought both tasted like beef stew. Not what I want in Italian food.

GM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Fairly awful - service extremely lacking, food quality ok, but waitress appeared to be in a different World!
Won’t be back...very disappointing.

TB
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Party of 5 all sat by 6:05, order not taken until 6:30, at 7:20 we still had not received our food and had to leave without eating to make our event. Paid for our wine and appetizer. The waitress was extremely accusatory and defensive blaming us being late (reservation at 6 and one member of our party was sat at 5:45) as the reason for us not receiving service and the long food wait. She made an unnecessary and rude comment while my husband was paying the bill that turned us off from ever returning. Unfortunate as I’ve been in the past and the food was delicious.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent care and attention to our needs. Delicious food.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th of July double date night with dear friends! Fantastic food and, quite literally, the beat seat in the house for fireworks!!!

LJ
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I thought the prices were quite high. And the dish I ordered was good, but not exquisite, as I'd expect a $26 plate of ravioli to be. I don't dine out often as I can't afford to, so I expect it to be something I'd never cook at home and something delicious. This didn't quite measure up, plus service was a bit slow though we did have plenty of time to finish our meal.

M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overlooking the willamette

S
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My husband and I wanted a low key Italian meal so chose this location on the riverfront. The place was not busy but they did have one half of the restaurant blocked off for a private party. Service was friendly but inattentive. Not much ambiance. I got the Pollo Cacciatore which was tasty but my husband got the lasagna which was doughy and tasteless. He barely ate any of it but no one seemed to take note of that. He did have a Cesar salad as a starter which was ok. We each had a glass of wine with dinner but were empty for quite awhile before anyone asked whether we wanted another. Decided we would rather give that business to a place which was more alert to our needs. Seemed as though we had to ask for all the basics—Parmesan cheese, black pepper, more olive oil/balsamic for bread. Wouldn’t go back.

PJ
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place never disappoints. I try a new menu item each visit and am always most pleased. Sit outside if you can and the weather is conducive. Always great service. Always great food. Always great wine. Outstanding!!

GR
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The experience was great overall! However we had a reservation and everything seemed slow. Our meal was wonderful! The waitress was very friendly. However it took extra time to get our drinks. We shared a bottle of wine? The salad took long waiting for crotons. The waitress came out at least 3 times explaining the delay. Finally had main course first. She could have suggested we choose a different salad. Then there was a wait for the serving spoon for the pasta. Just little things

FK
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have eaten here twice and was impressed both times. The Chef does an excellent job, and makes it a point to come out and greet his guests. Authentic Latium and south Italian cuisine in an intimate setting.

C
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to when in Portland! Always wonderful!

a
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best authentic Italian food. Michael, the owner, was amazing, friendly and knowledgeable about the wines and foods. Amazing, amazing! I will definitely be back!

PJ
San Francisco
297 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Italian restaurant is set on the waterfront and is quiet which was perfect for the four of us. We had ravioli with bolognese sauce, porcini -filled ravioli with a lovely brown butter mushroom sauce, and the ravioli with prawns. We all loved our dinners. They even comped us our cannolli because it was our 25th wedding anniversary. Very nice place.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious. I dined there by myself and can say it was a great experience. It is where healthy and comfort food coexist in perfect harmony!

S
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was disappointed.

MM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, Chef was very accommodating as my sister at the time had specific dietary restrictions. Outdoor seating was very nice. Service was friendly and helpful. Moderate pricing. Highly recommend.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

There were hardly any customers, yet our served seemed rushed and frazzled. My salad included wilted lettuce and little crotons that looked like they came out of a bag from a grocery store. I was not offered fresh pepper and there was no regular pepper at the table either. My lasagna seemed old and reheated . Stouffers makes a better lasagna. My husband’s pasta had hard edges.
The entire meal was horrible. Would not recommend this restaurant.

OT
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s such a quaint wine bar and a beautiful location. All I can say is try the truffle pasta. It was amazing and I’ll definitely go back again for it.

CW
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely dinner here. We made a reservation for a party of 10 for my reservation and basically got our own private dining room with a spectacular view of the river. My Italian family from Boston was visiting so I was hesitant to take them to an Italian restaurant but it turned out spectacular. Everyone was so impressed by the food. Only disappointing food there the cannolis, far too sweet, but everything else was so perfect we really couldn’t complain! Waitstaff was also super helpful when we got lost trying to find the restaurant! Absolutely would recommend!

OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink very good stsff

C
Pittsburgh
41 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff and beautiful venue. The food was fantastic. Truffle pasta and Caprese! Yummy! Thanks to our fantastic server Nori and chefs? Ethan and Michael. We look forward to to returning soon.

s
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner we had early reservations and had the restaurant to our selves. The food was excellent and our server(s) were excellent as well. We will be back

GC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner seated outside. Food good, expensive, but recognize you are paying for the ambiance of being outside.

P
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a little Italian food, a bottle of wine and outdoor seating on the waterfront.

BI
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff. Food was good but not a big selection. Seated right away and a terrific view of the river.

MM
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic, tasty, and beautiful dining experience.

JP
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you have not eaten at Il Terrazzo yet, something is wrong with you! This place is amazing. The knowledge of the staff is incredible.
I've had lunch and dinner. Can't wait to go again!

m
Omaha
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I Had dinner there while visiting Portland. Very friendly owner and staff. Had two different pasta dishes. Both had fresh pasta and were very delicious. Had buratta as appetizer and it was very good. Great wine selection as well. Would definitely visit there again if in the area.

CM
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a little late to our reservation because we had a hard time finding the restaurant. I let our server know that we were late and now in a bit of a rush because we were hitting a show at Keller Auditorium after. She was great! She let us know it was only a 5 minute walk, but she would rush our order and give us the check right away so we could eat and run. I couldn't have asked for better service than that.

The food was amazing as well. I ordered the bolognese and my girlfriend ordered the ravioli, both were delicious. I think I liked the ravioli a little better, crisp bacon on pasta swimming in butter is hard to beat. The bolognese had a great flavor and while bacon doesn't belong on it, I wanted it.

I also had an old fashioned which was smooth and tasted great. It is worth going for the old fashioned alone.

Overall this is a great place to eat and drink. If you are heading to a show at Keller: park at the Crown Plaza ($6 as of 04/07/19) for the night, walk to Il Terrazzo (5 minutes if you head in right direction) to eat beforehand and you will not be disappointed.

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