Terra & Acqua

4.3
425 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Bringing modern, northern Italian cuisine to sunny Florida – Terra & Acqua’s chef/owner, Simone Parisi, is creating something to experience. Terra & Acqua is a restaurant inspired by the beautiful Atlantic ocean and the freshest of locally-farmed ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(904) 429-9647
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Simone Parisi
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Private party facilities
Private Dining room is available for up to 100 people.
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Entertainment
Music on Thursday.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 425 People Are Saying
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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was not what we expected. We were celebrating our anniversary which we noted when making our reservation and were seated in the bar when we asked for a booth. The bartender was also the waiter and the manager so his attention was quite divided. The food was good but the medium steak was quite rare and even the bread took a very long time. It wasn’t sent back because we feared it would take too long and my spouse would be finished or have cold food. Would recommend if they can get service and food prep in order but did not have ambiance for a special occasion.

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E
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I've been to Terra & Aqua many times....seems every time I go back the standards change....from exceptional to good.....don't know if its a change in their culinary performance or budget concerns...

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SM
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not my first visit to Terra & Aqua, but first time there for a business meeting. My colleagues and I enjoyed our meals immensely! The service here is always outstanding and this visit was no exception. This continues to be one of my favorite local restaurants.

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JV
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I’ve been to the restaurant a couple of times and loved it. I live in Jacksonville so it’s an hour commute each week. Last Friday night, however, I did not have the usual great experience. Two people at our table ordered a salad that featured tomato’s. When the salads came, there were no tomatoes in them. The waiter didn’t bother to tell us and when we asked why, he didn’t know. He later came back by the table and said they were out of tomatoes! Seems odd for an Italian restaurant not to have tomatoes and a waiter not to know.

I got the veal acallapine and it was cold as well.

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RI
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good experience and attentive service. Good choices and excellent specials.

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MP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently outstanding and the service personal and attentive without being bothersome. I find that I have a difficult time deciding what to order becuase so many dishes appeal to me. This visit i enjoyed the Fall Lasagna with cauliflower, sausage, and squash. It was full of flavor without being overly rich or heavy. A perfect balance. Started with a barrel aged cocktail, and then to a very nice chianti from the reasonably priced wine list. Shared the ricotta/burrato appetizer - the roasted tomato sauce accompaniment really complemented the cheese.

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SK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meals enjoyed by all shared appetizers were meatballs, mussels and lightly fried shrimp vegetables and calimari double pork chops could feed a lumberjack! Fish, gnocchi and ribs were gone quickly. Wait staff attentive to our needs. Looking forward to our next visit.

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JC
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with options for gluten and dairy free. Fresh ingredients at a fair price

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JT
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was masterfully prepared. We had the Risotto Prima Vera with Scallops. Wonderful! The veal Scalopini was also well prepared and delicious.

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VP
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

My husband and I recently had an anniversary dinner here. It was a quiet Sunday evening. We were seated immediately. The service and food were very good. Our waiter was very attentive and personable. The only drawback that I saw was in the setting. The place was poorly air conditioned. It was a hot Florida evening and the restaurant has a functional brick oven working making the temp inside the restaurant a bit uncomfortable. I did see staff moving some fans around but it would have been more pleasant at 5-10 degrees cooler. I would go back.

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RO
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A favorite place to dine. Excellent food and service. I think the menu tends to be more Central and Northern Italian and less Southern Italian, so it’s a little different from what you would find in many Italian-American restaurants. I highly recommend the Carpaccio for an appetizer.

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St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have eaten and Terra & Acqua numerous times.. While the food is always very good to great, the service this time was not that great. not sure if they were short staff or it was just our waiter(s). Took longer that normal to get our bread with no explanation.. it is always fresh so if the explanation was were were baking it okay but nothing. When food came out my wife asked for another glass of wine.. never showed up until we flagged waiter down.

The restaurant was not that crowded so not sure if was issue with kitchen or wait staff.

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JI
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We celebrated our 35th anniversary but was not offered a special treat or anything! That was dissapointing! Got free piece of cheescake at Caps by the sea

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SG
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Too much pasta served with the dinner. I ordered black grouper and my dinner plate was full of pasta and my fish was very tiny pieces sprinkled over the pasta....very strange and not really good. The restaurant's dishes are all lots of pasta with tiny pieces or shredded meats on the pasta or mixed in.
The bread and olive oil is good.
We will not return because we like to eat healthy and want a piece of protein served with a small portion of pasta on the side.

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C
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place - Great staff -Great food! Who could ask for anything more?

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our past experiences at Tera Acqua were excellent. For whatever reason, this Sunday evening was a disaster: the salad was wilted and missing ingredients, they were out of Chianti, and we waited an hour for our main course. The main courses were oily and the veal Marsala was soggy. They only recently started being open on Sunday's: perhaps they should go back to a day off!

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DM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

3 of 4 entres and 2 salads were subpar. Plus forgot dressing on salad and waiter was nowhere to be found for a while. Felt badly because we suggested restaurant to the couple that joined us.

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GL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This wonderful Italian Restaurant NEVER leaves me disappointed. Our preferred waiter, Paul, always is attentive, fun, and knowledgeable. GREAT food at fair prices.

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AB
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a pleasure eating Terra and Aqua. Great service and wonder dining.
Nightly specials make it very interesting every time we go.
Highly recommend.

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MP
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had one chance to eat a decent meal in St. Augustine and blew it. Overpriced but the service was decent. Staff outnumbered customers about 10 to 1. My meal was terrible and I paid $32 for it.

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DH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was mediocre. No plates to eat appetizer on. Stuffed pork chop stuffing was mostly outside of chop. Very dry . Undercooked cauliflower.

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s
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

..We both ordered a $24 shrimp pasta special.It consisted of 6 over cooked shrimp with very unedible undercooked pasta.Served in a cold dish swimming in butter/olive oil.Not at all garnished or an attractive plate.Have been dining there for a few yrs & the last few times were not up to par.Our waiter was very attentive. No apparent manager on site.

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s
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was amazing, though space was tight. Waiter seemed very rushed, as it was pretty crowded. Food made up for it though, would try it again. Definitely make reservations! Bonus that they’re available on Open Table.

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DM
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BEST pizza in Florida, server was excellent, and we were well cared for. Ample parking a plus‼️
We were a party os 8 and all have different dishes. Everyone was happy with his/her selection

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K
Jacksonville
37 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Frito Misto is always great. My swordfish was very good and wife enjoyed her salmon. Dessert was decadent. Great pour on wine, and nice to see big rocks glasses with an adult pour.

Matt was our server. Very attentive and familiar with the kitchen.

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c
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terra & Acqua is one of our favorite "GO To Spots". They have a variety of specials allowing us to dine there often and enjoy different entrees. However, we always start with the Octopus appetizer- unique and tasty (Don't spoil your appetite with too much of the Great Bread). When busy the inside can be a bit loud, but there is outside seating and the food is equally good inside or out.

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TB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We felt rushed. It was noisy and the food was average. Our shared appetizer, fritto misto, was tough (the clamari).

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F
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Whether you are looking for homemade pasta or fresh local seafood and creative cuisine, you can’t go wrong here. Now our “go to” local restaurant.

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BK
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Our
Favorite Italian restaurant in the area.

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P
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This place is amazing! Best Italian I've found outside of New York and Philly. Every dish, every visit has been perfect. The wine list is wonderful, the value and the care of the wine excellent. The octopus salad is top top notch. From the bread to the high end entrees, everyrhing is fantastic. The very complete and well thought out menu makes it easy to satisfy your party. The lobster lasagna is a highlight and the pork chop is wonderful. The only complaint is the noise level but don't let that keep you from this hidden gem in St. Augustine.

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TJ
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a Birthday, Tracy was our server, AMAZING! Good time, food was great 👍😊

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We showed up for our reservation, and did not receive service. The tables around us were getting waited on, we waited 15 minutes before getting up. Servers around us saw us get up to leave and no one stopped us or offered to help us. Also, it was very hot inside tables all around were fanning themselves.

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BS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten many times at Terra & Acqua and will continue to go back! It is local and the owners and staff are always friendly. There is a good wine list and the specials and the pizza are fantastic! When I have guests in town, I can always count on Terra & Acqua to impress!

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SH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Steak was great. Ribs were overcooked and not tender. More like beef jerky. I would not order them again.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

No. Just no. First of all, the customer service is not great. Don't get me wrong, I liked our waitress and everything, but she was only okay. We tried to order a kids cheese pizza as an appetizer because we read another yelp reviewer did that and my pregnant self thought that sounded amazing. They flat out refused to do it. Apparently the chef said "Absolutely not. That's just something nice we do for the kids." Ummmm...... that right there is 1) poor customer service and 2)flat out ridiculous because there goes about 8 extra dollars in profit they could've made. I mean, would you rather make that $8 making someone a kids pizza as an appetizer or refuse out of principle? We also had a pear and Gorgonzola salad- the pears were kind of slimy and the dressing was sad. My husband ordered the bolognese and I kid you not, it tasted exactly like Chef Boyardee ravioli! I got a pear purse pasta which was pretty tasty and a harder to find dish, which is why I gave the restaurant two stars instead of one. Considering the price, I'd HIGHLY recommend going somewhere else.

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RA
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Food! Great Service! Very Comfortable atmosphere!

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VV
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love Terra & Acqua. We've been there for dinner about 6-7 times and have tried different entrees. Try the Antipasto Misto - it's truly divine. Saturday night I had the grilled seafood dish which included lobster, calamari and other seafood served over grilled veggies - outstanding. One of our friends had the Gnocchi with cream sauce & nuts - hearty and they loved it. We also enjoy going just to the bar on a Friday night and sitting on a high top to have appetizers, the Costa Est pizza and drinks. The food is very good and consistent, the service is exceptional the wine list is excellent and we love the atmosphere.

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were nice. I enjoyed what there was to offer and would definitely return again. Overall, it was excallent and I would recommend Terra & Acqua to other people.

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t
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We were so excited to have an Italian place close to where we are moving but this place was a huge disappointment. The waiter was nice and polite so that was good but he was not knowledgeable about the food or wine. He also struggled to keep up with his tables. Our entrees were sent out 30 seconds after our salads. So they sat and got cold. I had ordered a steak so I didn’t want to send it back because it would over cook under the heat lamp. We moved tables because it was SO hot where we were. Overall it was not a great experience and it was not inexpensive. Their pizza did look good though. Maybe take out pizza is the way to go?

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PA
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were looking forward to a great dinner based upon a friend's recommendation, however we weren't thrilled. The server was extremely slow, they give you tiny water glasses without ice and the entree portions were extremely small. The food did taste good, but the prices (we felt) were expensive for what you received. We would recommend including a salad with your entree, that would round off a small meal along with the good tasting bread. Also, large water glass with ice would have been nice. I had the fish special over linguine and there was very little seafood in with the sauce. Again, it tasted good, but I was very disappointed to say the least at the portion and the price.

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