Terrain Cafe - Bethesda

4.4
174 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Terrain Cafe celebrates the cycle of the seasons and the bounty of the land. Using hand-selected local produce, meats and dairy products, our team takes pride in crafting menus from the seasonal harvest of farmers we know and trust. We work tirelessly to craft an environment that aesthetically and gastronomically reflects the best of our local communities.

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Sun 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Mon - Tue 10:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Wed - Fri 10:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 8:00PM

What 174 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great farm-to-table fare in a cozy ambience.

M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Was not a fan of the food, but for the charcuterie plate which was good. The wild mushroom soup was foul and made two of us ill.

OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not very good. The service was slow; the menu extremely limited; the food average at best; and the price was way too much. We will not go back unless it’s cheaper or improved.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went during restaurant week. Options available on the RM were good and of reasonable size.

M
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience and wonderful with my kids. Sat outside on a beautiful summer day.

SK
Washington DC
148 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside this visit and it was a lovely evening in Bethesda. The food was interesting and delicious once again. In fact I took half of my main course home because the portions were so generous.

DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

R
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive menu; everything was delicious!! Lovely setting. Reasonable prices. Attentive service. We’ll be back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor dining

b
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable, friendly, great place to talk without raising your voice. Lunch menu has interesting variety. Will become a favorite place for lunch in Bethesda.

TC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great outdoor seating options. The waiters were wonderfully accommodating to our food sensitivities. When we got one item confused (it wasn't their error) they graciously made another plan. The burger was to die for said my brother.

DD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Terrain! It's a wonderful, different, addition to Bethesda and its many restaurants. The organic menu is delicious; the ambiance is beautiful (love the plants!); the staff is very friendly. I recommend it all the time to friends and acquaintances.

AS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent breakfast food, great coffee, and wonderful service

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Terrain. It was not busy, so the noise level was low which was brilliant. Service was excellent. The food is very good, although the kale salad was pretty blah - this is a creative cafe in many ways, so we hope they may liven up a dish like this. Avocado toast was delish! And very good burgers.

S
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a really nice evening at Terraine after a movie at Landmark. Our server, whose name starts wtih a D....Demetrius? was so friendly and conscientious. He answered all of our questions and provided information that was new to us.....like how to mix a really good Old Fashioned. He even brought over the manager to share her recipe for a great drink. He was a terrific server. The food was quite good....a bit overpriced....but nicely prepared and expertly served. We'll try Terrain again and hope to find the same great service.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant experience, as the food is fresh and quite tasty, and the servers, managers, chefs, and all other staff are helpful and affable. We enjoy eating outside in their shaded and inviting space.

ES
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good for lunch with a friend, food was very good. First time I had the breakfast, second time a board with cheese and charcuterie. I liked the first meal better. The meat on the board was too greasy for me.

R
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy, and quiet, and reasonable. A trifecta!!

d
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

salad with salmon was disappointing because most of it was very strange lettuce.....
not worth the money and we won’t be back

MM
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to the Terrain in PA, and was so excited to see that there's one now here more local in MD. I checked out Bethesda with a friend of mine, and we had a lovely time! Our waitress was so patient with us, and really allowed us to enjoy ourselves leisurely. The 'terrarium' dessert is AMAZING. I will definitely be back!!!

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Good Ambiance, smart table toppings, creative menu, smart ingredients..... BUT
Lacking taste, flavor & the Umami factor.
Menu sounds good, wish it tasted just as good!

Q
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went to meet a friend for lunch. The restaurant was almost empty. We felt rushed into making our selections. Ordered. Got our food which was excellent. We were ignored and treated in a surly manner the balance of our visit. Won’t be rushing back.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

I want to like Terrain. I do. The atmosphere is lovely and I'm a regular Anthro shopper so I'm often there. It's only 5 minutes from my house. And yet. The food options are so... odd. Sometimes being different and experimental is good. But I haven't found one person (I'm a local 40ish female patron with a large social circle) who loves the food. Most, like me, continue to search for something they would order again. Others don't care enough about food (all my starving x-ray friends) to let that stop them from going bc the location is so good. Anyway, my hope is that someday Terrain Cafe will stop trying to impress all of us with their innovative ways of making a dish and, instead, will make their food taste so good that I'll want to order it again.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Early meal. Very quiet in the restaurant, which was pleasant. Servers quite pleasant. Food interesting and enjoyable, but slow to arrive. Prices a little high for a casual “cafe”. All told, a pleasant little place!

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pretty. Noisy. Great food! I had the avocado toast, which was exceptional. But, prices are too high! Excellent service.

c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

While our wait person was very nice, she was not very attentive.

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

Amazing quinoa bowl- I added avocado it. Beautiful presentation, delicious taste and hearty entree!

CH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends and I had a wonderful lunch. The food really was outstanding, from the bread with lavender honey butter, French fries, lamb kofka, and other entrees. The mushroom soup was incredible. The wait staff was attentive but unobtrusive as we grabbed along. We all had a fabulous time and look forward to going back.

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Interesting place! It wasn't very crowded on Sat night so I would like to go back for brunch/lunch or something when it is more bustly...

F
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a knowledgeable server who spent time with us explaining the ingredients of a delicious cocktail and how several items on the menu were prepared. The menu is not long but everything we had was presented beautifully.

r
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We didn't get our food after an hour of being there. We left. They were not very busy.

F
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

So great drinks and avocado toast amazing !

E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I found this place overrated for its quality and services. Generally speaking, foods and services were just ok- nothing so outstanding. Trying once is just enough experience-least likely to try again. Lady who checked us in was the least friendly we've ever met- very unpleasant and unprofessional.

R
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! We arrived early and they let us sit and relax for a few minutes. Lovely bohemian asthetic with unique menu. Highly recommend.

LA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is great but we’ve been three times now and the service is always very slow

AL
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to meet for lunch. Menu isn’t huge but the quality is very good, creative and tasty. Nice service, friendly and not intrusive. My only criticism is that the water they pre-pour is tap water - didn’t taste great.

R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We ordered 3 items assuming that the waiter understood that one was a shard appetizer (which we said). They all came at once. My medium rare hamburger was well done. They gave us a dessert for free which we really didn’t want. Not a good evening.

SK
Washington DC
149 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really loved all 3 dishes that we shared. The fresh, local and seasonal ingredients made everything aste great! We will differently return .... and hopefully very soon!

a
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this new charming restaurant in Bethesda. Definitely a great place for brunch.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great for a girls brunch. Go for healthy eats and the fun ambiance.

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