Terrain Cafe - Bethesda

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202 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Wait staff friendly but need better training. Waitress brought me warm can of Diet Coke, put on table, walked away. How about some ice maybe?
I’ve been to Terrain/Devon PA. Better vibe, trained staff, better service.

PJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive menu; lovely staff; most enjoyable ambiance.

LT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was great, atmosphere is wonderful, food...meh. I had the large breakfast- 2 eggs, sourdough bread, salad, home fries, bacon and sausage. I think I ordered the wrong thing. This was just ok and the sausage was questionable. Didn't seemed cooked thru and the maple flavor was just too much. The eggs are on top of the bread which is large and toasted and the salad is on top of that....it was a balancing act of food and it is presented on a cutting board so just not great for eating...visually I guess it was cool but really not an easy dish to take apart and get to. UUUGH...too hard to eat and messy....a bit frustrating. Everything was mixed up. Eggs were slightly undercooked for my taste. I ordered over easy and they were a bit runny. Nothing really tasted amazing. Considering the atmosphere and service which was AMAZING I had high expectations on the food. If I were to give this place another shot I would get something else. Maybe the cheese board....My advice...stick to small plates and apps...If you are going to charge 18-26 for a plated dish it has to taste good and you have to be able to eat it.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was poor with delays and confusion about who ordered what.

t
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Restaurant has great aesthetics despite the store relationship. Waiter for us drinks right away. He was enthusiastic, and helpful. Until it was time to get our dessert and check. I needed to leave 1:15 from start of reservation and after we ordered dessert and asked for the check, we didn’t see our waiter for 10 minutes, until he walked by our table to deliver someone else’s lunch. Chatting in the kitchen? Also making the food? We’ll never know, but definitely lost his focus. Asked for dessert and bill once more and 3 more minutes, we received what we needed.
Lunch started off perfectly, and then fizzled out. Will try again, hoping everything arrives from start to finish.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was over priced, items were dry, dressing was more of a glaze on the salad option. While the staff are accommodating this is not a place I would return to, it seems to be a place to be seen.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We really like Terrain, but this evening’s experience made me sad. It was bustling with customers, and that is not inherently a bad thing. What made it a less than a totally enjoyable experience for us was the fact that the service was painfully slow. Everyone was pleasant and seemed to be working hard, but they seemed understaffed and overwhelmed. The result was that everyone lost. The food was up to their usual good standards, and the ambiance was pleasant, if a bit noisy due to the sell-out crowd. For a pleasant Saturday night in Bethesda, they didn’t plan or anticipate well the amount of customers they would have.

We’ll return, but may keep it to weekday visits instead.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was excellent and delicious unfortunately the service was bad and ruined our experience. We won’t go back.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We really enjoyed the location and ambiance — the food was great! The service, however, was poor.

BM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, service was very pleasant but slower than what you would hope for.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Birthday, but no acknowledgement of it

W
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The service was slow. We had to ask several times for simple things like silverware. Tables were not being cleaned off. My friend had milk spilt on her by the waiter and nothing was said or done.
When we asked the waiter for the types of dressings they offered his response was “some raspberry thing” and a Vinaigrette but we don’t have any cream ones if that’s what you want”.

It’s a nice atmosphere and sitting outside is lovely but not worth the overpriced menu.

The table next to us sent food back and were unhappy as well.

j
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Terrain is still in its promising phase. It could be much better by attending to small details. The salad bowls are as good as I have had anywhere. The scallops were perfectly prepared, with a caramelized exterior and warm and luscious interior. The place is attractive and (perhaps because it's not been crowded) a good place for a meal and conversation. The service was slow. One member of my party found a fly in her glass of wine. My 3 fine scallops with potatoes were overpriced at $30. Small problems like this may be keeping this attractive space with a fine location and some fine cooking from being a place I am ready to return to.

BM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got married at the Glen Mills Terrain and were excited to try one closer to where we now live. Great food and ambiance as always!

DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was poor unfortunately. Both courses delivered at once and very hard getting attention of wait staff. Ambience was nice but can not rate the Terrain Cafe highly.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We walked out after being ignored for 10 minutes- no attention- no water and the place was empty and lots of folks working. It was also like a refrigerator in there. Way too cold.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I’ve had lunch several times at Terrain and the food is always decent and the service is usually pretty good. The server this time was miserable! He took drink orders then waited almost 20 minutes to take lunch orders. He stood at the bar chatting with the bartender and never checked on the food that was delivered. We didn’t get the right order and we couldn’t get anyone’s attention to fix it. We had to walk to bar and interrupt our waiter’s lengthy conversation with the bartender. Never refilled drinks, never checked on the table.
Really annoying and sort of ruined the whole experience. It wasn’t particularly busy so it’s hard to overlook such inattentive service. The staff was just way too laid back and seemingly uninterested in taking care of customers.

JC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Terrain’s menu is creative and offers a good diversity of choices; the space is warm and welcoming, as are the servers. The food is nice, but surprisingly bland. The ingredients are fresh and high quality, but somehow the food doesn’t deliver the “punch” it should. Nonetheless, I’ve had very healthy meals here (and some indulgences, too — don’t skip the warm bread served in a flower pot: just delicious!) and hope that in time, the food will gain a little more flavor.

OT
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow and imcomplete

FB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice surroundings. Glad we went. Would recommend this place to anyone especially if you are vegetarian or vegan.

LB
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sent my daughter there with her college friends. We have a Terrain in PA and it’s one of our favorites. The Bethesda location was excellent as well. Accommodating for Celiac (gluten free) and just excellent food, atmosphere and service. Love this restaurant!!!

P
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We appreciate the wonderfully fresh ingredients, combined beautifully, and presented well. We have enjoyed multiple dinners at Terrain and found the food fabulously consistent and great. We have enjoyed each visit.

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the consistently delicious food at Terrain Cafe. The servers are very trained, always friendly, warm and knowledgeable about the menu. Finally a restaurant where we can carry out a conversation with your fellow dinners without having to shout! Thank you!

JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was so delicious!!! Started with the mushroom soup which was a must have. Husband had the charcuterie board which was also perfect. Three great selections of cheeses. I had the salmon which was so flaky and moist and the cauliflower tabbouleh was a great accompaniment. Husbands scallops were the best we’ve ever had anywhere. And the roasted corn had a surprising kick. We will definitely return! Service was great and manager on duty was very attentive.

ES
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service at brunch was extremely slow

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

The fresh squeezed lemonade tasted like sugar water, and the soda was just sparkling water with an after taste. The food was no better, honestly one of the worst meals I've had. The salad had no dressing, and the burrata toast was uneatable.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

The server was pretty cold and the food was close to inedible for dinner. The dishes either had too much salt, not enough salt, over cooked or undercooked. Will not go back for dinner.

OT
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Terrain. I'll definitely be back. We had the panko crusted avocado, salmon toast and one of the bowls. All agreed that the food was very good. Our server was knowledgable (We had a lot of questions.) and pleasant. The atmosphere is lovely. A delicious, relaxing and fun meal.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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

M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
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 on August 14, 2019
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 on August 14, 2019
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
20 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.

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