Terrain Cafe - Bethesda

4.4
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186 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 186 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
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.

JC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

M
Washington DC
80 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
38 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
128 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
6 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.

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
64 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
9 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
21 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
89 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.

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