Terrain Cafe – Palo Alto

4.7
370 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Terrain Cafe celebrates the cycle of the seasons and the bounty of the land. Using hand-selected local produce, meats, seafood, and dairy products, we take pride in creating seasonal menus using hand selected local produce, meats & dairy products at their peak of freshness, from farmers we know and trust.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 370 people are saying
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Rainy
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great the service was amazing. Loved our server

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Jayne
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrain never disappoints Their food is always delicious and fresh. Outside dining is the bomb! And service was terrific. I will continue to go for lunch on a regular basis. So happy they opened up their patio dining. Just lovely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Great process for cleanliness during COVID. Kid friendly

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CourtneyJ
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was so nice to eat out on the patio! Staff did everything they could to make us comfortable, especially with all the social distancing. Food is as great as I remember.

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QuincyS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Best brunch I have had in a while! The peach salad was the best!

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Cindy
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My service was amazing. She was kind and attentive. However the lady that was the host (blonde lady) was unfriendly and on her phone. I noticed the server was the only one that held that place together. Thank you!

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Alex
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet ambience in the morning at 10am. Plenty of privacy between tables. Courteous service. Ordered a salmon toast, avocado Benedict. And fries. All is tasty! Would go again!

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MelissaA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an enjoyable experience especially during Covid when eating out still feels a bit uneasy. But the establishment is so well organized for distance eating. The staff are more than accommodating in making certain the conditions are clean, seating runs smoothly, plenty of hand sanitizer, ect. And of course the food was terrific as always. Highly recommend.

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vipService
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Father’s Day celebration.
We didn’t experience anything but being serve.
No, Father’s Day greeting but, just regular service & precocious protocol on COVID-19.

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MargoW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite restaurant of mine and has great food and service. The flowerpot bread is just the start of an always delicious meal!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food exceeded our expectations. Tender moist flavorful chicken and perfect Brussels sprout salad. Pleasant outdoor patio seating shaded by umbrellas. Very good service.

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vipLondonlassie
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food very good with natural ingredients. Service also very attentive.
Only problem we had was the noise level. It's hard to hear.
Perhaps because it was early on a Sunday with quite a few families dining.

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SRHywd
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Great decor!

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vipJessicaN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Better than expected!

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Amazing
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very disappointed. The menu looks terrific--lots of great choices. Unfortunately all 4 of us were disappointed in our meals. Appetizers (burrata and hummus) were ok, but very small sizes. Main dishes were very disappointing. Harvest bowl was mediocre, fennel salad was not good, salmon was ok. Desserts were extremely disappointing--flourless chocolate cake was cold and mediocre, coffee crème brulee was disappointing.

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AliceC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was a nice place. I’m a big fan of its retail store. The staff was friendly. But, service required a little prompting and it was challenging to get the servers attention. Like we had to ask for cream for our coffees, ask for ketchup with our breakfast potatoes, when we are sharing desserts, we had to ask for knives to cut up the desserts.

Also, one thing that was quite unexpected...we were asked to leave after we finished our food, dessert, and paid our check. That was a shock and first in my life! I did take a quick look around and saw open tables that appeared to be available. To say the least... it was embarrassing. I am not clear on their policies, but it would be nice for them to post it to avoid such embarrassment and ensure equal treatment of all guests.

Other than that, it was a good experience.

Loved the food! Salad didn’t seem to have salad dressing, but natural flavor must be in.

I looked forward to the flower pot bread. It was hot and served with sweet butter.

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vipmrlukens
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Raw kale caesar salad was shared by two with some leftover. Braised pork belly was described as having sides of parsnips, carrots, and grits, but that doesn't convey how each one was prepared in an interesting and delicious way -- for example, the grits were formed into a thick cake and fried, golden and crisp outside and creamy soft on the inside. I loved it. Good burger and fries. The wine list included a white pet nat from Spain that was ideal for charcuterie and seafood. The carrot cake was served "inside out," with the cream cheese frosting between two thin layers of cake. Every dish we ordered pleased us. They were inventive, and portions were generous but not ridiculous. Thoughtful service. A little loud for my taste, with lots of hard surfaces bouncing sound, but a pretty place for a drink and a snack or a full meal.

MB
MalikaB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I absolutely love this restaurant. I've been here several times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great spot for a sunny business meeting.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great but the service was just bad. We waited so long for someone to take our order and could never find our waitress.

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vipChipster
San Francisco
171 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, for lunch. We both got the quinoa bowl and iced tea. The pre meal bread in a pot with butter was amazing, as were the quinoa bowls. The restaurant has a great Vice and our server, George, was friendly, fast yet unobtrusive. Definitely will return.

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SteveT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway wonderful and inviting. Jorge is the best part of the experience and brings a great feeling of being with friends. The staff is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food, healthy options, snooty server

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was awful. We both ordered the scallops, they were totally overcooked and hard. We did not send good back because we were starving. Pls do not serve overcooked scallops. Remake the dish of you have to. Complete waste of money and calories. Sorry to be harsh but literally the worst scallops we’ve ever eaten. Thx

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Lunch
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We got there early. Had the Kale chips and fries as an appetizer. Natalie had the Kale salad and I had the burger. Burger and fries were good. Natalie did not care for the Kale Cesare salad and the Kale chips were interesting. Salty. Lovely ambiance. Attentive excellent service. Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it every time when I go!!!!!!

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rrk0505
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we ate dinner at Terrain. Highly recommend the cheese board - a large variety to sample and enough for 4 people.

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vipMichelleS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I went to Terrain for lunch recently after shopping at Stanford. The bread was warm and delicious, as always. I shared the beet and farro salad with my friend and it was good but not great. Lots of farro. Not too many beats and the cheese was overpowering. I would not order it again. We also shared the grilled cheese sandwich and it was cold. Grilled cheese just isn't so good cold. Our third friend got the breakfast board and liked it. I would go back but would order different things. Worth noting that the drinks are really good. Service was also good.

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vipGourmet
Los Angeles
387 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, delicious food and good service. Enjoyed the hamburger, French fried and farro and beet salad

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SarahD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Farro beet salad and butternut fritter are so delicious!

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vipmah1
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was excellent and service, although willing was a bit slow towards the end of the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It’s much smaller than I expected, and lacked the overtop Anthro/Terrain vibe I’m used to. Staff & service were exceptional. Food was just ok. They were out of French toast. Ordered the burger which was just ok and cooked well done when I asked for medium. Fries were great. My friend ordered the harvest bowl and again just ok.

Not bad, but not great either.

MB
MarinaB
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. Salad served with the grilled cheese sandwich was too plentiful and a tad wilted by the vinaigrette. The grilled cheese sandwich could have used a bit more Camembert cheese as well as apple slices. The mustard could not be tasted at all. Other than that it was all good.

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vipmissella
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice ambiance, creative food presentation. I'm not giving it a 5 stars because they cancelled my reservation even though they say they have a 15 min grace period. It was raining, couldn't find a parking spot, arrived about 10 minutes late.

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BrendaY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a lovely spot to catch up with an old friend. We did not feel rushed and it was quiet enough to talk.

DC
DaliaC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

NIce place for brunch or breakfast. It will be nice if there will be some pastry selection.

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juliej
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful except the truffle fries. But we enjoyed everything else very much.

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vipSuzyq
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Love their green hummus, fantastic. I try to visit Terrain every time I'm in town.

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Hybrid
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Nice place but one dish was delivered late. Server seemed to be covering too many tables.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Service was very slow and had to contact the waiter at all times

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Terrain Cafe – Palo Alto is rated 4.7 stars by 370 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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