Terzo

4.8
1358 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Terzo (which means third in Italian) offers a daily changing menu of about 15 small plates and 5 large plates. Its “pan-Mediterranean” fare changes based on local ingredients. The wine list offers over 80 options of European and Californian wines chosen to pair with the food.

A high communal table sits between the bar and dining room and offers seating for up to 10 diners. Additional walk-in seating is available on 3 high tops in the front window. Espresso leather banquets line the dining room. A more intimate back dining room can be booked for private parties of up to 18.

Inspired by the wine bars and cafes of Sicily, Rome, Seville & Madrid, wines are stored along the walls of the dining room. An original fireplace was refurbished and is lit when the weather is chilly out. Stylish lighting creates a chic atmosphere.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Meet Terzo, your utility player restaurant. It's hard to go wrong at this Cow Hollow bistro.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1358 People Are Saying
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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly & attentative servers. Soft leather, stone and natural wood decor. Understated, leaning toward Scandinavian vs Mediterranean decor. Great food! Every dish is fresh and perfectly prepared.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music is TOO loud, and I love music, sound tracks are also odd...more for rockin out to than dining to

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GK
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, everything we had was delicious. We started with Hummus and Grilled Halloumi Cheese dish. Both were delicious, especially the pita and the grilled Halloumi Cheese. My main, the Braised Nieman Ranch Pork Shoulder was amazing! The meat was so tender and fell apart easily with the fork. My date's Morroccan Style Braised Chicken was really good too. The restaurant filled up really quick even though we got there a bit early. Reservation recommended.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!!

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GB
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Terzo...absolutely outstanding. We've eaten at all the other Open Table top 100 in SF and Terzo didn't disappoint. It deserves its place on the list.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was amazing.

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TQ
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terzo is dependably excellent. Great food in a cozy space.

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J
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I love Terzo. It's a neighborhood gem and the staff always makes us feel like family. Food is consistently wonderful. One of the few places I can get a glass of Lambrusco.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite neighborhood restaurant! Never disappoint me!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

First time guest with my niece, shown to a tiny table at the very end of the back of the restaurant, I believe it was towards the rest room area. Very low ceiling light, not suitable at all. We opted for the bar, food was OK!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and our 13yo loved it too. Great neighborhood restaurant.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Poor service
We were there for two hours and had to cancel our third small plate.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The cauliflower soup was delightful. Very crisp and clean flavor. A little bland for me but the crouton and the creme added a nice touch. - .5 Star

The dish that disappointed me the most were the artichokes. I was really expecting to be wow’d by a slow cooked artichoke. With an ingredient that can be gritty or tough I was curious what slow cooking would bring out in the flavor. What it tasted like wes a fresh-out-of-the-can artichoke, it was salty and briny and uninspired. I was really looking forward to that dish!

The beets were unbalanced. At the end of the day it was a pile of beets; and while I love beets the ratio was very off to the other concepts on the plate.

The bruschetta was a solid option, while it is hard to go wrong with great bread, ricotta, apples and honey it was genuinely well done. The bread was perfectly toasted and even the apple skin melted in your mouth. The salad on top also helped cut the sweetness and richness of the dish although I would have preferred the peppery-ness of arugula. - .5 star

The calamari I would cone back for. Absolutely solid choice. Very flavorful lentil stew. Calamari cooked to perfection. - 1 Star

To finish off, the almond cake was very refreshing and surprisingly light. It appears to be a dense cake when it is brought out but definitely rounds out the meal nicely and on a fresh note. - 1 Star

Service was attentive and beyond reproach, really really great team.

Ambiance was warm and inviting while also playing with your sense using creative mirror placement and clear light fixture. Open, cozy and very Mediterranean feel.

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EB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I don’t understand how this restaurant has gotten such good reviews. My daughter and I each ordered an appetizer and entree. Out of the four dishes, only one was tasty. The red sauce on my daughter’s pasta tasted like Ragu. I had one of their specialties — the Moroccan chicken, I love Moroccan food, I’ve been to Morocco. The chicken leg was swimming in a watery sauce that had no taste. We did like the toast with ricotta cheese, apples and honey, but I’ve had that at other restaurants and it is simple, hard to screw up. The arugala salad was just a big bunch of arugula with a few pear pieces and something else and a tasteless dressing,

I would never go back to Terzo.



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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible service, a great ambiance, and most importantly DELICIOUS FOOD. Terzo is always a top choice of mine. Highly recommend!

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a
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. We met a couple of friends and four of us shared a variety of small and large plates. Great food, warm attentive service. Not cheap

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous . Wonderful

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Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply excellent

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AR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated on time, gracious friendly service, great selection of small plates that are well executed with exceptional ingredients

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FN
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terzo is fantastic. The food is always so delicious, with great service. It is a cozy place and the servers make you feel at home.

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JM
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently delicious food and great service. Neighborhood gem!

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P
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was less exciting than I hoped for and for the price, but the service was excellent!

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AF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Service from Ron was top notch

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KG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great! Everything from the Monterey Bay calamari (fresh, not the typical breaded/fried variety) and tagliatelle carbonara to the grilled coho salmon and flourless chocolate cake with cocoa nibs. Freshest ingedients, well prepared. And unparalleled service.

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MR
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it every time!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terzo never disappoints! A true neighborhood gem.

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L
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Niccole is an excellent server! Food was delicious!

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HP
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A nice discovery- we had not known this restaurant was in our own backyard. It has a great vibe about it, nice interior, very good Mediterranean-inspired menu and excellent food. This will become a regular place for us to go to for a tasty and reasonably healthy dinner.

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p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time and loved everything. Will return to try more menu items.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a gem!

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JW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed by the warm and inviting atmosphere of Terzo. I recently moved to Cow Hollow and walk by the door everyday. From looking through the small entrance I could have overlooked the quality of the establishment if it were not from its strong reputation that reached me by word of mouth. Our server was friendly and informative. Providing a personal and professional touch to recommendations for food and wine. She perfectly timed each course/dish that was served to come out fresh and hot. She expressed sincerity in understanding if our meal was satisfying throughout. Additionally, she left us with excitement to return by informing us of the frequency that the menu changes and noting some of her favorites that may come back around and aren't worth missing.

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MI
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place. Solid food and some creative options. The eggplant was one of the best dishes I’ve had in a restaurant. The octopus was not as impressive but overall, very good.

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AV
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing - so attentive. We ordered all of the small plates and gnocchi was by far the best. Best gnocchi I have ever had. So fluffy and pillowy, and not dense/dumpling like. The chicken skewers were a close second, followed by the pork meatballs. Excellent beet salad as well. Will be back.

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GC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely place with good ambiance, great food and friendly service!

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ES
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding, the food delicious, Great neighborhood restaurant.

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AM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot with good small plates. Always good.

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MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was recommended by a friend and I would recommend it to anyone as well!

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitress, Nicole! The food was different and delicious. Cozy feel and warm decor.

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SB
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our first dining experience at Terzo and the food, service and atmosphere was outstanding! Our waitress was wonderful at assisting us in sampling as many of their signature small plates, as possible. We had the hummus, chicken and lamb skewers. Save room for dessert...we had the apple crisps and it was amazing. We will definitely return to Terzo to enjoy a delicious meal!

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not too fussy, just rich and satisfying dishes that are very well executed. Friendly and attentive service.

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