Turf Terrace at Santa Anita Park

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$30 and under
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Californian
**INCLEMENT WEATHER MAY CANCEL RACING**
**Due to the COVID-19, the safety of all our patrons and track personal, Santa Anita will be closed to the public until the end of the month**

Please call 626.574.7223 for racing cancellations, post time changes, gate openings and racing updates.

PLEASE ARRIVE BEFORE THE FIRST POST IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR RESERVATION.

Live racing returns to Santa Anita December 28 - June 21, 2020!


Turf Terrace is located on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Club House. There is a $10. Club House admission at the gate for adults 18 and over.

Turf Terrace is Santa Anita Park’s veritable “best seat in the house.” Combining the formal with the familiar–the decadent with the daily–Turf Terrace lets patrons experience the open-air, overlooking the track. Dine and watch the races right on our post while having an exceptional sit-down dining experience. Table side monitors and the seasonally-revolving menu featured.
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Kingpin
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Big cap!
It’s a racetrack
You do not go there for the food

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StanleyS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Very good place to see the races however the kitchen seemed overwhelmed on a busy day and the service was slow.

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vip2regulars
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an iconic venue. Food, service is great. Put that with horse racing and it's a bit of heaven.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to eat and bet on the horses!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great time. Great food, service & atmosphere

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Crince
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This is a great comfortable area to sit outside and view the races while being waited on.

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SophiaR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the usual place we go to when we visit Santa Anita. Jimmy the host and Roy (our favorite server) are the most pleasant of people. We highly recommend it here. The food has never let us down.

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SophiaR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We almost always get a table at Turf Terrace. The ease and comfort of the location and the TV's make viewing very easy. The front desk and the servers are very accommodating.

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BillT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend to anyone. Enjoyable to be seated outside, enjoy the view and non-hurried atmosphere

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CelinaM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

it took servers about 45 min to get to my table and the restaurant was not even half full .... terrible service

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was great! It was very quiet due to the protesters and the final day of the season.

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KoryS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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DANIELM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

More service personnel. Order time to table time was horrible wait time .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always great at the track!

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MelodyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a trainer at Santa Anita and have spent many afternoons in the turf club. I never get tired of it. The setting is so beautiful with San Gabriel Mountains in the background. The food and service were superb.

MM
vipMichaelM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Made reservations weeks in advance but got a bad table. Every time I eat here I spend in excess of $300 but get inconsistent tables. Maybe not worth coming here and just waiting for Del Mar.

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PatriciaA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Turf Terrace is our favorite place to be when we go to Santa Anita. Yes, the seats can sometimes feel tight, but I still find them better than box seats. It's a comfortable way to spend an afternoon with friends.

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BillT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location of our table was excellent, the service was great. Jimmy even checked with us at the end of the day to be sure we had a great time.....how good it that!

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Rozl
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience5

To be honest the only thing good about this place was the ambiance. They didn't know how to seat people, they kept having to move our table to fit people next to us and shifting the rows. Our food was practically cold and just had the texture of it just sitting there. You can hear the staff yelling at each other from the distance. Seriously.. save your money and spend it on somewhere worth your time and money.

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StacyB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I was extremely disappointed with my Mother's Day event. They crammed us into a table that would not fit the 6 that I made a reservation for. Then they tried to turn the tables to make us fit, which then put us at two separate tables. That was not my reservation or plan to sit apart. Then they tried to make all the other tables moved down to make room for the chairs to fit, instead of just moving us to another open table which there were plenty. They did move another family who complained, but I guess I didn't complain loud enough. The service took forever to take our order, they forgot to bring our drinks for a good half hour, then apologized and didn't charge us for the drinks. Once most people left, we were able to spread out and breathe. We couldn't see the field, had to stand to watch the races. We were at table 136. I would never reverse this table again. The meals are overly price, and the view was horrible. I rather eat a hotdog, and have a comfortable seat to see the races if I really wanted to return. I left extremely frustrated, hungry, and disappointed!

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was Victor. He was great! Out bus boy was, I think, Jose. He was so helpful and courteous. My family has been going to Santa Anita for Mother's Day for a few years now. We all look forward to it. It never disappoints!

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Gareth
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jimmy and Staff make it a Great restaurant! Thank you again.

JH
JeanetteH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

I enjoy Turf Terrace, the food, the service and especially the scenery. However, in future I will not book a table there through Open Table. We had a very bad location. The tables were pushed together way to close. Even the wait staff had problems maneuvering. This is the 2nd time this has happened to me. It's my opinion Turf Terrace treats Open Table reservations 2nd class.

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KendalF
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic way to enjoy a day at the track! The food is really good and the service is fantastic! HIghly recommended! We like to order and share several different things throughout the day. The calamari is excellent! Also recommend the lobster rolls, beef dip sandwich and mussels!

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LAMAR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great service, but menu was limited and with much fewer choices. Best reuben sandwich in LA is no longer on the menu and I really miss it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome!

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WendyR
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Horse races with friends and families! The long shots came in. Won money, our server Catherine was fantastic, and fun was had by ALL!

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vipKendallF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this whole day! Food exceeded expectations and was served at perfect temperature! The short rib and eggs/lobster sliders and claim were spectacular. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great day, beautiful racetrack, beautiful horses and beautiful day.

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vipRandy
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

You would think for the money the food would be better quality. Especially, since you spend an extra $10 per person to eat there. Not much value.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husbands 50 birthday

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EnriqueL
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is great to visit a place that holds so much tradition as Santa Anita Racetrack does. It is even greater to see so many other families enjoying a day at the racetrack. Perhaps one of the best things about this Racetrack is its restaurant. Not only is the food excellent, but the service is always the best. I am a bit disappointed though that the shrimp and grits is no longer on the menu, it was one of my favorites.

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vipHappyTraveler
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat and watch live racing at Santa Anita Racetrack. Food is great and reasonably priced, although wines-by-the-glass are a bit overpriced. Service from Freddie and his associate was beyond belief, as both were on top of things for all 6 hours that we were there.

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Susan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable Hector was helpful attentive and friendly.

BJ
BillJoe
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great seating on the finish line.
Easy access to paddock with escalators
Makes for a grat racing day
Close to bathrooms and betting windows
Comfortable chairs at the tables
Close to valet parking

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Swaps
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Loved the food. Fantastic view. Going back next Saturday !

LM
LiamM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best way to see the thoroughbreds run. Jimmy is the best matre de in town and Roy has been there as long as I have been going to the races. Great food, great place to spend the day outdoors chatting with friends, handicapping the ponies and watching great racing.

JL
JoanneL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi,
Our server was Kathy and she was do delightful. Actually everyone was kind-valet, cashier, person selling programs, person at check in desk at Turf Terrace, gentlemen that show us to the table and the servers assisting Kathy.

Thank you so much. Another perfect time.

Joanne

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gullivers
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the ponies and the overall experience , the food was good but the ran out of chowder. All things considered it was a great da!

CH
ChelseaH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The issue with the Turf Terrace and Open Table is booking. On OT you can book for various times during the day. HOWEVER, you must show up to the Turf Terrace before the first post (first race) or else they will give your table away. I was unaware of this until after booking. So, I called before the first post and told them I was still coming for my reservation. They informed me that if I wasn't there at first post they would give my table away. Luckily, this was a Friday and it was dead so I still got a table. I think for a place that requires a CC to hold a reservation with a $10 per person fee for no shows this system makes very, very little sense. Otherwise, its a fun way to spend an afternoon. Food is nothing spectacular, but its tasty.

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Turf Terrace at Santa Anita Park is rated 4.7 stars by 163 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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