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La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego

4.5
4.5
922 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
The Grand Dining Room is open for lunch Monday - Friday from 11:30am-1:30pm.

La Gran Terraza is a California bistro featuring farm-to-table lunch and dinner. The Grand Dining Room and terrace have fantastic views of Tecolote Canyon and Mission Bay. OTooles offers small bites, nightly happy hour, a cozy fireplace, local craft beers and an excellent wine list.
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Bar Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 849-8205

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Private events are custom designed to fit your needs. Please email us at terraza@sandiego.edu. We will work with you to create an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests. Weekends are available for your special event - book today!

  • Private party facilities

    La Gran Terraza, located on the campus of the University of San Diego, offers stunning views of Mission Bay and Tecolote Canyon and exclusive ambiance, making it the ideal venue for private events.

  • Private party contact

    Amii Cambaliza: (877) 859-2338

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Valley

  • Cross street

    Linda Vista Road, on the University of San Diego campus

  • Parking details

    Comply with all campus parking regulations. Meter info is available at entrance and parking lot kiosks. Complimentary Valet parking is available during lunch, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm (in front of the Hahn University Center). Handicap spots are available in front of the Hahn University Center.

  • Public transit

    ~ Linda Vista Road at USD Main Driveway - Bus ~ Morena Trolley Stop within 1 mile

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 922 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

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  • San Diego

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  1. s

    stanman

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food4service1ambience5
    Served appetizer in a fair amount of time. After 40 minutes, questioned the server where our food was. She said just a few moments for the whipped cream on the dessert. We told her had not gotten the main courses yet. Another 15-20 minutes for them to arrive. Several other tables around us were also complaining about slow service. Room was very nice, quiet, great views, and although the serving staff was friendly, there was no reason or excuse we saw for the very, very slow service.
  2. j

    judyfoody

    Orange County

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    a "hidden gem" on the USD campus. delicious food and good views too. try it!
  3. M

    Mike

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Love Love the Holiday Buffet & special Wine Dinner events!!
  4. MB

    MadisonB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, superb waiters/waitresses, and splendid food! Proud to be a Torero.
  5. K

    Kiki

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Service was excellent……………………….
  6. S

    Skip

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comfortable and elegant setting, great menu and the food backs it up! Thanks.
  7. LA

    LAWatson

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch, food and service were outstanding. Just wish they were open on weekends.
  8. D

    Davenport

    San Diego

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent lunch at La Gran Terraza. We arrived early but got a table right away on the outdoor patio with magnificent views. Superb food, very speedy service. Our guests greatly enjoyed our meal. Many thanks!
  9. C

    Coronadofinediner

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The peach, fig, and Humboldt cheese salad was simple, but delicious. Sea bass was good, but I liked the squash blossoms even better. Best course was the steak filet and the mint chimichurri enhanced it nicely. Then the guava creme brulee was perfectly creamy and so good. Only shortcoming was not getting all the passed hors d'oeuvres. Other tables were served before ours and they obviously didn't have enough for everyone which was disappointing. Wine pairings were excellent and I happily won a bottle of the Cabernet Sauvignon in the raffle.
  10. KM

    KevinM

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a great lunch spot in the summer when students are gone and parking is easy. Lovely views with great service. My hanger steak was cooked to perfection.
  11. G

    Gpsd

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I brought an old friend I hadn't seen in years for lunch. It wasn't busy, the food was good and my friend was super impressed with the view, service and decor.
  12. R

    Renie

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food, flavor, and presentation were excellent!!! You can hardly find a better view in San Diego to enjoy an incredible meal. The wait staff was very pleasant and attentive and was timely in delivery and detail. We all enjoyed a relaxing atmosphere to discuss both business and chatter about the beauty around us at La Gran Terraza!
  13. C

    Coronadofinediner

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started with wonderful hors d"oeuvres of smoked salmon, sushi rolls, and shrimp. The calamari salad was most interesting - very colorful and tasty. Star of the dinner was the lamb which was perfectly cooked. Also, another beautiful and delicious dessert highlighting stone fruit. Best wine of the dinner was the sauvignon blanc.
  14. JD

    JeanneD

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The food and view is excellent. The service was quite slow, and I find this is often the case. The servers are quite nice, they just need better staffing levels probably.
  15. PD

    PeteD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the Austin Hope Winery tasting and paired dinner. Everything was fantastic!!!
  16. DM

    DavidM

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a private wine dinner put on by The Austin Hope family of wines. Even though I was familiar with their wines, I was pleasantly surprised. The food pairings provided by the restaurant were off the charts, as was the service. Not my first wine dinner there, nor will it be my last. A really great experience.😀
  17. C

    Coronadofinediner

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We invited new diners to this wine dinner and they were very impressed. Once again the menu and wine pairings were superb. My favorite course was the duck and dessert was a delicious work of art. We loved the Treana Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and ordered some to take home. The shortcomings in service that we experienced at previous dinners had been corrected. The servers were very cordial, but efficient and unobtrusive at the same time. Requested coffee was delivered exactly at the same time as dessert and the tab was presented promptly at the end of the dinner. A perfect evening.
  18. JT

    JTN0603

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere for a business lunch and the food was delicious.
  19. D

    Davenport

    San Diego

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Superb food, view and ambiance. We sat outside on the patio with great views. Service was terrible: extremely slow.
  20. MJ

    MonikaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time with family at Duckfoot dinner.Menu Menu was perfect for a warm summer Eve. I don't drink but rest of family really enjoyed the various beers from Duckfoot brewery. They also like the presentation between courses.
  21. SS

    SharonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location, food, and overall service were superb.
  22. BI

    BILLB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience5
    We have been to several wine dinners at La Gran Terraza with mixed reviews. The BV WINE DINNER was very disappointing with no second wine pours, resulting in no wine with the first course, as the nice cocktail hour single glass of Chardonnay was long gone. The Merlot was nice, but not the best grape choice for a very tasty Sea Bass 2nd course. The 2 Cabernet's with the 3rd course were a joke with the stingest poors I have ever experienced at an upscale wine dinner, maybe 2 ozs each glass. There was no second pour to go with the nice steak. My lobster was not cooked and I should have sent it back. Adding insult to injury, the BV host had extra wine she sold that evening; and she favored 1 table going back several times to refil (?) glasses but did not go to other tables during the 3rd course. Not the special wine dinner experience we had hoped for. Next time you bring in a higher end winery charge another $10 or $20/p and have enough wine to make a positive impression. I have to think about my answer to the next question as our past experiences have been mixed. A year or 2 back we came to the Daou wine dinner where your were short 22 duck dinners, giving those of us on the wrong side of the room a chicken dinner instead. My wife being a vegetarian, except for duck and elk, had only 1 possibility which was a very disappointing plain green salad. The duck entre was the main reason we decided to attend your wine dinner that night. They should have comped her meal cost, but no we had to pay for 2 dinners. We like your venue a lot, but am not sure if we would recommend it to friends?
  23. C

    Coronadofinediner

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Once again we enjoyed a superb dinner. As always, everything was presented as a work of art, particularly the tray passed hors d'oeurves and dessert. The crabcake was absolutely delicious (could have eaten an entire dinner of just those) and the bacon wrapped seabass was especially moist and flavorful. The wine pairings were excellent and the host from Beaulieu Vineyards was very poilished and knowledgeable and she limited her narration to just the right amount of information. Amii, the dinng room manager, made a point of visiting each table to make sure everyone was enjoying their meals and Anna, one of our servers, was very attentive checking our needs. My only critique was the slow completion of our tabs at the end of our dinner. After a considerable wait, one member of our party delivered them to the kitchen himself so we could receive the final credit card receipts. Also, although not offered on the menu, my request for coffee was accepted, but I never received it and I didn't pursue it.
  24. SB

    StewartB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Ambiance was great as usual. No wine was poured for first course. That was outrageous. The winery, then poured so little wine for the pairings that we finished the wine before the course arrived. We have been to many wine dinners here. The wine was always generous no matter the price of the bottle. I hope they don’t invite BV Winery back ever again!
  25. D

    Ducky

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing “jewel” on the campus of USD. Breathtaking view and ambiance. Can’t recommend strongly enough!!😀
  26. P

    Paravion

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beer Tasting Dinner was Awesome!
  27. EG

    EmmaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing!! Great food.
  28. M

    Mike

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very nice venue. Valet parking was a plus. Very few diners.
  29. M

    Munchkin

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We attended a special event a wine pairing fixed price dinner. All the wines and courses were delicious and the service was friendly and efficient. This is our 3rd event and all have been outstanding experiences.
  30. C

    Coronadofinediner

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another superb wine tasting dinner. The scallops were cooked to perfection, the duck confit was meaty, juicy, and very flavorful, and the pastry chef created a an array of beautiful chocolate morsels with a molded white chocolate spoon for the creme brulee - truly a work of art and so delicious.
  31. JJ

    JaneJ

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The menu here is unusual and delicious. The four of us each chose a different salad, and each was beautifully presented. We each loved what we ordered and want to come back to try other dishes.
  32. D

    Davenport

    San Diego

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Gran Terraza is a gem: Great food, superb ambiance and fine service. The salmon is especially tasty.
  33. DC

    DawnC

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue and great service all around! Would definitely recommend for Mother’s Day brunch.
  34. R

    Rita

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    They have cut back from previous times. Still a good value.
  35. JA

    JenniferA

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    A little disappointed by this our experience this year. Longer than expected wait time, past our reservation time. Complimentary coffee and tea while you waited but then got charged for coffee with the buffet. For $50 a person we expected more value for the cost. We were really excited to go again post pandemic but next year we will look elsewhere for Mother’s Day.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Mother’s Day brunch everyone was very polite and food was great
  37. C

    Coronadofinediner

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Another beautifully presented dinner. Lobster course was the best. Octopus not a big hit and was left on many plates going back to the kitchen. It was cooked well and I know it's trendy, but not with the crowd at the wine tasting dinner. Wines were excellent and Peter Mondavi's commentary was very informative and most interesting.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Excelente food with great ambiance! Unfortunately the service was disappointing. At lunchtime most working people have a tight schedule, for that reason I made a reservation. My reservation was for 6 people at 12:30, we were all there at 12:25, we were seated promptly, there were only a few people and plenty of empty tables. By 1:00 we were still waiting, not even water was brought to our table, I had to go find a server and ask her if someone was going to take our order, 3 of the guests had to leave, since they would not have enough time to wait for their food, and eat. The 3 of us that stayed were able to order and the food was excellent. Again no one ever came to check in us or refill our waters, after trying to get the server’s attention, I had to get up and went to find a server to ask for the check. Great food, bad experience!
  39. B

    Bets

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was incredible - I was coming from out of town to meet some colleagues and got delayed. Not only did they accommodate the delay but also moved our table outside. The service was gracious and even though we end up staying after closing time, we never felt rushed. service was gracious. Food was also excellent - good seasonal ingredients and and well prepared
  40. T

    Tazzie

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    wonderful lunch spot. Remember they do not serve alcohol at lunchtime. We like to celebrate birthdays here and they do a nice presentation of a birthday dessert. Love the view, too. Don't be in a hurry!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego is rated 4.5 stars by 922 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
Google Map for La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Linda Vista Road, on the University of San Diego campus

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Valley

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Bar Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Comply with all campus parking regulations. Meter info is available at entrance and parking lot kiosks. Complimentary Valet parking is available during lunch, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm (in front of the Hahn University Center). Handicap spots are available in front of the Hahn University Center.

  • Public transit

    ~ Linda Vista Road at USD Main Driveway - Bus ~ Morena Trolley Stop within 1 mile

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 849-8205

  • Catering

    Private events are custom designed to fit your needs. Please email us at terraza@sandiego.edu. We will work with you to create an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests. Weekends are available for your special event - book today!

  • Private party facilities

    La Gran Terraza, located on the campus of the University of San Diego, offers stunning views of Mission Bay and Tecolote Canyon and exclusive ambiance, making it the ideal venue for private events.

  • Private party contact

    Amii Cambaliza: (877) 859-2338

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