Terra American Bistro

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Terra American Bistro brings a bit of southern soul to the East College area with redefined Modern American Comfort Food. Our chef Jeff Rossman's rotating menu features local fish procured from Catalina Offshore products, bread from Bread & Cie, and as much local farm fresh produce as possible. Featured menu items include pot roast, grilled steaks, pork chop, seasonal pumpkin raviolis and the famous banana bread pudding with Jim Beam butterscotch! 21 years strong, this restaurant is a great neighborhood gem. The team’s ambition at Terra is to create a relaxed and casual atmosphere to enjoy great food, local craft beer & wine.
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MK
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect as usual. We each ordered our favorites which lived up to expectation. Our waiter was attentive without being obtrusive. A hostess was waiting to seat us when we arrived. It was a bit noisy because they had several family parties but everyone seemed to be having a great time so it was okay.

Terra American Bistro
Responded a day ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. We appreciate you taking time to review us.

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JD
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome about this hidden gem. Bobbie and the hostess greeted my husband and I. He ordered a craft beer and I ordered a yummy craft manhattan. I had the calamari which was devine and the beet salad which was one of the tastiest bites I have had in a long time. My husband had a build your own entree. The fish was cooked perfectly. The mac and cheese was delish. Topped it off with the best bread pudding I have ever had. Chef stopped by the table TWICE. Where in San Diego does that happen? And Bobbie the owner stopped by as well. This is the sort of special touch that makes you want to return....along with the amazing food.

Terra American Bistro
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind review. We love what we do and love to share it with others. Stop back in anytime.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

New Year’s

AJ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service on Sunday for brunch.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

Great to hear.

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GL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great evening at Terra Bistro. The food was excellent and the prices were very affordable! We couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere to celebrate a special occasion! Service was quite good and everything was just perfect.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

We appreciate the review. Thank you for choosing Terra.

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CF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terra American Bistro is always a favorite for us! We love the excellent selection and taste of the food!
Wow.... what great choice of restaurant for Christmas Day!!! Just Excellent!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for choosing Terra for your holidays.

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CH
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terra American Bistro has become our family tradition for our Christmas Day dinner.
We always feel welcome and know that we are in for a delicious treat.
This year again, we were not disappointed.
THANK YOU!!!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2019

You are very welcome. It is our pleasure. Thank you for choosing us.

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r
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Your ENTIRE STAFF is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Always a joy to have dinner at Terra. See you in 2020

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2019

So great to hear. I will let our team know.

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the vegan option and was not let down! Everything we tried was fresh and amazing. We are definitely coming back real soon!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2019

You are welcome anytime!

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MK
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They really need a hostess at the front desk. We had reservations for 5:30 and arrived about 5 minutes early. We stood for a good 5 or 10 minutes waiting for someone to acknowledge us - the 2 servers were obviously overwhelmed. When the 3rd server showed up things settled down. The lack of a hostess seems to be a continuing issue.
Other than that the food was superb as always! Service excellent! We are devoted customers and the restaurant is on our permanent list.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We understand and are adjusting things.

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OT
San Diego
88 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Terra is always relaxed and friendly, and their specials are indeed special—not that the regular menu is any slouch. On a rainy Sunday, we opted for the pot roast and meatloaf as comfort food, along with the excellent seafood chowder, topped with the butter cake—which to me is more like a big soft cookie—and the chocolate cigar. Yum to it all!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 12, 2019

We appreciate your review. What a great way to spend a rainy night!

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r
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ease of making a restaurant reservation is phenomenal. Customer Service is Hi, and appreciated. Every item on the menu is delicious, and good-sized servings. The menu it’s self has a wonderful variety of dishes, and a ginger lemongrass lemonade is to die for.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 12, 2019

We love what we do. We are pleased to hear you love it too.

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r
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The FOOD and STAFF ….. are EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!
We always have a great meal and a great time.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 12, 2019

Thank you!

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P
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal. For the meat eaters it was well worth the price and quite delicious. A little disappointed with the vegan selection/price. However...our vegan family member had a wonderful experience. We would definitely return to do it again.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 1, 2019

We appreciate your feedback.

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b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going out for Thanksgiving dinner conjures images of cold turkey sitting on plates of congealed gravy, under heat lamps. But at Terra, it was fabulous! Each meal was as freshly prepared as if made to order - just as it is on any other night when you may be smart enough to choose to dine here. The pork loin may possibly have been the best thing I have eaten in a year. And let's not forget the golden beet and goat cheese salad that came first! Seriously - the team at Terra is amazing. You can't go wrong. The food is fresh and cooked to perfection. There is always a wide range of choices - meat, vegetables, and fish. Desserts are on par with the rest of the meal - which is to say...DEElicious. The servers are courteous and friendly without joining your party and they're knowledgeable about the food and wine choices if you just can't make up your mind. You can dress up or dress down - it's incredibly comfortable. GO

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 12, 2019

This was so pleasing to read. Thank you so much for taking time to give us feedback and thank you for choosing Terra.

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food NEVER disappoints. Chef Jeff served up a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Everything was tasty and moist. The plate was full and we left stuffed. Thanks Terra for a wonderful Thanksgiving experience.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 1, 2019

So happy to hear you were pleased.

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PM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, excellent food, great service - Nick is always alert and attentive to service needs

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 1, 2019

You deserve the best everytime.

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S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We know Terra is great that's why one of my birthday wishes was to have dinner there. Perfect!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thanks for choosing Terra for your special day and Happy Birthday!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful. It would be nice to add cushions to the wooden chairs.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 28, 2019

Thank you for your feedback.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were fantastic. We've been to Terra before, the food and service are always excellent. It can get a little noisy, but not so loud that you can't have a discussion and it's people having a good time. One of our favorite restaurants.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you for the shout out.

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LP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We pass this place all the time and finally decided to try it out for date night. We were pleasantly surprised! Dont be fooled by the location. It was actually quite a treat. We ordered the seasonal pumpkin raviolis due to the rave reviews and oh boy! It was a surprise for my taste buds! It was like fall in food form. It did an incredible balancing act of appetizer and dessert. My favorite part of the meal. We'll be back for a neighborhood date night for sure!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hello neighbor. Thank you for choosing Terra. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our hidden gem. See you soon.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch was really nice here. Our server was very kind and attentive and the food was phenomenal. The bistro itself had a very nice decor.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 20, 2019

Pleased to hear you loved it.

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SD
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was our first visit. We enjoyed a nice, relaxing dinner. Cocktails were excellent. Brussel sprouts appetizer was also very good (and vegetarian). We tried the bowls and they were OK. Looking forward to going back and trying more appetizers and flatbreads.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you for choosing Terra.

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s
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants but last night our server got three of four orders wrong or didn't even put in. Maybe new and they were busy before a theater event. If he had repeated back to us, it would have solved the problem. Food was delicious.

GC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and generous portions at a great price. I have been to and loved the brunch options but will start coming for dinner knowing our whole family enjoyed the food. The black cherry Manhattan was fantastic.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 20, 2019

Awesome- stop in anytime.

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BE
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Greatly appreciate the Gluten Free options! Excellent brunch.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 13, 2019

Our pleasure.

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BG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is lovely, food was superb, server was very knowledgeable, and we had a blast.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We all enjoyed our dining experience at Terra American Bistro on Monday evening. The food was enjoyed by all of us. The only thing I didn't care for much, was the squash. It was kind of bland. But, the Brussel Sprouts with the Balsamic glaze, were to die for! I had Grandma's Brisket, and it was delicious! I also had the Banana Bread pudding, and it was also very yummy. Everyone one of us agreed that the service was wonderful, and the food was Terra-iffic! We had dined here before this, but it had been a few years. The menu has definitely changed, but the food is still just as tasty!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 11, 2019

Terra-iffic- we love that! Thank you for the great feedback. Do you have a favorite you would like to see return?

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r
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was FANTASTIC as always. Best little gem. Food and Service are always excellent.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 11, 2019

Sweet- so glad you loved it.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The prices were reasonable, but the protein (we had Salmon) was very small. The taste was delicious.

R
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first time back to Terra since the new decor and menu changes were installed. It is still a great dining option. The service was exceptional. The food was well presented and very good. Our wine was a favorite. I’m not sure about the new dining room chairs however. I was a bit uncomfortable and my husband was too.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 3, 2019

We appreciate your feedback. Thank you.

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VM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The fish special was a winner. The chicken ginger potstickers were tasty but tepid. Wine service was attentive enough ... ice bucket for white wine good. Very delicious sides of Brussels sprouts and carrots accompanied a large and flavorful pork chop, that needed a steak knife. My first time at Terra, and I’ll be back to try other dishes that sound great on menu.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on November 1, 2019

My mouth is watering reading your review. Thank you for the feedback. See you around soon.

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MD
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant! Every plate I have tried there has been wonderful. I love how the menu changes from time to time.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thanks for taking time to leave us feedback. Do you have a favorite plate?

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L
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still our favorite restaurant and fav bartender, Christine.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on October 30, 2019

Awesome!

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J
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There has never been a time we have come away from Terra American Bistro feeling less than satisfied. No exception here either as another successful dinner was had by all with our latest dining experience. From the exceptional pumpkin ravioli , the short ribs, salmon, chipotle steak, to the chicken rice bowl all entrees were perfectly prepared and we enjoyed them all.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on October 30, 2019

We appreciate all the love. We love what we do.

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JN
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food and lovely ambiance! We will definitely go back the next time we are in town.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on October 30, 2019

Super! See you again.

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CW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place looked like a cafe with plastic chairs and we were a party of five and we got stuck at a table for four with no room. They didn’t know where to put the appetizers or all the drinks there was literally no room for five people at this table. We asked to move to a larger table and she said no. Then the server asked us why we were at this small table we said ask your coworker! It was a joke!! The food was horrible the fish for two of us was snapper it was raw and gooey it was really bad we sent it back and said keep it. He offered other choices or to recook it we said no thanks!!! The ambiance is horrible the food was bad it ruined our night out for our party of five!! We will not be back.

PW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The main entrees were very good. The side dishes need a little work. Squash was pretty hard. Mashed potatoes not so good. Infusion drinks were great. Service fine.

J
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked into the restaurant and was greeted by a friendly hostess` our dining experience was absolutely delightful. We totally enjoyed the pot stickers, calamari and toasted bread and brie appetizers followed by a chicken rice bowl, chipotle flavored steak to die for and the macaroni cheese and Brussels sprouts accompanied by the tenderest beef you can imagine. We love the flavors and the presentation of the entrees and enjoy visiting Terra as often as possible.

C
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary date

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