Terra American Bistro

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

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

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

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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

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
2 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
24 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
17 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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r
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS THE BEST....VERY CONSISTANT. WE HAVE NEVER HAD A BAD MEAL AT TERRA AND ALL OF OUR OUT OF TOWN GUESTS ENJOY IT AS WELL.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you for the review.

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love sitting at the bar and interacting with Christina, enjoy her energy, friendliness and her bartending skill. Food is always good, sometimes outstanding. We feel like we're family when we come in.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on October 16, 2019

So great to have you. Thank you for the review.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, the baked Brie was to die for! Colleen our waitress was the best! We will definitely be back!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on September 30, 2019

Awesome! See you soon.

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A
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Comfort food, nice location and friendly atmosphere

Terra American Bistro
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thanks for stopping in and checking us out. We would love to have you back anytime.

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g
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and experience were both good. Would go again. Short ribs and meatloaf are delicious

K
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to explore new restaurants during restaurant week and Terra was amazing! We can't stop raving about the banana bread pudding and how shabby chic the decor was. Definitely coming back! :-)

Terra American Bistro
Responded on September 27, 2019

Glad to have you anytime. Thanks for choosig Terra.

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LP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

1. Fig jam does not go with lamb. 2. Don't grill lamb chops with jam on them, totally burnt to a crisp on the outside and raw(not rare) on the inside. 3. Risotto can not be served salty and crunchy. 4. Any greens on the plate should be editable, not tough and bitter. 5. If you order short ribs it shouldn't be pot roast. It should taste like short ribs. 6. If you order brussel sprouts and have to cut them with a steak knife that's just wrong. 7. I ordered a dessert from the menu, lemon curd with meringue bits, I got two very hard lemon cookies with a slight hint of lemon, kind of. They forgot to take the lemon curd off the menu. I was told later.

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

While cooked well, the food could have used more seasoning. Fortunately, there was salt on the table. There was a strong fish smell, which was likely due to do much fish being served. However, it was not positive for the overall dining experience. The wine was good, but Ball/Kerr jars used for drinking glasses is not my preference; even for water.

TJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

On a busy Sunday, the service was prompt professional and polite. The brunch menu is very creative, delicious and plentiful. The noise level is high yet your conversations are audible. The cocktail menu is excellent. Their basic Bloody Mary is a real pickle. Enjoy!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on September 23, 2019

Fun review to read, thank you! I will share your comments with our team.

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CC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious quality meal! Colleen was sooo friendly & helpful!
Yummy!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on September 16, 2019

Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience.

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G
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this ‘farm to table” bistro, food always delicious, service always great.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thnk you! You are welcome anytime.

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a
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a large group celebrating a 95th birthday. Staff was delightful and extremely accomodating. Food was terrific as usual. I'm not a regular yet but should be!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on September 13, 2019

Happy Birthday! Thank you for choosing Terra.

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