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About Terra American Bistro

Terra American Bistro began in Hillcrest May 1998 and has since moved to the East College District of Rolando. Chef/Owner and Cookbook Author Jeff Rossman supports local food purveyors and sources all ingredients carefully, with a commitment to buy all products that are cultivated sustainably and humanely. Terra specialties include Steamed Carlsbad Black Mussels, Chipotle Marinated Skirt Steak, Pumpkin Raviolis and Lobster Macaroni ‘n Cheese. This neighborhood Bistro serves up farm to table fare and offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. The team’s ambition at Terra is to create a relaxed and casual atmosphere to enjoy great food, local craft beer & wine.

7091 El Cajon
San Diego, CA 92115
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Champagne Brunch: Sunday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday from 4:30pm

Cross Street:
El Cajon and 71st St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 293-7088

Website:
http://www.terrasd.com/

Catering:
Whatever the occasion, our goal is to make your event a complete success. With overflowing creativity and a gracious and dynamic staff, let Terra be your hospitality partner. We promise to exceed your expectations with an uncompromising commitment to perfection. Whether you are planning a simple luncheon or an elaborate six-course dinner, Chef/Owner Jeff Rossman will work with you from the start. He would be delighted to create a custom menu for you and your guests.

Parking Details:
Street parking available and on weekends & evenings parking in business lots around restaurant.

Public Transit:
San Diego Trolley stop on 70th street.

Executive Chef:
Jeff Rossman

Private Party Facilities:
small parties up to 16 can order off the menu and larger parties need to contact our banquet department for special menu with pricing. Private parties can buy out the restaurant or possibly host an event on Saturday afternoons or Monday evenings.

Private Party Contact:
Lisa or Jeff: (619) 993-1437

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Nightly Specials
4:30-6:30

Tuesday - $2 taco night, changes weekly
Wednesday - Wing night + corkage free night
Thursday Date Night - $39.95 dinner for 2(all night)
Friday Fish Fry - beer battered fish + chips $16
Saturday - mussels + a glass of house wine $14
Sunday Family Night - kids 10 + under eat free. one free meal with each paying adult(all night)

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

We've been doing a special 3 course extravaganza for 20 years now. Traditional turkey plus 4 other options to choose from. Incredible dessert duo of apple tart with pumpkin ice cream and flourless chocolate cake. Leave the mess behind and let us do all the cooking for you and your family.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We will be open regular hours with our regular menu and some incredible Christmas time Dinner Specials. Bring the family to celebrate.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

We will be open Monday for a special 3 course Christmas Dinner from 2pm-6pm. Come celebrate Christmas Day with us.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Terra will be open regular hours for New Years Eve with our regular menu plus some incredible specials to ring in the new year!

Terra American Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

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4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 4 days ago

We have been to Terra several times and always had a great meal and experience. This was unfortunately a little different experience. The wait staff, while friendly, was slow and not as responsive as normal. It was a Saturday night, however it did not appear to be overly busy. That said, it was the long wait time to get food, and my wife's salmon dish being under cooked that made the meal less then desirable. We do enjoy Terra and is a welcome addition to the area. We will go back and hope this was just an off day. Hey, it happens.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We ordered the lobster Mac and Cheese and their chefs brisket special.
Flavor was spectacular!!!!! Amazing quality with wonderful presentation.
The brisket was perfect, a little bit of fat with meat and flavor was so full. Slightly sweet and smoked taste with the tenderness of the meat that just melted in your mouth.
We ordered the brownie with ice cream and let me tell you. My wife does not eat brownies but this dessert was The Exception along with handmade ice cream.
Very impressed and would definitely have future dinner dates here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of the best hidden gems of La Mesa! Don’t let the exterior fool you the food is outstanding.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing, quality, farm to table food. As well as a wide variety to choose from on the menu.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

nick was great as always. it seemed as if it took longer than normal to be served dinner, but overall great

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Vegan, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I always enjoy the food at Terra, but lately the speed of service/time to get food is much longer (over 45 min) and the 3% surcharge that's added to the bill (minimum wage increase?) is a turn-off. The dining area could use some more sound dampening - lots of chatter from closely seated other patrons.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wow, just wow! I will definitely be coming back and I don't even live in the area. We came down from LA to visit friends who suggested Terra for brunch. We had the $6 bottomless mimosas, because, what's brunch without bottomless mimosas? The service was efficient and friendly, waters and MIMOSAS constantly filled. I ordered the Seafood Bennys which were beyond delicious!!! I'm not even usually and eggs benedict person, but I wanted to try something different and they did NOT disappoint. That dill hollandaise sauce was ridiculous and the eggs were poached to perfection, no runny whites. And don't get me started on the home fries!!! YUM! Others at my table ordered the breakfast burger (which was a tad salty, but still very good) the steak and eggs and the breakfast burrito. Everyone was happy with their meals. Looking forward to coming back again and trying something different......or I might just have to get the same dish again!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We love Terra! Staff is great and never disappointed with the food. Made an online reservation which was very easy. Had a dessert which was seasonal and amazing. Love that the menus change every season and food is very creatively prepared.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The special was Scottish Salmon. When we told our server we weren’t familiar with that term she said she had no idea what it meant because their salmon came from Catalina. The lobster Mac n cheese had literally no cheese. We’ve had three prior meals that were all much better but this evening was unacceptable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

So happy to learn that the pumpkin raviolis are back on the menu as they are a family favorite. We totally enjoyed the calamari and the roast beef along with the RAVIOLIS.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and great service! Highly recommend! Lots of different food options to choose from, including gluten free!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Two of our company had their food delivered cold. One had their food delivered undercooked twice. Parties of similar size to ours, and who had arrived after us, had their meals delivered significantly before ours were delivered. I had great hopes for this restaurant and the concepts on which it was based, but have been disappointed the last two times we ate there. If something isn't done to change the situation I am afraid the place may not survive. As it now stands, we will not eat there again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The dinner, service and atmosphere was wonderful. We were delighted to see how
busy the restaurant was.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2017

GREAT ALL THE WAY AROUND....COULD NOT BE BETTER.....EXCELLENT MENU ITEMS

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great food and service, I love the changing menus with the seasons! It’s never boring, and service is always friendly and efficient. We even got a special happy birthday song from our waiter, Mike!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always fantastic and friendly staff! The food is always outstanding and we enjoy Terra often. Casual great place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

If so good to see the pumpkin ravioli back on the menu for the winter months. The food here is outstanding. It is well prepared and the presentation is good. The bartender is the best.

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Consistently excellent dining! Healthy, delicious menu options.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Always a great meal at Terra. Great service in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had a very nice time. The food is wonderful and the service was great.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Gourmet food in a neighborhood bistro. Jeff is a great chef who favors locally sourced organic veggies and meats, etc.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were disappointed that they were only offering the 'restaurant week' menu. I didn't realize that and was really looking forward to the 'garlic shrimp'.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Haven't been since they were located in Hillcrest. Thrilled to report that they remain fantastic! I believe Terra's consistency throughout the years is a testament to their commitment to excellence in quality of the overall dining experience. Thanks for treating your patrons so well - it truly leaves a lasting impression.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We enjoyed our Restaurant Week meal at Terra American Bistro very much. The food was delicious, the service prompt and pleasant, and the restaurant itself very pleasant. We plan to return.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

EXCELLENT RESTAURANT.....LOVE IT ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO A GREAT DINNER HERE

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Loved celebrating my birthday at Terra our server was great and the food is creatively prepared. Liked the early offering from 4:30 to 5:30. It’s quieter too!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Organic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

My family say the food was perfect. Like very much

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent food and service! Wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2017

I love this restaurant, but the noise level still drives me crazy!!! Today I was there for brunch and the music was awful, I ask the hostess to turn down the volume to no avail. Why is it necessary to have loud music in a place that already has terrible acoustics?

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

I have been more satisfied after eating a hungry-man TV dinner. What I'm saying is the portions were too small for what I got (herb-roasted chicken.) it's a hipster spot I guess. A transplant from the hillcrest area I hear. The food tasted pretty good. But I had to pull the bones and gag a couple of times on the chicken bones before getting to the meat. At least it was fresh. But I came to EAT not do surgery on my food to get meat off the chicken. It's a fancy spot. But just not for me and my wife. (Service was awesome.)

Tags: Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Food was excellent! I had the flatiron steak, seasoned and prepared perfectly! Absolutely delicious.
Our server explained that some of the staff were absent so that everyone was doing everything. And I will say that service was a bit slow by American standards, by European it was normal! And that won't keep us away as we've always had a good dining experience here.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Wonderful spot!

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Always amazing food and service. Never disappointed

Tags: Organic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine at Terra. I had a friend visiting from San Francisco and she said her meal was one of the best she ever had eaten.

It was nice and quiet and we were able to hear each other, unlike a lot of SD restaurants that are so noisy you can't even think -- much less talk.

I highly recommend Terra. It will not disappoint I will return again and again!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Authentic, Quick Bite, Healthy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We ordered 2 appetizers & shared a bowl...everything was very good.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great food. Good service. Good wine.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Hostess was not flexible when my wife ask for a table a little further from the bar. Every table for two was open.

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Perfect, relaxing meal on a Sunday afternoon. The menu recommendations were spot on, the staff friendly, and the atmosphere relaxed. The pot roast was perfectly prepared. Nice selection of appetizers.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants in La Mesa. While the exterior would foul you, the food is amazing. We are never disappointed with any dish!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

For lunch the "bowls" were excellent. I had the sea bass over greens and black beans and it was perfect. A little loud because there were some large parties of Americans who believe that to shout is to be better understood.
My guest was a first timer and she said several times that she will come back.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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