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Tue, 4/24
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10:30 PM
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Terra American Bistro

4.4
1323 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Champagne Brunch: Sunday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday from 4:30pm
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Phone number
(619) 293-7088
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeff Rossman
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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.
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Private party contact
Lisa or Jeff: (619) 993-1437
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
El Cajon and 71st St
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Parking details
Street parking available and on weekends & evenings parking in business lots around restaurant.
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Public transit
San Diego Trolley stop on 70th street.
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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)
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Come pamper your moms and grandmoms for brunch. 3 courses including fruit & yogurt parfait, sticky buns and tres leches cakes with churros.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1323 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Another excellent food experience. The pastrami was outstanding and Colleen was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

We received the usual great service and farm to table food.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The food is locally sourced and delicious. It's a casual place where you can bring your whole family or on a date. I'm little bummed that the server or the restaurant didn't really show all the promotion the restaurant offers like fixed dinner menu. I found out later and I was disappointed.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Service not attentive and not so knowledgeable with wine selection: nice view and sittings: the filet mignon was ordered medium rare and came out cooked more. The scallops , nice size but tasteless

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Quick Pick, local area all and all Loved It! I will go back and recommend to friends...

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Amazing, as usual! Food and service are always on point! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Always an innovative, healthy menu of mostly organic, locally sourced food.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always a pleasant experience xperience
Christine at the bar is always a happy , accommodating and knowledgable professional ..

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

As usual the food was amazing and the service from Nick our waiter was exceptional. He is one of the reasons I love this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had a reservation and were seating within 10 minutes of reservation time-good for Easter brunch! Food and specialty cocktail great; set menu for the holiday, but good selection and worth the cost. One disappointment, though...two individuals at my table wanted to order a specific entree and were told they were out of it. Then a large table, that came in and was seated after us, receiving their meals after us, received several plates of that very entree. Those in my group that wanted to order it felt misled and it didn't leave a good impression-even though their food was good.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a group of 6 for Easter Brunch. I liked the fixed menu instead of a buffet as there is more personal service. Our ages ranged from 8-68. There wasn't anything left on our plates so the food was great.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Love this place. A must for brunch.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I live in the neighborhood and appreciate that Terra is one of the few farm to table restaurants nearby. Although I have found the quality of the cooking inconsistent, I return because I need to eat GF, and like that there are GF options. I also appreciate that the food is fresh, seasonal and mostly? organic.

My 2 companions shared several appetizers and were happy. At dessert time, I chose the homemade vanilla ice-cream and had to send it back. It had no flavor, and the texture was crystallized as if it had been partially thawed and then refrozen. ( I had avoided the flourless chocolate cake as another possible GF dessert choice, because --compared to other offerings by that name,at other restaurants, the Terra offering is not very tasty--not very chocolate-y or cake-y. ) When asked by the hostess, how I enjoyed the meal, I explained my negative dessert experience and she kindly gave me a coupon good for a free dessert another time. I had also asked for only 2 vegetables, ( carrots and broccoli) instead of the stir fry with many vegetables, because I was allergic to some of them. The server told me she wrote down my request for the chef, but when the food arrived, the chef had not honored my request. We had an after dinner engagement, so there was no time to send the veggies back to see if they could get it right the 2nd time. It's a nuisance to have food allergies/sensitivities so I dont eat out too often. It takes a certain caliber of restaurant to cater to special needs. I had hoped Terra would be able to rise to the occasion. Sometimes, in the past, it has--but I haven't been able to count on it.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was good. Sometimes in their attempt to utilize the whole vegetable inedible/tough parts are served. Flavor combinations are unique which I enjoy. The blue mason jars for drinking add a nice pop of color.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

A very nice experience! American comfort food has never had it so good!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Broccoli soup was too salty. Had the only fish available which was good but soy sauce was salty too. Disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

It is difficult to have a conversation with table mates if the restaurant has one or two loud customers. This seems to always be the case. When one table is loud, others compensate by getting louder to be heard. There is nothing on the walls that absorbs noise, so it bounces all through the restaurant. Wish they could work on that problem.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We've been there several times and the experience is consistently wonderful! Very nice staff!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Love their happy hour and Wednesday’s if you bring your own bottle they waive the corkage fee. And the bartender is awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

All 4 of us enjoyed out entrees - pan fried local fish, hanger steak, pork chop. The calamari appetizer was tasty - the presentation was cool!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were a group of 5 ladies celebrating our birthdays. We all enjoyed our food immensely. Delicious flavors and good portions. As to the noise level I truly can't comment, we didn't stop chatting long enough to notice.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

A friend and I dined there a couple of nights ago, arriving at about 5:45. We were seated immediately and the timing was perfect. Within 15-20 minutes. The restaurant started getting very busy and the noise level increased. We ordered the fried brussel sprouts appetizer and the grilled Scottish salmon entree, which we shared. The food was mouth-watering delicious and service was excellent. Neither of us could have finished an entree by ourselves, so sharing was perfect. Since I'm not a fan of noisy restaurants, going early was perfect timing.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were there for Sunday brunch, and both chose the quesadilla. We liked the crispy-but-not-greasy flour tortilla. The pulled pork was, um, porky, but did not appear to have been cooked with any seasoning. We use very little salt, but this seemed to have none. Thank goodness for the mild but flavorful roasted salsa. I would have liked to have had about twice as much of that. Our side of bacon had excellent flavor - we had to order it, after smelling it as we got out of our car! Cooked just right, I still wish they had blotted some of the grease off the surface.Service was good, especially the refilling if drinks. But this place is insanely loud. They’ve tried to do something about this by mounting panels covered with burlap from coffee bean sacks on the ceiling, but they need more.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

All the entrees were cooked to perfection and tasted great..salmon , sea bass, and steak..All three cooked to perfection...I totally enjoyed the pumpkin raviolis, a seasonal favorite. While there was laughter and discussions around the room we totally enjoyed our meal..The waitstaff are friendly, efficient and professional. You have to try the brownie cooked in a tiny iron skillet. The brownie is topped with a caramel sauce to die for and ice cream.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I can always count on Terra to provide a beautiful plate of food which also tastes delicious. My friends from Oregon were very impressed. Service was wonderful, too!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This is a rotational spot for us and when we want to stay close to home but want top food and service we go to Terra. Jeff's dishes are always good and there is always something new. My wife had a cup of Cream of Broccoli soup for an apetizer and I had the Potato,Brie and Red Onion Quesadilla. Both were very good. My wife had the Grilled Hanger steak that came with Bacon Potato Hash and brown butter parmesan Cauliflower. The steak was very well seasoned and tender and she absolutely loved the Bacon Potato hash. I had the Cioppino (it is something I will order anytime I see it on a menu) and Jeffs version of this Italian classic is really good. I have never had it anywhere where the flavors were not different. I will order this again anytime I am at Terra if it is on the menu. My wife had coffee and I had a glass of Elijah Craig Bourbon on the rocks. Now about whiskey. We sat at the bar as we usually do so in conversation about Bourbon our Bartender Sara who is awesome showed me a bottle of Bourbon called Blantons. Her curiosity got her and she wanted to taste it and gave me a taste. It is sooo smooth and when I get it it will be straight no ice. We need the night with a shared Banana Bread Pudding, Hey its Bread Pudding so yeah it was good but unlike ,most the sweetness was toned down a little which made it very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Dining at Terra's is always a pleasure; really great tasting food, friendly waitstaff and service. The salmon was cooked to perfection and I can't say enough great things about the seasonal pumpkin raviolis.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

One can never go wrong eating at Terra. Menu is fresh and varied. Great service from friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great food spot in East County. Definitely a great gathering place for friends. Colleen was very helpful and had such a great engaging personality.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We have been here numerous times with friends and by ourselves. We come here for bdays and anniversaries, and get together. Everyone loves it and we do too.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Always a treat to see what's offered here, with interesting specials and enough creative combinations on the menu to make it lively. The friendly servers add yet another layer of comfort to this unassuming, consistently worth-it eatery.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Sunday brunch was delicious! There were many Mexican versions of American classic egg dishes! The stuffed French toast was amazing!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This used to be a favorite of ours.
I ordered the brie and potato quesadilla appetizer, it was awful. Full of raw red onion. My salad was wilted.
My salmon was fine. But I expect better than "fine" from this place.
We are removing from our go to list-even if it is only a few blocks from home.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Terra continues to be our favorite go-to restaurant. We are immediately welcomed and treated as friends. We have been dining at Terra on a regular basis for several years and we are never disappointed with the food - it is consistently high quality and thoughtfully prepared. We enjoy that the menu is seasonal and thus has new options to try.
The staff is exceptional, always welcoming and professional!

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

As we live in the neighborhood we welcomed a restaurant like this and especially love the chefs dinners. We’ve always been happy with the food and drinks here. Perhaps it’s our fault that we did not frequent enough, but on returning on a Sunday evening to take friends out for dinner, we were so disappointed I feel sad that we’ll probably not return. The menu was uninspiring and except for the salt and pepper calamari which was great as usual,it was just an ordinary meal available anywhere. We used to feel it was a chef inspired food place and appreciate chef Jeff’s food. My feeling was it had been changed to accommodate the locals and I understand,you need to make money in order to stay open. So I guess it’s just not for us anymore. I also had to return my cocktail and we waited ages to get our drinks when there was no one sitting at the bar and it was a half filled room. Sorry I feel this way as we like to support local businesses.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

as always it's a great place to eat and have a drink.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We eat here two to three times a year and have never been disappointed. Excellent food and service with menus that are seasonal. Keep up the good work!!!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We have eaten at Terra on many occasions and have never been disappointed. But this was not the place for Valentine's Day romance.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We love this restaurant. The food is always fresh and delicious and the presentation is excellent. Love the convenience and the neighborhood feel. Good service!

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