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Terra American Bistro

4.3
1286 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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 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
What 1286 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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4.3
service
4.0
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4.1
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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JeffJ 
5.0  Dined 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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shainh (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 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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Terrafic (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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GailO (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I loved Terra my first time and will go back again and again. If you haven't you must try.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Exceptional food. Service was slightly under par.

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vipLocalpatron (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great neighborhood restaurant with excellent farm-to-table options and creative dishes. Lots of options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free. Lots of small plates, salads, bowls. Simple but welcoming atmosphere with excellent service. The desserts are not to be missed, especially the banana bread pudding and brownie skillet.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Met A couple of friends there they were very quick to seat us and take care of us. We were able to order drinks right away while we waited for friends to get there. Dinner Was delicious and the service was great

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The hostess on duty was not very cordial but I have had another encounter with the same hostess with the same negative response. Our waiter was very charming professional and attentive. My husband had the pasta with Bolognese which was very tasty but greasy . I had the fish of the day, yellowtail and I can't say I loved it. It was accompanied by A generous portion of sautéed kale end it was almost unedible and very difficult to cut! I had to send it back. And he brought me a steak knife and told me that he had other complaints about it !
Normally the plates are very well composed. And delicious. It was just not up to it's usual
goodness. It was disappointing but we will return and hope it was just one of those off nights.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The chef is careful to source local, organic as much as possible and is very conscientious about the health benefits of what he prepares. He has a creative kitchen. I try to go when it's not too noisy as the acoustics aren't helped by the fact that there are hard surface floors, ceiling and tables without cloths.

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