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Terra American Bistro

4.2
1285 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 1285 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.0
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4.0
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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shainh (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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 4, 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 
5.0  Dined on February 4, 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 
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Exceptional food. Service was slightly under par.

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vipLocalpatron (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 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 3, 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 3, 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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3Yips (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Loved the evening, as we always do when we dine at Terra. We had the option of the regular menu or the Restaurant Week menu (we forgot it was restaurant week!) Delicious!

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vipCiaoBella (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

We had a wonderful evening at Terra American Bistro. Cocktails were innovative and refreshing. Our party of 5 enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu. We all tried different dishes which were all cooked to perfection and delicious. Dessert was outstanding including the delectable bread pudding. Everything does taste better with butter! The bartender, waitress and servers were excellent and we had great service.

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JoNanaDining (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was fresh and delicious. Service was excellent. Wine list was great value. We hadn’t been before so tried it during a Restaurant Week. We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

We had a great time trying this place during restaurant week. We will definitely be back! They have some great weekly specials outlined on their website.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Delicious food, great service, interesting beers on tap, great cocktail. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

We went here for restaurant week and absolutely loved it. We didn't have a single thing that wasn't cooked perfectly. We've already made plans to come back for my Fiance's birthday when my family is in town in March. The regular menu was huge and looked just as good as the restaurant week menu. We had fun cocktails that were unique or had a twist to them. Very cute vibe inside. I would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Saw terra American bistro advertised for restaurant week and was excited to try it after reading their menu. We made reservations at noon and found our way there. It's kind of in a bad area, but the menu looked like it would be worth it. We were seated right away. After receiving the menus found out that they were not honoring restaurant week yet (even though the logo was stamped all over the menu), never the less, they were only serving lunch tues-fri on the special. We decided to stay and ordered a salad and iced tea. We waited and waited and waited.... could have died of thirst, the waitress still wasn't going to refill our tea. After 45 minutes, called the waitress over and she hadn't realized we didn't get our salads yet. About 5 minutes later, she returned to tell us the tickets were lost and could we remind her what we ordered so she could put it in again... we asked for the check. Completely ridiculous, not even an apology. This place doesn't even deserve the one star I gave it, but the scale won't go lower. I want my hour back!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

I had a reservation for my birthday with a friend! I put in the notes that it was my birthday, but they did not recognize it. The server seemed way too overwhelmed and gave very poor service. The table next to me waited 45 minutes for their food and then the server went to check on it, it still hadn’t been made. The table was so upset they left their drinks on the table and left.
I didn’t mind waiting because the $6.50 bottomless mimosas were a steal and held us over until our food arrived. The food was great and the mimosas were never empty. Overall I would return but only because of the food (and mimosas).

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MelanieVG (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

I had the bass special off the Farm to Table Menu. It was amazing! My boyfriend had the Rigatoni Bolognese and the banana bread pudding for dessert which he really enjoyed. Unfortunately I could not try his dishes because they were not gluten free (but there are plenty of gluten free options). I would definitely recommend Terra. The food, service, and ambiance was great!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Set a reservation for a birthday lunch for five for two birthday boys. Our waitress seemed to have a handle on things with taking our order, however 3 out of our party of 5 had things wrong or missing. It took 20 minutes to fully rectify a missing fried egg on a burger along with a side of cotija and Parmesan for a salad and mussels. The birthday boys also had liquidous whipped cream on their desserts which sat for 5 minutes in front of us before being tableaide.

I had hoped Terra would have knocked it out of the park after that... then our bill came. We were charged $33ish for a $16 bowl. Our waitress said she and management thought the computer had it wrong from restaurant week and gave us a comp instead of an accurate bill. That took another 10 minutes of waiting to figure out on their end.

Bummed and while I love the food, likely won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Our service was spectacularly terrible! Food was great, but we prob won’t be back.

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