Terra American Bistro

4.3
1581 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

About

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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viprjvr1954
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always everything was FANTASTIC. Could not have been better. Michael and the whole crew are EXCELLENT. HATS OFF TO EVERYONE INVOLVED.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on March 20, 2020

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Josephbre
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with tons of flavor! One of the best hidden gems in La Mesa!

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VickyM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have been coming here for several years and have recommended it often to friends and family

Terra American Bistro
Responded on March 13, 2020

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great food and service. Uncomfortable seating.

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LeslieE
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent server who knew the menu well and made great suggestions. Food is good, not great. Gets busy on weekends, but a good place to enjoy a nice meal!

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vipKepsf1213
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven’t been year in about a year and we forgot how wonderful the food is.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on March 13, 2020

Glad to have you back. Thank you for the review.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
91 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It's been fun to try parts of the Terra menu we hadn't ventured into before. This time, I had hands down the BEST pork chop ever, doubly rewarding since I often avoid these at restaurants, having had one too many dried-out versions. Not this one! It was perfectly cooked, juicy, and tender enough to go head-to-head (or fork-to-fork?) with a beef filet mignon. My tablemate had the angel-hair pasta with shrimp and raved about it then AND the next day; he also had the calamari and declared it an excellent iteration. We both started with the day's soup, a broccoli-cheese puree that had us smacking our lips and going for every last drop.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on February 29, 2020

Fun to explore new otions. Thanks for the shout out.

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BrendaN
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The short ribs had asked for breakfast was delicious!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on February 29, 2020

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and liquor were excellent, cream of asparagus soup- to die for. Salty/peppery calamari was cooked perfectly although I have had better crispy and light coatings in Little Italy. I had a delicious lemon grass ginger ale (non-alcoholic) and my husband had a his favorite bourbon. We opted out of dessert but out chimmichurri skirt steaks were melt-in-your mouth tender and flavorful, plus my husband raves about the Brussel sprouts, which is very unusual

Terra American Bistro
Responded on February 29, 2020

Awesome feedback and review. Thank you!

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Becky
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time for Friday date night, and what a gem! The food and service were excellent. It was a bit on the loud side, but the rest makes up for it. We will most certainly be returning.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on February 29, 2020

We love that you love our hidde gem. We look forward in having you join us again.

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MaryK
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We've always had excellent service there - until this visit. It was a Sunday evening about 5:30 and they weren't that busy but our server was slow and seemed a bit scatter-brained - maybe just an off day. The value is excellent - I had a 3-course meal with their most expensive wine by the glass and the price was amazingly reasonable.

This is on our list of regular places to eat! And we won't let one instance of poor service deter us.

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Stephanie
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The meatloaf was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

One of the noisy restaurants. Tile floor with lots of reverberation where you have to speak up to be heard across the table.

The food is good and Chef comes out to visit which is very nice. We will go again.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the review. It can get nosiy at times, but we love a full restaurant.

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Jojo
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun experience to be treated to a Valentine's Dinner at Terra. The fixed menu made for a relaxed, totally organized event. The fondue appetizer was a plus. The smoked Gouda delicious. The steak dinner was truly amazing while the chocolate Pyramid and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert were the definite hit of the evening. What a great idea...Thanks for a special evening. The waiters were spot on and judging by the other diners most were as pleased as we were with their service.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for choosing Terra to celebrate. Our customers deserve the best.

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vipLynn
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. While all the dishes at Terra are good, The pistachio crusted grouper was the best fish we eaten EVER at Terra. Bartender CHRISTINE is tops!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2020

Awesome! Thanks for the shout out.

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ChareseH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Worst food I’ve had since going to Terra Bistro
The Lobster Bisque tasted like mushrooms and dirty socks
No lobster believe me
My fish was raw
Won’t go back

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent as usual but service was a little slow - a problem because we had theater tickets.

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vipjtred
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and service is attentive. Bread pudding amazing.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on February 29, 2020

This is great to hear. Thank you!

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vipSheenaH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall this is a decent place to eat. The servers were friendly, but management needs to work on staffing issues as it was a very busy Saturday night and service became very slow. Management also needs to work eliminating the smell of the restrooms as you can smell the odor immediately upon entering the restaurant which ruins the ambience.

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Pablo
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Server was excellent. Rice bowl was very good. Had restaurant week special: salad was good but small,
Fish (Opah was just ok), chocolate cake was very good).
When it is close to being filled, it is VERY noisy

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing will be back soon many thanks!!!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on January 31, 2020

Awesome- see you soon

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jrride4fun
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My brother and I came there for restaurant week again and were not disapointed that is for sure. From the appetizer to desert with a delicious skirt steak for the main we both were very impressed and will tell others as we have before.

Thank you again,

Jerry

Terra American Bistro
Responded on January 26, 2020

Great to hear! Thank you for the review and hope to see you back soon.

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Michele
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We visited Terra American Bistro for SD Restautant Week and have discovered a neighborhood gem. We arrived earlier than our reservation and the host was able to accommodate our party of 3 immediately. The food was original and delicious (loved the salt and peppery calamari). Farmhouse feel, fresh ingredients and friendly servers. We will be back.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on January 26, 2020

Awesome to hear you loved our hidden gem. Don't be stranger. Hope to see you back soon.

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MaryK
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect as usual. We each ordered our favorites which lived up to expectation. Our waiter was attentive without being obtrusive. A hostess was waiting to seat us when we arrived. It was a bit noisy because they had several family parties but everyone seemed to be having a great time so it was okay.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on January 20, 2020

Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. We appreciate you taking time to review us.

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vipJDiner
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome about this hidden gem. Bobbie and the hostess greeted my husband and I. He ordered a craft beer and I ordered a yummy craft manhattan. I had the calamari which was devine and the beet salad which was one of the tastiest bites I have had in a long time. My husband had a build your own entree. The fish was cooked perfectly. The mac and cheese was delish. Topped it off with the best bread pudding I have ever had. Chef stopped by the table TWICE. Where in San Diego does that happen? And Bobbie the owner stopped by as well. This is the sort of special touch that makes you want to return....along with the amazing food.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you for your kind review. We love what we do and love to share it with others. Stop back in anytime.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

New Year’s

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AlexJ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service on Sunday for brunch.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

Great to hear.

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GeneL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great evening at Terra Bistro. The food was excellent and the prices were very affordable! We couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere to celebrate a special occasion! Service was quite good and everything was just perfect.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on January 2, 2020

We appreciate the review. Thank you for choosing Terra.

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CarolF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terra American Bistro is always a favorite for us! We love the excellent selection and taste of the food!
Wow.... what great choice of restaurant for Christmas Day!!! Just Excellent!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for choosing Terra for your holidays.

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CarolH
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terra American Bistro has become our family tradition for our Christmas Day dinner.
We always feel welcome and know that we are in for a delicious treat.
This year again, we were not disappointed.
THANK YOU!!!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2019

You are very welcome. It is our pleasure. Thank you for choosing us.

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viprjvr1954
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Your ENTIRE STAFF is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Always a joy to have dinner at Terra. See you in 2020

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2019

So great to hear. I will let our team know.

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KiyaC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the vegan option and was not let down! Everything we tried was fresh and amazing. We are definitely coming back real soon!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2019

You are welcome anytime!

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MaryK
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They really need a hostess at the front desk. We had reservations for 5:30 and arrived about 5 minutes early. We stood for a good 5 or 10 minutes waiting for someone to acknowledge us - the 2 servers were obviously overwhelmed. When the 3rd server showed up things settled down. The lack of a hostess seems to be a continuing issue.
Other than that the food was superb as always! Service excellent! We are devoted customers and the restaurant is on our permanent list.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We understand and are adjusting things.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
91 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Terra is always relaxed and friendly, and their specials are indeed special—not that the regular menu is any slouch. On a rainy Sunday, we opted for the pot roast and meatloaf as comfort food, along with the excellent seafood chowder, topped with the butter cake—which to me is more like a big soft cookie—and the chocolate cigar. Yum to it all!

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 12, 2019

We appreciate your review. What a great way to spend a rainy night!

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vipreddove113
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ease of making a restaurant reservation is phenomenal. Customer Service is Hi, and appreciated. Every item on the menu is delicious, and good-sized servings. The menu it’s self has a wonderful variety of dishes, and a ginger lemongrass lemonade is to die for.

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 12, 2019

We love what we do. We are pleased to hear you love it too.

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viprjvr1954
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 12, 2019

Thank you!

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Pandi
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

We appreciate your feedback.

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vipbbritt
New York Area
8 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

Terra American Bistro
Responded on December 12, 2019

This was so pleasing to read. Thank you so much for taking time to give us feedback and thank you for choosing Terra.

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CoriH
San Diego
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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PeterM
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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Terra American Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 1581 OpenTable diners.

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