This restaurant deserves all the kudos it gets. The friendly expert service is only surpassed by the food itself. Karen our waitress and Craig the sommelier helped us to enjoy an exquisite culinary experience.
Weekend away with my husband
Terra has always been a great place to go for a special occasion.
This occasion was a double birthday. The food was great. The preparation was very
sophisticated. Always delightful. The only odd thing was a $2.50 :UP charge on the bill.
The cocktails were around $11.50 each. The drinks were mixed and served up. When
asked for an explanation the wait person went into a long winded explanation about
more alcohol being used for an up drink and hence the charge. My response is that most
cocktails at bars are about $14. That would have covered the odd charge and with the dinner
costing $300 for two with tax and tip the little charges would be covered and not be annoying.
Beautiful meal at Terra. We are locals and this was our first time here. Service was impeccable and we loved Chef's take on fresh, local ingredients. Will definitely return.
Always enjoy the creative menu, great food and service!
The service was impeccable. Water was constantly refilled and food arrival was perfectly timed. Our waitress was funny, knowledgeable, and even helped us take a few photos. The food itself was interesting and beautifully presented. Taste-wise, I think maybe a bit on the salty side, but the flavors were wonderful. My favorite was the black cod and the pork shoulder. The Chawanmushi was very unique, super light... I loved it, but it might not be for everyone. For dessert, the apple tart (forget the actual name) was amazing. All in all a wonderful experience at Terra.
This was our second visit. Terra offers a fine dining "tasting" experience without the course overload we have encountered at top end restaurants with long tasting menus. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive and provided excellent suggestions on the different dishes and which wines to have with them. Since we had a long drive ahead of us, we split 3 different wines by the glass and the wait staff split the "glass" between two glasses.
The fois gras was incredibly good as was the mushroom rissoto.
We celebrated our dual anniversaries with the 5 course tasting menu. Each course was delicious, from the lighter to the more robust dishes the Umami was second to none. None of us had a bad course. The service and wine sommelier was professional, informative and warm. We're looking forward to our next meal in the restaurant OR the bar.
We have never eaten here before, but so glad we did. The food, the service the evening was perfect. The choices for the set meal were so inviting and so delicious it made for just a great dinner. Our waitress was so nice and so attentive that she just added to the experience. A little on the pricey side but so worth it for a special evening.
Some of our meal was spectacular. The foie starter with squash & blueberries was amazing, as good as anything we've had at La Folie/SF. Dessert was a deliciously boozy chocolate bourbon ice cream. Sadly, all the rest had flaws. Lobster tortellini: thick dough, thin sauce with no depth. Black cod: not really fresh, shiso broth salty. Strip steak full of gristle. Octopus starter: salty salty salty. Scallops & Abalone: good but tiny portion of 1 very small scallop (definitely not plural!) and abalone buried under butter sauce. Dining room is beautiful, service is excellent....but we certainly did not get a consistently excellent meal that deserves Terra's one Michelin star nor Bauer's inclusion in his Top 100 for 2017. Very disappointed; we had better/more consistent meals on this trip from Auberge and Gatehouse.
Always a favorite of ours, Hiro’s food is hard to beat. We had the 4 course tasting menu and everything was perfectly prepared, artfully presented and so satisfying. The dining room is intimate yet spacious - a wonderful room for good conversation. We keep coming back and are never disappointed!
Terra has consistently been at the top of our list for Bay Area creative and finely executed cuisine. The service and quiet ambience is equally top notch. They handle corkage wines with grace, and the corkage fee of $25 is extremely reasonable for a restaurant of this calibre. A standout amongst superb dishes is the Chawan Mushi, a transcendent savory flan. A dinner at Terra is well worth hours of driving.
Michelin one star and deserved. A gem on the Napa Valley. Had cold pasta with caviar, lobster dish and scallops. To die for. Small plates and wonderful.
Wonderful meal and service! It had been 12 years since our last visit, and it was even better! There's not too many things in life that get better with age. Wonderful tasting menu. The cod dish that has been on the menu for 30 years...there's a reason it's still on the menu after 30 years. Just wonderful.
Absolutely amazing and delicious! We took our friends here as their wedding gift and it did not disappoint!
Excellent 20 item tasting menu with choice of 4, 5, or 6 plates. Each one quite unique, including lobster ravioli, scallops, duck risotto, etc. 5 was very filling. Attentive service in an elegant setting. Pricey, but you knew that.
This was a return visit to Terra after a few years away from the Napa Valley. Everything was perfect as usual. The service is attentive but non-intrusive. The sections on the fixed price menu are all delicious. Our favorites were the lobster ravioli, black cod, duck rice, crude, and chocolate dessert. One of my favorite restaurants of all time.
Service was exceptional. The server was knowledgeable, attentive and friendly without being intrusive. The food was outstanding, innovative and perfectly prepared. Chef Hiro stopped by our table. We were so delighted to meet him. My fiancee, who is also a chef, is a big fan, and Chef Hiro's recipes have been an inspiration for some of my fiancee's dishes that he creates for his own menu at the restaurant we work at. The ambiance was inviting and romantic. The lighting was perfect. It was hard to get internet service to call for a Lyft ride, but a server called for a taxi so we could get back to our hotel. Note: the taxi service was very expensive compared to a Lyft ride. This was our favorite meal during our trip to San Francisco and Napa.
The menu can be put together as you like, you have a choice of about 15 cold/hot dishes and 5 desserts. You could choose one sweets! The fusion kitchen Asian/American is great. A great location to go!
Small, intimate setting so reservation is essential. All dishes are artfully presented, and the flavor profiles were delicate with Japanese influence. Service was attentive. Indeed a hidden gem in St. Helena
Everything is wonderful at Terra. Food, wine, friendly service, setting value. Spectacular restaurant.
The food was very good, but the portions are small. If you show up hungry you may not be satisfied. However the dishes were distinct and well cooked.
Early NYE dinner with my wife, mother and 9 month infant boy. We chose 8:30 reservation as we expected our infant son to sleeep throughout dinner which he did. The only thing that made him stir was the very vocal server of the table behind us. In a stone walled room she MUST learn to turn down her volume.
Our server Karen was an experienced pro. Very helpful and well versed in a menu that any foodie could love.... which we are not. A tasting style menu was a first for my wife and I. Each of us chose the four course option @$89pp. Terra also offers a five and six course option as well. My wife and I chose three food items and dessert. My mother chose the cheese selection for her dessert. Their signature Black Cod lived up to its long lasting and well deserved reputation. The pork shoulder doesn't sound exciting on paper but melts in your mouth.... a must have. All three of us started with the Loberster Tortelloni with Shrimp Dumpling... simply delicious. Amazing to say from two card carrying non-seafood eaters.
Be sure to bring to bring an elite wine with you. If anything could be improved, it would be their wine list. Fortunately, we well prepared in that area.
Dec 29 was quiet and peaceful with the exception of the random quote loud neighboring server.
Definitely, a repeat visit is on our must do list.
Thank you Terra Staff!
Phenomenal experience. Food and service were both excellent.
We celebrated my friend's birthday in great fashion. Excellent cuisine, awesome service, beautiful ambiance. I've dined here many time but it was my friend's first time and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. We'll be back!
Terra is a restaurant to be experienced. This is not casual dining.
With each course, you understand that you are in the presence of chef excellence. Each course is complex and truly delicious. You go to Terra to savor some of the best dishes you will ever taste.
The wait staff is very knowledgeable and that knowledge adds to the experience. Knowing how each dish was prepared by the chef gave us a true appreciation of everything we were presented with.
Terra is a very special place. If you appreciate culinary excellence, you must experience Terra.
The black cod was my favorite dish, followed by the lobster tortellini and the chawanmushi.
Incredible. A true gem in Napa Valley!
We enjoyed Terra! The room was quiet because the region is just recovering from the fires and there weren’t many guests. The menu was interesting and we wanted to order almost every item on the list
Terra is fabulous! We had been there multiple time with the previous chef and loved it, so were excited to taste the menu by the new chef, and experience the Michelin star. We were thrilled. 4 courses is a perfect amount of food and each and every course was superb!
Like a classic rock band on a reunion tour, this dining experience felt stale and dated. While the menu and dishes here may have felt bold, new and revolutionary at one time, now they feel ordinary. Sure, when you go to that concert, they play the hits, but they are hits that you have heard many times before and now they don't sound as good as you remember. We found the food and wine to be ok, just ok and not outstanding. While the service was attentive, there were a few minor annoyances that diminished the experience. I guess that we expect a Michelin star restaurant to use real chopsticks and not disposable ones, we expect that the lock on the door in the bathroom actually works and that the soap dispenser in the bathroom was a little more upscale than Softsoap. I guess our expectations were higher and for a $300 bill for two people I expect to walk out of the restaurant with a feeling of "WOW!", not "meh!?!?"
We love this place! The wait staff is professional and accommodating ! The food is perfectly done, plating, taste.....just right! Kinda intimate way to dine in, not really a big space, makes everybody special! Our host, hhhmmm Karen? awesome! We love her! Classic , neat and worthy for us to come back!
We were a party of 4 and ordered the 4 course tasting menu for all. We were surprised that a few of the courses were a disappointment given the fact this Terra has a Michelin star. Others were fine, but nothing memorable. In addition, the wine by the glass list was rather poor. If I had to do it all over again, I would choose a different restaurant to celebrate my birthday.
I've eaten all over the world, including most notable Napa Valley restaurants and Terra never disappoints. The best food ever, hands down.
E xceptional, creative cuisine...hard to pick only four choices. Service was professional attentive and very helpful in describing nuances of each dish. We go every time we're in St Helena
Amazing service. Delicious food and very accommodating with the tasting menu
Food was delicious and the waiter incredibly attentive and patient with our large group of 8. Restaurant also was quick to accommodate a reservation timing change when they realized they could!
The entire experience at Terra was fantastic. We arrived 20 min. early but were able to seat us anyway. The room only has about 10 tables and is quite charming. The service was pleasant and efficient. The food was absolutely delicious...Chose the four-course menu...had the lobster tagliatelle, octopus and duck. Yummy dessert...The sparkling wine was delicious. Truly a memorable experience. Highly recommend this splurge.
Loved the idea that we could create our own menu. We went for four courses and made them all savoury as we're dessert lovers. The food is spectacular. This is a must do in the Napa Valley.
Still original and esquisite after 29 years. If you can get in, it a must do if you are a demanding restaurant patron.