About Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar - Best Western El Rancho Inn

Terrace Cafe located poolside at Best Western El Rancho Inn features Contemporary American Cuisine. A hidden oasis in the city of Millbrae on the San Francisco Peninsula.Join us for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.

1100 El Camino Real
Millbrae, CA 94030
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 7:30AM - 11:00AM
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Brunch: Sunday; 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Cross Street:
Center Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 742-5588

Website:
http://www.terracecafeandbar.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking anywhere on hotel grounds.

Public Transit:
6 Blocks from Caltrain and Bart. On El Camino Real SamTrans line

Private Party Facilities:
Our Palm Room features our famous underwater bar back as seen in the movie "The Right Stuff". We can accommodate up to 120 people in this room. Our Veranda Room can accommodate up to to 30 people. This private room is next to our main dining room and bar.

Private Party Contact:
Michael Brogdon: (650) 871-0208

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Easter and Mother's Day Brunch is served in our Palm Room, downstairs featuring our underwater pool view. Our Palm room is available for private parties and special events. Contact Michael Brogdon for more information on booking your next event.

Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar - Best Western El Rancho Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

service

4.1

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3.6

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4.3

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (72)
Good for Groups (47)
Special Occasion (38)
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Great for Lunch (38)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Kid-friendly (25)
Great for Brunch (20)
Romantic (13)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Casual (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Business Meals (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Healthy (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

My book group met here and everyone loved their food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Carlos, our waiter was wonderful He was attentive and gave us plenty of time to make our choices and let us gather and talk for as long as we wanted

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

when arrive by 7.45 no one knew of the reservation the table for two by window

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

This is my "go to" place when I want great food and be in the perfect atmosphere to visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Quiet ambiance allows for conversation. Good food, nice menu, good service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Love this place. Friendly and quick service. Great food. Perfect atmosphere to catch up with friends and not feel rushed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

This is a great place for special occasions, especially Easter Brunch. This is also an excellent place for private parties.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We have been coming here for years traveling. They had a mbeet salad that was awesome, it is still on the menu here on open table but they no longer serve it, bummer. They had almost no one in the restaurant, they were out of some things, and the service wasnt the best, but they made every effort to make us happy. I hope they put my beet salad back! We are here several times a year for travel!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The waiter was awesome (did not write down his name) on Friday, 2/17. He was attentive but not intrusive and had a great attitude and fun sense of humor. I had to return my beverage (which is something I have rarely done), as I did not care for the taste, and he did everything to assure me that it was no problem and make it right. Just wonderful service! It is a great setting for having a relaxed conversation without having to shout over the noise level like so many other places. They also have some booths, which is somewhat of a rarity these days. Food was great and prices were reasonable. Definitely will be back!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Your staff is fabulous. The food was delicious. However, this one visit food could have been warmer

Tags: Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2016

I ordered the beet salad, which was a combination of roasted beets, raw beets & beet chips on a bed of lettuce with dressing. It was quite good, and not overdressed. Next, I had butternut squash ravioli served with brown sage butter. The pasta was a bit overcooked (I prefer al dente), and the brown sage butter was broken. I ordered a glass of Pinot Noir which was good enough for a 2nd glass.

The waiter was nice & attentive. The atmosphere was quiet. The restaurant was hard to find. I had mapping software take me so far, and then I phoned the restaurant to help guide me the rest of the way. The guy on the phone couldn't have been nicer.

I would definitely come back, but would steer clear of the pasta. I'm guessing the other dishes would have been better based on other reviews.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2016

The Flatiron steak was cooked to order perfectly and was delicious. Since it was a birthday celebration, the scrumptious creme brûlée was brought with birthday candles! The servers made a point of serving all five entrees at the same time. How many restaurants do that with mixed orders? We will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

New menu with delicious tempting entrees. Short ribs were superb. Like the quiet atmosphere which allows for conversation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2016

Pleasantly surprised! Will definitely go back. Spouse loved saffron!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 9, 2016

If you are in Millbrae or staying at the ElRancho and your car is in the traveler's parking system that the ElRancho has perfected, eat at The Terrace. You'll be surprised...In a GOOD way.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Outstanding Value
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Great location if staying at El Rancho hotel. Limited number of good places to dine in Milbrae. Good food and good service at a reasonable price.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2016

We had a table for 11, and part of our group was late, so we waited outside on the deck and notified the staff. Everyone was perfectly fine with that arrangement. Mom thought that some of the plates were skimpy. Unfortunately hers was not and she does not have a big appetite.
I was fine with my dinner, but also knew there would be cake and coffee later, so I saved room for it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 14, 2016

Good food and good value. Great location that is close to the San Francisxo airport.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2016

Good and dependable food. Prices are good. A plus is reservations.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2015

Excellent menu, quiet great atmosphere for relaxing dinner. Wonderful bar selection. Return there several times a year when in area.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 5, 2015

The only thing that was most annoying was the maitre d who seated us directly next to another couple even tho the restaurant had only a handful of customers and most were in their way out. When I asked if he could space us further away, he said that he couldn't since they had had a busy night and the other tables seated four instead of two. Wrong on both counts as anyone with two eyes could clearly see. Everything else was fine but he put a real damper on the entire dining experience. Don't think I'll try that place again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2015

I appreciate that we did not have to travel anywhere for delicious wholesome food, ambiance, and fabulous service! Gracias!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2015

Our server, Ricky was very personable and quite courteous. He knew the menu and made great suggestions. Substitutions were not a problem. The food arrived beautifully presented and hot. The selection of wines was adequate and not pricey. It is a great place for dinner: cozy, quiet, attentive and tasty. I would return in a minute. The crab cake appetizer is wonderful as was the scallop and prawn dish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2015

We had a mini family reunion there for about 3 hours. They were very gracious about letting sit there and visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 28, 2015

Terrace Cafe is attached to El Rancho Best Western Hotel near the San Francisco airport. It was a stopover for us, and we weren't sure what we'd do for dinner. We didn't have time to find our way into the city of San Francisco. We opted to eat at the hotel...and were VERY pleasantly surprised. The bar was comfortable, the bartender friendly, and he knew how to make my favorite drink! (Unusual ingredient...which he had on hand!) We elected to eat at the bar since we were enjoying ourselves there. The food...outstanding!! A small pizza, nicely done, and a French Dip sandwich. Outrageous!! Great house made fries, fresh bread...everything delicious, and fairly priced. Wish we had a place like this back home!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raum Düsseldorf)·Dined on February 12, 2015

delicious food, good drinks, kind waiters, next time we´ll be there again !!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find
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 (Raum Düsseldorf)·Dined on February 10, 2015

delicious food, good drinks, kind waiters, next time we´ll be there again !!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2014

Our party of seven women were thoroughly amazed at the delicious meal we enjoyed at
the El Rancho Inn, Terrace Cafe. I especially enjoyed the beet salad! The atmosphere is
average, but don't let that fool you. Nice place to eat/drink while lodging right there!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2014

This was our first time at The Terrace Cafe - Enjoyed the Veranda Bar - so cozy. Our dinner was exceptional as was the service. Afterwards, we went to the Director's office to book a family gathering for December. He was most gracious and helpful. Looking forward to many more visits to The Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar...This is really a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2014

This is the restaurant for a Best Western Plus, which is not where I'd expect to find good food. But my wife and I enjoyed our dinner there. The food might be described as foodie-updated traditional. So the vegetables are fresh and the sauces aren't the standards of (say) the 1960s. Plus the staff was very attentive and helpful, and they certainly seemed to actually enjoy working there.

This isn't somewhere I'd drive out of my way to go to, but if I was in the neighborhood, I'd certainly dine here again. The only negative (of sorts) is that the wine list is quite limited (but not particularly expensive).

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2014

We chose to eat at the bar, as we do, 90 percent of the time when we eat out. We were told that it was fine and that we were welcome to have our dinner there.
Big mistake at this place!!
We have never had such poor service !!!
The bartender, who was not overly busy did nothing to serve us. By the time our food came we did not even have utensils, let alone bread, s&p, etc. His lack of service continued throught the meal.
We are locals and have been to meetings and catered events at this restaurant, and wanted to try it for dinner. I don't think we will return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2014

Appetizers (specifically calamari) need refining. Desserts bring food rating down from very good to good. Eat here; get dessert elsewhere.
EXCELLENT service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2014

Great place for nice meal. Service is great. Food is great. Nice menu. Full bar. Also a very nice place to have a party (birthday, shower, etc.).

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 24, 2014

I was looking for a restaurant nearby for dinner with a colleague. We decided to give this place a try. The food was outstanding. We commented that we would look for this place next time we were enar the SFO airport. The service was also very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2014

The terrace restaurant was an ideal venue for our evening meal when we stopped one night at Best Western El Ranchero Inn before a return flight to Orlando. We enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent. We live in England so not likely to be back in wonderful San Francisco any time soon!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2014

We always enjoy the peaceful ambience and good service of the Terrace Cafe. We go there before flights from SFO. Often friends join us.The food is good- a little rich and creamy for my senior- citizen diet but enjoyable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Very pleasant dining experience

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 1, 2014

We were originally going to Broadway Grill until we looked at the menu and the prices were high! Then we went to the Terrace Cafe menu on line..I had been there for lunch, and it had great selections and prices! Very good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2013

I had the risotto. It was delicious! Service was great...only issue would be parking since it is located within a hotel.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2013

Went there for lunch with a friend. I had been there before several times and always enjoyed the ambience, food and great service. It's close to home and a very comfortable place to go for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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