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About Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant

Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant is a California cuisine restaurant located in Bodega Bay, California.

1580 Eastshore Rd
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Thursday - Monday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Highway 1

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 875-2700

Website:
http://www.terrapincreekcafe.com/

Executive Chef:
Liya & Andrew Truong

Additional:
Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (40)
Local Ingredients (39)
Special Occasion (39)
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Good for a Date (37)
Worth the Drive (36)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Romantic (25)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (17)
Casual (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Seasonal (13)
Authentic (12)
Healthy (10)
Fun (9)
Organic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Went here for a date night, and it was fantastic. Such a cute ambiance that was warm, cozy and inviting!

The food was great and very tasty. I would definitely go back! Hope to return soon^.^

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Seasonal, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

This is our go-to place in Bodega Bay. Such great food and friendly staff. Everything we have ever ordered has been delicious and fresh.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

The pear and prosciutto salad is a must. Great housemade pasta with clams, kale and ground sausage. Excellent duck breast. The servers are friendly and attentive. Wonderful evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

The food and service here is extraordinary. As good as anything I ha

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

My favorite restaurant in the county. Chef Andrew melds flavors perfectly and creates delicious dishes. Hamachi crudo and scallops were outstanding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Food delicious. Servers friendly and helpful. Received food in timely manner. Clam and chorizo pasta dish rich, tasty comfort food. Super yummy light cheese cake w/ fresh raspberry sauce. Good decaf coffee. Food expensive. They charge for bread and olive oil 2 bucks an order which had 4 half slices of awesome bread.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 12, 2018

All 3 of us had the sea bass and it was wonderful! We shared the prosciutto salad and the charred octopus with cauliflower appetizers and both were excellent. We also shared chocolate mousse and the lemon chiffon deserts - both were great! The service was very nice and we will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

they provided a beautiful birthday dinner for Rebecca

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Casual, Good for a Date, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

My husband and I celebrated an early Valentine's Day dinner here. Our last visit was a few years ago. The restaurant is still cozy and low key, offering delicious food and attentive service. Food was even tastier than before – pears and prosciutto salad, pasta with clams and chorizo, and sea bass with cabbage and mushrooms. And our server split our dishes to share. It's a gem of a restaurant that we'll look forward to visiting again after an afternoon exploring Bodega Bay. The couple who are chef-owners have turned their vision into a lovely reality.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was perfect from the soup to the scallops. We will be back very soon!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent ambiance, wonderful food and fantastic service. We dine at Terrapin Creek as often as possible!

Tags: Business Meals, Organic, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Andrew and Lia are so consistent. Every dish, every night, is always beautifully crafted and plated. As someone who dines there often, I am constantly surprised at how they maintain such high standards. New dishes may not be offered as often as at some other restaurants. But that is because they want to perfect a receipe before putting it on the menu.

Always a joy to be cordially welcomed, graciously, served and have incredibly good food. Staff are most knowledgeable and helpful without any stuffiness or formality.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

After a beautiful day of hiking at the coast we went here for an early dinner. Wonderful food with good wine list.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Our second experience here, and a major factor on coming back to Bodega Bay for a few days. We will be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Food, waiter, everything excellent & one of our favorite restaurants in entire Bay Area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

You would not think the restaurant would be an excellent place to eat from the outside, but yummy food selection, great service and good wine list. The scallops were excellent, as were the small plates. Glad I saw the reviews, because I would drive right by it, kind of in a "beach town strip mall"

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 3, 2018

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time- great food!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always great food , great wines and great service!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

An outstanding bistro style (open kitchen) restaurant with excellent service and delicious food. Terrapin Creek is without a doubt, the best restaurant in Bodega Bay. Fresh seasonal cuisine, expertly prepared and served in a very comfortable setting. This is a "not to miss" gem.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Organic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very talented Chef/Owner who cares about the food quality and presentation. A true gem in Bodega Bay!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Our first time at this one star Michelin guide restaurant. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent. It was a great way to celebrate our anniversary while spending a couple of nights in Bodega Bay.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I keep returning to Terrapin Creek for the Fabulous food and the general feeling of well being you get with the friendly staff

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent clam pasta and ribeye. Perfect portion of crême fraiche cheesecake.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Fabulous service and incredible food. Can’t wait to return!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Terrapin Creek is always amazing -- excellent service, incredible food. A very special place.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Spur of the moment we decided to drive to Bodega Bay on a Saturday afternoon and decided to make a reservation at Terrapin. It was our first time going to the restaurant. It is definitely a Michelin-star restaurant (is it? Must admit I don't know?). I checked that it is good for birthdays and good for anniversaries only because it is an occasion-restaurant, I feel, due to the prices. But every bite is worth the price. My husband at a kolbacha squash soup that was outstanding, and a first time "soup experience" --I've made hundreds of new soup recipes over the years and never a kolbacha squash soup. I had the prosciutto -pear-greens-nuts salad and it was heaped with the prosciutto and a very generous salad indeed, and DEEEEEElicious. Noways so many restaurants are charging $12-$15 for a salad and they're 90% "greens from a Costco bag" Not so at Terrapin! For the main I had the scallops--large, tender, flavorful, perfectly prepared. My husband ordered the seabass and there were two generous portions along with wild mushrooms, etc. The seabass was beautifully prepared and we would both order it next time. I have already told many friends in Sonoma and Santa Rosa that they need to visit Terrapin sooner than later.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

As always, dining at Terrapin Creek is an occasion to remember. The exceptional quality of the food, the attentiveness of the staff and the wonderful anbience create a wonderful memory. We especially enjoyed owner Andrew Tong stopping by our table for a chat.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed the food, the setting and the service at Terrapin Creek Restaurant. We shared a salad and thought it was delicious. Then we each had a serving of the Squash Soup....and it really hit the spot...great flavor and texture! And we then each had the "small plate" of Scallops. That dish was fantastic!!! The scallops were so fresh and cooked perfectly! For dessert, we shared a chocolate-mousse-cake...YUM! My husband was upset that at a Michelin-star restaurant, that the only tea, on the menu, was in tea-bags. He likes to drink tea made from tea leaves... Perhaps this wonderful restaurant might consider "up-grading" to tea leaves. We plan to return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

As usual we were well taken care of (Debbie) and very well fed. This is a true gem -- a bit expensive (especially the wine list), but the food is worth it. A well deserved culinary star.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Terrapin Creek is always a treat. Delicious, interesting food prepared expertly with great care. Nothing pretentious, everything lovely.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Amazingly fresh ingredients, Terrapin Creek never ceases to satisfy! One of my favorite restaurants in Sonoma County.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

More casual atmosphere than expected. Beautiful starters and salads. I was less impressed with my main course than the others at the table. Food was less flavorful and less seasoned than I would have expected from this restaurant. Friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Enjoyed our experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Fabulous food and wonderful staff and service. Consistently outstanding

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Aside from the wonderful food the owners and staff are so friendly and accommodating ...especially to dietary need changes. I would dine here everyday if I could!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Fantastic restaurant. We would definitely go back. The highlight was the food which was delicious -- every bite! Husband had duck and I had sea bass. Both were spectacular. Salad, sauces, everything. We had the sardines for an appetizer and they were delicious -- unexpectedly so.

One of the best parts was the service. We were in the side room and we happened to have been seated by a table of 6 who were all loud talkers and laughers. Our server realized right away there was a problem, checked in with us and pretty quickly moved us -- very discreetly to another table. She was completely on top of things, never made us feel fussy and was also respectful of them.

Would absolutely refer this restaurant and look for an occasion to go back. Thank you!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Superb food. Between the two of us we had the scallops, pear/goat cheese salad, gnocchi, and pasta with clams and chorizo. All were excellent. Service was perfect—attentive and friendly but without hovering. Price matched quality. Will return and dine here whenever in Bodega Bay. In fact we will probably make sure we end up in Bodega Bay occasionally so we can eat here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Consistently great food and outstanding service. Has been one of our go to places for visiting relatives and friends for many years, have not had a single person who does not want to come back. Well deserved Michelin star at reasonable prices and an excellent wine list. Definitely worth the drive to Bodega Bay.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

What a great restaurant! Definitely worth going out of your way to visit. We had a great dinner. Our table had the scallops, hamachi, and octopus appetizers, and the lamb and pasta main courses, and they were all tasty and perfectly prepared.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The Terrapin is one our very favorite restaurants. The food and service are excellent. The proprietors / chefs are are a lovely couple. Well worth the beautiful drive to Bodega Bay.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The appetizers were great: the crudo, the scallops and the raw oysters. But the main course was 1 out of 3. Duck breast great, pork chop was tender but rather tasteless and the ribeye steak was bland (that's crazy, all you have to do is buy a good grade of meat). Won't return.

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