Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant

4.9
1365 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant is a California cuisine restaurant located in Bodega Bay, California.
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.9
service
4.6
ambience
4.6
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MaryG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An extraordinary event. Unique and savory dining options and outstanding service. Warm and friendly. Feels both local and international. Welcome back Andrew and family

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LarryB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great people. a little gem on the Sonoma California cost.

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MariaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was good. The octopus salad was absolutely delicious!

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GaryH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleasantly surprised by the wonderful evening we had here. The name Cafe sounded so casual however the delicious and beautifully presented meals, the attentive service, and the ambiance far exceeded our expectations! We can’t wait to go back..

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JamesF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've lived in Northern California for over 20 years and this restaurant has made me tear up (while enjoying dinner) both times while enjoying dinners with my wife on special occasions. Hands down the best meals we've had yet plus overall experience. I know giving this place top marks might mean it will become harder to get reservations but it needs to be said. Best overall restaurant experience (hidden gem) in our opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Great dining experience. Highly recommended.

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vipjodyD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!! So great to be back indoors. Experience even better than before covid

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ChrisL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last time we got to enjoy an evening at Terrapin Creek was the last Friday in February 2020...the following Monday I left for Boston...came back on the 10th of March and the Pandemic had begun. Returning Friday night to this wonderful spot seemed almost like experiencing a time warp. Andrew and his same amazing staff there on duty and dinner was exceptional. It's a warm and cozy spot with, I think, the best dining in Sonoma County. I had the Halibut a year ago...and the same thing this time...and it and the shaved salad were superb. The new year has added LUNCH on weekends...Yipeeee!!!

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vipBobS
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Because of the reduced number of diners, the restaurant was far quieter than usual and the service the most attentive ever; and the food superb, as always.

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DougSilva
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual. Glad their back open. Couldn't wait to get our reservation.

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AnnaNew
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely not what it looks like from outside... Cute warming place with great food, excellent service.

Thank you

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SATH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and served in a timely manner. Lots of wine choices.

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MarcR
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to bodega bay for almost 10 years as a getaway. We’ve always just kinda stayed with the same spots so we’ve been deciding to branch out so we made reservations for dinner for our first trip since covid started. I have to say that our dinner was absolutely phenomenal! Every dish that was placed in front of us was beautiful as well as delicious. Yes, it’s pricey compared to the other dining options around the bay but the experience you receive here is unmatched in the area and worth it! If you truly want a fine dining experience in bodega bay, this is the place!

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrapin is always so lovely, the food is always delicious and the owners and staff are great. We will keep coming back! So glad they are open again!

We had the Potato & Leek soup and the Beef Ribeye, both were amazing! I also had the Caesar salad - not pictured it was very good. I have never been disappointed with any menu choice

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CAfamily
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

With all the 5 star reviews, thought we missed something! Saw another review on the same night we were there. Either an off night or the new post-Covid service. Hope it was just an off night. Service started out good and tanked quickly! Took a long time to get most everything, food was just ok. Wine pour was chinchy. Paid $16 for butter pasta for the kids they didn’t even like and could have split one order. Most places we dine they provide a simple meal like that for free! Another customer asked for the candles to be lit, we had to ask for salt & pepper. The kicker was while we were waiting for the check so we could finally leave, the staff is in the kitchen taking shots or drinking something and goofing around. Attempted to let the owner know offline with a SUPER detailed outline and got a brush off response. While he seemed disappointed in the experience. There was no real please come again so we can make it right or are you in town come by for a free dessert. Nothing! We are in no way complainers or trying to get something for nothing (if we were I would have complained IN the restaurant). We recently we had take out at Outback and I called to let them know they forgot the potato toppings. They comped our WHOLE meal! Now that’s service! I didn’t ask, just wanted to let them know so they could provide a better experience next time! I would have hoped to have a more heartfelt acknowledgment of the service here at TC. Don’t rely on your past reviews for the future. Try hard with each guest. We came back because of our previous experience. We were looking forward to enjoying a nice night out after this last year! We were excited it was TC and the opportunity to support local business. The experience was not what it should have been and we were totally disappointed!!

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vipMagD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was as peaceful and delightful as I remember it the last time I dine there over a year ago. The food was beautiful, the service perfect. We were all happy to see one another again.

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MikeR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good, albeit expensive. Cocktail selection is very limited and comes premixed. What bothered me was the lack of service. It was not busy, yet took a long time to take our drink orders. We had to ask for bread, for olive oil, for balsamic vinegar and to light the candle on our table. Although the other tables already had these items. I was turned off by the experience.

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loveoldwines
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a wonderful meal, nice service

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MitchellB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish you had seasonal menu's. The menu seems the same every time we eat there. Maybe have seasonal specials. I would go there more often, if they changed the menu. They also ne ef d a vegetarian meal available. Thanks

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Avigee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening spent at Terrapin. It was the first night they opened for indoor sitting. The restaurant had tables separated apart for Covid protocol. An elegant dining experience. The staff is top notch and very accommodating. The owner/chef was welcoming. Great wine list and cocktails. We decided to do all appetizers. We ordered the Hamachi, Cesar salad, Scallops, the Crab Cakes and for dessert the passion fruit panna cotta. All dishes were presented beautifully. Our favorites were the melt in your mouth scallops, the hamachi and the panna cotta. We made a reservation for Mother's Day. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spend as many nights a year in Bodega Bay as we can, and try to have a dinner at Terrapin Creek once per visit. The chef is innovative without going too far. Excellent local ingredients, perfectly prepared. We ate indoors, a very unusual situation. But they are only at 25% capacity and we sat in the farthest back section, kind of an addition, all by ourselves. The wait person was very helpful and attentive. Well worth the splurge!

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MitchellB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Need to update the menu every quarter or seasonally. We come at different times of the year and the menu is the same. We would come more often, if the menu changed from time to time.

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vipClessman
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration, they did a tasteful job of celebrating the occasion as well as made the meal beautiful and delicious.

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vipBarbaraT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner and wonderful service

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vipMichalG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved! Was so happy to be back indoors for dining- they handled the re-opening perfectly. Staff was super nice. The food was amazing! Started with oysters, because when in Bodega Bay....then had the scallops (OMG AMAZING), the yellowtale- delish and the Duck (wow). Really not one bad bite was had. It's a must to visit this place when in town. Will be back for sure.

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GCHill
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you want to have some of the best tasting, fresh and fabulously presented meals on the northern California coast, you have to stop by this little spot in Bodega Bay. You will miss it unless you know its there. The seafood choices were amazing, the pork chops defied all logical reason to be so tender and flavorful. You definitely have to try the oysters and the Crudo of Hiramasa Yellowtail appetizers.

We will continue to return as long as they will have us!

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vipeatoutoften
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time in a week since y'all reopened! The Halibut entree' was the best fish dish I've ever had the pleasure to eat...seriously! It's so nice to have our Terrapin Family back in action! Brava!

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RodC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first night opened for inside dining in over a year due to COVID. They did not skip a beat! Our favorite restaurant in Bodega Bay did not disappoint. The food and service were great.

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vipeatoutoften
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to be your first customers to dine upon your reopening! 5 months is too long of a time to not dine on your exquisite food and see our Terrapin Creek "family"!
Onward and upward!

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mikeP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good to excellent food. Starters are all tops, especially the fish-based choices. Entrees are limited in number, but the duck and the pasta are also very good to excellent. The wine choices are most pleasurable and represent some very good local, Sonoma wines. Help is very thoughtful and considerate and friendly. All in all a Michelin 1 Star.

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vipPeterB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great owners and wait staff

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ForrestJ
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can always count on a great experience: consistently good food, prompt and friendly service. Our family looks forward to coming again.

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vickit
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4th visit to Terrapin Creek Cafe, and each time we have just loved our dinner.
The food is beautiful, and is a blend of tastes that you won't find anywhere else...a real restaurant! where everything is cooked there. And the people are always lovely, being casual and elegant all in one.
It's located in a most unassuming location, just off 101. You will never find it unless you're looking for it!

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ShirleyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in and were greeted with a smile and allowed to pick one from two tables our experience was excellent. Two of us faced the lovely fire and the other two commented on how warm and comfortable it was! From the beginning our service was exceptional and the food was beyond compare. I am anxious to return despite the long drive from Marin. We will be back. Thank you.

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SallyP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always came here for small, intimate dinners with my partner, and recently hosted a party of 12, which the entire staff handled with perfection.

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Derek
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew is one of Sonoma County's premier chefs. His California Cuisine style is unmatched and every meal here is sensational. A must visit for Bodega Bay!

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sandeec
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun, great food, much chatting and laughter.

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SusieStew
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely service, wonderful food choices. We had a very special bday dinner for my husband.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience
Will return

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Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1365 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.