Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant

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Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant is a California cuisine restaurant located in Bodega Bay, California.
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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter made a wonderful experience even better. Only complaint is the very uncomfortable seating at tables along the wall. No lumbar support and very hard wood panel digging into back. If I can avoid sitting there in the future I will definitely be back.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never disappointing. Friends from out of area are anxious to come back. Thanks for a great experience!

S
Sacramento
115 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a treasure! We’ve been there several times and never disappointed.

K
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again Terrapin was fabulous ! We went for a Birthday celebration and had a great time. We split the Rib eye entree it was wonderful. We also tried the tuna appetizer which was amazing. Do not forget desert we had the chocolate cake - unbelievable! The best in Bodega Bay !

G
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Exceptional food that is prepared with care, and served by a warm and unpretentious staff. The wine list is always eclectic and. Interesting - we have never had a disappointing bottle or glass. The menu is not large, but each dish is satisfying and delicious!
It’s not inexpensive, but not the priciest in the area, and we go as often as we can.

BL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Very disappointed! Drove for an hour to dine with guests from Boston. It was their anniversary. The scallops had to be sent back. It was a double order. They were way over cooked. The salmon was also over done. Our guest decided not to say anything to the server. We were sorry, since this was to be special.
We have been to Terrapin several times. My spouse had the pasta. He would not recommend it. There was nothing about this experience that was positive except the server...she was excellent.
We shall not return.

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrapin Creek Cafe is a wonderful culinary pleasure tucked away in the tiny coast side town of Bodega Bay. Food is always fresh and inspirational; local when possible and oh so delicious. Staff from top to bottom know their stuff and make customers feel welcome and at home whether it be a party of two or ten. Great wine selection, small choice of cocktails. Terrapin Creek Cafe is one primary reason we make the annual trek to Bodega Bay, this time for our wedding anniversary. We have never been disappointed and will return again. And again.

B
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was beautiful, the service was wonderful and the food was out of this world! my wife and I had a wonderful time and we can't wait to come back again!

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthdays!! Amazing dinner and service as always!!

g
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Andrew and Liya have a gem.

Everything is excellent. Service is superb.

Amazing

DJ
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Our first time, but it won’t be our last.

m
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and seated promptly. Our waiter was a wonderful, charming and very knowledgeable. We selected the heritage tomato salad, pork chops and calif salmon. Our server helped us select the wines that would best compliment our entrees. The salad was fantastic. Very fresh and crisp. The pork chops were wonderful, Cooked perfectly, not dry. The salmon was slightly crisp on the outside and moist inside, beautiful.
We had a wonderful evening and truly enjoyed our dinner.
For seating, make reservations or come after 8.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight. Never disappointed.
First class in all ways.

BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants that never disappoints. Wish we were closer so we could go more often.
The service and food are always top-notch.

F
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went to Terrapin for her birthday and on the recommendations of friends and online research. Our res was 7:15 we were a couple of mins early but were immediately seated, we brought a bottle of vintage Krug champagne which our waiter recognized as special and he treated as such throughout the meal, that was appreciated very much. We started with a dozen oysters, good local oysters that came with a fennel/shallot mignonette which was good but in hindsight we would have liked the oysters by themselves. For starters my wife had the peach and tomatoes and I had the octopus salad both of which were outstanding. Entrees, my wife had the duck but she didn't want potatoes so they submitted the veg that came with the pork entree instead, rice, green beans and other veg, super appreciated and very tasty, the duck was perfect cooked med rare. I had the salmon, local fish, perfectly prepared, exact right temp. For dessert we had the panna cotta with strawberries, excellent. Great food, really good service, good ambiance, we'll be back.

z
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

EL
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Truly our favorite restaurant in Bodega Bay! Consistently good.

KG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrew always makes it a 5 star affair at his restaurant.
Great food, terrific service, always a wonderful experience.
Our group has been a customer there since the very first Wednesday they were open.
We always feel welcome
Truly worthy of his Michelin star
Kell George

M
San Francisco
129 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

These folks get it right in a memorable way every time!

n
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were on vacation in Bodega Bay and decided to try Terrapin Creek for our anniversary based on the reviews. It did not disappoint. We enjoyed drinks, appetizers, entrees and dessert and we couldn't believe how reasonably priced it was for the meal we received. The service was also excellent. We liked everything we had including the scallops, which were delicious and the calamari salad. For entrees we had a very unique pasta dish and my husband raved about his pork chop dish. I would highly recommend if in the Bodega area, especially if you want a nicer experience.

CG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the scallops and the shaved vegetable salad for starters—scallops were delicate and perfectly grilled and the salad fresh and seasoned with a wonderful dressing. We shared the rib eye which was tender, juicy and perfectly cooked; just the right amount of creamy mashed potatoes and brockilini. A dry martini and a glass of Sauvignon blank accompanied this fantastic dinner. ‘‘Tis was our fifth time here over the past few years and it has never failed to meet expectations.

h
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined one week for my birthday and returned a week later for my husbands birthday. Julia made us feel welcome on both visits. The pace of food delivery and check in by wait staff is just right. I love to enjoy a meal slowly and they really have the timing down. I have ordered the shaved ,Cesar and calamari salads over multiple visits. All are fantastic. On this particular visit we enjoyed the salmon and scallops, perfectly blended with flavors of spices and veggies. Go, enjoy and go again.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food here and great service!

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant in Bodega Bay! Friendly service and delicious menu with fresh local ingredients. We enjoyed the scallop appetizer, local King salmon with creamy lemon butter sauce and crispy skin duck. Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, the restaurant was cozy and the food was delicious. The service was outstanding. Would go again if I am in the area

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Loved the pasta & seafood dish, truly outstanding. Dinner at Terrapin in Bodega is always a must.

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A restaurant that has a true family feel. The food is outstanding with many seasonal ingredients. The tomato salad was unique and delicious. The King Salmon was cooked perfectly. The “by the glass” wine list was a joy and the pours were generous. The service was friendly and efficient. The couple who run operations were front and center at all time. The quality and feel reflect the care.

ES
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about Terrapin Creek was terrific. The food was excellent and as well if not better prepared than many well-known restaurants in San Francisco. The atmosphere was casual, but you could dress up
too for a special occasion, and feel comfortable either way. Our server (Julia) was especially wonderful. She was not only attentive and thorough but had a wonderful sense of humor. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. What a special find if you are up in Bodega Bay! Book ahead though as they get busy.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always try to visit Terrapin Creek when we are in Bodega Bay. The food is always outstanding and a welcome surprise in this tiny, beach town. It was great to see how busy the restaurant was, even on a Thursday night. Reservations are a good idea. Here is a shout out to our server, Debbie. Her charm and great attitude was the icing on the cake to a fabulous meal!

TY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Carefully sourced ingredients beautifully prepared and presented. An excellent and experienced server guided us through some gluten free options. Casual ambiance amid mostly locals on a lovely summer Thursday evening. Make your Rez early as they’re rightfully busy.

JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always received excellent food and service at Terrapin Creek.

WO
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. Wait staff are pros and very welcoming. Food is delicious with many layers of flavor.

BD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here many, many times and it is always a wonderful experience. The food is delicious and the staff is extremely welcoming.

DE
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is are goto restaurant when we are on the coast. Excellent dinning all around.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! The waiter, Julia, was knowledgeable and charming, she knew her way around the menu. The food was outstanding, we had the corn soup, heirloom tomato salad, pasta, and scallops. I could not recommend this highly enough. It isn’t inexpensive and worth every bit...

e
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Corn soup was amazing

e
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding food and service ! The best place to go for that special meal. Always good wines as well. The owners are the nicest people ! We’ve gone there countless times and the experience always meets expectations. Thanks for another great visit!

ST
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, Probably the best Restaurant in Bodega Bay. Order the King Salmon MedRare, and the Scallops.

a
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A gem in Bodega Bay! The food is really wonderfully prepared with fresh and local ingredients. Really inventive combinations of ingredients served by an attentive staff.

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