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Terrapin Creek Cafe

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1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
707 875 2700
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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 200
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  • 37
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food and good atmosphere

The atmosphere was great. The food was excellent and the desert was to die for. We try to have one dinner here when we are in town. Reservations are recommended as this is a small place. (Especially for large groups)

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
gitsuki
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere was great. The food was excellent and the desert was to die for. We try to have one dinner here when we are in town. Reservations are recommended as this is a small place. (Especially for large groups)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Two young CIA (Culinary Institute of America) graduates deliver excellent food at this unsuspected place. On Saturday 8/22/15, my wife and I dropped for early dinner without reservations (as usual). Promptly, the very pleasant owner gave us the first table. We were lucky; in 30' thr place was packed! We had 4 appetizers: Miyagui oysters, Hamachi crudo, calamari salad and... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I have eaten in a few Michelin star restaurants and have often been disappointed. So much time and energy go into the presentation of the food and the decor of the dining room that the actual meal suffers. This place does not make that mistake. The decor and the presentation were fine but that's not why I go to a... More 

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Kensington, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We've been looking for a high quality restaurant along the coast for awhile, and found it here. Wonderful service, perfectly cooked fresh and in season food. I had the local salmon with a wonderful mix of veggies and a delicious pepper sauce. Wife had a unique cassolet with lamb. Great choice of wines. And dessert was nice, tarte with apricot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Excellent cuisine and atmosphere. The setting is energetic and not overly formal, but the food is world class. Kudos!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Come here for the food not the location. The owners have done a good job of making a small awkward location into an enjoyable place to revel in wonderful food. Tables are close together and the place is noisy. WHO CARES! This is inventive and well crafted food served piping hot or properly cold. The wine list is excellent and... More 

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vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The food, the service, the atmosphere made our dinner delicious and delightful. So sad my time in Bodega is a one nighter, as I would return for more!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I actually ate here on a recommendation before I looked at the reviews on trip advisor. Not surprised it's rated the best, it would compete with any restaurant anywhere!!

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We have eaten numerous times at Terrapin Creek and always make a reservation for dinner when we're in Bodega Bay. The staff and owners are charming and professional; the food is superb and beautifully presented. We begin with delicious salads, enjoy marvelous entrees (I love the duck breast, my husband loves the steak) and finish with the extraordinary cheese cake.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The advertised "best in Bodega Bay" didn't disappoint. It's a quaint little restaurant in a tiny shopping center. Some might expect views, this restaurant doesn't have them. Come for the food. The lamb entree was spectacular. My wife's scallops were perfectly cooked, and she made a meal of the scallop appetizer and the peach and goat cheese salad. To top... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Bodega Bay
  • Phone Number: 707 875 2700

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?