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Terrace Grill

Camino Real & Eighth Ave., La Playa Hotel, Carmel, CA 93923
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Ranked #104 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, Continental, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: A casual ambiance defines the Terrace Grill at the La Playa Hotel. Noted Chef Bunyan Fortune prepares a unique variety of offerings, created to blend the tremendous resources of Monterey County produce and fresh seafood with classic European preparations. Lobster tamales, Artichokes, Ravioli and Filet Mignon with Portobello Mushroom Sauce are just a few examples of Chef Bunyan's bountiful specialties. Al Fresco dining on the heated open air terrace overlooking the garden's colorful, year-round blooms is always available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The wood paneled Terrace Grill Lounge offers cocktails, a collection of old ports and sherries, and an extensive wine list featuring the best in Central Coast wines as well as Napa and Sonoma favorites.
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English first
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Restaurant right on Ocean Ave. Great menu, attentive wait staff and a cozy environment. Small intimate bar too.

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Glen Ellen
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102 reviews 102 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We particularly enjoyed a seafood special dish. In fact, we returned several days later and my husband again had the special. We asked our server about the recipe for the sauce, and he cited the ingredients and cooking time, so we now make it occasionally. The service was particularly helpful. Recommended!

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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We ate on the Terrace Grill one lunchtime and one breakfast. The food was very good, the wine beautifully chilled. At breakfast, although we sat under a parasol the sun was quite low and we also got very hot so we were quite uncomfortable. We should have asked to move but we just had to spend our last day in... More

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113 reviews 113 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the La Playa Hotel and arrived late. We had dinner at the Terrace Grill and were pleasant surprised! The food was very good, the wine list was very good and all fairly priced. The servers were pleasant. We began our evening with a martini each, shared a salad, each enjoyed an entree and a... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2011

The quality of food on March 9, 2011 was not as good as what we had on December 31, 2010. We were disappointed with my husband's uncooked chicken and my fishy sanddab.

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San Jose, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2010

We have been enjoying dinners at the Terrace Grill for over 20 years especially celebrating birthdays. Not anymore! We noticed the change immediately. After making a birthday reservation my mother noticed no balloon as usual when we arrived. Then we got a young, snippy waiter. For years we have ordered the sole with potatoes instead of rice. No problem before... More

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ps2pw, Guest Relations Manager at Terrace Grill, responded to this review

We welcome and appreciate all comments and reviews about our famous hotel and restaurant, and deeply regret any guest visit that is even a little less than excellent. Our Director gave one guest his card, but did not speak to the reviewer. Instead, he offered to speak to the guests at a convenient time of their choosing, but they have... More

Redondo Beach, CA
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2008

We had a really delicious breakfast here last weekend. We made reservations which was a good thing. There were tables available but because ours was reserved we were located where we could view the ocean. The staff was very polite though we did seem to have several people waiting on us instead of one main server. It was definitely a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2005

Four of us had dinner in the Terrace Room outdoors on June 23, 2005. Our entree prices ran from $10-$18 for a salad, a breakfast and two dinners. The food was excellent as well as the service.

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716 reviews 716 reviews
476 restaurant reviews
1,682 helpful votes 1,682 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2005

We had a nice breakfast at the Terrace Grill. It was included in our room price since we were staying at the La Playa. I had the strawberry and banana stuffed pancakes that were served with two different kinds of syrups, sausage and a fruit cup. The food was great and the ambiance is very nice with views of the... More

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southgate, mi
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2004

My husband and I were in Carmel on August 15th-16th and by accident happened upon the Terrace Grill. The service was excellent, the ambiance was great. They have an outdoor seating area w/ several heated poles throughout. We sat at an outside table with a view of a beautiful garden and fountain. I had eggplant stuffed w/beef tenderloin, sundried tomatoes... More

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