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Terra American Bistro

#598 of 3,727 Restaurants in San Diego
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7091 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115 (El Cajon and 71st St)
(619) 293-7088
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Farm To Table Goodness

We came for brunch and every meal comes with two free mimosas. We sat at the bar and had a fantastic bartender. She was friendly and knew the menu well. The ketchup is so fresh and yummy you have to try it. Easy to park and great prices. Very chill spot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
Kathleen F
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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80 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We came for brunch and every meal comes with two free mimosas. We sat at the bar and had a fantastic bartender. She was friendly and knew the menu well. The ketchup is so fresh and yummy you have to try it. Easy to park and great prices. Very chill spot.

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La Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I enjoyed an excellent lunch of crab sliders and roasted Brussels sprouts with a friend for my birthday! So yummy!

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This establishment has really fresh food, is family-friendly, affiliated with the openta ble.com program, is close to the area we live in, and offer some desserts which we really enjoy and re-order every time we come. (Chocolate Cigar). We have yet to try their homemade ice cream which the waiter told us is a must-do so we might be back... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Been here many times and quality was good. In the last year there appears to have been a change of management and things have gone down hill. Higher prices and smaller portions. But Mother's Day was the worst. They took their basic menu added an appetizer of fruit and yogurt and a small dessert of stale bread and yogurt and... More 

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tucson, Az
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I was visiting San Diego and my friends took me to Terra American Bistro....this restaurant is in La Mesa I believe and there aren't many nice restaurants around that area. I was pleasantly surprised just how wonderful the farm to table food really was! Started with a very nice wedge salad and then had pumpkin raviolis with roasted corn cream... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We started out with cheese tray which was 2 different cheeses, roasted pecans, jam, and bread. One cheese was too sweet for my taste. I ordered the tuna fish and my husband got lobster mac and cheese. Unfortunately the tuna was overcooked and no longer tender and pink inside. I was hoping for pan seared and still cold and raw... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We ate here on Valentines evening and left satisfied and intrigued. There was a pre fix menu because of the occasion but salads were generous, entrees were done perfectly and desserts (peanut butter and jelly s'mores and chocolate covered strawberries) were creative and just the right size. They also has a nice craft beer and wine menu. Prices were moderate... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

decided to go after another SDSU basketball win, i had a pot roast and it was exceptionally good, tried calamari and it was good, tried their banana bread for dessert and it was exceptional

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I had not been to Terra ever since Jeff had moved from Hillcrest. We went during restaurant week last night. I had the best lobster mac and cheese on the planet. Everything was just perfect from the time we walked in till we left completely full. Outstanding service coupled with great food can't be beat.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We had a very nice meal a few days ago at this Bistro. I don't care for the completely open dining space but it was comfortable and the food was delicious!

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Additional Information about Terra American Bistro

Address: 7091 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115
Phone Number: (619) 293-7088
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm  4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $30 to $30

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7091 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115
    (El Cajon and 71st St)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: (619) 293-7088

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $30 to $30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?