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Terra American Bistro

#641 of 3,955 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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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

Food was delicious, Chef Rossman is very creative, good wine selection. Service was good,amazing deserts

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was delicious, Chef Rossman is very creative, good wine selection. Service was good,amazing deserts

Thank Ruben2445
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We went for brunch on a Sunday. Menu items are an interesting twist on what you would expect for brunch, and all items ordered were good. Nice plus is that the brunch menu items each include three glasses of champagne or mimosa. Considering that, the brunch menu cost is a steal! Very good service from our waiter, kept the champagne... More 

Thank Brian G
Westerville, Ohio
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247 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We were there on a quiet Sunday night while the chef/owner was working the room. This is a relatively small, farm to table place that has gotten great reviews in the San Diego/La Meas area. Very solid menu, enough variety but not so much that mediocre fare is allowed. Creative cocktails, friendly service, good options for vegetarians/vegans.

Thank AggieJoe79
London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

A nice and modern place, you can see an effort was made to both the decor and the food, but still there is something missing in the taste. My food was well presented, a modern twist, but I had a good burger joint taste in my mouth. I tried the fried calamari, eaten without dipping sauce they had no flavour,... More 

Thank Roberta V
Charlotte, NC
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115 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Went with family while visiting but was not impressed as they ran out of one of the specials, did not have our preferred wine on the menu and and have had better macaroni and cheese. Expected more from the short rib tacos, which was not my desired dish since they ran out. If you get there and they have a... More 

Thank DGStravels
San Diego, California
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82 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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.

Thank Kathleen F
La Mesa, California
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49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

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

Thank Grossmont9372
San Diego, California
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125 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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 

Thank anchi123
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
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 

Thank traveler9336
tucson, Az
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75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
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 

Thank tucsonishome

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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 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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?