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Terra American Bistro

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7091 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115-1825 (El Cajon and 71st St)
(619) 293-7088
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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
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La Mesa, California
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57 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such yummy food and wonderful service. I highly recommend this restaurant. I have been several times and it is always high quality

Thank Grossmont9372
San Diego
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191 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

This is a gem in an not-upscale neighborhood. Today we had lunch - a chopped salad and a chicken bowl. Both were worthy of a repeat visit. However, there are so many interesting and tempting menu items I hate think I'd miss out on another delicious option. The service was perfect - promo and pleasant and accurate. What else can... More 

Thank Jay A
La Mesa, California
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

After hearing from friends, family and colleagues how GOOD Terra's food is, we decided to sample it ourselves. We walked over from La Mesa Village and sat down to what turned out to be one of the better meals we've had in a long time! Ellie our server was super-helpful with menu and wine suggestions. We started with Matzo ball... More 

Thank Dinahmo8
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

The seasoning of the blackening was delicious.  Although my salmon a sizable thick filet was raw in the middle and this mushiness clashed with the outer shell.  A traditional Ceasar has anchovies which were missing, and croutons,  which were substituded with a sourdough crostini.  I found the sourdough crostini to be a bit stale and had it been cubed and... More 

Thank Paul V
Castle Rock, Colorado
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84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

I started with a Thai Margarita, and I was NOT disappointed. It was delish. Dinner was a flat-iron steak. One of the other diners also ordered the same, but the wait staff delivered my brother-in-law's 'medium' steak to me, and my lovely 'mid-rare' steak to him. I'm pretty sure he enjoyed dinner more than I did b/c I was not... More 

Thank Lynn W
Coronado, California
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57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

From the 1st time ever we wondered into Terra, we have continued to enjoy Jeff's food selections, in two locations Hillcrest & now in LaMesa, college district. He always uses fresh local produce in his selections You will never get a bad item in his restaurant - this was a price fixed Valentines dinner and we were, as always, pleased... More 

Thank YukonDiver
San Diego, California
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Ruben2445
San Diego, California
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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359 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 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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103 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7091 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115-1825
    (El Cajon and 71st St)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: (619) 293-7088

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