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“Lovely atmosphere, great food.”
Review of Garden Terrace - CLOSED

Garden Terrace
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 14, 2012

This restaurant is usually quiet and has great food. One problem I have found is that they are understaffed so they often don't answer the phone...makes it difficult to make a reservation but, thankfully, we've never had a problem getting a table by just dropping in. One of the owners very often waits tables and she can be a bit testy at times but the rest of the experience makes her attitude doable. Hurry though. They will be closing soon, I think.

Thank Peacewoman
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

This nondescript place is way understated. This is a place where ordering an ordinary dish/item is leaving the best behind. Ahi tuna salad was excellent. Order something recommended, you won't be disappointed.

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1  Thank BAMF90266
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

We go here quite often and love the food. Pat, the chef, is very creative and makes everything from scratch....including the bread! It is served hot from the oven.

My favorites are the Garlic Prawns w/ a Lemon Caper Sauce and Linguini
and the Sesame Seared Rare Ahi: With Crisp Wonton, Daikon Radish Sprouts, Avocado a Wasabi Aiolo and Pickled Ginger.

She makes the desserts too and they are to die for!!

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1  Thank KatieinOjai
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

We used to enjoy going to the Garden Terrace every now and again. With so few good restaurants in Ojai, it's necessary to graze around the edges a bit. We can overlook the tired interior, all pink and turquoise as well as the bare Formica tables. And even the oddball waitress with her all-too-friendly bruskness and her ungenerous 4 oz. pours of wine. But our biggest disappointment was that chef Patricia Cluche seems to have lost her mojo in the kitchen. The menu hasn't changed in ages and while it seems inventive, what comes to the table now appears drab and lifeless. Even the bread is spongy. Time for a reboot on what could be a popular eatery for more than just a few grey-haired regulars.

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3  Thank Kittifer
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

The owner and staff are lovely and the food is divine. I'm not kidding when I say this was the best restaurant experience I've ever had....bar none! We happened upon it during a visit to Ojai and went out of our way to go back a second time before returning back to New York. It was well worth the effort. First time we had a tuna appetizer with delectable sauces and wild mushroom soup in pastry dough and pork snitzel cooked to perfection with fresh vegetables and the most delicious mashed potatoes I've ever had. Dessert was a freshly made Napoleon with marscapone cheese filling.....to die for! On our second visit we had beef bourgenion (???spelling) and a yam, onion, mushroom vegetarian dish in philo dough with couscous that had red pepper and raisins and fresh veggies....Oh my God! If I could eat like that everyday I would become a vegetarian! And we couldn't resist dessert, a flourless chocolate cake with fresh whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce......Yummy in my tummy! If you are anywhere near this place before the end of April you must, I repeat you must experience this food. The chef is a wonderful person as well as the best chef I've ever experienced or met....and her partner and co-owner, who works there as well, is absolutely delightful to speak with and has great recommendations!

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Thank marion w
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