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“Group Dining”
Review of Terra

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Ranked #86 of 571 Restaurants in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: The Terra menus draw on local techniques and organic seasonal produce, utilizing the finest ingredients to create memorable regional cuisine.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Group Dining”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Chef Andrew Cooper prepared an amazing dinner for 12 of us that began with a light parsnip bisque, followed by a fresh green salad. The main meal was delivered to the table on two five-foot planks and included duck ravioli, chicken, lamb, potatoe purée, seared tuna, and cooked greens. Dessert was two flavorful custard s, one champagne and orange, the other banana.

Andrew uses as many locally sourced items as he can and is tremendously supportive of the local agricultural community. He's a firm advocate of farm to table and organic practices.

Did I mention the meal was awesome!

  • Visited January 2014
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6 Thank Raphjh
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English first
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Adventures in fine/fun dining”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

We've eaten at Terra several times in the last year (since executive chef Andrew Cooper arrived) and always enjoyed the experience. The dining room is elegant, with tables spaced comfortably to accommodate conversation. (Arriving before sunset during the warmer months provides the added attraction of spectacular mountain sunset views, though in fall and winter you'll find a warming blaze in the fireplace.) Most importantly, the food and service have been consistently praiseworthy. But this past weekend my partner and six of our friends enjoyed a dining experience at the chef's table. For the uninitiated, it's essentially a party in the restaurant kitchen. Our seven-course, small plate extravaganza (accompanied by champagne and wines from Terra's well-stocked cellar) included a delicate demitasse of cream of parsnip bisque; tuna tartar with ginger, crispy garlic and lightly dressed arugula; a perfectly pan-seared scallop accompanied by tomato concasse, melt-in-your mouth succulent squab with a fig sauce, yummy candied bacon-wrapped short ribs; buttery smooth venison with a red wine reduction and sauteed red cabbage; and a scrumptious molten chocolate cake. Each member of our party was given a crisp white apron and took his or her turn working with the staff to plate our dishes. So in addition to savoring a superb dinner, we were also part of the action. Chef Andrew and his crew were terrific in every way. I really haven't done this memorable evening justice, but I think you can tell we loved it.

  • Visited December 2013
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7 Thank Marc284
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McKinney, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Flavor without excessive heat”
Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

Our dinner at Terra on Thanksgiving eve was aqn example of casual, relaxing ambience, with refined, delicious food. The Tomahawk steak was perfection: crusted exterior that sealed in juicy flavor. The service was attentive, but not obtrusive. If you like more constant attention, you might be disappointed; we don't, so we were happy. Chef Cooper stopped by to check on our meal, and we enjoyed hearing about his recent move to New Mexico and his forays to local festivals and locales, excursions that inform his menu in an interesting way, such as the dark chocolate soufflé with green chile cream, "the flavor without the heat," according to Chef. This not-on-the-Plaza option is perfect for those who seek good food that is inspired, but not overwhelmed, by local favors and ingredients.

Visited November 2013
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4 Thank MissFlatlander
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New York, New York, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“beautiful stay”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

great service, beautiful room, landscape around the resort is picture perfect. Resort restaurant is top notch. Definitely recommend.

Visited November 2013
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5 Thank Gregorio M
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New York, New York, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Chef”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Beautiful landscape, comfortable southwest mod decor, attentive staff, but the real sell here is the incredibly thoughtful Chef Andrew Cooper. We ate here three times during our weeklong stay at the resort and his interest in farm fresh local ingredients stood out every time. If you are in Santa Fe on a thursday you've got to try his three course (sometimes more :-) tasting menu and meet the man himself. Really can't say enough about the restaurant over all though, nice silver plate flatware, well trained waitstaff (if you're looking for an overly familiar chain restaurant style "server" with a cloying and intrusive smile, you're at the wrong place), and awesome dining room.

  • Visited November 2013
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8 Thank Gregorio M
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