farm to table meets modern american comfort food

Just up the hill from Interstate 8, Terra American Bistro brings a bit of southern soul to the East College area with redefined Modern American Comfort Food. Chef Jeff Rossman's rotating menu features local fish procured from Catalina Offshore products, bread from Bread & Cie, and as much locally sourced farm fresh produce as possible. Some of the featured menu items are Karl Strauss Red Trolley braised pot roast, grilled steaks and fish, pork chop with chimichurri, a Brandt Beef Burger with caramelized onions and gorgonzola, seasonal pumpkin raviolis, fried brussels sprouts and the famous banana bread pudding with Jim Beam butterscotch! Terra began in Hillcrest 21 years ago and has since moved to the La Mesa area. Our ambition is to be that great neighborhood gem.

Our Menus

Dine-in Menu

As of 8:00 p.m. June 21, 2024, Terra will be closed for dining in. Stay tuned for big exciting things to come from Chef Jeff and the crew as we focus on catering, events, and soon take-out!

Join Us

While in-restaurant dining at Terra has come to an end, Chef Jeff and the team are still hard at work bringing you the delicious food you've come to expect through catering, events and takeout (coming soon). Check out our catering site for our current offerings.

Terra Catering

7091 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 | (619) 293-7088 | info@terrasd.com



 

Events

An Evening with the Fishmonger

Tommy Gomes the Fishmonger and guest Chef Jeff Roberto from Sushi on a roll will be joining our own Chef Jeff for an evening of seafood. Carving a whole fish serving poke, Sushi, sashimi with a multi course dinner...come one...come all. Another in our Know The Source series...sake available to add on.
July 12 * 6 pm
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At Terra Catering we know that food isn't just for nourishment. It evokes a feeling, creates nostalgia and is at the heart of some of our greatest memories. It's personal. And so are we. We pride ourselves on a personal relationship, impeccable service, attention to detail and exceptional quality to contribute those big and small moments to be remembered.


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Here’s What People are Saying

  • “superb service and exquisite cuisine.  The cauliflower puree was divine!!!”
    Don
  • “1st time here. Delightful 1st impression.  Food phenomenal, desserts were mind blowing.  So glad we chose here for our special occasion.”
    Marie
  • “I loved everything about my experience here!  The food and the music were absolutely perfect!"
    Kimberly
  • “we have eaten here numerous times and enjoy it as always.  Thanks for being in the college area”
    Gayle
  • “Always come here for tasty and satisfying meal as a family”
    Amir & Karen
  • “Everything was fabulous!  I was going to lick my plate when I was done but the people at the next table were staring.  Thank you!
    Regina

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Terra American Bistro LogoDear Valued Customers,

We hope this letter finds you well. It is with both sadness and excitement that we announce a new chapter in the life of Terra American Bistro.

After over 26 wonderful years of serving our beloved community with delectable dishes and warm hospitality, we have made the decision to transition from our traditional restaurant model to focus on catering and takeout services.

Our last day for dining in the restaurant will be Friday, June 21. We encourage you to check back here and stay tuned for some exceptional takeout and catering offers.
Read MoreTommy Gomes the Fishmonger and guest Chef Jeff Roberto from Sushi on a roll will be joining our own Chef Jeff for an evening of seafood. Carving a whole fish serving poke, Sushi, sashimi with a multi course dinner...come one...come all. Another in our Know The Source series...sake available to add on.Don't Miss!An Evening of Seafood w/The Fishmonger
July 12, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
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