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La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego

4.4
4.4
1082 reviews
$30 and under
Californian
The Grand Dining Room is open for lunch Monday - Friday from 11:30am-1:30pm.

La Gran Terraza is a California bistro featuring farm-to-table lunch and dinner. The Grand Dining Room and terrace have fantastic views of Tecolote Canyon and Mission Bay. OTooles offers small bites, nightly happy hour, a cozy fireplace, local craft beers and an excellent wine list.
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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Bar Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 849-8205
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    Private events are custom designed to fit your needs. Please email us at terraza@sandiego.edu. We will work with you to create an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests. Weekends are available for your special event - book today!
  • Private party facilities
    La Gran Terraza, located on the campus of the University of San Diego, offers stunning views of Mission Bay and Tecolote Canyon and exclusive ambiance, making it the ideal venue for private events.
  • Private party contact
    Carol Norman: (619) 849-8205
  • Area
    Mission Valley
  • Cross Street
    Linda Vista Road, on the University of San Diego campus
  • Parking Details
    Comply with all campus parking regulations. Meter info is available at entrance and parking lot kiosks. Complimentary Valet parking is available during lunch, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm (in front of the Hahn University Center). Handicap spots are available in front of the Hahn University Center.
  • Public Transit
    ~ Linda Vista Road at USD Main Driveway - Bus ~ Morena Trolley Stop within 1 mile
  • Additional
    Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 1,082 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,082 Reviews
  1. BKammerer

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding, however the service was a little slow. I had to asked the waiter several times to refresh our soft drinks, more bread, etc Overall an excellent location and free parking.

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  2. LesfromSanDiego

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Gran Terraza is a hidden gem. (I'm almost reluctant to tell people about it.) My most recent visit was for a special event a wine tasting with a fixed menu and it exceeded my expectations. I can highly recommend their regular menu and it's lovely venue.

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  3. suzzetteh

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful experience.Plan to attend all wine pairing dinners.

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  4. JackP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, food, and special menu for this event.

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  5. EdwardK

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable Valentine's dinner at La Gran Terraza. Would definitely recommend!

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  6. stevieb

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful valentine's day lunch. Food delicious. Service excellent.

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  7. Leah

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Usually the food here is delicious. However, they did not meet the mark for their fat Tuesday cuisine. Crawfish not fresh. Just okay.

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  8. JoeLR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Cobb and Caesar salads were excellent. A refined atmosphere considering you're on a college campus.

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  9. ManinBlack2

    San Diego

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch choices Great location Great service Good value Dont skimp on dessert- they are great

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  10. Crisanta

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most wonderful atmosphere paired with delicious food. Their honey-smoked cheesecake may have been the best cheesecake I've ever had. Rich moist, expertly accented with the texture of its accompanying crumble--it was perfection on a plate. I will also say that the chefs here are supreme sauce masters. I went there a year ago and still think about the black cod over forbidden black rice with a creamy white beurre blanc sauce. This time the wagyu steak frites that came with the crispest fries and delightful creamed spinach had an amazing sauce. As much as I loved that, the plump ravioli with roasted vegetables had this amazing green sauce that was silky, smooth, and as bright as its neon color. So amazing--highly recommend!

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  11. LynnellH

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I made a reservation for the dining room and received the email confirming the dining room. When we arrived we were told the dining room was closed and seated at the bar. Not at all what we were looking forward to. Someone had called but I could not understand what was said, and afterwards I received the email with reservation for the DINING ROOM. Very disappointing.

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  12. Davenport

    San Diego

    71 reviews

    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Gran Terraza is superb. Many thanks for another fine dining experience.

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  13. SteveP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, great food, amazing view, and attentive service.

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  14. Renie

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the Avocado Salad. What a tasty and filling option that both vegetarians and carnivors can truly enjoy! Plenty of protien!!!

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  15. ChiaT

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The desserts were not palatable, and we would prefer the carolers sing traditional Christmas songs. Otherwise it was a very enjoyable evening.

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  16. TitaNors

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I always look forward to La Gran Terraza’s holiday events. Quite special with amazing Carolers. We always enjoy the food and the ambience. The complimentary valet parking is very helpful for us seniors.

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  17. foody

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Thus review is for a very specific event, the Christmas lunch with Carolers. The room was decorated beautifully and the Carolers were excellent. Although the food was plentiful with excellent choices, all the hot food was cold, even my coffee served to me at my table.

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  18. RonB

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately, after many years of attending this Christmas celebration, this year the food was less than great. More than likely, I won't go next Christmas.

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  19. TracyE

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun at holiday tea at USD la gran terraza! The tea was lovely, the treats were delectable.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always beautiful experience for their special events ✨

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  21. JudsonB

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was very poor, never saw our server after we got our tea. When it came time to pay it took forever, then we were brought back the bill it wasn’t our credit card. It took a while for them to find our card.

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  22. Merci

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great value for the price. Enjoyed the festive entry to the restaurant and the holiday decoration. Had a great time.

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  23. JUDITH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Need help with clarity of the final bill. It took forever to get bill and then someone else to explain it.

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  24. finediner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We have a still unresolved issue with the bill as of January 16, 2024 when we dined on December 16, 2023.

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  25. Vici

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We expected the dining room not the bar. Plus.. The menu was small and unusual...not even soup. Strange. I recommend the dining room But not the bar.

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  26. RALA

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love having lunch at La Gran Terraza! Everyone is so nice and the food is delicious!

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  27. JaynaM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great lunch with my mom. She enjoyed the steak frites which was cooked perfectly and a generous portion. I enjoyed a lunch salad and added shrimp which was an excellent value as the shrimp were large and delicious!

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  28. Woocush

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was very nice, particularly the service.

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  29. KathyE

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Christmas dinner was fabulous-prime rib exceptional! The dining room was beautifully decorated and the wait staff warm, friendly and helpful

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  30. suzzetteh

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurant! Never dissapointed!

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  31. AnnetteJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Holiday Prime Rib Dinner at the Grand Terraza has become a Christmas tradition for our family and friends. We all look forward to it every year. It sets the holiday mood with the Christmas decorations staged in the beautiful old dining hall while carolers sing our favorite Christmas tunes. Buffet tables are set up for Prime Rib with all the sauces, assortments of interesting salads, side dishes and soup. Another table is set with beautiful, festive desserts. This lovely dinner is only $54 per person!

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  32. LocalsandNatives

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very blah this year. There was an eye of prime rib that was very rare and fair at best. How about carving a whole turnkey next time. No green salad which is a favorite of mine and not really and vegetables. Desserts were nice. Improve the food for next year please.

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  33. DorisF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Gran Terraza is a hidden jewel for lunch in San Diego. The food is consistently delicious and reasonably priced, and the view and ambiance are hard to find.

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  34. KatieM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Enjoyed the bisque, avocado chickpea salad, burger. Lovely attentive service. Nice view and Christmas decor.

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  35. French

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    One of our favorite restaurants. Made the reservation indoors to enjoy the wonderful Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, the dining hall was closed, so we had to sit in lounge/bar. Food was delicious, as always. I love how their menu changes, so many good options.

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  36. FrancescaLR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The event overall was wonderful. The food was excellent. Disappointed that we were seated in an 'overflow' dining room. I made a reservation by email before the event was even posted and are regulars of the restaurant so we were disappointed when moved to the other room. All of the shades were drawn and there was a large screen showing the video of a fireplace. Would have much preferred to see the beautiful view outside which is why we go there. Also, charged extra for lemonades for kids when we paid $33 per

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  37. MariselaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was slow on picking up plates. We had to request to clear the table.

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  38. DONNAW

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous event ! Santa, the food, and the wait staff were superior !

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  39. AlejandraC

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our reservation was at 11:30. They took over 20 minutes for a waitress to talk to us. We didn't not get the tea until 12:05, and we did not get our food until 12:15. What is the purpose of having a reservation for the holiday tea time if we aren't going to eat until 45 minutes after the reservation.

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  40. LaJollans

    San Diego

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, delicious, Christmas tea! The perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season with friends.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego is rated 4.4 stars by 1082 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for La Gran Terraza - University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Linda Vista Road, on the University of San Diego campus
  • Area
    Mission Valley
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Bar Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Comply with all campus parking regulations. Meter info is available at entrance and parking lot kiosks. Complimentary Valet parking is available during lunch, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm (in front of the Hahn University Center). Handicap spots are available in front of the Hahn University Center.
  • Public Transit
    ~ Linda Vista Road at USD Main Driveway - Bus ~ Morena Trolley Stop within 1 mile
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Phone number
    (619) 849-8205
  • Catering
    Private events are custom designed to fit your needs. Please email us at terraza@sandiego.edu. We will work with you to create an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests. Weekends are available for your special event - book today!
  • Private party facilities
    La Gran Terraza, located on the campus of the University of San Diego, offers stunning views of Mission Bay and Tecolote Canyon and exclusive ambiance, making it the ideal venue for private events.
  • Private party contact
    Carol Norman: (619) 849-8205
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