About Terra Restaurant
Terra Restaurant has been a leading restaurant in the Napa Valley since 1988. Set in a historic field stone building, Terra gives you the feeling of the Napa Valley, or some have said the French country side. We are proud to be part of such an important area not just for food but also for wine (Our family owns Quixote Winery). We are, Hiro and Lissa the chef/owners of Terra and love to work closely with the local growers for our vegetables and the farms that raise the meats we serve. Incredible dairies that make the cheese and the fishermen that bring in the catch we serve. The connection to the land and the people is why we love what we do. Terra serves a prix fix menu of 4, 5 or 6 courses. Terra has received a Michelin Star since the first award in 2007 and each year since then. Hiro Sone received the James Beard Award for Best Chef California in 2003 and Terra received James Beard Award for Outstanding Service-2008. The San Francisco Chronicle gave Terra & Bar Terra 3 1/2 stars.
St. Helena, CA 94574
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Su-Mon, W-Th 6:00pm-8:30pm
Dinner: F-Sa 6:00pm-9:00pm
Adams and Hunt
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
We enjoy bring Terra to your party for up to 150 people. While not always available with enough notice Hiro and Lissa can make your event very special. The menus we suggest are from the current menus we offer at the restaurant. Local farm grown vegetables, meats and fish. A true restaurant experience in your home.
There is plenty of parking on the street and in the two lots north of our building. We are a small town and the businesses near us are happy to have our guests park in their lots after 6:00pm
Private Party Facilities:
Terra can be reserved for your private party. The room seats up to 40 people and is a gracious room for celebrating. Our menus are custom created for each party from our current menu so everything is very seasonal and local. Dietary requirements are seriously respected. Please see our website for photos of the room set up for a private party and a sample menu.
Private Party Contact:
Lissa Doumani: (707) 963-8931
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Terra Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
My friend who frequents Napa says that this is one of his favorite restaurants and now it has also become one of my favorites as well!
I was stressed about not being able to get a reservation, as we were only in town Monday-Thursday and they are closed Tuesday-Wednesday, which is kind of odd, but apparently it works for them. Thank goodness we were lucky enough to score a reservation for 2@6:30 on Monday. There are two restaurants on either side of the building; bar terra is their more casual restaurant located on the right and Terra, located on the left is upscale.
We were promptly seated and after glancing around, it's very small, so if you want to dine here, I suggest you hit up OpenTable ASAP.
We were promptly greeted by Andrew who was just amazing throughout the entire evening. We started with drinks of the bloodhound and wow, they were some of the best cocktails I have ever had! So much so, that we had several.
If anyone tells you that Terra has the most reasonable tasting menu, they are not joking! We each ordered the 5 course meal and it was only $106 pp! Of course they started us with an incredible amuse bouche of some sort of chilled pea soup.
Then we selected 4 savory and 1 dessert each:
-Ahi tuna crudo-there were only 2 left when we ordered
-Sauteed foie gras
-Sake marinated black cod
-Grilled hokkaido scallops
-Grilled liberty farm duck
-Goat cheese cake
I can not say enough about how delicious every single dish was! I was truly in heaven and while we were quite stuffed, we refused to let anything go to waste. The duck was perfect and the foie gras was just divine! I think the next time for a party of 2 females, the 4 course menu will suffice.
We had a great experience dining at Terra.
Their menu had some touch of Japanese flair.
We wanted to try many items on their menu so we chose 6 meal course. The each dish was presented well and was delicious
They also had large selections of wine and sake!
We will go back and dine again when we visit Napa.
Always consistently has high standards for menu and meal preparation. This is a restaurant that has an exquisitely well thought out perfectly executed dishes. The entire staff is very professional. We had a wonderful table and love celebrating special occasions. If we lived closer, we'd be there more often than just special occasions!!
Outstanding, the last time we dined at Terra was 20 years when we first visited Napa Valley. Terra is excellent offering a tasting menu with plenty of options, the wine list is excellent and offers the best value in the valley. Service was excellent our server Andrew was a true professional. Thank You Terra!
Chez Francois Restaurant
We had a lovely meal and two dishes that rise to the top are the Crudo and the Japanese Savory Custard. These two dishes were our favorite! The selections are seasonal, so we had lots of mushroom selections including truffles if you are a lover of such. We did the four course which was more than enough food, portions are generous! Love the fact that you can choose from the entire tasting menu to suit your preferences.
Pick 4, 5, or 6 courses. If you want all of those to be savory, great! You want 1 salad and 3 desserts? No problem. This place has a pick and choose menu at a set price and every course is amazing. A mix between Italian and Japanese, the Japanese chef clearly knows control and quality, honestly one of the best restaurants (and values) in the entire valley.
My daughter and I celebrated Valentine's Day at Terra this past weekend. The evening was really special and I am sure she will remember our father-daughter evening for some time to come. Each course was superbly prepared and beautifully presented. I am looking forward to returning for more father-daughter evenings in the future.
While not every dish we tried was perfectly executed, there were a few that really stood out: chawanmushi (look it up), lobster tortelloni, black cod, and pork guanciale with wild mushroom risotto. Service was very attentive and accommodating. I was particularly impressed with the wine offerings. Our party had four different wines, and all were outstanding.
Terra serves extraordinary, interesting and well prepared food in a beautiful rock-walled dining room. The tasting menu lets each person build his or her own menu which is nice. The choice is hard to make. Every course we ordered was excellent. Most memorable was the Chawanmushi an amazing blend of miso and custard with pieces of lobster and shrimp. The cavatelli pasta with lamb ragu was amazing as was the crudo. There wasn't a course we didn't like. Service was professional and knowledgeable. This restaurant has been around for 28 for a reason ! We will be back.
We've been coming to Terra for 15 years. Locals love Terra. The food is unparalleled, the wine is list impressive, in our humble opinion. Besides the incredibly knowledgeable and attentive owners, and warm professional servers, it is an environment where you can enjoy this excellent experience and actually HEAR your dinner companions. The dining room is classic, and cozy. The new bar will become a favorite of ours, as well. The bar menu looked wonderful! They never disappoint.
First time at Terra. Went with friend to celebrate birthday. The food was outstanding--an asian/western fusion. Very well-prepared, innovative, and beautifully presented. Very good value for money. We have gone to top-end restaurants all over the world and this is one of the best finds and for less money than most others. The space is quite small and the tables are therefore a bit cramped, but the noise level was lower than one would expect, at least while we were there. We also got a complimentary birthday dessert. Would definitely go back!
We went for my husband's birthday celebration with another couple and had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and interesting. The service was spectacular, they were there when you needed them but not on top of you. The cocktails/ wine list is perfect. It was truly a beautiful evening and the dinning room is so charming, made me feel like I was somewhere else. Lovely evening
Finally got a chance to try Terra right here in our town, and we can see why it is a Michelin-starred restaurant:
* Decent atmosphere -- nothing fancy or special (after all, the view out the window is looking at a Safeway... that part is the only downside. Everything else is classy but minimalist, clean and comfortable while not being "noteworthy" in any way, but the food is the reason to come here, not the ambiance.)
* Good service -- No problems with our waiter, he did a fine job
* Excellent dishes -- This place has been around since the 1980s, and it sounds like they have stayed with their tried-and-true menu. Everything we ordered was excellent. The portions are small and thus might seem somewhat pricey for portion size, but not too over the top for this type of experience (a prix fixe / chef's menu experience.) 4-5 plate was still plenty enough food and the price, while somewhat high, was not exorbitant.
* Good wine list, but excessive pricing -- Their wine list has a great variety to it, of both varietals and pricepoints. There's probably something for everyone on it -- the only problem is that the pricing structure leads higher-end bottles to have major markup. We got a low-end wine (blanc de cabernet franc) and it was a $25 markup from retail. That's reasonable. But then we got a higher-end merlot and it was a $50 markup on a $60 bottle of wine... that is excessive. At that type of pricing, I recommend you simply buy a nice bottle and bring it with you for corkage instead of ordering higher-end wines from their menu.
At Terra, you get to pick your own tasting menu and how many courses. I perused the menu online in advance, but was delighted to find that because the chef had obtained some fresh Perigord black truffles there was an additional truffle menu.
The waiter was great at helping us pick a wine. I wanted some wine, but not very much because I was driving and the road conditions were challenging due to rain. The waiter recommended a pinot noir, but mentioned a mouvedre blend as an alternative. I decided to go with the recommended glass of pinot noir, but when the waiter offered a taste of the pinot, he also provided a taste of the mouvedre in case I wanted to change my wine. My husband liked the pinot so much that after his first glass of viognier, he got a glass of it.
The lobster tortellini is spectacular. The foie gras in polenta soup is unusual and excellent. The signature black cod in shiso broth was not a bit favorite of mine, because I don't like salty broth, but the cod itself was superb. The deserts are good. I had the goat cheese cake that was delicious and my husband had the very rich (and good) macademia nut tart.
The restaurant dining room was at a perfect temperature and very comfortable. We were next to the window and a stone wall, but it was not at all chilly. There are 9 tables around the perimeter of the room with a comfortable distance between them and a beautiful wine serving table in the middle of the room.
We left the restaurant very satisfied and pleasantly satiated. I had just the right amount of food and the timing was excellent.
Can't speak to all of the various things one is asked about, above - no idea re: Happy Hour, or Brunch, or etc - but certainly we had a lovely, and very civilized, evening in this beautiful, quiet gem of a place; small and intimate, gorgeous and refined tasting menu; if it doesn't get five stars it's really because of a few quibbles (Cherry Cedar bitters too-too pronounced a flavor in the faux Manhattan; marshmallow/chocolate ice cream/quasi crackerjack dessert not successful; steak course in tasting menu pedestrian: steak oddly flavorless, albeit well cooked). But generally the food - especially the gorgeously prepared, satin-y fish courses (lobster custard, black cod, etc) - was marvelous, and there can be no quibbles whatsoever about the gracious and attentive staff or the incredibly pleasing, old-world ambience.
Terra has proven to be the best dining experience I have had in years. Every dish was prepared to perfection (including lobster, duck, abalone, risotto, Crudo) and beautifully presented. The staff was friendly and helpful. It was the highlight of our trip. Thank you.
Overall, our experience was excellent. The food is mostly excellent, I loved all my dishes, but my husband has a few disappointments. Dessert menu didn't excite us. Our service was wonderful. For a restaurant that's been around so long it's impressive how consistent and relevant the food still is!
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