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.
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: 7079638931
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
Terra Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Terra was a delight! Everything - the fo ...
Terra was a delight! Everything - the food, wine, ambience, service - was wonderful! If you have an opportunity to visit this special place - do!!
Always fantastic food and great service! ...
Always fantastic food and great service! Excellent wine list and cocktails too
GREAT!!!!! One of the best meals we have ...
GREAT!!!!! One of the best meals we have ever had!
Amazing restaurant. One of the best in s ...
Amazing restaurant. One of the best in st. Helena! Everything we ordered was phenomenal and so nicely presented. Must try!
Great tasting concept. You get to pick ...
Great tasting concept. You get to pick any number of combinations to create your own "tasting menu".
Amazing Dinner and atmosphere
Was not expecting to have such an exceptional foodie dinner! You would not know it by bar area since small seating dining is actually next door. The dinning area is very cozy and special but the dinner so different and great. Lots of small plates to try for every palate. Really enjoyed our meals and will be back! Great Auction Week !!!!
Terra offers the best dining in all of ...
Terra offers the best dining in all of California
Possibly the best meal of my life...
I can't say enough good things about Terra. How about this: GO THERE. From the hushed tones and beautiful setting to the customized service to the outrageously delicious and fresh food, this St. Helena dining room is an ideal inclusion in your Napa visit. Frankly - I would plan all other meals around dining at Terra. We had the four and five course meals, which included the freshest of ingredients and preparation. Since the menu changes constantly, I could go on about the baby peas and sprouts, or the morel risotto or the soft shell crab but - on your visit the offerings may be something completely different. The dining room is so beautiful - like a country house in France. Very comfortable, roomy chairs, PERFECT lighting (our selfies made us look young and beautiful) on both people and the food, air quality was clean and fresh, there was plenty of room between tables, abundance flowers on the center display and some of the music suited perfectly for a modern, romanticized evening. Even if you are not with your loved one, dining here shouldn't be missed. You will feel comfortable, welcomed, informed and fed well regardless of your dining partner. The service is, in my opinion, perfect. I loved the gentle attention to detail and especially - the timing of the courses. The service isn't fussy or stuffy - just perfect. I felt so well cared for.... ahhhh! Be sure to try one of Chef Hiro's alcohol concoctions - we had the Casino - Gin, Lemon, Luxor Maraschino and Bitters - shaken and served straight up - OH MY. So delicious - In fact, I think we had two each. Lovely. The wine list is exactly what you would expect in a fine Napa dining establishment - and the sommelier, Jonathon, was well informed and lead us to the right choice for our food selections and budget. I can't wait to go to Terra again - I'm still savoring the Black Cod, the Short Ribs and that so luscious Strawberry Shortcake - like none other I've had anywhere on this continent or others!
Amazing dining experience. Great ambien ...
Amazing dining experience. Great ambience and an outstanding service from Andrew. The 4 course meal was fantastic. Highlights to the black cod and the chocolate caramel tart. When in St. Helena, will certainly dine there.
We had dined here several years ago and immediately remembered the restaurant by name. I did not recall the price fixe meal, and while surprised of the cost, this was absolutely the most outstanding dining experience that we have ever had in our lives. We will have fond memories of our dinner experience at Terra. The main food items called Savories were unusual and different and do delicious. The dessert items were scrumptious. The service was impeccable. The wine list was extensive too. I enjoyed a Cabernet Sauvignon from Ladera that was one of the best I have ever tasted. Dining here is a splurge but worth every dollar. We can't wait to return.
Should be on your short list
If you haven't been, you must go! Food is amazing. We had a hard time deciding what to order since everything looked beyond great. 5 courses is a lot but we just had to go for it. Stunning, elegant but rustic atmosphere - perfectly designed.
Terra is awesome!
We heard about Terra before our trip to wine country. Our anticipation was well rewarded. Terra is small, cozy, romantic and classy. The service was ultra professional but also very warm, something very important to us as diners. No pretentiousness, though we wouldn't blame them for having some. We took on the prix fixe meal with 5 courses. The signature black cod was to die for, especially this amazing broth it rests in. Each portion tended to be larger than our expectations, so despite the relatively high cost, we felt it was met with great value. We brought in our own bottle of wine (for a small fee). If you want to have a truly special experience, we highly recommend you go to Terra!
Terra is one of our favorites in California
Great food and great service. Excellent wine list,
The food was amazing and the portions were much bigger than I expected. We each had the 5 course menu and were stuffed by the time dessert arrived.
Lovely, but you'll pay for it.
You'll choose a 4, 5 or 6 course meal from a list of unique chef creations. The food and service were great, but plan for a long dinner (ours was 3 hours) and a tall bill (ours was $850 for 4 people). Wonderful special occasion spot.
Everything done exceptionally well. Food and service are impeccable. Great concept of choosing how many courses you want. Every dish was flawless. Go. Enjoy.
Outstanding Ox Dinner at Terra
Guest chefs, Greg & Gabrielle Denton, put together a fabulous dinner hosted by Terra. Of special note was the clam chowder with bone marrow--incredible, an unexpected and delicious combination.
Truly special place!
We had one of our first dates here quite awhile ago, and they are still on top of their game. Quite an accomplishment in the competitive environment of Napa Valley. Hope to go back soon.
The Best of the Season
I planned a vacation in SF and Napa for 6 days. I schedule Atelier Creen, Auberge du Soleil, Bouchon and Terra for this season. It was a wonderful choice. But Terra was the one that a couple of friends and my wife and I preferred. The Menu the we choose the smallest menu, only of 4 dishes (it was a mistake), and all of them were amazing, we shared the dishes between the couples. We drank a Pinot Noir from Peay, Sonoma, it was difficult to say that it wasn't a Pinot from "Burgundy". It paired very well with all our dishes. The Risoto with Coconut Red Curry and Foie Gras Tortelloni were my preference.
Still Outstanding and a Delight to Tastebuds
We are locals and have been eating here for over 20 years. It especially is our "go to" place for our anniversary too. From start to finish it was outstanding. Loved the black pepper panna cotta!
Outstanding service with excellent food and wine
Thank you for a great dining experience from the start to finish. The service was one the best I experienced, from the host and wait staff. Each course was paced very well and wine (and water) refill is the best I experienced. Never too frequent and never have to signal or ask. Menu has plenty of choices, amount is very generous and of course we enjoyed all four courses with no room for desert. Interesting wine list as it has some sake choices which I select over wines (in Napa Valley) and they were excellent. Will definitely visit again when in town.
I was expecting more
Like always when your expectations are high you may end up with a bit of disappointment. Here is our story. The restaurant is inside an historical building. The charm of the thick heavy stone wall however was partially diminish by the smell of the old mortar between the stones that the humidity of the rain was exacerbating. Not the best smell to enjoy a dinner. The food was very good although the octopus was too salty and my wife couldn't eat it. However we were not charged for it so it shouldn't count. the capellini however were outstanding, served at a perfect temperature for maximum enjoyment. Equally outstanding was the risotto. So I guess we are a bit to severe with our star reviews, however as mentioned at the beginning we were expecting perfection. We should go again!
An excellent and interesting experience
The food, service, and ambience were all excellent. We especially appreciated the creativity and flexibility of the wine pairing, which was selected in accordance with the dishes we chose. Not only did they offer us the possibility of half-glasses with each course (which we gladly accepted), the wines were outstanding, unusual, and extremely reasonably priced. The food was all very good. My only slight reservations are that most dishes were over salted to my taste, and that there were not enough vegetables anywhere on the menu.
Perfection from start to finish.
I can't believe that it has been so long since we have returned to this Napa Gem. The menu allows you to be creative to whatever your desires are. You can choose what you like on the menu and just pay by the course. I was told that someone came in and ordered 5 deserts. The only problem that occurred is that Everything was Wonderful making any choice difficult
Outstanding evening of food, wine, and g ...
Outstanding evening of food, wine, and great service! Thank you also for the fun vegan choices for a delicious tasting menu! Our server Karen was fun and helpful and our sommelier steered us in the right direction too.
A Hidden Gem In the Napa valley
This restaurant is nestled one block off Main Street in St Helena. It is in an ols stone building that has been lovingly restored. Service is great. Wine list is very good and reasonably priced. Believe it or not, the best dish on the menu (if you are lucky enough to be there on a day it is available), is the spaghetti seasoned with tripe.
Outstanding outstanding outstanding. Eve ...
Outstanding outstanding outstanding. Everyone should go to Terra. The food is great. The service is great. We'll be going to Terra every time we visit Napa or Sonoma.
Incredible food served by friendly staff ...
Incredible food served by friendly staff....everything was flavorful and fresh. Very attentive to gluten free, with a separate adapted menu.
Still one of the best places to visit F ...
Still one of the best places to visit Food is just excellent
Food was uneven
I had the six-course menu. The highlight was grilled octopus, which was delicious. The lobster risotto was excessively salty, the lobster bisque was bland, and the black cod was okay, but I didn't care for its marinade. I was generally pleased with the duck breast, and the gooseberry tart was delicious.
We have been to Terra many times. It never disappoints. Everything about it is as good as it gets. One note to potential diners, though. The restaurant menu is a 4, 5, or 6 course experience that leans towards Japanese flavors. If you want to order individual items from a menu, reserve a spot at Bar Terra in the same building. The servings are generous, so use your judgement when ordering. The service is always fantastic.
First time at Terra
This was my first time dining at Terra. Overall it was great. A bit about entering the restaurant... As I entered the building, I had no idea where to go. You're immediately confronted with a stair case to another level and two doors; one on each side of the entrance. As I dithered about which direction to go, a hostess came out and greeted me from the right door, which is where "The Bar at Terra" is located. Tip for future diners, go to the bar (the right) first to see the hostess and she'll seat you in the dining room across the hall.
Going into the restaurant it's a bit odd... you check in on the right side (casual dining) and are guided to the left to be seated in the other dining room (a little more formal). Not a lot of tables but that was great for us...the service was perfect - 5 stars. The timing / pace of the meal was perfect, we never felt hurried / rushed with any of our courses. Our helper for the evening was wonderful! The food was amazing... everything you read from others is true! Must haves - Charamushi - it's like a warm hug! Cod - on their menu for 20+ years, the broth is so good I wanted to lick the bowl. Abalone and Scallop with Escargot butter - 'nuff said. Everything was perfectly cooked... the presentation was wonderful and the portions - this was not a tasting menu portion, this was close to a full restaurant entre portion. You can mix and match the dishes, my wife and I ordered 7 main courses and one desert - 4 a piece - which was a perfect amount of food. Notable wine list... runs from $40 bottles to $1,000 bottles... we found a great Benovia Pinot at a really reasonable price. HIGHLY recommend this to everyone! Best food and best foodie value in Napa Valley (and possibly the Bay Area). We will definitely be back!
Great tasting menu!
Great food at Terra. The menu is set up with a long list of small plates. Each person can order their own selection of small plates. When we went, four courses cost $85. Five courses cost $104. Six courses cost $121. The food was very good - interesting selections and well paired with individual glasses of wine. Fantastic service. Would highly recommend - especially loved that different members of the table could order a different selection of small plates. Great experience!
Worth a visit
This is one of those restaurants everyone should try once. An evening well worth the experience, setting and great food - a bit overpriced though.
Best dining experience in the valley.
I've been coming here for 20 years and Terra never fails to impress! Truly one of the most remarkable dining experiences in the Napa Valley. The cuisine is off the charts, the wine list superb and the staff is the best in the business.
I had been here in the past and choices were not to my taste since I'm not crazy about weird combinations and innovative cuisine, but this time the choices were spectacular. It was hard to decide what to have because they all sounded so good. What I chose was delicious and plentiful ( almost too much). I chose 4 courses, 5 would have been way too much for me. Wonderful gem in our neighborhood
Best in Napa Valley
My husband and I had one of the most enjoyable meals we've ever had at any restaurant, even internationally. The waiter was so knowledgeable and we appreciated his suggestions for the tasting menu. Excellent, excellent food.
Best place in our trip at napa
Best place in our trip at napa
Great Menu with Wonderful Food
Six of us dined here last Saturday and had terrific meals. I like the prix fixe menu with 4, 5 or 6 choices. We all took 4 and had fabulous meals. In particular the sweetbreads are some of the best I have had. We brought a nice bottle of wine with us and purchased another so they waived any corkage. Service was wonderful and we would not hesitate to return to this restaurant. I only wish I lived closer.
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