The Terrace Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 7 Washington Blvd

    Venice, CA 90292

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  • 310-578-1530

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Try cleaning the place. Some beach places get away with murder. This is one of them. Also, a man who I was told was the owner walks around cursing and putting his hands on his staff and customers. I've never seen anyone in the restaurant

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★★★★★

Try cleaning the place. Some beach places get away with murder. This is one of them. Also, a man who I was told was the owner walks around cursing and putting his hands on his staff and customers. I've never seen anyone in the restaurant

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Service is a little slow, but thoughtful. Sit outside and take in the Venice Beach scene pass by you. Breakfast options are solid.

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★★★★★

Service is a little slow, but thoughtful. Sit outside and take in the Venice Beach scene pass by you. Breakfast options are solid.

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great spot. right near the water, service is ok. check out the pizza. Pesto chicken choice is nice!

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★★★★★

great spot. right near the water, service is ok. check out the pizza. Pesto chicken choice is nice!

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This is an odd kind of place, right on the beach. It is not like other beach restaurants all of the country. The fly problem is, I guess, unavoidable, but annoying. The food is mediocre and the service the same. The owner is one of the

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★★★★★

This is an odd kind of place, right on the beach. It is not like other beach restaurants all of the country. The fly problem is, I guess, unavoidable, but annoying. The food is mediocre and the service the same. The owner is one of the

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First impression from reality show "All Worked Up" on TruTV...owner acts like complete @sshole. I have no desire to ever spend money here and based on other reviews this place lacks service and quality food. I don't recommend spending

3
★★★★★

First impression from reality show "All Worked Up" on TruTV...owner acts like complete @sshole. I have no desire to ever spend money here and based on other reviews this place lacks service and quality food. I don't recommend spending

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I have been coming here since I moved to the area 6 years ago. It's great place to get a good meal and in a friendly environment. I love their new happy hour which has great drink deals and appetizers. I love the pizzas and calamari. The

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★★★★★

I have been coming here since I moved to the area 6 years ago. It's great place to get a good meal and in a friendly environment. I love their new happy hour which has great drink deals and appetizers. I love the pizzas and calamari. The

Pros: Great Happy Hour

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This place is open late for food a big plus. It is close to the ocean and that ocean air feels great. We have been several times. A good place to know about.

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★★★★★

This place is open late for food a big plus. It is close to the ocean and that ocean air feels great. We have been several times. A good place to know about.

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I've been to some bad restaurants in this world, and this one ranks right at the top of the "don't go" list. If it weren't for the location, it would have died quick death long ago. And quite frankly, even though it is close to the beach, you can't see the beach. All you see is the beach parking lot, so why not go to any other place on Washington for a better experience. You've been warned.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to some bad restaurants in this world, and this one ranks right at the top of the "don't go" list. If it weren't for the location, it would have died quick death long ago. And quite frankly, even though it is close to the beach, you can't see the beach. All you see is the beach parking lot, so why not go to any other place on Washington for a better experience. You've been warned.

Pros: Other, better alternative restaurnts nearby

Cons: Food, Service, Decor, Prices, Owner

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I love this place. I go there for the salads. They have a wide variety. It's as good as than Soup Plantation without the zoo like feeling. There's just not a better lunch spot.

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★★★★☆

I love this place. I go there for the salads. They have a wide variety. It's as good as than Soup Plantation without the zoo like feeling. There's just not a better lunch spot.

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The Terrace Cafe is just off the beach and is a wonderful place to go for a light lunch or dinner. I've been a few times and each time I'm pleased with my choice and always leave feeing satisfied but not stuffed. It's perfect.

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★★★★☆

The Terrace Cafe is just off the beach and is a wonderful place to go for a light lunch or dinner. I've been a few times and each time I'm pleased with my choice and always leave feeing satisfied but not stuffed. It's perfect.

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This is the first time I have ever been compelled to write a review of a restaurant. My fiance and I went there for lunch and had a rather poor experience. We are both former servers and each of us worked in the industry for at least ten years. So we are pretty giving and have realistic expectations when it comes to our dining experience.

The service was good and our server and busser were both nice, even if the host was rude. However, the food was both undercooked and came out cold. The kitchen managed to make a poor grilled cheese sandwich! How is that even possible?

That said, the location and view is very nice and I am sure that many people (i.e. tourists) would find that this more than compensates for the lackluster food quality. For us that was not enough, though that may be because we live in the area.

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This is the first time I have ever been compelled to write a review of a restaurant. My fiance and I went there for lunch and had a rather poor experience. We are both former servers and each of us worked in the industry for at least ten years. So we are pretty giving and have realistic expectations when it comes to our dining experience.

The service was good and our server and busser were both nice, even if the host was rude. However, the food was both undercooked and came out cold. The kitchen managed to make a poor grilled cheese sandwich! How is that even possible?

That said, the location and view is very nice and I am sure that many people (i.e. tourists) would find that this more than compensates for the lackluster food quality. For us that was not enough, though that may be because we live in the area.

Pros: Good view and location

Cons: Poor food quality

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This restaurant features a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Half of the restaurant is outside or opens to the outside. It is located at the foot of the Venice Pier, at Washington and Ocean Front Walk.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant features a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Half of the restaurant is outside or opens to the outside. It is located at the foot of the Venice Pier, at Washington and Ocean Front Walk.

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We were visiting Venice Beach and decided to stop by The Terrace Cafe for breakfast. Even the outside of the place looks inviting and friendly. Service was great here, very friendly and fast. Their lox and bagel was excellent, as was the belgian waffle with fruit. Everything looks and tastes great. Even the coffee is good. We felt very relaxed and were able to enjoy ourselves here. Definitely recommend.

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★★★★★

We were visiting Venice Beach and decided to stop by The Terrace Cafe for breakfast. Even the outside of the place looks inviting and friendly. Service was great here, very friendly and fast. Their lox and bagel was excellent, as was the belgian waffle with fruit. Everything looks and tastes great. Even the coffee is good. We felt very relaxed and were able to enjoy ourselves here. Definitely recommend.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

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What a way to end the day! Came across this place after a great day at the beach. We had cocktails at the bar, then made our way to the terrace for dinner. This place has great calimari. I'm usually not a fan of osso buco but I took a few bites of my husbands and Im hooked. Can't go wrong. I'm thinking of having my next birthday party here.

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★★★★★

What a way to end the day! Came across this place after a great day at the beach. We had cocktails at the bar, then made our way to the terrace for dinner. This place has great calimari. I'm usually not a fan of osso buco but I took a few bites of my husbands and Im hooked. Can't go wrong. I'm thinking of having my next birthday party here.

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I ate at this restaurant because a friend of mine told me I should try it. It's a quaint little restaurant virtually on the beach right off of Venice Pier. The atmosphere is quaint and cozy and you can't beat smelling the ocean air.The price is very reasonable with most entrees running between $8 or $9 up to $15. Reasonable portions so I would have to say you at least get your money's worth. The only downfall about this place is that the menu didn't have as much variety as I would have liked but then again, that may just be a personal opinion. They have many options for salads yet none really stood out to me. I'm pretty sure I ended up with a salad anyways.I would definitely go back here again. The service overall was great, the food good (not excellent but a well deserved good) and again, the atmosphere and location you can't beat. Great casual dining restaurant with a hint of fine dining.

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★★★★☆

I ate at this restaurant because a friend of mine told me I should try it. It's a quaint little restaurant virtually on the beach right off of Venice Pier. The atmosphere is quaint and cozy and you can't beat smelling the ocean air.The price is very reasonable with most entrees running between $8 or $9 up to $15. Reasonable portions so I would have to say you at least get your money's worth. The only downfall about this place is that the menu didn't have as much variety as I would have liked but then again, that may just be a personal opinion. They have many options for salads yet none really stood out to me. I'm pretty sure I ended up with a salad anyways.I would definitely go back here again. The service overall was great, the food good (not excellent but a well deserved good) and again, the atmosphere and location you can't beat. Great casual dining restaurant with a hint of fine dining.

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Food was quite good. Don't be thrown off by the strange butterflies all over the restaurant. The food and service are really good, excellent beachside dining.

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★★★★☆

Food was quite good. Don't be thrown off by the strange butterflies all over the restaurant. The food and service are really good, excellent beachside dining.

Pros: Service and Open Late

Cons: Parking and wine list

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I want to thank the owners and the staff of The Terrace for making my birthday party last weekend so special! Everything was just perfect! The private patio with heaters and nice music was lovely, decorated with balloons (I did mention my B-day, making reservation, but never expected any extra decor!). I had some of the best appetizers I've ever had : fried calamari, baked portabella mushrooms, steamed mussels, crab cakes, shrimp ceviche - fresh and light on sauces. Wine list was reasonably priced, decent choices, nothing pretentious. And last, our server and busboys, who made it all work throughout the evening - they deserve the most compliments. Overall - two thumbs up!

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★★★★★

I want to thank the owners and the staff of The Terrace for making my birthday party last weekend so special! Everything was just perfect! The private patio with heaters and nice music was lovely, decorated with balloons (I did mention my B-day, making reservation, but never expected any extra decor!). I had some of the best appetizers I've ever had : fried calamari, baked portabella mushrooms, steamed mussels, crab cakes, shrimp ceviche - fresh and light on sauces. Wine list was reasonably priced, decent choices, nothing pretentious. And last, our server and busboys, who made it all work throughout the evening - they deserve the most compliments. Overall - two thumbs up!

Pros: Great Location, Food and Service

Cons: None

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For years I've been eating at The Terrace and it remains one of my favorite spots on the Westside.
The perfect Sunday morning for me is a breakfast at The Terrace and a bike ride along the Venice Boardwalk - it's right around the corner. Their Eggs Benedicts are outstanding, sometimes I would go for a Stuffed French Toast - they make it with mascarpone cheese and strawberries - insanely delicious! When I bring friends, I ask to be seated on the Ocean Front Patio, you can't see it right away, but locals know - you get the best people watching there and an ocean breeze. Everyone is always impressed with the prompt seating (recently we had a family of nine for lunch and no reservation - the table was ready in five minutes! ).
After a day on the beach this place is perfect for a mellow dinner - Poached Salmon is light and pleasant, Lamb Shank is tender enough to fall from the bone, and every kind of drink is available at the bar.
My friends and I always enjoy coming here not only for a great food, but for a warm, friendly atmosphere at the unbeatable beachfront location.

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★★★★★

For years I've been eating at The Terrace and it remains one of my favorite spots on the Westside.
The perfect Sunday morning for me is a breakfast at The Terrace and a bike ride along the Venice Boardwalk - it's right around the corner. Their Eggs Benedicts are outstanding, sometimes I would go for a Stuffed French Toast - they make it with mascarpone cheese and strawberries - insanely delicious! When I bring friends, I ask to be seated on the Ocean Front Patio, you can't see it right away, but locals know - you get the best people watching there and an ocean breeze. Everyone is always impressed with the prompt seating (recently we had a family of nine for lunch and no reservation - the table was ready in five minutes! ).
After a day on the beach this place is perfect for a mellow dinner - Poached Salmon is light and pleasant, Lamb Shank is tender enough to fall from the bone, and every kind of drink is available at the bar.
My friends and I always enjoy coming here not only for a great food, but for a warm, friendly atmosphere at the unbeatable beachfront location.

Pros: Food, ambience, location!

Cons: Public parking lot could be pricey on weekends

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I had an enjoyable dining experience at Terrace Cafe. I found the staff very friendly. Service was wonderful.
Food was good as well. There was one person there that stood out especially I believe his name was Sergio. If you are ever there ask for him. He was wonderful!
Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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★★★★☆

I had an enjoyable dining experience at Terrace Cafe. I found the staff very friendly. Service was wonderful.
Food was good as well. There was one person there that stood out especially I believe his name was Sergio. If you are ever there ask for him. He was wonderful!
Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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First off I wanna say that I signed up on citysearch just now, just so I can leave a review for this place. My boyfriend and I went there later at night, just because everything else was closing at that time. Seating was prompt. Food was decent, a bit expensive. The server was a complete moron, him being the reason why I absolutely don't recommend this restaurant. He was practicaly ignoring our table, us having to ask him and the busboy for waters and napkins and whatever else we needed. When we got our tab we found out why he didn't give a damn about our table, reason being the included gratuity of 18% added after tax!!!!
Apparently they "reseve the right to add 18% gratuity to all tabs", even parties of 2. We're hoping that the bus boy gets most of that tip, because the server was incompetent and lazy (knowing full well his tip was guaranteed).
Worst experience ever!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

First off I wanna say that I signed up on citysearch just now, just so I can leave a review for this place. My boyfriend and I went there later at night, just because everything else was closing at that time. Seating was prompt. Food was decent, a bit expensive. The server was a complete moron, him being the reason why I absolutely don't recommend this restaurant. He was practicaly ignoring our table, us having to ask him and the busboy for waters and napkins and whatever else we needed. When we got our tab we found out why he didn't give a damn about our table, reason being the included gratuity of 18% added after tax!!!!
Apparently they "reseve the right to add 18% gratuity to all tabs", even parties of 2. We're hoping that the bus boy gets most of that tip, because the server was incompetent and lazy (knowing full well his tip was guaranteed).
Worst experience ever!!!!!

Pros: location

Cons: everything else

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I took a few out of town friends to this restaurant because it has a great location right on the beach. However, it was DEFINITELY NOT WORTH IT! Even though I'm used to LA restaurants taking a while to seat and serve, the wait was rediculously long and our waitress later said that it took so long to even acknowledge us because no one had told her we had been seated there, even though there were 5 of us sitting at a big, obvious table right next to the entrance. She never apologized for our wait. She wouldn't take any special orders, and then after more waiting, when we finally got our food, one plate wasn't fully cooked. The food was mediocre. When we got the bill, the waitress included a 20% gratuity into the bill, because we had a "large party" and when I questioned her on what typically constitutes a large party (which is usually 8+ for most restaurants), she was really vague and said "about 5 people," which was her way of justifying forcing us to give her a tip for bad service. When we split our bill, we requested that she charge specific amounts to our credit cards so we would have the option to leave whatever tip we chose, and not only did she ring up the 20% gratuity that she forced us to give her, but added an additional "recommended tip" on the credit card receipt. SHE WANTED US TO TIP HER TWICE FOR BAD SERVICE. I have never been so tempted to run out of a restaurant without paying, just because we had such a horrible experience and felt like we had been taken advantage of. It was EMBARRASSING to take guests there and now they have a bad impression of LA.

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★☆☆☆☆

I took a few out of town friends to this restaurant because it has a great location right on the beach. However, it was DEFINITELY NOT WORTH IT! Even though I'm used to LA restaurants taking a while to seat and serve, the wait was rediculously long and our waitress later said that it took so long to even acknowledge us because no one had told her we had been seated there, even though there were 5 of us sitting at a big, obvious table right next to the entrance. She never apologized for our wait. She wouldn't take any special orders, and then after more waiting, when we finally got our food, one plate wasn't fully cooked. The food was mediocre. When we got the bill, the waitress included a 20% gratuity into the bill, because we had a "large party" and when I questioned her on what typically constitutes a large party (which is usually 8+ for most restaurants), she was really vague and said "about 5 people," which was her way of justifying forcing us to give her a tip for bad service. When we split our bill, we requested that she charge specific amounts to our credit cards so we would have the option to leave whatever tip we chose, and not only did she ring up the 20% gratuity that she forced us to give her, but added an additional "recommended tip" on the credit card receipt. SHE WANTED US TO TIP HER TWICE FOR BAD SERVICE. I have never been so tempted to run out of a restaurant without paying, just because we had such a horrible experience and felt like we had been taken advantage of. It was EMBARRASSING to take guests there and now they have a bad impression of LA.

Cons: Service is horrible, mediocre food

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First we started with a cocktail in a dirty glass. Then we moved onto bad tasting, uncooked wings. The manager claimed they come already cooked, that did make me feel any better, by the way. Next came the main course $15.00 for the Jambalaya, which consisted of Elbow Macaroni and 2 pieces of sausage and 2 pieces of shrimp. Also my "tri-tip" sandwich was horrible in both smell and taste!! I've personally never seem white tri-tip??? SAVE YOUR TIME AND MONEY !!

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★☆☆☆☆

First we started with a cocktail in a dirty glass. Then we moved onto bad tasting, uncooked wings. The manager claimed they come already cooked, that did make me feel any better, by the way. Next came the main course $15.00 for the Jambalaya, which consisted of Elbow Macaroni and 2 pieces of sausage and 2 pieces of shrimp. Also my "tri-tip" sandwich was horrible in both smell and taste!! I've personally never seem white tri-tip??? SAVE YOUR TIME AND MONEY !!

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This restaurant is a frequent locale for me on late nights when I am hungry but too lazy to cook and everything else has closed nearby. Foodwise, I've stuck to primarily the same dish each time, but it somehow comes out different each day I order it. Some days are better than others here, other days I regret paying that much for something that mediocre. But most of the late night staff are super cool and friendly and I always feel welcome, so I keep coming back for more.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant is a frequent locale for me on late nights when I am hungry but too lazy to cook and everything else has closed nearby. Foodwise, I've stuck to primarily the same dish each time, but it somehow comes out different each day I order it. Some days are better than others here, other days I regret paying that much for something that mediocre. But most of the late night staff are super cool and friendly and I always feel welcome, so I keep coming back for more.

Pros: nice staff, not crowded, late-night dining

Cons: hit and miss food, pricey

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The owner of this establishment is pure wild Russian. His personality is enough to make the trip to this restaurant that features alfresco dining and a pretty eclectic menu. My first trip, he offered complimentary Polish vodka shooters and dill pickles (that's how they do it in Russia, he said). Off-the-wall comments to diners, very funny and accommodating. The food is good, not great, but considering the options in that area, better than most. I've been there for breakfast, too, which is popular on pretty days. All in all, a fun and pleasant place to eat and do a little drinking too.

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★★★☆☆

The owner of this establishment is pure wild Russian. His personality is enough to make the trip to this restaurant that features alfresco dining and a pretty eclectic menu. My first trip, he offered complimentary Polish vodka shooters and dill pickles (that's how they do it in Russia, he said). Off-the-wall comments to diners, very funny and accommodating. The food is good, not great, but considering the options in that area, better than most. I've been there for breakfast, too, which is popular on pretty days. All in all, a fun and pleasant place to eat and do a little drinking too.

Pros: Right at Venice Pier, Fun owner, Al Fresco dining

Cons: Parking, Average food

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