Wonderful Tapas, Phenomonal Staff, Great Wines. One of my favorite places in the neighborhood. The staff is friendly and welcoming, the wines are wonderful and perfect for the food. The food is everything you'd want in a neighborhood restaurant. Terzo is great to walk over to for a glass of wine and a light dinner after work and it's perfect for a dinner out with friends. I can't say enough good about this restaurant!
Great food, plain and simple.. Anyone who complains about the portions here does not understand Tapas; they're meant to be small and shared. Two of us had five items: Hummus, Ranch beef, Chicken, Bruschetta, and a side of Onion Rings. They were all delicious and served appropriately together (not all at once). It was also enough food, and I was hungry! I've read people thought the beef was bland. That's why the chef serves green onions with it. It makes the beef; it was a perfect combination. The chicken spiedieri was a little spicy for me, but very tasty and I do recommend it. The service was great. Not a single complaint all the way around (food/service). And please, fine food, fine service, and fine decor is not cheap. This isn't McDonalds. Yes, they don't serve bread automatically. They're helping you save your appetite for the real food.
Restaurant design is superb. (Local architect Cass Calder Smith) Modern and elegant. Service is fantastic. The menu is well crafted, however, if the menu is taking any cues from the new small plates restaurants in Europe, there are a couple of things that need work.
First EVERY european restaurant offers bread. Period. You may have to pay for it at the end (Pane e coperto), but it is there, you shouldn't have to order it, it is an essential accompaniament to tapas, or at any parisian bistro.
Second, for the price, the portion size is slightly too small. Two stuffed figs for $9?, Not only would the composition and plating look better with three on the plate, but the restaurant would be better served by it. The Niman Ranch beef, however, was served generously, although was extraordinarily bland.
All in all, please visit for an elegant design, and well thought out flavor combinations, but the cuisine can't quite live up to the caliber of it's setting.
Expensive, small portions, bad service. This place is overrated. By small, they really mean small, and meals are unimaginative. Our server was very disruptive - kept coming over and even took our check before we left the table. We felt rushed. They don't bother providing any descriptions in their wine list and our server could not answer any questions on different wines. All in all, save your $ and go elsewhere.
Simply Perfect. What a perfect dining experience. The decor, service, food and wine were all that I had expected from the rave reviews my friends and friends of friends had passed along. I will be back again and again.
Excellent selection, great atmosphere. I ate here last night and really enjoyed myself. The variety is superb. We started with the figs and ended with the midnight cake. The best item sampled was the eggplant parmasean. This was a wonderful way to explore several different cuisines at one sitting. This would be a perfect date place for the person who just can't decide which cuisine- it has something for everyone!
Excellence from start to finish!. From start to finish this was an excellent dining experience. My wariness of the Marina/Cow Hollow ambiance was quickly diminished by the welcoming manager who sat us right away at an outside table (there are heaters). Our server was awesome and made excellent recomendations on both food and wine. Must try the Tomato Tart (with a divine flaky crust), the Niman Ranch Beef (a particularly generous portion), the fancy onion rings, and the BEST green been and tomato salad. Yum Yum. Dessert was also yummy, the summer berry crumble with peach and plum compote was just right. The atmosphere is very comfortable and welcoming and the food perfects the whole package. I look forward to returning very soon.
Average dining in Cow Hollow. Food, prices, atmosphere, service; all average. Wish I could offer lip service, but objectively speaking, it's just a nice restaurant.
Amazing Food, great prices, outstanding service, perfection....
I was thoroughly impressed by just about everything about Terzo. Yes, portions are small and meant for sharing, but: 3 people, 2 drinks each, 9 dishes plus 2 desserts = $57 per person including tax & 20+% tip. And we left full and completely satisfied.
While we couldn't get reservations, they have a big communal table, maybe 8 seats at the bar for dining, 3 or so tall bar tables, and several outdoor tables that are first come, first serve. We came at 7:30pm and had no problems getting a table. When we left at 9:00, there were still a few tables open here and there.
Suggestions: pita & hummus (extremely authentic, we reordered it), corn chowder, halibut with beans, niman ranch beef, and the summer crisp for dessert. Definitely ask the server for recommendations. The menu does change slightly every week, but our server said the pita and hummus is a staple on their menu and is always available.
There's valet parking for $10 right in front of the restaurant. Terzo would be great for groups, and is quite lively throughout the night. Oh, and late night dining! Kitchen closes at 11pm on all nights except Fri & Sat when they close at midnight! Very attentive service, I loved how they change out the sharing plates between dishes, and I'll definitely be back soon!
Great Atmosphere and Service. Small plates that are done well. Ask for the servers recommendation because they know what they are talking about. I love Terzo. The hummus and pita plate is wonderful. I couldn't get enough. The french fried onion strings are amazing and I highly recomend the sausage and polenta. A bit pricey, but the service and food make up for it. Not a place for someone who enjoys enormous portions.
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