Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant

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Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant is a California cuisine restaurant located in Bodega Bay, California.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best place in the area. Everything is done at a very high level while being completely relaxed and unpretentious.

d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great spot. The starters were standouts with a delicious corn soup that was summer in a bowl. The octopus cauliflower salad was expertly prepared. These cooks have some serious skills. Mains were delicious with the duck as a standout. Again serious technique on display from the kitchen. The wine list didn’t have too many tempting bottle for us so we just went by the glass. Decent and fairly priced. Could see them stepping up the list a bit. Locals recommended we leave room for dessert so we did. We were not disappointed with a delicious panna cotta. We will be back.

KM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful for all occasions! Lovely,
Incredible service and outstanding food.
We tried the sweet corn soup, vegetable Salad,
Scallops and clams and chorizo pasta- all excellent.
Eat here as often as you can.

MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here 20+ times. Amazingly consistent and good. Best food in Bodega Bay by far.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST restaurant.

JI
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived on time and our reservation was noted. We were seated in a minute. Our server was very good. The good was terrific. Very fresh oysters and my rib eye was excellent. The only reason the review contains anything but perfect scores is how hot it was inside the restaurant. When we stepped outside the fog greeted us and we were happy for it. Something should be done to ventilate the restaurant. I'd probably not go again if I knew it was going to be as hot as it was.

MG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great choices in appetizers and meals. Service was very nice. Great for romantic dinner or to meet friends.

RB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrapin Creek Cafe sports a very knowledgeable friendly wait staff. From the kitchen, every dish is always prepared superbly. The chefs have obviously honed recipes to make them as perfect as possible. Note such things as the fantastic mignonette on the raw oyster; the subtle touch of jalapeno oil drizzle on the incredible corn soup; the surprising combination of tender charred octopus and grilled cauliflower salad; the light and airy potato gnocchi; the minced fresh basil on top of the buttermilk panna cotta, etc, etc, etc. They offer a surprisingly broad fine wine list and now offer cocktails as well. It has been my most favorite place to dine since they opened in 2008.

JA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a birthday celebration and everything was perfect. I even suspect you ordered the gorgeous weather as well! Thank you for a splendid evening...it was one of many at your restaurant, and there will be more to come.

PV
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food establishment in Bodega Bay and surrounding areas.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great service! I try and go there for all family special occasions!

DK
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very friendly and helpful the food was delicious prepared cooked perfectly

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cuisine & service! This is a place you’ll want to return. Pork Chops dinner was especially excellent...Best I’ve ever experienced.
I enjoyed my Dirty Martini, Too. Good wine selection & full bar! Locals love this place & now I can see why!

SF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in the whole Bay area. Always extraordinary, fresh, creative, and delicious.

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food and overall amazing experience. We love the intimate setting without the immense pressure from a typically fine dining experience. Our party was so excited to dine at Terrapin as we appreciate the staff's welcoming our spirit!

JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal with great waiter. Cute restaurant with absolutely delicious fresh food. Always enjoy coming here.

A
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I travel together for work a couple times a year, mostly in the US, sometimes internationally. After we are done at a given site, we stay a little longer to experience and enjoy the best whatever city we land in has to offer -including the restaurants.

On our dining enjoyment scale, Terrapin Creek Cafe outshines every other restaurant we have ever tried by a wide margin. What sets them apart? Each appetizer, salad, main course and dessert is a uniquely perfect creation with a flavor profile that evolves with every bite. It seems like they take every possible cooking technique and detail into account with each serving to bring out and brighten the natural and wholesome flavors in their locally obtained ingredients.

Fortunately for us, we live in driving distance from Bodega Bay -a small community on the Pacific Ocean a couple hours north of San Francisco. So, we always look forward to dining at Terrapin Creek Cafe as the perfect ending to a day of playing on the beach, exploring the estuaries, visiting the art galleries, and everything else this small and down-to earth seaside community has to offer.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Our waitress was polite, personable and professional. We ordered the Hokkaido scallops and the gnocchi appetizer, and the local artisan bread. Entree’s were the salmon on a bed of vegetables and the sautéed pork on veggies. Perfectly cooked and delicious. Nice pinot by the glass. The chocolate cake with shaved coconut and toasted walnuts was excellent - the cake was simple- not overdone with unnecessary extras like chocolate chips etc. We had a lovely table for 2 on an enclosed porch that was sunny, quite and private with a view of the evergreens. Portions were generous: Didn’t leave hungry. Lovely place - we’ll be back.

KR
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrapin Creek Cafe is, without a doubt, the best restaurant I've been to in Northern California! The food is spectacular - always very fresh and prepared in innovative ways, presented beautifully and ALWAYS delicious. I have no complaints, nor suggestions for Andrew and Lyla as both are superior with their craft. Thank you for an enjoyable dinner and experience. We come 3 hours to have dinner here!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The ten vegetable salad is fabulous! The salmon was some of the best ever and the duck breast was masterly prepared.
I love the set menu because it ensures that all items are made incredibly well- as they were! Our server was well versed in the wine selection and also gave us some priceless tips on how to get the most out of our stay in Bodega Bay. I wish we lived closer and could eat here on a regular basis! Both owners were very friendly and have cultivated a wonderful atmosphere.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This family run restaurant is classic and always charming and unpretentious! A must if you are in the area or on your way up the Sonoma coast. Get the ribeye! Delicious, well executed and even family friendly.

Z
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here many times and as always, everything was wonderful! Our favorite restaurant in Bodega Bay!

ME
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the best meal I’ve ever had in Sonoma County after living here 6 years. We interacted with an owner and our server, both who were present, knowledgeable without pretentiousness, and downright delightful. The salmon was the best salmon I’ve ever had, and same with the cheesecake (made fresh in house daily) which made me feel like it was the first real cheesecake I’ve ever had. Will be going back again soon!

MN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really impressive food and outstanding, warm, personal service from Rick. Highly recommend the octopus, gnocchi, scallops, salmon and bread pudding!

TD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. We definitely will return when we are in Bodega Bay.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in Bodega Bay! I love the seasonal changes to the menu.

MF
San Francisco
140 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was perfectly prepared and well flavored. Our group had the asparagus salad, scallops, octopus salad, salmon, kid's pasta and desserts. Everyone was very happy with their meal. The cheesecake and chocolate cake disappeared in a flash and there was a temptation to lick the plates. Service was great- once we got the bread to quell the youngsters' tummy rumbles. The drinks and wines were good although the mark-up was high. In fact, the only complaint was that everything was just a tiny bit overpriced. It wouldn't keep us from coming back though because the food was so tasty.

Y
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS always. Three days later still thinking about every scrumptious bite.

RH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Terrapin Creek continues to be my favorite place to eat for a special night out in Sonoma County!
Ron

ER
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! As it always is.

S
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I drive 1 hour and 10 minutes one way just to eat here!
Everyone I’ve brought here over the past 10+ years has loved the place. Owners are super sweet and you can tell the staff here is happy too.

L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have dined at the Terrapin Creek Cafe every time I come to Bodega Bay. I had the fresh local Salmon and the corn jalapeños soup. The King Salmon was cooked perfectly (medium rare). It was served over farro with vegetables which was excellent with the King Salmon. The corn soup was a delight. The service could not have been better. A truly wonderful evening. We had a table for four and everyone was impressed. We all had the King Salmon. The Salmon was cooked to each dinners taste.

PH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ONLY excellent restaurant in bodega bay! Do not miss. We planned our trip to Bodega Bay just so we could eat here. Cannot wait to return.

A
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrapin Creek lived up to the rave reviews! The mignonette for the oysters was flavorful without being astringent. The octopus in the charred octopus and cauliflower salad was the most tender I have ever tasted. This salad sounds unusual, but it is delicious! Both the pork chop and the rib eye steak were very generous portions that could easily be shared if you are ordering other courses. In our case, the leftovers were a delightful way to commemorate the meal!

For dessert, the panna cotta was the creamiest I've ever eaten. The bread pudding was excellent as well. The service was attentive and helpful, but not intrusive. We will definitely plan a return visit.

JB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner as always. Excellent service and food was also excellent.
Loud party near us made for a rough dinner due to noise level. Nothing to be done about it as the place was packed and no alternate seating available. We made it work.

O
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent servic. Thoughtful menu. Wonderful combination of textures and flavors.
Delightful experience.
An honest kitchen.
I hope to return soon.
Thank you.

RD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday
She had salmon, I had the ribeye
Both were excellent
Creme cheesecake was superb
Can’t recommend highly enough

DV
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Terrapin; the food, the service, the warm and casual ambience. We now bring friends with us when they come to visit us in Bodega Bay. and we recommend it to people who ha e yet to go there.

LL
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrapin Creek was an excellent dining experience for us. From our warm greeting entering the restaurant, the tasteful friendly service, and of course the food which accomplished everything I had hoped. I began with the scallops as an appetizer and for an entree I chose the liberty duck breast. I could embellish; however, often directness is best. The other element of our dining was the excellent company of the people we dined with. All in all it was a memorable evening.

JP
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service. Limited number of main courses but everything tastes great! Have tried everything on their menu and have never been disappointed!
Highly recommend!!

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