La Terrazza is an old world, classic Italian restaurant with two private dining rooms, a garden patio, comfortable lounge and an extensive wine list.
Late last yr, I came for after dinner drinks & dessert which brought me back a 2nd time for much of the same. The bar lounge is definitely situated a little too narrowly close to the entrance & seats few in all, hence, giving the feeling that it's just a waiting area. However, the lounge area is not simply a waiting room. Nice large comfortable arm chairs makes it very cozy & comfortable to sit there for snacks/drinks while catching up w/ friends, especially if it's the table by the fireplace. Both times I've sat at the lounge, ppl were enjoying a pasta w/ 1 group drinking bottles of wine while waiting for their later arrivals to join them for a light meal plus more drinks.
Finally, for my 3rd visit around mid Dec., I went for a proper dinner.
The service by the gentleman who led us to our table & later who came to check on us was pretty good except that for the most part of dinner, it was another server that took care of us quite dispassionately & devoid of any facial expressions.
The creamed soup w/ truffle shavings was very strong in mushroom flavour, overwhelmed by the truffle oil but in a good way, fresh & tasty. The braised beef short ribs were very tender & flavourful w/ the meat falling right off. The fusilli pasta, however, was quite boring. The pasta itself was nothing special. The duck is what brought down the meal where the braised beef ribs had us looking forward to our mains, the duck was an extreme disappointment when it tasted near identical to the BBQ ducks from Chinese butcher shops. The wild game of the day was a disappointment as well at $34.88, the appetizer ribs were definitely the only highlight.
The lemon torte (basically, a lightly lemon flavoured sponge cake wrapped with a sheet of white chocolate) was less impressive than the lava cake while the cheesecake was good, but not outstanding.
I'd just return for appetizers, drinks & desserts. The prices are good for the area & type of restaurant.
This restaurant has been around for 7 years, but somehow a lot of my friends still didn't know about it until I mentioned it to them. The food has consistently been great, as is the wine. The decor is very creative, resulting in a wonderful ambiance for the place. Prices are not cheap, but not as high as what you may imagine for what you get. The only downside is that their menu is more meat oriented than seafood oriented, so if you like seafood, you'd better go elsewhere. Otherwise, everything from appetizer to dessert is wonderfully tasty.
Food: the lobster bisque was alright and the buffalo mozzarella was disappointing, especially when it was an extra $6 for it. My salmon was a tad overcooked, the sauce with the underlying veggies didn't go well together but the accompanying leek puff thing was surprisingly very good. Usually leeks for me have been quite bitter but it had a nice subtle taste that complimented the salmon well. The beef short ribs were the best my dining partner and I have ever had! The meat melted away and the sauce was just perfect! Creme brulee was great but the chocolate terrine was pedestrian - like any other mousse-like cake. Drinks were tasty but... $$$.
Service: attentive but not overbearing.
Value: Our bill came to 124 after tax and tip which I thought was very pricy for the calibre of food served. Drinks were drastically overpriced ($11 for 1 cocktail!). 15% service charge was automatically added on despite us being a party of 2 - I found that odd and would've tipped 20% but c'est la vie if that's how they want it.
Ambiance: great soft lighting, lovely decor and perfect background music. Definitely a place you could bring a date to.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this place for dine out since I think the quality of food was reduced. The dine out did not show the potential of great food this place is capable of but on the same token, the regular menu is tres expensive. I don't think I will come back as there are so many other restaurants in this city left to try. However, I would recommend it to others for special occasions but prepare to dole out the moola!
I've been to La Terrazza twice now. Once for dinner during a Dine-Out Vancouver, and once for New Year's party.
For dinner, I had a mushroom risotto to start and a chicken dish, but what really blew me away (and I was fore-warned about it) was the dessert. They serve a white chocolate phyllo cheesecake which is to die for!! Such an unforgetable combination of rich cream cheese and lucious white chocolate. It's worth coming here just for the dessert! Service is also great. The ambiance sets a nice mood for a romantic dinner or even for a professional working dinner sure to impress your clients.
For New Years, it was a little awkward since they basically turned the dining room into a dance floor. People were just finishing up their New Year's dinner when the DJ started blasting music to start the night's festivities.
We came here an enjoyed amazing wine, great company and fantastic food. Although not my first thought when we go to a place to dine; it's always a pleasure. The service is always pleasant, the food is always delicious, hearty and flavourful, clean and simple.
The room is unique, with an old world twist.
One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. Service is great, a mix between older servers, younger hosts and everything in between; everyone is always attentive and super nice.
I've been here for receptions; intimate dinners, parties, tasting, luncn etc and have always enjoyed my time.
Although I'm a regular and lover of steaks and Italian, La Terrazza is on my A List. Beautiful decor inside with a very elegant cocktail bar area. Portions are reasonable and the prices are moderate for the location. Service is always good here. Big Thumbs Up !
Dined recently for a birthday dinner. Restaurant is beautiful inside without feeling overly formal or pretentious.
The restaurant area was at 25% capacity with a private party in the adjacent space.
The size of the menu was quite nice, however they could have balanced the amount of entrees and appetizers.
Oysters - Very fresh and enjoyable. What can I say...does anyone ever use all the silly amount of accompaniments that they always bring?
Gnocchi in a simple marinana sauce with mozzarella - very nice texture.Extremely light considering it wasn't a ricotta gnocchi. The sauce was very lively and the portion size was correct.
Salad with pulled duck confit - Yeah it was ok, very uninspired from the greens to the duck and the strange dry sunflower seed. It had a very strange plating too. it was just a tower of greens. Considering there are only 2 salads on the menu and one is a caesar, someone should give their head a shake here.
House-made ravioli with gorgonzola and candied pecan sauce. - I was skeptical about ordering it because of the gorgonzola, but they really showed a lot of finesse in balancing the strong flavour. The pasta was beautifully made and delicate. The plating was simple yet elegant. Top quality dish.
Arctic Char and Crab - The char was cooked and plated beautifully. The Rabe was nicely cooked and flavoruful. The Crab came in a croquette with baked potato and was completely horrible. It was like a bad hush puppie that someone snuck on the plate as a joke. If you're gop
Sometimes less is more. For instance, even a claw in the shell, or removed and butter poached would have really brought this dish up.
Tiramisu : It was tasty albeit a very adult dessert. The liquor was strong and I was drinking a Trad. Martini at the time
Overall, a nice Italian restaurant. You can have a nice meal at a slightly higher price than many restaurants and it won't let you down, although I wouldn't expect to be blown away. Then again, how many places in Vancouver really do that anyway :)?
My wife and I went here 11 years ago as one of our first dates. We decided to return recently for our anniversary.
The layout of the restaurant hasn't changed. There have obviously been a few cosmetic changes since our last visit and it is as stunning as ever. Very comfortable lounge to sit in and enjoy a drink before our table was ready.
We started off with the Carpaccio (shaved beef tenderloin with truffle oil) and the Duck confit salad. My wife enjoyed the salad tremendously. I could have ordered more of the Carpaccio and skipped an entree. Quite happy.
For our diner, my wife ordered the Sablefish and I ordered the strozzapretti. Once they told me it translates to "the priest stranglers" I was sold on my dish. I've never had that pasta before and it worked very well with the sauce. Very rich and meaty. The sable fish was cooked to perfection and the rice cake was devoured.
We shared a tiramisu for desert with a couple of their specialty coffees.
Services was very attentive to us and the reconmendation for wine was wonderful. A definate thumbs up!
Last night my girlfriend and I went out to La Terreza for a celebration dinner and we both were very impressed.
We arrived 15 minutes late and even though the reservations were at 7:30 (we got there are 7:45) the hostess was very polite and seated us right away to our table. We saw the chef at the lounge when we were coming in and he greeted us to his restaraunt.
The ambiance is very elegant and romantic, a small and intimate lounge, stone and murals that resembale structures of Italy, soft lighting, candles at each table, and overload for the senses really.
Service here is top notch, we had Graeme as our server and he was very tentative but not intrusive, when we were at the table he unfolded my girlfriend's napkin and placed it on her lap, very nice touch.
The drinks list was as huge as a phone book as they have a massive selections on martini's, wines, and champagnes. If you have the money they have bottles that go for $500 and up. We stook with the blackberry martini's, smooth with a bit of tang to them.
The food came out very quickly and we were amazed how fast it came out after we ordered it. For dinner we had the ravioli and the fetuccini, both were delighting our tastebuds and have never tasted pasta made so great.
Our time here was an excellent experience, we also noticed that there were a lot of regulars that go here as the managers were out greeting and shaking hands with the ones they new on a first name basis.
I would highly recommend this restaraunt for a first time date or if you really want to impress someone.
From the outside, it doesn't look like much but the inside was breathtaking. It's beautifully decorated with nice romantic lighting that wasn't too dark, walls lined with endless wine bottles, drapery on the ceiling and paintings. The food was excellent, we had the duck confit salad and rigatoni to start, the striploin and arctic char as our mains, and the cheesecake in phyllo pastry for dessert. We really savoured our meal as we felt it was all very delicious. Unfortunately we weren't amazed by our server, he wasn't the most friendly, but he did remain professional. We are also upset about the gratuity they added to our bill. We expected that to happen for a larger party but since it was just a party of two, we felt it was unnecessary. A tip must be earned and we felt that that waiter didn't deserve that much. Despite that, it was still a nice evening, the restaurant wasn't too noisy and it was great to be able to have a decent conversation with my husband without everybody else drowning out our voices. It's definitely a good place to take your date to.
Went here around the end of January for a New Years dinner with a friend. I had always seen this place at the corner but was put off by its lack of exterior design, but after hearing good things about it from friends, decided to try it.
Food: I had the duck ravioli while my friend had the chops. We shared a prawn starter. Overall, I found the taste to not be anything too spectacular. It tasted good but was it worth $20? For 5 pieces of regular sized ravioli? or 4 somewhat overgrilled prawns? maybe not. The complementary bread brought to the table was abundant in quantity but lacking in quality. It was cold, hard and not properly sliced. I found the duck sauce to be too heavy, while the chops were not anything overly great- could be found in an Earl's.
Dessert: the biggest dissapointment was the dessert. We ordered a chocolate cake with white vanilla gelato center - it tasted fine but the cake reminded me of the premade, frozen ones you can get at Costco for $9.99 for a box of 12. It had a cheap chocolate taste, and as for the ice cream, it was also nothing special. Maybe a scoop from Yogen Fruz.
Service: the service was this restaurant's saving grace, as our servor, hostess and doorman was approachable, pleasant and accomodating. They worked efficiently and smoothly. It is a shame the food was not up to expectations.
Ambiance: truthfully, I suppose many would find these rooms ro be beautiful but overall, I did not. The indoor plants and lamps looked a little kitschy to me, while the tables and chairs seemed a little old and worn. However, the wine room and the walkway to the washrooms was its redeeming point as both were gorgeous and opulent.
Overall, would I go back? Probably not, at least not for the food. However, it seemed to be a nice place to meet new in-laws or for older families with grown children to go to.
First time at La Terrazza and it was a memorable one. Went during dine out, so it was quite busy, and given this fact, was quite impressed with the service level in this beautiful room. Poor service is becoming way too common in this city, so it's always refreshing to find a place that is on top of the ball. Waiter was professional, good natured, and after a minor mistake happened (forgot to bring a beverage over that I'd ordered), brought it anyway without charge. Had the veal which was well cooked and flavourful, and a fantastic creme brulee. Nothing over the top, but delicious.
Nice decor, solid service, food was good, what was impressive was the wine list. They have special wine tasting nights which seem very interesting. Our first time tonight. I love to cook, I can duplicate the same meal at home which was a disappointment. When I go out I want to be wow'd with something I can't repeat at home or leave me wondering how do they do it or wanting more and this did not happen even if it was an overall good experience we may go back for the wine tasting events.
Been meaning to write in about this restaurant for a while and mention what good food they have. I have tried a number of Italian resto's in vancouver, some good, some mediocre. Some, for the value, excellent. This restaurant is fine dining to be sure, but if I could afford to I would make this my Italian choice every time. The staff recognize you if you've beem there before and relax around you, which is nice, The room is nice but the food, oh my! You are hard pressed to swallow as you want to keep the flavours in your mouth as long as possible - you can tell this kitchen really, really knows what they are doing, I'm a great cook and I can't touch this quality - just fabulous.
La Terrazza was no less than an "interesting" restaurant to dine. I did enjoy my time there. Perhaps because it was a Sunday night, and we had stayed past 11pm, the service was quick to hand us our dessert menu. Regardless, upon entering the restaurant, the decor certainly reminded one of an old Italian restaurant, with appropriate lighting and ambiance. However, the music they had chosen was actually reminded me of a more contemporary feel, which did not seem to match with the rest of the ambience. For an appetizer I ordered the Lumacche which was very good. The mushrooms and escargot were of a decadent earthy flavor. For the entree I had the Fettucine con Polpette, which had a very thick and creamy sauce. The chicken herb balls were tasty and did not harm the other flavors of the pasta. The fettucine itself, was cooked very well and the cream sauce was thick and rich with tomato. I very much enjoyed this dish, and was too large to finish, thus I took some home to snack on. The dessert tiramisu was the very best part of the entire meal. The cream of mascarpone was rich but light and delicate.
We always wanted to try this place and it was worth the wait. It's a bit intimating to a working class guy with the front door surrounded by Ferrari's Lamborghinis and Austin Martins. Its very nice inside , small but very high ceilings to make it feel roomy. The prices are high but you know that by the looks of the clientele that fills the room.
The wine list is fantastic and there is something for everyone on it from sixty to several thousand per bottle. The menu is fantastic with great selection and ideas. I don't remember just what I had off hand but remember it as fantastic!
Great spot if your doing a romantic evening with somebody your trying to impress. We will return....................even if it is in a pick up truck and not a Austin Martin.
Great romantic setting and amazing food. We ordered the daily specials which were a nice surprising addition to the menu. The prices are reasonable for the fine dining experience as well. Our waitress was brilliant not only for regular restaurant service but also a wholehearted photographer. Specializes in wine but other drinks are not tooooo special
On a recent Dining Out Vancouver stint, we enjoyed what appeared to be a fairly predictable West Coast selection of dishes. While the dishes were good in their own right, they were unremarkable insofar as we could have eaten them at any sundry of restaurants in the Vancouver area. I was looking forward to some real Italian flavours and was left with no insight into what distinguishes La Terrazza. Disappointing
Tried La Terrazza last night and it was simply solid. The service was the highlight of the evening. Never intrusive but always attentive. The food was not the best Italian food I've had but it was certainly not bad. The ambience was excellent. Valet is a great touch. The restaurant is located in the middle of nowhere but it was absolutely stunning. The wine suggestion was excellent as well. Will definitely go there again soon.
My second restaurant for Dine Out 2007. We arrived early for our reservation... as usual, but we were seated immediately. My friend and I both ordered the Strozzapretti pasta to start which reminded me of Chef Boyardee beeferoni. However it was very good and was quite large, almost a meal within itself. For the main course I ordered the lamb sirloin which was very tender and done to my preference of medium rare. My dining friend had the beef short ribs which were also very good and flavourful. For dessert, I had the chocolate terrine while my friend had the vanilla bean creme brulee. The terrine cake was not too sweet but was quite rich. The creme brulee was very good and WAY better than what we had at Il Giardino. We could acutally taste the vanilla bean flavour and the texture was smooth and creamy. The service was quite good as the waiter kept our water glasses full. Definitely a good place to try.
One strange thing though. I did notice one group that was having dinner near the front door after we sat down, using the lounge chairs and the coffee table for their dinner. I think that area is normally used as the waiting area because of it's proximity to the door, but I might be wrong. It did stay empty after those patrons left. I'm just glad that wasn't us.