La Terrazza is an old world, classic Italian restaurant with two private dining rooms, a garden patio, comfortable lounge and an extensive wine list.
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.
Came here with some of my friends for a birthday dinner and was very impressed. I really enjoyed the food and it was made better with the good company that I was in. I liked the decor, really cozy, yet sophisticated feeling. The service was good being that our server was really attentive and practically having the entire staff opening the door to let us out at the end made us feel special.
Very good service and treatment by our servers, the appetizers were amazing and the duck was very good. I had the Halibut, which was very ho-hum. Flavourless and bland. We were in the cigar room for a group dinner, and were under the impression we would be able to have a cigar after our meal, however because there were two wedding parties using the restaurant, we were not able to do this. And we were limited to how we could get to outside of the restaurant to have a smoke as we weren't allowed to cut through the wedding parties. Excuse me, I thought this was a Restaurant, not a private hall!
Overall it was an ok experience, but for the amount spent on the meal, I won't be back anytime soon, especially if I have to pay myself!
I would say the food is quite nice, though also very expensive.
The buffalo mozzarella salad at $16, was very good, but just a salad. The Carpaccio was also excellent, and that was only $14, so ok price. Also the calamari was very good, at $14.
We only tried appetizers, as we werent really that hungry, and feedback from others was that they do appetizers better than mains.
They have an excellent wine selection. The service is a little too formal for me. I like a more relaxed style, where the server gives us feedback and input on our experience.
The two of us, after tax & tip, spent close to $200, and only had the 3 appetizers. So clrealy its easy to spend lots of money here. If the prices were a bit more reasonable, and service a little warmer, we would definitely be frequent diners.
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.
My wife and I went here for the first time based on a high rating on the Dine Here website. The location was convenient and we wanted to treat ourselves. We have cut down on our dining out as of late because we love to cook and are lucky to have a young daughter living who is very gifted in the kitchen. We figure that for the price of dining out, you can buy very superior ingredients and create something that is hard to beat at most restaurants. So here goes:
* Food: Ceasar Salad was amazing: beautifully plated - I found myself mopping up every last spec of the dressing with the bread. Bread was ok - could be improved upon. It came with a plate of olive oil with some granulated salt at the bottom. My preference is balsamic & high end oil. While dipping the bread I got a mouthful of salt which surprised me. We ordered the Bolognese and special Ravioli. The Strozzapreti Bolognese was very one dimensional - almost unfinished. The pasta itself was not overcooked, but the meat sauce needed some creativity (my thought was that the cook did not taste this or is a smoker with impaired taste buds? [unfair to say]). This dish would do well to have some element of tomato (sundried, reduct.?) in it, as the meat seemed to be high quality. I always love fresh herbs as well and cheese. My wife had the Ravioli Special (hand made - stuffed with chicken). There was a couple of baked halved Roma's then stuffed with homemade pesto on top. This dish was better than my dish but only marginally. The pasta was placed in a large bowl with a oversalted chicken broth on the bottom. The pesto added a salt kick as well which was probably due to the cheese. Neither of us finished our main courses. We skipped desert. Wine was nice - an Australian CabSauv (by the glass @ $13.88/ea). Portion could have been a little more generous, but wine was great.
* Service: Everyone was friendly, never needed to look for them. Mens room Paper towel dispenser was not empty and had a blinking red light but would not give me a towel after washing my hands and face. I had to use kleenex. 8^(
* Value: Poor due to the price
* Ambiance: Beautiful, we were sat by the fire and it was a cold winter eve. This is a beautiful restaurant.
With so many good restaurants in this area, I would not return here just due to the lack of creativity with the mains (at least the two we tried). But I like the location and ambience. If the two dishes we had created with the same love as the salad - I think they would have blown our minds!
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 were a party of four, and we were all disappointed with the food. Initially when we read the menu on the dine out Vancouver website we were all very excited.
Three out of four started with the lobster bisque. The flavour was good, but the temperature was luke warm. Two of us had the short ribs which we found to be under seasoned, and unmemorable. The other two had the salmon which they both agreed was over cooked. While we didn't get through a full basket of bread, we also agreed that considering we spent over $220 including a bottle of wine, it is terribly tacky and cheap to charge an additional $3.75 for an additional basket of bread. We all finished off with the chocolate terrine which was good, but not amazing. We won't be back.
Came here last friday for DOV and had a great time! We came a bit early for our reservation but was warmly greeted and the hostess kindly said it was ok and said we can have a seat at the bar/lounge area until the rest of our party arrived. 5 mins later she said our table was ready and we can sit at our table if we wanted.
The bread that they serve was so yummy! and for our appies, some had the lobster bisque and some had the salad...both were great! The mains were braised short ribs, baked salmon and rack of lamb (for $15 extra) the braised short ribs was to die for! It was sooo tender and full of flavor. The others were reportedly great too!
The dessert were ok...creme brulee had a thick coat of sugar on top...very sweet for our liking.
Overall the place looked warm and nice. Will come back to try the regular menu!
Overall, I found this restaurant to be too expensive for what it is. The food was a bit above average, but nothing spectacular for the price.
The wine list was extremely extensive, but very overpriced on most bottles.
The service was efficient, but rather "distant" and formal.
Valet parking was a nice plus.
For an excellent fine dining experience you have to choose La Terrazza. The night we went was raining & parking was not in sight but the restaurant offered complimentary valet. The dinner & wine selection was wonderful. The restaurant feels very high-end. A great place for a romantic date.
I visited La Terrazza for a Christmas Party in December. The food was wonderful, the place was elegant, but not stuffy, and the waiters and waitresses remembered what I was drinking and all night long kept my glass full.