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Terrapin Creek Cafe

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1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923-9758
+1 707-875-2700
Thu - Mon 16:30 - 21:00
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Sophisticated and complex dishes, lovely plating, knowledgeable servers with personality, with good service. This family run, small restaurant is a hidden pearl in the area. Away from the tourists with a homey feel. We've dined here many times in the past 5 or so years and it never disappoints.

Thank Elizabeth D
Copenhagen, Denmark
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The owners do a consistent job year after year expressing warmth for customers, serving consistent food, and celebrating fresh, usually local ingredients. One person's lively, almost boisterous cafe translates as joyful fun; for others, there's a wish that the noise was down a level. The small sound baffles on the ceiling are tasteful but inadequate. We've been there with a... More 

Thank DanK822
San Francisco, California
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119 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated my birthday here and enjoyed every minute! Started with oysters with a unique mingnonette and the had hamachi crudo AND the octopus. All very fine. I had their pasta with lamb sugo- beyond delicious and my husband's duck superb. My only disappointment was my bread pudding. All in all a great evening.

Thank Suenglish
san ramon, United States
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant for dinner with family. Food is excellent. The chef and his crew are really personable. They are also very flexible. Supposed to close at 9pm but they allowed us to stay till 1030pm. Fun and nice restaurant

Thank Daisy P
Fremont, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Bodega Bay Lodge for our 25th anniversary and booked the Terrapin Creek Cafe as a dinner treat based on the Open Table and other reviews that we'd seen. Boy did I do that one right! The place is quaint and everyone at the restaurant are very fun, well informed about their food and super helpful. It... More 

1 Thank Steve D
San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our waiter was funny and very personable. The food came quickly, which for some may be good- but we were a bit rushed to finish courses before the next dish arrived. The salads were good. I like the octopus, well cooked but nothing memorable. The dishes were all good but nothing that would make me want to return. Although the... More 

Thank kazo74
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This place doesn't have full five points without reason. We loved the food, the desserts and great service.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We had the pleasure of visiting Terrapin Creek Cafe for dinner on Friday 2/10/17 with friends. Our friends said this restaurant is hard to get a reservation for so we were wondering what the attraction was at this "off the beaten path" spot. Well, boy do they know how to do food right!!! We started off by sharing an avocado... More 

1 Thank Gayle O
Saratoga, California
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Our first dinner at Terrapin Creek Cafe will not be our last - if we can get reservations at this very popular, small restaurant. We arrived and were seated quickly due to an early reservation time. The food was locally sourced and very fresh. I had a delicious mushroom soup that was the special that day. I also had the... More 

Thank Lynda F
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121 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

It does not sit directly on the water. It's located in a tiny village (population less than 1200). It does not have views. It does not have "a vibrant bar scene" (which to most of us is a distinct turn-off). What it does have is an incredible dining experience with superb cuisine, excellent service, and an exquisite selection of wine.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923-9758
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Bodega Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 707-875-2700

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Tiburon, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?