Since opening in 1995, Terra has become not only one of the best restaurants in the northern region of the Greater Toronto Area, but one of the best restaurants in Toronto, period. Terra’s stature and reputation have stood the test of time through constant innovation, prudent expansion, strict culinary standards and service above and beyond.
An eating place, a gathering place and a place where decade-long memories have been made and celebrations enjoyed, Terra exemplifies a marquee dining experience both as a result of its exceptional gastronomic standards as well as its elegant, comfortable interior design. More than 18 years in business, Terra remains truly a landmark in the city, never content to rest on its laurels and continuing to push the envelope in terms of food and service, quality and value.
Best Eclectic CuisineToronto Restaurant Guide
4X Best of Award of ExcellenceWine Spectator
10X Award of ExcellenceWine Spectator
Cuvee AwardBest Ontario Wine List
Meet Our Chefs
Reviews & Testimonials
Do you have a bar or lounge?
Yes. Terra showcases an opulent Oyster & Tapas Bar-Lounge. The combination of eating bars & high tops makes for an intimate & luxurious 30 seat lounge. Seasonally the lounge opens onto the outdoor patio creating a unique & upscale social venue.
Where is Terra?
Terra is located at 8199 Yonge Street in Thornhill, two blocks south of Hwy 407 (as well as two blocks south of Hwy 7) on the South East corner of Yonge and Kirk Drive.
Do I need a reservation?
Reservations are always recommended as it ensures we have your table available the moment you arrive.
What are your hours of operation for Lunch and Dinner?
Terra is open for Lunch Monday to Friday from 12:00 am, and open for dinner seven days a week from 6:00 pm. We are also available for large group functions on Saturday & Sunday.
I have dietary/allergy restrictions. Can you accommodate them?
Absolutely! In fact, we take them very seriously. The only thing we do ask is that you make us aware of them while placing the reservation so that we have time to make the required preparations.
Do you have a dress code?
We don’t enforce a strict dress code. You would feel comfortable dressed formally or in business casual attire. But ultimately whatever you’re comfortable in is fine with us.
Do you offer catering?
Yes. Terra’s superb food and attentive service can be offered in your home, office or other venue. There are no restrictions to the number of guests. We would be delighted to customize a menu to your specific needs. We can arrange any rentals and staffing that you require for your event. For more information visit Terra Parties
How large is the restaurant?
Terra can accommodate up to 200 people depending upon table configuration. The restaurant is available for private functions.
Do you have private rooms?
Terra has three private dining areas that can accommodate up to 60 people. All three rooms have full audio visual capability with wireless high speed internet. There is no extra charge for the use of private dining rooms although there are minimum spend amounts.
There is parking surrounding the perimeter of the building in addition to an upper level of parking accessed by a ramp in the rear of the building. As well, there are a number of parking lots within 250 meters of the building. In the winter months valet service is offered complimentary.
Does Terra have a patio?
Terra has two beautifully designed terraces/patios with an extended season. The west patio is an extension of the formal dinning room, while the north patio (access though the Bar-Lounge) is more relaxed & casual.
Meet Our Chefs
Stephen was formally schooled at George Brown College, but found he learned more on the job than in the classroom. While in his second year at George Brown, he worked at the Peppercorn Mill as an apprentice under Chef Leighton Azzopardi. Leighton was an ‘old school’ chef and taught traditional methods with ‘old school’ temperaments – meaning during service he was very hard-line but he taught Stephen some very valuable skills. Stephen followed Leighton to several different posts, revamping and upscaling the cuisine in the dining rooms of private golf clubs.
Following that, he traveled throughout Europe eating and learning the foods of different countries. He met his future wife, Amelia, in England and stayed for a while working in a high volume trattoria in Manchester called Est Est Est. After returning to Toronto, Stephen resumed his apprenticeship at North 44 under Mark McEwan. McEwan taught him that only the best product will do. He also taught Stephen one of the most useful skills he’s learned – how to cook great food quickly.
Reviews & Testimonials
"From the moment you step into the vestibule you want to sigh with pleasure and submit to the promise of luxury and pampering."
- Toronto Star
"Terra is doing too many things too well to be ignored...The setting is glorious, the presentation dramatic, the menu luxurious, the wine list enormous and the service everything it should be..."
- Where to Eat in Canada
"Sleek and sophisticated, this restaurant feels as if it was air-lifted out of the downtown core..."
- Frommer‘s International Guide to Toronto
"...a menu that is the ultimate in creativity ... The consensus is this showstopper offers excellent food and service..."
Zagat Restaurant Guide
"The best steak [in Toronto] isn‘t even at a steakhouse. Terra‘s inexpressibly tender steak tastes of the grill and perfection."