About Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar - Best Western El Rancho Inn
Terrace Cafe located poolside at Best Western El Rancho Inn features Contemporary American Cuisine. A hidden oasis in the city of Millbrae on the San Francisco Peninsula.Join us for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 7:30AM - 11:00AM
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Brunch: Sunday; 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary parking anywhere on hotel grounds.
6 Blocks from Caltrain and Bart. On El Camino Real SamTrans line
Private Party Facilities:
Our Palm Room features our famous underwater bar back as seen in the movie "The Right Stuff". We can accommodate up to 150 people in this room. Our Veranda Room can accommodate up to to 30 people. This private room is next to our main dining room and bar.
Private Party Contact:
Michael Brogdon: 6508710208
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Easter and Mother's Day Brunch is served in our Palm Room, downstairs featuring our underwater pool view. Our Palm room is available for private parties and special events. Contact Michael Brogdon for more information on booking your next event.
Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar - Best Western El Rancho Inn Ratings and Reviews
A nice restaurant that handles reservations
Good and dependable food. Prices are good. A plus is reservations.
Excellent menu, excellent bar, Excellent venue.
Excellent menu, quiet great atmosphere for relaxing dinner. Wonderful bar selection. Return there several times a year when in area.
The only thing that was most annoying wa ...
The only thing that was most annoying was the maitre d who seated us directly next to another couple even tho the restaurant had only a handful of customers and most were in their way out. When I asked if he could space us further away, he said that he couldn't since they had had a busy night and the other tables seated four instead of two. Wrong on both counts as anyone with two eyes could clearly see. Everything else was fine but he put a real damper on the entire dining experience. Don't think I'll try that place again.
Environment and staff are welcoming and friendly
I appreciate that we did not have to travel anywhere for delicious wholesome food, ambiance, and fabulous service! Gracias!
Great place for dinner
Our server, Ricky was very personable and quite courteous. He knew the menu and made great suggestions. Substitutions were not a problem. The food arrived beautifully presented and hot. The selection of wines was adequate and not pricey. It is a great place for dinner: cozy, quiet, attentive and tasty. I would return in a minute. The crab cake appetizer is wonderful as was the scallop and prawn dish.
Great Meeting Place
We had a mini family reunion there for about 3 hours. They were very gracious about letting sit there and visit.
Terrace Cafe is attached to El Rancho Best Western Hotel near the San Francisco airport. It was a stopover for us, and we weren't sure what we'd do for dinner. We didn't have time to find our way into the city of San Francisco. We opted to eat at the hotel...and were VERY pleasantly surprised. The bar was comfortable, the bartender friendly, and he knew how to make my favorite drink! (Unusual ingredient...which he had on hand!) We elected to eat at the bar since we were enjoying ourselves there. The food...outstanding!! A small pizza, nicely done, and a French Dip sandwich. Outrageous!! Great house made fries, fresh bread...everything delicious, and fairly priced. Wish we had a place like this back home!
again: great location
delicious food, good drinks, kind waiters, next time we´ll be there again !!
delicious food, good drinks, kind waiters, next time we´ll be there again !!
Our party of seven women were thoroughly amazed at the delicious meal we enjoyed at the El Rancho Inn, Terrace Cafe. I especially enjoyed the beet salad! The atmosphere is average, but don't let that fool you. Nice place to eat/drink while lodging right there!
GREAT DINNING EXPERIENCE
This was our first time at The Terrace Cafe - Enjoyed the Veranda Bar - so cozy. Our dinner was exceptional as was the service. Afterwards, we went to the Director's office to book a family gathering for December. He was most gracious and helpful. Looking forward to many more visits to The Terrace Cafe and Veranda Bar...This is really a neighborhood gem.
This is the restaurant for a Best Western Plus, which is not where I'd expect to find good food. But my wife and I enjoyed our dinner there. The food might be described as foodie-updated traditional. So the vegetables are fresh and the sauces aren't the standards of (say) the 1960s. Plus the staff was very attentive and helpful, and they certainly seemed to actually enjoy working there. This isn't somewhere I'd drive out of my way to go to, but if I was in the neighborhood, I'd certainly dine here again. The only negative (of sorts) is that the wine list is quite limited (but not particularly expensive).
We chose to eat at the bar, as we do, 90 percent of the time when we eat out. We were told that it was fine and that we were welcome to have our dinner there. Big mistake at this place!! We have never had such poor service !!! The bartender, who was not overly busy did nothing to serve us. By the time our food came we did not even have utensils, let alone bread, s&p, etc. His lack of service continued throught the meal. We are locals and have been to meetings and catered events at this restaurant, and wanted to try it for dinner. I don't think we will return.
Gabba Gabba Gabba Sorority
Appetizers (specifically calamari) need refining. Desserts bring food rating down from very good to good. Eat here; get dessert elsewhere. EXCELLENT service.
Nice evening out
Great place for nice meal. Service is great. Food is great. Nice menu. Full bar. Also a very nice place to have a party (birthday, shower, etc.).
I was looking for a restaurant nearby for dinner with a colleague. We decided to give this place a try. The food was outstanding. We commented that we would look for this place next time we were enar the SFO airport. The service was also very good.
A good meal out
The terrace restaurant was an ideal venue for our evening meal when we stopped one night at Best Western El Ranchero Inn before a return flight to Orlando. We enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent. We live in England so not likely to be back in wonderful San Francisco any time soon!
We always enjoy the peaceful ambience and good service of the Terrace Cafe. We go there before flights from SFO. Often friends join us.The food is good- a little rich and creamy for my senior- citizen diet but enjoyable.
We were originally going to Broadway Grill until we looked at the menu and the prices were high! Then we went to the Terrace Cafe menu on line..I had been there for lunch, and it had great selections and prices! Very good!
Food was terrific!
I had the risotto. It was delicious! Service was great...only issue would be parking since it is located within a hotel.
Went there for lunch with a friend. I had been there before several times and always enjoyed the ambience, food and great service. It's close to home and a very comfortable place to go for lunch or dinner.
Good food, reasonanble prices
We had a group of 5. Everyone enjoyed they meals. Two of the diners had their room at the El Rancho. After driving from southern California, they were pleased to a fabulous restaurant within a close walking distance for their room. It took the rest of us only a few minutes (about maybe 30) to make the drive down from San Francisco. Also the menu, which I know you change now and then had some great choices. Actually we all picked out different entrees. Nice quiet dining room. No complaints! Frank
Good food, Denny's type venue
Saw the good reviews and so brought a client for lunch. Food and service we're very good....felt like I was visiting a retirement home though. Several tables were being used for people playing cards or mahjong. Not a big deal, maybe just on Wednesdays, but not appropriate for a client lunch. Tables outside by pool had no umbrellas so too hot for lunch, but would have been my preference over the inside. Like I said though, good service and very nice omelet and club sandwich....no complaints there.
Good food, nice setting
We were meeting friends on an incoming flight and wanted to have dinner beforehand. This was a perfect place, close to the airport (10 min), quiet and very pleasant setting. Food was very good, as was the coffee. No drinks this time.
The food and service were
The food and service were good, but definitely for a more mature crowd.
Making our reservation online
Making our reservation online was very easy. Our group of six got a terrific table. The ambience was cheerful but quiet and the food was good. It was not expensive and our service was very attentive but not overly so. Joining their frequent diner program will give you a discount which we got. Overall a very nice experience.
Late night dinner with large group
This is a passable place for what it is... a place to park your car for an early flight. The meals are better than I remember years ago, but not a place I would recommend unless a car is not available. Drinks in bar are sosso..The breakfast bar is much better than it was in the past...but not a full meal and the usual carb fest. It served us well though......would go again...
For a hotel the food was very
For a hotel the food was very good but the service was fantastic. The waiters were very knowledge and helped us since we had restricted diets. For travelers staying here this is a must - great food for a hotel. the mac and cheese was so tasty with a nice crispy baked top on it. The wine list is nice and extensive and the waiters are knowledge and make recommendations. Pricing is very reasonable for a hotel. For locals not a bad place to stop by.
Went on suggestion of friend.
Went on suggestion of friend. Great service from everyone at restaurant. Host, waiter, service staff. Steak with bleu cheese butter and steamed vegetables was tasty. Seafood jumbalya was on the spicy side for those who like milder dishes, but very tasty. Would recommend to anyone. Close to airport and easy parking.
We had excellent waiter service
We had excellent waiter service and the food was enjoyable.
We ended up just staying in
We ended up just staying in the bar and having dinner. Our service was very good and the food was fine. Certainly would eat there again while staying at the El Rancho.
Good place for a small meeting
My church circle uses this restaurant for a yearly lunch. We are always happy with the service and food. It is quiet enough that we can conduct our small amount of business without having to shout, they never rush us out and we sometimes chat for quite a time!
The starter was cold in the
The starter was cold in the center like it hadn't been heated through and the sea bass was so crispy I thought it was like bacon. That being said my husband had the salmon and he was pleased with it.
Always great service and great dinner. steak and fries w/ balsamic vinegar. yummy!
Good Food and a Room Nearby!
This restaurant is located on site with a Best Western Hotel nearly surrounding it. It is also only a 10 minute drive from the SF International Airport. While the wine list is nothing special, it does offer a full bar, comfortable surroundings and very good food. The staff is also very attentive and friendly. While I would not go out of my way to dine here, it is the perfect spot to get a very good meal with friends who have a long layover at the airport. Especially if they need overnight accommodations as the Best Western is clean and reasonably priced, and has a free shuttle to and from the airport.
What a find! Really good
What a find! Really good food at fair prices. But the best thing is the service -- old-fashioned, well trained, customer oriented -- obviously stellar management. The waitress called us "you two" instead of "you guys"! And when dinner was slightly delayed, they comped us two desserts. This is the kind of service that really makes a nice meal. Thanks!!!
What's left of a large family that loved holiday, birthday, any special occasion celebrations, gets together every year for an after Christmas gift exchange. The family matriarch wanted to try a smaller venue but nothing worked. I suggested the Terrace Cafe after seeing that it was wheel chair accessable. I had been there before but not since the extensive upgrage that was done more recently. It brought the venue into the current century. Absolutely beautiful.
great margarita royale and
great margarita royale and good roast beef special;
A surprise find in a Best
A surprise find in a Best Western motel of all places! Ordered simply, NY strip and Caesar salad. Salad was superb, croutons were fresh, steak was delicious, cooked medium rare as ordered, but the highlight was the fresh cream spinach.
Food was very good and service
Food was very good and service was excellent. Prices are moderate and presentation was special.
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