Terrain at Styer’s is a world all its own, a place to escape. Its garden center is just one lovely area among many, each boasting beautiful flowers, plants and shrubs. The center is filled with birdhouses, fountains, outdoor furniture and handmade outdoor art of the kind found in galleries, upscale boutiques and artists’ home studios.
With the exception of a few desserts, it’s difficult to find a menu item at Terrain at Styer’s that isn’t healthful. Dishes such as lump crab, shrimp and scallop tartine, as well as roasted beets and ruby grapefruit salad, are prepared fresh and presented attractively. Even the atmosphere, essentially a refined greenhouse, makes you feel healthier.
Immersed in the garden party atmosphere of Terrain at Styer’s, diners lounge on casual patio furniture amid plants and vines to enjoy nibbles like wild mushroom risotto, frittatas made with organic eggs, and minted barley salad with grapefruit, spinach and chicken. Only lunch and brunch is served in the sun-drenched space. Of course, to get to the café, one must walk through Styer’s, a gardener’s paradise.
“Terrain at Styer’s is a find,” says critic Lyman Chen, who stumbled upon it while hunting for annuals. “Terrain felt like I was in a Napa café.” He loves the way the cafe’s sunny atmosphere blends plants, vines and flowers with organic food and reasonable prices. “Where else could you find lentil salad with day boat scallops and fresh bay leaves for $14?” Other popular entrées include the falafel burger, linguine with prosciutto, and flourless chocolate espresso cake served with pistachio ice cream.