We finally visited a not-so-new local restaurant, The Terrace Café (www.WrenthamTerrace.com) and are absolutely thrilled to have such a welcoming in-town option for fine dining so close by!

The restaurant is approaching their one year anniversary and we are happy to pass along the good word to help keep them busy and popular.

The space is cozy with an awesome outside patio for dining al fresco (the above picture nicked from their website does the patio proud…). The lack of AC did make for a slightly warm experience, but the light and airy space was never oppressive.

Our server was charming – friendly, courteous and professional – attentive without being effusive. The owner, Nancy Lockwood spent a considerable period of time chatting with us, offering positive commentary on our wine selection. Speaking of which, the list is a nice selection of very serviceable bottles from a small distributor out of Weymouth (Masciarelli Wine Co.) – we had their estate bottled 2011 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, which was a good summer-weight red and at $18.00/bottle it was a phenomenal value. Massachusetts’ doggy-bag wine law meant I was able to order the bottle and happily take the remainder home for consumption later.

The food was great! I had the Pork Tenderloin with Potato Croquette and Broccoli, served with a pleasant cranberry glaze. The pork was perfectly prepared, tender, juicy and mouthwatering. Betsy had the Tower of Eggplant, a twist on eggplant parmigiana with alternating layers of eggplant, bell pepper and Mascarpone cheese. Pete had a very tasty cheeseburger with really tasty steak cut fries. All of our entrees presented very generous servings – none of us left hungry.

We finished with a slice of Tiramisu, which was a decadent serving of cocoa-dusted creaminess.

Overall, very impressive and we are especially delighted to have a local fine dining establishment that is committed to supporting the community. There was no live music while we were visiting, however, The Terrace Café does feature a great line-up of local musical entertainment most evenings. And, a full-service liquor license is coming in the future, meaning I can torture the bartenders with my eclectic cocktail requests… My hope is they give me a “spirits locker” to keep my favorite libations close at hand…