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Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar
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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
126 N Wayne Ave
phone: (610) 293-0119
(Place added by: NolanGTI on 07-18-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 73 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Teresa's is a "two part" café and bar right off Route 30 in Wayne, PA. I have no desire to dine in the café, but it definitely looked nice. Moving on to the bar...
Very contemporary atmosphere, lots of wood and stone. Not an especially big place, with a long bar against one wall that seats perhaps 20-25 people, and a row of tables against the other wall. Beer aside, they have a very impressive selection of wine to choose from. But though I like the occasional glass of wine, I'm really in it for the beer. So, about 25 beers on tap, two hand pumps, and the occasional firkin, and all good stuff from all over the world, with a good rotation. On my first visit, I enjoyed a brew from the new Missourian brewery Urban Chestnut, as well as a Kulmbacher brew (Germany). Even more selections in bottles, again including domestics and international brews.
Interesting food menu, including some comfort foods, some game items, and several unique twists on old ideas. Also included was a make-your-own meat and cheese plate (the wife's favorite); go on Sunday for this...it's half price cheese day! Food order got to us very quick. The place is well staffed, and for the most part, our bartenders are attentive and helpful. Prices were a little bit on the expensive side, but not too too bad, and again, the half price cheese was a wallet saver.
Definitely a multiple visit venue. And actually the more I visit, the more I seem to find that the selection of beers they get on tap are pound for pound probably the rarest of any place I frequent. Not all rare items, but the most rare items on any given day. Recommended.
06-20-2011 00:50:48 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Strictly beer speaking the only place in the philly burbs that compares is TJ's in Paoli. When you add Teresa's food menu to the equation you have the best place to eat drink and be merry. I went to their april showers bring may sours event last saturday and was totally in aw of the selection they put together...including pliny the elder and blind pig. any place that showcases Russian River brewery is alright by me. They also had two different Cantillons on the hand pump. The event was pleasantly overwhelming! Great event, great beer, great food...can't go wrong!
05-25-2011 22:09:55 |
More by danfisher1
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My first trip to Teresa's, I was a complete novice; I could literally count the number of times I had actually consumed an alcoholic beverage on one hand. I couldn't have picked a better place to go. The bartenders were all insanely knowledgeable, kept asking questions and kept the samples coming. Of all things, these rat bastard psychotics feed me Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura on the third or fourth try, and I loved it. How the crap do you even pull that off? Well done, gents.
They always have a great selection on tap, with the list on the website updated almost immediately as it changes (minutes, not days), and the bottle selection goes beyond impressive into almost intimidating territory, but the entire staff is great about explaining things and answering even my rookie questions. I have a personal soft spot for the little quotes from people like Ernest Hemingway, Frank Zappa, and Greg Koch on every page of the beer menu. 20% off take-out bottles, too, so I basically never have to worry about running out of crazy crap to try.
The food is really terriffic, too. The stinkiest of cheeses (half-price on Sundays), an outstanding brunch, and a well-thought out and executed menu. Even if I never drink another drop, I will support any place with enough sense of humor to serve rabbit fritters with a carrot sauce. Good range on the menu, too, from solid burgers and wings, to game and some very decent oysters. The Cheesy Pig salad, with goat cheese + bacon fritters, is just cheating if you ask me.
My only beef with the place is that the same architectural elements that make it look cool (exposed brick and ductwork, high metal ceiling, long narrow room) also make it an absolute echo chamber. If they ever decided to have live music there, they wouldn't even need a PA system. It can get hard to carry on a conversation once it gets past about half full. We usually end up going for lunch or on Sundays, so it's rarely a problem for me, but it could be tough as a Friday happy hour place.
To be fair, I have a kind of limited experience, but this is the best bar I've been to yet. Worth the trip out of the city. Yeah, I said it.
05-12-2011 19:07:53 |
More by ForkAndSpoonOp
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My favorite place to go to in the 'burbs of Philadelphia if I want a combination of great beer and great food.
The bartenders are all very knowledgeable and helpful, and will gladly give you a sample if you are unsure.
Great and thorough selection of beers. Locals, Imports, Hard to finds. You name it. While some bars specialize in local, and others foreign or belgian, Teresa's is very well-rounded with good options for every mood.
Their food is top notch. Not your typical bar food. Their cinnamon wings are the best wings i've had in the area (i believe they won 'best of philly' last year). The wings are whole wings, not cut in half at the joint - so you get 5 whole meaty wings (which, if halved, would be 10 wings). Baked, not fried. Somehow it works.
Their bottle selection is also available 'to go' with 20% off with that option. Sometimes bottles of vintage Cantillon will pop up.
Also, the only place i've been to that will have Pliny the Elder on tap and have it last multiple days. And they have it often.
On Mondays, they do 'buck a shuck' oysters all day and night. They are served with this amazing frozen wasabi caviar stuff that I think is the most creative and tasty accompaniment to oysters i've ever had.
Brunch here on Sundays is a must. The menu is always changing and it has never been crowded when i've gone. Easy to avoid the crowds of city brunch from now on now that I know how great it is here.
The only downside is the noise - brick walls, tin ceiling = lots of echoing and noisiness when the place is crowded. This comes in handy, though, when I go out to dinner here with my equally noisy family.
Also, would be great if they had TVs, but that would probably just add to the noise and some people might actually prefer a place with no TVs. It definitely cuts back on the rowdy sports fans, if that is not your cup of tea.
05-05-2011 16:03:18 |
More by ThoreauLikeAGirl
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Theresa's is an excellent bar. Food is very good and tap list is great. Bartenders are helpful and will gladly give you a taste of something. Great bottle selection as well. Only drawback is no TVS and it can get loud with the brick walls. A couple nice flat screens would put it over the top. Bottle selection is great but not always up to date. Make sure you try some of there cheese platters. Nothing like it when they have a good sour on tap with some top notch cheese trays. I have never been to the restaurant part on the other side so this review is for the bar only
05-04-2011 14:47:13 |
More by Kaydogg
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is one of the better beer bars of the burbs of philly. I went there today and the only grip, I have is parking nowhere to park, but owell. I walk into this nice casual cafe and right away I was seated by the waiter and got my hill farmstead Abner in matter of 5 seconds, the service is great here. I ordered the chicken panini and it was a solid dish for lunch and than finished up with a piny the elder!!
I can't believe this place wasnt packed usually a keg of elder will kick in 1hr at capones! There was noone here and I loved it, I will be back for sour day!
03-04-2011 02:42:24 |
More by eagles22
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I visited this place while on a visit back to my old hometown. Some friends have been talking about it for awhile now. Three of us met at 7 pm on a Friday night, so it was crowded as expected. We had to wait about 45 minutes to be seated, but we did not mind because we were able to enjoy some of the many wonderful beers they had on tap. Just a sampling of what the had was Troegs Nugget Nectar (Hand Pump), Founders Imperial Stout, Mikkeller Koppi IPA, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, a black saison( can't remember the brewery, and many, many more. They also have a large selection of bottled beers from the US and abroad. The staff is very knowledgeable about the beer. Our server was able to make some great recommendations for us based on our likes. The food is very unique here as well. The offer standard fare, but also items like escargot, rabbit, llama burgers, and many other interesting things. I enjoyed the food. They also have a great cheese plate selection. This is a great place that is worth checking out if you are in Southeast PA anytime!
02-27-2011 02:11:13 |
More by Schracky
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in on Friday night for dinner with my wife. I'd been to the Italian BYOB (Teresa's Cafe) before, but had not been to the Next Door bar. Teresa's is located along a charming block of Wayne Avenue in downtown Wayne.
Essentially, Teresa's is a bar with some tables for two clustered in the front of the space. The bar runs the entire left hand side of the room and across from the bar is a series of booths. The room was very warm, cozy and inviting.
The beer selection was very impressive. There were about 20 beers on tap and then the book of beer detailed 100s of available bottles. The tap list was well balanced and featured a diverse selection of Belgian and American styles. I started my evening with Sly Fox Chester County Bitter from the cask. The waiter, Ryan, was friendly and knowledgable. We chatted about the beers available and he was a good resource.
I had a Terrapin Hopsecutioner to go with my meal. The food was wonderful. I opted for the steak frites while my wife had the mussels provencal. Both entrees were delicious and extremely reasonably priced. My wife decided to have some bread pudding for dessert, I went for a glass of Dark Horse's Plead the Fifth Imperial Stout which was a great way to wrap up a good meal.
The total bill including tax and tip was $70 which I thought was a good value for the quality meal I had. Teresa's Next Door is one of those beer bars that excels both with their food and their beer selection.
It's a great spot on the Main Line; one which I'll be visiting again in the future.
12-12-2010 20:49:34 |
More by pburland23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Popped into this place on the off chance that they would have some Cantillon I could take home with me, mission partially completed.
This place is a bar with tables, not much more. I sat at the bar. It was busy but while I sat there it got less busy and more busy. People (bartenders) were friendly and talkative, knowledgeable about beer, it was nice.
Place has 20 taps (about) and about 200 bottles that you can pick from. Some of the stuff gets expensive but generally it does not. Its a pretty even place, good stuff on draft, great stuff in bottles.
I ordered the fries and they were good and crispy. I would go here again if I were in Wayne.
11-28-2010 03:23:43 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
My favorite bar on the Main Line! Great happy hour (4-6) with $3 American and $5 Belgian drafts. They rotate the drafts almost daily, and the website is always updated. Make sure to look out for the events as they get a bunch of rare stuff. The food, especially oysters (Monday is buck-a-shuck) and mussels is great. The Cuban sandwich is also delicious. The wait staff are all incredibly knowledgeable, and very willing to explain styles or give samples. The atmosphere is very old-school (no tv or anything like that), but this leads to a very relaxed atmosphere. The wine and whiskey lists are also worth mentioning. A great stop in the Philly suburbs!
11-02-2010 03:07:49 |
More by deskim
Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA
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