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Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar

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113 Ratings
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

126 N Wayne Ave
Wayne, Pennsylvania, 19087-3315
United States
phone: (610) 293-0119

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Photo of brockdidntslide
3.2/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

There's a little too much "Yeah, we got great beer and you're lucky to be here" attitude. Went in on a weds at 5pm and had my first three breed mentally lined up after reviewing their draft list. 1) Pliny 2) MO 3) Nebraska. Was then told - in sequence - that they were all out of all three. No other standout IPA on their menu. No apologies. I then ordeted dinner off their menu. I was Then told that they were out of that entree too. Waiter was completely unapologetic and didn't offer any excuse or look to find a way to make it up to me in any of these cases. He later asked if I wanted dessert and I told him that I was afraid that he'd hand me a menu and if I found one that I really wanted I'd only be told that they were out. No laugh. No apology. My advice to them: update your friggin' draft list and menus and get your waiter some customer service training, a smile and perhaps some Zoloft.

Photo of grimey68
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

One of the best comprehensive bottle lists of any bar that I've been to. Pricing is structured oddly on some bottles, but you can easily find some of the best beers in the world here. If you hit it at the right time, they occasionally get some Russian River beers on tap, and price the drafts reasonably.

Bottles range from Cantillon to Russian River Supplication to Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Bourbon Barrel Aged - expect to pay though.

This place is a must visit if you're in the greater Philadelphia region.

Photo of Meathead27
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Seriously doesn't get much better than this place for solid upscale pub food, a phenomenal selection of craft American and imported (lots of Belgians) beers in a laid back atmosphere. My hometown pub, I'm lucky.

Photo of johnrph
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Incredible selection

Photo of amano_h
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

People keep making the correlation between this place and Monk's in Philly for a good reason; the food, the beer, the atmosphere, and the beer-savvy servers here would make you swear that this place is an offshoot of Tom Peters' fabled joint.

The one thing I do enjoy immensely about Teresa's is their geographical location and their (lack) of people; whereas Monk's is still my favorite bar on this side of the coast, it's very hard for me to have a relaxed evening where I can kick back and enjoy my beer with some Belgian-inspired finger food and pub fare, because well... everytime I end up going to Monk's it's always a freaking zoo inside -- good luck getting a seat at the bar unless you want to eerily stalk or creep behind one of the tenants until they get uncomfortable enough to move out of their seat.

That being said, the beer choice at Teresa's is almost as phenomenal as Monk's with about half the demand that Monk's gets; Bottles of Cantillon disappear within hours of hitting Monks, whereas I was able to enjoy a nice 75cl bottle of Iris here, followed by a 37.5cl bottle of 100% Lambic Classic Gueuze; the Russian River sours seem to be almost always be in ample supply here, and their rotating tap of harder to find Belgians is almost par with Tom Peters' eclectic weekly offerings.

The food here is absolutely amazing; I love that they have a charcuterie/cheeses option, as well as some dishes harder to come across (my friend tried his first escargot here) -- I would love to come back here to try the Dry-aged Wagyu in lieu of the Duck Confit Salad I had, and maybe try my hand at some of their other hearty entrees.

I'll have to give Teresa's Cafe a try as well since you can reportedly get the same drinks on either side of the establishment.

Photo of cakimbrough
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This was my first visit to Teresa's and I was impressed. They had a great selection with reasonable prices. Wait staff was both friendly and helpful. It was a Saturday night and super busy- now I know why! I had Pliny the Elder on tap and it was fantastic. I didn't eat there this time but will be back for sure. Teresa's is a gem of the 'burbs!

Photo of beerded_drunk
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Any standard weekend, my friends and i can be found wondering in or out of this establishment, partaking in the tasty pleasures of what is Teresa's Next Door. The beer selection rivals if not destroys the majority of almost any craft beer, eatery. the beer menu is ever changing as well as certain items on the food menu, which is a strong competitor in pretty much the entire area. Teresa's... we thank you!!!!

Photo of Cdmomo79
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I live 5 minutes for this gem. They have done it right from day one. The cheese menu is only surpassed by the Book of Beer. Everything about this establishment is quality. The draft selection is always stellar and the bartenders have great knowledge.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped in the week that the US Open (golf) was in town. The sad part is that I only realized once I left Philly and I used to live practically down the street from Teresa's...just sad.

Stopped in on a Tuesday for some beer and some food...and the place did not disappoint. Great selection of Belgian beers and some locals as well, brewers as well as styles. I had a Sly Fox stout that was on Nitro, as well as a Russian River, both perfectly served. The place was pretty full, but not crowded and there was a good buzz to the place. The bartender was knowledgeable about both the beer and the food, which was nice. I went with seared scallops, which were cooked to perfection.

Overall, a good place for both food and drink. I will be back when I am back in Philly.

Photo of jcurtis55
4.68/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I was in town from Indiana and staying at King of Prussia. I did some searching for restaurants with a good beer selection. I was familiar with Monk's in Philly, but stumbled onto an online beer list for Teresa's and was impressed. I'm a sour fan and while their selection can't match Monk's there, is was still pretty darn good. Most of the beer can be purchased for carry out, but some are marked as "In Bar" only. Unfortunately, this included 4-5 Cantillon selections. Some bottles are even discounted 20% for carry out. I left with 4 rare sours and a smile on my face, despite dropping a fair chunk of change.

The topper was they had Pliny the Elder on tap. I was told this was very limited and was due to the Philly beer week. I guess it's all in the timing.

The food as also very good. However, the restaurant side and bar side have different menus and they won't let you cross order. I think we were on the bar side, and the mussels were not available there. They still had plenty of good choices, including Chicken Piccata, one of my wife's favorites. Darn shame I'll only get to visit once.

Photo of rikatine
4.23/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We took the train out to Teresa's from Philadelphia due to its reputation for good craft beer. Teresa's did not disappoint. They had a nice Hill Farmstead Harlan. It was very crowded when we arrived, but we managed to get a coupled seats at the bar after a short wait. We were served promptly, and the tap list was very good, so we decided to put our name on the list for a table. Be prepared to wait to be seated though. It was a Saturday night, and very busy. We didn't mind the wait.

Teresa's has a nice atmosphere. The staff was friendly. The food was good, with generous portions. We ended up spending several hours here eating and drinking and joking with the waitress. Our party of four all agreed that it was worth a return visit, and worth the effort to take the train from Center City. If you are a beer geek like us, you must visit.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Came here for an evening with my girlfriend. Was told there was a 30 minute wait for a table, so we hung out at the bar for about ten minutes before a couple seats opened up. Our drink order was taken quickly by one of the three bartenders on staff, and filled just as quickly. Draft selection was impressive, with three European house beers, about a dozen more Euro brews, and about a dozen US craft, including the star: Maine Brewing's Zoe, which didn't even have a draft review on BA at the time I went. We ordered food, and it was excellent. I got the drunken mussels, which were fabulous, and my girlfriend ordered a steak taco type thing, which she loved. We finished by splitting a bottle of Speedway Stout, which was a steal at just $18. Most of the bottle prices seemed about standard, as did the drafts. Food was relatively cheap as well. Service was excellent at the bar all night. Will definitely come back, it was a fantastic experience.

Photo of MsRif
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Just got back from one of my many visits to Teresa's with my husband. This place never disappoints. The selection both on tap/bottled is very pleasing and the food is phenomenal. Be prepared to pay a bit above average but rest assured that it'll be worth it. My favorite part of this place aside from the service, food and selection would definitely have to be the lack of TVs. This might sound odd, but my favorite sort of drinking establishment is one in which I will not be surrounded by screaming sports fans. The dark European feel of Teresa's is perfect. I will come here time and time again, especially during "game time."

I have yet to go to any events here, but I know there are always awesome events going on. Check out their website and head on down because you can get some really rare/delicious brews by staying on top of events/releases. I was very happy to enjoy Parabola from FW tonight. On Sundays they have 1/2 off meat/cheese plates...I'd go every Sunday if I could!

Honestly, this is one of the better drinking establishments on the Main Line. Go if you are in the area!

Photo of MDDMD
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A nice brew pub with an excellent selection of beer on tap as well as bottles. A good selection of Belgians as well as domestic craft brews. The staff provides good service and is very knowledgable about the selection. The food is good with mussels a specialty. They also have a fine selection of appetizers and sandwiches. This is a great place for a nice meal and a great beer. However, the one drawback is that the place is very noisy and can make it difficult to carry on a conversation. In spite of this, I recommend this place highly.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Based on the suggestion of Avalon68 (Frank) we hit this spot last night for a couple beers and a bit to eat. Great little location. We sat at the bar where we received excellent service with samples flying all around. In fact, once we established our craft beer bona fides, they would drop off samples without us even asking. Beer selection was very good. About 20 -25 tap line including two on cask. Sadly, both casks kicked as I arrived. Later in the evening they brought Troeg’s Hopback Amber on the cask line and it was fantastic. Bottle selection was pretty impressive and I could have gone for another visit and not checked off everything on the list I would have wanted to try.

Food was also very good. This is a more upscale Gastropub type location with a menu to match. When you order oysters they don’t have cocktail sauce. They bring a wasabi/caviar/vinegar ice that melts on the oyster and ads flavor. The Dirty Mussels with blue Cheese, Bacon and beer were fantastic. The frites were also just wonderful.

Definitely a worthwhile stop on any pub crawl, evening out or any occasion.

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of danfisher1
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of ThoreauLikeAGirl
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Kaydogg
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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

Photo of eagles22
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of Schracky
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Photo of pburland23
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of deskim
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA
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