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Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar

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98
world-class

96 Ratings
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Taps: 26
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: NolanGTI on 07-18-2007)
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Photo of bosco7
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%

Decided to check out this place to see what it was all about. The wait was pretty long for two people (around 45 minutes), but they were really busy. We decided to get some Old Ruffian at the bar to warm us up in the mean time, when none other than Lew Bryson asked me what I was having. Cool.

The atmosphere is nice, with a clean dinning room and immaculate bar. Annoying ambient noise though. Attractive and warm none the less.

Service was alright. The wait staff and hostesses seemed like they were all from the same sorority. Not necessarily a bad thing.

The selection and quality of beer is outstanding, 24 on tap, 2 on cask, and hundreds of bottles. I had Maredsous 10 and the lady had Cantilon Lou Pepe Kriek with dinner. Followed by Founders Breakfast Stout. Definitely beer geek friendly.

My biggest beef with the place is the food: overpriced and not very flavorful. The pomme frites were good. First of all there are no vegetarian options outside of cheese, salad (with meat picked off), and a portabella sandwich. I am now a fake vegetarian so I had the arctic char that claimed to be "better than salmon". The girlfriend had mushrooms on a bun. I payed 23 bucks for an alright piece of fish, definitely not better than salmon fresh out of the pacific ocean though. The dessert was better, I had the bourbon gelato which was tasty.

Overall the experience was nice and the beer was great. I think I'll be back for some beer and frites when I am in the suburbs.

bosco7, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of thefireman
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%

We stopped in yesterday to see what all the fuss was about. My first impression tells me that this is going to be a nice experience. A long place with booths along the right side and a long bar on the left. Behind the bar are taps for 24 or so choices of Belgians and macros backed by about an acre of shelf space devoted to glassware. A great selection covering just about anyone's fancy. The bottled selection is a good one as well.

I ordered a Rodenbach whereby the waitress inquired whether I had ever drank a "Rody" before. She nodded when I stated I had before. An indication that she had a reasonable knowledge of the beers they serve, and her concern that I don't get hit with any surprises that may ruin my meal. An order of Rhodenbach and mussels was just what I needed.

I had the Dirty Mussels, prepared similar to the Ghent Mussels served at Monk's. They were perfect, as were the frites that went with them in a generous portion. I was stuffed, but found room for a Victory Donnybrook Stout for "desert". Both beer selections were served in the proper glassware at the correct temperature. My wife's experience was just as good.

Concluding, I found this place to be a real gem. Good food and great beer. Sort of like Monk's on the Main Line. Only without the "attytude" sometimes conveyed by the wait staff at Monk's. I will never stop going to Monk's, but Theresa's is a whole lot easier for me to get to. Parking is a breeze without the "parking wars" foisted upon us by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. In other words, this place is a keeper.

thefireman, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of jscondon
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

Stopped here with a bud on the way back from the in-laws in Tenn. for some dinner and a couple beverages. The atmosphere was clean and modern, not the type of place that I would have suspected to be an awesome beer bar. They have 26 taps of very high quality regional, national, and international microbrews with 2 beer engines for cask ales. I think that the taps rotate as one keg was changed out for something new while we were sitting at the bar. The bottle selection was very nice, too many to name but on the back of the beer menu there was a list of bottle rarities that while very interesting were a little pricey. Being the sucker I am I over paid for a bottle of J.W. Lees 2004 harvest ale aged in Lagavulin casks. The bartenders are very knowledgeable about the beer they sell, and I only downgrade the service rating because they forgot our order so it took a long time to eat. When the food arrived it was well prepared, decently proportioned and what I would term upscale bar food.

In all I would highly reccomend this place if you are in the area. Cantillon Broucsella on tap, what more can I say.

jscondon, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of chapka
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%

Overall, TND is outstanding; it's currently my favorite beer bar and if you haven't been, you should. 24-odd taps and two hand pumps, great bottle list, knowledgeable servers who consistently have great recommendations. Kid-friendly, non-smoking, and it's certainly nice that you can get there on the train (take the R5 to Wayne and it's less than half a block away), meaning my wife and I can both drink; always an issue at other good local places like Capone's.

The atmosphere is great as well; no TVs or smoke, just people enjoying beer. It can get a bit crowded later, but the bar service is still always good.

The beer list and tap list are large and varied, and I can always find something I want, but there are a few odd gaps...the English and German bottle selections are solid and interesting, but short; around 10 beers each as I recall (compared to dozens or hundreds from the U.S. and Belgium). Early on, the taps were heavily Belgian, which I always think is a little strange (especially where the same beer is only available in bottles in Belgium). These days there are still plenty of Belgians, but also a good variety of other stuff as well.

As for the food, it's consistently good; my only issue is that the entrees don't always live up to the appetizers. Partly, that's because the appetizers and small plates, including a rotating cheese selection, tasty non-fried chicken wings, and some very nice Mexican specialties, are so consistently good. If you're not in the mood for mussels, the entree selections are less exciting, though still quite tasty.

Overall, a must visit for the local beer geek, especially if you live on the R5.

chapka, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%

I took my girlfriend here a couple of days ago and we both loved it.
Atmoshpere: Very inviting, on both sides (the eatery is a different establishment than the bar). We went there not knowing anyone, but the patrons attracted to TND were so friendly we left the bar feeling like we were at Cheers.
Quality: Very clean, very fresh. The only bad marks for the quality were that you could only order beer at the bar, even though you could bring it back to your table.
Service: The waitstaff, and the hostesses were very friendly and very knowledgable. I enjoyed talking to the bartender, and he seemed like he enjoyed the conversation.
Selection: Awsome, an it wasn't at all intimidating.
Food: At Teresa's Cafe, the food was rather good, it wasn't off the carts, but it still was very above average.
Value: The beer seemed reasonable, but the food did seem a bit pricy.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of sholland119
4.75/5  rDev +6%

This has become our favorite place over the 3 months we have been going there. Of the many great beer bars in the suburban Phila. area, this one stands out for us. 24 regular taps, 2 casks with enough activity that there are 6 or 8 new beers every week. And what a selection: Pliny the Younger and Elder, St. Bernardus 12, Allagash Curieux, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, Founder's Breakfast Stout are among the tap beers we have had here. On top of the 200 or so bottles (Port Brewing Hop 15, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Great Divide Hercules among others). The bartenders are knowledgeable and very friendly. The room is very attractive if rather noisy on weekends. Food is generally good. The mussels, Mexican appetizers and the cheese selections are outstanding. Entrees are pricey and inconsistent. Sandwiches are good except for the rolls. Highly recommended!

Update: food has steadily improved since this review. Seasonal soups have been very good, and the sandwiches have gotten better (i like the new tips 'n tails sandwich, chicken sandwich now has sliced chicken breast and stands up to the roll better)

2011 Update: Food is better and better all the time. Gyro is my current favorite.

sholland119, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of mfhlucky13
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%

I visited TND this past Saturday night for the second time. I love the 24 taps and the huge selection of bottles. Its a beautiful place inside with a long bar with tall stools. It was fun just to look at their wall of glasses. By the way, you will be served your beer it's it proper glass. I had mussels in white beer w/leeks and garlic, which was priced at $12. Our food was served in a reasonable amount of time for they were busy. The tap beer seems a little pricey but they offer such a nice selection that this will not keep me from going back.

mfhlucky13, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%

Was here on a Saturday evening with two friends. Sat at the bar because the table were full. Not a problem. The bar top was a beautiful granite with tall chairs. The rest of the place was also very nice. Elegant and classy with a casual feel. You could come dressed in any way you liked and still not feel too out of place. The draft selection was great. Bell's, Russian River, Foudner's etc.. The bartenders were very knowledgeable, quick and funny. My only complaint was the food. It was average. Nothing special and kind of bland. However, I would go back and eat again to give them another chance. We all have bad nights.

mymrnngjckt, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

Had my first opportunity to visit TND yesterday, and rememeber thinking the entire time what I wouldn't give to have some place like this close to my home in Owings Mills, Md.

As you walk in the door of TND, you are greeted by a bevy of hostesses (why it was necessary to have three I'm not sure, but they were friendly enough), before walking into the tavern itself. TND is contained in a long, narrow dining room, with a long bar running down the left side. The place has a nice feel to it, with lots of dark wood over the bar area. The beer selection here was just exceptional, with what looked to be 20 or so VERY well thought out tap choices. At first I was mad at myself for screwing up the days, and missing the tapping of the Kentucky Breakfast Stout. However, I was quickly mollified by a lovely glass of Pliny the Elder, followed by a glass of Atonium Grand Cru and then an excellent glass of Siberian Night Russian Imperial Stout. The bartenders were quite friendly and knowledgeable, and were quick to mention that the Siberian Night had just been put on, when they saw my disappointment over the lack of any KBS. Bottle selection also looked to be very good. As for food, had a great serving of mussels, accompanied by a very nice duck breast salad. The frites that came with the mussels were also excellent.

The only knock I'd make on this place is that the prices seemed just a bit high. Everything was served in a 10 to 12 oz. tulip glass, with a glass of the Pliny going for around $7.50 as I recall. However, quality overall was very, very high here, and I would happily visit this place again and again, were it only a bit closer.

A very solid place.

7/14/09. Edit. A year later and this time I didn't miss the KBS event at TND in 5/09. TND put on a special brunch menu for the event that was spectacular. I ended up getting the Foie Gras brioche, and seeing as how it was half price for cheese on Sunday, a cheese plate as well. I ended up getting 3 glasses of KBS, as well as a glass of Backwards Bastard. Probably too much of a good thing, but they were serving 10 ounces glasses of KBS for I believe around $6 a pop. Considering what I've paid in the past for this beer on draft, I thought that a veritable deal.

This place just seems to get better and better. Highly recommended.

John_M, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of thebreadguy
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%

I visited Teresa's Next Door twice during a recent vacation. I went specifically for their beer selection (not food) and was certainly not disappointed in that respect. They have 24 beers on tap plus 2 cask selections. The variety is very good. I just missed a keg of Pliny the Younger by a couple of days - damn! Their bottle selection is very large and deep with Belgians and other pleasures. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable.

I have only two complaints... but these definitely affected my enjoyment of my time there. One is that the place is very, very loud. There are a lot of hard surfaces, and when the place is full (which seems to be most of the time) you just about have to yell to be heard. This led to a sore throat after an evening "talking" with an old friend. The second is the open kitchen... or perhaps the ventilation. They seem to serve a fair amount of fried food (particularly seafood). These aromas filled the place so frequently and to such a degree that it was often difficult to fully appreciate the aromas of the beer I was drinking. If I had been making tasting notes, most of my reviews would sound something like "a beautiful roasted malt aroma balanced nicely by hops but with a strange, overly assertive fishy smell".

On the whole, though - definitely worth a visit.

thebreadguy, Sep 19, 2007
Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA
98 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.