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113 Ratings
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
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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Photo of Beerisheaven
2.8/5  rDev -37.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

This place totally sucks. I have been there twice and will never go back.

Let's start off with the atmosphere. Tables on one side bar on the other side. If you sit at the bar, you basically stare at a wall of glasses with no TV's for watching games, etc. That would be OK if you were able to talk to the person you are with but the noise level is so bad that you can't hear crap so that you basically are left to drink your beer and stare at a wall of glasses.

The beer quality/selection is good with a heavy emphasis on Belgians. The beers will leave a whole in your wallet. Look at the bottle prices and prepare for your jaw to drop.

The service might be the worst I have EVER had in a bar. The bartenders will let you drink your beer and when empty NEVER ask you if want another. I decided to wait it out and see how long it would take. I waited for over an hour and not once did they ever ask if I wanted another beer. I guess they never figured it out that if you purchase more beer they get a bigger tip. There is one kid in there with a large tatoo on his arm who basically sits there and polishes glasses. I guess his job description does not include serving people. The worst service that I have ever seen in a bar.

Since they never asked me if I wanted another beer, they obviously never asked me if I wanted any food. Not sure how the menu is.

My friend lives within easy walking distance of the place and says that he NEVER goes in there because of the prices and service.

I will NEVER go back again. Here is hoping that this dump closes or somebody takes it over who is interested in offering good quality, value, and service. Won't happen since the place seems to draw a good crowd and the owners must be making money hand over fist given the prices. Prices for bottles are at least double what is charged in Capones across the board.

Good riddance.

Photo of orsulacp
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I live only five miles away and have been here many times so I have to review it. Tonight my wife and I went here for dessert and we had a great time. The beer selection is beyond excellent, just the 20 beers on tap are great. They cover the full range from light fruity lambics, easy drinking session beers, to high octane mutations like Devil Dancer. The bottle list is more of the same, almost any beer you can think of. I think the real highlight of the trips I've had here are the bartenders; very knowledgeable and personable. I did sit at the tables once and the service was great there too, but if you want the proper TND experience sit at the bar. They know their beer and wine, but they seem to know what the customer wants even before the customer does.

If you go; ask if they still have the peanut butter and jelly sorbet, if they do get if for dessert, I think it is better then their creme brulee, my wife disagrees. The only downsides, and they are minor: it does get noisy at the bar, the tables are fine you can hear there, it is small and gets crowded at peak times, and too many good beers to drink in one night.

Photo of dragonglen
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've heard about this place for a while and I work close by, so me and I buddy decided to go. He was generous enough to take me to celebrate a recent promotion.

Parking is a little tough due to the location and other places nearby, but that's informational, I don't hold it against Teresa's Next Door.

The first thing I noticed when I walked in was their impressive collection of glassware. There's no way a person would ever have a beer poured in the wrong glass unless they asked for it specifically.

The tables were nice and it was quiet enough for us to have a conversation without strain.

The beer list was fantastic. I believe they have wine there too (j/k, they have an impressive wine list as well). Two and a half pages of Belgian bottles, I believe about 14-16 beers on tap, not including two casks beers. The prices for the beer were reasonable.

The menu was small, but we both easily found stuff we'd like. $10-$12 for a lunch isn't bad. We started off with a cheese platter which was a first for me, and I really enjoyed it. We were given a small complimentary glass of wine to go with the cheese. Now I know why they pay sommeliers. This was a fantastic pairing and possibly the most enjoyable experience for me.

The staff was kind, the food came out quick enough, and our waiter was well versed in beer and wine.

I would definitely come back here. With such a huge selection I'd probably never get through them all, but I would love to give it a try. I would recommend this place to others that are looking for great food, an outstanding selection and aren't on a college-student payroll.

Photo of AltBock
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Teresa's is located on N Wayne Ave situated in between a pizza place and a clothing store. This place is about 2 blocks away from Beer Yard Inc. There's a limited amount of metered parking on the street, but luckly there's a metered parking lot across the street. The metered parking is very reasonable at $.25 an hour or something along those lines. When I first walked in, I noticeed there were 2 sides to Teresa's, a dinning room and a bar area. The room on the right is the bar area. The bar area has wooden floors, booths, and big wooden bar that can seat alot of people. I'm not sure how many people can sit at the bar, but it has to 20 range. It's not your average run of the mill local bar. It's more of an upscale type of establishment.

They had some great service here. The bartender I got was very knowledgeable about all the beer they sell. I noticed that when the customer next to me started asking about all the different Belgian styles, the bartender knew his stuff and even made some really good suggestions. This place also offers free samples of the on-tap beers just in case you can't make up your mind.

What a great selection they have here! They have a total of 24 taps and 2 cask beers. Their tap selection consists of Belgians, imports, and American micros. No macros here. When I was there, that selection consisted of Cantillion, St Bernardus 12, Sly Fox, Victory, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Troegs Mad Elf, River Horse, Allagaur, and alot more of that quality. It's impossible to remember them all. If you don't want a draft beer, they have quite an extensive bottle selection. Ask for a bottle menu and they'll hand you a menu that's the size of War & Peace. I'm not joking! This menu was filled with more Belgians, imports, and American micros. They even had bottles of Thomas Hooker Liberator, Lost Abbey, and Russian River. Damnation. What a selection!

I really didn't get a real good luck at the food menu because I was distracted by their tap and bottled menu. I did order something and that was their chicken fingers. Those chicken fingers and the mustard that was served with it was delicious! The prices on their food can get a bit pricy and the bill can get heavy, especially when you order them with their bottled beer prices. The draft prices are same as everywhere else, but their bottled prices can get a bit heavy. I can understand that because it's either buy them as a single here and pay the added bar price or dish out alot more money on a case of beer you have no idea what it's going to taste like. The choice is yours!

Overall, a place you need to stop at when you're in the area. That is just in case you don't want to buy a case of your favorite beer or a beer you don't know what it's going to taste like. You won't be disappointed by their on-tap selection or their extensive bottled beer menu.

Photo of DrJay
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been hearing great things about TND for months now, so my wife and I decided to check it out this past Sunday for an early dinner. We had no problem getting a table at about 4:30, but by the time we left it was completely full. Even full, it didn't seem overly loud. The decor is quite clean and sparse, with a few beer related items on the walls. The space is quite narrow, with a long bar running along one wall and booths/tables on the other. There's an impressive collection of different styled beer glasses above the bar and an equally impressive set of 24 taps, as well as a pair of beer engines. There's a chalk board draft list behind the bar and a beer book at the table that describes the current draft offerings as well as the bottle list.

As far as the beer selection and quality goes, it's nothing short of excellent. I had a very hard time deciding what to drink, ending up with a cask pint of Nugget Nectar, a pint of Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter, and a tulip of St. Bernardus 12. My wife stuck with the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Other taps were a good variety of mostly Belgians and micros from around the US. We didn't venture into bottles, but there were plenty of high quality brews available - seemed to be ~100. Lots of US micros and European brews. I know I'll be back to raid this cellar. Prices were a little high on some of the local beers, particularly draft, but reasonable when looking at the imports.

Service was good. Our server gave us solid advice regarding the appetizers and made sure we were never waiting for a drink. The food was also quite good, if a little on the pricey side, but we went in expecting it. The bread pudding dessert was tasty and big enough that we didn't have a choice but to share.

All in all, it was an enjoyable visit. The beer is the star here, but there really isn't a part of the experience that's lacking. We'll definitely be back.

Photo of Intheshadows
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Thank God, this place has opened not as many reasons to keep going to the city.

The Good: The atmosphere is not my cup of Tea, but everyone else I have brought here enjoys the vibe. It has a clean and modern feel. Quality of the beer is a 5+, one of the bartenders explained to us about the basement (ask them). The food is generally good and getting better every time we stop by. The waiters and waitress are excellent and quite a bit of fun. One of the most well thought out beer lists I have seen. TND seem to be over the ego of "we have the biggest list"; but we stock the best beers. Very well thought out IMHO. The food is good and consistent.

The Bad: To noisy, best to stop on by from Sunday - Tuesday. The bartenders are just okay at best (very knowledgeable), but can be a bit rude. They could use a few more German and English beers. The food could use better portions, especially on the $8 - $10 appetizers. The prices were cheap and now are creeping up. From the Value aspect, I think they know they hit the nail on the head for what Wayne needed and seem to be cashing in. Or maybe just paying bills.

Synopsis: Even though we are close, one of the few places I would drive out of the way for. All in all, it has become one of Philly's Top Tier bars in less than a year.

Photo of FoolCircle
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I just returned from my first visit to both the Beer Yard and Teresa's Next Door. They are located about a mile and a half from one another, if you have the money there is no reason not to stop at both.

The atmosphere is really cool. Controlled dim lighting, a long bar with a great stone top, stone on the back splash and floor, wood everywhere, parchment walls, a great overall smell from the kitchen . . . nirvana (oh yeah, check out the cool sinks in the bathroom too).

The quality was really great too. We sat at the bar and the bartender was very attentive without being up in our junk. He let us try anything we wanted on tap even though we later found out that he was way weeded with 10+ beers kicking in a two hour time frame. But we tried five different beers and they were all crispy yum yums and the food was pretty banging too.

Again the service was good. The bartenders did switch shifts in the middle and the second bartender wasn't quite on his game, in the sense of I was out of beer in my glass before I had to ask him for another one. But over all it was good, they were nice, and they knew their stuff.

The selection was great. They had twenty-four taps, two beers on cask, and approximately 150 beers in bottles with the majority being American micros and Belgian beers. The beers ranged in price from $3 (Yuengling Lager) to $46 (Chimay Blue Magnum) with the average being in the $5-$10 range depending on what you were drinking. But, the selection was good and well organized.

The food was pretty good too. We tried one of their cheese plates and one order of the pom frites (Belgian style french fries). the cheese plate we had was some sort of cheese with Guinness infused in to it served with bread, toast, grapes, and candied cherries - it was banging and reasonably sized for like six dollars. The pom frites were not bad and cheap like four bucks, but the sauce they were served with was like crack! We went through two crocks of the stuff and still had fries left over, crazy.

The place felt a little pricey, pretty much all the entrees were over $20 and a lot of the beers I were interested in were in the $10+ range, which gets old quick. We got fortunate and our bill was lower than I thought it should be, so I don't have a really fair idea how much it would cost.

Overall, I would say this place would easily be worth a half an hour to forty-five minute drive to have once a month and multiple times a week if you lived within walking distance. Definitely raised the bar to my local expectation. Good job!

Photo of bosco7
4.05/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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.

Photo of thefireman
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of jscondon
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of chapka
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.8/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of sholland119
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of mfhlucky13
3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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.

Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of thebreadguy
4.14/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of Phatz
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Teresa's Next Door is a clasy place. You could take your date there were a tie and feel comfortable. You could also sit at the bar in jeans and a ball cap and feel at home as well. here are some pics: http://www.imagestation.com/album/ ... 2089968261
I forgot to take a picture of the dining tables behind the bar stool but they exist. I also like the fact that it is a and smoke-free environmentThe coolers under the glasware are packed full of bottles the entire lenth of the bar. The pictures didn't turn out great but it is all good beer.

Photo of jimbomill
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I made a beer run with my sister this past saturday evening. We started at Doc's in Andorra and scooted out to the Beer Yard. Those need to be separate (but good) reviews. While we were leaving the Beer Yard (with a 15-pack os Belzebuth) Matt recommended us to try Teresa's.
Thank you Matt. The place was surprisingly not crowded for a Saturday night, so we hunkered down across from the taps - what a lovely view of the 24 on-tap selections plus two more on the hand pumps.


I had a St. Bernardus 12 (10.5 oz offering fro $8) and I tried a hand-pump offering - the Yards ESA. I've had St. Bernardus before and this one's taste was spot on for what the doctor ordered. The Yards ESA was a very nice follow-up, but more info is needed :)

We had the Mussels Provencial and they were the most tender mussels I've ever had. The garlic strength was noticeable into the next day - very good, except for my wife :)

I look forward to going back.

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

I have now been to TND a number of times and have had some great, and some not as great experiences.

Atmosphere - should be a 5. A stunning place, but there is one very big flaw for me. It is louder than a rock concert in here at times. On weekend nights when it's crowded it can be loud enough that it is hard to hear people sitting in the same booth. I think this comes from the fact that the (stunning) decor does not have a soft surface to be found inside.

Service - Another mixed bag. Some great bartenders and a few very solid servers, but I have also had some servers that were just brutally slow and got orders mixed up. It seems they have more of a younger serving staff and some of them may need another month or two of seasoning.

The selection is solid. You will never walk into this place and not be able to find a great beer to have. The tap list is outstanding in the fact that it covers many styles and features two hand pumps as well.

The food can be absolutely incredible, or very pedestrian. I have had a number of people I have brought here tell me they were not a fan of their dishes, unfortunately. On the other hand, their fries are incredible, the mussels are outstanding and the every expanding menu has a lot of intriguing options.

Hopefully I will be updating this review in a few months with some upgraded scores in a few of the columns. For now, it is definitely worth the trip and has made the possibility of a TND, TJ's, Flying Pig bar crawl along the Main Line and intriguing event that needs to be set up ASAP.

Photo of roan22
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wayne is a pricey area so naturally the prices here may be a touch higher than Capone's or Grey Lodge. Now that the obligitory bitching about the prices is out of the way I can go into the 6 glowing positives of Teresa's, and one small negative.

1. Proximity to my apartment. I live in Lower Delco. Enough said.

2. Affiliation with Beer Yard's Matt Guyer, which is right down the street. Selection is wonderful with 20 taps and secret bombshell sixtels which Matt G. has hidden away like weapons of mass destruction (Read: Russian River IPA, Founders Kentucky Bourbon Stout). Bottle number unknown, could be close to 100.

3. Laid back, mature bar scene inside Teresa's Next Door. No annoyances to speak of. Except maybe the lack of music. The best part is the trust fund kids in their pastel plaids avoid Teresa's and go down the street to the Kildare's-like irish pub (I forget the name).

4. Wonderful, satisfying dinner specials. Unfortunately some people arent so fond of what they got to eat, but I guess I got lucky and picked the right things. I've had the roasted 1/2 chicken special and it was divine. Wonderful flavorful sauce. Also had a yummy mixed green/goat cheese salad. Do not expect Pub Grub here. For more adventurous eaters, they also have mussels, brie cheese and veal.

5. Consistent well-trained staff. They know the beers, they know how to pour them. I watched a bartender s-l-o-w-l-y decanting a belgian beer into a snifter. Took him like 3 minutes. One waiter told me he "had" to carry my friend's can of Young's Double Chocolate on his tray to our table like he did.

6. The bathroom sink is really cool. The funny thing about Teresa's is that everybody is always walking in on people in the bathrooms, because nobody can find the bathroom door lock (its a tiny wee round piece of metal, you just push it in. Its no bigger than a baby pea, yes this is the lock).

7. My complaint is the ergonomics of the booths. I am six foot tall and thin, and I find them very uncomfortable because I don't fit in them well. The backs do not go up high enough, there is too much width on the seat part of the bench, and the tables are too far away. These booths are made for short, fat people. Oh well, I can always sit at the bar or another non-booth table.

Once Craig Laban or Philly Magazine reviews Teresa's and its published, look out, standing room only. Most of this area is down the shore all summer so take advantage of the quietness before Labor Day while you can.

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4.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The question is, what's not to like? If you are looking for great food and one hell of a bottle list and 24 taps plus 2 on the handpump, well this is your place. The glassware alone, is in one simple word, awesome. They do the whole range of beers here from Charles Wells ESB to Belgium Wild Ales to Hopslam. If there is only one small downer for some people, that would be how loud it can get at times. Now if that is your only problem,why hell, things are good. I could give the food a higher grade, but I need to eat here a few more times (and not just drink) to be fair to everyone. Everybody that I have met who works at Teresa's Next Door really seems to care about your experince there. They also have a very good wine list and some really top shelf liquor choices. It is as the critics say, a must see!

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4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Well, I was waiting for this to finally be added to beerfly. I've been to Teresa's Next Door three times now and have enjoyed myself each time (except for a minor credit card glitch which Mike the owner quickly corrected).

The place fits Wayne perfectly in that it is a bit more upscale inside with a nice-sized seemingly never ending bar on the left which is packed behind with a long row of clearly visible coolers stuffed with a huge selection of bottled beers (I'd say somewhere around 150 ish or so with most of it being Belgian and American micro). No TV's, no smoking. On the other side there is a row of booths for dining/drinking and a few tables up front where you enter. Bathrooms are unisex with an odd flat shaped sink (check it out!, just don't put the pressure on too hard or you'll look like you peed yourself just ask my brother).

There are 25 taps with one hand-pump. No BMC or big macros on draft...all quality including Belgians, local micros from Victory, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Dogfish Head, Stoudts, Yards etc, west coast ipas, founders, bells, and so forth). Apparently the choices are influenced by the gang at The Beer Yard which is well known locally for their impressive selection and quality.

Service is good and the bartenders I've dealt with seem knowledgeable. Beer is for the most part served in appropriate glassware. Although I was suprised that Bell's Hopslam was served in a pint glass (~10% ABV). Food in my mind is ok. Nothing exceptional. I think they desperately need to change the menu and add some more creative dishes (some vegetarian options would be nice).

Overall, an exceptional place. I like that fact that I don't have to drive all the way into Philly and be bombarded with traffic and parking. Having a place like this only 10 mins away is awesome. I think they will do very well and fellow BA's will eventually seek this place out regularly.

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Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA
99 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.