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99
world-class

103 Ratings
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 75
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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(Place added by: NolanGTI on 07-18-2007)
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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.

Nice

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.

Photo of northside
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!

Photo of cracker
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.

Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA
99 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.