Teresa Caffe
Teresa Caffe

Teresa Caffe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.terramomo.com/
  • Phone: (609) 921-1974
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00pm;
    Lunch: Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
    Monday- Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Friday: 4:00pm-12:00am,
    Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am,
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

    Reservations available:
    Monday- Thursday: All Day
    Friday: Lunch
    Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 9am-Noon
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Brunch Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9AM!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hulfish Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking and public lot parking are available. Parking is validated in the Hulfish and Chambers' Street garages Thrusday- Saturday when entering after 4:30pm and exiting before 10pm.
A word from Teresa Caffe
Simple Italian inspired fare in a neighborhood trattoria style atmosphere in Princeton's Palmer Square. Fresh, local ingredients, seasonal pasta dishes, pizzette and a predominantly regional Italian wine list.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Teresa Caffe reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)great for lunch (19)fit for foodies (19)great for outdoor dining (15)great for brunch (9)good for groups (6)special occasion (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)notable wine list (5)romantic (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Great pizza and salads
    HinLA
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    On our most recent visit to Teresa's, I had the zucca pizza with butternut squash puree, kale, onions, and bacon, which was delicious. My friend had the spinach salad with apples, walnuts and she added salmon to the salad. The restaurant was fairly quiet which was nice for a change. The server was a little too attentive, but ok overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    EnjoyGoodFish
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We had an excellent meal at Teresa --- there Margarita and other pizzas are very good --- we were there on Lasagna night and the Lasagna Bolognese was excellent. Going outside the Italian theme, there Salmon was also excellent. All in All we always have a good meal and a good time at Teresa's. They have an excellent assortment of wines and beer including some Craft Beers. It is a lively place that can be a little noisy, but that it part of the atmosphere. This is a very popular Princeton restaurant, so reservations are needed almost every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • emmy2
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I used to go to Theresa's often when I lived in Princeton, and it used to be excellent, but that was 17 years ago. Our service was very slow - diners around us sat down after us and had eaten and left before we were brought our entrees. The food was not good - even my 12-year-old said his pizza was not good (a first - he'll eat anything with tomato sauce on it). My braised pork sandwich was soggy and very light on pork, with cold onions and wilted scraps of arugula - not appetizing at all. It was basically inedible. The entire experience was a disappointment. The meatballs my son got as a appetizer were ok - definitely the best part of our meal. Even the bread was cold and chewy - we won't be going back.
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  • Great location, average food
    Maxxie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Soup arrived lukewarm. Salad terrific . Service, slow. Dessert, a flan, was more like Junket, lacking density and richness.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing experience
    traveler092013VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Unfortunately, the restaurant is becoming worse. This restaurant's menu is not impressive, much worse than it used to be. Our server was somewhat angry and not pleasant. The bread was slightly stale and of a more restricted variety. They used to have good espresso, but this time it was watery and weak. Thank you.
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  • Should have ordered pizza
    pvgemini
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Family friendly, nice ambiance, however, food was very disappointing. 3 of us each ordered salads and pasta dishes. The salads overall were decent. None of us loved our pasta. Mine had overcooked chunks of chicken. My friends were ho-hum as well. I saw some pizzas coming out of the oven, and they looked awesome. Service was a bit slow. The couple at the table next to us came in after us, and they had their food way before us?? Not sure what happened.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Brunch
    brunch2lunch
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Weekend brunch was fabulous. One in our party had the egg pizza which was fantastic. Another really enjoyed her seafood, scallops pasta. Bread basket and olive oil were a great start. Prices more moderate for brunch/lunch-- food just as amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sure bet
    Smwebb
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I like that even with a menu which is often being updated, I can be certain of finding something I'll enjoy. This time was no exception. Service was a little too hands-off, but I received my food in a timely manner and was pleased with my meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    One of my favorite places in NJ. They are conscious of the environment and the food is wipe your plate fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun,casual dinning
    Nana5
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A casual dinning experience , excellent food and service. Suggest allowing reservations for the weekend so you are not left waiting for a long time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • now with outdoor dining
    GreenVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Always very good & now they added outdoor dining. Maybe catch a few remaining warm days otherwise next year it will be great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovesteak47
    lovesteak47
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've been many times in the past fifteen years. The food is good and service attentive. Definitely not a place for young children. No children's menu except for the standard pasta with butter and/or cheese. Also, no wi-fi which made it difficult for us to keep a two year old entertained while sitting in a highchair. Please fix side exit meant for emergency escape was not clearly marked. I walked through it and nearly knocked a woman off her chair. Apparently an outside dining table was placed nearby and one of the diners had moved her chair in front of it and I didn't see her. The door on the outside is marked do not enter or "use other door". On the inside, there is no notation. This should be corrected.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was just OK
    jefflissVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Ambiance is lacking. Food was good but expensive for what you get.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We went for an early dinner and our server, Jill, I think, was wonderful. Try the calamari - yummy!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food!
    Visitor
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We all thought our meals were good. For the dishes to be great, I believe that there needed to be more information about what you were getting and a little more savory flavor. The "pizza" said it had proscuitto and arugula. I didn't think it was going to be fresh on top and have no cheese. I thought it would be cooked I also thought that it was slightly overpriced. Others felt the same way about their dishes (salmon, pork and chicken). There could have been a little more interest in the flavoring, as well. The bruschetta appetizer was great but there wasn't enough of it for the money at a casual restaurant where you are bringing family and would like to share.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teresa's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I always enjoy my time at Teresa's. The atmosphere is funa nd casual. The wine is good and the food is always tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food - So-so service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food, while too salty for our tastes was OK - not great - but OK. It was overpriced for the quality - but this is likely reflective of its Princeton address. Our waitress was slow and did not seem interested in us or the timing of our food. At one point she delivered a salad - and told us that she forgot to mention it was included with my meal - but she just assumed I wanted the dressing - and that is how she delivered it. I had ordered a side of meatballs with my pasta - but the meatballs were not delivered until several minutes after the pasta. A glass of wine took over 10 minutes to be delivered - and this was early in the evening with the restaurant half empty.
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  • First time and NICE experience!
    24loar
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Good, creative dishes at reasonable price. Consistent quality with good attentive servers...braised short rib filled ravioli? Brilliant! . .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tina
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great for the brunch or Lunch, Food was great and enjoyable enviorment. thank for our town having TeresaCaffe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Balsalmico is Back!
    shannamaria
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My favorite pasta was taken off the menu for a few months, but they brought it back! Teresa's is back to being one of my top places to eat around Princeton University campus.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location, good food, ok decor
    AiredaleVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Clearly the restaurant is a destination for the food. The restaurant is small, somewhat cramped, and very plain inside (plain white walls, big mirrors, limited ornamentation). That being said, the food is very good. Appetizers of meatballs and buffalo mozzarella were very good. Selection of beers and wines is also very good. Pizzas looked well prepared, seafood was well presented although had a little too much sodium for my taste. I'm not sure I'd go again, food wasn't noteworthy enough to make Teresa Caffe a better choice than other nearby restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 41 reviews are from the Teresa Caffe reviews archive.
  • Excellent Italian food in Princeton
    brendan
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Teresa Cafe has an excellent though not extensive menu of tasty Italian food. The wine list compliments well and the service is a good balance of attention and discretion. It's busy and vibrant, more cafe than restaurant so makes a wonderfully fun night out.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Princeton is competitive
    IvyEater
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food is pretty good seating is tight and slightly less than an Italian atmosphere. Princeton is highly competitive location making this a nice place to eat but not a homerun. Too many gems to choose from here to label it great.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Good food, mediocre service
    Princetonfoodie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We ordered a pizza and a salmon as our main entrees and both were delicious. The food came out pretty quick, but the server seemed worn out and as if she really did not want to be working. She took our order and hardly came back after that, since other people brought our food and drinks. The tables were so close together that there was no privacy in the restaurant. Good place to grab lunch but don't go there if you're expecting a romantic night or a private dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    Annette
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Met a friend there for brunch and we all loved our food! I had the arugula breakfast pizza, it as awesome.
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    great for brunch
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  • Great food, nice spot
    diggem
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Food was delicious, wine was good (Spanish whites are always great for the price and their menu had a few), and overall a nice experience. Only hiccup was that we were initially seated between sections, and no server came to us until we asked what was going on, since they all assumed the table belonged to another server.
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  • Delicious!
    YumYum
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Always an excellent meal! Great service. Fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall outstanding
    Tina
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    It was great food and serving. It isn't for Family dinning, But out of town guest enjoyed enviroment. I will visit again with friend or guest. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpleasantly loud
    eatthis
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Two of us ordered pasta dishes which were satisfactory, by no means an excellent representation of the real thing. A friend ordered the French toast which she liked, but said the portion was a bit skimpy. Our biggest disappointment was the level of noise. We were seated immediately to the left of the door. We had to lean into the table to make conversation. We really wanted dessert, but opted to have it elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed Saturday Brunch
    Elemental
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Good food. Accommodated my 9month old in a high chair though was a bit cramped. Overall I enjoyed the French toast variant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of Five -Great Time
    SweetpeaVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food was delicious, our waitress excellent. The veggie flatbread and salmon sandwiches along with our bottle of wine, unforgettable! Great time, great neighborhood restaurant!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    Sun18fish
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Have been eating here for over 15 years and the food is always good. The only downside- everyone knows this and the place is almost always packed with a wait! Bonus if you have kids: there is an amazing toy store next store to visit while you wait. Favorite menu items- pizza in salary and linguine vongole. Yum!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A mainstay of princeton
    doctorjVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Teresa cafe is one of our favorite restaurants in Princeton. The food is consistently very good. The service is friendly. The prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Foodie47
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    A truly memorable experience. Everything is fresh and totally unique. The pasta special was like no pasta I have ever had before. My dining companion had the baby spinach with salmon and declared it the best salmon she has ever eaten. The appetizer of lightly seasoned olives was totally unique and different. Definitely a place to which we want to return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh flavors
    FlaAmy
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Enjoyed that I could make a reservation on a weeknight and arrived to have my table waiting. Our party of five tried the two seafood pasta dishes, the verde pizza, and the swordfish special of the night. Everyone was happy with their selections which were filled with fresh vegetables and thoughtful composition. The bread and seasoned oil has that great terra taste to it. Service was efficient but not rushed. Having visited the area for several years, we found this to be one of the best values in Princeton. I imagine you may have to wait for a table on the weekends.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - local favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Very active and noisy atmosphere. Happy customers, busy staff. Innovative tastes, fresh ingredients. Five of us met here for dinner. Parking was a challenge, and the location was a not obvious to find. Several of the guys had pizza and they really enjoyed it. I had a pasta with pork sausage dish that was very good. The waitress, a tall striking red head, had some very good recommendations. The beers offered were good but I expected a little wider offering. We had a good CA cab red wine during the meal. We all enjoyed expressos and cappuccinos and I really liked the chocolate torte
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Little pricy....
    Crestbeachbum
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Nice menu selection with lots of variety. I know it's Princton but thought $28 for a chicken sandwich ($12) and a glass of wine ($10) with tip for lunch was rather pricy. Would like to see a house wine offered or any wine that's less than $8 for 1/3 of a glass. Sandwich and the side were tasty.
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    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Awesome
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Why no points? Very disappointed in open table. Next time if you want my survey give points.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Been to Teresa's many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Been to Teresa's many times and the food is always delicious. It's our go-to Italian restaurant in the Princeton's Palmer Sq; Love the Perfetta and the pasta with balsamic sauce - wish the would bring back the breakfast pizza; service is attentive and the kitchen will respond to special requests; We didn't have to wait for a table on a Thursday night but weekends are always a challenge as they do not take reservations and they require the entire party present before they seat. Would recommend Teresa's and will return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I met my friends here prior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    I met my friends here prior to our annual Christmas Carol at McCarters and we loved the food, atmosphere, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.