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21-23 Palmer Square East
Princeton, NJ 08540
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Teresa Caffe Details
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,
Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am,
Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday- Thursday: All Day
Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 9am-Noon
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Brunch Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9AM!
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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Diners' Choice Winner
Great for Lunch
Diners' Choice Winner
Teresa Caffe -
Best Restaurants in Princeton
I always enjoy my time at
Teresa's. The atmosphere is funa nd casual. The wine is good and the food is always tasty."
Dined on 8/13/2014
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."
Dined on 8/7/2014
Good, creative dishes at
reasonable price. Consistent quality with good attentive servers...braised short rib filled ravioli? Brilliant! . ."
Dined on 8/4/2014
Great for the brunch or
Lunch, Food was great and enjoyable enviorment. thank for our town having TeresaCaffe."
Dined on 7/31/2014
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."
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."
Dined on 7/30/2014
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."
Dined on 7/14/2014
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."
Dined on 7/10/2014
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."
Dined on 7/1/2014
Met a friend there for brunch and
we all loved our food! I had the arugula breakfast pizza, it as awesome."
Dined on 6/29/2014
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."
Dined on 6/23/2014
Always an excellent meal! Great
service. Fantastic food."
Dined on 6/18/2014
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!"
Dined on 6/9/2014
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."
Dined on 6/8/2014
Good food. Accommodated my 9month
old in a high chair though was a bit cramped. Overall I enjoyed the French toast variant. "
Dined on 5/3/2014
Food was delicious, our waitress
excellent. The veggie flatbread and salmon sandwiches along with our bottle of wine, unforgettable! Great time, great neighborhood restaurant! "
Dined on 5/2/2014
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!"
Dined on 4/29/2014
Teresa cafe is one of our favorite
restaurants in Princeton. The food is consistently very good. The service is friendly. The prices are reasonable. "
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."
Dined on 4/28/2014
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."
Dined on 4/24/2014
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 "
Dined on 4/23/2014
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. "
Dined on 4/17/2014
Why no points? Very disappointed
in open table. Next time if you want my survey give points."
Dined on 2/23/2014
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."
Dined on 1/30/2014
I met my friends here prior to our
annual Christmas Carol at McCarters and we loved the food, atmosphere, etc."
Dined on 12/15/2013
Theresa's has just changed the
appearance of its menu but most of the items are either familiar or similar to previous incarnations. Our group split between different styles - salads, pizzette, a more formal entree - but everyone was happy with their choice and all were served and enjoyed together. The thin pizza had tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and a very thinly sliced hard sausage that made it very tasty. The bronzino fillets served over a canellini bean based vegetable medley was delicious and to my taste although some might find it cooked more than they prefer. We enjoyed a reasonably priced bottle of prosecco and additional glasses of beer and wine by the glass."
Dined on 11/22/2013
I have been here, off and on,
since they opened ( I used to frequent the CW Cafe at this location before they moved to Lawrenceville). Big changes over the 2 decades, but I have always enjoyed the pastas I've sampled. Never less than 3 1/2 to 4 stars. In this instance, I booked at 9pm, showed up 15 minutes early, and was seated within 2 minutes. The paccheri was was very good, as were a couple of pints of ale. Being able to get a great meal after 9 on a weekday, makes me consider this a great late-night find."
Dined on 11/14/2013
One of my favorite restaurant's in
Princeton. Casual and elegant all rolled into one."
Dined on 10/27/2012
We had the pizza & wine set menu.
All of the pizzas, salad, and dessert were excellent, except the margherita pizza which didn't have nearly enough sauce on it. Service was certainly acceptable, but could have been more attentive. Restaurant is one of our Princeton favorites."
Dined on 5/28/2012
A group of friends and I (5 in
total) went to Pizza e Vino at Teresa's a few weeks ago. Despite having a reservation for 8:30 pm, there was no table available when we arrived, and we were not seated until 9:10. Now Teresa's doesn't take reservations normally, so I would have expected such a wait for a Friday or Saturday night around this time. But this being a Monday, the only night for which they do schedule reservations, it was very disappointing. Additionally, they didn't offer us any food or drink to hold us over while we waited for 40 minutes, and then the waitress scolded us for not informing her that we had several vegetarians in the group (one would have imagined that they could have asked us this while we waited for 40 minutes)."
Dined on 5/14/2012
My co-worker and I were visiting
the Princeton area. We happened on the Pizza and Wine "Monday night dinner." It was wonderful...a 5 course meal paired with wines...or for me water with lemon. Our server, Kelly, was so knowledgeable about the meal and the wines being offered. We never wanted for anything. The service was awesome. My favorite part of the meal was the 4th course of pizza with local sausage on it. My only problem is that you need 2 people do to the Pizza meal and I will be on my own for the rest of the project. I am ready to return anytime."
Dined on 5/7/2012
Great little restaurant. The
tables are very crowded together giving an enclosed feeling. Our waitress was lovely but the kitchen backed upas they changed from the brunch menu to the lunch one and we got caught in the rush. The people around us who arrived after we did were getting their food way before us. The waitress was most apologetic and shortly after brought out our food which was excellent. Will definitely return."
Dined on 2/19/2012
This is one of our favorite spots
in the neighborhood, and in the many times I've been here, Teresa Caffe has never offered up a disappointing meal or dining experience. For this last time, we brought out of town friends here and they enjoyed the restaurant, too. Overall, a great experience."
Dined on 1/29/2012
Every Monday they serve a 5 course
meal (with wine pairing optional). It's a salad, 3 small pizza (6 variety) and then dessert. You must be hungry and not in a hurry. It's good but it's a lot of food."
Dined on 11/28/2011
This is the only place in
Princeton that I find is worth eating at in the mid to high price range. The food is good, the prices reasonable and the atmosphere pleasant. The service is very good. The pizzas are good and they have some nice wines that they can recommend."
Dined on 11/26/2011
Go for the pasta dishes....the
salmon was not so fresh"
Dined on 5/8/2011
Theresa Cafe is a great place to
relax and have some fine Italian foods. I especially like their brunch menu."
Dined on 5/1/2011
This place is such a great place
for lunch! Prices are great and food is fantastic."
Dined on 4/2/2011
I never went to this restaurant
located right next to the Nassau Inn. It was quite crowded, but we had a reservation and got seated immediately. I thought the Sunday lunch menu was not very extensive, but we all found something to eat and everyone thought their meals were quite delicious. Two different types of individual pizza's and I had a portobello mushroom pannini. Very well made and very tasty. The pizza's are big enough for two (3 slices each). There is really no view of Princeton, so if you're looking to be on Nassau Street and watch the pedestrian traffic, this isn't going to happen, but you're right in Palmer Square and shopping is perfect!"
Dined on 3/27/2011
We had a great time. Thanks -
awesome food, awesome service."
Dined on 2/19/2011
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