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About 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.

21-23 Palmer Square East
Princeton, NJ 08540
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Hulfish Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 921-1974

Website:
http://teresacaffe.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking and public lot parking are available. Parking is a flat rate between 4:00pm and 7:00am nightly. Sunday parking is a flat rate.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Brunch Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9AM!

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Teresa Caffe Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

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4.3

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (16)
Great for Lunch (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
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Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Healthy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Nothing was bad by any means and in fact was very good. However, firstly, they said I had no reservation, although obviously I could show my confirmation through open table. Luckily there were tables. The service was rather haphazard. Staff were pleasant but somewhat unengaged.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food. We are vegetarians and love Italian food. They provided us with good options. Fantastic service. Great ambience (Cosy and warm). Family loved it. Strongly suggest that you have reservations for the evenings.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I visited this restaurant 18 years ago and had not been back since but remembered it to be very good. I returned in 2016 when I took my daughter to Teresa's Caffe for her birthday dinner. We returned this year for her birthday and just visited for my upcoming birthday. Teresa's is consistently great food as well as good service. I would highly recommend it if you are visiting the Princeton area.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Good pastas for reasonable price. Appetizer and salad were also fairly good. Great ambiance.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Outstanding salad and pasta options. Staff is always very helpful, polite and genuinely happy to help. Truly a Princeton gem!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We ordered an antipasto plate for the table of 4 as an appetizer and our entrées arrived mediately after it was placed on the table. There was no time to enjoy it nor was there space on the table for all the plates at one time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Vinny the waiter was nice, and beautiful and attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Good neighborhood spot but keep your expectations in check. Everything about it is mediocre.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

My family and I favor Teresa's as our brunch spot. Cute location, great for casual dining. It's a great place to catch up with the family and enjoy good food. Our go-to meals of choice are the prosciutto cotto breakfast pizza and the French toast - both are absolutely delicious!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Consistently good food, I would ad vegetarian pasta choices.
Fast service.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had great dining experience. We went for Sunday Brunch. We had made reservations so got seated right away and got lucky to get seated outside.
Waiter good and very attentive.
Brunch menu is great.
We loved Bloody Mary. Ordered second time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Very friendly and professional service. Seating outside was lovely and pleasurable. We had the special salads which were interesting and had very fresh ingredients. We will definitely return and refer others to dine there as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Always a good choice in Princeton. Good food at good prices. Fresh made to order, plenty of options.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Slow service. I'm not sure that I'd recommend this restaurant if you are on a schedule.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We were wanting a restaurant where we could have a drink with dinner. We enjoy Mediterra and Eno Terra so we decided to try Teresa Caffe. The outside seating area is adorable but there was no availability so we were seated toward the back of the restaurant which seemed a little run down.

The food was fine. Not sure if I would go back here again

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The food is excellent-lots of various spices, veggies, etc with amazing sauces. Service was prompt, friendly and not at all rushed. Prices are reasonable for what you get. Sat outside and it took us back to the small cafes in Europe. Just wish they had ice cream for affogato! Always a pleasure dining here.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Fun, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Our server was very rude. She was inconsiderate and had little to no courtesy. The only saving grace for this place is the food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Always a good choice, fresh ingredients and healthy selection of salads

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food was tasty and nicely prepared. Service on the other hand was extremely slow even though the place was not busy. Restaurant was also a bit on the dirty, greasy side.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great fresh food. A bit noisy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The service was friendly, quick, and accurate. The food was delicious! We were in and out quickly, but didn't feel rushed by the staff. We ate for about $35 for two of us (with no bar tab). A nice weeknight out in Princeton.

Tags: Casual, Live Music, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Mediocre at best. Did not feel anything at all like a restaurant in Italy as they portray it to be.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Teresa Caffe has authentic Italian food. Our party of four split the asparagus pizza as an appetizer. It was fresh and bright, with a hint of lemon zest . . . the perfect summer pizza. It took a while for our order to be taken, but overall the service was excellent. Our water glasses were refilled numerous times. The server was able to separate out our checks, as two of the four of us were here on business. The tables are close together and not particularly large, but the consistent quality of the food makes it all worth while.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Excellent dishes, especially the meatballs

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Teresa's Caffee is my most favorite place to eat in the entire Princeton area, hands down.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Fun, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Lunch with cousins from California.

Great service and the staff was so kind to my cousin's one year old.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Food and service was as good as always. We were seated outside, which is usually lovely. However, there was a strong breeze blowing from the alley between buildings, bringing with it the aroma of the trash cans! This is not Teresa Caffe's fault, but it did make it unpleasant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 5, 2017

We had a great waiter, knew the menu, attentive, and down right nice guy to my whole family!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on May 29, 2017

The food was very good. It is by far the best food we have eaten at Teresa's after several visits. We really enjoyed the arugula salad and the margarita pizza. The salmon and the fedelini pasta was also quite tasty.

Our only complaint was our table and our surly waitress. We arrived on time for our reservation. Several groups without reservations were waiting to be seated. A group who arrived just in front of us with no reservation was taken to a better table. We then got seated by the front door. When we asked if there was a better table we were told no. Ten minutes later a better table cleared and a group without a reservation was seated there.

Our waitress was somewhat nasty from the start. We brought our own wine which she obviously didn't like (they do charge a $20 corkage fee). We quickly ordered some starters that took forever to come. She dropped off our wine glasses and then moved on to another table to take their order rather than opening our bottle. I had to ask another waiter to open our wine. The manager took charge noticing we were feeling ignored and from then on things went smoother. The waitress also became more friendly later.

Besides the waitstaff issue, I would go back there again. I just hope I get a different waitress.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 28, 2017

They honored the reservation snd say us immediately even though we were early. Took our orders promptly. And that's where it all went downhill . Took an hour for their basic salad & individual pizza. We were offered bread which never arrived . Waiter was apologetic & tried to take care of us, but overall very disappointing

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Return visit and the food was good especially liked the Potato Asparagus soup. Service from the Waitstaff seemed a bit rushed - otherwise everything was very good. Restaurant location great for walking around - metered parking or parking garages nearby.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Lovely lunch spot in the heart of Princeton. Delicious food and plenty of options for my two vegetarian lunch guests!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

This place is getting better and better.
I had a vegetarian ricotta ravioli, prepared truly al dente, the sauce wasn't overwhelming, I could actually taste the pasta. My friend had meatballs serve the Italian way, no pasta. For main course, my friend had linguini with scallops, shrimp etc, very delicate.
We skipped the desert.
However, they have a REAL espresso and they make an outstanding macchiato.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Authentic, Healthy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

What a wonderful Mother's Day celebration! From the meatball and salumi plate​ apps, to the salad, pizza, bistecca and pasta entrees, everything was delicious. There was literally not a scrap of food left on any plate, and that was true for my wife and I and our 3 girls ages 8 to 14. And the service from Alejandro was impeccable - friendly, informative, attentive and timely. Thank you for making this a wonderful memory for my wife.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers day

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Took some researching to find out that Teresa's had brunch. I've dined many times for dinner, and it has never disappointed. Brunch did not disappoint either. The menu had a nice selection of brunch entrees including breakfast pizzas all at a reasonable price. The food arrived quickly and was delicious and fresh as it always is at Teresa's

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 10, 2017

This is the second time I've been to this place. I would call it a boutique shop and I like the coziness it brought me. I had the braised beef meat balls and the angula salad. I love goat cheese, not particularly into beef but can't resist Italian beef balls. Tiramisu had real espresso in it - quite a cocoa experience! My server is amazing and dishes arrive quickly. I'll come back again :-)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Wonderful food and service. My friend and I shared a delicious salad and a margarita pizza. We sat outside with our babies and it was a great lunch!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

This was our third time at Teresa caffe and it never disappoints. The bread with olive oil to start is so delicious. Great appetizers and entrees including the buffalo mozzarella and the fedelini pasta with shrimp and scallops! Ended with Nutella pizza which was so good!!!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Nothing to brag about food wise at this restaurant. The Baked Egg was one small egg poached in a tomatoe type sauce and warmed. The best point about this restaurant is that they allow you to sit and enjoy your overpriced meal!

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