We offer an inspired and innovative menu. Taking tradition Italian, French, and Spanish dishes and using only the finest seasonal produce, local products and specialty or artisanal items from local or imported sources, we have created an extensive menu containing selections ranging from shared plates and appetizers to home made pastas and exciting main dishes. Our menus change with the seasons and there are truly "specials" on offer every night.
We apologize, but our dining areas do not accomodate Highchairs, Booster Seats, or Strollers.
Love Tessa! great neighborhood spot, high quality food and great service
The food was great as always! Servers too. We had a problem at the beginning, as they forgot about us at the bar and we waited extra long for our table.
great place but very noisy! our meal was very good and the service was prompt but I really could not talk to the person sitting across from me.
Would be a 5, but for being just a little on the expensive side
Food and service were excellent!
A little noisy for a short time, but that was expected.
Innovative, creative use of ingredients excellently prepared. Staff was attentive and very pleasant. I would definitely return.
Excellent food and service marred by aircraft carrier level noise. I’m still hoarse from screaming at my table mates. Put down some carpeting, put up some acoustic tiles, turn down the music. Right now it is a punitive atmosphere in which to dine.
Excellent food - enjoyed all appetizers,entree and dessert!
very noisy in restaurant area, and tables for 2 were sooo close together. Service was attentive.
Our experience there was amazing! Salvatore was our bartender/server and was seriously the best! Knowledgeable, thoughtful, accommodating etc. we had a total blast at the bar!!!
Great pre-show spot for Beacon Theater, just a block away from the rear entrance. Appetizers were quite tasty. Recommend the cauliflower fritto, which came nicely al dente, and the meatballs. The entrees were large portions and cooked as ordered. I had the pork chop, which was YUGE, and my companion the steak. Not an expansive wine list, but a decent selection by the glass or bottle.
The chairs need cushions! We were seated next to a very loud table of seven which made conversation almost impossible.
We had a wonderful time. The food came up fast and the service was excellent. The staff checked on us frequently and made sure we had everything we needed. I will go back next time I'm in NYC.
Very pleasant ambience and lovely wait staff at this reliable Upper West Side hangout. Except for the over eager bus staff, all too ready to clear your plates before you've finished, Tessa is consistently good and compatible for every meal.
Found it on Instagram.
Visited NY from Chicago.
I’ll go back!!!
Favorite spot on uws
Great food, great service. Really enjoyed my meal.
Had a lovely time at Tessa last night. Food was superb and very attentive service. Definitely will be back.
Ate there before going to The Beacon Theatre for an 8 o’clock show. Had not eaten there before. The menu looked sort of standard, but everything was so well prepared and delicious down to the smallest detail. Had the dip plate as a starter which was so good and creative. I had trout which was the special fish—tasteful size and outstanding. My friend had the pork chop which was equally good. Will definitely go back! Service was excellent and well paced.
Fresh Brook trout special served de-boned, whole with crispy skin! Yum! Service was outstanding!
Perfect from host to dessert
We went for a birthday lunch, all women. They could not have been more accommodating--I was on a special diet and they even made a special iced tea for me. The salads were yummy.
Best food we've had in a very long while! Our server Frankie was excellent, dealt with our gluten allergy, paired wine wonderfully, all recs were spot on. Incredible experience!
Visited Tessa the first time in 2016 and it was on the MUST GO list now in 2019. Didn’t disappoint. Always on the stop list! Excellent.
loved the bread with cheese and mushrooms
kale salad terrific;too large for one
half portion of foamed pasta with herbs incredible
cant wait to return
Tessa is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Everything about this place is outstanding. My fiends loved it. We had the house dips. The flat bread, the mussels, and the steak.
Attentive and professional staff.
I can’t wait to con back!
Great ambiance, really good service, wonderful appetizers, main entrees fell short. A risotto and a pasta dish were flat. Fish was bland. Burger just okay.
Fabulous. Best restaurant on the upper west side. Been there many times and it has never disappointed
I have dined at Tessa over ten times and never have I experienced such poor service. When after waiting for over 30 min to order, and we flagged down someone to place our order, when the waiter came by he said "what do you want?". When we explained we would like to order he said "okay what?" We said "please start with the women first" and he seemed a bit shocked. I have dined at Tessa frequently and more important bringing tables of 4+ people with me everytime. Never have I experienced such rude service as it is my local neighborhood staple and the food is incredible. I now question if I recommend this restaurant based of recent experience,.
Extremely limited menu and barely any options for vegetarians. The food wasn’t flavorful either.
It’s always a pleasure to go to TESSA. We especially like their shared plates. We had cauliflower and meatballs along with happy hour at our table. The service is great. We will definitely be back. Our waiter thoughtfully reminded us that happy hour was about to end in case we want any additional drinks. It’s really a pleasure to go there.
Handcrafted cocktails, attentive waitstaff, a great variety of dishes to please everyone. I have dined here for lunch and dinner, our guests have enjoyed every bite. Tessa is a must go if you're in the neighborhood, a bit noisy, but then again, it is NYC!
We were seated at the back near their group seating area and it was distractingly loud. They need to consider buffering mechanisms to accommodate for the fact they large groups get very loud and the restaurant is noisy already.
The room was boisterous and lovely upon our arrival. We were sat immediately at a few minutes before our scheduled reservation. Our waiter was lovely and we ordered quickly, a mixture of appetizers and mains for the table. After our drinks arrived and about 25 minutes into waiting for the appetizers it occurred to me that neighboring tables who had arrived after us had gotten food and we as yet had not. Our waiter noticed at just the same time and came over to ask if we had been brought our food yet to which we said no and he said that’s what he thought but kitchen had thought differently! He went to speak to them, returned right away and was very very apologetic and said that our appetizers would be out ASAP and they’d be on the house along with a second drink. He was lovely and that level of service is what I’d expect in the situation and it all was fine from then forward with the meal.
Food arrived, it was delicious (flatbreads and spreads, pork chop, fried cauliflower, scallops special) and is go back again in a heartbeat next time I’m on the upper west side. A definite recommend.
So glad we found this place! It's really close to the Beacon Theater if you're there for a show - do not miss Tessa. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar - bartenders were wonderful. Then we sat down in the back of the restaurant - which is gorgeous - and our server was even more wonderful! Food was delicious (large portions!) and vibe was great. Will definitely return!
Very attentive but not rushed .accommodated food restrictions. Seemed to be many regulars but treated us a regular highly recommended
There were four of us, each with different tastes so there were a lot of different choices. And everything was excellent! I had the Burrata for an appetizer, the Ricotta Gnocchi for a main course. Both really delicious, and generous portions. My sister, who is vegan, was delighted with the Bruised Kale salad and Wheat Spaccatelli. The Albarino was so delicious that the four of us finished off two bottles!
Third time at Tessa in past two months. First was a quiet rainy Friday lunch; then an early evening Easter Dinner in back wine room; last night was a very busy 7 pm Wednesday night dinner. We will return for the excellent food, friendly staff, good wine list and drinks.
We and our guests like the portion sizes and lovely plating. We have tried all parts of the menu and are eager to try more dishes. Like the white bean soup, three vegetarian dips with crisp vegetables and flat bread, cacio y pepe pasta, crabmeat risotto, chicken, budino, etc.
We are diners in our 80s and our guests range from 9 to late 70s. We like a softer noise level so will dine early when Tessa is less crowded. Highly recommend.
We were celebrating a 99th birthday. The staff treated us royally. The food was wonderful, and aside from the noise level, we had a terrific experience.
Good was very good and the servers and service were superb. Somewhat noisy at 1:pm but quieted down shortly thereaftyrer.