TESSA

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1286 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
A modern Mediterranean restaurant located in the heart of the Upper West Side - down the street from the Beacon Theater and a short walk from Lincoln Center, the Museum of Natural History and Central Park.
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.
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MK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, wonderful menu, delicious meal!

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Birthday dinner really good food good drinks good service

SF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our pre-Beacon concert dinner! My husband and I shared a few small plates and then a burger. Everything was delicious! Salad, Mussels, tuna tar and flat bread!
Will definitely come back!

H
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent, but they were very inflexible about removing items from their pre-assembled entrees, which basically left me with 1 choice... but it was delicious. Also screaming kids, but that fault is owned by the parent(s) who allowed it, not the restaurant.

SB
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I have been to Tessa many times and the food is always excellent. I love they keep my favorites but add lots of delicious new things. This was the first time where I didn't think the service was very good. We were seated outside and am not sure if the server forgot about us, but it started to get cold and we were looking to pay the bill. We went in and asked the hostesses if we could be helped to pay our bill and they were not helpful (they were also not particularly warm when checking in). Finally there was a bartender who wanted to help us.

D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very pleasant neighborhood place with good friendly service and fine food. Not overly ambitious on the food side...mostly solid standards done well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Friendly service, cool ambiance and really great food. Highly recommend

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous as usual !!

h
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had tickets to see Deep Purple at the Beacon looked for a good local restaurant and wow were we pleasantly surprised . Great Food , drinks, service and even a great wine list ! Will definitely be back

3
Charleston
81 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very busy Sat night. We were seated in the back of the restaurant next to the servers computer and the large party in the back room. Very uncomfortable time. Ordered just dinner and left quickly.

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was for 5pm on Saturday and they put the three of us in the back room. Perfect! Quiet! Great service. Delicious food and wine. Excellent. When we left it was mobbed on the main dining room and we would have hated it. Will go back, but only at 5pm or early on a week night.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just moved to the UWS and love finding places like TESSA. Great food, great service, goos vibes, all around a great experience. The burger was an A+ and the pasta was so tasty, apparently home made as well. Skip the tuna tartare, wasn’t as flavorful as I would have hoped, but still overall 10/10.

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for dinner prior to a show, everyone's dinner was great. We will be back again

DD
Houston
82 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Unbelievably noisy

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We could not have been more pleased food great, wine by the glass great
Can’t wait to go back

TE
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was extremely fresh and service was excellent--I would highly recommend this restaurant.

n
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great but it is LOUD

TH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Loud but energetic and fun. Really great cocktails.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good atmosphere, our table of 4 ordered 3 appetizers (cauliflower frito, drunken mussels, house dips & 2 entrees (gnocchi, veal tenderloin on the bone) there was plenty of food for all. The bolognese was exceptional & the veal was perfectly prepared & presented. We also added shaved brussel sprouts & truffle fries.

Service was a balance of attentive & respectful, with good recommendations. All added up to a great meal with some interesting star gazing thrown in to leave us with stories to tell our friends.

Very enjoyable experience, I’m sure we’ll be back.

Well Done!

BO
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wish the w interior was more conducive to some noise reduction. Food and service are always great but yelling to your table mate gets old

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Totally enjoyed. Relaxing comfortable restaurant that goes beyond expectations.
Service was pleasant food was very good prepared perfectly. Great find.

JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything any of the four of us had was delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. My husband had branzino which he loved. I had pasta that was also very good. The place is expensive but that’s just New York in general. Example $17 for a glass of wine! $22 for a small bowl of pasta but again, good food, nice ambiance and good service. When we visit next time, we’ll eat here again.

JT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always delicious food and good service. Neighborhood favorite.

WT
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

All fine except food. Overcooked salmon (asked for rare, when asked by waiter for preference). Tasteless roast chicken. average at best.

D
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I wish the restaurant was quieter - my ears were actually ringing after dinner! Our server was lovely, bread and butter came quickly and was fresh and tasty. The tuna tartare app was mostly cucumbers, rather than tuna and was in need of more assertive seasoning! Branzino was perfectly grilled and a generous portion.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love TESSA!

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KJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate outside, enjoyed the happy hour and received impeccable service and attention.

m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Tessa was a great restaurant to go to for dinner. My wife has wanted to go there for some time, so I took her for her birthday. The food was amazing. I would recommend it.

GR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The donuts were a hit so make sure you try them

s
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner. The menu is varied. The shared tapas portions are substantial. The cauliflower frittes were amazing! The flatbread yummy. The cacio de pepe was so tasty. Highly recommend this gem of a place on the upper west side.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find! Great ambiance - very cozy atmosphere, bar tender was fun to chat with - and made great drinks too! Both menus (drinks and food) were unique, and all was delicious as well. Pork Pastrami sliders win the group vote for best small plate, followed closely by the cauliflower and shishito peppers.Yum! Will definitely be going back.

TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service! A tad loud, but not overwhelming.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional !

E
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful and the staff was great and accommodating... The food was amazing and would definitely go back!!!!

MA
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently a little lovely experience.

LR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place for food and service but it was beyond noisy.

HH
London
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Disorganized. Poor service. For instance main course was delivered shortly after appetizer. Did not listen to instructions re good. Very loud.

Food was hood

AH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food good service

JT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had delicious dinner with our daughter. Food and service were excellent.