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TESSA

4.5
4.5
1389 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, French, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday and Monday: 5:00pm to 11pm Tuesday and Wednesday: 5:00pm to 11pm Thursday through Saturday: 5:00pm to Midnight Lunch: Monday through Friday: 11:30am to 3:00pm Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4:00pm Mezze: Daily 4pm - 5pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 390-1974

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Edwin M. Claflin

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Cross street

    77th St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Take the 1 train to 79th Street or the 1,2,3 trains to 72nd Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,389 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Perfect for a casual dinner with mostly great food. Best appetizers were the cauliflower fritto and the burrata. For entrees, the duck was delicious and the side order of shaved brussels sprouts for the table was divine. Noise level was a little higher than I like, but tables in the back where we sat are a little less noisy.
  2. O

    Opal

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our party of seven had enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, and meals. The rabbit pappardelle, brussel sprouts and truffle fries were exceptional.
  3. e

    ejanszk

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Loved the flatbread appetizer, as well as the dip. Thought the tuna tartare was just okay. I think the ambiance/service is great. A little pricey but worth it, i think!
  4. E

    Eileen

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Mediterranean style food. Nice selection of small plates, appetizers and larger plates. The ricotta gnocchi and pork chop were our choices and they were delicious. The chardonnay on tap went well with both choices. Great service and friendly, knowledgeable wait staff.
  5. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall1food5service1ambience4
    Tessa has been completely irresponsible during the pandemic. I live in the neighborhood and I have seen tables smashed together and patrons drinking without eating....all in violation of city and state directives. I loved this place pre-COVID. Seeing how irresponsible they have been over the last few months, I cannot in good faith recommend them as an establishment.
  6. m

    mm88

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    I have been to this restaurant several time ! The dessert was disappointing this time and way overpriced ! 14-16 $ for a slice of almond cake that was soooo dense and not delicious at all! we didnt even finish it!
  7. LL

    LondonLad

    London

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, great restaurant. We look forward to coming back.
  8. p

    pattyn

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    My salmon was over cooked - I asked for medium rare and it was very well done unfortunately ruining an otherwise delicious dinner
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service,great food, great ambience!
  10. S

    Sara

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We discovered Tessa recently and have been back at least 4 times this month including for my birthday. I love Tessa because the food is truly excellent and there are lots of options for people like me with food allergies. Almost all of the main entrees are naturally gluten and dairy free so nobody else at the table even needs to know you have food allergies and they can order pasta with cream sauce without feeling like your food issues are hampering their experience. I love having such nice dining experience with warm welcoming staff in the neighborhood. Thank you Tessa!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Going to a show
  12. g

    geeshore

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This was my fourth time here. The quality of the food was below expectations
  13. P

    Pipper

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loved our night at Tessa my ladies birthday !! Would go back next time in the neighborhood
  14. W

    Wesnile

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner with friends at Tessa President Day. Place was pretty quiet but filled up later. Service was attentive and our Waitress was great. Pastas were all fantastic, nice wines, salads etc.. The space is very nice, warm and cozy. Will definitely had back to try some other entrees.
  15. SH

    SaraH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My favourite restaurant and neighbourhood spot on the UWS. I’ve been here +20 times and it never disappoints. Service is always outstanding and the food is delicious. BTG wine list and beer and cocktail menu is also brilliant.
  16. SG

    SavitriG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    TESSA is hands down one of the top 5 restaurants on the upper west side! The food is always incredible, the drinks are creative and fun, the atmosphere is sophisticated and fun.
  17. NZ

    NismaZ

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the breakfast sandwich, and the starter muffins are a treat.
  18. G

    Gia1234

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    I liked everything about this place but the food. The ambiance (a little noisy) , the wait staff, food timing was great... but I left hungry. Even the little donuts that reviewers said were delicious, were eh. Nothing I couldn't get at the grocery store. Sorry, I probably would not go again.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Tessa is a great date night spot but poor for a holiday like Valentine’s Day. Our reservation was changed from 7:45 to 8:30 due to a glitch in the system. We understood the change in time because accidents happen, but our table was squished in a back corner of the dining room. Our seats were under a set of vents that were blowing on us the whole night which was uncomfortable. They packed twice as many tables in the back room and we were sitting on top of the table next to us. The waiters did a good job serving considering how jam packed the room was, but it felt impersonal and rushed. It was definitely a disappointment on what should have been a special night.
  20. RR

    RemiR

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Tessa was ok. The food was not outstanding and we probably would not go again however it was a nice night out. Unfortunately, we were jammed in there as the restaurant obviously tried to take as many bookings as possible on Valentines Day, it was a bit upsetting that I continuously got bumped by every waiter who walked past. We probably wouldn't go again.
  21. N

    Nate0001

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated quickly and eating within 30 minutes of arriving. Even though we were seated right off the steps, seating was very tight so everyone had to make concessions. THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!! The service was amazing, the experience was amazing and we'll worth the price paid for dinner. I'll definitely take my wife there again.
  22. J

    John

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a wonderful dinner with wine and dessert. The food was delicious and we had a great evening.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was great!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Too noisy Chairs are extremely uncomfortable Space is super tight and uncomfortable No place at all to stand while waiting for table No one came to refill water or barely checked on us Sorry.
  25. CT

    CT33

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is a great spot if you're going to a show at the Beacon. The service is great, but very quick. We were in and out in an hour or so with appetizers, dinner and dessert. Food was delicious. No complaints.
  26. JD

    JennaD

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Loved Tessa! The ambiance, food and service were all great. I recommend the cacio e pepe.
  27. S

    Stacy

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the entire experience at Tessa We could eat healthy and well ....and on our way to the Beacon theatre Service was excellent The interior design was also very cool
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was amazing and interesting foods!! Tried several dishes and want to come back to enjoy more
  29. E

    Elizabeth

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great uws spot for brunch, drinks, dinner!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Restaurant week. Excellent value. Fish and fig cake were wonderful.
  31. J

    Jane

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The restaurant was very good. The seating is a bit too close together. Almost sitting on top of each other. The food was very good.
  32. TB

    TessaB

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I liked the decor and the food was yummy! The complimentary bread and butter was the best I’ve had in the city!
  33. KR

    KeithR

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Asset has become one of our favorite places. I love the space, the decor, and the bathrooms which is very important. On the other hand, the food is fantastic and consistently great. Wether it's TESSA or ASSET you cannot go wrong.
  34. T

    Truecolors

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Pre opera dinner. Delicious food and wonderful service. Pretty noisy but we were seated in the back which felt more private and quieter. Had a nice short stroll to the Met opera after dinner.
  35. S

    Sara

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent. Most Entrees are gluten and dairy free (a big source of food anxiety for me) so nothing needed to be modified. the Duck breast entree was outstanding, I can't wait to have it again. The Branzino was also very good, but not as special as the duck.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was too noisy you couldn’t even hear the person seating next to you and the food was serve cold
  37. IW

    IraW

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our neighborhood go to place for dinner and we always bring our friends who love Tessa. The food and menu is spectacular and service is always spot on. The ambiance is upscale and appreciate the prompt seating when arriving. We always feel at home when dining ant Tessa. Thanks
  38. SB

    SaadB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food, very busy but efficient, courteous and knowledgeable staff. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tessa took great care of us on my birthday
  40. D

    Disappointed

    Denver

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overrated for expense Complaint about overly bitter inedible broccoli rabe greeted with an “ok” and smile by waitress. No apology and will inform the chef Sea bass entree size extremely small Needed to remind waitress of wine order and request for lemon Very loud foursome within inches of us (crowded place) and request to move over one table greeted with notable hesitancy. Thank goodness the busboy intervened not the waitress Overall, would not return

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TESSA is rated 4.5 stars by 1389 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    77th St

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday and Monday: 5:00pm to 11pm Tuesday and Wednesday: 5:00pm to 11pm Thursday through Saturday: 5:00pm to Midnight Lunch: Monday through Friday: 11:30am to 3:00pm Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4:00pm Mezze: Daily 4pm - 5pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, French, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Take the 1 train to 79th Street or the 1,2,3 trains to 72nd Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Edwin M. Claflin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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