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About Theresa’s South

Creative Cooking at the Jersey Shore! With homemade pastas and a variety of unique entrees from different cuisines, there'll be something to please everyone on the menu. We are a bring your own establishment.

Outside seating is Walk-ins only.

Theresa's South reserves the right to cancel any reservation that is 15 minutes late without a phone call.

Cancellation policy:
There will be a service charge of $25 per person for parties less than 5 guests for NO SHOWS and cancellations made less than 4 hours in advance, and a service charge of $50 per person for parties greater than 4 guests.

530 Main Ave
Bay Head, NJ 08742
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday
Thursday 5pm - 8pm
Friday- Saturday 5pm - 10pm
Sunday 5pm - 8pm

Cross Street:
Mount Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(732) 892-1555

Website:
http://www.theresassouth.com/

Parking Details:
There is parking street available, as well as the municipal building parking lot on Bridge Avenue. The municipal lot has a walking path and is just a short walk over the bridge to access Mount Street.

Public Transit:
NJ Transit (Bay Head Station)

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Theresa’s South Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (57)
Neighborhood Gem (46)
Creative Cuisine (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
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Casual (26)
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Fit for Foodies (24)
Worth the Drive (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Good for Groups (14)
Authentic (13)
Fun (13)
Healthy (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Seasonal (13)
Comfort Food (8)
Business Meals (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Hot Spot (5)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Discovered this gem not too long ago. Whenever I am in town with my boyfriend, we make sure we get reservations! The pasta is too die for and the service is always so wonderful. We honestly are more than happy to just go here every time we are at the beach and not explore anywhere else! Love that it is byob too. That is key! I’ve been telling my entire family that if they are down there to go for dinner because they will not be disappointed!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Casual, Spicy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and great professional and friendly service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The waitress had an attitude that was very negative until she saw we were ordering all levels of food service. We were told to move our table to make room for another table...maybe the management should consider furniture arrangement? We ordered dessert and coffee was served and refilled. The waitress brought the check and I had to mention that we never received dessert and asked he to cancel the dessert offer. Only then did we receive dessert by an aggravated manager

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We've been to Theresa's many times but this last time was very disappointing. The food lacked flavor. The apple tart with cinnamon ice cream had one small slice of apple. The ice cream was good. But overall, not worth the money.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service. Great selection and large portions. Always consistently good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Delicious dinner! Hearty portions, served attractively.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great atmosphere, great service, great food! A wonderful place to meet up with friends.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants and we go there often. The dinners on Saturday were even better than usual.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Live locally and was going to travel for a Birthday Dinner when remembered my brother recommending Theresa’s South. Checked out the menu and a great selection for everyone. My wife doesn’t eat seafood and she actually commented while reading the menu that she need time to decide on what to get....there were so many choices.

For appetizers we shared the eggplant pancake with Pesto dipping sauce and the mixed green salad with berries and white balsamic. For dinner our choices were Filet Rissotto (for the non seafood lover) - excellent choice! I choose the seared Yellow Tail Tuna filet cooked perfectly (rare) with a chili soy sauce, cucumber salad, topped with noodles - loved it!

Had to try the Desserts - Apple Tart - delicious & the Bread Pudding delicious as well a little too spongy. Presentation was wonderful & the service was great. We will definitely be back, now we don’t have to travel so far for a creative great meal.

Thanks for an excellent experience :o)

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food and the service were very good. My smashed potatoes could have been a little hotter, but otherwise we have no complaints. We can always count on Theresa's South for a good experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great menu nice waitress friendly staff highly recommend

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always a great time at this restaurant! Great food, service, and atmosphere!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Another great night expect good food and get it

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

You pick the restaurants you like and we like this one
Never disappointed
Friendly and great good!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Firstly, the restaurant has a beautiful ... old world ambience! That’s where old world ends. It is very lively, and the staff is excellent. The food is consistently creative and great tasting. We go as often as our schedule allows!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Table ready as reserved, staff very nice, everyone in party (4) enjoyed their food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have been coming to this restaurant for many years, usually 3-4 times a year. We live almost an hour away.
The restaurant's web site on line menu is out dated and does not reflect what is currently being offered for dinner. Our friends checked out the menu on line before dining here and were looking forward to those dishes listed. None were actually available. My friend and I ordered the short rib entrée. He was looking forward to a dish with clams, which was on the online menu. I touted the short ribs as being sublime. The chef decided to change the preparation. In my mind, Bruschetta doesn't come with short ribs? Bruschetta is an Italian tomato salad dish. No short rib gravy was served with the meat, only liquid from the Bruschetta, along with hard pieces of broccoli and cauliflower. We were both not happy with the preparation. At $28 each, I felt we were screwed.
My friend's wife, under protest, ordered the pappardelle with lobster. She was looking forward to a carpaccio appetizer, which was listed on line, and another entrée listed on line, but was not available Saturday night. While the dish had an ample amount of lobster meat, the entire dish was absolutely tasteless. The menu said it should have come with the brandy cream sauce, but was dry and dull. In addition, none of the specials of the day listed on a separate menu had prices. The $16, salad of the day, was excellent. Every other salad was in the $11 range. The Caesar dressing was just okay. My wife ordered pasta with chicken, and was charged the same price as the pasta with lobster. $30. What a rip off!
Our waitress, took our order and vanished. She did not appear until she presented the check.
No one came over during dinner to ask how our dinners were.
When I came home, I was still outraged. I called the restaurant to speak to the owner. I spoke to his brother the general manager. He knew my name, apologized and said he will send me a gift check. I am not looking forward to another visit.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The wait staff was very attentive and the food for everyone was great. They were very timely with their service - even with a large crowd.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was just ok the bare minimum waitress never came back until meal was done, we had to ask for bread and water refills . Disappointing

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Once again a lovely meal and good time with friends. Crusted mozzerla super as was tagliatelli with myshroom.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Eggplant Pancake is still one of the best things I have ever eaten!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Each time we go, my husband and me we enjoy the food (ceviche and the Pan-Seared Yellow Fin Tuna ) the service is fantastic and the place is comfortable for a couples or for a group.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We arrived early and enjoyed a few sips of prosecco out front by the heater. We were then seated just before our reserved time, though not on the porch as I had called earlier in the day to request. Noisy and cramped a bit along the wall. Service was prompt. We shared an app of grilled jumbo shrimp, white beans and artichoke hearts. Beautiful plating, well balanced seasoning and flavors. I initially was interested in ordering a "special" which included sweet potato gnocchi but was informed they were out...and this is at 7:40, so was disappointed.
I asked if I could substitute butternut squash polenta from another offering n the menu but it would involve a $16 update which seemed extreme. I ordered pistachio crusted salmon with grilled asparagus and assorted veggies. Delicious salmon, colorful assortment though swimming in soy-based sauce. My husband had braised short ribs and smashed potatoes. He enjoyed his gravy! No desserts this night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Theresa's South is a one-fork restaurant with a $30 Meat Loaf Entree! It's in a terrific location in Bay Head on Route 35. The parking is difficult, at least on a Saturday evening. As for white tablecloth dining, the tables are topped with glass.The menu is upscale Italian with a number of specials, none of which were identified by price. When my dining partner asked about the prices, the surly server said "If you're interested in something, I'll tell you."
Unfortunately, I told my friend that Theresa's is known for its meat loaf, so he ordered it. I opted for the pistachio salmon entree with smashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. I ate the roasted asparagus--good--and half the salmon which was overcooked and left the other half and all the smashed potatoes which were unsalted and dry. My friend ate part of the meat loaf, which he shared a bite with me, but barely touched the smashed potatoes and the julienned vegetables topped by thinly fried onion rings. After that, we opted for espresso and the bill.
The attraction to Theresa's, and is worth noting, is that it is BYOB and, as far as I was able to discern, with no corkage charge.
Maybe we chose the wrong entrees, but it doesn't make up for the fact that we used the same fork and knife for our salad course and entree. The bus boy blatantly moved our cutlery on to a side plate when he cleared both my dining partner's tuna ceviche for a first course and then served the salad which we shared, and again moved the cutlery to follow with the main course. How much does it take to wash forks and knives? Oh, and I forgot, we had to ask for water!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

A delicious selection of appetizers and entrees to satisfy any palette. Great spot for a first date, romantic atmosphere, nice lighting..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was as wonderful on Sunday as it was 7years ago ...... the waiters & servers were wonderful ... we will defiantly go back !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Theresa's South is one of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Head, Mantoloking area on the Jersey Shore. Food is consistent and moderately priced. BYOB is certainly a plus. My only negative comment is that is is rather noisy if seated in the main dining area. It is considerably more quiet on the porch. However, when making reservations through open table - especially on a Saturday night, beggars can't be choosers. Staff is always attentive.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I made a reservation for 4. On open table it states parties of 5 or more limited to two hours. I noted one guest was disabled. Hostess gave us appropriate table at entry. Our guest had been paralyzed and hospitalized for months. This was his first outing as he was uncomfortable being seen as handicapped. We would have entertained at our home but it has steps to enter. Waitress was wonderful. Told her of situation before guest arrived. It takes him awhile to chew and swallow still. We had three courses. Bill was over $350 and we gave a generous tip. We were finishing our coffee when Manager tried to take away coffee. I told him we were not quite done. He told us to finish it in bar area as he needed table and we were taking too long. My husband quickly escorted our guest to car as we knew he was unable to stand or maneuver in that space and after a nice evening did not want him to have a setback in confidence. I approached the man who told us to move and explained situation. He was more interested in flipping the table and reiterated we had taken too long. I asked for the manager, and he was the manager. We will not dine there again, and I am certain they don't care.

If there are seating times or time limits they should state this. If you are handicapped and require more time do not go here. You will not be accommodated kindly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Terrific food at Theresa's South when we dined there this past Saturday. Great menu options for appetizers and entrees plus an extensive specials list to choose from.

Service just ok, not great. I must admit I expected more on the service end, given the restaurant's rules on reservations and cancellation policy/fees. I'm sure no-shows are the bane of a restaurant's existence but we didn't appreciate the numerous emails/ contacts to ensure we would appear for dinner at our reserved time. In addition, had to ask for the spotty/dirty wine glasses to be removed when we were seated.

Also, and this is a simple fix, we appreciate when the server brings each course that they know who gets each dish, instead of auctioning off the dishes to find out who ordered what. Not terribly difficult to execute, especially for a party of two.

Other than that, really good food and we felt we got a good bang for our buck.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We were in smaller room on side which is nice with all the light. The middle room is a little dark for a sunny evening. Overall, a reliable and consistent restaurant at the Jersey shore. Really one on the better restaurants.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Dinner was very good, as was the service. We had a reservation and were seated promptly.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

I had been there once before and we had the best meal ever and then went back recently and it was not so great! the food was sort of just mediocre and I had to send the plates back because they were dirty.

It was disappointing.

I'd go again to see if it is any different because it is a nice place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

First time diner at Theresa's. Enjoyed the dinner and found the menu to be interesting too. Ordered off the specials of the day which had quite a few choices. Would have liked prices on these selections, but they were not stated on the menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our squid appetizer and caesar salads were excellent. However, our main pasta courses, lobster papardelle and rigatoni bolognese, were tasteless and almost inedible, tasting nothing like they should be. I hope this was due to us eating after the summer season and the former cook setting sail for greener pastures. If not I would hire a new chef.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great place founded by dumb luck and will surely go back

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Healthy, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Teresa's is a neighborhood gem and we will frequent this restaurant again and again. The eggplant appetizer is a must order; the pasta dishes are fresh and well prepared; the steaks and seafood always a hit. With a BYO policy, the meal is ALWAYS cost effective, and the service friendly and personalized. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I was in town for a wedding and found out about the restaurant on opentable. The skirt steak was not great, but the rigatoni bolognese was.

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

Seems hit or miss sometimes, but when it is good, it is VERY good!

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

love this convenient place to dine with relaxing atmosphere and polite staff and very tasteful food.....but I suggest the staff don't rush our dinners and start to remove plates when still eating and please don't take plates while others are enjoying the food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Delicious well prepared creative food consistently. We enjoy a beach afternoon and finish our date with dinner here. I Especially enjoy the sausage & canneli beans, and their creative salads.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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