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“The best bistro in downtown Princeton”

Teresa's Caffe Italiano
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Ranked #11 of 195 Restaurants in Princeton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hulfish Street
Description: 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.
Princeton, New Jersey
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296 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“The best bistro in downtown Princeton”
Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

Salmon sandwich is one of the best. Excellent location in downtown Princeton across from Nassau Inn surrounded by alley ways and main streets. Plenty of parking at municipality parking or Hulfish parking facilities if you are coming from out of town. Library and high end shopping are nearby along with ice cream parlor (halo farm). A friend of mine used to describe the area as close as heaven as she can picture it.

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Thank sunjoe075
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Kent, Texas
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322 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“There's A Reason You Should Make a Reservation!”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Recommended to us, we were to told to go early to avoid the crowds, and we did. Teresa's was an excellent choice. We enjoyed superb homemade ravioli (excellent filling and sauce), and a light vegetarian pizza. Good wine and beer choices. Our server was efficient, friendly, and not intrusive. By the time we left, the main dining hours, the street was clogged with folks wanting to get in. Those without reservations were facing lengthy waits.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Asta365
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New York City, New York
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Inconsistent prep of dishes and annoying service”
Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

Always too busy, too long to get service, same dishes often cooked differently, and the interior needs a bit capex. The owners got complacent with their restaurants in Princeton area.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Maybe ordered the wrong item...just okay”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

I ordered a take out dinner ahead of time to pick up after a business meeting. When I picked it up, it was ready and hot and I was excited about having a restaurant meal while relaxing in my hotel room. I ordered a chicken dish that was supposed to have a bit of garlic, but my chicken was covered in an oily rather tasteless sauce. The chicken breast was cut too thickly and didn't absorb any of the flavor, so the chicken was very bland. I've heard great things about this restaurant so I

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Barb C
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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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210 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Superb Italian”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

I learned how to cook from my Sicilian family, and I don't eat out at Italian restaurants except absolutely outstanding ones like Teresa's. The seasonal menu and fresh ingredients are outstanding. The pumpkin nocchi with wild boar ragu is one of my favorite winter dishes.

Visited June 2012
Thank Cindy A
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