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Theresa's South

530 Main Ave, Bay Head, NJ 08742-4762
+1 732-892-1555
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“short ribs” (9 reviews)
“eggplant” (8 reviews)
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Italian, American, Gluten Free Options
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530 Main Ave, Bay Head, NJ 08742-4762
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Reviewed yesterday

I have been meaning to try Theresa's South and now that it is Fall and not so busy I decided to try this local restaurant. For a Thursday night it was busy enough which was nice to see. I don't like a place that is...More

Thank 54jls
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Excellent Italian with fresh ingredients and very good service. Prices are a little steep but you get what you pay for in quality and quantity of food. I had the linguini and clams which was terrific (first time I've ever had it with more clams...More

Thank Tomosies
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This is my fourth time eating here this past year and I've never been disappointed . The homemade Rigatoni Bolognese has great flavor and I always order it whether I share as a first course or main dish it's a must for me . At...More

1  Thank Laurie K
Reviewed 2 August 2017

I love Theresa's, the food is always delicious. It's nestled in a quaint little beach town. You can dine in side or al fresco, which is always nice! It's a BYOB which is always a plus.

1  Thank K V
Reviewed 28 July 2017

We sat outside on a very nice evening the service was spot on both friendly and knowledgeable the food was fresh and excellent and remember it's a BYOB place

1  Thank BigBob115
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

This popular BYOB restaurant is a standout among the Jersey Shore's mediocre dining options. They take reservations for their beautiful interior space, and seat the tables on the pretty patio on a first-come basis, so getting a table is usually possible with a little or...More

1  Thank PyrotechnicDaisy
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Intimate Italian restaurant right on ocean avenue. Drive to fast and you'll miss a wonderful dining experience. Great wines and very complete menu for its size. Service was excellent, except for the gentleman who was a bit overanxious to clear the table. Highly recommended.

2  Thank Rhett
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

BYOB. Let's state that right up front. Nice atmosphere. Lovely waitress. Food was fresh and fabulous. I even walked to the restaurant. Beautiful garden walk along the way. Eggplant appetizer was delish. Meatloaf, yes, in the summertime was sooo yum. Asiago chicken dish for my...More

1  Thank Tracy A
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had the steak and scallops. It was a special. The steak was less than horrible. We ordered medium rare. It was gray on the outside dry throughout. Terrible. The scallops were just okay. Our companions said their meals were great. They...More

Thank jim908
Reviewed 28 May 2017

I have been to this restaurant several times over the years. It's been about two years since I was last here and maybe it was an off night but to be kind, the food lacked the refinement that I had experienced in the past. My...More

Thank MK1403
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 530 Main Ave, Bay Head, NJ 08742-4762
    (Mount Street)
  • Public Transportation: NJ Transit (Bay Head Station)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Bay Head
  • Phone Number: +1 732-892-1555
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Welcome to Theresa's South where you will find authentic Italian cuisine with recipes that have been passed down through the generations. This is a family owned and operated business so they take great pride in everything that comes out of their kitchen. The food is excellent and the service is superb! They use only the finest and freshest of meats, seafood, produce, and ingredients. Everything is homemade, from their sauces and pastas to their salad dressings. The bread is baked locally and delivered fresh daily. The portions are very healthy to satisfy any appetite and the menu widely varied so there is something for all tastes. For dessert they feature fresh homemade banana bread pudding, or maybe a slice of homemade flourless chocolate cake! This is the place to enjoy a great meal, hang out with family and friends, and have some good conversation. They are available for private parties and can accommodate up to 100 people. This is a must try and will be your new favorite Italian restaurant. This is a BYOB establishment. ** There is additional parking available at the municipal parking lot off of Bridge Ave.
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