Talula’s Garden

4.8
7024 reviews
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Behind the wrought iron gate, past the herbaceous patio and through the atrium is Talula's Garden, the warm and elegant Washington Square eatery from Aimee Olexy and Starr Restaurants. The modern menu, prepared with carefully-sourced ingredients and a light European touch, changes with the seasons. The artful cuisine, hospitable staff, sustainable spirits, and a focus on cheese make the dining experience here incredibly memorable.

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Charleston
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We chose Talula's Garden based on reviews. The cheese plate had a fabulous selection and we added a salami selection to the plate. We chose a selection with 6 cheeses which was perfect for the two of us.
For dinner we started with the Cornmeal fried oysters which were absolutely perfectly fried, crisp light coating and warm tender oyster inside. The cabbage slaw was yummy .
For our main dishes we had the Braised Lamb Papardelle (very tender noodles) and the Pork and Apples. The pork belly was beautifully crisp on the outside and melt in your mouth tender on the inside.
We just couldn't do dessert so we may have to go back sometime for the donuts!
Loved the space and table placements. Attentive waitstaff and very willing to pace the meal appropriately.

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SR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a special dinner for my daughter and I after going to the theatre. It was a wonderfully yummy and enjoyable relaxing dinner! Nalini was delightful! We did the tasting menu and loved every single taste!!!!

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AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Always love going...........

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MB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a parking issue that colored the rest of the visit. First I will say that our brunch was delicious and the service was very good. However the restaurant offers a discount for parking at a nearby garage. The hostess gave me a card to use at the garage to obtain the discount but turns out it was expired. No discount. I contacted the restaurant but have not heard back yet. I realize that they are not required to offer a parking discount but if they do- make sure it works!

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R
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The hosts were so rude. We arrived earlier than our reserved time, place was empty, and they made a big stink about “not having room” and “seating us closer” to our reservation time. They ended up making the accommodation but spare me the theatrics when I’m overpaying for food. The food was mediocre, donuts were under but the sauce was great. Overall would return in the summer at night, as the patio looks awesome.

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RT
Tampa
75 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We read about this restaurant in a magazine of the top 100 restaurants in USA. We were heading to Philly for the weekend and we booked two Philly restaurants that made the list. Talula's was absolutely outstanding. The ambiance, including a great bar area, were phenomenal. Service was outstanding. And most importantly, the food was delicious. From pumpkin risotto to pork belly and apples to pear salad to cheese tray . . . everything was outstanding. Truly deserves its ranking and highly recommended.

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P
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very delicious, very rich French food! Delicious - the opening brioche tartlets were amazing! We had a rather supercilious waiter who spoke too fast when rattling off the specials and was a bit obtrusive. Inside the tables are very close together so if anyone moves from the table next to you, you will be disturbed. The outside eating area looks fabulous but alas, winter weather was not conducive to that. So I would recommend going in warmer weather for better ambiance. It’s a great restaurant but a few areas could be improved

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard so much about Talula’s and finally had the chance to try it. It did not disappoint! From the hostess’ greeting to the last sip of wine, it was amazing! The brioche bun with chive butter literally melted in your mouth. We started off with the mushroom toast which was so delicious! One portion could easy be shared. For entrees, my husband got the Scottish salmon and I had the beef with broccoli. Both were so incredibly tasty and generous portions. Highly recommend an evening at Talula’s!

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D
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Most of the food was very good to excellent. I particularly enjoyed the duck entree and the complimentary brioche than began the meal. My husband, however, later said that his scallops were overcooked and oversalted (but he did not say anything at the time). I was disappointed in our server, who gave unhelpful and misleading answers to questions. For example, I asked about the mushroom toast (described on the menu as "glazed mushrooms"), and was told that the mushrooms were sauteed, with no mention that they are mixed into a heavy cream sauce. It's a flavorful dish, but not one that I would have selected.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Took my wife to Talula’s Garden as a Christmas gift and was not disappointed. The food was incredible and the service was attentive and Christina was also very knowledgeable about the food and wine. We had a wonderful experience and look forward to returning.

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EK
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had dinner Saturday evening and overall it was pretty good. However, was not super impressed with the food, some of the flavors overpowered the dishes and just didn’t pair well together. Service was great though. Not sure I’d go back

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is fabulous. You must try the shrimp stew and the Brussels Sprouts. Very delish!!!! The Farmer, a spicy rimmed concoction that you must try.

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service was very attentive and helpful.

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L
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing night!!! This is my favorite restaurant in Philly!!!! I love, love , love it here!!! We were lucky that night, we had Nalini for our server!!! She is our favorite!!!! She goes out of her way to make sure everything is lovely and perfect . Also caught a glimpse of Vena and was greeted with a hug. She always remembers us and it’s always a complete pleasure to talk with her. Talula’s is a very special place. It’s like being in a dream. The food, the wine , the cheese selections, the ambiance, the china, the candles............ So beautiful. It’s every girls dream to dine here. Perfect date night!!!! Fit for a queen. 👑👑👸🏻👸🏻

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M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for my 40th birthday, as I had been wanting to go for quite some time, and this was the perfect reason. From the moment we entered, we were attended to promptly & respectfully. The menu was quite diverse, yet not overwhelmingly so. Our food was excellent (I got the duck breast and my dining partner got a special offering of the short rib), and nice portions for a reasonable price. I am excited to go again in the warm months do I can enjoy the garden area.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant/chef has changed from the last time we were there. Each item used to be special. The portions now are much larger however the quality was down. The lettuce on our salad was not fresh, pears were not ripe. My salmon entree: the fish was good but it was surrounded by a very large portion of Brussels sprouts and other vegetables. My daughter had a chicken entree. The portion of chicken was huge. It was on a sweet potato purée which was good but then surrounded by many slices of fried sweet potatoes. It was too much and not a good presentation. My wife was served a sparkling rose that was flat and we had to send back. Overall a disappointing experience for what used to be our favorite restaurant.

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JD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful dinner experience to celebrate our anniversary!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place - wonderful staff and delicious food

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WM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small but wonderful bar and interesting cocktails. The good is outstanding, as was the service. Talula's is expensive but worth it for a special occasion or just to experience an amazing restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible meal w friends tonight. First time at Talulas and wow, from start to finish everything was spot on. Cocktails, cheese course, starters, wine, pastas, main plates, desert. Everything was phenomenal. Get the mushroom toast! Our server was amazing and super knowledgeable with the food. Cannot wait to return.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was outstanding from the minute you walk in the door.
my only disappointment was that their wine list prices are very inflated

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C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. My favorite “go to” for brunch before matinee theatre.

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JR
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was exceptional. Our waitress was very friendly and wanted to make sure we were taking care of. We were even given a little treat towards the end. I would definitely recommend Talula's Garden for brunch best to make reservations though

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F
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch is fabulous. One of the best in the city, especially for special occasions. Food is delicious, service is attentive.

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p
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing--we enjoyed every single thing. The service was outstanding from the reception, coat check to the wait staff to the manager. It was shocking actually that every single person we encountered was lovely.

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B
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was filled with excellent choices , the ones we chose were delicious . A great mixture of ingredients and flavors that left us happy and looking forward to our next reservation . The service was wonderful , our server was so pleasant and engaging . A wonderful evening to be remembered !!

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BK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Building and Decor was great.
The food was pretty good, minus the fried Brussel Sprouts that we’re saturated in oil and led to an upset stomach. Beet salad was amazing. Cheese player was ok, wasn’t a fan of all the cheeses, but that’s to be expected. Salmon was great! The potatoe leek soup was good as well.

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, great food, great service served in time to see a performance at the Walnut Street Theatre.

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was excellent. It was my second time and same quality

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JO
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambiance!

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Table was broken, and never fixed although I pointed it. Everything except it was ok.

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BM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Service as always was excellent.
Wine was delicious as were the cheeses.

Food was somewhat of a disappointment. The tuna crudo was a few “cubes” of tuna surrounded by 3 too many bitters: radicchio, radishes and kumquats.

Pasta and scallops were just “ok”

The price for all of this was very expensive, which ended our evening out, feeling blah...

I hope the food and prices change, because I really do love this place.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with friends at this stylish and delicious eatery!

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A
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner recently to celebrate our anniversary. The food was great—mushroom toast, risotto, scallops and dessert—and the warm candlelit atmosphere was beautiful. The service was excellent too.

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R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Conner was awesome! Great first time here. Won’t be the last. I’ll be sure to come when the outdoor seating is available.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing food. They do an impeccable job at going above & beyond to offer a memorable dining experience. Highly recommend.

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J
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely AMAZING!! Highly recommend trying the cheese boards. Service was top notch. Can’t wait to go back in the spring to sit in the garden. Adorable!!!

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Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner. Selections and flavors were stunning. Service was very nice, attentive but not intrusive. Ariel, our server, was extremely knowledgeable and there whenever needed. As others have said, cheese plate is highly recommended, and entrees were very flavorful.
Overall, a delightful experience.

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food! The waiters are so knowledgeable about the wines, and food ingredients

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, every course was excellent and the atmosphere very comfortable and interesting, pretty. Several eating spaces make this special and there’s a small bar. The labster ravioli was especially delicious

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