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Tallula
Tallula

Tallula Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tallularestaurant.com
  • Phone: (703) 778-5051
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch:
    Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner:
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Rob Rubba
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Wine Shop in the front of Tallula can be reserved for parties up to 16 people (semi-private).
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Huey (703) 303-5423

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pershing Dr.
  • Public Transit: Clarendon Metro
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot adjacent to the building as well as additional parking at the Country Club Cleaners on Pershing Blvd. They encourage their patrons to play close attention to zone 6 restrictions when parking on the streets around the restaurant.
A word from Tallula
Tallula offers a modern approach to classic American fare in a friendly neighborhood environment. The menu focuses heavily on bold flavors resulting from the use of fresh, local produce and the highest quality meats they can find. The extensive wine list features more than 350 wines by the bottle and 70 by the glass. Tallula's dining room, bar, lounge and wine shop provide four distinctively different settings to enjoy dinner with your family, celebrate with friends, or grab a quick bite to eat!

We reserve a portion of our dining room for walk-in customers. We accept walk ins!

Please note, EatBar next door does not accept reservations.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We found this place online last minute, and after seeing their tasting menu posted, knew it was something we wanted to try! The tasting menu, a bit pricey, was absolutely delicious. All the flavors packed into these tiny bites! Our worry was that after, we'd still be hungry since each dish were literally a couple of bites (at least the first courses). I started giving my husband parts of my dishes to finish to ensure he ate enough. The last thing I wanted was to end up hungry at the end and have to stop at McDonald's to grab a cheeseburger!! But, no worries! Like I said earlier though, it was a bit pricey (compared to the star ratings given online) - their cheapest bottle of wine started at $55 and it only went up from there."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food was very good but the menu was also very limited. Carrot salad and trout were welcome."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We visited Tallula for a special dinner while my father was in town. It didn't disappoint. All of us tried the tasting menu which was simply outstanding. The wine list is extensive and interesting. If you ask the waiter, they will do a wine pairing with each course of the tasting menu. We also were able to do a beer pairing with each course of the tasting menu. Our dinner was on a Thursday night, and the restaurant was not full...which was great...gave the waiter and GM a little more time to talk. We will be heading back to Tallula soon."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Creativity food fell short on execution resulting in main course flavors ranging from bland to unappealing. Service was rote and indifferent although efficient."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The menu at Tallula is limited, but exquisite. The table favorites were a cheese pasta called gnudi and a roasted beet starter plate. We went early on a Saturday night and it was quiet. The service was attentive but not overbearing."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went there for father's day brunch. Menu was limited. Service was extremely poor. We had to ask for everything starting from salt pepper shakers to sugar to ketchup. The restaurant was not that busy. Yet it took them over half hour to get a simple brunch order. Mimosa was served at room temperature. Our order came in sporadic bursts. Couple of items were forgotten. I will not go there again. Staff was pleasant though"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Service was unimpressive (very slow seating at opening), had to ask for sweetener, S&P and refills. Food came out insanely fast and was delicious. Cheddar biscuits, eggs benedict, sausage and fritatta were top notch. Side salad was a bit salty. Would recommend."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My friends & I were excited to meet for Sunday brunch because we read rave reviews. I ordered the eggs benedict & one egg was overcooked. The dish was served with a trace amount of serrano and a stale, cold biscuit. Two of my friends ordered the frittata and both were cold or lukewarm. We didn’t want to complain because we waited on our food longer than expected and were all very hungry. I ordered a salmon eggs benedict and a side of bacon to go. When I got home and looked in the box, I was disappointed to find a regular eggs benedict, which was not what I ordered. Because I’ve heard so many positive comments about Tallula I’ll give it another shot, but I’ll visit there with much lower expectations."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Service was good. The menu was interesting and the food was good, but not great. Will not make a special effort to return."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Tallula is a really nice place to get a pretty unique meal. It's a beautifully designed space but can get loud being adjacent to the bar which has an active scene. The menu changes seasonally and uses fresh seasonal vegetables. As of Spring '14 ramps are heavily featured and delicious. The fried ramp snack is fantastic. Also this season, all the signature cocktails are named after characters and lines of dialogue from the movie Shawshank Redemption. The drinks are spectacular as well."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I drove by this restaurant one day and was curious because of the name so I looked it up online and saw it had wonderful reviews and an awesome menu. The place really lives up to its reputation. The food is AWESOME. The restaurant has a very nice lounge vibe and is perfect for special occasions or a late night date. I recommend and have already recommended this place!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "If you're looking for a place that's outside the regular Clarendon scene but close enough that you could walk to from the metro, check this place out. The food was great and the service was very friendly and attentive. The fountain was a nice addition to the overall ambiance. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had been wanting to try Tallula for sometime. Took my Mom for Mother's Day. Worst meal I can remember. Details: wobbly table, no S&P on table, 15 minutes to take order in relatively empty restaurant, everything greasy, "plain" french toast soaked in clarified butter, no syrup, pork hash in 1/2 of oil, no pork, fried egg not fully cooked, omelet not fully cooked, biscuits dense and cold, pastries tasted day old. We returned our dishes and new dishes were moderately better. Management comped the three plates and a round of drinks. Management did their best to make us happy. The kitchen needs a new chef. Not the experience I wanted for Mom."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Not sure what has changed since we last dined there but this used to be one of our favorite local restaurants. Food and menu were not good."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Our first time here and will go back. Very friendly staff from the manager on down."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The entrees and appetizers were very tasty and delicious. The goat cheese gnudi entree, in particular, was small in quantity, when compared to the roasted chicken. And the North Carolina trout had carolina gold grits listed as a side; however a rice side dish was provided without any announcement or explanation. The appetizers were overpriced in comparison to the entrees. Our server was excellent; she paid attention to us when needed but also left us alone to chat."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This was a true disappointment. They are trying to be something that they are not. Clearly do not have any dishes that could pass for more than mediocre at best. And to top it off, the prices are in line with higher end restaraunts. Definitely not worth the time. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "It was our 1st time there and it was a pleasant experience. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Food was good, not amazing for the prices. Crab small plate and cauliflower entree really stood out as excellent. Service was OK. Unfortunately for a Friday night the place was dead, not sure we would go back."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My in laws took my husband and I to Tallula to celebrate my husband's birthday. We enjoyed offerings from all sections of the menu and everything was delicious! Our server, Morgan, was very knowledgable about the menu and gave done great recommendations including the monkfish and the rabbit terrine. The staff also picked up on it being my husband's birthday and wrote "happy birthday" in chocolate on his dessert plate. We also had our 18 month old with us and the staff was very accommodating of her. Superb service! "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We were there Wednesday night and sat near the open kitchen and while the dinner was excellent, the service was, well, hard to find. If a gentleman (manager?) hadn't stopped by I am not sure how long it would have been for the server to re-appear. Our food was excellent with the exception of the oysters which can with no small foks so we had to use dinner folks to free them from their shell. The busboy had us keep the used forks. I sound picky but this is a pricey place with a lot of effort spent on the cuisine and absence. It is a pet peeve of mine but I was always taught not to remove one person's plate while others were still eating. It's rude."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Enjoyed the ambiance and friendliness of the staff."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I had high hopes for this restaurant, but everything we ate was underwhelming, and seemed like it was trying too hard to be "innovative" with the food rather than just making simple, delicious, satisfying food . The ambience and decor of the restaurant is great, and the service was prompt and professional. However, the food was not really worth the price tag. I think there are too many great restaurants in the area to go back to this one unfortunately."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was my second time there and my husbands first and I was concerned as the menu in the wine room is very limited and thought he might not like it but it ended up being fine :). Our server was wonderful and very sweet and Brent the sommelier, was excellent! The wine list was great! We sat in the front room which I believe is the wine room and it was vey quaint, romantic and quiet but I think next time we will try the restaurant area as it was very pretty. What a little gem in the middle of a strange area! We are looking forward to going back soon! Chris L., Falls Church, VA"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "There are few better places to spend a windy, rainy, winter's evening than Tallula. After a drink at EAT Bar, we moved next door for a delicious dinner, beautifully served. The salads were all good, brussel sprouts in the choke and sprout salad were a little underdone, but better that that overdone; and the mains were also good, if a little saltier than necessary. Next time, would ask them to hold back a little. The folks who work there could not be nicer or more expert at their jobs. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Fancy looking interior. Dead on a Tuesday. Service was good. Some awkward interactions but some caused by me. Good hearted people. Fun plate ups. Cold apps didn't come out on cold plates and tartare wasn't super cold like it should. Huge red wine glasses used for white wines. Enjoyed the menu presentation already opened. Very little things that don't usually matter…I just notice little things like that. Menu was nice with a decent variety. Short and succinct and I thought well composed."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My husband and I took our 20 year old son here to celebrate a special occasion. We chose the fixed price tasting menu. The service was impeccable. The food was unbelievable and beautifully presented. We loved our evening here!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Our evening was very nice and the food was really good!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great place for a last minute gathering because reservations were available. Moderately priced and the menu was creative and had options everyone liked. THe beef brisket (chosen by three fo the four people) was dry and tough. My swordfish was good but not great. We really liked the atmosphere so the evening was a success!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We got a a big table with friends and the service was great! Unusual and fun menu choices like Duck Confit Hash and Beef Shortrib Poutine. My favorite was the chorizo omelette. Have fun!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu. Enjoyed everything. Morgan gave us fantastic service. Tallula and EAT are my go-to neighborhood fine dining spots."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Excellent food all around, esp the vegetable starters! Pear-infused bourbon was a treat."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The new chef is creative, daring and spot on with his dishes! The bone marrow, foie gras flan and lamb tartare were INCREDIBLE! I HIGHLY recommend them. I have been bragging about them all weekend! I WILL be coming back!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "my friend ordered the char, I ordered the swordfish, and although the fish itself was well cooked the flavor was lacking and the vegetables were mushy."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Went for brunch and food was just "OK". Ever heard anyone say "the salad is too salty"? That is what happened at Tallula. I ordered the roasted beet and arugula salad and I've never had such a salty salad in my life. The greens were overdressed and wilted on top of that. Portions were moderate to small overall - and other dishes shared across the table didn't over impress by any means. I will say the grits were delicious and rich (although still a bit salty), which was a highlight of the brunch. Once upon a time, this was a hot spot - it's apparently not anymore since it was half empty on a Sunday."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant; great food; very attentive service."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Just moved back to the area and was really excited to plan a date at Tallula (used to frequent often). As always, the wine bar at Tallula provides a great opportunity to hold your own small tasting while awaiting your seats. Great ambience and friendly, knowledgeable staff. On the restaurant side, the current chef changes up the menu weekly (from what I was told). In short, our main course was good, but not great. Just not very flavorful (personal choice), the appetizer seemed overpriced, and the dessert was excellent. Very good experience with decent food and great wine. Good enough to recommend to a friend for a date option in the area, but we'll probably try some other places before putting Tallula back on the top of the list."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We ate at this restaurant a few years ago and were not impressed but our recent experience was better in every way. Menu improved, lighting, noise and 'feel' much more upmarket. Food beautifully presented and excellent. My only criticism - I think the menu really favors those who like fish and seafood and does not offer the most balanced of choices - but everything we chose was excellent. Service is flawless but not stuffy. We went on St Valentine's and many restaurants get overwhelmed from a service perspective or offer a very restricted menu but they were on top of their game. We will definitely return. One of the most dramatic improvements I have ever experienced. Order a featured drink as the mixologists are really talented!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, the service and the restaurant. The menu is quite original and the wine list with plenty to choose from. The restaurant has a very unique feeling, which is rare to find these days. A neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Tallula is one of those random gems you will find in an area that you would not expect. The ambiance is great inside though the outside, not so much. Though the menu has limited options, but they made each of the dish they offer, exceptional. I would recommend this place as a fine dining for special occasions."
    Dined on 1/25/2014