Tallula
Tallula

Tallula

  • 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: American, Contemporary 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 7033035423x

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Tallula reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (15)notable wine list (12)special occasion (11)romantic (8)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • bujoldVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Sorry to see this place close. What more is there to say.
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  • Good food - sketchy service
    Brunch
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was tasty. The squash/pear salad was a pleasant surprise as was the brussel sprout salad. Our server was very soft-spoken and a bit ditzy. Our bill said one amount and we were charged $130 more. We were 1 of 4 tables so the error was not due to being too busy. While the waitress was apologetic, it ended the evening on a sour note. We were surprised she didn't check the bill before giving it to us.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not long left
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Not sure why I'm bothering to review as they close. Did they really have a fight with a stupid landlord, or did they get dwarfed by competition that was closer to highrises and metro rail stops? I don't know, but the food and drinks were fantastic. I will always regret not going more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef's Tasting Menu
    NoazDad
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was a fantastic deal. Five great courses for $50. Highly recommended. It was strange to see the restaurant half empty on a Friday evening. Hope they're doing OK...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent and imaginative cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    very enjoyable atmosphere, great cuisine with a speciality, very good wine selection
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Evan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Korean marinated steak was excellent and the scallops were cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Daughter Birthday Occasion
    Birthday
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a reservation ahead of time and appreciated upon arrival having the table set up for five people with good lighting. Also the staff agreed to provide a desert of our choosing to celebrate our daughter's birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed
    Foodieeventplanner
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Was extremely disappointed. At Tallula for Sunday brunch. Service was fine, but food left something to be desired. Ordered a frittata, which arrived cold; asked for it to be heated (and I rarely complain or send food back at a restaurant), came back a bit warmer. Frittata was dry, and not enjoyable to eat. Side greens bitter; should have been very lightly dressed. Home fries also dry. Whole effect was unpleasant, as if food was not fresh, and had been sitting for a while. Did not even finish meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, dated decor
    LCLCL
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I were not very impressed when we walked in -- it was very open, but not really 'nice' or sophisticated, kind of 'blah' space, and it was also really hot. But the food, wine, and service were amazing! We both had the dinner and wine flight -- 5 courses paired with wine -- and it was delicious! Very well paired, great portions, delicious tastes! And the waiter was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and prompt with our courses. Food definitely made up for the ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A dining experiment
    pickyeater
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The menu was unusual but the food delicious. Corn poppers were delicious. Have you ever tried "gnudi"? We will give it a try on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem among gems
    ItaloAmericano78
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Tallula is an exquisite place, with the finest cuisine in town. It's a serious restaurant that doesn't take itself too seriously, as evidenced by the happy staff, who deliver the best food in town, promptly, and with a smile, and as the adjoining bar. For the price of a night out at a boring chain, one can experience sensational food, prepared with the freshest ingredients, and a fine bottle of wine. The portions are perfect, the presentation professional, and the taste and texture of the food is the best I've had in years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Novadiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Good food. Parking constrained. Was expecting a bit more based on Washingtonian rating/review.
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  • Perfect Evening
    localwoc
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great food, artfully and beautifully prepared. Four of us had a wonderful time all around. The staff took the time to ensure we were well accommodated and our celebration was flawless. We appreciated the extra touches that were so unexpected and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blah blah blah
    Quilter
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Having been to Tallula before and had a reasonably good dinner, our meal there this week gave us the blahs. The corn fritters were greasy outside and undercooked inside, with not a sign of corn. The serrano ham starter lacked flavor. My spring greens seemed to be straight out of a plastic box of instant salad from Safeway that had not even been picked over to eliminate the wilted leaves. The heirloom tomatoes were good, but had barely noticeable cheese on top. The best course was my marinated beef and grilled bok choy--but the quinoa with it was tasteless with unrecognizable lumps of something. My husband had chicken, which looked nice on the plate but was not really enough food (I shared my steak). We gave up and had dessert at home.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1372 reviews are from the Tallula reviews archive.
  • Good Mellow-
    VeronicaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My friend and I went there. I ordered for PAN SEARED DIVER SCALLOPS grillled corn, yellow squash, pickled red onion, corriander broth and glass of PG white wine. Otherwise, I'm glad that I'm back there AGAIN long time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique & Seasonal Dishes
    GadgetGirlJen
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Loved the variety of dishes and attention to presentation. The service was impeccable. The ambience is "different" and eclectic as there is no one theme. It is warm and inviting, not pretentious, feels somewhat romantic except it is very open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine pairings were a hit!
    JJdc
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great restaurant and staff, food is consistently good. However, it's the wine selections and specifically the pairings that really made our night outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Worth the detour from Clarendon
    ksmum125
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've driven past Tallula and EatBar many times and now I'm glad we followed through and dined there. We ate with friends and were impressed by the menu options and wine list. The staff were attentive and responsive when we asked about varying menu options for our child. Food was served promptly, presented well and was delicious. The foie gras tart was very rich but splitting it with my husband and enjoying with the carrot salad was the perfect balance. The scallops were enormous and very enjoyable. Hubby's pork Angolnotti was also impressive with a lovely smokey flavour. Definitely worth the slight detour (and the slightly longer walk back to the Metro allows you to justify having dessert)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful last minute Discovery
    Kurli
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    On a Saturday afternoon, when I started looking for dinner out, most DC restaurants were booked till late, whereas Tallula was available for 6:30p. It slowly filled as we were dining. I had scallops for main course, which was delicious and serviche for appetizer, a very innovative presentation. My wife had some concerns about beans and roasted seeds being on the andante side. Overall, I would go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food experience
    Tzar8
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rather quiet for a Saturday PM
    LizSVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was very good but the menu was also very limited. Carrot salad and trout were welcome.
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  • Outstanding
    gbrowell4
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clarendon Jewel
    khammer315
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    littledoc
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Creativity food fell short on execution resulting in main course flavors ranging from bland to unappealing. Service was rote and indifferent although efficient.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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
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  • Father's Day Brunch
    FoodieDadVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing First Experience
    NoNameVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • All around favorite but too loud
    omnivore
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My husband and I have dined many times at Tallula and always enjoy the changing and tasty menu. We even get wine and dessert! Wait staff are very nice and usually able to help in pairing. My only complaint about Tallula is the noise. If you go before 7pm, on a week night, it's ok. Otherwise, I find the combination of music and usual restaurant chatter too much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting Menu
    live4food
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Service was good. The menu was interesting and the food was good, but not great. Will not make a special effort to return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good night here.
    beejpowers
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab Find
    Niceats
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    MattVIP
    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.
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  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    ct1316
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Timber
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our first time here and will go back. Very friendly staff from the manager on down.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better before ??
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
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  • great food ... overly high prices
    enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
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  • Failed Attempt
    DissapointedVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
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  • Impressed
    JKB0157VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    It was our 1st time there and it was a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodielove
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, amazing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.