Talula’s Garden
Talula’s Garden

Talula’s Garden

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.talulasgarden.com/
  • Phone: (215) 592-7787
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 2:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Celebrate the New Year with your loved ones at the Garden! On New Year's Eve we will be offering our a la carte menu with luxurious additions, or indulge with a hyper-seasonal tasting menu. Bubbly wines and delicious wine pairings will be available! Reserve now before it's too late!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th between Walnut and Locust
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet service seven nights a week, and validate for discounted parking at the Walnut Towers garage at Eighth and Walnut streets.
A word from Talula’s Garden
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Talula’s Garden reviews from OpenTable diners
649 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (522)great for outdoor dining (514)special occasion (443)romantic (339)neighborhood gem (296)hot spot (186)great for brunch (172)notable wine list (137)good for groups (116)scenic view (74)great for lunch (53)vibrant bar scene (36)late-night find (31)kid-friendly (21)Show More
  • Your always welcomed
    schwaggy46
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Josh makes sure if that. I don't come here as much as I like to as the city offers so many great restaurants but Taluas garden is my favorite simply because your always treated warmly and the food is changing with the seasons, interesting and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive but worth it!
    MaryWVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Amazing food, excellent drinks, great wait staff. Kitchen was slow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Everything about Talula's Garden was great. Sadly the portions are very small, so you will leave wishing for more. Relation: price vs quantity not balanced. Quality was very good, though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Positively Perfect
    Ottawan
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Wonderful evening. Superb taster's menu. Staff kindness and attention were on par with food excellence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special place....
    murrVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Truly a Garden of Earthly Delights! Staff delightful and very informed.... Cheese selection quite special, and everything - from starters to mains to desserts - memorable...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    talula's garden is expensive but worth every penny. the chocolate chip banana pancakes might just be the best thing i've ever put it my mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Watch the upsell
    DKPhilly
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Talula's was nice and I can see how it would be very desirable in the warmer weather to sit outside. The food was good, but maybe not quite worth the prices. There were many significant pushes for upsells though. The waiter was always trying to push add-ons, which became a little annoying.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding!
    tropwesVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I always feel amazing after spending time at Talula's Garden. The menu is fresh, the adjectives may be a touch overdone... but the food and the atmosphere are really superb. On this trip, it was just a simple romantic brunch. It's a shame it wasn't just a little warmer so we could sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic brunch!!
    Margosing
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    There were so many amazing choices. The French press coffee was delicious. The service was perfect. Make sure to visit the market too. A wonderful bakery and great gift items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, poor seating choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal, and the food and service were excellent. My only complaint is that they seated the next couple to arrive right next to us (barely 18 inches away) even though there were plenty of empty tables all around us. Why not start at the outside and move in as more and more people arrive, allowing people to have some space for as long as possible? It's a small point, but it really does make a difference to your experience if you're sitting right next to strangers and hearing every word of their conversation when there are free tables all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Doubleh
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Took my bff here for her birthday and the food and service were spectacular. The mezzaluna with lamb was delicious as were the warm ricotta donuts. Loved the garden entrance. Too bad it was too cold to eat outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delightful
    kindofafoodsnob
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food and service are great. It's a boisterous atmosphere- not good for a quiet romantic evening if that's what you want. We did have one dish come out that wasn't quite as hot as it should have been, and the cheese sampling platters, although terrific, have kind of stingy portions for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!!
    Drovefromjersey
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restaurant was everything I heard it would be. The atmosphere was beautiful, the service impeccable, the menu was varied and interesting and the food was fabulous. My husband and I dined with another couple. Between us we ordered soup, four appetizer, four entrees and two desserts. We loved everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MUST GO PLACE!
    sj011004
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I went there alone for dinner before theater. I ordered Black Pepper Steak with Cucumber and dill side salad. As always, I enjoyed the presentation of the dishes and great hospitality. I never feel awkward even though I enter the place alone, because servers are amazingly friendly no matter what. I always recommend this place to my friends!! I wish to go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TOO NOISY!!!
    BMC59VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had food-savvy friends visiting from out of town and chose Talula's Garden. Food was very good; the four of us had four different appetizers and four different main courses. But there were two problems, one a major one. The noise level was so high that it was almost impossible to have a conversation that included the four of us. You could speak loudly to one other person at the table and perhaps be understood, but probably not by the two others. Not a good thing when you are entertaining friends that you haven't seen in a year! Another problem was the very low light level. With out a cell phone light the menu could not be read.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu, great meal!
    HarvestdancerVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Talula's provides an amazing, always fresh seasonal menu full of creative choices. At our table of two everything from Oyster appetizers, entrees of duck and tuna, and a shared dessert were excellent: accompaniments and presentation great as well. Servers, always helpful, walked us thru menu options and made helpful suggestions. The cheese plates alone are worth the trip: servers have a remarkable familiarity with the wide variety of cheeses served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    supruVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This was my third visit. It's gotten better every time, from the food to the wine to the service. The inside is as pretty as the outside space. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cheese plate!
    iviewer
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The whole meal was great. We arrived 45 mins early but were seated almost immediately at the table of our choice. The food was wonderful - unpretentious and incredibly tasty. The wine list wasn't large but seemed well selected and our Petit Syrah was lovely. Best of all were the two cheeses plates we tried - great selections, well curated and beautifully presented. New top choice in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The place is awesome. Food is amazing. Every single thing we ordered was delicious. Menu is interesting with lots of options. Setting is perfect. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Talula's delivers every time. Brunch was outstanding and the staff are amazing. Can't wait for the next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    yum123VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were so happy with our experience. Not only was the food delicious, the service was outstanding. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Talula's Garden
    eric130so
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent dining experience. Menu options were many and varied, dishes were inventive and portions reasonable to generous; wine list good and service was fabulous. Not ordinary good - but extraordinary. Nice, attentive, knowledgeable, professional wait staff. Truly excellent. Great place for a dinner with special friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WadeVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Everything was great. Our waiter WADE was GREAT. The cheese plate was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always - a great experience
    ALFM2082VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food is great and the personal attention to detail really sets is apart. They were very accommodating to our vegetarian friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Twice is nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This was my second time eating here (my partner's first). Everything about this place is lovely ... the staff is very friendly and knowledgable and the food was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Philly
    PhillyDinersVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This place basically has it all. Great service, menu, and ambiance. The menu is very diverse and has more flavor combinations than you're probably use to seeing. Like food? Go here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    SweetOnion38VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    One of the best dining experiences of all time - well mine at least. Abigail was a true leader through the menu (both food and beverage) and each plate delivered as she promised. The whole experience was incredibly delightful. This restaurant is permanently on my "staple list".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garden Revival
    firstdatewonders
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I decided to go to Talula's on a first date and I could not have been and happier. Great service and the best food I have in quite some time. The cheese plate selections are not only plentiful but each offering it's own distinct flavoring and enjoyment. Very romantic setting outside and every once in a while we would be treated with a surprise! I have been telling everyone about this place, and I work in the business!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and yum!
    foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I eat here a lot, inside and out but it was such a beautiful night to sit outside…probably one of the last times for the season. Talula's has the prettiest courtyard in Philly. We loved our fried oysters, mustard green salad and whole fish and scallops, but our server was late with our bottle of wine (it didn't show up until we were almost done with first course after bringing the wrong wine the first time). When she appeared with a glass of champagne to recognize the flawed service, it made everything ok. That was so thoughtful. Acknowledging mistakes and making up for them goes a long way with building good relationships with the diners. Well done Talula's staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect choice
    FloatinngDiner1
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I celebrated the other night after buying a home. I took my realtor here after settlement. It is beautiful inside and outdoors. We arrived at 5:30. Everyone is friendly. The waiter was excellent. The food was awesome. We had the scallops and chicken under a brick. We also had the Brussels sprouts side dish. Well pre-pared and delicious. We did not want too much pasta but wanted a taste so they allowed us to have an entree as an appetizer. They had a great seasonal menu as well. We had a pumpkin cheesecake that was great for dessert. When we left indoors and outdoors were in full swing, packed and it was a Mon. Night! Wish I could go here more often. Definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service
    Hairmo12
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was delicious and presented in an extremely appetizing fashion. Healthy options available. Most notable was the involvement of staff in ensuring we enjoyed our meal. One of our party has a nut allergy and an entree was ordered with chestnuts inadvertently. The manager was concerned when the issue was brought to her attention. She offered to replace the entree and spoke to the chef to find out if chestnuts were indeed considered tree nuts. She went as far as the following day to call and follow up with us to ensure that the person who ate the chestnut laden entree, which was delicious, by the way, had not had any negative reactions to the dish. The ambiance of the restaurant is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal and Service
    TG1025
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went for a birthday celebration. Food and service were outstanding. Staff was very nice and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Philly Phind
    likes2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Lovely setting, good location, delicious food. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our experience from start to finish was amazing! From the moment we arrived, the bartenders, the waitress!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The pumpkin cheesecake is the best desert we've ever had. Wonderful food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was Great
    Murt
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My wife and I went to Talula's for our anniversary dinner Friday night. We ate there one time before and loved it. Our experience was the same this time and maybe even better. The food, service, and setting are all great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of a kind
    KevandWen
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My wife and I went for anniversary dinner. Fantastic experience. Each night brought new adventure. The decor and ambience were delightfult. Best culinary experience in quite a while. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sublimeX4meVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Not our first time here and certainly not our last! We love this place and the seasonal changes on the menu. Get the brussels sprouts side, it's delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    thumbs down from both my wife and i. way overpriced, over salted and small expensive portions
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Dining Experience
    vwfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food was a wonderful experience! Must choose a cheese board selection b/c of it's presentation and how wonderful they are! Equally as great as the food was the service ! Fabulous server who described everything on the menu so eloquently and everyone was very attentive. Have recommended the restaurant to people traveling from other countries and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.