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Talula’s Garden
Talula’s Garden

Talula’s Garden Details

  • 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
  • Executive Chef: Sean Mcpaul
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "We celebrated our 47th anniversary at Talula's Garden the other day. There were so many special dishes to choose from that we decided to have small portions of many and chose the Tasting Menu. Nine courses! and every one was a delight to the palette. You might ask, "How can I eat nine servings?!" We managed and enjoyed every bite. Our favorites: Foccasia di Recco with Fresh Chevre and Charred Onion, Anson Mills Corn Flour and Saffron Linquini, Summer Squash, Blue Crab, Mint, and Chiles, the veal dish, and oh, the desserts! We did not add the wine pairings, but I am sure that would have been delightful also."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We had a great anniversary dinner here, the service and food were great."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I loved this place! The food was phenomenal; very flavorful and filling. It is a truly beautiful and peaceful place with a great patio and even better indoor dining."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We did the 8-course chef's tasting menu and it was superb. Each course was a decent size-so don't eat a big lunch if you do the tasting menu! Service was outstanding. We told the restaurant that we received a gift card as a wedding gift and they went above and beyond to make sure we had a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Talula's is a very nice restaurant but overpriced, cheese plate has very small portions & very few nuts or the jam would not cover part of 1 cracker, wine list has very nice selections but few under $50."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great place, great vibe, very romantic. We had an incredible night. Restaurant was beautiful and service impeccable"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Talula's with the same couple we visited the first time. While all of us thought the food was great, we all agreed the staff needed training. It doesn't sound professional to be told when we asked for some bread to go with our drinks that bread comes after our food order is placed. It could have been said a little more diplomatically, "It will arrive shortly." Food was placed on the table without so much a pleasant comment as our first time. The restaurant was not crowded, so the excuse could not be that it was busy. We expected more from a Steven Starr restaurant. Service in his restaurants has always been pleasant and helpful."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The garden at Talula's was the perfect location for my husband and me to celebrate a special occasion. The ambiance was perfect, the staff was attentive, and the food was to die for. We enjoyed every bite we consumed. We will certainly be returning for the next special occasion we can think up."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Fantastic food. The portion size and recommendations were very odd. I was dinning alone, and ordered a few courses (threE) assuming they were small. After I ordered, my waitress recommended ordering not one, but two cheeses...Naturally, I inferred the dishes *must* be small. Why else would she recommend I order more? I felt upsold and conspicuous as large portions kept appearing on my table. I took more than half of the food home, and mentioned it to the manager. This is an oversight on the part of the staff. The manager made me feel worse saying, 'yes. I noticed you ordered rather a lot'. I'm a 130 pound 5'9, and shouldn't need to made to feel guilty or awkward when the waitress tried to sell me on more food and did not help with ordering."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We looked for a good dining spot for after the play in town. Found T's and looked over their menu and said,....oh yes. Ta's did NOT disappoint. My SO and I started with a cheese plate, that included a quick explanation of each presentation. Great way to open your diner experience. Just pick the one that appeals to you. Next my SO got the pork, with fava beans et al, and was very pleased. I got the scallops, and they were tasty, but a touch under sized. We shared the broccoli veggie and THAT was excellent, steamed then fried lightly broc with cheese and heavy spices. That is a repeat to make at T's. We finished with splitting the fig and mascarpone dessert, and again, was excellent. We did request and got an outside table."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I both enjoyed the tasting menu during the weekend of August 15th. It was truly an experience and did not leave us wanting for more food or more intriguing/masterful taste pairings. My wife also had the wine pairing. The variety of wines and insight from the sommelier into both the ingredients and why the wine was picked as a complement to the meal was impressive. Will definitely be back and looking forward to trying dishes off the ala carte menu."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had an excellent dinner with great service. Talula's is consistently outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We dined at Talula's Garden on Friday night and opted for the tasting menu. We generally love these as it provides an opportunity to sample many different plates from the menu. We both understand that it's typically more food to eat throughout the night… but this was A LOT of food. Too much. There is no need to serve an entire round of focaccia or a full bowl of pasta for each of us. A few bites of each course is more than enough to get through a tasting menu. Delicious food, but make sure your stomach is empty before choosing this tasting menu."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The most delicious, scrumptious food. The best service, the most beautiful garden! Talula's is a utopian oasis. If only I could eat every meal here."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "food was great. service was phenomenal. love this place."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "If you can snag a table, you can never go wrong with a night at Talulas! Especially of you get to sit outside in their garden masked in twinkling lights and lanterns. The cheese is the best board in the city by far. And the bluefin is the best fish dish I've ever had"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Everything we ate was delicious. We started with a cheese course that we truly loved. An aged gouda was outstanding. We then had 2 beginnings - the tuna and the mushrooms - both were yummy. And then we had 2 veggie dishes - the broccoli and potatoes - also very tasty. We highly recommend this restaurant. We were pre-theatre, but anytime would be a great time to go."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Had a WONDERFUL experience. We can for dinner before attending a show ( 6pm dinner for 7:30 show) and told them when we booked our reservation so they were aware. Even though we were on a time crunch we never felt rushed! Our server was just the right amount of attentive without being overly so an both managers on duty checked in kindly. Would highly recommend for a date night!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was a return visit for us to Talula's and it was even better than I remembered. Everything from the food, to the waitstaff, to the manager's attention to detail was outstanding. You can't go wrong with any of the choices and you will be glad you came."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I've been wanting to eat here for quite some time now. I finally went for my birthday and had a wonderful time. It's decorated beautifully. The service was exceptional and the server was very knowledgeable on all parts of the menu. The food lived up to my expectations and beyond. I highly recommend a visit to Talula's! (Don't miss out on the S'mores dessert if you like sweets!)"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My wife and I went there on a Monday evening and the place was buzzing. I checked in about 15 mins early and they were very courteous and asked me to wait to be seated till my wife also arrived. I had a drink at the outdoor bar which was very nice. When my wife arrived a little late, the manager seated us and asked if there was anything we wanted. Our waitress was very friendly and answered all our questions about the menu items. Thew food was great - all in all a very nice evening. Will definitely go there again!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This wonderful restaurant substantially raises the bar for all restauranteurs who want to operate at the top of the class. Incredible food and wine served beautifully in a lovely setting. Our only minor gripe - a bit too much laid on by the waiter regarding preparation. The menu provides the ingredients which are fresh and natural...their is no need for much more from the waiter - unless of course, the guest continues to have questions"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Food was great. This was my first time trying foie gras and it could not have gone better. It was truly delicious. Shrimp appetizer and mushroom soup were exquisite. The veal agnolotti were outstanding. Trout was great. I wish we had been able to fit in a cheese board - they looked phenomenal. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Attentive staff. Food is very good. A beautiful spot for outdoor dining."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Recently had Sunday Brunch with 3 friends at Talula's Garden. It was a beautiful day and so we sat outside in the patio section. The setting was serene with all of the flowers and greenery surrounding us. Just a great ambiance - a little oasis in the city. The waitress we had was superb and the manager checked in to see how we were enjoying the meal. All of us had breakfast entrees. The blueberry pancakes were amazing as were the omelets. Highly recommend this place. I'd look forward to going back for brunch again soon."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Went for brunch. Didn't get to sit in the garden but it looked lovely. I had a nice view of Washington Square park. The inside was welcoming and comfortable. Love the tall ceilings. This restaurant attracts all walks of life and all kinds of people - love it! Friendly and attentive service but not so much to be annoying. When I told my friends I went there they were impressed and surprised I got a reservation. Obviously it is well known but what I enjoyed was the welcoming, down to earth experience. Yes the menu is a little out of the ordinary but I didn't feel out of place."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My friends and I loved our meals as well as our drinks and the restaurant is so cute! We will definitely be coming back here. The service was also very good, they were fine with 2 of my friends running about 30 minutes late. The only thing was my friend asked for coffee and it was a bit delayed, but overall great service. Highly suggest for extremely fresh, lovely food and spot on decor!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Everything is really tasty. Great use of herbs, great crunches."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I come to Talula's every time I'm home in Philly and the experience is always satisfying. Everything on the menu is delicious and the service is outstanding. If you can go for Sunday brunch, request a table outside in the shade and you will be very happy!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Talula's Garden is a wonderfully romantic spot in the middle of Philadelphia. The cheese plates are legend, the menu is fresh and constantly updated, the entrees always impress, and the service is always attentive. But more important, I think, is the atmosphere. It fosters a sense of intimacy with your party throughout your visit. And if you are lucky enough to get a seat in the outdoor garden area, you are treated to the soft lights hushed sounds which truly make the experience unique. I recommend dining at Talula's, you will be glad you did."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was the first time I dined here. A couple people recommended it to me. I am very happy that I ate here. The service and food was exceptional. We did however order an appetizer that I did not particularly like, The server recognized that we did not eat it and asked for our feedback. A couple minutes later a manager stopped by our table to let us know that it was taken off our check. They did not have to do that but was greatly appreciated. The food was fresh and the portions were adequate. Overall, I definitely will come back and will recommend to friends."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "small portions... tasty... no 'wow' factor for the prices though. attentive service large place w high ceilings... nice dining feel, energetic but not too loud"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The best outside dining spot in all Philadelphia. Outstanding food, always fresh and creative."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had a wonderful dinner at Talula's on Friday. We shared a cheese plate which was out of this world. I ordered the Veal Agnolotti and my BF had the trout. Both were fantastic. Add to that the crispy yukon gold potatoes and two refreshing cocktails and it made for a truly memorable evening."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Beautiful, deliciousness, superb service - couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service, perfect for a birthday occasion"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "What is there to say but truly great restaurant. Not for the faint of heart money wise though but would rather spend it here than any dumb chain restaurant. Food is excellent (mushroom soup (mine) and grilled shrimp (hers) apps we're sumptious. Swordfish and bluefish entrees were cooked to perfection. Even the sorbet dessert was outstanding. Service is experienced, knowledgeable and spot on. All and all just a fabulous restaurant whether sitting inside or out"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Talula's garden is a great place to go pre-theater. We had special appetizers and each of us tried a different type of pasta, and we all enjoyed trying them all. The desserts were scrumptious and we especially loved those featuring the local fruits."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We visited Talulah's on a pretty hot summer day but, somehow, the Garden was pleasantly cool. We had a wonderful alfresco dining experience with amazing cuisine, attentive service, and, of course, gorgeous ambiance."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "great food and drink, great service, great ambiance - the Garden is great"
    Dined on 8/5/2014