Talula’s Garden
Talula’s Garden

Talula’s Garden

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.talulasgarden.com/
  • Phone: 2155927787x
  • 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: 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
693 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (554)fit for foodies (528)special occasion (468)romantic (375)neighborhood gem (298)hot spot (187)great for brunch (175)notable wine list (140)good for groups (122)scenic view (85)great for lunch (53)vibrant bar scene (46)late-night find (36)kid-friendly (20)Show More
  • Perfect Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Just a beautiful, well-staffed restaurant that effortlessly executes farm to table dining without pretentiousness. That said, it is on the pricey side and may not be suitable for family dining. For a great meal with a special someone or a group of friends, this place gets the best in show award. The ambiance is phenomenal, with the warm natural setting outdone only by the quality and thoughtfulness of the menu. Get there while they still have the seasonal fried pumpkin pie! They really brought out the pumpkin flavor without diluting it with excess sugar. Ideal partner for the vanilla cappacino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch, great atmosphere
    dglo
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We just went for brunch before a show, we requested to sit outside under the heat lamps. Very quaint. We split the mushroom frittata with manchego and chard and the pear crepes. Both were delicious. To keep us warm on this chilly day we had coffee with a cordial which was an excellent way to start brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    What a great spot for brunch which would have been even better had it not been so cold and windy as we could have sat outside. My husband loved his breakfast burger--said it was out of bounds! My crepe was ok--some herb used was a bit overpowering and it was a bit dry. The baked goods trio that we started with was wonderful--I could have eaten the pumpkin muffins and apple/cheese danish all day long. The special anniversary touch at the end--salted caramels--was greatly appreciated. Definitely a place we'll try again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food
    goldie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The restaurant was recommended to us by a couple our first night in Philadelphia. The only reservation we were able to get was for brunch on Sunday the last day of our stay but it was worth the wait. We shared the everything bagel with lox and then spilt the eggs Benedict. They were a amazing!!! I couldn't keep our eyes from our neighbors table since everything looked delicious. The chocolate chip pancakes looked super yummy but I couldn't put another bite in my mouth. The pancakes at Talula's Garden will be a must on my next visit to Philadelphia. Don't miss this wonderful dinning experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really noisy but...
    HBcook
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We tried to sit in the twinkly garden but it was a little cool and breezy so we were seated inside. At first they tried to seat us at a two-top in the bar....NO! Were from out of town and want a good experience based on what we've read and why we chose this restaurant! Open table restaurants rarely honour your seating requests noted on the reservation. Anyway, we were seated in a just okay spot but since it was by the door, it was good people watching. The server was great, had wine we liked, and the food was fabo! I think anything you order would be great. Highly recommend, but it is very loud!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable for our anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here; was terrific. A romantic environment outside, and the food was excellent. My wife had the chicken under a brick, and it was SO tender and tasty, and the potatoes it came with were just as good. I had the fisherman stew, which was also excellent but less filling. I'd recommend ordering a side dish with the stew; the chicken dish was plenty to eat on its own. We began the meal with a cheese plate which was also outstanding. The wait staff was informative and responsive to our questions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommended
    Jewels
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A year between visits is too long but it was like having eaten there yesterday! The food and service are outstanding. The cheese selection is a highlight as is the wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GLew
    GLew
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Talula's Garden is the finest restaurant in Philadelphia. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about menu specifics and always make the best recommendations. The interior is gorgeous, and the exterior garden takes your breath away at night. But - it really is all about the food. The food is prepared with incredible care, everything is unique and beyond delicious, and all food is presented like pieces of art. We have celebrated birthdays and other important life events at Talula's - for those special memories, it is where we want to be. Do not miss an opportunity to enjoy a meal you won't soon forget at Talula's Garden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor sevice can ruin a good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was good, and likely it was excellent, but it was marred by bad service. Waitress hardly ever checked in with us to see how we were doing. She would regularly service the table next to ours with her back to us, and never turn around to check on us. (who does that?) We tracked her down for water refills, for the check, and also to first even order. Seated and my husband joined 10 mins later, and it wasn't until 15 mins after that, that she came over, no bread brought, no checking in, no second chance to order our drinks (we had told her we would wait for him. IMHO the minute he sat, she should have asked for our drink order. Very dissapointed in this Stephen Starr place, others are excellent and we've frequented them all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    luv2eatlocal
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Talula's Garden is one of my favorite restaurants... I love that the food is local and farm to table, I can eat everything and know that it is good for me, the environment and is helping local farmers and it is so tasty to boot!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great American farm to table
    CdkatzVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great food and a very romantic spot. We had an ok meal last fall and decided to give this place another chance and we were not disappointed. Each bite was loaded with complex flavors that we couldn't get enough of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best. Restaurant. Experience. Ever.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I have only been really living in Philadelphia for the last couple of years and have sampled a lot of restaurants. I would have to say I was blown away by Talula's Garden. From the smells, sights, and just overall ambiance of the place, was really well done. I love the "farm-to-table" concept and it seemed that every single dish had something special, something unique, and something delicious. If you want to try something new, and maybe price isn't too much of a concern (as a special occasion), check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bootsy
    Bootsy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything here is fabulous. When I am at Talulahs I don't want to leave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quaint & Delicious
    Brad
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Talula's is the perfect brunch or dinner spot for Washington Square. The restaurant layout is perfect and the actual garden itself is beautiful. Food was delicious and came out in a timely manner as well. This is a must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration Brunch
    JacquesMumphrey27
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We returned to Talula's for brunch to celebrate a job promotion, and what a delicious celebration we had. The food was incredible, and our only difficulty was that we wanted to try too many items on the menu. Our server was very prompt, attentive, and friendly. The homey feel of the restaurant was welcoming as always. We used the valet parking service this time, and they were also very friendly and attentive. If anything, our only small complaint is that the noise level rose as the morning grew later, so if we were to do brunch again, we'd go earlier, but if you're someone who enjoys a lively atmosphere, late morning brunch is for you. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wanted a delicious meal anytime of day.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Outstanding service and a wonderful menu made our anniversary dinner a great one. We very much enjoyed this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occassion restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Third time eating here. What is most impressive is the consistency. We have ordered duck each time, and each time it was exceptional. Service is also excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just as good the second time around
    SulmaxVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our second meal at Talula's. We had the tasting menu the first time, but this time we decided to order from the regular menu. Everything was absolutely delicious. And the service was outstanding. We definitely look forward to going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Talula's Garden a Blooming Delight
    Mike
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If you want a great setting with some of the best food in Philadelphia - Talula's Garden is the place. Farm to table cuisine at it's very best. Attention to detail on everything from the service of the wait staff to the deep knowledge of food, wine paring and uniqueness the chef prepares.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite on philly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Pork belly was amazing still thinking about it Carnivores delight with great veggies
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • xexam
    Exam1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A favorite. Consistant good service and food. Our waiter was knowledgeable and described each selection perfectly, especially the cheeses. You'd be hard pressed to find anything better -- enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Favorite
    kenandruthVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Talula's Garden is our current favorite Philadelphia restaurant. The menu changes seasonally and the options are always inventive, creative and delicious. This is about our tenth visit and it won't be our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply the Best in Philadelphia
    RussVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We couldn't have had a better evening to celebrate our 33rd Anniversary. Tasting menu was outstanding. Chef accommodated my wife's food allergies with creative selections. The service was attentive including the managers who made it a point to make our evening special. We have dined at Talula's since it opened and will continue to be loyal patrons. Thank you.
    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, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    RossMcKVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Everything about Talula's Garden was superb, except perhaps the noise level. It's busy and full, but the food was fantastic. We began with a cheese plate ("Not your Granny's") that was excellent and well chosen. Our mains (trout and tilefish) were very tasty. The Side broccoli is highly recommended. And our desserts (apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream and gingerbread with pear sorbet) were memorably good, esp. with the Dandelion Vineyards 30 year old Pedro Ximenez. Very well selected wine list. In short, we had superb meal. We eat out a lot, and this was memorably good. Very highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tremendous Experience
    BlueBellFoodie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My wife and I celebrated her birthday at Talulah's Garden. I must say it was one of the top dining experiences we have had. The garden was beautiful. Our waiter Eric was fantastic. His knowledge of the cheeses on the cheese plate impressed me. His recommendations were spot on! We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    food was great, service was amazing and the place is pretty cool!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently one of the best
    DemandingDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    While "local" and "seasonal" are almost becoming clichés, this place restores your faith in both. Such a treat to walk in on the first cold day of Fall and be greeted by the aromas of the Fall menu. Aside from seasonality, dishes are consistently imaginative and flawlessly executed. Add knowledgeable and friendly service, and you have all the ingredients for a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    SohoVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Brunch did not live up to its hype Dinner is much better. The food is typically awesome. Brunch was much less than stellar
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great every time!
    Sooz
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We have never had anything but a wonderful experience here. Whether inside or out, the place is beautiful, but not stuffy. The food always tastes like the best xxxxx I've ever eaten - whether it be the best brunch, the best scallops, you name it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Talula's Garden as a special occasion destination - whenever we've brought guests here, they've thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • will go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went for brunch before the theatre. Great food. Unfortunately was seated by the bathrooms before I realized that. Therefore, was annoying the constant flow and banging of door. Other than our table location, place was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent expierience all around. Quality of food and service, beautiful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SadieVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The restaurant is gorgeous with a very appealing ambience. We enjoyed a very relaxed-pace dinner with wonderful and unrushed service. That said, I tasted 5 different dishes and thought they were mediocre (goat cheese mezzaluna) or the flavors were strong, but not particularly appealing (chicken under a brick, charred broccoli). The cheese plates are fine, but you can get more generous portions with more interesting accompaniments at other restaurants (especially considering the price).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tami
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a wonderful birthday dinner for my husband! The cheese plates are fabulous and service was superb! We will be back!
    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!
    gusslefuss
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Talula's garden was a great experience. The outside garden was very beautiful and we were seated right away. It was a windy day however, and after my napkin blew away we requested to be seated inside and the wait staff was very accommodating. Both pastas we got-the ravioli with the chanterelle mushrooms and the gnocchi were amazing. The foie gras appetizer hit so many different flavors as I tasted it-each bite was satisfying. I would definitely reccomend Talula's as one of the best restaurants I've eaten at in philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best chicken ever
    mutti
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I'm not sure that you can ever eat a better roasted chicken than the one prepared here. The cheese platters are amazing, our waitress was wonderful suggesting perfect wine pairings! The roasted brussel sprouts were sublime and the ricotta doughnuts...melted in your mouth! I must also mention the gnocchi, which were pillows of potato wonderfulness...This restaurant was perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect and pricey
    PhillyFoodie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This may be one of the more expensive restaurants in Philadelphia, but it is sensational. The food is delicious- every dish was perfectly crafted and delightful. The service was especially outstanding- the manager who delivered our cheese plate seemed like an expert as he presented each cheese with great detail, and they were able to move our party of 4 inside, at my mothers request, once it became comically windy in the garden. The ambience is awesome - from the quirky city garden outdoors to the warm and inviting deco interior. I would totally return for another special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the second chance
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I previously had a poor experience here for brunch, and the manager kindly called to apologize and gave me a gift certificate. I returned for dinner with my boyfriend, and while the service experience was greatly improved (our waiter was great), the food was disappointing. Our first non-cheese course came out an hour and a half after we sat down, was cold, and under-seasoned. The second course was unimpressive. The manager kindly removed the first course from our bill and gave us a complimentary dessert, but the overall experience was disappointing. The manager assured us that if we came back we would have an excellent experience, but we'd already tried. I can't justify spending any more here- the service doesn't compensate for the food.
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  • excellent
    Madisonsmom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant was all around lovely!! Food was delish and our waiter John was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, good experience
    FoodLover9
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our waiter was very knowledgable about at dishes and wines. Our food was served promptly and beautifully plated. Romantic atmosphere while incorporating a casual vibe for groups and children. It may be a bit expensive to dine at Talula's but for fresh, local, organic or biodynamic artwork on a plate, it is certainly worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is Talula's Slipping?
    PhillyByChoiceVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We dined here for the third time in as many years and found the food more ordinary and the service more presumptuous than our prior visits. We shared the Autumn 8 cheese selection - the cheeses were delicious but the condiments and breads skimpy. My main course (scallops) was pedestrian, and my dining companion's gnocchi were tasteless. Two glasses of wine came in very different quantities (one 3-4 ounces, one 5-6 ounces), despite same wine, same size glasses. We happened to be dining outside and received scant attention to re-light the gas space heater placed near by (it took numerous requests for help). Given Talula's high prices, the food, beverages and service need to pretty close to perfect each time; our recent visit was not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet