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Talulla's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.talullas.com
  • Email: info@talullas.com
  • Phone: (919) 933-1177
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Turkish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Aligül Sevil
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz every Friday starts at 10:30pm.
    International Dance Parties on Saturday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Roberson Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Talulla’s offers complimentary valet parking.
A word from Talulla's
When you walk through the shadowed glass doors of Talulla's, an instant transformation begins to occur. Your mind and body begin to relax. Your ears pick up on the eclectic mix of music. Your eyes wonder around the walls, decorated in Turkish rugs; then the ceilings, scattered with warm, unique lighting pieces; then the floors... the dark, hardwood floors; and finally, across the plush seating areas, disguised by cushions and pillows and fabric leisurely draped around the frames.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "This is one of Chapel Hill's truly outstanding restaurants!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant based on OpenTable ratings and glad that we did. Based on our server's recommendations, we ordered a nice wheat based draft beer (similar in taste to Blue Moon), Talulla’s Salad, Mezze Platter, Falafel Platter, Kazan Dibi and Creme Chocolate and Turkish coffe. Freshly baked turkish bread was served with roasted red pepper sauce. Everything was incredibly delicious. Nice decor and spacious seating. Good location with outdoor seating for alfresco dining - plenty of parking nearby."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "A not-very-fancy but comfortable place with a warm feel. VERY good servers. Very helpful and polite. The food was very close to five star, but I'm a tough grader."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The appetizers were very good as was the sutlac dessert. The Sultan dish used a chicken that was pressed or treated and was a real disappointment. I cannot believe a restaurant like this cannot use a real chicken breast. My wife's sea bream was overcooked so a little bit tough although tasted fine."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Used an open table gift certificate, no problems whatsoever."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I seldom take the time to write reviews, especially given the high expectations that I have for the margin that most restaurants charge. My meal here was an exception. Absolutely delicious food, tremendous service, valet parking and a very competent staff. The place was busy on a Saturday night, and appropriately so. I live in Charlotte, NC and this place is definitely on my "repeat" list. Two of us split two appetizers (liver was awesome) and the meat platter. That was tons of food."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We ordered The appetizer plate with hummus and baba ganoush and other dips and it was wonderful. A hot plate of hummus and a basket of hearty bread started us off right. Probably the best dish was my eggplant baked with tomato sauces and herbs. Chicken kabobs were very juicy and tender. Turkish coffee was a little grainy for my taste but I guess that's what it's about! We would go back to try different things."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Had dinner with friends that live in the area while I was travelling and food and service was excellent. atmosphere was great and reco sitting in the window seats if party of 4. nice cozy spot to enjoy good food and company. try it you will not be disappointed"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Had high expectations, but perhaps they were too high based on reading other reviews. Server was friendly. Atmosphere was good. Food was mediocre. Lamb kebab was extremely undercooked. If there is a term to describe meat that is between raw and rare, then that describes a few pieces of the lamb, while other pieces were thoroughly cooked. The inconsistency makes it seem like a clear error in the meat preparation. Food also took an unusually long time to be served."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I like going to Talulla's. It's the only Turkish restaurant in Raleigh/Durham/Cary area that serves traditional dishes from Turkish cuisine. When I say traditional, I don't mean kebabs and pides. I mean the vegetable dishes (which may also contain a small amount of meat, but still mainly vegetable) you'd enjoy only in Turkey. The menu is rich with good selection of dishes that range from cold/hot mezes (those scrumptious Turkish appetizers) to kebabs, from traditional main courses to pides. It's the best menu I have seen any Turkish restaurant in the Triangle area. Portions are a bit large. but I doubt that it'd be a turn-off with most customers. The atmosphere is lively though it can get a bit noisy. Service is excellent. Must try!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We drove from Greensboro on the recomendation of a friend to celebrate my partner's birthday. Talulah's was everything and more. The service was impeccable! Tahir was fabulous, and the food was flavorful and delicious. I would recomend to anyone visiting Chapel Hill to go eat here"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "With many middle eastern restaurants the spice and flair is in your face. Talullas was closer to fine dining. The food was wonderful and nuanced. Not just an unusual ethnic meal, but a great meal by any count. We will be back very soon."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant with people that have been to Turkey, and I have also brought some of my friends that have not been to Turkey. Everyone loves the food here. The bread is amazing, and the variety on the menu is astounding. Try the Manti and/or the Sultan's delight. It is probably not something that you would randomly try, but you will be glad that you did."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "My husband and I ate at Talulla's and while it has been almost 10 years since I have eaten there, not much has changed. The food is good, but not spectacular. Being of Middle Eastern descent, I always have high hopes for any Middle Eastern cuisine. I ordered the lamb kabob, which was superbly cooked (tender and full of flavor) but my biggest complaint would be that there was too little lamb and too much "filler." That being said, we both enjoyed dinner there and would recommend it to anyone looking to try Turkish cuisine, just keep in mind it is a little rough around the edges."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were impressed with the freshness and quality of the food. There were two large parties so our service wasn't great. The clientele was not college students, which we appreciated, as it's on Franklin Street. Reasonably priced for delicious fresh food. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The appetizers and entrees were absolutely delicious! unfortunately the desserts were not the same quality, actually very disappointing and the service extremely slow which really decreased the enjoyability of our experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great all around. Entrees were an 8/10 but bread & hummus were 15/10. Amazing."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I have had Turkish food in a lot of places, including New York and Washington, D.C., but this is the best I have ever had. The food was outstanding and reasonably priced. The service was attentive. The atmosphere is intimate and lively. I will definitely return next time I am in the Triangle area."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was our 4th time at Talula's... first three were terrific, this time was not. Service, wine, food... all below our expectations. Has something changed? I'd love you to review your wine list and revise your white selections! Not sure we'll be back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Talulla's has been a favorite of ours for when we want something a little different. Their menu of mostly Turkish food always provides a different palate in terms of the seasonings used and the use of ingredients. The food is always well prepared and most important of all it always tastes good! They also have many vegetarian selections on their menu that makes it easy for groups. We went for Valentine's Day, and they had a fixed price menu but had enough choices that everyone could find something they'd love. For an extra fee they also had a wine pairing for each dish that was well done. The only pairing I didn't care for was the dessert wine, which should have been sweeter or more fruit forward in my opinion. But the desserts were great!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a great experience at Talulla's.This is an exceptional restaurant .Friendly service , amazing food , great atmosphere.The wine list is also charming . They have great selection of wines from all over the world . We had a wonderful time.Seriously authentic food.I would recommend this place to my friends any any random visitor in Chapel Hill . We can't wait to go back ."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "So crowded. no special attention, meals delayed, mix ups and we felt we had to pay more attention to the restaurant instead of on each other. Not a great romantic valentines day. My meal was room temp as if it was sitting for a while. The food tasted good. Would like to try again on different night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I went to Talulla's for Valentines dinner with my family, they had the prefix menu and we all ordered different items. I tried all of them and to our disappointment the food served was subpar. Chicken was like rubber, lamb had too much fat and chewy.... sauces didn't taste good at all!!! We all were very excited to go to this place but after the dinner we( group of four) all said this place is not good at all...lots of hype!!! Won't go back!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went to Talulla's for Valentine's Day because most restaurants in the area were full. By sitting at the bar, we could order off the regular menu, as restaurants featured a special menu for this day. What a wonderful dining experience. I kept saying to my date, my tastebuds are exploding. Starting with the bread and the dip, wish I could tell you what it was, and a hummus appetizer, this was a very pleasant dining experience. As a main course, we shared an eggplant dish that an eggplant lasagna of sorts, but with feta, and a lamb shishkabob. Combined with a glass of wine, every bite was just exquisite. Of all the restaurants in Chapel Hill, this one I will be visiting again. A very unique dining experience with quality."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have eaten here before and the food and service has always been very good. Sadly, I can't say the same about my most recent trip. When we arrived for our reservation the only table they had open was a booth in the bar. The booth was cute and at first it was a little romantic. After 15 minutes of sitting in the booth by ourselves the charm faded away. When a server finally arrived we were rushed to order our wine and appetizers. The good news is our drinks and appetizers arrived quickly. The bad news is that was our only visit for 30+ minutes. We were going to have dinner but instead we had a single glass of wine and a few appetizers- that's it. The poor service turned a 100$ visit into a 30$ visit."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten! Friendly staff and great atmosphere!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Visited this restaurant with a friend who had been there several times. It was a perfect evening; food was awesome. So many good choices on the menu, I asked the wait person for help in choosing. All 3 of us had different entrees, couldn't decide which meal I liked the best. Would definitely go back. Highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "This was a good meal all around. The kabobs were spicy and tasty. The service was also solid."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I had 10 friends over from out of state and we went here for my birthday! It was incredible, the server was patient and took pictures and the food was incredible as well. highly recommend"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Our server helped us through the menu since we were not familiar with Turkish food. I ordered the whole fish which turned out to be ok but I regret not having chosen the more distinctly Turkish fare. My wife had one of their weekend-only dishes and that was the winner. Rice pudding was better than average but we will try something different next time. The ambiance is great. The rugs on the wall are beautiful pieces of art and help to keep the noise level down. Service was excellent and the price was reasonable."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food was wonderful and better than we recall from our trip to Turkey! Presented well by very pleasant staff."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We went to try this place as a part of the Triangle Restaurant Week, and it did not disappoint! We had the phyllo-wrapped tilapia and the Sultan's Delight with beef, and boy was it tasty! I could eat the eggplant sauce all day long!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "we gathered to celebrate restaurant week and a friend's birthday. the food was delicious. outstanding service."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "It's our first time to the place but not with Mediterranean food. The selection they lined up for restaurant week all sounded exquisite, so it was a matter of taste. For starters, the yaprak dolmasi and the mucver were flavorful and not too heavy. my date selected the sebzeli musakka, I went with the beef sultan's delight. Musakka is definitely recommended to all vegetarians. My sultan's delight is a delight. The beef was tender, the sauce was delicious. I would have asked for more of the sauce if I could. For dessert, we got their baklava and kazan dibi. Both were good but nothing extraordinary. Over all, we're content with what we received that night and we're definitely coming back to try their other food."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "From the bread to the baklava, the food at Talulla's is melt-in-your-mouth satisfaction."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great location, even though it is hard to park on Franklin St. In terms of service, I don't have any complaints - it was outstanding. Food, however, was somewhat disappointing from the last time I visited this restaurant. I will give it another try and order something different."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious food...I'd put it up against any restaurant in the area. Every time I go I'm torn between having my old favorites and trying something new because everything I try quickly becomes another favorite. My favorite cold mezze would be the grape leaves. My favorite hot mezze is the manti, but the falafel and veal liver come in a close second place. All of the entrees are delicious, but I especially like the Sultan's Delight. You also can't go wrong with dessert. There's a sweet and savory cheese pastry that I sometimes dream about. The staff is extremely friendly and makes you feel like family. There's an extensive wine list, but the best value can be found in the Turkish wine selections on the back page."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We loved it there and would go again. The food was very good and the background music fit the food and surroundings. Excellent!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Been here many times and alwyas find the food to be consistently good."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Just loved Talullas - the avg. rating is accurate. Don't miss the dolmas - delicious. Every part of the meal was fantastic. Went twice in a week as our out of town guest was a real fan. She's telling other travelers to not miss Talullas when they are in the area. Lucky us! it's right in our neighborhood so we will visit often."
    Dined on 12/28/2013