Talulla's
Talulla's

Talulla's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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: Mediterranean, Turkish
  • 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Talulla's reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)neighborhood gem (39)romantic (37)good for groups (29)special occasion (27)notable wine list (11)great for outdoor dining (9)hot spot (8)great for lunch (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Excellent food!
    FriendlySkies
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    Came here in September with my Grandpa for his 65th Wedding Anniversary. Wasn't planning to come back while on this trip, but with the power out in most of Chapel Hill, I made a quick res on OpenTable (100 points! :cool: ) and our party of 7 was seated instantly. Ordered some of my favorite appetizers from last time and also received their amazing bread and tomato? dip. Everybody loved it! Entrées came out quickly and tasted great. Didn't hear any complaints from our table and everybody was actually happy the power went out.. Had it not, we'd have been at another restaurant in Chapel Hill. Until next time...!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The cold mezzes were the highlight of the meal. The main course was satisfactory. I rarely give a negative review based on service. The quality of the food is what's important to me when I dine out. However, the service here was so unprofessional that I cannot overlook it. The long and the short of it is that we waited upwards of 15 minutes for our table to be ready (even though we had a reservation), had little luck getting a drink while we waited, and when we were finally seated, were scolded by the waiter because we were "at the wrong table." Well apparently, being at the "wrong table" meant we received the wrong bill. I woke up the next morning to find two missed calls (both after 10pm) and two voicemails saying they had mixed up our bill (because they had seated us at the wrong table) and that we owed them more money. Just a super unprofessional and annoying experience all around. It's not our problem that they were unable to properly seat us or get us the correct bill. We'll pay the difference, but we will not be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love Tallulah's
    Lions
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Our favorite place in chapel hill, the food is exquisite.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tsbroome
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    my favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill, always great food, friendly service, beautiful atmosphere. Love this place for celebrating any special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Turkish Delight at Talulla's
    out4funVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Four of us enjoyed dinner at Talulla's. We shared a sampler platter as a starter. The platter included humus, tabouli, grape leaves and other favorites. We each selected entrees which featured lamb - all of which were delicious. Service was helpful, friendly, and attentive. Talulla's is highly recommended.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, Attentive Service
    sls222VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had the weekend special lamb doner kebab and a chicken kebab, and after 4 appetizers we were stuffed. Order the appetizers first, then wait before ordering your mains - you might not be as hungry as you think. Decent beer list. Large party the night we visited made for a loud room, but highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food
    Jsb1jsb
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We really enjoyed the choices on the menu, nice and interesting variety. The fish entrees were very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find in Chapel Hill
    arubafan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Sourced Talulla's on Google - restaurants near me. Wanted something original and different. Talulla's met the mark. Food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tallula's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants and we go here for our anniversary dinners and for non-occasions. The wait staff are excellent and very attentive but not intrusive. Food is excellent. At this meal we started with one of our favorites, Baked Hummus. It is delicious with their freshly baked bread and roasted red pepper dipping sauce. For our entries we ordered another favorite, Sultan's Delight, and tried a new dish for us, Talulla's Guvec. Both dishes were prepared expertly, were presented beautifully, and were delicious!! We have never been disappointed at Talulla's!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Birthday Dinner!
    Finstwrt
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    5 of us enjoyed our small plates and 3 ordered an entree. Save up your calories, the bread is awesome and they will bring it until you say stop. The small plates we had were all good, we both enjoyed the shrimp. We should have told the waiter 4 of us were 1st timers but we didn't so he didn't explain the menu but we didn't ask. We did mention that it was someone's birthday and they provided a nice complementary dessert to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marvelous experience!
    SweetLife
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were greeted warmly and brought to the table that I had requested through Open Table. Love the curtained booth by the window! Our server was excellent - beautiful smile, patient and spot-on with her recommendations. Baked hummus, mixed appetizer platter, lamb chops, two lamb specials, Turkish margaritas and apricot drinks, baklava and more -- every bit was fantastic. Such a memorable time! We'll be back again soon and we can't wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive service; Aromatic spices
    ThirdTime
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The service was excelent and attentive. Helpful explanations of dishes not well known to American palates. The use of ingredients and spices make for an adventuresome and enjoyable meal. We particularly like the mezze plates so that we can sample more of the offerings withou overindulging. Four mezzes with their bread and dipping sauce, ending with Turkish coffee, completely filled us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a wonderful surprise
    Yeswecan
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had booked a table at a notable restaurant in Raleigh - too tired to make the trip after a day of sightseeing, so we booked at Talullah's. What a happy change of plans! Every single detail, from our lovely window nook, to the fantastic waiter, to the divine Turkish food - all was top notch. We will be sure to put it on our itinerary the next time we come to Chapel Hill, and we will be telling our friends about it too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    FriendlySkies
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Was looking for something new to try with family that I was visiting in Chapel Hill. Very impressed with the place, though it did take a while to get the attention of the waiter. Food was excellent and I would certainly return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful date night
    JDS24
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My fiancée and I had a wonderful time here. Food was delicious and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is a hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went for a birthday celebration as a group of girls. It is everything we are hoping for and more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TBMCLT
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love Turkey and Turkish food. Talullah's was a great find. Excellent menu, very friendly staff and the food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep Returning
    Arturo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We have eaten here several times--the first time after our visit to Turkey in 2011. Their cuisine resembles what we ate throughout Turkey as much as any we have tasted since returning. We chose it recently to celebrate a BIG wedding anniversary. A can't-miss treat, in my opinion. Arturo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    KitScattVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Really enjoyed our visit. I'd not had Turkish food before, so this was such a delightfully interesting experience. The food was wonderful and the service was spot on. I really enjoyed the Manti and the Sultan's Delight. I also had the Sultan's margarita which is great if you love black licorice. I would not recommend it otherwise. Give this place a try! I think I've found my new favorite in Chapel Hill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun
    lovefoodVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere. Don't let the Turkish part scare you away…it's universally delicious food whether you like fish, meat or are vegetarian.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Turkish Delight!
    CuisineQueen
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food here is always outstanding, trust the staff with recommendations, they know their food very well. The service is impeccable and we always feel very welcome. The perfect place for a romantic meal or a date with friends. We like how the tables have space, you don't feel crammed in with other diners. Always end the evening with baklava!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Traveling4Food
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Really enjoyed dining at Talullah's! The service was excellent with great recommendations for what to order. I ate outside, which is along the somewhat busy sidewalk. Inside looked cozy and friendly. I tried four different mezzas that were all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Talulla's
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is one of our favorite places to eat a casual but delicious Turkish meal and they never disappoint. We also like the ambience and the service there. It's a very warm and inviting place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Turkish Delight
    Kaan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Talulla's is my favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill. If you enjoy amazing food and great atmosphere, then you should probably eat here ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We loved Tallulah from the moment we entered--the walls with their Anatolian carpets and the evening lighting make this a romantic space. The food held up to our expectations--we had been told this was one of the best places to eat in Chapel Hill. The mezze platters offer variety but are not too big, allowing you to order a main course as well. Among the mains, the grilled branzino and the delicious layered eggplant dish were really the standouts. The winelist is deep and varied, too. All in all a lovely time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place and good food!
    jaa03VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very good ambiance, helpful servers and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AllisMom
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The experience was great as always. One of our favorite places to dine. Great vegetarian options too. For instance, try the moussaka topped with best bechamel sauce ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 341 reviews are from the Talulla's reviews archive.
  • Fresh and delicious
    radsailor
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have been to Talullah's three times in several months. After the first visit, we were treated like old friends. The service is very friendly. I have ordered something different each time I ate there and each dish was fresh and wonderful. I had never eaten Turkish food before so I was a little wary, but now I look forward to returning often. On a side note, the steaming hot bread with a special dipping sauce that is brought to the table is itself worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SALUTE
    JISSVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Enjoyed Talulla's a great deal on both of my recent visits. The food is very fresh and and prepared with great flavors. A wide variety of options that will meet everyone's appetite. I recommend the fresh catch, outstanding. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend a great dining experience in Chapel Hill. (note: outside dining creates the feeling like you are in a european cafe) well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went here with a group of 10 for a friend's birthday. Service was awesome and they handled our large group really well. The food was SO GOOD- I can't believe I've never been here before having lived in Chapel Hill for so long. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was great. Had a great appetizer. Both entrees were great as well. Wonderful service and a great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sumptuous food
    AllisMom
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The chef has a real gift. Service goes above and beyond too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sajuVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was good, but the drinks need work. The cocktails were uninspired and the beer list was also lacking.
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  • Always fantastic
    Localsince01
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill -- always great food, service and experience.
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  • Tallula's
    Hungary
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Best restaurant in Chapel Hill; Great atmosphere service and food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ugh
    WashingtonVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The service was lousy, the cocktails were terrible, and the food wasn't anything to write home about. We won't be going back.
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  • Great food + service, cool rugs
    ShortBeaufortVisit
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was a very nice dinner, and the server was attentive and thoughtful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and charming
    FussyPat
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was very flavorful and well-prepared, beautifully presented. (I am no expert in Turkish food, but all the things we had seemed great to me.) The wine list is extensive and sophisticated, with many good choices for wine by the glass. The sour-cherry gin cocktail was terrific. Our server was gracious and attentive without being intrusive. The interior decor is very pleasant, restrooms were very nice. There is some outdoor seating on the sidewalk, though we chose the cooler inside space away from traffic fumes. On a Sunday night, only four tables were occupied at any one time, so the place was delightfully quiet (which is very important to me). We will definitely return when we visit CH in future.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • payton
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Went for my seventeen year old daughter's birthday, great for something different. Neat window seats on Franklin st. if you can get them. Bread and Red pepper sauce great...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lucky
    Penny
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Talulla's has two window alcoves that are perfect for privacy and conversation. The setting is wonderful, the service was superior, and the food very good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.