About 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.

456 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Turkish, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Roberson Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 933-1177

Website:
http://www.talullas.com/

Parking Details:
Talulla’s offers complimentary valet parking.

Executive Chef:
Aligül Sevil

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Talulla's Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (33)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for a Date (21)
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Creative Cuisine (18)
Romantic (15)
Cozy (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Casual (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Healthy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Vegan (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Kinda busy that night. Took awhile to get out drink orders taken.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Love this place, its not a vegetarian place but there are lots of good options. Great cozy atmosphere and terrific service

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Talulla's is a long time favorite. The food is authentic, the atmosphere is warm and cozy, and the service is friendly and competent. But as much as I've enjoyed it in the past, the food itself has taken a step up. It clearly was prepared with care. The salad was fresh and nuanced. My wife's kebab's were seasoned and grilled to perfection. The lamb shank was just right and fell off the bone. Our friends had fried anchovies as a main course, and they were light and crunchy and mild. In other words, just right.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent meal with excellent service. They REALLY know how to cook fish!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and smiling service as usual

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The kebabs were great, as was the bread. The Kafta kebab was especially good. The zucchini Mucver was underwhelming though, so other appetizers might be a better choice.

The place has a very cozy feel to it, but a table for two reservation will likely leave you right next to the toilet on a busy evening, which isn't that cozy.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

First experience with Turkish food. Triangle Restaurant Week was a perfect chance to try it and we really enjoyed ourselves! Very good service; waitress took the time to describe each item, reminded us about each course and the accompanying wine. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We like Middle Eastern cooking, and Talulla's is absolutely one of the best.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on January 25, 2018

It was my birthday and also triangle restaurant week, so we got a three course meal at such a great value!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We experienced ery good service; good food and wine

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vegan
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant with great food and service. One of our favorites.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Good cocktails, nice wine, flavorful meal, charming waitress (cousin of the owner; her young son was a stitch, trying to help). The Turkish rugs on the walls were splendid.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The dipping sauce was wonderful. Bread was heavenly. The leg of lamb was the hit of the table. Didn’t even taste like lamb, falling off bone. Only thing different was the Turkish coffee...1/3 of tiny cup was grounds, although very good.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Loved the service and the ambiance. We had the private seating with the pillows and curtains. Very cool option!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 19, 2018

One of our favorite places for family occasions or when friends are visiting. We love Turkish cuisine and Tallula’s food is equal to anything we had in Turkey. The staff is friendly and attentive without hovering, and is helpful in explaining unfamiliar dishes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We all agreed this was one of the best restaurant experiences we have had in a while!
We had such a good time. The food was fabulous - each and every dish. The service was exceptional. And the ambiance was so comfortable - Persian rugs on the wall and wooden
floors.

We would go back in a minute!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I was transported back to Sultan Ahmet District of Istanbul. Excellent, authentic Turkish cuisine, which is one of the world's best. Our guests, who had never had Turkish cooking, were so pleased!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is one of our favorites -- inexpensive enough for everyday but also wonderful for special occasions. And our grandkids love it too!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food and friendly service! The dining area does feel a little cramped, but it's still a nice, cozy place to have a good meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My husband and I had dinner here for the first time two nights ago (a Saturday). We were seated at a wonderfully romantic table in the corner, a couple of steps above the main dining floor. We ordered ground lamb/ground beef dumplings as an appetizer. They were outstanding. As was the complimentary bread with a most fantastic perhaps red-pepper & oil dip to accompany. For dinner, my husband had the lamb shank and I had a shaved lamb dish. The names were authentic and not something I could pronounce, so apologies for not naming them properly in this review. Both meals were excellent. The lamb was SO tender and flavored wonderfully. The only downside was the Turkish coffee at the end. It had TONS of coffee grounds in every single sip. I could not finish it. I Googled Turkish coffee while trying to get through it. It's supposed to have some grounds at the bottom, but not the entire cup. Aside from that, it was a great experience. Oh yes -- parking is a problem in this area. All of the street parking spots were gone. We parked in a small lot that seemed to belong to an auto repair shop on the corner. There was no place to pay for parking here so we were very nervous the whole dinner that we'd have a ticket or be towed. Luckily, no problems.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We are from Turkey, and many in the family are gourmet cooks/foodies. Talulah's is really authentic and delicious, it never disappoints.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Tallulah's is one of our favorite local restaurants, and this evening was no exception. The Turkish cuisine is as good as we've had anywhere in the country. Tables are sufficiently separated to allow for a conversation without your neighbor in your lap. Even though it's on Franklin Street, free valet parking is right in front.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went to Talulla's for Christmas dinner because it was one of only a few restaurants open in our area. We were pleasantly surprised by what a great experience we had! We ordered off of a prix fixe menu, and found all of the food to be exceptionally good. Though we had never been to Talulla's before (we live in Durham), I imagine we will make the drive to Chapel Hill again in the near future!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food and the ambiance was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and gracious. We had a wonderful night out!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent Turkish restaurant-good service and food is always well prepared. Lovely atmosphere, highly recommended

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Fine. It’s been one of our favorites for years.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

So wonderful and authentic...the food and service are amazing and reasonably priced...and the ambiance is very nice as well. I am so, so glad we discovered Tallulas.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our waiter was great, good recommendations for food choices. Very attentive staff. Delicious food. Fun evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

An authentic find - delicious food and a kind waitress with a lovely setting...such interesting food choices. We were there with a Persian friend who was very impressed with the offerings.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The lamb shank special never disappoints !! Worth the drive from Durham to Chapel Hill!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I've been to Turkey and enjoyed the food there, but not at Talulla's. The lamb was the best thing we had, but it was very fatty. Both the anchovies and the vegetable dumplings had little taste. The anchovies came with a pretty salad though. I was especially disappointed because it is rated so highly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent place! Food was great, ambiance is nice, service was excellent. Highly recommended

Tags: Authentic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great Thanksgiving pre fixe menu with excellent wine pairings. A lot of fun and maybe a new tradition!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving Dinner. They had a Pre-Fix menu, and it was really interesting. It was advertised as a "Turkish Inspired" Thanksgiving meal, but really, it was just a Turkish Meal. My gluten free boyfriend had the salad (which was amazing), the lamb (which was fork tender), and a chocolate custard (which was very good!). I had the fritters (great), the fish (it was OK, but because it was cooked on the grill and then baked in pastry, it was VERY smoky) and the baklava (awesome!). We also had the wine pairings, which were very good! We would go back for another meal, given the chance!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great upscale place for a beautiful dinner. I recommend for anyone to get a taste of a very delicious meal.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I made a reservation on Open Table and when we arrived They had our reservation, but didn’t have our table set up. They scrambled to find a table for 2 for us. The service was marginal, slow and our waiter was less than attentive, giving us minimal attention. The food was good and well prepared. The portions were small for the price. The noise level was high and it wold be difficult if you were hearing impaired.

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food was amazing! The price is a little high for the portion. Either give bigger portions or lower the price. I would, however, be a return customer.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Loved the ambience and food! Great service ! Will definitely visit again.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We booked a table for nine for a business meal and had a great time. The server was very knowledgeable and helpful. She recommended a sample platter of cold mezas and put together a platter of warm mezas as well that were excellent. I had the Mediterranean sea bass fish special which was light, flaky with a wonderful smoky quality. Very flavorful. I had a flan-like desert that was very good, but others ordered a chocolate mousse that they said was divine. The Turkish coffee came in ornate little brass enclosed cups with lids and seemed authentic, though it was only the second time I had Turkish coffee, so I'm not the best judge. Overall, we had a very enjoyable meal and could just focus on enjoying our companions.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was excellent . We lived in Turkey for 6 years and can vouch for the quality and authenticity of the dishes. Service was friendly and attentive. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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