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Talulla's

4.7
4.7
1066 Reviews
$30 and under
Turkish
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    (919) 933-1177

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Aligül Sevil

  • Neighborhood

    Chapel Hill

  • Cross street

    Roberson Street

  • Parking details

    Talulla’s offers complimentary valet parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,066 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Fit for Foodies

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Healthy

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Special Occasion

  • Durham

    Fit for Foodies

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Durham

    Special Occasion

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  1. DV

    DianeV

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day was very busy and there was a staff shortage, but the servers stayed calm and did their best..the food was excellent. We had a very pleasant evening.
  2. LM

    LynnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A world away in the heart of Chapel Hill, Talulla’s recreates the flavors of the Mediterranean with their simple but elegant cuisine. Deliciously blended spices complement traditional dishes with a culinary experience akin to dining in the finest restaurants of Istanbul. Fresh bread with spicy tomato-pepper sauce comes with every meal. Choose entrees like freshly grilled branzini (sea bass) with lemon and olive oil and Iskender, marinated lamb on a bed of toasted croutons in a spicy yogurt-tomato sauce. Top off with yummy desserts like mini chocolate mousse or Turkish flan and your meal will be one you’ll want to repeat again.
  3. JR

    JimR

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a treasure for us to have such an amazing restaurant so nearby! I would imagine that the only way to get more delicious and more authentic Turkish cuisine would be to find a restaurant in Ankara or Istanbul. Even then it'll just be AS authentic and AS delicious. You can tell that this family-owned restaurant takes pride in its purpose and uses genuine spices from Turkey. My wife, my son, and myself all ordered different appetizers, different entrees, and desserts just so we could experience as much of the menu as possible. In the end, no one could decide who had made the most delicious choices...IT WAS ALL SO GOOD!! The waitstaff is welcoming, warm, and friendly. Canan especially took the time to make my family's dining experience so enjoyable that we felt like we had to return as well as book a flight to Turkey ASAP. Don't be intimidated by the menu if it seems unfamiliar. Experiment outside your comfort zone. You can't go wrong, every thing is delicious. You'll be glad you did.
  4. l

    lynn

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambience and service. Really great selection on menu with options for vegetarians,
  5. RM

    ReneM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything delicious! Will definitely be back!
  6. WG

    WilliamG

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my wife to Tallula's for our anniversary. Tallula's has been a special place for us as it is where we went after our wedding years back. The food and service was fantastic, as always, with personal attention that made the visit even more special. They had a vase of flowers for my wife; a personal touch. I asked for the staff to pick our appetizers, a good Turkish wine, main courses, and even the dessert. All were excellent and complemented each other with an array of flavors and spices. If you want to be in Turkey without flying...try Tallula's.
  7. WF

    WilliamF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food is consistently very good and cooked well. I always enjoy their cocktails. The service is always friendly and welcoming. If you have never had Turkish food before this is a great place to start. If you have a larger party they have fun seating by their window area and the patio is always enjoyable on nice days. Valet is available on busy days so you aren't searching Franklin street for the allusive parking spots.
  8. SB

    SethB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Freshly baked bread brought to the table was hot and delicious. Grape leaf appetizer was loved by my wife and I enjoyed it, too, although that's not usually my taste. Lamb in tomato vegetable sauce was very good and tilapia baked in phyllo was excellent. Mixed drinks were well flavored not skimpy on the alcohol content. All this for a reasonable price. Definitely would go back.
  9. K

    Kati

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything we had was amazing, we had the specials that evening and several appetizers plus dessert with the Turkish coffee. We were able to pair our dinner with a Turkish wine that was very special. Everything was amazing! We will definitely be back.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and incredible people. An unforgettable meal.
  11. DK

    DavidK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    I only gave an overall rating of "very good" because of some confusion among the wait staff when we first arrived and there was a considerable delay before we were even offered a beverage. I don't know what the problem was but the restaurant was full to capacity including the outside seating and they may have been short-staffed. In any case the problem was quickly rectified by a woman who both waited tables and seemed to be able to manage things quite well; perhaps the owner? Everything after that was smooth sailing and the food was excellent. We will definitely be back.
  12. j

    j9re

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was not our first visit to Talulla's. It's a family-owned restaurant that delivers authentic Turkish and other Mediterranean dishes. I'd love to be able to recommend one or two items but they're all excellent. Truly. Be ready to enjoy yourself for a good meal and be willing to try and share many small plates. And don't forget a Turkish Coffee at the end. Just went for a special birthday celebration and everyone had a great visit. If you're lucky enough to sit in one of the front window seats, you'll have the view of Franklin Street's vibrancy. Enjoy!
  13. S

    Sissi

    Naples

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Dirty dishes, food very disappointing….overcooked, bland…couldn’t believe that this was the highly recommended restaurant
  14. WW

    WillW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was wonderful, service was a little shaky. The waiter himself was great, friendly and helpful, they just seemed a few people short on a very busy weekend. Wouldn't let it dissuade you from going, it was a great experience overall.
  15. JM

    JeffreyM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Pretty disappointing experience. Paid fifty dollars for a mothers day day dinner for five people—total bill well in excess of 330 dollars including a mysterious surcharge. For that nobody really came to our table promptly. What we did get for fifty dollars was small amounts of ok food. The fritters for appetizer were fine but nothing special. The Vegetable moussaka was blah, vegetables were fresh and tasty but that’s it. No sides, no garnishment and no real flavor. Desert was a decent rice pudding. Drinks, amazingly, not included even tea. Overall, none of the dishes had any special flavor, service was mediocre, and value was non existent. We would have had much better for at a fifth of the price at a Turkish or other Mediterranean fast food place. Stay awat
  16. e

    esb2b

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are lucky to have such an amazing place to eat - the food is fantastic!
  17. CX

    CarolX

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    I’ve never had Turkish food before, so this was my first time. Not sure how authentic Talulla’s is, but the food was delicious. Since it was Mother’s Day, there was a special prifix menu. I had an eggplant purée appetizer, the assorted meat sampler, and the chocolate mousse dessert. Eggplant dish was very unique. I’ve never had anything like it before. It had good eggplant flavor, but had a hint of bitterness at the end. With my meat sampler, I had lamb, beef kofta, and chicken. The lamb and beef were perfectly cooked and had good flavor. The kofta was very juicy. The chicken was a bit dry, but had nice smoky flavor. The chocolate mousse was delightful. It was silky smooth and not too sweet, which is very hard to find and something I appreciate. The only thing lacking was the wait time in between the food. It was a bit too slow. Especially with my meal being a prifix three course set. However, I understand that it was Mother’s Day, so it was pretty busy.
  18. AW

    AaronW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    We were one of the first for our mothers day reservations, we had to wait 30-40 mins just to get started one appetizers. Guest that arrived after us got food before us. The waiter was very short and said it was a misunderstanding. The rest of the night he was still short and quite rushed and rude overall experience was 3 star the only thing that made up for it was our seating and the atmosphere was very pretty but staff not very hospitable and food was decent.
  19. KK

    KathleenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal at a reasonable price. Great portions and delicious bread. The only issues I had was that I did not understand the writer's explanation of a lamb shank in a bernaise sauce-- which was far too rich
  20. A

    Appreciatingdiner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superbly prepared authentic Turkish food for a wide variety of choices!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s the right place for groups of 6 or less based on the space. We love it! Been there a few times and will be back
  22. G

    Globalgourmand

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Tallulah’s is our favorite Triangle restaurant. We are Turkish, so appreciate the authenticity. Saturday night at 8:00 was a very busy time, and the service was slower than usual. But we could also observe all the waitstaff and the general manager working their legs off. So must be the post-pandemic staffing shortage problem.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Stuttgart

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fun dinner and even more fun sitting outside watching Chapel Hill go by.
  24. RH

    RogerH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed eating outside. Good food and overall nice experience.
  25. a

    azizs

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding.Best in town.Friendly service.Convenient location and most of all extraordinary food!
  26. KL

    KatherineL

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was awesome and we loved the window booth seating!
  27. b

    becka

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Struggling as most restaurants are with being a bit short staffed, so service was slower than normal, but everything else was great.
  28. MD

    MichelleD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great night out with fun cocktails, delicious food and great service!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Was yummy food wise. Busy with inside and outside wait staff. Enjoyable. Will go back!
  30. LM

    LoriM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had friends visiting from out of town. I wanted to avoid the cliche places and have a good dining experience; Talluhas’ s fit the bill perfectly.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Good experience overall. Great food! Will be back
  32. N

    Nuni19

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food, pleasant experience and ambiance, wide variety of beverages and dishes to choose from, attentive management!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Overall we had a good experience consistent with our previous visits. When we arrived at 8 pm the restaurant was packed outside and inside but we were still seated right away in a cozy corner of the restaurant. A few complaints are that the server was a little bit abrupt with us, and although I indicated that we were celebrating my birthday on OpenTable, that detail must have been missed since none of the staff at any point asked if we were celebrating any special occasions or wished me a happy birthday. Also, my family is Turkish so we know what good döner tastes like, but when we gave feedback that the döner was a little dry and cut too thickly the server tried to explain away that it’s because they hand cut their meat (but we know authentic döner is hand-cut more thinly sliced and more juicy). The lamb shank, mezzes, and peynirli pide were delicious.
  34. J

    Jessica

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an early bird dinner two of my sisters and everything was AMAZING. From start to finish…fun cocktails, fun juices, delicious food, and Ali gave us fantastic service. I had the evening’s feature of Lamb Shank, and my vegetarian sisters had Patlican Oturtmasi and Talulla's Guvec. We shared the Mezze platter. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at the Restaurant snd we lived it! The food was excellent!
  36. RR

    RobertR

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Good food. Wines were very good. Will definitely return
  37. DB

    DezieB

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Cozy spot to dine with friends. Great service. We've dined at Talulla's many times and always enjoy. Apps we awesome this time and far superior to entrees. Interesting cocktail menu that changes. Of course will return.
  38. KS

    KirkS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic meal in a beautiful setting. Service was great as well. Not inexpensive, but certainly reasonably priced. And well worth it.
  39. GS

    GuruS

    Charlotte

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and cocktails, as always!
  40. EM

    EMGee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The staff was courteous and the venue was great. Thank you for the experience.

FAQs

Talulla's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 933-1177.

Talulla's is rated 4.7 stars by 1066 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Talulla's

456 West Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Roberson Street

  • Neighborhood

    Chapel Hill

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Talulla’s offers complimentary valet parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Aligül Sevil

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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