Talula’s Garden

4.8
6825 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 2:00pm.
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Phone number
(215) 592-7787
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Charles Parker
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th between Walnut and Locust
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Parking details
We offer valet service during all of our normal business hours. We discount parking at the Walnut Towers garage at Eighth and Walnut streets, directly across from the Walnut Street Theater for all dinner services. For Sunday brunch we can only discount at the Independence garage on 6th and Locust.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Talulah's remains our favorite restaurant for date nights and special occasions. The cheese plates are spectacular and the dishes are creative and delicious. The service and the staff's knowledge of the menu are exceptional. The ambiance is cozy and wonderful.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Nothing special considering of the price and very salty

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N
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice ambience. Original. Good service. Excellent food. VERY EXPENSIVE. Sorry , but I could only afford this because my sister and mom were paying!

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little gem near Washington square. Amazing food and excellent service

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It was very expensive for 1 blintze

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a very cold day and we were closer to the door so it was a little chillier. The food was great! I had the chicken and waffles, there were cooked pears on top and it was fantastically done. The best chicken and waffles I have eaten in a while. My friend got the basic eggs and potatoes which were good. We had the trio of pastries and they were okay! I wasn't a big fan of the pumpkin one, but that was seasonal.
We had the french press coffee, which the waitress said was 2 big cups (I think she meant total, not each so it was not enough for me), so I would just go for the regular drip coffee next time. Very cute location.

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D
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch however we had tight seating and noise level not manageable at 11am

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v
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my husband and daughter for Sunday brunch. The staff was very friendly and professional. Food was fabulous. We will definitely be repeat customers.

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DA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always amazing. The plates are large and varied and there is something for everyone. The french press coffee is a nice change over normal drip.

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SC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had from start to finish. Top notch in every way. Excellent service as well. Can’t wait to return!

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R
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our birthday dinners. Everything was great. My wife had scallops and my beef filet was exceptional. Service was also very attentive. Always a nice dining experience.

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MG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Always surprising flavor combinations. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.

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C
New England
119 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not for a quiet conversation but fabulous in every other way. Can’t wait to go back!

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JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service, would recommend the Scallop dish, Pork Belly with Apples or their seasonal Risoto, Pumpkin! Fabulous food and experience!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic server Amelia- attentive and friendly

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great. My companion enjoyed the Burbon Glazed Roasted chicken. She commented that the chicken was very succulent and flavor full. I enjoy the Beef & Broccoli. The beef filet was cooked perfectly. It normally prepaid medium rare but I asked for medium well and it was great.

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HL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and spectacular cheese plates. A fantastic dining experience in Washington Square.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. We had the tasting menu. Each item was unique in flavor and the presentation was beautiful. Our server was exceptional but at times it was hard to hear.

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t
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great restaurant with fresh food thoughtfully prepared and wonderfully spiced. Highly recommended

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J
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a wonderful restaurant. great space with high ceilings. great service. interesting menu with great seasonal choices

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MD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. If ever in Philadelphia again, will surely stop by again!!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was seated so close to other tables that it was uncomfortable hearing personal conversations.

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PR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant was my choice to celebrate my birthday. I’m still tasting the outstanding dinner we thoroughly enjoyed! I can describe each dish as layers of flavor. My daughter lives on the square so we will be visiting more often. Next time it will be brunch. The service was also amazing & the thoughtful chocolate desert that was brought to the table ended the meal with a smile! Thank you Chef for making our dinner so special!
Penny & Neil Rednor

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K
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal and delicious cocktails. Very nice ambience.

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r
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, fantastic food, great wine list! Always a great meal!

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P
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Talula's Garden. Very high-energy place, packed with diners having a good time. Service was knowledgeable and attentive, drinks were professionally prepared. Wine selection was extensive. The oyster appetizer was fantastic. I had the smoked porgie special, which some might find off-putting as it was a whole fish served on the bone with head attached. You have to be prepared for the grisly business of tearing into it. The dish was interesting, unusual and pretty good. The fish was perfectly cooked in terms of done-ness, but the smoke flavor was a little strong for me and I found that it overpowered the fish.

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SA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful cheese tray and the cauliflower soup was amazing. Lovely homemade gluten free roll was most appreciated.

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s
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the third year in a row we have gone for our anniversary. This year I was a bit disappointed with some of the food. My husband's scallops were cooked correctly but were not served hot. My lamb pappardelle was good but not great. The mushroom toast was very good. Nice chocolate dessert of several mini desserts.
Service is very "efficient," in other words they serve the courses with very little wait time between courses. Not a relaxing meal. The servers and other staff are super friendly however.
Will go back at some point but probably not for our special anniversary meal again.

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w
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Too much attitude from waitress. Manager a little pushy as well but better. Risotto was terrible over salty and cheesy, like a bad mac and cheese. All the other food was excellent, especially the fried oysters.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable farm to table restaurant. Our first time to Philly and this place is a gem. Ravioli was fantastically done with an autumn flare! Pork belly was out if this world! Eclectic mix of wonderful fall flavors. Service was extremely attentive but not overly so. Hopefully we will be back next time in town.

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GM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third time and still so impressed. Food is fresh and delicious and the service excellent.
Love the Washington Square area and the atmosphere inside the restaurant.

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V
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth time and as always, fresh, vibrant, original menu!

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HD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy visiting this restaurant. Menu is creative and seasonal and so each time you come you will find something new to try and enjoy. The service is top notch. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the menu and make great pairing suggestions. The ambiance is warm and friendly. All in all always a wonderful time - great food, great fun.

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AB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for an anniversary and it was fantastic! We were a bit overwhelmed by the cheese plate options and the wait staff was extremely helpful. Highlights: the cheese plate, of course; mushroom toast with a delicious creamy sauce and many different kinds of mushrooms; The Cauliflower Pear soup was very savory, tasty, and interesting, but I felt like there was actually too much of it; Pumpkin Risotto was out of this world - savory, cheesy, the vinegar syrup was just the right amount of sweet; Scallops with Cauliflower were great but not the best I've ever had.
Highly recommend, great for dates/special occasions.

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DD
Philadelphia
178 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops and apple cobbler were outstanding so was the trout Caesar salad

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TM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second meal at Talula's and it was as delicious and memorable as the first. Creative dishes, expertly prepared, high quality ingredients, friendly and knowledgeable service. Couldn't ask for much more in a restaurant.

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F
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time we've been to Talula's, and the food is always very good, but this time it was fantastic. Everybody loved everything they ordered. The waiter was very attentive, and to our great pleasure, the restaurant was not noisy, although it was quite crowded on a Sunday evening, and we were right next to a large table of about 12. Talula's is becoming our favorite place in Center City.

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k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, ambience and service. Great selection of wine and cocktails. Presentation was on point! Going to try their tasting menu the next time. Definitely recommend.

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P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server! Delicious food! One of my favorite places when visiting my hometown.

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LH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food! Really enjoyed the spiced apple donuts.

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