Talula’s Garden

4.8
7340 reviews
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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.

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West Virginia
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found restaurant on TripAdvisor and it had excellent reviews. Our experience exceeded that on all levels. Was most impressed how the entire staff was very polite even though they were swamped the night we were there.

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MT
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice touches to make our celebration special! Our server was lovely, and the breezy outdoor seating area was relaxing and refreshing.

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LI
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A review after so many other reviews of Talulah’s? Still, consistently excellent. The warm welcome at the front. The table I requested (on the windows) so we could talk and hear each other (as very popular restaurants so, this one is relatively quiet). Delicious food in just right (not big) portions. Great cocktails. Great wines. Servers are so very pleasant.
It is a little pricey but worth it.

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d
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had not been to Talula’s in a while. The cheese plate was excellent, as was the duck, tuna crisp and Caesar salad with trout. Drinks were great and service too. We had a delightful evening.

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AK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My new favourite place in Philly! I dig the vibes here.

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r
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious. Probably the best cheese plate (the classic!) I've had in a long time, the appetizers were incredible (tuna crudo and strawberry goat cheese salad), and the pasta was perfectly al dente and flavorful. We sat in the outdoor patio, which is a beautiful setting with lovely greenery and lighting - felt like we were dining in a garden. Highly recommend this place!

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JW
Seattle
133 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were tempted at first to order a traditional meal, but our server walked us through some options to build a very nice experience. Excellent cheeses, food, cocktails... there is still a lot on the menu we want to try. The dining room is beautiful. My only complaint was the noise, the restaurant kept cranking up the volume on the music as the place got busier. That’s one trend I will be happy to see end. Otherwise Talula’s Garden was an absolute delight, and we will be back.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was A+ except it was way too loud for my elderly parents. Maybe if we were over against the wall upstairs it may have been a little less “energetic”
The cheese tray was the perfect amount for 4 people and was over the top good!!!
Our server added a nice birthday touch to our deserts!

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JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were welcoming from the start. I went here with my grandmother, who is hard of hearing, and everyone was so kind and accommodating, which made our experience so wonderful. And to top it off, the food is absolutely incredible.

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MP
New England
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The tables are a bit close together but the food is fresh and delicious. It’s not a huge menu, but it offers nice choices and each one is beautifully prepared. Servers are attentive and efficient!

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c
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere, friendly staff, excellent cocktails

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the whole team at Talula's garden was just great. Very nice atmosphere, the food was very nice and presented well. I was really impressed with the entire experience.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal cheese tray and braised short rib.
They provided an exceptional brioche with chive butter .

Great place to walk to if downtown and can see historic sites in the way (liberty bell/independence hall).
Quiet, quaint, exceptional friendly and knowledgeable staff.

The food is absolutely amazing. On par with any single Michelin Star restaurants I’ve been to in NYC, Chicago, or Napa Valley.

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G
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were beyond my expectations. The spring cheese platter for an appetizer was excellent. And the short ribs and scallops we had for entree were delicious. Don’t forget to get the donuts for desert, they’re amazing.

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

We were seated immediately as we had a reservation for brunch but waited about 10 minutes before I asked a server to see if someone could come over to help us. I wasn't complaining, just wanted to make sure they saw us. After that, we received the best service that day from our server and a few different managers. The food was delicious, as it has been when I've visited before, and we will definitely be back! This restaurant, the atmosphere, the staff and the food will not disappoint!

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DO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

we were asked if there were any dietary restrictions or allergies. I said strawberry. I was assured the cheese plate and my meal would have none. Less than an hour after leaving the restaurant I broke out into severe hives and had to stop and get emergency Benedryl.

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

Great Sunday brunch. Highly recommended.

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m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was incredible and tasted very fresh. Cocktails are fairly priced and also very good. Staff was amazing - everyone super polite and attentive. We went to celebrate our anniversary and we received three complimentary plates with our meal. Outdoor seating is so beautiful. We sat outside near the entrance which was a bit chilly; the heated lamps were not enough. Would go back, but ask to sit further from the entrance next time.

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JL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant every time!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food drink and beautiful people around

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MI
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic experience at Talula’s Garden. Service as well as food is always outstanding.

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

The food was excellent

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T
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, start to finish. Interesting preparations pulled off exceedingly well.

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OA
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An awesome place. Must try. It is on the more expensive side but the experience is amazing.

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s
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice meal. I was there with a vegan friend. The restaurant instantly catered to her needs - even with the amuse course (without needing to be asked!).

Vegetables were up to their regular terrific standard and we both had risotto - hers vegan and my non-vegan. Both were outstanding.

A+ experience!

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome! She was knowledgeable and very pleasant. It was our first time to Talula’s and she helped us with some of our dinner selections. We both had salads to start which were crisp, fresh and delicious. I had the Mediterranean Sea bass which was delicate and wonderful, my husband had short ribs which he claimed were mouth watering.
My only negative comment would be that our table for 2 was very near the hostess station as you come in the front door. So the table location was very noisy and sometimes drafty. Not particularly romantic....
Having said that we would certainly love return on one our future visits to Philly. It’s a beautiful restaurant, with stunning food and great service and just hopeful for a better table placement.

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OT
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with friends and had a great meal. Our only problem is that we don’t live in Philadelphia so returning frequently becomes a challenge.

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m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A bit pricey, but great service! Noisy but a nice setting.

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AL
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Great service! Simply put... this is my new favorite restaurant in Philadelphia !

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my wife. Service and food were terrific.

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KT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful. Outdoor seating area gorgeous. Great service. Around the world cheese board with wide variety of interesting selections... Italian buffalo, for example was a stinky though yummy cheese! The scallops were perfectly cooked and carrot cake with ginger ice cream exceptional.

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DD
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional as usual. Our server, Eli, was knowledgeable, attentive, and personable. Met our expectations as usual. One of our favorite dining spots in the city.

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LL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Talulah's Garden was exceptional. Food was amazing, we'll be back!!

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JZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, fantastic food, excellent service. Yes, it’s a bit noisy, but that’s the by-product of a joyous and warm and social dining experience!

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PD
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect in everything

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LL
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Too cold for "garden" but it was lovely.

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PW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and beautiful atmosphere.

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BL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! 3 of us, cleaned our plates. The "Pork & Apples" was absolutely the most tender and delicious that I have ever had. My daughter, the vegetarian, thoroughly enjoyed her risotto and the scallops were delectable!

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GR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is an amazing experience with beautiful outdoor seating and service. Cheeseboards are amongst the best in the town!

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Connor was a fabulous waiter, we were well taken care of throughout the evening. The ambiance was beautiful, we began our meal outside on the patio, but asked to move indoors as the weather turned cooler. They were very accommodating with our change of seating.

The food was fantastic, we started our meal with a glass of Malbec and a cheese board. The homemade crackers and accompaniments were wonderful and the portions perfect. We then shared the gnocchi (my partner’s favorite food) which was a wonderful take on a classic dish, with tons of sautéed muchrooms and a delicious sauce. For dinnner, I had the short rib, a huge portion perfectly tender with buttery mashed potatoes and carrots (I took half home to save room for desert). He had the sea bass. It was amazing and I think he would have licked the plate had we not been in public! We tried the carrot cake for dessert - it was lovely, the pairing with ginger ice cream was divine, and they even brought us a small treat of house made oat bars with a candle for my birthday! Overall it was a great experience and we’ll definitely be back on another quiet weeknight to enjoy the food and atmosphere again soon!

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