Talula’s Garden

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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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s almost the perfect place for a date. Food is awesome. Service is fabulous. Drinks are outstanding. If only the tables were a tad less deep, it would be easier to hear the person sitting across the table.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was absolutely exceptional. Probably one of my greatest dining experiences. Highly recommend getting a cheese board for the table!

O
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was a 10

Exceptional

MC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It has been awhile since we've been to Talula's Table and it did not disappoint. Food was wonderful, though quite rich. The service was superb.

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the butternut squash soup, ravioli and beets. Friend has a meal (can't remember exactly) of mushroom, spinach and cheese. Look forward to returning.

JA
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

this is my second visit to lose garden. The cheese plates are two absolutely die for.

Last time I had an appetizer for my main course of raw tuna which was delicious. Unfortunately that was not on the menu this time so I chose the scallop and cauliflower. I was quite disappointed that they were three scallops at 11 bucks apiece. I didn’t care for the lentils that they came over nor the roasting that they did on the cauliflower. We did have the bread putting that was out of this world.

I think the next time I go I’ll get two cheese boards and dessert and skip the main course!

PC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gillian, our waitress, was wonderful! Everything from the ambiance to the attention to detail on every level of care was greatly appreciated! Thanks for making my special occasion feel all the more special!

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came with our toddler after a long day at the Please Touch Museum (not our best idea as she was starving and exhausted). The staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating! Cocktails and wine were perfect and food was all delicious. Our first experience and won’t be our last- thank you!

AK
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Not sure why we have missed this one previously. It is a lovely space and the food was outstanding. The server was very nice. We had the butternut squash soup- best ever. The garden salad was excellent and the pasta was wonderful. We over did it with deserts. Will definitely return. It’s pricey and I just don’t like paying 14 dollars for a small pour of Chardonnay but that’s unfortunately all too common.

P
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place - food, service, ambiance - definitely recommend!!!

RM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went here for my wife's birthday and were not disappointed. The food is very good with high quality ingredients and very tasty. My one complaint is that I got the ravioli and for the cost, I would have hoped for more than 5, but it's a small point since they tasted great. The service, as at all Starr restaurants, was professional and our server added some kindness to the professionalism, which was nice to see. Overall, a very nice experience, and one we'd recommend to friends.

HA
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for Sunday brunch and loved our meal, the atmosphere, the service and even the valet parking!

EW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We were there in August and loved it, couldn’t wait to eat there again. It was disappointing, the chicken with the chicken and waffles platter was very dark and not very appetizing; there were only 3 shrimp with the shrimp and Grits and the grits definitely were not as good as before, it came with a lot of peppers. The appetizer deviled eggs needed seasoning, but the biscuits were excellent.

All of the food we ordered was the same as what we had in August so our expectations were high.

Hopefully (should we go again) we’ll have the same food experience we had in August.

DM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Talula’s Garden. I had always wanted to try this restaurant and it completely lived up to the hype. The server was awesome, the food was out of this world and my husband and I enjoyed it all. Going to make going to Talula’s Garden an anniversary tradition!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Nicole was fantastic, the food was incredible. So glad we got to try this place out and can’t wait to go back. Thank you!

M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can see why this restaurant retains its reputation as one of the best in Philadelphia. The seasonal menu is outstanding. My husband loved the short rib with roasted root vegetables. I really enjoyed the chicken with apples. We appreciated that our server suggested that we order some sides as appetizers to share to accommodate vegetarians in our party, kept us from over-ordering and offered our vegetarian a special that wasn't on the menu, which he liked very much. In sum, TG is wonderful.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our 25th anniversary- excellent bar experience before, great server and fantastic food. Very lucky to be able to experience such a restaurant.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is so goodddddd! I love every details in every dishes. One of the best restaurant in Philadelphia.

CM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

It is a pretty restaurant. I was just disappointed in the waiter. He recommended the scallops which were in a curry sauce and I asked for it on the side because I don't like curry and the scallops were not good on their own, they needed a sauce. I felt that he should have known that and suggested something else.

CR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great food. Well prepared, fresh ingredients and interesting combinations.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great food,nice ambient, great service....👍👍👍

BS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have had many meals at Talula's Garden and it is excellent each and every time. Highly recommend.

e
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every aspect. We always come here for special occasions.

HS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food!

VG
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for Sunday brunch. The atmosphere, decor, food, and service are all exceptional. The honey dipped corn muffins are indescribable. The chicken and waffles spectacular. The only thing I caution on is using the parking garage mentioned on the Open Table summary. They charged $30 and we were there for less 2 hrs. Highway robbery. And to add insult to injury, the snarky little twit of the young male host told us the parking garage validation was only good for dinner, even though no mention of this disclaimer is noted on the Open Table summary. The manager was called over and was able to resolve the matter to my satisfaction. Otherwise, perfection.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Great service and friendly staff. The food was not up to par. The scallops where rubbery and did not taste fresh. However, it is a really beautiful restaurant.

E
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is fabulous on every level. I highly recommend it.

I
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love the originality of the dishes - interesting combinations of ingredients and flavors. Cheese boards are a cheeae-a-holics’s dream

E
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was amazing. We were blown away at how good everything was!

d
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time visiting. Food was very good not great, Portion sizes were very good two great.I’d come back during the spring or summer or early fall to better appreciate the ambience.

SR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can miss the food here, great place great service

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing. Great gf options. Christina was a fabulous server. Highly recommend.

L
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice room. Good service. Yummy food. A little drafty sitting by the window.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, helpful service, pleasant atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sommelier was the most helpful. Even pulled us a bottle of wine that was off the menu. Cannot wait to go back again!

AE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time here and it was just as lovely as I had imagined. Great cocktail menu as well as wine by the glass. The homemade pasta with crab meat had all the right flavors. The veggies, broccoli, brussel sprouts. and potatoes were outstanding. Though the flavor of the bone in short ribs was amazing, both of my colleagues were not thrilled with the amount of fat on the meat.
I will go back and hopefully will get to dine in the garden next time:)

SB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous in every way. A delight.

AD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was fresh and delicious. Will be back.

C
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Grabbed a late dinner here with a friend. The cheese plate we ordered was delicious. Also ordered the short rib, it was good. I definitely wish they kept the Foie gras on the menu, that was the best. It’s a nice restaurant but tables are on top of each other.

MB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Philly restaurant! Excellent food as always. The ingredients are locally sourced, delicious, and much imagination is put into the creation of the different courses. Thanks for a great meal!