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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RD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so hard to choose what to order. Everything on the menu sounded both fresh and delicious. Service was top notch from the hostess to the server, and even management. They comped our appetizer for a delay that we didn’t even notice ourselves. I wish I lived closer because we would be regulars.

N
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful! Superior food, wonderful waiter, and lovely ambience. Unfortunately, I personally did not like our table, situated by a huge wall near the bar. No one else seemed to be bothered by it. All in all, everyone (including me) raved about the entire experience. One of the tastiest dinners I have ever had with ample portions and beautiful presentations! Can't wait to go back!

RB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here, 100% lived up to the memory. Definitely recommend the 'Local Breakfast' and the Lemon Poppy Pancakes. French Toast bites for the start were really good but next time I'm going for the cheese plate. The noise in the restaurant was actually moderate not energetic but we had a screaming child at the table next to us. Parents did what they could but ya know...

ND
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is delicious! Ingredients are paired together perfectly for each dish and plated beautifully. The service was fantastic, everyone was friendly and attentive. We were
offered complimentary tastes of cheese and dessert plates. We will be back when the menu changes!

a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came for Valentine's Day and we had the 8-course tasting menu. Amazing menu choice with great food, great pacing in between plates, beautiful atmosphere, and amazing staff! One of my favorite places in Philly. Highly recommend!

L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is delicious! The soy ginger broccoli with chicken and dumplings is a must try! The sea bass and couscous is not worth it. The cocktails can be skipped as well. My drink was gin with honeysuckle and rose however it just tasted like straight up gin. Brownie is too bitter for my taste but everything else is great! Service is attentive. Tables are ver close together though.

MA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Our waitress Kristina was great. Gave us the best service. The manager Collin was great as well. The food was great as well as the ambiance.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Valentines evening was great at Talula’s Garden. After waiting about 30 minutes to be seated (even with a reservation) they gave us complimentary champagne and provided impeccable service from there on out.

The food? Unbelievable. 10/10.

A great evening! Even if it was packed. It was Valentines Day after all!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Very crowded, although an expectedly busy night. Tables were so close that you could hear every word of the conversations around you.

R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steady and strong, Philadelphia’s finest.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long wait till table was ready-30 min.

F
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guest ordered the kale salad which was healthy,tasty and appealing to the eye. The petit meatballs melted in your mouth. The salmon was cooked to perfection and the short ribs were beyond delicious. The warm brownie with ice cream was a perfect end. Can't wait to go back. Servers were great!

m
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a fantastic dinner here on all fronts -- food, service, ambiance are all top notch. We went with the Chef's tasting menu (for Valentine's Day), so we were able to try out a wide variety of dishes, all of which were delicious and creative. Our server was very professional and efficient, but so friendly and warm at the same time - and all the service people (sommelier, food deliverers, etc.) work together like a seamless team. It's expensive, but so worth the splurge!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very rude staff — poor customer service.

CM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional!

J
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After mentioning that we are a vegan and vegetarian couple, the waitstaff explained that the Chef could prepare many of the items on the menu as vegetarian or vegan. Those items were mentioned and described. They also had a daily special that could be made vegan very simply. Talula's excels at service, ambiance, and delicious dishes featuring garden herbs, vegetables, and fruits that take regular entrees to a new level of flavor and presentation.

CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were wonderful. We really enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting. Great service. Great food. We had high expectations and they were exceeded.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were equally as spectacular. I would say this is one of the top 3 restaurants I’ve ever been to.

LB
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere amazing! Service was great and ambiance just beautiful! Will definitely be back and know where to bring out-of-towners when looking to impress!

F
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food !! Nice amuse Bouch, rolls & after dinner treat !!

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Chef loves salt and everything from those awesome brioche rolls to the soup and entree had way too much of it. The entree was not well thought out. Basically some rare, chewy, sliced duck with a very salty soy type of sauce on a mishmash of over cooked vegetables. Desserts were good. Service was fine. Not worth the price tag.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious as always. The Kennett Square Mushroom Risotto was outstanding! Very accommodating to GF needs. From appetizers, to entrees, to dessert every thing was the freshest and truly the best. Definitely, always a return to dining experience!

t
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

No Open Table points? I seriously don't understand why these restaurants are allowed to be on OT if they refuse to participate in the rewards program.

AW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate my Mom's birthday, the staff was friendly and kind especially when I thought I lost my ticket for my jacket. the space was beautiful and cozy the food was amazing, I want to come back to sit in the garden once it becomes nicer outside and will come back for brunch

ES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Highly recommend!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

food was great, seats too close to neighboring table with loud diners, wait staff good but water person over attentive to the the point of annoyance

BD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall good experience there, especially the service.

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It took a little while to get a drink early on but after that, the service was highly knowledgable and personable. The food was just uniformly outstanding. We're experts on pork crackling and the piece that came with the suckling pig was the best.

r
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was outstanding

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always! We were married here so this is “our” restaurant. Perfect Perfect perfect

VJ
Atlantic City
56 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just loved dining at Talula's Garden the other night, a beautiful restaurant great menu & delicious food. I will go back soon. Also looking forward to eating in the garden at Talula's in the spring just lovely.

DO
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I usually go for the pasta because it is always delicious, but tonight I tried the short rib and horseradish mashed potatoes. It was wonderful!

c
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of five loved everything we ordered. As always, the service was spot on. The scallops and bass were especially big hits.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place does it right. Service, food, accommodations are all top notch. Second time there. Will return.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service. Can’t beat this place for the quality of ingredients and staff always being great.

OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciated their seasonal menu, and everything was delicious.

ES
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Creative, imaginative food and drink, attentive service and cool retro music. Complimentary chive buns before and little chocolate caramel squares after were nice touches.

MT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was disappointing - evidently Chef cares more about presentation than taste / quality. Bone-in short ribs were more bone than meat - which was NOT braised - very tough. Meatball appetizer was so-so and scallops were pedestrian.

CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The wait is just too much, and I did not appreciate the waiter getting in my business without being invited to the conversation.