Talula’s Garden

4.9
7451 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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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place for Cocktails and Apps before or after an event!

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

I’m a new resident to the Philadelphia area and a big foodie! So, finding favorite restaurants is one of my top priorities. This was our 2nd dining experience and we were not disappointed the second time around either. The moment you walk in the host greets you with a warm welcoming smile and you immediately feel at ease. The space is well designed and curated in terms of decor. It’s open, the tables and seating are very comfortable. The space has created a feeling of home while maintaining the standards of fine dining. Now, onto the food...it is simple elegance. You’ll find dishes that are aren’t too complex but, superbly well balanced with at least 1 element that is very unique. I am a personal trainer and portion sizing is very important to me. The portions are well sized and the presentation of the dishes are perfect! For brunch we stared with the French toast bites and they are little bites of heaven on a plate. The omelette with peas, leeks and ham was a perfect taste of salt and healthy greens!! My partner has many many good allergens and our server was very versed in the menu and was able to provide assistance in selecting dishes that could be modified. She also said, that the Chef could create something too if there were not options present on the menu. This could the single most important thing anyone could’ve said to us. Previously were dined here for dinner and the Chef did in fact create a dish she could eat by combining menu items that would keep her safe and her tummy happy! We will be regulars here! Don’t hesitate to make a reservation!

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FM
Philadelphia
375 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was in this am @ 11 30 for brunch w/my friend who came in from out of town
Talulah's was my suggestion I wanted to try something different in center city
The place is beautiful both indoors & out.
We sat inside so we didn't have to wait for a table.

I had broken my foot, & got an end table.
Sitting 5 minutes, a waiter walked into the back of my chair & I told the waitress, we are going to have to move to the next table.

We did & ordered green iced tea, had no taste. No other iced tea. So I ordered a mimosa which was fine had it down the shore on a Sunday brunch for $4 less..but it was good so ok, I'll spend the extra bucks..

We both had the crab benedict $24 & our first few bites had a few little pieces of crab. Felt like I had eggs & spinach really low on crab & 2nd crab had NOT 1 piece of crab...on either of our orders.

Would not have said a word had the hostess not asked how everything was.

My friend had not 1 piec e of crab in her 2nd sandwich nor did I.
That's not right $24 for eggs & spinach..WOW!!!!!

Hostess brought over a little dish of crab meat.

But had she not, we would have none in 2 small sandwiches.....that's a colossal rip off & not right

I would never order that dish again....not in a big rush to return. And before we ordered, I thought this would be a lovely place to bring my daughter for her birthday.

Every employee we met was lovely from the bus boy, server, & hostess.

Disappointed in our selection...it should have come w/crabmeat like it said on the menu
& for 2 orders to have missing crab meat..no excuse...that is not nice.
I eat out several times a week...& really looked forward to the brunch of course, I was disappointed


Charlotte Wilson
1919 Chestnut St #1716
Phila Pa 19103

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CT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is easy to miss. We actually walked into Taula's Daily first before walking over to Taula's Garden. Super cute place, kind of reminds me of a grandma's garden and kitchen decor. Food was carefully thought out and so delicious. We had the donut nunchkins and deviled eggs to share. Donuts were crispy yet soft and gooey in the inside. The deviled eggs were just okay, I think this was everyone least favorite dish. Don't get me wrong they weren't bad at all, just didn't stand out compared to the rest. I had the lox entree. So good!! I didn't leave a crumb on the plate. It was a light but filling dish. Also, got a side of cucumbers and it was delish as well and had a little spicy kick to it! Overall, we all really enjoyed our meal. Wish I was in Philly longer bc I really want to try their dinner menu now. Will definitely go back when I go back to Philly.

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S
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are no words. My family and I went for brunch, it was absolute perfection. Can”t wait to return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious but I have to say it is very expensive. Over $30 for the scallops entree that had only 3 scallops.

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JA
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food I have eaten!!!!
We dined inside at a table near a post, so it was isolated and quiet. We had superb service. I may just have one of the cheese boards for dinner next time. The cheese was to absolutely die for!

We also tried the duck which could not have been more tender and savory. And we had the tuna appetizer that is a meal in itself. I’m not sure what they did to create the flavors that the tuna had but it was an out of body experience.

Although it’s pricey,It was absolutely delicious! A great way to celebrate my nephews birthday. Next time I hope someone takes me LOL

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MG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food. Already recommended it to my friends.

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T
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful dinner here. We went for my birthday, May 2019. We decided to book an early reservation at 5:30 pm and I highly recommend this if you are looking to be seating in a specific location- we don't like the front tables (very loud), but would rather sit in the back. We were seated in a perfect location in the back for a date-night atmosphere. We decided to try the Chef's tasting menu and it did not disappoint. It was a great variety and they even surprised us with a few complimentary extras like a glass of sparkling wine from Napa Valley and little bites of goat cheese prepared on little toasts with a fruit sauce. There was not a single thing we did not like. Our drinks were great too- I got the Farmer- which was a spicy blood orange Margarita. I cannot wait to go back, the staff is so friendly and does an amazing job at making you feel very welcomed. One of the best spots in the city. Our total bill ended up being $360 with tip, which is pretty expensive- but I think the value was very good for our entire experience.

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

Everything about Talula’s Garden is excellent. From its location on the beautiful Washington Square, to its unique ambience, to the outstanding food and service, I can’t say enough about this dining experience. We will definitely return someday soon. It is The place to go for a special occasion.

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

Beautiful night for a lovely dinner.

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Dallas
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside under the trees. Every dish was sauced to perfection, including meatballs, seared scallops with lemon butter sauce and spaghetti with crab sauce. Fortunately we were not inside where the noise was literally deafening. The young waitress was charming and efficient.

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

Two friends and I arrived on time for our reservation yesterday. It had just started to rain, and the staff was scrambling to move the garden diners to the dining room. We stood at the desk for a few minutes, when the manager came over with glasses of Prosecco to apologize for our wait. We waited about 15 minutes more, but completely understood the delay, and were even happier when he sent a small amuse-bouche. When seated, the waitress was quick to bring menus and drinks. We ordered a delicious cheese tray, and main dishes were wonderful (duck breast, scallops, a pasta dish), followed by great desserts. We raved that it was our best restaurant dinner in ages. The attentive manager and waitress more than made up for the inconvenience of our seating delay. Kudos to Talula's !!

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

Service was impeccable, had the tasting menu so was there for almost three hours. Never did we feel rushed, or ignored. Food was just the right amount for tasting, and though not everything was my preference, my husband greatly enjoyed it. (It was his birthday, his choice of menu.)

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L
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE dining at Talula's Garden! Started with the seasonal cheese platter which was delightful, and enough for 3 to share. The amuse bouche was a delightful morsel of cheese on flatbread with honey drizzle. The gougeres were perfect with melting butter as they were served. I had the roast duck with duck crepes...divine! Dessert was the pineapple tarte tartin which came with nuts and a coconut gelato that was swoon worthy. My dining partners enjoyed the meatball app, the scallops and the gnocchi. Since this was a birthday celebration, it was lovely surprise to have a birthday treat of blood orange jellies, complete with candle.

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T
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love the food but cant stand the pretentious staff

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EG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Talula's Garden has been on my list of restaurants for a while. I am very pleased that I was finally able to go and that we had a great time. The cheeseboards are out of this world. Our server did a great job of figuring out which one would be most up our alley based on the cheese we normally enjoy. The cocktails were mixed to perfection as well. This is one of the first times we decided on a pasta dish for a mid-meal and it was the best decision we made; the ravioli with preserved lemon sauce was absolutely incredible. We will definitely be back, hopefully once the weather warms up and we can enjoy the ambience of the outside seating area!

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Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Talula’s Garden. We were there for our wedding anniversary and they really made us feel special. We had a delicious cheese plate. We followed that with a smoked trout Caesar. Entrees were steak and egg and the special pasta for that night. We had two sides as well. The lemon dessert and carrot cake were excellent. Service was impeccable. We will certainly return.

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MW
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal and the service was very good. The server was very welcoming and the manager came by twice to make sure we were taken care of. We will be back!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The waitress introduced herself to us twice , in the span of 2 minutes ... not sure if she forgot or if that was intentional , it was very strange.
Food we ordered was very tasty, however cold ...
At the end of our meal as we were drinking tea , one of the waiters came around to offer us the brioche which was offered to us at the beginning of the meal ?? He realized right away and walked away.
Ambience is nice , however service needs to be figured out . Food should not be served cold
Tables are very close together so whenever the waiters were with the other tables , their jackets would hang over onto our table

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OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend Talula’s Garden. Food and service was outstanding. We had the Chef’s table. It was excellent and well worth the cost. Can’t wait to go back!!

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S
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely Mother's Day brunch today. Perfect service, excellent cocktails, delicious french press coffee and amazing brunch food. Beyond what you'd think brunch could be. We'll be back soon to try dinner options.

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AC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I called earlier in the week hoping to change my reservation from 2 to 3 people and told they were booked but would call me back if they had any openings. Arrived at the restaurant, which was 1/3 empty, and remained that way for the entire time we were there, so our third guest was unable to join us for no apparent reason. The food was nothing special and it took forever to be greeted and get drinks. The food and service we received were not worth the money we spent. Talulah’s Garden was our tradition for Mother’s Day but we’ve already decided we’ll find a new spot next year.

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RB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Mother's Day Brunch, service was exceptional and food was outstanding. The decor is lovely. This was a very enjoyable experience.

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c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still our favorite brunch spot. Everything is delicious. The service is top notch. Highly recommended!

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PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service from the entire staff! Great layout and feel. Exceptionally prepared food. Do yourself a favor and get the carrot cake and doughnuts for dessert!! I will be back.

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EE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant all around. Only glitch this time was having to wait 20 minutes to be seated, with a 9:30 pm dinner reservation we were already very hungry. But small sampler plates were immediately brought to the table once we sat down, complimenrts of the house, and we had a nice time. A little noisy, but not too bad - we’ll just say “a festive atmosphere”!

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Excellent service. Great consistent experience each time

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L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is wonderful, the food was excellent, and the service was superb. Can’t wait to go back again.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Truly amazing in every way! From the ambiance to the cheese platters, drinks entrees, dessert and even fresh pressed coffee. All of it was stellar!

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u
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

After all the hype we were somewhat disappointed with the meal and more so with the service which is probably the reason the meal disappointed. Food was brought out in quick succession without giving time to enjoy, waitress needed reminding to fill water glasses, and was very non-committal when asked about dishes and generally uninvolved. Asparagus soup and mushroom side were amazing; tuna crude overpowered by a sickly sweet sauce; short rib was ordinary

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f
Philadelphia
259 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb. Talula's never disappoints. The staff couldn't have been nicer. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city, with wonderful ambiance, whether you are outside on the lovely patio or inside at a table, or seated at the bar.

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We sat outside, which helped with noise for sure. Host and table service could have been better; service at bar while waiting for rest of party was EXCELLENT.

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C
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant!

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LR
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard it was a wonderful restaurant, and it truly is! I’ve gotten used to all of our regular choices and had a chance t try some place new. It is beautiful inside and out with it’s charming garden seating. We sat inside and again beautiful. All the food we had was creative and beautifully prepared. It wasn’t the least expensive meal we’ve ever had. But, honestly, I don’t mind the prices if the whole package is this good with wonderful service to boot! We’ll be back!

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OT
Pittsburgh
44 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my Philly favorites. Best atmosphere in town, especially on a beautiful spring evening! The delicious food and great cocktails are a bonus. Best items on the menu now - mini meatballs, Dip & Crisps, Beef Short Ribs and Seared Scallops. Spatchcock Chicken is pretty amazing too and of course the cheese plates are fabulous! I highly recommend Talula’s - it’s special.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service! Atmosphere is charming and quiet.

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciate the few tastings for our Anniversary. Love coming here and will be back again!

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j
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly helpful service, excellent food, lovely cheese selections

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