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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OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience2

I am a repeat customer. Go a few times each year along with my subscription to Walnut Street Theater. I walked in with my 83 yo mother for our 5:45 pm reservation. It was a Wednesday night. The restaurant was almost empty...a table or two in each room. Except for the bar which had the most people and noise. We were taken through the dining room and seated at the furthermost table in the bar, next to the kitchen door and up against a wall. We could not hear. Our dinner was delicious and the waitstaff was good. Not the exceptional service we have come to expect. The restaurant was so slow the busboy tried to take my plate at least five times before I was finished. Eventually the rooms filled up but there was no reason to put us at the “time out” table.

MJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was special and wonderful. Alfredo will own his own restaurant one day, terrific server- terrific experience

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Food was somewhat overpriced, but very good.

CH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although it was busy our table was ready within a minute of our arrivsl

LW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Philly restaurant!

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R
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We always choose Talula’s for our date nights. Have for many years. Never had a bad meal there! Is it expensive? Sure! Is it worth it? Absolutely! They must have had some layover guests from Valentines Weekend because it was a full-house Monday. Our server seemed a little overwhelmed, but still good. Can’t wait till next date night.

GS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had tasting menu. All was delicious...service impeccable! Loved the thoughtful champagne and blood orange drink ...(noticing my husband doesn’t drink) and his happy birthday candle with last course at the end! Definitely be back!

RD
1 review
Dined 6 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 6 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!

JP
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved brunch , everything was delicious and great service!

SD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This was the fifth time I’ve been to Talula’s and this was the first time I have been disappointed with the food. We went for brunch on Valentines weekend, it was very crowded but we got a decent table where we didn’t feel crowded and our waitress was very attentive. We started with the cheese plate, this was the only part of the meal we were happy with. Our entrees were brought out while we were still enjoying our cheese plate which made us feel a little rushed but it wasn’t that big of a deal. For our entrees, I got the pancakes and my boyfriend got the chicken and waffles. Both meals were covered in sauce/syrup and were overly sweet. I was only able to eat a quarter of the pancakes and my boyfriend was only able to eat his meal after he removed all of the breading on the chicken and the sauce. The coffee cocktail I ordered was also way too sweet and the only way we were able to drink it was to gradually add it to a normal cup of coffee. I realize that sweetness level is a personal preference but we agreed that both our meals were very hard to eat and weren’t worth the price tag.

TG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Beautiful place, however, my guest and I were greeted rudely and told to wait at the bar (where there was no seating) for a table that would open up in "5 minutes". Diners that arrived subsequent to our request for a table were seated immediately. 30 minutes later, I went back to the front to ask a hostess if a table had opened up -- I was met with a poor attitude and instruction to go back to standing next to a crowded bar. I then asked how would they find us in the crowd of people and again, I was given attitude and told that I would be "found" by someone, which didn't happen until we decided to leave 45 minutes after standing by the bar. I won't be spending my money on attitude and poor customer service. Also, widen your marketing demographics and next time, it might not look so bad when two of the four people of color in the restaurant are disregarded and treated poorly.

RB
1 review
Dined 6 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...

SB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning atmosphere and amazing food. Portions were huge and the quality was outstanding. Perfect brunch spot and can't wait to go back again!

ND
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 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 7 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!

JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently took some out of town guests to Talula's Garden for dinner on a Saturday night. I chose Talula's because I knew it would be a memorable night... and it was. Our server, Ariel, was perfect - friendly, accommodating and, most importantly and impressively, very knowledgeable. She gave great recommendations - starting with the World Travel Cheese Plate... which we also now recommend. In addition to the excellent cheeses, there were candied almond slices, spiced pepitos, wine-soaked raisins, marmalade & honey, house-made bread and crackers - all delicious. For the entrees, we shared the Ricotta Ravioli with toasted hazelnuts, the Seared Scallops with kohlrabi & charred leeks and the Shrimp Tagliatelle with house-made saffron pasta & a sherry-scented herb sauce. Each entree was better than the next... with the Shrimp Tagliatelle being my personal favorite. For dessert (yes, after all that we had dessert) we shared the pear sorbet which was exactly that - and perfectly so - and the creme brulee which is one of my favorite desserts - and now Talula's is one of my favorite places to have it - crackled top, creamy middle perfumed with vanilla... so, so good. We also had a few beers and a cocktail or two (Honeysuckle Gimlet - yum!) which like the rest of our meal was executed perfectly. I can't recommend Talula's Garden highly enough - service, food and atmosphere are all A+.

L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
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.

S
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of this world food and service. Will be back again soon.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steady and strong, Philadelphia’s finest.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long wait till table was ready-30 min.

F
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very rude staff — poor customer service.

CM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional!

J
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
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 on February 12, 2020
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 on February 11, 2020
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