Talula’s Garden

4.8
7149 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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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my boyfriends birthday and had an exquisite time. Will definitely be back!

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Background “music” was a driving beat. Just provided lots of unnecessary increased decibels Meal was outstanding. Service outstanding. Would have been more enjoyable without the background noise. Need to go wit something softer. Even though it’s a younger crowd I think they all will appreciate a softer environment.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Talula’s Garden is one of our favorite restaurants. It’s a must when I visit Philly. Wonderful food & service in a warm inviting atmosphere. It’s perfect!

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

Seated quickly at arrival. Server was a little slow and didn’t seemed focused on attending to us. After ordering our food arrived very quickly and was delicious. We ordered the doughnuts for desert to go, small portion for the price, but they were delicious also. Good food, mediocre service and value.

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m
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. If you've never been to Talula's Garden, go! Can't wait to go back.

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

One of the best meal and experiences have ever had! Every dish was the best version of that central item, sea bass cooked perfectly and accompanied by a balanced tomato reduction with couscous, brussell sprouts sweetened and crisp, smoked trout ceasar a meal in itself. Could not stop eating although ordered way too much. Atmosphere and service was impeccable, server recommendations were spot on insightful. Only shy of perfect due to tables being very close together.

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EB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks; amazing service! Highly recommend!

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DG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Talula’s every year around Valentine’s Day and it is always phenomenal. The food, drinks, and service are always top notch. Never had one complaint.

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

My server was outstanding, the food was amazing, and the ambiance was perfect. I will definitely be back!

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

Delicious food, great presentation, good wine selection.

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is creative and the food was outstanding. The service was excellent.

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J
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun!

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

This place is top-notch. Several dining sections that break up with restaurant to make it feel more intimate. The tall ceilings and calm decor make a great, relaxing environment. We started with drinks at the bar while we waited for our table. The drinks were great and so was the food. From the ambiance, the service and the food, everything was 5-star. I would definitely head back next time I'm in town.

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

We had reservations for 8:30 but didn’t get seated until close to 9:30. Having your reservation delayed is very upsetting but the manager that evening kept us updated, apologized profusely and offered us appetizers while we waited. Once seated, their service was prompt, and without a thought, they provided a complimentary cheese plate and drinks.
In summary, although the wait was not ideal, they did their best to keep us from going hungry and were proactive in trying to make the situation right.

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C
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice meal. There was a wait to sit, even though we had reservations. And there really was very little room to stand an wait, making things a bit uncomfortable. The food was lovely. The cheeses were fun, and the meal itself was quite good. Not exceptional, but very good. We had a lovely time and would go there again.

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

We had to wait a half an hour past our reservation time. However, we were given
Cheese and crackers while waiting and a glass of champagne when we were seated to compensate.only complaint- waiter came to check on us too many times!!!

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RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, amazing service! I'd highly recommend this for anyone looking for a great meal in Philly.

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NM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were great. The high ceilings give a feel of openness and some how keep the noise down. The service is friendly without being pushy. Highly recommend!

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SC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service always is good, although sometimes we felt that we could have waited a bit longer between courses. But the food is well worth this little bit of inconvenience! All our courses were cooked and seasoned well, and delivered on both presentation and most importantly, taste.

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RS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food -especially cheese- was incredible. Highly recommend the scallop entree. However, the service left much to be desired. Server took a long time to greet us and then took too long to take our order. Food went to the wrong table and dishes were cleared from our table before we were finished eating them. For such high prices, I would hope for better service.

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MS
Charlotte
38 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant place. Outstanding service. Innovative, flavorful cuisine.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster Ravioli was AMAZING

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were Unbelievable! That is all I can say

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MJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! Servers were super friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Ambiance makes it the perfect spot for a date night! Would definitely recommend

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to spend Valentine's Day! Excellent service, drinks and food!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy restaurant with great food, and excellent service. The experience is phenomenal and is a great date night spot in the city.

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SB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Talula's Garden is an excellent restaurant for a special occasion. The menu changes seasonally, so, you can return every three months or so and have different offerings. The cheese board selections are outstanding. The valet parking is a wonderful feature.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Seated quickly. Food is unique.

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New York Area
313 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the start the four of us were treated like royalty with special attention to seat preference as well as a special pre dinner cocktail . Everyone of us enjoyed their meal

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D
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentine’s Day Eve with my wife. We were well taken care of and the food was excellent. Some of the best service we’ve had in Philly.

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NR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious and the staff was attentive! Great ambiance.

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MR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork was so tasty and melted in my mouth. Also ordered the amazing goat cheese gnocchi. This is one of my new favorite restaurants!

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j
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely dinner with my daughter; we enjoyed the food, the ambiance, our amazing server and all courses were paced perfectly.

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P
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was just attentive enough, the food was outstanding! The fried oyster starter was delicious, and enough to share. The scallop entree was as appealing to look at as it was to enjoy. We will definitely return.

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BC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, prices to match. Cheese plate was superb but to much for one person. The tables were a bit close together but that may have been more of an issue because the lady next to us had a loud voice. I would definitely go there again.

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BH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef’s Menu is fantastic! Wide variety of great food, awesome presentation. And highly recommend the wine pairing.

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n
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy, love this place!!! Good food, good service, nice atmosphere!!!

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J
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! From the ambiance, the service and the food, everything was 5-star. I would definitely head back next time I’m in town. My recommendation - Order the the potato and leek soup. It was the best soup I have ever tasted!

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SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please let me tell all who are fortunate enough to pass through these hidden gates..it is fabulous!
I am always amazed when I have a meal that is, in of itself, stupendous. Amelia was gracious when we asked for more time and some guidance with the menu. Our party sampled the "World Travel" cheese plate, all of which would give any NY or Paris bistro a run for their money. Both places I have personally been to and ate at. Brussels were perfect with the char and balsamic overture, all entrees perfect, lobster ravioli, gnocchi, and braised short rib,spectacular.
So I will say this to anyone who wishes to know how it is supposed to be done, visit here and enjoy, they do it right and do it well. I will of course pass this along to all my foodie friends, because it is people like Amelia and the staff at Talula's Garden who love what they do, and show that they love it, to those of us who are given the opportunity to share that joy. Thank you again for such an incredible meal.

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