Talula’s Garden

4.8
6891 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 2:00pm.
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Phone number
(215) 592-7787
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Charles Parker
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th between Walnut and Locust
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Parking details
We offer valet service during all of our normal business hours. We discount parking at the Walnut Towers garage at Eighth and Walnut streets, directly across from the Walnut Street Theater for all dinner services. For Sunday brunch we can only discount at the Independence garage on 6th and Locust.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All out perfect. From the waitress to the host.... the service! The taste of the food.... the understandings of the menu on the staff part was great!!! Thank you for a delicious meal and a wonderful night out! I am here visiting from buffalo ny and I would travel here just to eat at this place!

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E
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Brunch - a good menu but my mushroom omelette was disappointing - way too much egg and rubbery. However the fruit salad was very nice and my partner's crab eggs benedict was definitely better executed. Service very good. Very noisy.

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DV
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

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DH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive and we were not rushed at all even when more diners were waiting for tables. Food was amazing with unique choices. Cauliflower Pear soup was fantastic.

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

FABULOUS! My husband took me here for my birthday. The staff was super attentive and the food was outstanding. I HIGHLY recommend! They had various cheese course options, hand-crafted cocktails and a menu that was innovative.

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s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Some prices were a bit too much in my opinion. The pasta portions could have been a bit larger as well. Would go back though

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

We went for a special occasion, but we will definitely return for a great dining experience— period. The only criticism is the noise level. We happened to be sitting next to a loud group of diners — 8 & given the already loud acoustics it was difficult to hear one another. That critism aside, we couldn’t have asked for all around great food & excellent service.

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MP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This restaurant is very noisy and very dark. Impossible to read the menu. Luckily, I had looked at it online before leaving my house. Also, impossible to see what you eat, since it’s so dark. Quite disturbing. Finally, impossible to check your bill, since it’s so dark. Very disturbing. Disappointed!!

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RN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go for a date or business dinner. Tasty New American cuisine. I had the salmon with brussel sprouts. We shared one of the signature cheese plates, salad the mushroom appetizer. Friendly service, pleasant atmosphere, very good drinks. Highly recommended.

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OT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live near this restaurant eat here frequently -wonderful food have never had bad experience.

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

food was fantastic. drinks not cheap, but great selection . these plates small but fabulous. for ref. cheese plate, two entrees, four drinks (two beers) bill was 130 before tip

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

The food at Talulah's Garden was delicious. I had the chicken with sweet potatoes and persimmons. My partner had the lobster ravioli. Both were tasty. The staff was a little too attentive - they kept removing plates, cups, etc. while we were in the middle of eating. It made me feel that they were rushing us out. But overall, the dinner was delicious and we had a lovely evening.

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OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and it never disappoints!

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

On a cold evening, after seeing the sights around City Hall, it was delightful to be greeted and welcomed into Tulula’s! The cheese tray was exceptional, as was the salmon entree and scallops entree. We had a magnificent time and are eager to return!

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EL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved! Make sure to order a cheese plate.

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EI
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! Everything we tried was like a party in our mouths. Such marvelous mixtures o flavors.

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JA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in all respects from the starter rolls to the killer entrees. Service impeccable. Beautiful interior.

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JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in until trying to finish my amazing dessert, our night was perfect. The service was outstanding and we had one of our best dinners out. We are looking forward to going back hungry to try something different!

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CK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Talula's Garden has been on my bucket list for quite some time and it lived up to every expectation! Imaginative use of quality organic ingredients, locally sourced and seasonal. We loved every bite! One of our best Philly dining experiences, ever.

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SA
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date and I had a tremendous time at Talula's. We weren't rushed at all and the service was phenomenal. The space have such a beautiful layout with tall ceilings and plants everywhere to really hold true to their Garden theme. My favorite part of the restaurant was the full panel windows that let light into the bar area.

The food was delicious. We got the chai spiced doughnuts, and decided on going with smaller dishes for brunch including the pigs in a blanket, the grits, brussel sprouts and a side of toast. This was all surprisingly filling, and topped perfectly by the French pressed coffee. The corn grits were super creamy and really tasty. The pigs in the blanket where the perfect ratio to filling versus pastry. The brussel sprouts with apple was a surprising delight and worked so well together.

Looking at the tables around us, more individuals went for the more traditional brunch entrees, but being that I'm more of an appetizer type of person, the smaller plates were perfect.I would definitely come back to try some of those entrees because they looked so delicious.

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d
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed! Beautiful restaurant, fresh delicious food, gracious and knowledgeable service

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tiramisu was the best I've had in the US, comparable to Italy. Brunch was delicious, presentation was great and staff was super friendly!! Highly recommended!!

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HT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Brunch menu. Attentive staff. Food well presented.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCEPTIONAL!!! I would definitely be back!!

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot compliment the manager Brian enough on his attentiveness and hospitality. We were asked to move tables so a larger party could be seated where we were. It was not an inconvenience to us, but Brian made sure we were taken care of and completely satisfied with our experience. We will definitely be back!

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AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service- courses were timed perfectly with no overlap and no rush, but as soon as we finished another was brought out. Staff was attentive and the food was delicious, as were the cocktails!

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous- ambience, food, service. My go to restaurant in Philly for life’s special occasions.

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PE
Philadelphia
175 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal at Talula's Garden where we celebrated my birthday. At first I was annoyed when they seated us in the bar area instead of the dining room without even asking. However the bar area ended up being very pleasant even though it was packed with people waiting for tables making it extremely difficult for the server handling the bar area diners. We had a nice seat looking out on to Washington Square. It seemed less noisy than the dining room which is somewhat incredible given how crowded it was. If the crowd in the bar had been boisterous it would have been a drag.

Food was great. Excellent soup and mushroom toast appetizers. The mushrooms were very fresh and tasty. Duck breast was phenomenal. Delicious and very very tender. Beef was cooked perfectly and very good. Shared the apple/cranberry crisp desert which was almost too sweet but good.

Wine was way over priced for what it was. Before dinner drinks were great but again overly pricey. We would return but not frequently. There are too many good places in town to choose from. Prefer the byobs where you do not get gouged on wine prices.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and overall experience. We will definitely be back soon!

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PA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at Talula's for dinner pre event. The food was outstanding (scallops were amazing) and service was fantastic (thank you Connor)! Will be back again and again. Don't miss Talula's!

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SS
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Shared excellent pear so tender and cooked perfectly. Most of the other entrees did not appeal; not much fish. Opted for fried oysters over slaw appetizer for the main. Also, I am a desert foodie and particularly love real pastry. None of the deserts appealed so got the berry crumble with ice-cream which was good, but not exciting. Quality of food excellent as was the service, so probably will return. However, the prices did give pause.

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PK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was good and food was tasty but everything was way too salty. Even the bread had lots of salt!

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KS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolute favorite restaurant in Philadelphia! Food is incredible, ambiance is enchanting, service is magical.

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L
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every detail was spot on - from the gratis fresh brioche to the side fall vegetables to the delectable tiramisu. The ambiance was lovely - the restaurant is split up in a manner that makes the diners feel their space is intimate. I particularly loved the scallops and pork tenderloin our table ordered. Our second visit and look forward to the next occasion to dine there again!

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HR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I really loved everything, but the soup and stew weren’t warm enough.

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Z
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This Stephen Starr restaurant dazzles!

Straight farm to table life. Great service. Danielle (server) was amazing. Most Starr restaurants are $$ or more. So be prepared to spend. Realistically, a date will cost you well over $120. And that may or may not include gratuity. Washington Sq. is insanely intimate, scenic and even romantic. I’ve been to Talula’s Garden on more than one occasion and this place always satisfies. Awesome coat check, too. And the garden is spectacular during the hospitable months of the year. Ahem, spring/summer.

Recently took my wife there for her birthday. She loved it. Try the mushroom toast as an app - you won’t be disappointed. It’s perfect for sharing. ;-) This is the ideal place for foodies, the professional chic...a kind of middle class joy, with elements of “hipster meets sophisticated city.” Reminds me of Ace Hotel if you get my drift - with a Stephen Starr twist.

What can I say? I’ll definitely dine here again. Oh, and by the way, the seating is “intimate.” If you have issues with being close to others - maybe you should visit before you book a reservation. I’ve lost a few pounds in the past few months so the mild tightness of the tables in proximity to other tables was just right for me. Either way, you’ll love this restaurant.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for our wedding anniversary. Service was exceptional and the food & drinks were great! Would definitely recommend for a nice Sunday Brunch.

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VA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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RR
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Talula's Garden for our anniversary dinner did not disappoint! The food was all delicious, and the service was excellent. Such a wonderful experience!

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