The service was bad and the ambience is flat. We got there before a large group in the bar came. They had been served bread first and we had to ask for ours. The ambience is just like a regular cafeteria style restaurant, no frills to create any type of ambience and they charge a higher price for food and wine like 4 or 5 star restaurants do. We were celebrating my husband's bday and they didn't do anything special. It is not about freebies, it is about the special experience they bring to the table-they joy they evoked that make customers want to come back. Nothing special to this place I have to say. We even had to walk our bill to the cashier as the server didn't come for a while to claim the payment. I'm just telling it like it is.
Quiet, romantic, great food and the service was exceptional.
Great service and great atmosphere!!!
I met friends at Tula's before a concert across the street. We had dinner and a bottle of wine. The food was fantastic! Service was great. Will definitely return for a casual, relaxing time, soon!
Dined at Tula's on a Friday night with my family and the service was the worst I've ever received. It took over half an hour for our drink orders to be filled and almost an hour for our food to be served. The waitress forgot to put in one of the orders and decided not to put it in at all when she realized her mistake, as she claimed that the quesadillas "take a really long time to make" and therefore she figured we wouldnt want to wait for it. The food that she did remember to order came out seconds before we had to leave to catch the play we were seeing at the community theater across the street and therefore we had to take everything to go. The server never apologized or acknowledged the poor service, she even remarked that perhaps it was our own fault and we should have arrived sooner.
What was supposed to be a fun family outing turned into a stressful and disappointing evening.
We enjoyed a mid-afternoon lunch, post hike, with a small group of friends. It was perfect for our situation. Excellent beer and wine, good lunch or light dinner choices that were very tasty and fresh, plus desserts that were to die for. Beautiful drive from Whiteoak Canyon and even closer to Old Rag. This is a wonderful alternative to the fancy restaurant in town!! The chef may not be two star, but the food was prepared by a chef not a cook! We loved it. Thanks again.
The bread pudding was one of the best things I've ever tasted! The French dip was also delicious. This little restaurant is one of several small eateries sprinkled throughout the Shenandoah Valley which are great for travelers who like to eat well.
Tula's has every opportunity to be an amazing restaurant and we have had some wonderful evenings there in the past. I don't know if this was just an "off" night (they had just recovered power loss from a big storm) but it just wasn't all that good. I hope it's not a trend. The menu was limited (not too big a deal) so a number of members ordered burgers and they were terribly overdone and dry, the appetizers were not very appetizing (mussels in wine sauce), we had to ask for appetizer plates to share appetizers (multiple times), we had to ask for bread and they brought a small plate for a table of 6, the waitress seemed annoyed and bothered by our requests. We visit Little Washington Theater often and Tula's is the perfect location, however, in the future we may stop somewhere further out and drive in for the show. Again, want to re-iterate that we have had some "Ok" meals at Tula's but they have just never been up to par with others in the area (Griffin Tavern, Thornton River Grille) and certainly aren't up to par with top restaurants in the DC area. I hope this is a challenge to step it up and move to the next level and that Tula's truly appreciates feedback, the good and the bad.
My wife and I took a long weekend into the Virginia countryside. Tula's provided us the best meal of our four days.
Disappointing brunch. No fresh squeeze OJ available, limited menu, nondescript omelette. Asked of sourdough toast to accompany the omelet, as sourdough was offered as a side in another dish, and was instead brought wonder bread toast with nondescript jellies. Asked for a scoop of ice cream, which was one of the ingredients in a fancy bread pudding, and was told no ice cream was available. Not planning to return anytime soon.
Cozy and quaint. Celebrated a birthday with Sunday brunch, perfect. Something on the menu for every taste, but not overwhelming like some places. Nice twist on traditional brunch fare. Dinner menu looked amazing so will return for more delicious food.
We live only 20 minutes away from Little Washington, but this was our first visit to Tula's. The small dining area reminded us of many NYC restaurants we have frequented in the past; we liked this feeling of intimacy. Our service was attentive, friendly and helpful. The food was not only delicious but beautifully presented. The bread pudding with whiskey sauce was sinfully good! We have already recommended Tula's to three couples since dining there two days ago! A return visit for us for sure!
We enjoyed a fabulous Valentine’s Day menu. Tenderloin was superb, especially. Dessert amazing (chocolate cake, whiskey bread pudding w/yummy ice cream). Meals at Tula’s always creative, beautifully presented, delicious. Always a go to place whatever the occasion. Would recommend and do!
There is a new chef at Tula's and worth a visit. Have to say, that after some chef missteps - this is now the real deal. The Rockfish was divine.
Nice lunch spot just a block off Main Street. Greek salad with swordfish was the best of what we ordered. Burgers were good. Beer and wine selection is good and service was friendly and efficient.
Great food and service. Love the pork loin special and also ordered the Shrimp and Polenta which was also great. We found the food high quality and the prices reasonable.
Good prix fixe menu for NYE. Tasty starters and main, scrumptious desserts, very friendly service. Seems to be bouncing back from the funk I perceived in earlier visits. Keep up the good work!
We tried Tula's for the first time last week and were very pleased with both the food and the service. It was our anniversary and we were met with 2 complimentary glasses of champagne, which was a nice touch. We both had the sesame-crusted salmon on peanut risotto. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the risotto was yummy. Dessert was an ample slice of flourless chocolate cake with whipped cream and berries. The wine list was good and full of local wines. We will definitely return to Tula's during our next trip to Little Washington.
We were very disappointed. We'd had lunch there prior to this visit and really enjoyed it. Dinner was a different situation. The menu was limited, and they pretty much failed across the board. The service was nonchalant, which was strange given that the server had no other tables to serve. I had the Brunswick stew which was not much more than sauce with a few lima beans and some tepid chicken shreds sprinkled on top. No sides, one small piece of corn bread (which the server initially forgot to bring) that was also barely warmed. For $18, this was ridiculous. The spaghetti squash was fair. It had an avocado that was beautifully cut, but that was the highlight of the dish. The rest of it was blah. We started with a goat cheese tartlet that was also uninspired. The caesar salad had a thick dressing that was largely flavorless. We later learned that they had a bar menu which our host said she usually tells people to opt for. My suggestion to Tula's is that if they can't be bothered with proper dinner entrees, they should just stick with the simple items that they can definitely do well. To charge anywhere from $18 to $35 for dinners that are as unimaginative as these does a disservice to your patrons.
We had a lovely dinner on their patio. Attentive and cheery service. Food is very good, but dinner menu is small. Only six items plus a special.
At a lower price point, this would have been a much better experience.
It was a perfect evening for outdoor dining and we enjoyed the ambiance of Tula's patio. The Caesar salad we shared was excellent and totally delicious. We both had Brunswick stew and, while tasty enough, it seemed all too much like undiluted Campbell's tomato soup with a few vegetables added; the very nice pulled chicken pieces on top were a little dry from the final heating. The accompanying cornbread was over salted but had a very pleasant hint of olive oil. Tula's usually does much better so I'm hopeful for next time. I will always remember one of the best sandwiches I've ever eaten I was served there last summer.
The food was seasonal and good. My husband' steak was not cooked to order, and he sent it back. The server was apologetic and the food was returned cooked to order. I waited until my husband's food was returned before I began eating, and by that time the food was lukewarm. An offer to re-heat my dinner would have been appreciated. In spite of this, we enjoyed our evening and will return next time we are in the area.
We have been to Tulas on several occasions and always have a great meal.
It was a pleasant experience. We had the Sunday Brunch. I had the steak and eggs with hash browns. The steak was tender and cook to my satisfaction.
I just want to say that I do not plan to use Open Table anymore. We had a hard time getting a reservation at Tulia's through Open Table; were told on your website that we couldn't have a reservation at 6:00 pm, only 4:30 or 6:15. We arrived early and were able to be seated at 5:30. There was only one other table occupied the entire time we were there. We left about 6:30, and we were the only people inside; there were some outside. Why did Open Table say that there was no room for us at 6:00?
Tula's is a pleasant place in lovely little town. Nice basic food, nice setting, decent service. There aren't many (if any other) options in Washington, but this place acts like it wants your business. Three of us had a nice, unhassled lunch in a light-filled room. It was very enjoyable.
Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting. The server and owners were exceptionally friendly and provided Lord of helpful guidance on things to do in the area. Can't recommend this place enough.
The food was overpriced and underseasoned. The service was lacking. Food did not come out in a timely fashion or order.
We were in Washington, VA for a few days. Several of the locals had suggested that we have a meal at Tulas. My wife and I wanted a smaller meal for dinner. After checking your website we had selections in mind off the bar menu. Your website states in at least two places that the bar menu is served all day. After being seated in the main dining area around 6:30pm I requested the Bar Menu. The server told me items on that menu were only available in the bar area from 3-5pm. I did not challenge her on the inconsistency of that response with the information stated on your website. We then ordered larger meals off the regular menu.
Shortly after we were served the larger meals a Father and daughter were seated at the table immediately next to us. He looked at the dinner menu and then requested the bar menu. The same server gave him the bar menu without hesitation and without stating any limitations on when and where those items were available. The Father then placed his order from that menu.
Upon leaving the restaurant we walked through the bar area. I noted several customers seated there eating items of the bar menu. It was well past the 5pm time limit stated by our server.
It appears that the information on the website is correct and that the server was misinformed or attempting to increase the overall tab with higher priced meals. That is not the public image the establishment should convey.
I shared this information twice with the restaurant, but did not receive a response.
Our expectations for dinner were not met, and my wife and I were disappointed by our visit.
Worst food in this price category I've ever had. Olive mozzarella starter was like grocery container left in the fridge for weeks. Duck over paella special did not taste (understatement) or look good plated. Server not knowledgeable on dishes and even went as far as offering her moral aversion to eating lamb when asked about the lamb dish. Originally refused to comp duck dish but eventually came back and manager comped it. Overheard another table of two got one entree wrong and other person sat with her entree getting cold until they offered to put it in the microwave or oven. Had to go elsewhere for a second dinner.
The new watermelon radish salad over arugula lightly tossed in a cumber vinaigrette is topped with the most ingeniously, carefully crafted avocado I have ever seen. And they consistently have the bets burgers. Just perfect!
Great meal and cocktail after a long hike. Welcoming and helpful waitress, and wonderful bartender, as well!
A bit pricey on some items and portions very small
This was a very busy Va Garden Week Saturday. Waitress explained that they were super busy so service might be slow. While that was true, she took excellent care of us & was charming. We'll certainly return !
Tula's was NOT OPEN on the night we had a reservation. (So ignore the stars or lack thereof - wish there was an option not to have to choose). Despite lots of confirmation emails and messages. Best to call ahead I guess. Or make other plans.
Dined recently after a long absence. Seared duck breast was good but the accompanying saffron pistachio rice was lukewarm and dry and the token vegetable (split peas?) was nondescript, both probably warmed up in the microwave. Altogether, quite disappointing.
Good food and a local gem.
My wife and I had a wonderful meal this past Saturday night when we were in the area to do some winter hiking in the Shenandoahs. We didn't know that we arrived on an evening with a special Valentine's Day prix fixe menu, but we were delighted to order from that. Other than the chateaubriand and flourless chocolate cake, my wife and I had different choices for the other courses. We both found our meals delightful and consistently terrific in presentation and taste. Our kudos to the chef and kitchen staff. We are not regulars to the area, but if we were, we would definitely want to dine at Tula's again. We have no hesitation recommending it as a place to go (as opposed to the "other place" around the corner).
The food is always tasty and plated nicely. Service was OK. They have a limited menu, need to add more items to the menu.