HOME > Chowhound > Pennsylvania >

Talula's Table - Hardest to Get Reservation

c
Cruz May 5, 2008 07:23 AM

Conde Nast's Portfolio.com has dubbed Talula's Table the hardest to get reservation in the country. According to the article, the restaurant is booked solid a year in advance. Damn, now I'll never be able to go,

Here's a link to the article:

http://www.portfolio.com/culture-life...

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. d
    DrZibbs RE: Cruz Jul 22, 2008 03:20 PM

    I just read that it's not hard to get lunch.

    7 Replies
    1. re: DrZibbs
      CindyJ RE: DrZibbs Jul 22, 2008 03:46 PM

      Anyone can walk in for lunch. Or breakfast. Or anything else throughout the day until 7:00 PM. It's the prix fixe dinner that's impossible to book, even a year out.

      1. re: CindyJ
        g
        Gorp512 RE: CindyJ Jul 22, 2008 06:12 PM

        Its hard to get in because there is only 8 seats and one seating per night. I am sure its amazing, but they serve about 2,500 diners a year. If they opened an actual restaurant it would obviously be easier to get in. Its an amazing business they have going though, they are their own media machine.

        1. re: Gorp512
          CindyJ RE: Gorp512 Jul 22, 2008 06:43 PM

          They had an "actual" restaurant before opening Talula's Table. Many of the folks who have snared reservations are former Django devotees.

          1. re: Gorp512
            b
            Bigley9 RE: Gorp512 Jul 22, 2008 08:43 PM

            More power to them. They had an excellent byob, worked their butts off (and one of them really only wanted to do cheese, which explians alot if you think about it) and took themselves out of it to have a child and are returning, if not gently, then at least with a bit more free time. Most of us are just jealous that they did what they wanted to do. If you want their food, plan ahead.

            1. re: Bigley9
              g
              Gorp512 RE: Bigley9 Jul 22, 2008 11:48 PM

              I agree, they have an amazing operation going. Talk about working for yourself. I just think alot of the hype and long waiting lists due to such special circumstances are confused with it just being the food. I wish they would open a spot in Center City and go right up against the big boys. The new Django people made them sign some kind of contract saying they wouldn't open a restaurant 'x' amount of miles from Django. I wonder when that deal is up.

              1. re: Gorp512
                CindyJ RE: Gorp512 Jul 23, 2008 06:30 AM

                I remember reading something about that agreement that called into question whether Brian was within that distance when he was cooking at Sovana Bistro, just outside Kennett. His brief presence there sure did put Sovana Bistro on the restaurant map.

                1. re: Gorp512
                  a
                  Ali RE: Gorp512 Jul 23, 2008 07:08 AM

                  The non-compete will be up in 2009. At that point, provided they want to in the first place, the Talula's Table folks will be able to move into the city (whereas now they're bound to not open a restaurant within 40 miles of Django). Somehow, I think they're not likely to pull a Morimoto and move back to the city.

        2. CindyJ RE: Cruz Aug 25, 2008 02:08 PM

          Actually, there IS a relatively easy way to get a reservation at Talula's Table. Simply show up at Talula's a few minutes before 7:00 AM, a year from the date you'd like your reservation. Chances are, if you're the first in line, your name will be written onto a scrap of paper that will eventually make its way into the reservation book.

          Show Hidden Posts