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Tallula Restaurant - Arlington, VA

DineSite: Tallula

2761 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201

Phone: 703-778-5051
Website: http://www.tallularestaurant.com/
Cuisine: American
Review: 15.75/20

Tallula dining room

Tallula booth seating Tallula dining room Cellar dining room at Tallulah's in Arlington, VA Tallula dining bar
Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
Several visits with consistent experience and notes.
July 17, 2007, July 9, 2008, November 2, 2008 -

Atmosphere is funky, bohemian, but fun, warm, casual and comfortable - the room is dark, warm with soft booth seats, or hard wood chairs at the tables, dark walls, high tin-type ceilings, a wall of windows on the front. There is an array of dining areas - the bar which offers its own variations of ala carte dining with ample dining or bar seating, and the main dining room adjacent, with booths, tables or its own dining counter. There is also a dining room/table in a wine-cellar atmosphere due to a a wall of wine racks that separate the dining room from this cellar room for a 'private' party. Off the beaten track and a bit difficult to find if you don't know the area. There is a limited on-site parking - arranged parking in commercial center across the street after hours. Atmosphere - 3.75/5

Food - Menu (classic America) offers a creative and focused selection of appetizers and salads and a broad selection of well crafted dishes - seafood, beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and duck. Portions are adequate. The selections are carefully prepared and stylishly presented. Everything we've tried was excellent. Its definitely a sophisticated and wine friendly, wine oriented menu. There is also a nice selection of artisanal cheeses.
Food - 4/5

Wine - There is a broad extensive Winelist featuring over 350 wines by the bottle
and more than 70 wines available by the glass - American - north and south - California and northwest, - cabs and pinot's - Italian, some Australian, some French - primarily Rhone reflecting its mostly budget oriented. All price ranges are represented with a few selections high end selections including three Harlan vintages and Quilceda Creek. Mostly broad rather then deep offering.

Wine - 4.25/5

Service is generally professional and adequate - dont expect a platoon of folks hovering or roaming to refill the water at every turn.  
Service - 3.75/5

Overall - 15.75/20

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