Tala American Bistro
Tala is the kind of place where you feel comfortable dropping in for a quick drink and snack, a casual lunch or dinner, pre or post theater dining or late night conversations around our outdoor fire pits. Stop in and meet our team of Mixologists. Tala features a cocktail menu sure to please. From signature to skinny, our cocktails are worth a try.
I love Tala. Excellent food, courteous and efficient staff. It’s a little noisy because of the closeness of other patrons and the ceiling configuration.
I love Tala. I've been here several times and have never been disappointed. I don't live in the area, but when I visit Albany, usually one of my meals is at Tala. The food is always good. Nice variety to the menu. Kristen (our server) was super. Great sense of humor. Attentive. Will definitely be back.
Delicious cuisine, excellent service, and a memorable 2 hours with my girlfriend. Thank you for the great service as well, we got cold and had a heater moved to us. Would definitely come again.
Heather , the hostess greeted us at the door with a huge smile and welcome. A good start! Another Heather waited on us and was very professional, efficient and nice. Her recommendations were spot on. It was hard to decide as there were so many options, especially for someone gluten-free. We all started with a salad. The simplicity and fresh ingredients of the Arugula salad is always my favorite. I had the Zoodle Salmon entree and my companions had the chicken Piccata. Both Delicious and cooked to perfection!! We all agreed that we need to eat here more often!!
This was shocking, probably place was sold or lost it chef, tables and floor was dirty, waitress absolutely inexperienced, food bad, and this was my favorite restaurant in Albany, last 2 years, what is going on in Tala?
Still a great place. Was disappointed that they didnt have the hummus and pitas chips
Good food for adults. The kid's menu was surprisingly good for a fancy restaurant. Good cocktails. Would come again.
Tala was the perfect dining experience for a Saturday evening and a delicious meal. The environment is special but not too formal, service was exceptional, and the food delicious.
This was my first time trying Tala. From the host to the waitstaff, everyone was smiling and very friendly and courteous. The food was absolutely amazing. Will def be returning again to try other stuff!
Great menu (food & drinks) & ambiance! Perfect for wine and apps with the girls or a romantic dinner.
The filet was the size of a half dollar coin. It was almost comical.
Too much sauce on everything.
service was perfect and food was fantastic. prices a bit on the high side...well worth it for the food but not for alcoholic beverages. the drinks were on the skimpy side so ordering top shelf is not recommended.
Great service- Rhea is excellent and so nice.
Our waitress was so nice she even ran outside with an ipad we had inadvertently left on the table!
Our food was delicious... we had the calamari as appetizer and beef barley soup before our entrees. Both of our entrees were delicious.
The waitress was gracious. Appetizers took long. Crispy Brussel sprouts were very oily and burnt. Ordered filet medium and was served well done. Upon requesting more bread I was told they are out. Then came back and said they will be done in s minute. Twenty minutes later when they served the bread it was still frozen inside.
Ordered burger with no bacon but of course it was sent with bacon sitting on it.
Not a good experience.
This was our second time at Tala. As we expected, the food was great. Our waiter was excellent. We had 6pm reservations on a Saturday night. The meal was progressing nicely until 7:20 and we were considering whether or not to have desert. At that point, the manager came over to us and told us they needed the table for a 7:30 reservation. He said if we wanted desert he would have to move us from the table and set us up at a table outside. It was quite rude. He then turned around and said the same thing to the people seated at the table next to us. Unfortunately, the managers comments were highly unprofessional and discourteous. That should not happen 1 hour and 20 minutes into an upscale Saturday night dinner. Needless to say we did not order desert and left. We will not be going back there again.
We absolutely loved this restaurant. The atmosphere, service, and food were all top notch. They helped make our celebration special!
Starting with the ease of making a reservation, to the courteous server who patiently waited while we caught up on my friends lives, to the delicious entrees we could not have been more pleased. They even found my prescription sunglasses that fell out of my pocket and kept them for me! My husband and I will definitely return!
Probably , one of the better restaurant in Albany. Clean, modern, with attractive interior, and modern appearance. Service are good and staff look clean and attractive. May need to add more items for lunch menu . Go and try , you will be happy.
Our favorite local restaurant. Great team and food.
Food and service was amazing as always!
Overall our meal was superb. Can't wait to go back.
Fantastic food and service. The Neil and Jane wings were delicious!
great ambiance and excellent service, more menu options during dinner time than lunch though... good food 👍🏻
The food and service are great! Our favorite neighborhood spot!
The food was excellent and the portions were ample. I only had lunch, but am looking forward to enjoying dinner in the near future. It was a pleasant surprise.
From the minute we walked in everything was great!
Service , food and wine was perfect!
I really liked what I had, but I wish there were more vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free items on the menu.
Great food, atmosphere, and service. Will be back again.
super cute atmosphere, very chic. terrific food and service!
Great food and service
I can't believe this Bistro has been here for 5 years and we never went here. Excellent food, atmosphere, service and happy hour value! Our server was the bartender and she did an awesome job taking care of us! The bring your own bottle of wine night on Mondays is a great idea, it can save you a little money while providing you your favorite libation! We did not try any entrees yet but if they are as good as the apps. I am sure they will be awesome! We will definitely put this restaurant on our go to list!
Thanks for everything Tala bistro! :))
The restaurant was only about half full yet it took us over 2 hours to get our food. The service was inconsistent, and that coupled with the length of time in receiving of our food ultimately makes it highly unlikely we’ll return any time soon.
We always love the quinoa and kale salad. We were both pleased with our entrees, which were both new additions to the menu. Our waitperson was attentive and personable.
It was a very pleasant dinner!
Fabulous menu, terrific apps and entrees, super service from Rhea, and a Big Thank You To Tala. We will be back!!!
Never thought I'd go back to a restaurant craving a salad, but the Tala Chop is so good! We also had the Veggie Pizza w/ cauliflower crust, truffle shoestring fries and a risotto with corn and jalapeno. The risotto, at the time, was just OK. We took it home and it was tastier. Maybe it needed more time for the flavors to meld. Drinks were good, too! Highly recommend. Small place. Make a reservation to ensure quick seating.
Wonderful! Definitely our “go to” place for any/all occasions! The food is great and the service is lovely! We really enjoy this restaurant! An undiscovered local wine and dine venue!
Our food was absolutely delicious and our waitress, Rhea, was excellent and super accommodating with one of the members of our party that had some food allergy requests.