Tala American Bistro

4.6
505 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Tala is a modern American Bistro located in Latham, New York, featuring a menu of familiar favorites reinvented and served by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our culinary team has created a unique menu, offering our guests many choices for both lunch and dinner. While transitioning from day to evening fare, Tala offers a bar menu for our guests to enjoy while sitting in our comfortable modern 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.
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MD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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DR
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

VV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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?

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Still a great place. Was disappointed that they didnt have the hummus and pitas chips

SS
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food for adults. The kid's menu was surprisingly good for a fancy restaurant. Good cocktails. Would come again.

d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

ML
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great menu (food & drinks) & ambiance! Perfect for wine and apps with the girls or a romantic dinner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The filet was the size of a half dollar coin. It was almost comical.
Too much sauce on everything.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.
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!

LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!
Great food!
Sat outisde
Very pleasant

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious... we had the calamari as appetizer and beef barley soup before our entrees. Both of our entrees were delicious.

d
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved this restaurant. The atmosphere, service, and food were all top notch. They helped make our celebration special!

KM
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

VV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

o
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite local restaurant. Great team and food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing as always!

LL
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall our meal was superb. Can't wait to go back.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. The Neil and Jane wings were delicious!

ME
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great ambiance and excellent service, more menu options during dinner time than lunch though... good food 👍🏻

d
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are great! Our favorite neighborhood spot!

DL
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

A
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the minute we walked in everything was great!
Service , food and wine was perfect!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I really liked what I had, but I wish there were more vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free items on the menu.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and service. Will be back again.

PA
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

super cute atmosphere, very chic. terrific food and service!

D
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

JJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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! :))

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

S
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

BU
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous menu, terrific apps and entrees, super service from Rhea, and a Big Thank You To Tala. We will be back!!!

K
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

d
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

RJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey but the food, service, and atmosphere were excellent. Probably just for special occasions based on price.

JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated right away for our reservation. The food was perfect! I think our server was a bit overloaded, they probably could have used another server for the amount of guests. Nothing too bad though. One of the appetizers we ordered was completely forgotten, though that was probably a blessing in disguise because we ended up so full, and it didn't show up on the bill. The music was a bit too poppy and loud for the kind of ambiance that I think they are going for.

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