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Restaurant Tallent
Restaurant Tallent

Restaurant Tallent Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restauranttallent.com
  • Phone: (812) 330-9801
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: David Tallent
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Catering: We offer off-site catering. Please call the Restaurant to inquire.

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A word from Restaurant Tallent
Restaurant Tallent offers a beautiful modern space, delicious seasonal cuisine, and a carefully chosen wine list with several wines by the glass. The menu at Restaurant Tallent changes several times throughout the year and primarily reflects what is available in the Southern Indiana region during that season. Both David and Kristen Tallent design the menu with regionally produced cheeses, fruits, vegetables and meats as the raw material. To ensure that the highest quality meat and produce is available for seasonal menu items, Restaurant Tallent works closely with local farmers and artisan food producers. Their combination of Old World culinary methods and mid-Western produce and meats results in a distinctly Indiana cuisine.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a place that you would expect somewhere much more metropolitan (pick a large city of culinary accolade.) The location is fairly spacious, light, open and airy, which unlike many other places in town is refreshing. The service is very prompt and on top of things, though it helps we went on a quieter Monday night. The food was excellent! Having lived in the SF Bay Area and spent plenty of time enjoying the myriad options in the city, this place is right in line with that. The crudo is a must; something which I cannot emphasize enough. Frankly, anything off the appetizer list is excellent (which is where we stayed for the night)."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Bloomington has a plethora of amazing food available. Tallent is the most expensive and elegant in the most modern setting. The food is great! My husband and I got the ribeye and split it. It was plenty of food for us. Would recommend Tallent as a special occasion restaurant since it isn't cheap, but really appreciate that the food is local and in season!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We thought the food was outstanding--well executed, layered flavors. We ordered five dishes total, and we didn't have a complaint about any of them. The decor is minimalist with big windows for natural light. The focus is surely on the food, and it should be with food this good. I rated service three stars because, while the four different people that interacted with our table were supremely professional and knowledgeable, it felt tight and lacking of warmth. It was as if individual personality-- and human emotion --was suppressed for professionalism akin to the yesteryear of haute fine dining. It's ok to smile and laugh while using correct grammar and complete sentences, I promise. We'll be back, for sure, and hopefully service is warmer."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We hadn't dined here for a few months- so many great choices for dinner in Bloomington - however, maybe absence makes the heart grow fonder! The food was spectacular - the chef has a special way with pork! Great wine menu as well - unfortunately didn't leave room for dessert. Will return soon."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I have found over time that if you come to the restaurant with one or more people, there's a fairly high risk that someone at the table will experience a major misstep along the way. This week it was a smoked brisket special, which we renamed a briquette. It was smoked, then seared, dry as a bone, consistency of rope, no sauce - just proudly settled on the plate like a duraflame log. I gather this concept's goal was to bring about the delectable burnt ends BBQ experience, only it completely missed the mark.My companion left 3/4 or more of it on her plate, mentioned the reason to our server but he and the kitchen were completely unresponsive. Everything else in the meal was very good but it's hard to get over receiving a $22 entree like that"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My wife and I visited Restaurant Tallent on June 18, 2014 to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We chose Restaurant Tallent because of their focus on utilizing locally sourced foods and their seasonal menu. We both had what we would describe as the best restaurant meal we have ever had. The food was prepared perfectly, the service was excellent and the restaurant decor and ambience were very nice. I would recommend Restaurant Tallent for any occassion."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We made this place our traditional anniversary dinner spot about five years ago. It's main attraction for us is the tasting menu. What ever is offered, we just get it, no questions. It has always been wonderful. Sometimes the menu contains food items we would not typically order, but we eat it anyway and enjoy the adventure. It is nice they check with us prior to the meal for any food allergies. We will keep coming back. We have also bought gift certificates for our kids anniversary dinner and they have a good time."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Long wait times for food are understandable when a restaurant is at capacity, but not when only five tables are being served. And food should be hot."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The service was simply outstanding and the food exceeded the outstanding service. It was presented in an attractive manner and the taste was delicious. If you want a special dinner this is the place to experience it."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great food and very attentive staff. We had the Indiana fried chicken, Walleye and steak and had the crudo (sashimi tuna with various pickled vegetables that was a taste sensation). I will be revisiting here next time I'm in Bloomington."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I wanted to introduce this restaurant to my friend who hasn't been there for a while since I thought the restaurant use locally grown and in season produces. On Monday, I had soft shell crab & asparagus soup. I thought both were too salty, especially the soup was way too salty for my taste. So after one spoon, I had to stop eating. My friend had Halibut, and he said it was cooked too long. I typically dine at this restaurant for a special occasion, but I was disappointed this time. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "For a fine dining experience in little Bloomington, Tallent can't be beat. We've been going there for years. Our kids also request it for special occasions even back when they were as young as 10 years old. Like all high end restaurants, gastronomic quality is stressed. The wait staff are generally the best in town. We highly recommend Tallent to anyone who is as enamored of high quality cuisine as we are. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The food was good, but the dinner portions were very small & I am a light eater. The menu was not exciting...one ok vegetarian entrée, fish, beef, lamb, chicken, pork. When Tallent first opened they were THE cool, hot spot to dine. These days they have a lot of competition & need to rev up their menu. Overall, I like the place; after my 3rd visit I'm still not excited & probably won't return. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Went a few months back and it was incredible. Our favorite date night spot. Service is attentive, without being overwhelming. "
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The food was very well prepared with subtle, complex seasonings. I had the pork belly (very succulent) and my wife had the halibut (they ran out of the walleye). The food was presented nicely and the portions were just right. My sides were ricotta grits, brussel sprouts, country ham and chestnuts. Simply amazing flavors. We had a waitress in training and she was okay. She forgot to remove plates between courses. My wife stated that her sauvignon blanc was outstanding and everything was done just right."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "All around great experience. Food and atmosphere was great."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Oh what a find! After spending the past three years in the East Bay of California and visiting Napa or Sonoma Valley once every six weeks or so, we had become quite the foodies. Let me tell you, that Restaurant Tallent did not dissapoint! It was clear that the chef had trained at the CIA in St. Helena. The food was outstanding in both number and variety of ingredients and presentation but mostly just in the subtle and delicious flavors. The Winter Vegetable salad was fantastic, and the Halibut was cooked to perfection. My girls had the rib-eye steak which was phenomenal and required no seasoning at all. Dessert was perhaps the weakest point, but it was still quite good. As for the wine list, it was quite good!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My wife and I looked forward to an overdue (6 years) return to Restaurant Tallent and were rewarded. A crudo appetizer of fluke and potato leek soup were very good. Fluke was seasoned with lemon and soup was robust and creamy. Pork belly with root vegetables and Alasak halibut with creamed cabbage and corned beef were excellent entree choices. The spicy Cajun popcorn was delectable surprise in between appetizers and entree. Very nice Oregon pinot noir was consumed and chocolate and beignets were the exclamation point. Bloomington has many dining options. For me, Restaurant Tallent is at the top of the list!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Superb dining! Exquisite tastes not to be found in other restaurants, all due to Chef Tallent."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant was wonderful. From the impecable service and food to the very pleasant atmosphere...flawless."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Our experience at Tallent was exceptional. Every course was a taste delight with great Service and pleasant surroundings. Bloomington Has a real treasure in Chef Tallent and his crew. Enjoyed watching the hard working chefs in Kitchen as well."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We go to Tallent before IU games and they are great about getting us out in time, even when we are the late ones! Love the staff and the menu is always fresh"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The food is very, very well presented at Talent. And the little pre-dinner treats were interesting. I'm trying to figure out the feta cheese dip served with the fried chips. Everything is so clean and fresh."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Everything, & I mean everything, is top notch at this restaurant. The food makes you cry it is so good- my taste buds were thanking me for days! We had a wonderful experience, the staff is great! David is a suburb talent, pardon the pun- but the name of this restaurant says it all. I think Bloomington is extremely lucky to have Tallent!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "we celebrated our 44th anniversary at this restaurant and it was very relaxing. The food was wonderful and the service was, too. I've already recommended it to someone."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had read mixed reviews of Restaurant Tallent and decided to go with the positive comments for our special dinner out rather than the negative ones. We were SO disappointed. We were seated back by the kitchen where we heard all the conversations between the servers and the chef. We really didn't care which table needed soup, etc. Some of the food was okay and some wasn't. I left 3/4 of my entree because it tasted bad. Service was horrible. Our waiter was inattentive and other servers had to help out by clearing our dirty plates. I would not recommend this restaurant! The quality and atmosphere are not worth the high price."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Tallent is the best restaurant in Bloomington, and one of the best you will ever visit anywhere. Fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, innovative combinations, and professional service all the way. I've been going for years and it never fails to impress."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food here is outstanding on most visits. I got the bistecca and it was grissly and the ravoli when it was brought out was cool. The time between each course was extensive this time around as well."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The pasta dishes were delicious but the entrees were nothing special. We expected to get the chef's tasting menu but this isn't offered on the weekends. Odd. Service was attentive; atmosphere just ok. Not sure that it's worth a repeat visit."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We love this restaurant, all of it was outstanding except a bad hostess. She was very cold, unwelcoming, avoided eye contact. Definitely set a bad vibe before we sat down. Everything from that point on was awesome!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I've been to Tallent many times but this time the portions were larger. We had delicious food and more of it. The larger servings balanced out the price and made the experience well worth it. The value added puts Tallent on my radar more than a special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Love Italian month every January. The minestrone soup was the best I've ever eaten……..cold night, hot soup, fresh ingredients, all the flavors of the vegetables had a chance to shine and the homemade pasta was perfect. The ravioli was colorful with taste and looks. A delight on the palate and the plate. The service is helpful but not intrusive. Plenty of time to enjoy each course and have conversation."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Tallent is the best restaurant in Indiana that we frequent at least every other month. The January Italian month menu is fabulous. It was very hard to decide what to order and everything was perfectly prepared. Cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We chose to do the tasting menu and the wine flight as well. Chef Tallent and staff put together a delicious Crudo with a wonderful New Zealand fish. The second course served were the scallops served with escarole, olives, chilis, and citronette. The third course of Owen's Clam Linguini with fennel sausage and pickled peppers was perfect. A cheese course was served next and was just as wonderful as the previous tastes. The pastry chef prepared a wonderful tiramisu with a base of polenta cake instead of the usual lady fingers. The wine parings perfectly matched each dish. The wait person was very knowledgeable about the wines from Italy that accompanied each dish. A most memorable evening in downtown Bloomington!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "I took my best friend to Tallent to celebrate her birthday and a new chapter in her life. We had a wonderful experience. The server was so helpful with very detailed information and suggestions. The timing was perfect. We were able to savor each course. Every taste and every bite was divine."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "It's hard to believe that a small college town can have a restaurant that you'd expect in a big city like NYC or Chicago. Outstanding menu and it changes every season."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "My husband and I had a lovely, quiet dinner on a nice winter Monday night. The founder and beef were both prepared amazingly well but the mussels were outstanding. As mussel admirers we order them often when we go out and always when we are in coastal cities. Tallent's mussels in an ale, cream, garlic sauce were the best we have ever eaten. Thank you Restaurant Tallent for an outstanding experience."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We were looking for a local restaurant with high end food and service. We were not disappointed with Restaurant Tallent! The food was amazing and the service was better than most big city spots. We have already recommended it to several people and look forward to visiting again next time we are in Indiana. A "must go" for any foodies who are willing to spend a bit more money for quality over quantity."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We had another amazing meal at Restaurant Tallent last Saturday night with some old friends who are also foodies and had never been there. They were impressed with the quality and taste of the food. We are all pretty adventurous eaters and mostly ordered different things so we could sample each other's food. Every dish was deemed excellent, as usual. Also, as usual the wait staff was excellent. Our waitress couldn't have been better. Not only was she knowledgeable about the food, but she was also made us feel that she enjoyed taking care of us. We have eaten at Restaurant Tallent many times and have always had excellent food and service. We feel very lucky to have such a great restaurant so close to home."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "After a memorable and excellent anniversary dinner two years ago, we decided to splurge and return to Restaurant Tallent. This time the experience was completely disappointing. We were seated at a little wobbly table right near the open view kitchen. The constant traffic from wait staff picking up plates and the aroma of beach cleanser totally ruined the ambiance. We waited 15 minutes for a waiter to appear when first seated. My salad which was basically a plate full of bitter greens, soggy croutons and almost no dressing was definitely not worth $10. My duck and rissotto was ok. My husband enjoyed his beef ribs. They were out of our choice for dessert. For a meal that cost over $100 this was a real let down."
    Dined on 12/21/2013