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Tala Bistro
Tala Bistro

Tala Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.talabistro.com
  • Phone: (518) 486-8252
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm
    Dinner: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm
    Bar: Mon-Thur 11:30am-10:00pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am-1:00am
    BRUNCH Sundays 11:00am - 3:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Eric Tisaj
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Tala Bistro
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, lead by Executive Chefs Jaime Ortiz and Eric Tsaj, have created a unique menu offering our guests many choices for both lunch and dinner. While transitioning from day to evening fare, tala offers a snack 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 firepits. 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I loved Tala, it was our 19th anniversary - and we were welcomed like we owned the place. I was recommended by the Sous Chef's Aunt Patti - and she was SPOT ON! Food was amazing, place was very nice! And when we left we saw the patio with the fires going - looked like a plan the next time! Thanks again for a memorable anniversary, I looked like Superman to my wife."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We thought the meal was very good. Our waitress was excellent. Other than Our table being next to the door leading to the outside dining area we were very comfortable. We thought the staff was very friendly and professional."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Had a not so good experience, a rare event, much better this time."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "It was our first time at Tala but we will return, prices are a little high but worth the money, service was excellent, very attentive. The food was excellent and the chef presented us with a special taste prior to the meal. The noise level was quite high but it appeared that one of the tables were having a good time so we cannot fault that. Overall it was an enjoyable experience"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "My husband and I loved Tala! From our warm greeting to the good wishes when we left, Tala hits the highest marks. Our server was friendly and efficient. But the food is the star of the show. Great menu and the specials this night were fantastic. Heirloom tomatoes appetizer was outstanding and the aokinawan pork belly to die for. Filet cooked perfectly and the maple glazed pork was mouth watering! The chef, Alex, even came out to check on us!! Tala is an amazingly high end experience in a friendly atmosphere. From pizza to seafood, steak to a scrumptious burger, Tala is the neighborhood gem not to be missed!!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I brought 2 friends visiting from Florida to TALA. They really enjoyed their lunch. One of my friends had the lobster roll and the other roast beef dip sandwich. The service, as always was the best. My one friend and I raved about the Baby Arugala Salad. We all enjoyed the Thai Asparagus Soup and our lunch entrees. Tala is a fine place to have a meal. The decor reminds us of a NYC Bistro. You are doing things right. I have been several times to lunch and enjoy it every time. I look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Food was very good but menu needs a bit more variety--perhaps a braised pork dish or a lamb dish. There were only 2 steak choices and both were mid thirties in price, Need one that is a bit more reasonable. A small salad should come with dinner."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The service and the food were great. We'll be back to try out the rest of the delicious menu items."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Had a great kale and quinoa salad. Very noisy. Difficult to hear conversation at my table and we ate on the early side. ( 6:30). Pretty interior design. Waitstaff was very attentive."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Tala is always excellent and once again food and service were superb"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I have to say this was our worst experience at Tala in 15 visits. We love the place, but I have to say that the service and the food quality on this very slow night was terrible. The waitress; Amanda was late delivering our food, so much so other waitresses had to get our food/drinks (after we asked them). She literally walked past and left us waiting as she waited on others. The coffee arrived late, my beer arrived late in a dirty glass, the calamari arrived overcook 2x. They did give us a free dessert, but we are not dessert eaters. She never returned to refill the water glasses. Seemed to be a very sweet girl but terrible service this visit (she was much better the last time we visited). We were extremely disappointed."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I was impressed with the service, it was very quick despite being busy. My shrimp cocktail and spicy tuna roll were very good. Their wine on tap was better than expected. Tala is a chic sexy place for the over 30 crowd. Will def come back."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Though menu is limited, there were at least five or six items that made it a tough choice. The salads were delicious combinations...innovative and large enough to share. The shrimp were large and perfectly prepared. When my husband mentioned it was my birthday the waiter brought out an appetizer compliments of the chef. At we started to leave she gave us a small gift. We were not rushed and will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "three out of four of us had the lobster roll everything except the lobster roll itself was wonderful--the lobster had way too much of a spice (we believe it may have been black pepper) no one came after our meals were served to find out if we needed refills of drinks"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Our first time there, and we enjoyed the experience. We'll be back to try some of the other things on the menu."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Great food. Very accommodating when we asked to bring our own birthday cake for special occasion."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We've been here 3 times for lunch or brunch. A little pricey but the food...American fusion...is excellent, the service is good, and the decor is just great. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The restaurant was wuiet wehn we went for lunch on a Saturday afternoon, but still possessed a good vibe. I was quite pleased to find Switchback is available on draught. The food we found to be excellent. Edamame dumplings, corn bisque, French dip and pizza were all great. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Quinoa kale salad was AMAZING and I'm not a big fan of kale so I was super surprised at how delicious it was.. I had salmon added to it and it was the perfect meal. Our waitress Bridget was really great too!! Love this place"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent, as was the service. It is very loud and the tables are very close together. It is hard to hear your own conversation."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "the two couples enjoyed the food, drink and service, great time by all, will be back soon"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food and drink menu is great! Outstanding customer service. Staff is friendly and on the ball!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was good like all Mazzone restaurants are. But overall not on par with the others. Seating is very squished together so there is not much for privacy in conversation either. Service was ok but not great. Mazzone restaurants set very high standards and this place just missed the mark for us."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Chose Tala Bistro for a Tuesday PM dinner with a friend, based on convenient location & good reviews. The décor is upscale and modern; service was exemplary. Our friendly & accommodating server was a highlight of the experience. Food was excellent (the wedge salad is delicious!) & promptly served The only negative was the acoustics; when we sat down at 6:30, we could converse with one another in normal speaking voices. Within an hour and a half, we had to practically shout at one another to be heard, which was disappointing because we were enjoying lingering over our tasty desserts. Overall, I would definitely recommend Tala Bistro for its great food and service, but maybe not the best choice for those seeking quiet conversation."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "There was a beautiful outdoor dining area, BUT, we were discouraged from sitting outdoors because there were people smoking out there. We would have really enjoyed that space, but did not wish to dine in a cloud of cigarette smoke!!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had Sunday Brunch on Father's Day. We were seated as soon as we walked in. The service was attentive and friendly. No complaints. The food was good, no major complaints, but the pancakes weren't as moist and cream cheese-y as hoped for. Otherwise, everything else we ordered was fine, with plenty of it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My new favorite, another winner from the Mazzone group."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Bravo! Delicious inspired food in a great atmosphere. From the fabulous drink menu to the tasty Tuscan tuna special, Tala is a gem. A visit from the chef and a charming server named Kerry, made our night perfect. Wouk recommend to all. Thanks Tala! We WILL DEFINITELY be back!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I really want to like this restaurant. The staff and the decor are great. The menu looks great on paper. But after a half dozen visits I'm not impressed. The appetizers are good and fresh, so lunch is the best option. Entrees have consistently disappointed. I had the fish special, which was overcooked. Guys tried two of the pizzas and only one was satisfied. Other diner was disappointed by both her muscles and, of all things, her roasted chicken. How do you screw up chicken? And Tala still suffers from what Avenue A suffered from.... Noise level. Similar to Avenue A they put in ceiling noise absorbers, but no luck. I was at a table of 6 and could barely hear the person next to me. We shouted through dinner. Sorry, Angelo ! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The restaurant just continues to get better over time. I highly recommend it. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food was amazing, pretty place, service not the best, was unusually busy that day...but the girls were all very nice about it and it wouldn't affect me returning again....nice job!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Met friends for dinner there. It was noisy and difficult to hear while the bar was active, but improved as the evening wore on. For an appetizer, the edamame dumplings were out of this world! Our server was initially inattentive and not able to answer questions about the various entrees. While the Roquefort mushroom sauce on my entrée was delicious, it was too heavy with salt and the filet mignon itself was slightly overcooked. To make up for that, the server offered complimentary desserts for the table, however, when the bill came, only my dessert was complimentary. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their entrees but agreed the service was weak. There is a very good selection of wine, but bottle prices are higher here. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Tala has a great atmosphere. Staff friendly and the food is great"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We've eaten at Tala twice recently, once with two other couples, and once by ourselves. On both occasions, we were impressed from the moment we walked in the door. Our servers were...trying to think of the right word here...perfect! Friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, attentive, etc. Every dish that was served came out hot, and looking really impressive--best of all, the taste completely lived up to the first impressions! We also love the atmosphere at the restaurant--hip and fun, and just plain conducive in every way to the customers having a great time. One thing that you don't expect in a restaurant of this caliber is that the prices are pretty darn good, too. Angelo Mazzone has done it again!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a nice dinner at Tala for our recent anniversary. I was surprised to see how small the restaurant area is as the building is quiet large, but it made for an intimate feel. The restaurant is decor is reminiscent of a New York City eatery. I broke my rule of never ordering a pasta dish at a restaurant and was pleasantly surprised with a delicious dish! (Tagliatelle and Italian Sausage). My husband's burger was good, but left a bit to be desired. The best part of his dish was the truffle French fries and homemade ketchup! A must-try! A great experience, excellent staff. Our only complaint would be the music! We heard 2 Katy Perry songs, 2 Kelly Clarkson songs and 1 P!nk song in the span of 45 minutes. UGH!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "for the second time the wine i ordered was bad-one was a $20 glass of cab, another an entire bottle of cab. some of the dishes are quite good while others are average at best. the bread and desserts are the standout items. the service is very good. i really like this place and want it to succeed despite my lukewarm review."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Tala is a cozy and quaint restaurant close to home with good food. The bento lunches are great with lots of yummy choices and the perfect portion sizes. "
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Food is great, love the décor and the personnel is polite, friendly and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My first.time here. The food was lovely but outside of restaurant week, seemed a little pricey. Hopefully the portions are bigger when off the regular menu. Otherwise, strictly a special occasion place."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a great time with a couple we don't get to see too often. They met us at Tala about a month ago, and couldn't wait to return! The only complaint that we all had, had nothing to do with the food, service or ambiance--it was being able to read the specials of the day on the dark purple paper. Please use a lighter color purple for all of your over 55 patrons. We love the romantic lighting, but it's too hard to read on your color choice! Everything else was perfect!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014