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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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Food is great, love the décor and the personnel is polite, friendly and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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 went here for Colonie restaurant week. The food was good, with smaller portions for the special pricing. Service was slow even though the place was not crowded. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Our waiter was the best! The food was delicious. I will be back with friends and family."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Food and service excellent every time we are there!!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Ambiance: Is it a sports bar? Giant TV over the bar. Is it an urban style bistro? Giant TV over the bar. Excellent décor. Is it a place for people to meet and converse? Loud loud loud dance style music. You decide. Food: OK, but nothing outstanding; a bit overpriced for the area and the fare. Really, is your rent that high? Not like the ingredients could have cost all that much. If it's trying to be a fine dining establishment, the menu is a bit downmarket in spots (pizza, burgers) . If it's a bistro, the prices are a bit high. Service: Excellent and attentive without being intrusive. Overall: Meh. Not high on my return list."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Tala is the best restaurant in this area. My fiancé and I loved it and can't wait to go back. I took her there for her birthday and she was very impressed with everything the staff did for us."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "My wife and I really enjoy this restaurant it has some interesting menu choices in cluding a great cheese plate. Friday and Saturday go a little later as it is very busy until around 8:30. I like to get seated around 8:00 and it settles down about the time we get our entrees. Try it i think you will enjoy."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is my second time at Tala's and loved it. The arugula salad with salmon was great and everyone else in my party loved their selection as well. The service was exceptional and the atmosfere reminds me of a New York City style restaurant. Nice menu with many options. Looking forward to the next time!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Seeing the many mixed reviews on opentable and yelp I didn't know what to expect. It is loud and tables are very close. The woman next to us knocked our bread plate off the table getting to her seat. Portion size is more than adequate and price points are in line with this type of dining experience. Food was ok but nothing was a standout...and we got many of the popular dishes and recommended items. We had a good meal but nothing that made us feel we needed to return any time soon."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We had a lovely lunch. The food was very different and delicious. My only concern was the pricing. We had a sandwich, soup and salad and only one soda. The bill can to $35-- pretty steep for a modest lunch. Other than that it's quite a lovely restaurant"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My Husband and I ate brunch here over the weekend and it was fantastic! I had the corned beef hash with egg whites and my husband had the Cajun hash. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a Delish brunch!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The drink menu alone makes this a "do over" for brunch! Miso Bacon on a bloody mary and bacon flavored vodka. The chopped salad with steak was delicious! The steak is like all Mazzone steak, flavorful and perfectly cooked.As always, our server, Alexandra, was knowledge and perfect!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, portions perfect. Service was extremely professional. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The food is good, it is simple, well prepared food. It is NOT worth the expense, I think the location & the pretentious atmosphere has them feeling as though they can charge more... The restaurant is quite small, another diner's caboose knocked our bread basket & nearly tipped over a glass squeezing into the table next to us. We were seated promptly at 7 and by 7:15pm the music was so loud people were speaking loud to carry on their conversations. It was incredibly annoying, especially being so close to the other tables."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everything was excellent from a warm welcome, great food and service and closing thank yous from an obviously happy and motivated staff. Highly recommended to anyone looking for great food, service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Tala is new to the area and locally owned so it becomes a great choice for a special dinner out. Menu offers choices for both traditional diners and those that want to try something with some inventive ingredients. I had asked for a quite area, if possible, given the open floor plan but they chose very well and we were able to converse without a problem. Our waitress was friendly, knew the menu, and was attentive but not "overly" which was great. The owner came over and paid respects to my friend who was celebrating a birthday that was noteworthy. Before we left she gave provided the two who had birthdays with a takeaway wrapped worthy of the occasion. We thought it was a wonderful spot and will surely share that information."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Tala is a breath of fresh air in the tired Albany restaurant lineup. The place is small, not extremely private, but the servers are earnest and the menu options make it a worthwhile trip. Save space and have Reese' Peezes for dessert!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Finally a place to enjoy a delicious brunch in an attractive setting. This was my first experience and look forward to trying lunch and dinner."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Parking is a big issue, unless you go at a very off time. Hopefully during nicer weather this will improve. But once inside it was a very enjoyable experience. Quick service, good food, though maybe a little over priced. I like that they offer half glasses of wine."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Very nice place for your special someone on Valentine's day!!! Love it :)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014