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Tala Bistro
Tala Bistro

Tala Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.talabistro.com
  • Email: info@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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Went for Valentines Day dinner. Server and staff was excellent. The special menu was not very good and especially for the price! Maybe I am spoiled because I work in NYC and eat out there a lot but this was sub-par elegant dining."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The staff was very friendly and nice. The tables are way too close together and you feel like you are dining with your neighboring tables. Difficult for staff and patrons to get between. Appetizers were great!!! Meals were all adequate but nothing special. Expected more."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dined there for valentines day with my wife. The food was perfect! It's now our goto place!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything was very nice, food atmosphere, service. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "First experience........totally enjoyed as did the rest of our party......thank you!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I bit pricey, but the Bloody Mary's were awesome, the food delicious, the ambiance extraordinary and the service spectacular!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Was with a party of 6 and we all had an excellent meal. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the scallops and they were like butter - cooked perfectly. The service was excellent also. Our server was very attentive and accommodating. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere! Tables were very cramped. Very small entrance when coming in. Waitstaff very nice but not knowledgable enough. Busboy to intrusive to loud no excuse me? $$$$"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Good selection of wines by the glass, and wine on tap. Bartenders were great. My husband & I split the lamb chops & chicken wings for appetizers, and had one of the pizzas, all of which were excellent, and very tasty. The waitress was great also. The prices are reasonable, and the restaurant is very tastefully decorated. We will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Party of three for lunch: 3 excellent entrees -- recommend the lobster roll followed by wine-mellowed blueberries for a light dessert. Pricey menu but well worth the expense for business clients or "special friends." Especially nice ambiance for female executives. Will definitely return for business lunches and will give the dinner menu a shot as well. Hostess commented that it's OK to park in next door bank lot. Not knowing, my guests couldn't locate a handicapped spot and had to settle with a space in the back forty. Alert your guests where to park."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Our server was attentive, Food and serving sizes delicious and perfect. Our server was helpful with selections. Very well appointed surroundings"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Service was Great, everyone was very friendly and helpful. Food was very pleasing, both taste and quantity."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Service, food and ambience were all amazing highly recommend!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My 3rd visit to Tala and every experience has been wonderful. First was for lunch, the second for happy hour and the latest for sat. Night dinner. The food is the star. Interesting regular menu times as well as specials all perfectly executed."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had heard great things about Tala Bistro and during our recent visit, they did not disappoint! The restaurant is beautiful and we were greeted nicely. Our server was great, attentive and knowledgable about the menu. The food was delicious! The meat and cheese app was plated beautifully and tasted amazing. The entrees were fantastic! Beignets for dessert...YUM! Lastly, we were celebrating two birthday but had not told the restaurant. They must have overheard us cheers to that and at the end of the meal, they surprised us each with a gift! Simply amazing experience! We will be back and we highly recommend!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "A thoroughly wonderful dining experience! All around excellence, both meals and service!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Negatives: Small space. Not enough seating at the bar. Tables too close together. Music a bit too loud. I had a special request for my dish that was not honored when food delivered Positives: friendly waitress and greeting. Food outstanding!!! Apps and entree both great! Great coffee and cocktails!!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014