Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar at Renaissance Baton Rouge

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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar is a casual upscale restaurant, which shares its name with the small Louisiana town of Tallulah, serving notable, indigenous cuisine from around Louisiana, while featuring house-crafted menu items that interpret local flavors in fresh and unique ways. Chef Drue Vitter, the hotel's Executive Chef, has been entrusted with overseeing the culinary operations for Tallulah, as well as those of the Renaissance Baton Rouge hotel. Tallulah serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and includes an outstanding wine bar nestled in an intimate setting that offers guests an extensive selection of fine wines by the glass.
Wine lovers can enjoy sampling Tallulah's extensive selection of fine wines with their dinner, in a cozy setting filled with intimate seating areas or at the bar where butter-soft leather bar stools beckon guests to sit, sip and stay awhile. The restaurant also features an outdoor terrace ideal for entertaining.

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TommyM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The service is slow. The food is really good. I would recommend but you’ll have to wait.

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NKbm
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Reservation was for 10:30. Brunch was not ready and we could not be seated until 11:00. Food wasn't fully out until 11:30. Service was excellent, servers were wonderful and attentive. Food was just ok, nothing that I would come back for again.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on Valentine’s Day and they offered a menu for that. We chose to eat from it and even though it was different than what I’m use to, the food was remarkable. I truly enjoyed the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Everything we sample (and it was a lot of dishes) was fantastic. People really need to come check this place out.

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vipPollyS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Showed up with a party of 7 and they were shut down even though I had a reservation. Will never try here again.

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GaryM
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service with friendly staff!!!

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vipAdrian
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really liked the small plates menu. We ate in the restaurant, but the lounge on the other side of the bar looked like a great place to grab a drink.

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vipStephenB
Mississippi
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall1food2service2ambience1

This was one of the worst dining experiences that I have ever had. This is not an upscale quality restaurant. It is a hotel bar / restaurant that has children climbing the walls, running around, throwing things, yelling and screaming. I also ordered the char grilled oysters. I do not even think that they saw a flame. The oysters were raw with lemon all over them. I specifically asked before I ordered and was extremely disappointed. I truly do not have any complaint where our waiter is concerned. He did the best he could with what he had to work with. Extremely overpriced for any of what you get.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date spot food was amazing, hidden gem!! Such a beytuful atmosphere

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vipKaren
New Orleans
59 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was attentive, more so than one would expect at a hotel buffet.

Breakfast/brunch buffet side dishes were tasty - Grits, croissants and bacon. Their mimosas are made with freshly squeezed orange juice and are EXCELLENT.

The star of the show should have been the omelet bar, and that's where we were disappointed. We had to wait a long time to get the eggs. The chef left out the cheese in both of them, and my omelet was overcooked. Also, they weren't ready together, so I had to return to the bar twice to pick them up.

So... Even though I said "no," on my recommendation, I'd give them another chance. I would just stick with the rest of the buffet, avoid the omelets, and have a second mimosa. :-)

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JacobC
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience2

6 once steak, 2 ounces gristle, $36.

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GustavoR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience2

First and last time. Too expensive, little value. Spent 120.00, no cocktails nor wine.
My wife's filet was overlooked. My chicken portion was minuscule for 27.00. Sides were measured with teaspoons. The shrimp cocktail was well priced but lacked dressing.
Service extreme slow especially for the 3-4 tables that were taken and the amount of FOH team members.
Lastly parking is very inconvenient.
Thank you.

CM
vipCajunMan
Baton Rouge
24 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great! We will definitely return.

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TreyR
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good - no surprise as we've dined there previously. Waitress was pleasant but seemed to take longer than necessary being that the restaurant was only half full. There was a wedding/reception taking place at the adjoining hotel while we were dining which may have affected our serve/wait time. After selecting desserts offered by waitress she came back and told us that the chef said he was out of one of the desserts.

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vipdpoole15
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Food is outstanding. Unfortunately surroundings are not at the same level. Restaurant facility seems like an afterthought. You feel like you are sitting in a table someone just set up in the lobby. Zero ambiance. However, quality of the food, both taste and presentations along with outstanding service more than makes up for the unfortunate location and delivers a very possible experience. Won't go back but would highly recommend to anyone staying in the hotel. As good as anything you would find in Baton Rouge so why drive around, enjoy!!

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caryn
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for an early dinner and each had a salad that were both satisfying. Grilled romaine with oysters and artichoke; wedge salad with cup of gumbo. Nice dark roux for the gumbo. Plump fried oysters.
When there is music by the bar it is quite noisy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Shockingly good for a hotel

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We came for Easter Brunch today. We sat down, started to eat and were immediately given a bill. Our drink order was not taken, service was not even given- we had plates and mimosa glasses stacked and no one came to take it, yet the waitress who brought our bill had no problem tacking an 18% gratuity charge on to our bill for two guests. For what? I tip 20-25%. But to be given a bill upon seating and have gratuity automatically added? Classless. Poor service. We were very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Thanksgiving buffet was well stocked with traditional holiday favorites. Self service allowed us to enjoy as much or as little as we pleased. Dessert featured several choices, too. Overall, the meal was very enjoyable and a welcome change for us.

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vipSunny
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2015
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was very good. Food was average for Louisiana but really over priced for the portions. Too many other good options in Baton Rouge to bother returning here.

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vipCritterluv
New Orleans
54 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had read several reviews about Tallulah, most of which appeared to be fairly good. Husband and I go out for dinner almost every Thursday and usually go to upper-middle to upper price level restaurants. Decided to try Tallulah since we wanted to find some variety.

There was a table of six and a table of one when we got there . Nobody else came into the dining area during the little over two hours we were there, so it was definitely not crowded; however, it took at least ten minutes for a waiter to come to our table. Had to wait and wait for water and to start our order.

My husband had the crab cakes, which were good but not worth the $16--very small and slightly overcooked on the outsides. The Caesar Salad was quite good and a reasonable size for the price. I had the fish almondine and my husband had the filet mignon. It took nearly 40 minutes to get our entrees. My fish almondine was covered in about 3/4 of a cup of toasted almonds that I had to scrap off into a pile to find the smallest piece of fish I have yet to be served in a restaurant. My husband's filet was cooked correctly, but it also was very small for the price. Ate the fish because I was so hungry and couldn't find the waiter to discuss my entree with him. Left almost all the almonds. The complimentary bread never appeared though we asked twice and were told "it is baking". It doesn't take two hours or more to bake small loaves of bread. Never saw the other tables with bread either.

Saw our waiter four times: seating; salad and appetizer order; entree order; and bill. The noise coming from the bar area, which was somewhat separated from the dining area, was so loud it was obtrusive.

The food is not worth the price. Service needs improvement. Overall was not a pleasant evening. Will never be back.

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kyle
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience1

Went for the Mother's Day Brunch. Food and service were very good, but the brunch buffet was set up in one of the convention rooms. There were no cloths on many of the tables making the room look like it was set up for a conference instead of a special event.

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vipeatforfun
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We spent about 3.5 hours for dinner since the kitchen was way under staffed. But the food was excellent and the waiter went above and beyond to make the experience a good one! I would go back again.

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Gos8nts
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2015
Overall4food5service3ambience4

For a hotel restaurant, this is a very good restaurant. Good food and atmosphere. The only thing on which to improve would be better drink portions. This is worth a try.

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northshorenibbler
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibrant Renaissance Hotel is the setting for this restaurant that offers a wonderful dining option for Baton Rouge diners looking for a delicious meal in an stylist setting. Attentive wait staff and a menu of regional favorites complete the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

She really love it. Atmosphere was great , food servers were pleaseant.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening! Food, service, and menu was absolutely wonderful and the live music was a wonderful suprise, I could have listened to her sing for hours!!!

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vipjgdeux
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a romantic and delicious meal. The food was imaginative and the service on time.

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vipSusan
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was excellent but I thought there could have been more variety. And, the turkey was very spicey. But I loved the vegetables and the roast beef was outstanding!

I would return for another holiday buffet and would like to try their on menu items also sometime.

I did not get the name of our server but she was very helpful and attentive.

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vipFoodDude
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I never realized this restaurant was in this hotel until an offer was made via 225 Best Eats. The brunch was very good and the decor was impressive. I will definitely be back to experience some of the wines that are on tap. But the $3 bottomless mimosas did the trick!

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LUV4eats
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday brunch was very good, Nice selection of items displayed

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vipkeenesmom
New Orleans
42 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food at Talllulah's is always good but the location inside the hotel is it's downfall. It's basically open to foot tragic and lobby noise. Never sit at the front of the space. It's loud. Service was very slow the night we went but they made up for it by comping our bottle of wine. We'll be back but I really wish it had its own space in the hotel.

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supadave3
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2014
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We went there for brunch. Made reservations for 12:30 although reservations definitely weren't needed, at least not this particular Sunday. Unfortunately, they were out of crawfish tails and so we couldn't order our first choice off the menu but the choices we did make were delicious. I had NY Strip and Eggs Sardou which honestly, was probably the best brunch item I've ever tasted. Absolutely perfect combinations of ingredients and flavors. She had the crabcake with poached egg and hollaindaise sauce. Hers was very good as well. The bottomless bloody mary's for $5 are a great deal and they also offered bottomless mimosas for $3. For $45 pre-tip, it was a heck of a value. Will definitely go back.

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vipGelfla
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2014
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Expected the brunch buffet to be in the restaurant but the success of this format prompted the move to the hotel ballroom. It was outstanding to say the least with great assortment of food covering 1/2 of the ballroom with a buffet fit for a Queen for Mother's Day. Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's included in the buffet along with a great display of desserts. The band booked for the event was outstanding with a few couples dancing. The highlight of the day was the little girl dressed in her Sunday finest passing out long stemmed roses of assorted colors. My mother was so impressed and we will surely reserve again next year. The $42 price tag was steep for those that don't drink or for the kiddos between 12 - 21 that couldn't drink.

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vipccBostonMa
San Francisco
358 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience2

At this hotel - didn't feel like venturing out. The wine list is as promised - extensive and has more than a few good ones to choose from. And the menu is also at least as good as expected - a few items were really good like the Char grilled oysters. Even the rack of lamb was fine, while the tuna tartare was bland. Overall worth a visit.

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Carlap
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful brunch, very kid friendly and beautifully set up in the Salons.

KB
KB1194
Baton Rouge
13 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2014
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This is my second time visiting and the food is not consistent nor worth the price.

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Badbutch
New Orleans
50 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Valentine's Dinner was a pre-set menu with excellent choices. The price was very reasonable especially for the quantity and quality of the food.
The only thing that some of the people at my table commented about was the volume level from the band. It seemed to be a bit too loud or maybe we were sitting too close to the band. Either way it interfered with our conversation several times.

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ExLocal
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I had read many reviews of Tallulah, many of which touted poor, slow service and over-cooked food. The wife and I went on Valentine's Day, and had a limited menu. The blue cheese wedge salad was very good, as was the hearts of palm salad. We both had bone-in filet mignon - and both were cooked correctly (mine medium, wife's medium rare). Pretty large wine list. Eating/seating area is much like a large bar sitting area with no doors anywhere and it does give a direct view of the bar. It was loud in part because of the setting and the hard floors. Would try again for a regular menu night.

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Oli4
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2013
Overall3food4service2ambience3

As the restaurant is within a hotel and not segregated from the general hotel area, it has a special ambiance to it. Food was excellent except for one dish which was served completely cold. Management did apologize and offered a replacement dish, but we had to decline for time reasons. Unfortunately for us, there was a not too talented solo artist performing just outside the dining area, which didn't help improving the ambiance...

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