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Reviewed May 5, 2022 via mobile

ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING! We made reservations 3 months ago for this Friday to celebrate MSU graduation and the just called and canceled leaving us with absolutely no time to get reservations ANYWHERE.!!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed November 10, 2021

Our first time visit was great. Our service was excellent and the meal was awesome. My boyfriend got the lamb dish (I can't remember the name of it) and I got the steak tips with mushroom ravioli and we both loved our meal. The bread...was also great. I will be dining here again.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed May 2, 2021 via mobile

This place has AMAZING Italian food cooked from scratch— perfect for my daughter’s graduation dinner. Crab stuffed pasta, chicken marsala and lamb dish were all incredible—better than I had in Italy! Good beer wine list and generous portions at good prices. Wonderful!!!!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed September 27, 2020 via mobile

What a treat to return to Tannin and delighted to see they were very busy! You actually needed reservations for dinner on a Saturday night. Although the service was a bit slow because of the crowd, the food was superior. I had the antipasto salad...and crab stuffed shells. My husband had the tomato soup and steak tips with mushroom ravioli.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 20, 2020 via mobile

We had a double celebration-one daughter’s birthday, the other passed her doctoral exam, so we decided on tannin. We opted to dine outside even though it’s getting cooler and enjoyed a wonderful meal. The menu is more compact but there are still plenty of tasty...options. Among our favs-the lamb ragu, goat cheese ravioli and penne w meatballs. The focaccia was phenomenal as always and we took home a pint of homemade strawberry sorbet, which was incredibly delicious. Our server was very attentive and we had a great evening! Thanks Tannin!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 18, 2020

Wow, what a nice addition to Michigan Avenue. Tannin is in the building that used to be KFC. It is small and cozy and the food is superb! I had a glass of Merlot and the salami pizza. It was the best pizza I've ever...had. The crust was soft, tender and flavorful and the sauce and meats were delicious. We tried the goat cheese cheesecake drizzled with blueberry sauce and it was wonderful. So was the strawberry sorbet. I can't wait to go back and try some of the other menu items.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed July 25, 2020 via mobile

The past few weeks several friends and I have been eating at the outdoor patio. While it can be noisy at times we have enjoyed their new antipasto pizza and antipasto salad. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed February 22, 2020

Tannin, formerly located in Okemos, is now in Lansing and it was a big step up. I'm not sure if there's a new chef or owner but the food was exponentially better and the atmosphere terrific. This was our first visit and we'll definitely return....The new Tannin took an old KFC site and turned it into a delightful urban bistro. It's not pretentious; no white tablecloths, which I find refreshing. But it's definitely white-tablecloth food. You'd be at ease dressed to the nines or in jeans. Another plus is that one can order small plates or large for the entrees. A very delicious homemade foccacia was brought immediately, with more upon request. We started with wine and the mussels and frites appetizer. The waiter was attentive to my companion's reaction to the wine and when noted that after it had been opened for a bit it would be fine, our very smart waiter offered to decant it for us (which made a tremendous difference. Never hesitate to ask a waiter to decant a red wine.) The scallops and frites were delicious and adequately proportioned for easy sharing. We both ordered the small plates for our entree. I had the lobster stuffed shells which were beautifully blended in a cream sauce with large pieces of lobster. He had the chicken marsala, which I sampled and was delicious. I'm sure the desserts were tasty but we were too pleasantly satisfied to try. Instead, we finished our wine at leisure, never feeling rushed. Prices? Small plates were between $9 and $13 (the shells had three large shells at $13) and large plates maybe $5 more. Wine was available by glass or bottle and bottle prices were varied but very reasonable for glass wines (and you could spend more if you chose). Trust me. We'll be back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 28, 2020 via mobile

First visit and I will definitely be back. Service was excellent. I had the shrimp and mussels diablo. Perfect amount of heat. Seasoned and prepared well. The shrimp were small and I expected them to be overcooked as a result but in fact they were...nicely done. My friend has the Alfredo with chicken. Excellent.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 5, 2020 via mobile

I visited Tannin in Lansing on New Year's Eve. As expected we could order from a restricted menu. On a recommendation I went with the 3 course dinner and started with the squash soup. It was very thick and had good flavor. My entree was...the lobster ravioli. It was dreadful! Lobster is very light and should be delicate. The ravioli came with a sauce I couldn't identify. The look of it right off the bat was unappealing, a sort of light brown. With the first bite, the salt hit me. Waaaaay too salty. There was roe on top, so maybe that added to the overly salty flavor. The lobster was overcooked and so instead of being light and delicate, it was dry and chunky. The pasta was bland. I ate a few pieces and asked our server to remove it. I said it was overly salty and I just didnt care for it. I was offered to order another entree , however the rest of the table was well into their meals so I declined. The dessert was quite good, a lemon tart with blueberries. Service was quick and excellent. Our server was very pleasant. I may give Tannin another try. Undecided.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 26, 2019

A great addition to the Lansing area. Food great, staff attentive and above average wine list. I thought the crab-stuffed pasta was exceptional

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed August 24, 2019 via mobile

The space used to be a fast food joint, which is a little weird now that it is a more upscale restaurant. However, the food is excellent and you can get half portions at a very reasonable price point. This means you can try more...on the menu! I had a salad special and the gnocchi. Both were outstanding. Wine is also reasonably priced. I appreciated that the meal was at a slower pace but that could be an issue if you have someplace to be. We had drinks, an app, and dinner and it was a 2+ hour experience. We were chatting and relaxed though so they may have just let us be. Will be back!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 20, 2019

This has got to be one of the most outstanding restaurants in Lansing! EVERYTHING they serve is made in their kitchen, right down to the Tomato Jam they use instead of ketchup! I had their Fennel Sausage Arugula Aioli Onion Focaccia Sandwich served with Herb...Fried Fingerlings, the likes of which I have never had before! Our Server also recommended we come and try their Italian Sausage Biscuits and Gravy at their Sunday Brunch - she said it was the best! We will definitely be returning!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

Service was good and food was excellent. They have moved to Lansing and while the setting is nothing special the food made up for it. Goat cheese ravioli and calamari amazing!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 31, 2019

The menu is interesting and the food was good but it is hard to get over you are eating in a converted fast food restaurant. Some tables even sit a few feet from the bathroom doors and the open kitchen doesn't improve the ambiance. The...pricing is good for both food and wine and the half portions are a good option. Pastas are a good choice and the the baked lasagna was very good. Our server was also making drinks and service was awful to begin with. Others stepped in to help and it recovered well. The servers seemed very knowledgeable but the restaurant seemed to be under staffed. We loved the old Tannin and we won't be returning to the Lansing spot..More

Date of visit: July 2019
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