2480 Canyon Blvd.
Boulder, CO 80302Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.albaboulder.com/
- Phone: 3039388800
- Hours of Operation:
Open for Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday 5pm - 6:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian
- Executive Chef: Oscar Arellano
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Private Party Facilities: Alba is an ideal venue for birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and corporate events for up to ninety people. Our special events coordinator and chef will meet with you to discuss your needs and design the perfect menu for your event. Our patio is perfect for cocktails before dinner and dancing under the stars afterwards.
- Private Party Contact: Rick Stein 3039388800
- Special Events: ALBA features four course wine dinners monthly, with a set menu paired with regional wines. Reservations for these special events are not available online. Please contact the restaurant directly for information and reservations.
A word from Alba
Inspired by the food, wine, people, and beauty of Italy’s Piemonte region, Alba offers exquisite regional Italian cooking. Owners Rick and Susan Stein direct the service staff with a hospitality driven style of casual fine dining. The wine list offers a broad selection from Italy and California, with a strong emphasis on Piemonte and Tuscany. The dining room is warmly lit with antique European furniture and light fixtures. Excellent acoustics allow for easy and comfortable conversation. A spacious patio with fireplace and fountain is a delightful setting for outdoor dining during the warmer months. The adjacent garden provides herbs and vegetables throughout the growing season. The cozy bar features comfortable booths and a library of Italian food, wine, and travel books. A visit to Alba will provide you with many of the sensory pleasures of a trip to Italy.Continued
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Alba reviews from OpenTable diners
- Would have appreciated a heads upTnbarbaraVIPDined on 9/26/2013..... First thing the waitress told us was that it was really no longer an Italian restaurant, that it was sold, chef gone, will change names next week. Downhill from there
- superbact3Dined on 9/23/2013first visit - 35th anniversary service masterful - seamless presentation of six courses for one and regular menu for two - flawless pacing food fabulous - abundant without any stuffed puffed feeling after or next morning admiration equal to delight - enthusiastic about upcoming changesSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent DinnerTexasRoughriderVIPDined on 9/6/2013Great service on a great outside patio on a nice night. Very nice setting with a wonderful dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not what it used to beLauraVIPDined on 9/6/2013Alba once was one of the gems of Boulder. A few years ago it moved around the block to its current location, but managed to maintain its quality. I have to say that my recent dining experience was greatly disappointing. The service, while never great, was extremely slow. (45+ minutes of waiting from ordering until food arrived -- in spite of a mostly empty restaurant.) Staff was fairly friendly. It was just slow, neglectful service. The food was fair. I had a breaded pork dish that was 80% breading. Cocktails were very good, if small. We ordered a Tuscan wine that was quite fabulous! I would not recommend this place now. However, based on strong history, I may give it another chance sometime in the future.Special Features:
- Reliable and InnovativeMikeDVIPDined on 8/27/2013Food and service were great. Bread salad special and watermelon salad were terrific. Try the watermelon. Light and satisfying. Better than tomato salad in the summertime. My flank steak with Tuscan potatoes was excellent. My wife's branzino was perfectly prepared. Servings are not large, but enough to satisfy. Wine pairing suggestions were spot on.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GREAT waitress ! PersonableGoldieDined on 7/16/2013GREAT waitress ! Personable and Knew her dishes and wines. Very quiet inside. VERY enjoyable evening!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent Happy Hour Food & Drink!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/12/2013We love this place. The happy hour food was delicious and priced right, as were the drinks. It's got a very nice ambiance as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Charmed and delightedChuckDined on 7/10/2013Alba deserves more custom than it receives (at least on weekday nights). As one of five or six parties dining in their spacious outdoor patio (there seemed to be at least a dozen tables there), we enjoyed the peaceful ambience, which looks like it is ready for a photo spread in Sunset Magazine. Food and drinks were all excellent. I particularly commend the duck, which was delicate and succulent. My wife adored the roasted potatoes that came on the side of her dish; they were worthy of France or Belgium. Among the cocktails, there is a drink called something like Lemon Twist made with Aperol that is very nice on a summer night! The wines served by the glass (we tried three) were all delicious and unusual.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Happy Anniversary!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/29/2013We were staying in Boulder for a wedding the previous evening and went to dinner the following evening at Alba for our 44th anniversary dinner. The choice of wines-by-the-glass was nicely varied. My wife had the pino blanco which she enjoyed as being nicely crisp and perfect with her Ligurian Seafood Stew. She is a connoisseur of cioppino and bouillabaisse which she has sampled in many cities and judged this among the best. The sauce for the stew was rich and flavorful with out overpowering the seafood itself. I had pork tenderloin that was wonderfully tender and tasty. We enjoyed creme broulee and a strawberry tart for dessert; both well prepared. The service was attentive but not intrusive.Special Features:
- Good and ReliableboulderfoodiesVIPDined on 6/18/2013My wife and I have eaten at Alba a number of times and it's the place we often go to when friends visit. The food is dependably good and the service is excellent. Unlike many fine-dining, but noisy, restaurants in Boulder, you can eat well at Alba and still carry on a comfortable conversation with your guests. Alba's patio is the best in Boulder - casual, comfortable, attractive and away from traffic. For dinner we ordered the lasagna (always a treat), the chicken special and the pork. All were well prepared and nicely presented. Rick always has a good selection of Italian wines, many that you don't see on other wine lists in town - and he'll help you select the right one to complement your meal(s). Go to Alba; I guarantee you'll like it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tasty!TheGuzzerDined on 6/7/2013They have a 'house' version of the Manhattan, which was quite good. I had the seafood stew, which was quite good. A couple of shrimp, some squid, and lots of mussels and clams in a tomato-based broth. Some bread would have been nice to sop up the broth with. The service was professional, without being snobbish. The patio was quite nice, considering they are in the middle of a busy parking lot. No charge for parking.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I'll Be Back!OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 6/4/2013For some reason I'd not visited Alba in some time. We arrived in time for Happy Hr, which happily extends until 6:30, and it was such a bargain! Very interesting drinks using premium liquors for $5 included the Lemon Spritz ~ limoncello, prosecco and aperol...YUM-O! Also there's an Absolut Mandarin Cosmo I'd like to try. And the "Small Bites" for $4 & $5 were marvelous...roasted brussel sprouts w/pancetta; cheese & salumi plates. And pizza's for $6...my Fungi of forest mushrooms, fontina, carmelized onions & rosemary olive oil was divine! I'll be back soon!Special Features:
- not a "hot spot"ClovercloyesVIPDined on 5/31/2013and the food was just okay. skip it and go to Arugula if you want better food and a more vibrant scene.
- A GemOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/30/2013We've dined at Alba a dozen or more times. Each has been a delight. It stumps us why it's never more crowded, since the food is so good, the service so friendly and professional. The space is charming, the bar is beautiful, and the menu very sophisticated and enticing. People who love Italian that goes beyond pasta and red sauce should try this. You'll come back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always my favorite!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/25/2013Everything about this restaurant is outstanding. The summer patio is especially romantic. I recommend it to everyone I know.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always a good choicebobgDined on 5/25/2013We go to Alba several times a year and are never disappointed. The Lasagna is like no other...Open face Kobe beef on pasta. Great service. Not as noisy as other Boulder eating spots.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beautiful day to take advantageTGF58VIPDined on 5/13/2013Beautiful day to take advantage of the patio. The bread salad and the proscuitto wrapped pork were both excellent.Special Features:
- Best Food In BoulderOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 5/10/2013Have been to Boulder a lot over the years, since my daughter was at CU. So I've tried a lot of restaurants in Boulder and the last was the best. Alba was a real revelation. Being a bit of a food snob from San Francisco, Boulder was always ok, but never really a food town. Alba has changed my mind about that. The food at Alba would stand up just fine in SF. The pastas were authentic and very well prepared. Our boisterous, post-graduation party of six was treated very well and every dish looked amazing. Well done, Alba!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful EveningTJurgen1Dined on 5/4/2013Our niece was in town and looking to have a great evening. We had not been to Alba before and the quality and service exceeded our expectations. Proportions were just right. A small yet high quality wine and drink list was a plus. I really appreciate the reasonable spacing of the tables. You did not feel jammed in and it really added to the ambience while keeping the noise lever reasonable. I highly recommend Alba - it would be great for a romantic evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FOOD WAS PERFECT. INITIALMaryDined on 4/27/2013FOOD WAS PERFECT. INITIAL DRINK ORDER-TAKING WAS QUITE SLOW. FOOD ARRIVED QUICKLY HOWEVER AFTER ORDERING.Special Features:
- Good for Conversation and Fine FoodboulderfoodiesVIPDined on 3/20/2013Alba is one of our favorite restaurants in Boulder. The food is always dependable and tasty. The wine list features a large number of good, yet reasonably-priced wines that pair up well with the food. The wait staff is excellent, friendly and attentive. We often take visitors here because, unlike many places in Boulder that are very noisy, Alba is quiet enough to carry on a conversation, and you never feel like they are trying to "flip" your table. It's a very relaxed, comfortable place to enjoy a good meal with friends, which we do often. We particularly like to go to Alba in warmer weather because of the patio dining, probably the best in Boulder. Also, happy hour here offers great small plates at reasonable prices.Special Features:
- Too fast service spoils a mealAuntieBeeVIPDined on 3/9/2013The food was excellent but the service was awful. I felt like our party of five was rushed through the meal. I wanted to enjoy a nice meal with my daughters and her college friends. The reviews said it was quiet and a good place for groups. Well, it was not quiet but not too noisy. As soon as we sat we were asked to drink order. Before the drinks came we were asked for our dinner order. I sent him away but within five minutes he was back. The restaurant was not crowded so there was no reason to rush us. We had our meals on the table within a twenty minutes of being seated and out in 45. Needless to say I was VERY DISAPPOINTED.Special Features:
- Wine was great, food was good,westcoastDined on 3/9/2013Wine was great, food was good, service was awful. Won't return.
- Alba...won't be back.OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/8/2013I had high expectations but was disappointed on all fronts.Special Features:
- Give your review a title (optional)OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 3/7/2013Very noisy. Wish they had some soft surfaces to damp the noise.
- We went during Denver Restaurantrays58Dined on 3/5/2013We went during Denver Restaurant Week and had a very pleasant meal, so we didn't see the full menu but the selection that was provided was very good. My wife had Alaskan Salmon and she enjoyed it, but enjoyed the polenta and pear appetizer more. I had the margharita pizza appetizer - the thin crust was excellent and ingredients balanced - and the lamb shank w/polenta was very good. I intend to return in the near future.Special Features:
- Wonderful EveningHusker69VIPDined on 3/5/2013This was a wonderful evening in a very wonderful spot in Boulder. I would recommend highly to anyone.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food and atmosphereColoradoVisitorDined on 3/2/2013Execellent food and atmosphere. Don't let its location in a strip mall deter you. Step inside and it's wonderful. Best dish of the night was a poached pear with gorgonzola and pine nut cream and a small polenta cake. Perfect bite to put a little of each on your fork. Also loved the mushroom trofie which was handmade, small rolled pasta with mushrooms. Didn't look like much when served to me, but the flavors were outstanding and very rich. My husband had the hangar steak with pesto, Tuscany potatoes and arugula with lemon juice. Very good, but his favorite of the night was a lightly breaded mix of calamari, snapper and shrimp with a light vinegar tartar. We will definitely return.Special Features:
- Really nice!tomsterDined on 3/1/2013We really enjoyed our dinner here with another couple. Everything was perfectly prepared. Great place to bring friends for a nice evening of conversation and fine food & wineSpecial Features:
- It was our first time diningOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/1/2013It was our first time dining at Alba and we would definitely go back. Wait staff was friendly and the portions of food was just right. (not too skimpy)Special Features:
- Polenta and Pear is amazing!SydsnoiseDined on 3/1/2013Alba is a very nice place for a quiet dinner. The polenta and pear for first course was amazing. The atmosphere is classy, but a trifle stiff. Our wine was great. We will try to get back there more often.Special Features:
- Meh. There are better ItalianOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 3/1/2013Meh. There are better Italian restaurants in Boulder.
- Wonderful food! Rick and SusanOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 2/27/2013Wonderful food! Rick and Susan are outstanding in accommodating requests.Special Features:
- Went during restaurant weekOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 2/27/2013Went during restaurant week so menu choices not huge. Quiet restaurant with nice ambience. Tables far enough apart so you don't feel you are dining with strangers. Good service. Great food.
- My wife and I went for DenverAndyDined on 2/26/2013My wife and I went for Denver Restaurant Week and enjoyed it. The food was very good, excellent tomato soup, creamy polenta, properly cooked pasta and flavorful sauces. Solid desserts and a good Italian wine list as well. Overall, a very good restaurant.
- Very good all aroundDachsundDined on 2/26/2013We hadn't been to Alba for several years so we took advantage of restaurant week to return. The food was very good, we both had a warm pear and polenta 1st course and the boneless lambshank for the entree. For dessert I had the blood orange custard which I have to say tasted just like an orange dreamsicle so not my favorite part of the meal. We both had red wine flights suggested by the waiter which were very good. My only suggestion, not even a complaint about Alba is that they could probably do something with the dining room to make it a bit more cozy and romantic. Right now it is just one big space and you can pretty much touch elbows with the table next to you. Something to give you at least a little sense of privacy and intimacySpecial Features:
- We weren't enthusiastic aboutHalBDined on 2/26/2013We weren't enthusiastic about the Restaurant Week menu but it turned out superb! Love the fish stew. Best tiramisu ever.Special Features:
- Crispy polenta with grilledOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 2/25/2013Crispy polenta with grilled pear and gorgonzola sauce has been a long-time specialty, and it was the best ever!Special Features:
- Denver Restaurant Week happilyOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 2/25/2013Denver Restaurant Week happily coincided with our wedding anniversary and so provided a great excuse to try somewhere new. We live in Estes Park and eat in Boulder only once or twice a month. We decided that Alba Ristorante would be worth a try and we were delighted with our experience. The fixed price three course dinner probably is an abbreviated menu, but offered an excellent variety of choices. The wine list is almost exclusively Italian and the Tuscan Le Pupille Morellino was an excellent accompaniment to the Mushroom Trofie (Handmade pasta twists with local organic mushrooms, shallot, thyme, pecorino Romano) I ordered. My wife was delighted with her Pan Roasted Canadian Salmon (Tomato, black olives, capers, garlic, pepperoncini, ItalSpecial Features:
- While the food was good, notOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 2/23/2013While the food was good, not outstanding but good. The service was terrible. You know things are not good when you wait 10 minutes for a glass of wine and you ask the server about it and his response is "I will bring it when the bartender puts it up."