Restaurant Alba
Restaurant Alba

Restaurant Alba

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantalba.com/
  • Phone: 6106444009
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm



    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Sean Weinberg
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties up to 60 guests can be accomodated. Customized tasting menus are available for wine dinners or special events. Please contact the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly Weinberg 6106444009
  • Special Events: Please go to our website to sign up on our mailing list to receive newsletters about upcoming events. We do a variety of events such as winemaker dinners, farmer dinners, wine tastings,as well as off-site farm dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Warren Avenue
  • Public Transit: The SEPTA R5 line stops at the Malvern train station directly behind the restaurant. Please check schedule as not all trains stop in Malvern.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street, directly behind the restaurant in the Malvern train station SEPTA lot & within a block in the municipal lot on S. Warren Avenue.
A word from Restaurant Alba
A casually elegant restaurant featuring hand crafted locally grown artisan foods simply prepared & cooked over a wood-burning grill. The seasonal menu is comprised of foods sourced from over a dozen local farms. Recent accolades include top honors in food & service from Zagat Guide 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 & "3 Bells - Excellent" from food critic Craig LaBan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Private parties can be accommodated. In addition, customized tasting menus are available for your wine dinner or special event. Leave time to enjoy a cocktail or craft beer at our bar or perhaps something from our extensive wine list. An additional lighter fare menu is available in our bar area as well. Reservations are only accepted in the dining room, the bar seating is walk-in only.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Restaurant Alba reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)neighborhood gem (65)special occasion (49)romantic (35)notable wine list (24)great for lunch (13)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (9)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Truly enjoyed the decadance ...
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Popped in for a first time visit on Saturday, we were the first to arrive and while we were the only ones in the dining room at 5:30, when we left - there wasn't a table to be had. For good reason. The late summer menu was decadent. The heirloom beet salad and fresh burratta were our starters - the char on the wood fired oven fresh toasted bread was amazing. The cheese (burratta), was seasoned with a light hand - with just a hint of fresh olive oil and some sea salt. The entrees - (the PA Fresh Trout and the Short Rib Parpadelle Pasta) were truly decadent and both plates went back clean. Our first visit was terrific and definitely will inspire a return to sample more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food had wonderful new combinations of food. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    John
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I am not sure what happened but food was much better before. They changed the way they prepare trout for worst, may be faster now but not as taste.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • not a great lunch scene
    donna
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    service great but 2 dishes off the lunch menu and the menu is small. Rib burgers were tasty but not tender....delicious arugula and beet salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • really great !
    Wenny
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great menu, food and service. Can't wait to go back. Only down side is a $20 corkage fee - I really don't think they want to be BYOB !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great
    Cactus
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everyone has good days and bad days. I've been to this restaurant on several of their good days. Unfortunately for my wife and I this was not one of those. Not how we hoped to spend a rare "date night."
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfecto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Perfect as always and never disappoints! Always feel welcome and appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Birthday Dinner
    Summrbaby
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We chose to try Alba for my husband's birthday dinner and we left wondering why we hadn't gone sooner! Our meal started off with amazing service from Frank who walked us through the specials and the menu. We took a few of his suggestions, beginning with the wood grilled octopus and beef short rib flatbread which had just enough heat to balance the delicate flavors of the meat. Our mains were hanger steak which was prepared perfectly and accompanied by an arugula salad and some sort of whipped cheese that just melted like butter over the steak along with the Rabbit agnolotti. The homemade pillows of pasta just melt in your mouth. Their cocktail menu is also worth calling out. Whiskey lovers - Be sure to get a Black Buck! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I have been to Alba many times now. Each and every time, whether it's my husband and I, a girl's night out, or a work dinner, I have always had a wonderful experience. I'm a bit of a foodie and love the selections the chef puts together and the every changing menu! Also, the wine list is superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Encore!
    Foodies
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had our recent anniversary dinner at Alba. It was a great return visit, having been there several times, and we can heartiy recommend every item on the regular menu. The specials are worth your attention, too. Never disappointing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistent
    Felini
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    There were many bright spots, (mini lamb cutlets; out-of-this-world, pillow-soft gnocchi, a chef choice appetizer plate that teased the palate and trout grilled to perfection and wonderfully sauced) but it was a surprise to find the suckling pig roasted to dryness and a rabbit dish that was non-descript. The food overall was very acceptable but my expectations had set a somewhat higher bar. However, we had a most pleasant evening greatly fostered by our wonderful waitress. The wine and overall dinner pricing would be better justified with more uniform quality delivery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, won't be the last
    srslyanickname
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The menu was fine - it takes a bit to wow me as I live in Philadelphia (where there are a lot of creative menus) but the ambience was great, dining room beautiful, and the service was absolutely outstanding! We had two gentlemen attending our table and they did a great job, including recommending a great bottle of wine that would go with everyone's entree.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    foodiefamily
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This was my second time here but first time reserving through Open Table. I can't say enough good things about this place. They called to confirm my reservation, then when I had to change the time, they were accommodating and polite. It was my mother's birthday and she can't stop talking about how much she loved the food. I had the lamb and have to say it is probably the best prepared lamb I have ever had. This place is slightly expensive, bit it is worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    kenron113VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Alba is always excellent. I had the black bass and it was wonderfully prepared and plated. The nice thing about Alba is the food is great and you get enough of it. Had the white chocolate bread pudding with vanilla ice cream for desert - OMG.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed
    LovethefunoffoodVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've eaten hear often and had been a favorite however our experience was quite different this time. One diner had a $40 rib eye that was unevenly cooked and impossible to eat. We should have sent it back but didn't, take responsibility for that. Peach salads included bruised peaches-not appealing, the trout was just so-so and was over flavored by toppings, the dorado was just so-so with little flavor, relish with it didn't compliment, just plain lemon would have been better. Service bordered on being ignored, had to ask the waiter to clear a number of times. Prosciutto appetizer and Sardine appetizers were good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lisastar
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in years. Great service. A wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Steve
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We came here with a party of four, seated right away. Had the anti pasta special platter for four. Ordered all the bruschetta. Ordered all the pasta! Ordered even more! Everything was superb. Professional through the whole evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite!
    Coyotefe
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've been to Alba twice in the past week (the first was my first time). Great food and a laid-back atmosphere. What's not to love? Service was attentive and pleasant. My foodie friend approved - which if you knew him you would understand this is praise from Caesar! Great Spaghetti Carbonara!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent food, well presented, excellent service, nicely appointed dining room. Was definitely on the noisy side but that may have been mostly due to the party of four at the next table. After they left it was much quieter (but there were also fewer parties in the dining room by that point (8:00 on a Thu). We especially liked the fried green tomatoes, ricotta gnocchi (delicious and feather light, serving is shareable), the wood grilled Pennsylvania trout, the slow roasted Berkshire pork and the sweet corn pudding served with the roast pork. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Steevo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wonderful dinner. Went with another couple. Interesting antipasti appetizer with a combination of brisket, smoked salmon, farro, and salami. Interesting that the waiter that brought over the appetizer didn't really even know what type of food farro was. The waitress was very knowledgeable about all of the dishes. We had different entrees - 3 pasta dishes (including lobster ravioli which was a special) and a pork shoulder dish. All were very good. Atmosphere was perfect - not too loud and easy to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upscale Italian
    windy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Don't miss this place if you want really fine Italian cuisine. However, in typical Italian fashion the tables are crowded together so if you want quiet and be a bit apart from those munching next to you, choose another eatery. Also, don't expect to eat on the cheap; bring money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lackluster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Second or third try at Alba...expensive fish entree, yet did not seem bright & fresh and muddled with the accompanying sauce, couldn't pick out distinct flavors....skimpy wine serving for $9 glass....feels a bit like it's trying too hard
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful flavor and service
    GDives
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Unique and remarkable flavors of food! Friendly, professional and knowledgable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for quiet conversation
    barbara
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A lovely restaurant, superb service, quiet was very welcome for conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I highly recommend the Pennsylvania trout; it was incredible! Excellent service, staff was very accommodating and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stoney
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    --because we had heard of the fine 'rep'--but we all were so disappointed. The menu was very fancy food and very pricey. I had one poor tasting pork dish--so bad that I could not eat it...took it home for the dog... and water for $30 --Another had the trout - was good enough. A third had Gnocchi--a small bowl --not great. I was so hungry after being there, I stopped at a local pizza place in Glen Mills and got two slices. So, no! we shall never go back! We asked chicken to be grilled and put onto greens--they said they simply could NOT accommodate . Way too 'chic' and pricey--and the taste isn't worth it. No extra side veggies were served with the main course. Disappointing overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Visit
    205foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We haven't been to Alba in months; our visit on Thursday evening reminded me why. We arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation. The couple we were meeting, were 15 mns late and the pompous host would not seat us until they arrived. (He seated other tables in front us of before their full party had arrived). Once seated it took 10 mns for a waiter to come and ask for our drink order, and another 10 mns to get the drinks, only to have one of them made incorrectly. And the restaurant was only half full. When we asked questions about the menu, our waiter got annoyed. The wine list is unique, but the pour is ridiculous (small) for the price. The food was good, but we will not return due to the rude host and lackluster waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delivers!
    Food4thought
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Has become my "go to" spot for clients and for friends. Appreciate the BYOB combined with a strong inhouse wine list and beer selection. Corkage fee is more than fair, given the quality of the wine service, glasses, decanting, etc. Especially love the local sourcing of the food and the seasonal menu. None of the menu selections are "ordinary." Seems like a casual place, but the dining definitely is higher end. The staff are professionals, not people between jobs, and it shows in the service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the West
    JklturnerVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and I dined at Alba Saturday evening after being away for too many months. Loved the new patio area. Service was excellent, even with the adjustment for the new space. Dinner was tasty, especially the broccoli and escarole salad and the Spaghetti Carbonara. Hostess took care of our wishes with a warm smile. We will be back again soon and plan to bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Evening
    Mojave
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    There were four of us celebrating a special occasionfor dinner. We all tried something different and each selection was incredibly delicious. The service was incredible. We enjoyed the ambience. The glow of the shared evening and wonderful food lasted for days afterward.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey Specials
    Out2Dinner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Unless you want a big surprise when you get the bill, ask about prices on specials before you order. We made the mistake of not asking, and prices were more than double the standard entree price. Yikes! No meal is THAT special! The food is yummy and nicely presented, and we like the ambiance. Brand new waitress did a fine job on what might have been her first weekend night. Also noted was the automatic 20% gratuity added for a party of five (isn't is usually 6 or more?) and one of our party was a small child. Hmmm. Not loving that surprise either. We'll most certainly go back, but will make sure to order off the regular menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Gem
    Lindy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Excellent food perfectly prepared. Great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unaccommodated
    Unaccommodated
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Were out of Chardonnay wine by the glass and would not replace mash potatoes for vegetable. This was the first time we did not have a stellar meal at this establishment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Italian food
    Diane1214
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Alba has the best version of real Italian food around here. Not your usual red sauce Italian. Homemade desserts and espresso round out a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Time
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We started with the Bruschetta, it was fabulous, followed by our mains and then desert. The food was excellent and we will definitly go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really good
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    One of the few really good restaurants in the suburbs that does everything well - food, service, wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    attendeeVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Good food, alot of the word "No" was heard - No Sauginon Blanc, No Sky vodka, refusal to sing happy birthday to my father with us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant
    Reviewer
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We had a happy experience at Alba restaurant. The food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • seriously enjoyable food & service
    worldfoodlover
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Restaurant Alba seems to take every dish and prepare it like it was their specialty. My friend had the gnocchi and raved about it being the best she had ever had. I had the Veal Saltimbocca it was incredibly tender and delicious. Frank the waiter was very patient and helpful about the wine and all the entries. It opened my eyes to what else is really Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nancy
    feathern
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My good friend and I meet for lunch here 4-5 times a year - to catch up with each other's lives. We always order the Warm Salad of Sicilian Tuna, a real favorite! We are never rushed and have a quiet leisurely lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet