Alba Osteria

4.3
338 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Guests can anticipate cuisine from Chef Roberto Donna’s home region of Piemonte, Italy with a focus on the town of Alba. Guests can anticipate an expansive salumi and formaggi counter, plus a selection of antipasti, house-made pastas (available in small and large portions), and Neapolitan pizzas. A variety of daily specials displayed in “Italian sized” portions will also be available for sharing in the traditional Piemontese fashion.
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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful pasta

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RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I hosted a going away brunch here and the food was amazing! Definitely get the family style bottomless brunch if you can. It's fun for you and all your guests.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Only negative are the chairs. They are super thin plastic and make you feel like you will break them. Booths are available and alternative chairs if needed.

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RJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthdays, friendship and the hilolidays

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T
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My waitress was amazing. She was from Jordan and her kindness attentiveness was remarkable.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great bartender/waitress in Jasmine.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I enjoyed my meal and so did my companion, I ordered the waffle which came with something like a slice of bologna and fried egg. Everything was well cooked but the servers were a bit lackadaisical. It was also raining and they asked us to wait out in the rain without umbrellas though we had an early reservation

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I
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, ambiance, and price! Will be returning.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was good however when we first sat down and they bought the first 2 Mimosas something was in the glass. I thought for sure they would offer us a free dessert or something to say thanks for not just leaving, nothing.

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h
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Took my son here for dinner - as an escape from law school. The food was ok - but just ok - not much seasoning or special. No one noticed us when we walked in - had to wave at staff to be seated.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friend’s birthday

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was nice but the Bloody Mary was pretty weak

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D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I stopped into Alba Osteria with my manager who was visiting for the day. Both of our meals were tasty, and our server was very pleasant. It didn’t seem like they get very busy for lunch during the week, so there was only one person on the floor, but he did a great job.

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LH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went there on a Monday night to an uncrowded place. Good martini and excellent beet salad to begin, very fresh. My husband had gnocchi with sausage, which he said was very tasty. I had pasta with mixed seafood (shrimp, calamari, etc.); the seafood was a tad overcooked. We had a very helpful and friendly server.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very chilled brunch

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M
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Le rapport qualité-prix n’est pas là. Beaucoup trop cher pour ce que c’est.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Too loud for a peaceful meal

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T
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks, our waiter and the atmosphere were all great!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best will be back for brunch again and again... when they say endless brunch it really is endless!!!!

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S
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally made it to Alba Osteria and it was everything I heard it would be. Absolutely delicious and WONDERFUL brunch deal!

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NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was great, however, a friend has a really sensitive gluten allergy and asked the waiter if the gnocchi was potato and NOT made out of, or with, flour. While we all enjoyed our meals, she ended up having to leave the restaurant because her stomach was so upset and she was visibly sick. Turned out the gnocchi was made with flour after all. The waiter was really apologetic, but that doesn't excuse the carelessness of the wait staff or kitchen. While the waiter spoke to the manager, and her meal was comped, the manager did not come out and apologize on behalf of the business. We wish we could have had a better experience.

The rest of us thoroughly enjoyed our dishes and the sangria we ordered. Too bad my friend had a bad experience, or this place would have been pretty good.

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w
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Showed up for our reservation to be told they decided to close early because it had been a slow day.

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ML
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The restaurant had a great ambiance and kept the unlimited drinks for brunch stocked around the clock; however, both the food and the service were sub-par especially for the price. Though I live nearby, I will not be coming back.

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S
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to place for business lunch.
The management and the service are top-notch.
The chef is inventive and his creations never cease to amaze me.
Authentic, fresh and tasty Italian cuisine.

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CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service excellent! Not many people there because we went right when it opened for dinner so it wasn't crowded!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside which was nice and quiet. Noise level inside was hoppin. We love this spot for happy hour and brought our friends from out of town. The food and wine is great and the service is always on point.

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MJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always! Thanks Anas and the staff!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch for the money. $35 for all you can eat all you can drink! They service is amazing. I've been here three times and each of my waiters have remembered me, they always have good recommendations and if you don't know what you want they will just start the food going. If you do bottomless everyone at your table has to participate, but it's worth it. The flavors of the food are amazing, the breakfast pizza is my favorite. I have alway been surprised with how quickly the food comes out as well even when it's a busy Saturday. Your glass will never be more than half empty either. Over all my go to place especially when I’m bringing along first time brunchers

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Lovely service
But everything else was a disappointment
So sad for a special dinner

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RJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service due to there just not being very many wait staff

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Two of use dined here and the service and food was ok, however after comparing our receipts with bank statements, we noticed that the tip amount was changed, we each left a $4 tip and it was changed to $8 on each our receipts. BEWARE!!!

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DT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brunch Was Amazing and I Would Definitely Come Back Again

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Overall it seemed like the restaurant was short staffed and under supplied... the bar was out of multiple different beers, the restaurant was out of different pastas... we had a reservation for 7:15, but had to wait until 7:40 to be seated... the menu online was not the menu being served (missing tons of different options). The server seemed clueless, even after giving a heads up that we would like separate checks we received one check, plus one entree of our group was dramatically delayed... overall it was not a great experience.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The place was almost empty and the food was far from spectacular. Ordered the burrata and prosciutto and the prosciutto had no taste. Ordered the ravioli entree and the beef was grainy.
The place is beautiful, but with that food quality, not worth the visit.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We (as in six-three couples) reserved early in the evening while we were attend the AIPAC meeting at the convention center. We were pleasantly surprised to get the reservation so easily. Many other places were already booked. Upon entering we noted that we were alone. There were no other diners (7:45PM). However, the place was immaculate and had a pleasantly modern appearance. Our waiter was especially nice and very accommodating. The food was tasty and nicely presented. All in all our experience was very good. We did wonder, however, why,on a Sunday evening, things were so quiet.

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T
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited menu. They offer an all you can eat food and drink, which we didn’t do but could be a great value. The food was ok. Bloody Mary’s were very strong, we actually had to ask for more Bloody Mary mix. We liked the Bellinis better than the bloody Mary’s. The interior is very well decorated and the service was excellent Not sure I’d go back as the food wasn’t my favorite.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

No host/hostess, so when I arrived it was difficult to get someone’s attention to get a table. The menu was not as extensive as what is listed as the full menu on Open Table. The food they had, though, was good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall we were satisfied with our experience. We all did unlimited brunch which was definitely worth the value. We tried most items on the menu. Not many items stood out to us except the bacon-egg-cheese-spinach pizza. We also enjoyed the waffle with egg. I think that we’d definitely go back for brunch but maybe just get the pizza and the unlimited drinks.

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J
Washington DC
205 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here several times. Consistently good Great Happy hour with food and drink specials!

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