Permanently Closed - Alba Osteria

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
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3.7
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful, they cancelled my reservation

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vipSorenDayton
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Plates were not clean. The pizza was good. The service was slow

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I’ve been here multiple times and the service, food, and drinks have always been what you would expect for a bottomless brunch. Unfortunately, today was not that way. I came in with a party of 8, with reservation, at opening (11 am). We waited about 10 minutes for water and to have our drink orders taken. The server was short and rude. Our first round of drinks came fairly promptly, but then remained empty more often than full while the tables taken care of by another server never got close to half empty.
The food took 40 minutes for most of my party, while the other tables mentioned were on their second round of food in that time. Two of our party didn't get their food until 20 minutes later. No communication, no "I'm sorry for the delay."
When I asked to speak with the management about the service (or lack thereof), I got a pat on the back (literally) and a bunch of excuses. Again, not a single "I'm sorry for the service." Extremely patronizing. Will not be coming back.

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KathrynE
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and underpopulated on a Saturday night - go!

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vipTedS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Absolutely! We had a phenomenal brunch - all you can eat/drink at a great value.

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BrooklynEater
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went with a group of 12 for brunch. Our glasses were never empty and they kept the food coming! Everyone left happy and full.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This is the worst dining experience I’ve had in years. The restaurant was aloud. The wait staff was rude, and undermanned, the food wasn’t tasty, and our entrees took 50 minutes to come. Another patron complained that they had been waiting an hour and a half.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had one of the worst dining experiences at this restaurant. We were seated at the bar and had been seated for nearly 10 minutes and no one came to take our order. My husband called the restaurant and asked if someone could come take our order. It seemed as though the bartender was also waiting tables and pretty over extended. The food was subpar. It simply wasn’t worth the money we paid since it took so long to even get a drink refill. I am totally disappointed in this restaurant and do not plan to ever go back

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vipBmm0
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food with a little bit slow service; a one-page menu, which provided enough choices for everyone in the group

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BobB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was ok. Food was rather salty and portions were average in size at best. Place was cold inside. Place was nearly empty on a Saturday night.

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Danae
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kind and attentive servers, good food & drink

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SW20005
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Splurged for the Valentine's Day dinner menu, but the website, Facebook page, and menu made no mention of a comedy show happening in the restaurant at the same time. Dinner was interrupted by several announcements and a crew setting up lights. Several guests - most of whom were also couples out for a special dinner - asked to be re-seated away from the show, but there were speakers set up throughout the entire space. When the show began it was impossible to carry on a conversation and the loud music in between performers was very disruptive. We rushed to finish dinner before the show began (unsuccessfully) and several other diners were visibly upset as well.

The staff made their best efforts to accommodate us, and the food itself was generally delicious, but it was disappointing to spend money on a nice restaurant meal for a special occaission and leave feeling frustrated and stressed over our experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We left Alba Osteria within 15 mins of sitting...after walking into an empty restaurant (on a Friday night???), we were sat by a host who emerged from the back room. She sat us in an empty section, poured us room temperature water, and then said "What do you want to drink?" without even introducing herself. We didn't know,...because she hadn't given us menus. Then an angry-looking man came inside from the side door of our section, pulled the host/server aside, and pointed at our table while angrily mumbling something to her. He then went to the front of the restaurant and let tattooed men bring black crates past our table and into the back. We asked for the house Cab, (which we think we were served--the server never brought us the bottle). We quickly and uncomfortably drank it, and asked for the check--we were worried that venturing to order from the menu would only lead to further discomfort. We left without trying anything or even knowing if a server was coming to take our order--and having only been served cheap wine with a side of discomfort and regret.

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James
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! It was a dark and rainy January night in DC. Upon arrival at the restaurant, we were one of only a couple additional tables in the place. That's worrisome. Especially on a Saturday night. But the food and service helped to ease our worry. I had the Prosciutto wrapped dates for appetizer. Wow. Just sublime. Amazing flavor. I chose the goat cheese and beet salad for my main (especially helpful after the heavier date app). Just outstanding. Add in the tasty Manhattan and it was quite the good meal. Everyone in our dinner party raved about the meal. So happy we found this place and look forward to getting back next trip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful pasta

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RyanC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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NOLA2015
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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RickJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrating birthdays, friendship and the hilolidays

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vipThomas
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great bartender/waitress in Jasmine.

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Verose
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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Imani
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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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viphoward
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friend’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was nice but the Bloody Mary was pretty weak

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vipDnai
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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vipLuciaH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very chilled brunch

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Mcp2180
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Too loud for a peaceful meal

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Trekerah620
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Sim1
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipNahjaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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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vipwine2much
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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vipMichaelL
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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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vipShola
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipCarolynR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Permanently Closed - Alba Osteria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 733-4454.

Permanently Closed - Alba Osteria is rated 4 stars by 352 OpenTable diners.