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About Alba Osteria

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.

425 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday
11 AM – 9 PM
Pizza and Bar until 10 PM

Friday and Saturday
11 AM – 9:30 PM
Pizza and Bar until 11 PM

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 733-4454

Website:
http://www.albaosteriadc.com/

Executive Chef:
Roberto Donna

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Chef Bar - Chef's Tasting Table

Six Courses
Six Pairings
By Chef Amy Brandwein

Thursday Night - 7:30 PM
Reservations: 202-733-4454

Alba Osteria Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

71% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (5)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
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Neighborhood Gem (3)
Fun (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Authentic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Healthy (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Tapas (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Business Meals (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was not very good. We had three courses starting with the meatballs which were only average. We went on to a pizza and the dough was too wet, the pizza undercooked, and the sausage and broccoli rabe on the pizza were below average in quality. We had a dish of papardelle with mushrooms which was the sole good dish of the entire experience, but even that didn’t shine. Lackluster food all around and there are many better Italian alternatives in DC. It’s a shame because the space is very suitable for everyday urban dining.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Rude staff, mediocre food, would not recommend this restaurant even to my worst enemy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I've been coming off and on since they opened nearly four years ago. My recent experience was pretty poor - had to ask multiple times just to get bread. When it finally came it was clearly stale. The risotto special was pretty disappointing, the ingredients just didn't seem to be of a quality matching a $21"disk. We asked for fresh bread again, it never came. No apology. This place has a lot of potential given the location but somehow they just haven't gotten it right.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My friend and I are starting a monthly "find a new spot" to dine and this was given to us as a recommendation and it was well worth the drive into DC. The food was fantastic and good beer on tap! We were there early so I can't say what the noise level is once the place is filled but it was quiet with good music playing while we were dining. Everyone was very friendly and looked like they enjoyed being there serving customers!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have been to Alba three times now and each time it has been amazing. The bottomless brunch is great- the food and drinks are awesome and the price is very reasonable (especially compared to other brunch places in DC). The service is even better though. The staff go out of their way to be accommodating. Also, they are so fast! The food comes out quick and you are never waiting on refills for drinks. I will continue to come back and recommend this place to others!

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was delicious, although I was surprised that there was not a seasonal offering for the evening. We all found something that we liked, but I would have preferred a few more options.

The hostess and wait staff were more than accommodating and helpful. We had to move inside because of mosquitoes outside.

There were very few customers when we went on a Friday night. Not sure why.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Alba Osteria has a fantastic all you can eat/all you can drink brunch deal, which I've always been a fan of. The food isn't as stellar as their regular menu (which is understandable), but for the price and the menu variety, it's absolutely worth it. Excellent for a group brunch where you can share each plate, or a regular brunch where you really want to eat!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Other than ambiance, there was nothing to recommend. I spent a lot of money for a friend's birthday and it was quite disappointing. For the prices I paid, $14 per cocktail and $19-20 per entree, the drinks and food were mediocre. Get your Italian food elsewhere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Fun all-you-can-eat and drink brunch. Good, standard brunch food, though would be nice to have more food options. Great mimosas and bellinis with excellent, attentive service. Would return.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Good food and tasty pizza! They also have Aperol Spritz! so a winner! We enjoy it a lot!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Carlos is amazing! Food and drink are to die for

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Good food, slightly slow service, well decorated space. Menu was a tad limited and moderately priced- prices could be better. A plus is the real wood burning pizza oven. Pizza is the real star here. A nice, casual, neighborhood restaurant with ample seating indoor and outdoor, and a lively bar.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Very enjoyable experience. Good food, moderately priced, nice house Cabernet. Javier and his assistant did a great job!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

While the food and overall experience were phenomenal, our waiter was absolutely terrible. He did not seem interested in being there at all, recommended that we don't order things that we wanted without us asking his opinion, and was annoyed with us asking questions.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I had my husbands surprise bday brunch at Albar Osteria and it was perfect!! Everyone from the host to the chef were so pleasant and helpful. It was a party of 30 and no one had to ask for a refill nor food to be served. The staff made us feel like it was our own private event. This spot is definitely on my fav brunch list. Cheers!!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The best pizza without a wait in the Chinatown area.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

On a family trip to DC and this restaurant was suggested by our hotel. It was a very quiet night. We were the only family in the place. We asked for bread (long travel day) while we waited for our meal. We were brought out microwaved bread and stale bread sticks. I spoke with the waiter and the hostess. They took the old stale bread away and had the chef make us fresh bread (pizza bread). It was a much better option and tasted normal. The food overall was good and flavorful but still not sure why they served us stale bread. They knew it was stale because they had to microwave it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Food is decent for the price. The Eggplant appetizer is worth it. The caprese not so much. The service was horrible. Very slow. Probably won't go back because of that.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Fabulous service and food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2017

The good was good. The menu was a little limited and they were out of what I initially wanted - veal. The service was slow.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2017

I decided to try this place for brunch with my friends. I didn't want the buffet brunch but decided to go with simple eggs, sausage and home fries. I was disappointed, the sausage wished were over cooked and the home fries were french fries. I define home fries as pototes with peppers and onions. I have had dinner there and it was just ok. It's a nice place to meet friends for drinks

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The food here is good, especially for the price. It's extremely affordable when compared to other DC restaurants of similar quality. My issues with the place are with the service. It's abysmal. Some of their wait staff seemed to not speak english and there were some serious communication issues. It's a good thing we were all bilingual at the table so we just spoke to them in spanish. They still managed to get one of the orders for our table wrong. One person had ordered the branzino and they brought out a fetuccine instead. They had to take it back and start a branzino from scratch while everyone else at the table already had their food. When they ultimately did bring it out, it was obvious that the dish had been cooked in a hurry. The fish was undercooked and the sauce was slightly cold. The whole plate was inedible. Finally, when it came time for dessert we indicated an interest to see the menu and it took almost a half hour for them to bring them out. Our waiter basically decided to abandon our table because two other larger groups showed up so I guess he figured he would get a bigger tip from them and focused on bringing their appetizers and food before our dessert. We ultimately decided to forego dessert altogether and get the check. It took the waiter another half hour to bring us that too. TL;DR: Good food at great prices but the service ruins the experience completely.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Went in for weekend brunch. The food and booze don't stop until you drop. It's incredible.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We made a reservation and when we arrived they said they didn't have a table for us and instead seated us at the bar. This was annoying, but we first agreed to sit at the bar (thinking an apology was coming and quick service throughout our meal to make up for not having a table for our reservation). Not only was there no apology but we got glasses of water and then no one came to take our drink or food orders for over 15 minutes, even after we brought it to their attention that we still hadn't gotten our order in. We ended up leaving after 15 minutes and went to a different restaurant nearby with much better service. We will not be returning.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Decent brunch. Terrible service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Like others have said, the service was not very fast or attentive. However, food was very good and came out relatively quickly (not delivered by our server!). Good neighborhood place. I would not go here as a destination.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Amazing brunch. Recommend to anyone that wants have great food and large amounts of drinks. Great for a Saturday when friends visiting

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Super delicious food, but portions are larger than we expected. It was a little loud from the bar area, and lighting was a little harsh. Still a delicious dinner spot with nice service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Service is perpetually terrible, but the food is so good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2017

The burrata was outstanding. Vinegar flavor subtle and tomatoes were fresh. Pasta was al dente, just as I like it. Would definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2017

This may be one of my favorite brunch spots in the city, especially for bottomless brunch. It's a great value, low key, always awesome service, and a great place to spend a few hours over mimosas and bellinis.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Awesome brunch find! The bottomless drinks and attentive service was a nice change in pace compared to some all-you-can-drink brunch setups. We wish we would have realized the food was all full size - on our part, we would have ordered more strategically for our group of four, instead of half of us ordering pizzas and wondering how we were going to share/eat all the food we ordered. Definitely a good spot for groups, as ordering for a larger table would be more ideal. Our ordering fluke aside, all dishes were fantastic, drinks were yummy, the option to drink "champagne only" was a big hit, and we left tipsy and full - we will definitely be returning for bottomless brunch in the future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2017

The menu provides great variety and the food makes you think you're in Italy!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

needed a restaurant in central DC for a group. The food was really nice and the service was good. Prices are reasonable. Definitely try it if you're in the neighborhood for good food and a casual atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Saturday night was extremely busy due to the Women's March in Washington so I made a reservation ahead of time (the site showed open reservations from 5:30 through 8:00) I showed up but was told we could not be seated (it was crowded but 4-6 tables were open) and the hostess could not provide a realistic timeframe for when we could eat and showed a total lack of empathy.

I like Alba a lot and have been there plenty of times for brunch. The pizzas and wine list are both fantastic, I have never had any service issues before but they really dropped the ball on Saturday.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2016

Excellent northern Italien. Homemade pasta, wonderful desert, attentive waiter and best bolognese this side of Milane.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Great spot for brunch! Would absolutely come back here!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2016

I'm an Italian food snob. I grew up eating great Italian food, and now do a pretty decent job of making it myself; homemade pasta included. After my first time there last week, Alba Osteria is now #1 on my list of places to eat in D.C.

We had the calamarata seafood dish - fresh pasta (shaped like large calamari rings; thus "calamarata") with an assortment of frutti di mare. Outstanding. Some of the best I've ever had and I eat it / make it often.

We also had a pizza that was as good as I've had anywhere in Italy. (The oven is half the battle. They have a wood fire oven that makes for the perfect crust.)

Excellent, friendly service and a good wine and beer selection too.

To top it all off, it's very reasonably priced.

We can't wait to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Brunch food wasn't that great. Small portions, nothing special. Seems like they make their money from the unlimited food+drink brunch option for $35. The food seems cheap to be able to accommodate that.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Absolutely loved this place and will be back again to try more items from the great menu there. Thanks for a great birthday lunch.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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