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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.
Washington, DC 20001
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
By Chef Amy Brandwein
Thursday Night - 7:30 PM
Alba Osteria Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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