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Alba Restaurant

4.6
304 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion

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About

Alba offers a creative culinary twist on traditional American cuisine. Dishes are prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients, the finest cuts of meat, and the freshest fruits, vegetables and herbs. Our menu changes often, we invited you to join us to discover a new favorite.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(515) 244-0261
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joe Tripp
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Des Moines St
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Parking details
Parking Recommendations -Along the east and west sides of E. 6th St. (parking meters are free after 6 p.m. and all-day Saturday/Sunday) -Along the street on Des Moines St. east and west of the restaurant -Free Parking at the Capitol parking garage on Des Moines St., one block east of the Restaurant -Free Parking on E. 5th, north of Des Moines St.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wine
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The food was extraordinary. Excellent service. We‘ve dined there several times and will go again and again!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Absolutely delightful! Best meal I've ever had and wonderful price!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

6 of us enjoyed the 3 course fix prix menu - each trying something different and all meals excellent. Great innovative cocktails before dinner. Superb service as always. Our favorite place to bring out of town guests.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We dined from their 3 course pri fixe menu. There were about 6 choices for each category. Food was creative and well prepared, service was spot on. We moved along at our pace, servers seemed to show up just on cue.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day..... pricey limited menu

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

The hanger steak was delicious! The drinks were very good. The atmosphere was the best part. Perfect for a romantic night out.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Best restaurant in Des Moines! Everything was spot on. Food, Service, Atmosphere on point.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and service. We have dined here several times and always enjoyed it. I only wish the decibel level was a little lower. I intentionally start with an earlier reservation. I will highly recommend it for the food!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

The roast pork loin was very good. We were there on a snowy night so things were a little slow but everyone who came in seemed to enjoy themselves. The noise level was nice for a business dinner, not so quiet that you felt like you needed to whisper so everyone didn't hear you and not so loud that you couldn't hear each other. Very nice!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Great place for lunch. Very accommodating chef for my low-carb needs. Excellent service and quality ingredients. I will be back.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We inadvertently reserved a table for 1 (rather than 2), but we were seated promptly. The service was outstanding, very attentive. The food was very good, especially the venison. They were out of the dessert that we ordered so they made a special one for us, and it was exceptional! We love this restaurant. Very good at adapting menu items to avoid allergens.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I’ve heard about this restaurant for years with rave reviews. Excited to try it out since I was in town from the West Coast. Walked in to the screeching of 2 toddlers. I thought this was fine dining? It was so loud the rest of the evening I could not hear my friends at our table. ( not due to toddlers. It is just too loud) My partners pork was over cooked and our server was not very attentive. Perhaps another night it would be better? However I don’t think that would solve the noise issue.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Worth every penny. Excellent drinks, great service (try to get Steve) and phenomenal food.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Celebrated New Years Eve at Alba. The Australian venison was exceptional! Great food. Great service. Always outstanding. Our favorite restaurant in Des Moines.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic and unique dishes worth every penny! I would recommend to anyone looking for a new and fun place to try.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

A great restaurant must find a balance in its table service. With a New Year's eve prix fixe dinner that included bread, salad, entree and dessert, my dining companion and I were served each course so quickly we were in and out in 60 minutes -- and that was with before- and after-dinner drinks. Our final bill exceeded $200. The food was wonderful and the servers friendly, but my overall expectation of a relaxed dining experience with my wife was spoiled by a frenetic pace of plate delivery. If table turnover was a goal that evening, it was mission accomplished.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Likely one of the best meals I’ve had all year. I greatly appreciate the unique offerings and selections. I was so pleased to see venison on the menu. Loved it! I have never had a less-than-spectacular meal here.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Good Food and good service! My wife and I both enjoyed the New Years special menu.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

What a great atmosphere we had and exceptional service from the reception @ the door from leaving. Great team work and delicious food.
Thanks!
Melvyn Scofield

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Steven and the staff do a great job! We always enjoy our visit

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Very very slow. Food really good. Cool place. I’ll go back for sure.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Wow. We had an incredible experience dining here. The pork belly was perfectly prepared, as was the venison. We will be back.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Beef dish was fatty not taste

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Dinner was amazing! I wish it were closer to where we live so we could eat here more often.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

The food and service were excellent. We had reservations and were seated as soon as we arrived. Our waiter took our drink order and we told him we were going to a concert. We received our meal in a timely fashion and man was it good.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Food was delicious. Loved the burgers.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent service from truly a professional. Food was superb. I can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Staff was well informed, friendly, and nicely paced. We never felt rushed nor neglected. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a delightful evening. The good was great with a perfect portion size.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

John was our friendly and attentive waiter, provided outstanding cocktail suggestions my husband loved the apple with warming spices, I had the Cedar Ridge bourbon drink with a lemon twist as suggested by John, delish! Husband had the pork loin, perfectly complemented by sweet potato mash and roasted Brussels. I loved the Apple squash bisque and a delightful arugula side salad. We both enjoyed a shared s’more bread pudding to end our scenic and delicious date night, thanks Alba, we’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Great staff - Nathan and Garrett were helpful with food and drink choices. The food was delicious. The s'mores bread pudding was the perfect way to end a great dinner.

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2017

The food at Alba is creative, nicely presented and well-done especially for the price. Our meals arrived at our table hot which many restaurants seem to have forgotten how to do. Both appetizers (pork belly and deviled eggs) and main courses (duck and brisket) were excellent! The ambiance is pleasant but the main dining room is quite noisy (at least the night we dined) which is difficult for those that are hearing impaired. Our request for a quiet table when making our reservation may have been honored but hard to tell. There was a hiccup at the beginning of the meal with service as we sat for 20 minutes without being acknowledged in any way. Once the wait staff sorted out who would be serving us, the service was excellent and very attentive. We really enjoyed our evening at Alba!

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

We love Alba! The food is unique, seasonal and always delicious.

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Very good food and a super wait staff. Very knowledgeable about the various menu items and able to suggest appropriate wines to compliment.

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4.0Dined on December 4, 2017

I was a little annoyed with the waiter in that he "assumed" my wife and I were there for an "anniversary" as he approached the table he said, "Happy Anniversary!" when we were there for a date. The food was good and the s'more desert was amazing. We've been there before and it's usually packed, this night however it was empty.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing wine, food , presentation and service...

Will be returning soon!

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2017

Great food/drinks, great ambiance, great service!!!

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

The food was unique and delicious. Some of the best food in Des Moines! I would highly recommend it!

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was good. The noise level was so bad that even though we were in a secluded area we could hardly hear one another at a table of four. The menu is on the high price end.

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