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Alba Restaurant, Des Moines, IA
Alba Restaurant, Des Moines, IA
Alba Restaurant, Des Moines, IA
Alba Restaurant, Des Moines, IA
Alba Restaurant, Des Moines, IA

Alba Restaurant

4.7
4.7
363 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (515) 244-0261
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jason Simon
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Cross street
    Des Moines St
  • 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, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 363 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Innovative

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Innovative

  • Des Moines

    Healthy

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

363 Reviews
  1. IAfoodee

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is always delicious. It was a good combination of flavors. Seating was a little cramped.

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  2. KatieW

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing experience at Alba--it never disappoints. Our server Ashley was amazing and catered to my onion allergies.

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  3. AngelaH

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was over the top. Service perfect. We will be back. My son said it was the best steak he's ever had in his life. Drinks were fantastic too as were all of our entrees, appetizers and desserts. Definitely top 5 restaurants in Des Moines.

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  4. Megan

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious! Our server was very friendly and very helpfully answering questions and explaining the menu! The atmosphere was very elegant! Definitely planning a night back here!

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  5. AbimaelR

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was remarkable, the food was delicious, and the drinks were great. All around a great valentines meal. I really commend the staff for their teamwork. Everything was flawless. Management should be proud.

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  6. JeromeK

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We gave this place another try and we are glad we did! Good service, our waitress was amazing, helpful and attentive. The food was 🔥. Drinks were damn near perfect. We will be back again. Oh yeah try those potatoes they got! Flame

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  7. Taylor

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Delicious food! Dining room layout was very claustrophobic for a busy holiday like Valentine’s Day, you’re sitting less than 3 inches away from the diners to your left & right. For the price you’d expect to have a bit more of a luxury experience rather than feeling like a packed sardine, but the food & service were immaculate & I’d still come again to dine next year. :)

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  8. SusanT

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, variety and food was top notch! Highly recommended 👌

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  9. Akpete22

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always exceptional meal and service!!!thanks for a nice evening..

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  10. KeaganW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of four got sat at the Chefs table and it was awesome! I was a little worried at first that it would be difficult to talk with our group since we were seated side by side, but I was wrong. The atmosphere was excellent and it was really fun to watch the chefs work. My NY Strip was cooked to perfection and my wife’s pasta was absolutely incredible. Overall it was a great experience and we are already looking forward to coming back. 10/10.

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  11. SaraR

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal with great service. Unusual flavor combos. The warm kale salad and the root-beer braised pork were amazing.

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  12. LaDaleG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service were wonderful. The beef stroganoff and lamb shank were delicious. We celebrated our Daughter’s birthday and we could not have chosen a better place! Thank you.

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  13. LaurenL

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I was served shrimp that wasn’t fully cooked, and they didn’t apologize or take it off our bill.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and windows galore. It’s not a cozy/romantic place, but it is nice. Appropriate for a serious date or a fun evening out. The food might seem pricey, but it’s worth the cost. We be are definitely going back.

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  15. DonB

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice menu and wine list. Attentive and appropriate service.

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  16. RickP

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Poor parking in the area. Some food was served cold.

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  17. CGina

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorites. Always a wonderful experience.

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  18. EvannM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great and we enjoyed the dining experience. The food was good and the menu offered unique choices.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my husband has out of state customers to entertain with dinner and drinks. This year we chose Alba for 2 dinners and both times the people we took commented on how much they loved the food and the style of restaurant. It’s not so quiet we feel unable to laugh or talk and not so loud we can’t hear table conversation. Overall, Alba is a great place for any number in your party. The food has always been excellent, the staff friendly (but never hover) the choice of cocktails or wine made everyone happy.

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  20. ZachL

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and excellent food - we’ll be back!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food lacked seasoning. It was good, but a little bland.

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  22. FabianaM

    Anchorage

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I came here during happy hour (4-6pm) during the week. Their menu had so many things that I wanted to try so I took advantage of its happy hour prices and ordered 3 appetizers. Their appetizers were the perfect size and made the perfect meal, plus 2 of them were off the happy hour menu and were $6 each. I ordered deviled eggs with beet tartar, brioche crumble, and onion cracker first. Then their Roasted Brussels sprouts with ricotta, turmeric aioli, and calabrian chili vinaigrette. I ended with a Roasted Delicata squash & burrata with spinach, arugula, pickled beets, toasted pepitas, blistered grapes. I ordered and aperol spritz and a Lambrusco to go with the meal. Service was delightful, they were cordial and waited for me to finish each plate prior to bringing me the best. My only critique was the ambiance. It was very dark in there, but these are just minor details compared to how amazing the food tasted.

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  23. ProfPD

    Tallahassee

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone in our party ordered steaks. We shared a side of roasted vegetables and truffle fries. Truffle fries are a family favorite and they did not disappoint this evening. Wine and service were excellent!

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  24. ScottS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a drink and appetizer in the bar before dinner. The ambiance was nice and the sprouts were very good. Moved to the dining room for dinner and the atmosphere was calm and classy. We are vegetarians so ordered truffle fries, salads and soups. The butternut squash soup was very good, the garlic soup although served in a cast iron pan was cold and bland. The salads were average and the delecata squash was under cooked if cooked at all.

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  25. KatieW

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always, our server Nick was very attentive

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  26. Traveler

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alba is consistently excellent. It is one of Des Moines’ best.

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  27. ChrisM

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolute must stop if you are close to Des Moines. Food was fantastic. Ashley provided friendly and spot on service. Bar drinks were perfectly balanced. Could not ask for a better dinner out

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Definitely one of the best restaurants in Des Moines!

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  29. DarylS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was amazing. We loved the appetizers, the main courses, and the desserts. Our service also was outstanding. We were a party of five on a work outing, and it was difficult to hear each other at times. Also, we switched our reservation from four people to five people several days in advance. But the restaurant put us at a table for four and no table for five was available, so we had to squeeze in. This is a hard call as to whether we will be back--the food was oh-so-delicious and the service was excellent. But the noise level and problem with our reservation both make this a hit-or-miss place for a work dinner.

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  30. LynJudd

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A group of five bookclub friends share four birthdays in the same month. We treated ourselves to ALBA and were not disappointed. Amazing food and service. We had the Sweater Weather seasonal cocktail, beet salad, butternut squash soup, ALBA greens, roasted chicken, pan seared scallops, and the NY Strip stroganoff, with apple crisp and Cherry Clafoutis for dessert. They also have cappuccino! Again, the service was perfect as well. We could not rave enough!

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  31. Mcb1978

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly service, good food. Just what we were looking for!

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  32. rays58

    Denver

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’re from CO visiting our son and gave Alba a try. We really, really, really liked it. We had fritters, Brussel sprouts, Gnocci, scallops and duck lasagna. We all loved our dinner; we were all happy. Drinks were nice, too. When we return to Des Moines, we’ll be back.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent! Our server was wonderful and helpful with suggestions about menu options. There was a nice variety of entrees and all four of us tried something different, and all tasted fantastic. Great wine selection also.

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  34. ThomasM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another beautiful evening with amazing food at Alba

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  35. EateryQueen

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. Great burgers, as well as lots of healthy choices. The mojito mocktail was also delicious!

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  36. AllysonM

    Des Moines

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The evening at Alba was fabulous! We ate at the Chef's Counter facing the open air kitchen. Chefs even asked how we were doing and how we liked our meals. The deviled egg appetizer is unique & tasty w/a beautiful presentation. I love the Stroganoff; thrilled it's still on the menu. Ben was attentive & charming. I'd easily request him again. THX for a wonderful evening;D

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  37. dalebenfield

    New York City

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mixed review: drinks were top notch. The steak wasn’t allowed to rest so for some it cools have been off putting, and the flavor was probably a 7/10… the big downside was the duck fat potato dish because it clearly was not cooked in duck fat as described. As one of my favorite flavors, it was quite noticeably absent, so I was disappointed. Also, the inner potatoes were cooked through nicely, but along the outside of the dish they were quite underdone. If you’ve ever had an undercooked potato, you know what i mean.

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  38. Kirby

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous! Stroganoff, potato dish, and tomato salad!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at Alba was delicious! The small plates are good size to share, and the main courses are not big enough that you can’t have room for dessert. The desserts are great! Good options and taste. I loved it.

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  40. MaryJ

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service food is so delicious ,love the Gnocchi.I have been coming to this restaurant for many years always wonderful.

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FAQs

Alba Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 244-0261.

Alba Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 363 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Alba Restaurant

524 East Sixth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Des Moines St
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Steak
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jason Simon
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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