ALBA

4.1
69 reviews
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$30 and under
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A beautiful dinning experience in the Napa Valley with riverfront outdoor dining. ALBA has a new take on wine country cuisine with small plates & sharable dishes.
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1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was sad it was so empty. For small plates, there was enough to go around, and the price was decent. Very pretty inside! I'll go again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice place for small bites, business meetings or quiet meal.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately the experience was mediocre at best. The food and presentation was subpar for the price.

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BH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual! We really enjoy the music of Doug Houser. Abraham is super as our server.

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NF
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was the first time that we had tried Alba. Courtney was absolutely fabulous as our server and the corn chowder was amazing. Unfortunately, the pork chop we both ordered had little or no flavor. We were happy that the chef came out, explained the situation and was very receptive to our comments. Since it seemed like it was an off-night, we will try Alba again in the future.

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NW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here - went for Napa Restaurant Week. Food super as was our server

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great but the service not so much. It was clear that our waitress was new. She didn’t know the answer to some questions nor did she say she would get the answers. She lacked a sense of humor and wasn’t super friendly. Maybe she was just nervous but neither my boyfriend or I were pleased with the quality of the service.

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JT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat outdoors by fire pits and had a wonderful dinning experience!

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FO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious brunch at Alba's. We have lived in Napa for many years and are happy we discovered Alba's. We look forward to our next visit!

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z
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised with Alba! The menu was creative, the outdoor eating area delightful and the service as well as the food was wonderful!

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G
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Breakfast:......nothing is special , just usual, ordinary American breakfast, but the servers.......really attentive, and professional!

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S
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food and beautiful space. We didn’t have great service, our server said they were understaffed. Would definitely return as I’m sure this was just an off night .

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GC
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Not as good as the hype. Service was slow and food and wine expensive.

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C
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It seems that the restaurant reservation system did not click for us. We were not on their computer and then the following day we were sent an email saying we had not visited the restaurant. It was rectified , but we would rather our visit had been easier.

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RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alba is definitely a local gem. I am a local and eat out frequently, but was not aware of this hidden treasure. It is definitely one of my new favorite restaurants. I have already sung their praises to friends and family. I noticed on Open Table it has a consistent 5 star rating, and they lived up to the reviews.

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W
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting outside by the river walk. The service was the BEST. The food was delicious. It is our new favorite place for breakfast. Can’t wait to try it for dinner.

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DL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered a several small plates. Everything was delicious. Great breakfast selections too.

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OT
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Good salmon salad, flatbreads look like Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas.

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LR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great setting, outdoor seating tables far enough apart to enjoy conversation.

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KS
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The outside seating is excellent, especially when their is a band playing. Nice environment.

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GO
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I dined here for our anniversary dinner. Upon walking into the restaurant, I was impressed with the modern and elegant design which fit the occasion well. The staff was very friendly and we were seated right away. There were not many guests, however, that might be due it being a mid-week dinner. The food overall was good, but we particularly liked the cocktails. One point of criticism is that the food took longer than expected to arrive at our table, especially given that there weren't many tables occupied on the whole floor. Also, our entrees arrived only minutes after our appetizer, so it would have been preferable to have them more spaced apart.

Overall, I liked the scene and will return in the future to give it another try. The beautiful bar alone is reason enough for us to return to enjoy cocktails with friends.

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JN
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would go here anytime
Excellent service
Gorgeous setting
Love this place for any occasion

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FJ
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I’m not sure if this review should count. Made reservations. Drove there on a busy festival weekend for brunch. When we walked in they said the kitchen wasn’t serving and apologized bc they were going to call to let us know but just didn’t do it. Wasted our time, gas, and we were still hungry. Bummed that they were so unprofessional.

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VB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Strangely my reservation through open table was not received by them. They said this has happened before. It has never happened to me at any other restaurant. Our one disappointment was that we were not told there was outdoor dining available. It was a beautiful evening and we would have jumped at the chance to enjoy it. Instead we were seated indoors in a small room off of the bar. It was really too late to change tables when we realized there was the outdoor option.

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1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

alba is nice if you are staying at the river terrance inn. but, weird if you are just going there for dinner or lunch. menu was small and not worth the price. wouldn’t eat there again

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Seated and never acknowledged for over 15 minutes. Finally got up and went to the bar to get a drink. Passed the manager and mentioned how terrible the service was and he looked at us and just kept going. Truly a horrific experience. Would not recommend!!!! Too bad as the location is lovely n the river.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Got there was greeted,seated everything fine. Got a mimosa drinks fine, but when friends arrived took 15 min to get a second mimosa and waters for 4. Placed order and 25 min later came back to tell what I ordered they were out of!!! It was 10am and they already ran out??? Had to settle for an egg sandwich, meh, it was okay. Wife ordered eggs Beni and was not runny the egg was done, dead , hard. Just not what would have excepted from a nice hotel when there aren’t busy. They did comp my portion of the breakfast but come on, 25 min to tell me you don’t have the pizza dough to make you signature flat bread breakfast....lame. ....

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DL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Food way too salty, not able to eat.

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OT
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Beautiful setting. We ate on the patio and it had a great view of big trees near the river. Food was good. Service was ok but our waitress disappeard after we finished brunch and we sat for 20 minutes and eventually had to go in and ask for our bill. We were told our waitress went on her lunch break. The manager on duty took care of our drinks for the wait which was appreciated. Would try it again

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C
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

The service was great excellent the food not so much.
We each ( my wife and me ) ordered the short rib, the short rib was more like a piece of tough stew meat and the pasta was less than al dente, the meal was served in a cold dish which only accentuated the shortcomings of the food. On a positive note the flavor that the chef achieved was very good. I informed our waitress of the issues with the meal, and she apologized for it to which I asked her to please tell the chef. She returned a short while later and said she had notified the chef and that she had removed the items from the bill.
We will try Alba in the future because the service Wes excellent and perhaps we just hit it on a bad night for the chef.

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RH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came on a whim. We live in the area and wanted to try something different. So glad we did!! We had the pork belly crepes (amazing!!!), 2 salads, the filet mignon, the chicken, the pork chop and we tried the beignets and chocolate lava cake. Our meal was absolutely wonderful. Our server was great. We found out ALBA doesn't charge corkage for the the first bottle. The whole dinner for 3 with all that food as $132.00. We were so impressed and will be back for sure.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Relaxing brunch on the patio. Server was good, atmosphere with the trees by the river was very nice.

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

We were underwhelmed by the entire experience. The meal was prepared and presented nicely though the portions were much smaller than we expected for the price. Glad I had a gift card to take care of some of the damage. Won't return for a rerun and will not recommend to friends. There are too many other restaurants to return to this one.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here twice. Both times the food was outstanding! The service is great and you can't beat the deck by the river with the fire pits. We kind of appreciate it's undiscovered nature because it's quiet and intimate. Price is very reasonable.

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NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 2nd time experiencing ALBA, the first time was a nice happy hour on the patio. This time while kids away parents play evening. We were looking for something quiet and it was getting late. Checked on Open Table and had a reservation for 730pm. Everything else in Napa was a 90 minute wait. Got there on time and was seated immediately. Staff was welcoming and
very friendly. Offered the specials and some personal choices as well. Everything was delicious!

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J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for somewhere new to take my grandma to celebrate her 94th birthday and came across ALBA on Open Table.

We were seated at a lovely table with a loveseat on one side and two big, comfy chairs on the other. Unbeknownst to us, they have terrific Happy Hour offerings and we ordered at least one of each and shared. We had sliders, pork belly crepes, roasted shishito peppers, truffle fries and a couple of us tried the corn chowder. Being it was taco Tuesday we also got an order of those. Beignets were dessert and they brought them to the table with a candle while everyone sung to the birthday gal.

The server was adorable and attentive. The food was excellent. The ambiance was lovely. My grandma is still talking about it!

Kudos to ALBA. We will be back!

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CF
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our second trip dining at Alba and we were not disappointed! We took friends this time and everyone enjoyed their appetizers, salads and main dishes right through to dessert! It was a Friday night so there was some live entertainment - a little too loud for our taste as it made conversation at the table a bit trying sometime.

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KB
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I would not go back to this restaurant - the food was over salted and just okay. The waiter had way too many tables and service was slow.

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FD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentine Day Menu was great. Service was as good as any place we have been in Napa in many years. Great mixed drinks and friendly bar staff. We will be back soon!

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OT
San Francisco
166 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had generally very good food: pork chop yummy, lobster mac and cheese tasty but hardly any lobster, corn soup very good. Key lime pie disappointing -- small, lacking acid -- although fruit on the side with it lent acidity, and kind of watery. Expresso coffee tasted like the machine needed cleaning -- bitter oils. Pleasant atmosphere with comfortable chairs. Menu very limited.

I would give the place a 3.5 or 3.75. No such classification here, so I gave it a 4.

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