Restaurant Alba - Malvern, PA

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Italian
A casually elegant restaurant featuring hand crafted locally grown artisan foods simply prepared & cooked over a wood-burning grill. The seasonal menu is comprised of foods sourced from over a dozen local farms. Recent accolades include top honors in food & service from Zagat Guide 2008 - 2018 and "3 Bells - Excellent" from food critic Craig LaBan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Private parties can be accommodated. In addition, customized tasting menus are available for your wine dinner or special event. Leave time to enjoy a cocktail or craft beer at our bar or perhaps something from our extensive wine list. An additional lighter fare menu is available in our bar area as well. Reservations are only accepted in the dining room and the deck (seasonal), the bar seating is walk-in only.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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k
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every aspect

PM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

First time experience. Main course extremely small in relation to the price. Had asked the waiter as a courtesy if he could provide a vegetable as opposed to the hazelnuts on the main dish. Would not, although he offered to provide another variation on a nut. Value for the price fair at best.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was fabulous but the lighting was terrible. We had to use our mobile flashlights to read the menu

J
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent experience from the charming barman to the helpful server. Manhattan prices but nothing disappointed. We'll be back.

LM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Got there for Happy Hour while waiting for our table sat at the bar. Wine by the glass selection wasoutstanding featuring regional Italian wines. Bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable of both wines and food. The grilled octopus was the outstanding dish of the night. Followed closely by the Wild boar Ragu. Service by Sean was outstanding. We will definitely revisit Reastaurant Alba in the near future. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone with a taste for authentic Italian flavors.

MM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent! I am definitely going to dine there again soon.

j
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Been here a few times over the years. The food is always outstanding, and on this recent visit it was superb. My only caveat is that the place can be a little noisy, though that no doubt depends on which evening you are there.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and an interesting menu made to perfection

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great night and good food. A little disappointed with the smaller portion of the trout.

M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are hosting friends from San Diego, one of whom is an accomplished chef so we brought them to Alba and once again the dining experience was exceptional!

C
Philadelphia
158 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent lunch, great food

MP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant and have always enjoyed our visits. Food and service are exceptional. Prices are fair. The larger room IS too noisy for our liking, but we were seated in the smaller middle room which is more cozy and subdued.
Definitely our favorite place.

L
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always! Our dinners were perfect and our server, Sean, is well versed on both the menu and wine selections, and provides friendly, seamless service!

JR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The trout was amazing - will go back soon just for the trout! Everyone at our table truly enjoyed their food and the service was efficient, warm and personable.

F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard a lot of good things about this restaurant so we decided to try it and really enjoyed everything about it. Will definitely go there again 😊

ER
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, wine and experience in total is the best. We love it and will always go at least once a month.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always. Waitress really knew her wines. Little touch like the chef coming out table side to hand shave the truffle was excellent

MP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

almost downtown taste --- but in Malvern, and on the Mainline (very short walk from train)!

PT
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Inventive food, warm service and cozy atmosphere made my dining experience at Restaurant Alba a blast. From the pumpkin themed drink to the overnight-roasted Berkshire pork to the budino dessert, no detail was spared. The atmosphere is cozy without being too small and the service was attentive without being obtrusive. I’ll definitely be back !!

E
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The duck was fabulous

f
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frank took great care of us, promptly providing fresh silverware between courses and refilling beverages throughout our meal. Specials were yummy as well as the seasonal pumpkin ravioli. Looking forward to our next visit!

j
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW. PERFECTION in every way. Fine dining to the ultimate. Menu, creativity of offerings, service, linens, flatware, attention to all details. Price is totally within reason. Go there if you appreciate the finer things of life.

TA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Excellent food and service. The sevice was really fast and the gourmet food was great

RM
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful, casual birthday dinner with family.

CR
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I have been to Alba several times and feel that the food and service exceed expectations. The only thing that made the atmosphere awkward was the way we were seated. We had an early dinner so there were many open tables in the restaurant, yet they chose to seat a couple right beside us.....and since the tables are already close it was awkward for personal conversation.

p
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Cioppino was way over-priced. A martini cost as much as a quart of Gordon's gin. The place is too pricey!

FP
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The restaurant serves courses, pasta being the first. We just got two “second course” entrees. Small quantities - had to fill up with bread! The trout was overly salty and the whole branzino was filled with bones. The waitress tried to remove the bones but there were still too many. Would not recommend this place and would not go back.

J
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch from start to finish. Had the best homemade Bloody Mary ever and truly appreciated that was specially made. Started with the apple squash soup drizzled with olive oil which was tasty and just the right texture. Ordered the trout but the last one had just been ordered. A branzino was offered as an alternative and it was wonderful. Mild and perfectly cooked. Served with escarole and pears in a delightful vinaigrette. Very good coffee to finish. Have never been disappointed here.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level was great because our reservation was so late.
Frank- our server was very knowledgeable and fun!

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had reservation when they opened for lunch so service was good. Sat outside which was enjoyable. Both the Rigatoni, Pork Rib Ragu, Chili, Oregano, Pecorino and Guinea Hen Agnolotti dal Plin, Parmigiano Reggiano, Brodo were well prepared and very tasty as was the soup special.

K
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always!

D
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service. Great meal

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner & Tara our server is phenomenal!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife there for our 10 year anniversary. The wine list is one of the best Italian lists I have ever seen. They have multiple Barolo’s, Barbaresco’s, Nebbiolo’s, etc. The food was very good, starting with a grilled octopus appetizer, continuing through a nice gnocchi with rabbit and wild mushrooms, and on through desert. It is a little pricey if you order a good wine off the wine spectator recognized wine list, but good for a special occasion. Service was impeccable.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Look the food ;

Off the chart will always return for a great meal and great leadership at Alba. ( 5 for Kelly/ Sean & Anna and the meal)

Challenge is the wait staff seems to confused on how to make slight modifications to an order; order of a meal and over all service Big O. Would rather get my meal at the bar.

The bar staff rocked!!! It was like science in a drink.

We will always go back to Alba bit will chose where we would prefer to sit based on the level of service we’re looking for.

l
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently very good food and service. The menu changes with seasons. Service was exceptional and friendly. Nice night out with friends

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Attentive service. We're ready to return soon!

KB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server (I wish I remembered his name, but it was a male with a Mexican accent) was absolutely wonderful. He checked on us appropriately, helped us pick amazing wine and good complimentary food and was so friendly and inviting.

CR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great from the very beginning. Welcoming as we entered. Server patient and informative even though he was busy. Appetizers, Entree, and dessert amazing.
Thank you!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect. Caprese salad and then the trout, divine!

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