Restaurant Alba - Malvern, PA

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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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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alba is always dependable for a delicious meal with a lovely ambience!

KD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way as always! The Overnight Berkshire Pork is a favorite!

HS
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Everything was perfectly done, portions were generous, food was beautifully prepared and presented. Our second time this summer and a “new” favorite!

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered a couple of items off the bar menu but even something as simple as a hamburger or a BLT is given special attention and a unique twist. We sat outside on the deck. Service was prompt and the waiter was knowledgeable about the entire menu and even made some recommendations. The dining room menu pricing makes it special occasions only for us but the bar menu is an affordable option and one that doesn’t disappoint.

TC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place!

f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wedding anni

LK
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious lunch and everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was outstanding and everything was perfect. Our out of town guests were impressed!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tough to say enough wonderful things about this restaurant. Certainly the real deal, always a multi-season favorite.

T
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated anniversary!
Dinner was very good but very large party of 20 was loud!!

RL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service....loved it and will surely go back.

L
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My ladies and I love to come here for our monthly luncheons. We love the food, service is great, and we couldn't ask for more if we tried.

PK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

l
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service, celebrating my girlfriend's birthday. Really love the octopus and fried green tomatoes / crab appetizers. The lamb entree was exceptional. Service was amazing

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater drinks (at Happy Hour I n bar) followed by dinner in Dining room. Ambiance was great. Our waitress was amazing and the food was outstanding. We shared zucchini blossoms and arancini, then I had the pasta special.

SP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We’ve dined here a number of times throughout the years and have always had a consistently good experience. Unfortunately, last evening was just ok. When we arrived. our party of four was seated in a noisy, bustling area. We asked to move to another empty spot and were told the other table was already requested and no attempt was made to find us another. As far as the meal went, the octopus and pork were good, but most of our dishes were lacking the special touch we’ve come to look forward to at Alba and seemed uninspired. The server reminded all four of us of a school marm who chided us for not ordering the tasting menu in advance and even refused to ask the chef if it was available given how busy he was on a Wed night. The overall attitude seemed to be that if you’re not a preferred diner there (one who they hug), you get what you get. When dining at Alba, be sure to order your meal and table in advance so you’re not disappointed. Sadly, the experience was not what we’ve come to expect and will think twice before visiting again or recommending. The best restaurants we dine at make everyone feel like a regular.

M
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our dinner was outstanding, with knowledgeable service. We will go back again.

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent specials, menu and food. Service was outstanding !!!

P
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Our server, Sean, was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 of us dined at Alba this week. Everyone raved about their entrees and we shared the most amazing app of pork-belly, corn and peaches!! Truly Superb. Service was exceptional thanks to Tara!

BS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Really nothing more to say. Food, Atmosphere, wine, drinks, service, overall hospitality. GREAT place to have a very relaxing, enjoyable and delicious dinner.

o
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We've been to Alba several times, and I'm reminded each time we go of the reasons we don't go more often. The food was tasty, well prepared, and creative. We had a tomato soup that was outstanding, and zucchini appetizer was also great. But, the entres were "pedestrian" - with the rigatoni with ragu meat sauce and trout modestly "ok". Our server was attentive and did a nice job.

OA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for accommodating and making our 1year Anniversary remarkable with an outstanding staff and elegant dining.

T
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, nice variety of table sizes. Our waiter, Frank, was fantastic. Easily made conversation with all of us... from our youngest diner (age 7), to her grandmother, and with my husband and me. No kids menu, but our daughter was accommodated with pasta and sauce. The pasta is made on site, and is delicious. Portions were substantial (my husband had the pork belly special, I had the garganelli, and grandmother had penne with a pork ragu), and food was tasty. The wine we wanted was sold out, but Frank helped us choose another excellent wine that we liked a great deal. Don’t miss the butterscotch desert... so good!

K
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous food in a fabulous setting with friendly service.

B
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

went for our anniversary and got the tasting menu with wine pairings. everything was terrific, and especially engaging since that menu changes on a nightly basis and gives the chef a little latitude on the dishes presented. We've never had a bad meal there will certainly continue to patronize this fine restaurant

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dining experience will have me coming back. Branzino was amazing. Server was excellent. Bartender even made our favorite citriolo martini this time. Things are looking up!! Thank you Alba!!

KD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, great food, great atmosphere - love Restaurant Alba!

G
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server was great. The food was good but below expectations based on feedback from former customers. Maybe I just order the wrong item. Crab Cake. My drink tasted funny. Probably bad club soda from the fountain. The appetizers we the best part of the meal.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Music too loud

MS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous happy hour, great staff (Thanks Lauren) and an all around great place to catch up with a friend.

TC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and execution.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great but Music too loud.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Frank, our waiter, was friendly and attentive. Entire experience was extraordinary!

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