Restaurant Alba - Malvern, PA

4.7
1706 reviews
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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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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!!

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KD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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G
Philadelphia
14 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.

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

Music too loud

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MS
Philadelphia
3 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.

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

Great menu and execution.

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

Overall great but Music too loud.

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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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D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Waiter was attentive.
Pasta serving quite small. Other lunch entrees nice size.

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S
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good and the spaghetti With ramps and pork belly was exceptional!

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O
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This continues to be the best local area restaurant. The grilled broccoli with creme fraiche, the hazelnut wood grilled trout, the fish of the day, all the food is delicious and fresh. Excellent cocktails as well.

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R
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter enjoyed celebrating her birthday at your lovely restaurant.. everything was perfect. Great service n food. Highly recommended

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MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alba is an excellent restaurant for special occasions.

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DD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is AMAZING!!!!! If I could make one tiny suggestion, it would be to add a dash of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of Parmesan or Pecorino to the olive oil they serve with the bread (but that's more a matter of personal preference than service). Amazing food and drinks, the waitstaff were friendly and attentive, and overall a great experience!

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ET
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been to Alba a number of time -- had to be one of the better meals we had there-- great dishes -- ordered the trout. will be back-- wish they were a BYOB which we prefer but very nice restaurant!

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EW
Dublin
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! Beautifully prepared and presented - made for a memorable evening out with friends! Their wine list is wonderful too 🥂🍾

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C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

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K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat on the porch for lunch on a perfect early summer day. Both the service and the food were outstanding! There was also a very nice wine selection. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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G
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Alba for our anniversary dinner and it was delicious. The farinata was not as expected but very tasty. The trout was very good. I'm sure that we will return soon.

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Frank took great care of us, explaining new dishes and recommending the perfect wine to suit each course. We look forward to dining at Alba again soon.

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PS
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place and the people who work here. Our home town restaurant.

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GM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

WE WERE SEATED RIGHT AWAY, BUT WE HAD A RESERVATION, WE ORDERED A BOTTLE OF WHITE WINE, AND IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE TABLE, BUT NO ICE BUCKET OR CHILLED CONTAINER TO KEEP IT IN DURING THE MEAL. WE LIKED THE AMBIANCE AND COZY ATMOSPHERE. MY WIFE HAD A FILET OF WHITE FISH WHICH SHE LIKE, I HAD THE SUCKLING PIG THAT WAS MUCH TOO FATTY. THE VEGETABLE SOUP AT THE BEGINNING WAS FULL OF CHOPPED VEGETABLES THAT WERE VERY FRESH, BUT THE BROTH HAD NO FLAVOR AND NEEDED SEASONING. DESSERT WAS GOOD. I WANTED FISH AS WELL BUT THEY WERE SERVING WHOLE FISH, HEAD TO TAIL THAT THE DINER WAS EXPECTED TO EAT FROM THE BONE. A COMPLETE TURNOFF FOR ME AND MY WIFE, IF THIS WERE SPAIN OR PORTUGAL AND EVEN FRANCE IT WOULD BE OK, BUT NOT IN MALVERN.
I WILL NOT RETURN.

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CL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alba's is our favorite "go to" place for finer dining with impeccable service. Sean and Kelly have been doing a stellar job for 11 years now running their place and my wife and I are always excited to enjoy a dinner out at Alba's. It's nice to have a reservation and walk in and find our usual table already set up with the proper wine glasses, decanter, sparkling water with lemons and limes, and Frank there to greet us. Hats off to Anna and Frank for 5 star service and always remembering the small things that make a big difference when you want to enjoy a night out. Of course the food is always great and cooked to perfection... how can it not be with their wood fired grill. Top notch!!!

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J
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

2nd time to Alba and the result was the same....this is a great location. Good ambiance, the service is great, and the menu is solid. Cocktails and wine by the glass list are very good. We started with some bruschetta and fried green tomatoes. All 4 entrees were well received. And we over indulged with 3 desserts. Hanger steak and gnocchi won out in entree round, and strawberry crostata won for desserts. The menu is on the pricey end of spectrum for the area, but it just might be worth it. We will make our way back.

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I are still buzzing about the full Vegan meal we were able to enjoy while dining at Restaurant Alba! The service phenomenal. A well informed server as well as owner/executive chef himself took wonderful care of us with great pride and excitement.
Thank you Restaurant Alba! We'll be back again!

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r
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The noise level is unacceptable. Although the food and service was good. The noise in the room took away from experience.

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m
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely team dinner on the patio. Our waitress was prompt and kept my co worker in Parmesan cheese all night. A lovely time.

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LK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite special occasion restaurant. They are simply excellent. Unfortunately, for the past many trips to Alba I have always gotten the same thing. I start with the grilled octopus, which is the best I have ever had, and then move to suckling pig which is indescribably wonderful. Not many places serve suckling pig and certainly not as wonderfully as Alba. My wife tends more to vegetable and fish dishes and she has been delighted in the offering whenever we go.

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OT
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would absolutely recommend Alba. I've been in the West Chester area for 3 weeks, eating out every night, and this was my best restaurant experience. Everything about it was very good. I look forward to going back.

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EL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was centered around the grilled trout. This is an exceptional dish!

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. We had the flatbread app special and it was delicious. The food overall was wonderful. The only thing I think would make it better would be a larger selection of appetizers.

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MJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the fiddleheads if there are any left! They were fresh, tender and in a delicious tomato sauce!

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E
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sean our waiter was fabulous! Great knowledge of the wines! We loved him!

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TN
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience was excellent all the way around the bread the tomato bisque and the fish stew where amazing the service from Albert was exceptional

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j
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alba is our "special occasion" place to go. Never disappointed. Menu interesting and it varies.
Everything about our visit is always PERFECT.

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VB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely the best pork chop I've ever eaten, and my wife's pasta dish was superb. The shrimp appetizer was wonderful Only two very minor 'complaints': we had to request grated cheese to accompany the oil and warm bread, and the cheese was oddly wet; the potato served with my wonderful pork chop was cool on the outside and cold in the center. All in all a delightful meal.

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JM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greet meal as always. Wonderful staff and excellent wine choices.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my mom here for lunch for Mother’s Day and we really enjoyed it. We sat out back on the deck and had fantastic service. I liked that we weren’t rushed and the appetizers and entrees were properly paced. The food cost was reasonable but we did splurge on a nice bottle of Montepulciano (worth it). And I’m not much of a steak eater, but ordered the hanger steak on a whim and it was delicious; perfectly cooked and seasoned. I’ll definitely be coming back for dinner with my husband!

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

Alba was spectacular from start to finish. The trout was perfectly cooked and the flavor combinations throughout the meal were creative and on point. A new favorite!

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m
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner with friends, octopus app was amazing, drinks were very good & different. However, it was my friend's birthday and she eats there regularly and wanted a burger, our waitress refused twice, saying the did not allow burgers in the dining room but we could move to the bar if she wanted to order one.....what happened was an epic fail, as reflected in my rating for their service!

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