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Restaurant Alba - Malvern, PA

4.6
1462 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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 - 2017 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm



Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm


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Phone number
(610) 644-4009
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Weinberg
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Private party facilities
Private parties up to 60 guests can be accomodated. Customized tasting menus are available for wine dinners or special events. Please contact the restaurant for details.
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Private party contact
Kelly Weinberg: (610) 644-4009
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Catering
Whether it is a wedding, rehearsal dinner, intimate tasting in your home for a party of 10, a corporate style luncheon or your yearly office party, Restaurant Alba will produce a spectacular, customized meal that will amaze all who attend. Nobody will ever miss one of your parties ever again.

Menus are seasonal, meticulously designed by Chef Sean Weinberg to compliment your theme and ensure that you and every guest is absolutely delighted.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Warren Avenue
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Parking details
Parking is available on the street, directly behind the restaurant in the Malvern train station SEPTA lot & within a block in the municipal lot on S. Warren Avenue.
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Public transit
The SEPTA R5 line stops at the Malvern train station directly behind the restaurant. Please check schedule as not all trains stop in Malvern.
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Special events & promotions
Please go to our website to sign up on our mailing list to receive newsletters about upcoming events. We do a variety of events such as winemaker dinners, farmer dinners, wine tastings,as well as off-site farm dinners.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1462 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.5
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4.3
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vipMaxxine6 (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined 2 days ago

The food here was ok but the portions were very small for the money. One slice of the bruschetta was $5 and the beet salad was barely enough for one person. The sea bass had bones and was also small. The wine was nice but also overpriced. For $70 /person I will go elsewhere. Very disappointed

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PaMom27 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Always good. Like the seasonal menu change to keep it fresh experience. Exceptional quality and service.

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vipJimA (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

First time and was really impressed by the atmosphere and service. Drinks and Italian inspired wine list are very good. We shared a sweet potato salad, with a spicy yogurt dressing, great combination of flavors. I had the lamb rage pasta appetizer portion which was solid if not spectacular. My wife had the rigatoni which she liked very much, I had the pork shank, which was a crusty pork dish with polenta and broccoli rabe, I liked it though thought it tasted a little chewy. We passed on desserts. Drinks include a good Bellini, a good rye old fashioned, and a glass of Grenache, all very good. All in all a good meal, will be back to try some different entries next time.

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PamelaN (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

As always, Restaurant Alba never fails to please. We had an excellent meal.

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Nate (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Always good. Have never been disappointed. A bit pricey or we'd go more often.

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CassandraV (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing as always!! Food was so good. Drinks were delicious. Cannot wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great place. Service good. Food fine. Duck a little short. Overall experience great. The time restriction on how long one can stay given the prices is a bit brash as it prohibits after dinner drinks, and tastings, and possibly additionall ordering.

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Datenightsaved (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food! very accommodating to substitutions. We tend to avoid Italian cuisine as we are on a low carb diet, but the options did not present a challenge to us for dining in a pleasurable, non guilty manner.
I highly recommend it as a gem in the Malvern area!

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vipLoyolaboy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Prosciutto was outstanding. Pastas were very good. Service very accommodating, and wine choices were good and tasting presented if desired. A bit pricy. Convenient parking.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Lovely anniversary dinner at Alba. Delicious food, tremendous service and cozy ambiance.

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Franstra (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Alba never disappoints. Superior food and service. A lovely way to dine with friends.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Amazing food, great service
Bartender was fantastic prior to being seated
Sommelier Frank was excellent

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Everyone enjoyed their meal, except me. My first course of gnocchi’s was so hot (spicy), I had to send it back. Then offered another fish with plain sauce. Then my rack of lamb was marbled with fat. I tried to eat around it. Never had a rack like that. Won’t order it at Alba again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Alba never disappoints. Excellent

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Appletree (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Enjoy introducing new people to Alba, it is always a great experience.

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ChrisB (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

As much as I wanted to like Restaraunt Alba it was truly not up to par for the price point. The food that I ordered did not reflect the ingredients in the description and everything on the table was quite bland for my palate.

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vipMerl (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

We love Alba! Our server was fantastic and knowledgable!

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vipSortaFoodie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

I have been to Alba many times, but this was my first time as a vegan. They could not have made me feel more welcome, been more attentive, or had more interesting and delicious food prepared for me. The rest of our party does not have special dietary requirements, and they loved everything. The service was exceptionally good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Awesome as usual

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was amazing, service was top notch, would highly recommend.

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Wheels (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent food with very good service. We are repeat customers. However, we would choose a more quiet part of the restaurant.

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SteveW (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. We drive for 45 minutes to reach it and if it were closer we would be there once a week.

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vipFoodie (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Very nice wine list & the bartender really knows how to craft a cocktail! Good food, but the olive oil was rancid.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

My meal was like eating leftovers. I ordered the suckling pig. It tasted like it was cooked 3-4 days before. The server asked if I wanted something else but I had already eaten 60% and was getting full. The entrée was deducted from the bill...Thank you.
Over the past several years I've been there 3 times and each time dissatisfied. Therefore not a frequent customer. Hope springs eternal...

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disappointed (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

We deliberately chose a mid-week date because we wanted to experience the chef’s tasting menu. We were quite disappointed when we were informed that we needed to give advance notice of that. When we told our waiter that neither the website nor the caller who confirmed the reservation made mention of that, he gave a haughty, half-hearted apology but then summoned the manager when we suggested that we might leave. The manager also said we needed to give advance notice so the kitchen could live up to its high standard; again, I suggested that such information belonged on the website. She said we were right and that she would make that change (which hasn’t happened after several days) and she said if we stayed, she would make accommodations on our bill. That turned out to be another exercise in poor communication when an extra pasta dish arrived at the table with no explanation. We explained that we hadn’t ordered it and the courier took it back. Minutes later our server returned it, saying it was compliments of the house. So rather than comp us a round of drinks or an appetizer, Alba gave us a heavy pasta dish that made it difficult to finish our entrees. In the end, it turned out OK because the main courses were quite unexciting, in contrast to the superb appetizers. And the advance information that the restaurant DID solicit — the fact that we were celebrating my husband’s birthday— was never mentioned by anyone. With so many fabulous restaurants in the area, we certainly can’t recommend this one...

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We have always enjoyed Alba. Sean and Kelly operate with impeccable detail but without pretension. Seans cuisine is truly without comparison on the main line. The handmade pasta is an obligation for me but even Olivia (gluten free) has a hard time choosing. Frank procures a wine list with the cuisine in mind and his pairing is spot on. Alba gives us the sense of a family operation but their success breeds freshness and confidence. We are looking forward to taking out daughter there. Thanks for the current and future memories...Noah and Olivia

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent service, Seafood was top-notch and my Nurse Betty's were awesome!

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KoPFamily (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Restaurant Alba is a top notch dining experience. They specialize in Norther Italian dishes and the food they serve is exquisite. Bright flavors and spices, fresh ingredients, often sourced from local farms. My wife and I have started to visit Restaurant Alba for our wedding anniversary. Each year, we get the chef's tasting menu along with an accompanying wine. The wines and dishes vary. Each dish was its own delight! By the end of dinner, we were both stuffed. Note that the wine pours are not full. You get wine with each course so each pour is about 70% of a full pour. The wines are mostly Italian, but they also have interesting Spanish and Argentinian wines. Our waiter, Michael, was top notch, too. Smart, efficient, not obtrusive, encouraging, informative, polite, friendly, reserved. Nearly a perfect waiter. We sat outside the an open window into the kitchen. It was another pleasure to glance occasionally through that window and watch three professional chefs quietly and deftly work non-stop, preparing plate after plate. The occasional flame from the stove added some flash. Even the hostesses are near perfect. Restaurant Alba is one of the best restaurants in our area. We went on a Wednesday night, and the restaurant was surprisingly full. People without reservations had to wait 30 minutes for a table. Another sign of a good restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Lovely ambience, service and delicious food. Highly recommend. Great pre-theater location for Peoples Light & Theatre.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Very disappointing. Based on the reviews expected much more. Food was below average. Would not go there again or recommend to others.

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