Restaurant Alba - Malvern, PA

4.7
1722 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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L
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

l
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
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
9 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
1 review
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
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.

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!

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.

S
Baltimore
22 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!

O
New York Area
27 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.

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

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

Alba is an excellent restaurant for special occasions.

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!

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!

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 🥂🍾

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

Great food and service

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!

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.

f
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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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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