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  3. Distance: 1.33mi
  4. Distance: 1.60mi

About Restaurant Alba - Malvern, PA

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.

7 West King Street
Malvern, PA 19355
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

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


Cross Street:
Warren Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(610) 644-4009

Website:
http://www.restaurantalba.com/

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.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Sean Weinberg

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.

Private Party Contact:
Kelly Weinberg: (610) 644-4009

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Restaurant Alba - Malvern, PA Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (34)
Creative Cuisine (28)
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Special Occasion (27)
Good for a Date (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Local Ingredients (22)
Cozy (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Romantic (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Authentic (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Seasonal (8)
Business Meals (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Organic (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 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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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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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·Dined on December 3, 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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·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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·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Size of Portion got smaller, as the Wine by the Glass served

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

One of the best meals we have had there. Cauliflower and Delicata Squash with Porcini sauce outstanding. We always enjoy our dining experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

As always, a great dinging experience. On our top 10 most favorite places to dine.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised that our dinners were served good. It’s been a while since we’ve been here and I think the food had improved substantially. I will definitely return. We had the pork and lamb entrees and both were awesome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tapas, Authentic, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our waiter was Shawn (sic) and he was very good, prompt and provided excellent service. He also was able to answer some questions about various menu items. The desserts that we had were very, very good, especially the butterscotch concoction.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Husband’s birthday!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent . One of the best dinners I’ve had in many months.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

My hamburger was very dry; I ordered the meat medium rare. Salad had no noticeable dressing. Fries were ok. I think my guests enjoyed their meal, which counts most.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great service, helpful without hovering. Food was fantastic, well flavored and cooked to our specific wants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (El Paso)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This is not a restaurant with traditional italian foods, although they they have pasta and meats and antipasto. This is for the person that wants something different and unique. Something that you would be challenged to make at home. The spice mix and flavors are very interesting and never common. The meat in the red sauce on our pasta was wild boar, the lamb was perfect, it was plated on a white bean puree. The wine was excellent. The waiter only surprised us once with his question about how we liked our meals always waiting for a break in our conversation. The meal was a good pace, not to fast not to slow. never needed to fill a glass or ask for anything. The service like the food was excellent and perfectly balance. I love this place.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vegan, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Organic, Cozy
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and service were very good. The noise level was high. For a party of two, it was very difficult to hear each other over the parties of four seated in close proximity. I would not recommend this restaurant for a date night or for a couple celebrating a special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Alberto our server made the experience lovely. Love the reasonably priced wine list. The call to confirm our 5:30 reservation with the note that there was a seating after ours was off-putting and unnecessary. Three out of four entrees were great. Wild boar ragu over rigatoni had VERY LITTLE boar. Butter scotch budino was AMAZING!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Warm and inviting atmosphere. Great food, extremely well prepared. Ingredients were fresh with wonderful seasoning to make for a memorable meal. Service was excellent. The owners are to be complimented on the their attention to detail. Will return soon.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It's always good to return here and find good food, innovative menu, excellent service over many tyears.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great meal and wine selection with attentive service

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Noise level was low as there weren’t too many tables occupied for lunch. I imagine a full house would be noisier but the service and quality of food is very good.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Service was very good; attentive but not pushy; very knowledgeable and confidant. Food came out quickly and was exceptional across the board; the overnight Berkshire Pork one of the best dishes in memory.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Absolutely loved this restaurant! Friend and I had a lovely meal with some of the incredible bruschetta among other dishes. The server was helpful and friendly. Would love to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was amazing! So good we went 2 nights in a row!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The menu is very different from usual fare which was refreshing. So many good choices to choose from. A little pricey but worth it! My new go to restaurant!

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We returned to Alba for the first time since a very disappointing visit New Year's Eve--mediocre food coupled with comically bad service-and were delighted to have the opposite experience --a wonderful meal, excellent pacing and attentive, helpful and unobtrusive service. I hope it lasts.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have had dinner at Restaurant Alba on a number of occasions and have enjoyed the food, the ambience, the amuse bouche and, most of all, the friendliness of the owners. The food is consistently excellent and prepared with great carefulness. Individual requests are honored. Many of the dishes are standard on the menu and are cooked with authority and consistency. The specials are appropriate to the season of the year. We had a relaxing, satisfying experience and look forward to our next meal there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My husband and I had a lovely dinner for his birthday. The food is fantastic even though the menu is limited . It would have been nice to have had a chicken entrée on the menu. Also the pumpkin ravioli dish looked like an appetizer, it was that small. The only criticism I would give is that I had mentioned on the reservation that it was my husband‘s birthday. I thought that meant that he would get a special dessert or something. When the waiter asked us if we wanted to order dessert it was a little awkward as I didn’t know if they were bringing my husband anything. When we declined to order dessert the waiter brought the bill and said happy birthday to my husband. I thought that was very odd that he knew it was his birthday but nothing was ever said ahead of time. I realized that if we had ordered dessert they probably would’ve brought one with a candle in it. That was disappointing. It’s an expensive restaurant for what you get.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Overall was good. They got my wife order wrong.. They offered to reorder. Food was really good. I would go back if it were convenient.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This place was amazing. Not just the wonderful tastes but the presentation and Mike gave us great service. This is a place for a perfect Martini then grilled octopus appetizer and one of the great entrees. You got to try it with your special someone!!!

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

It was a 60th birthday celebration and I'd asked for a table in a nice location. Instead we were at the bottom of a ramp, with very noisy guests at the next table. Conversation at our table was challenging because of all the echos and sound. I was disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Absolutely amazing time!! Food, ambiance, service, Top Notch!! Definitely recommend and will go again!!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Restaurant Alba was a real treat.
The food was outstanding. I had sardines and rabbit agnolotti; my friend, grilled octupus to die for, a pasta with mushrooms and duck breast. We aren't that familiar with Italian wines but our excellent waiter made spot-on recommendations. He was friendly and professional and didn't hover with inane remarks. If you ever are in the area, restaurant Alba, is well worth a visit. My mouth is watering remembering our good dinner.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Traveling on business and found this local gem. Great ambiance, amazing food and knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Awesome !!

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