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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

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (36)
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Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
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Local Ingredients (19)
Romantic (18)
Cozy (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Seasonal (8)
Authentic (7)
Fun (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Casual (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Organic (6)
Business Meals (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
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Late-night Find (2)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Husband’s birthday!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Definitely have the bruschetta. We tried four different kinds. It was great. Everything was good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excellent food and great atmosphere!! Unique taste and preparation makes the dishes at Alba superior!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Nice restaurant. Good menu. Good for special occasions

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always consistently high quality. Nice mix of local offerings and unique global inspired dishes. Service is attentive. Wine prices starting to creep up and that's a disturbing trend in all places. Especially by the glass.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We went to Alba with a large group (7) and were running late. We gave the restaurant heads up, and Alba’s staff was great at accommodating our schedule. The food was as excellent as the service. Alba is a gem, with quality and an overall experience far above what you normally find farther out from Center City and the usual foodie neighborhoods.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Alba has definitely hit its stride again. Menu updates for autumn show creativity and good use of local products. "Cozy" seating in the area to the left of the entrance sometimes makes conversation difficult.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Fantastic service, received spot on suggestions on what to order. Food from the wood fired oven was exceptional. Great wine list. Must try for special occasions!

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

I love this restaurant. No establishment is perfect. I hope any criticism is constructive, not destructive. The seasonal tasting lunch was phenomenal...with one exception. A potato and leek tart with a small side salad of arugula was perfect. The pork with charred peaches was delicious. The dessert option my friend chose was an apple crostini pastry. The pastry had been prepped on a surface that was redolent of onion. We like onion with apple but not with vanilla ice-cream.

My lunch was the fish and chips and arugula salad with pickled grapes. The salad was PERFECT! Those grapes are awesome. I try the fish and chips at almost every restaurant that offers this item. The fish should never be on top of the fries if the plate is not delivered immediately. The bottom of the fish, which was cooked perfectly prior to sitting in the service window, was soggy. I assume this because the top and ends were crispy. The menu description said malt vinegar would be an accompaniment. I had to request that.

The staff seemed stretched thin. Having worked in food service, I know that is never ideal for a good dining experience. For me, honesty goes a long way. Staff should explain what and why. Customers can understand unusual situations.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The entire crew are the best in town

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Service was great, food was just okay. Menu seemed really interestjnf

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I first noticed this restaurant in a group of restaurant reviews and kept it in mind for a special occasion - which came last week, our Tenth Wedding Anniversary. I called that Saturday morning and made a last-minute reservation for two. The 7:00 pm sitting was full, but there were openings at 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm. We prefer to dine early, so I opted for 5:00 pm. Since it was our first visit, we were not sure how long it would take to drive the 15 miles from our home, so we left early and arrived early. The restaurant was easy to find and there is ample parking. We were early, but the wait staff was ready and welcoming. Justin, our waiter, helped us feel comfortable and cared for. He answered questions knowledgeably and explained the specials. My lamb dish was delicious, and my husband loved his spicy shrimp pasta. We were able to converse quietly as the restaurant filled with other diners. Even when all the tables were filled, the noise level still allowed us to hear each other. That is a big plus, because we love to talk and eat leisurely. We shared a fresh peach crisp (sweet, but not too sweet) for desert and finished with cappuchinos. We will not wait for another special occasion to book again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Alba is one of our most favorite restaurants. Always WONDERFUL food and cocktails, EXCEPTIONAL service (Thanks Mike) and enjoyable from start to finish and always memorable.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Not my first rodeo here.
When visiting the Malvern area, this is my favorite restaurant. The bar scene is fun and had a good crowd for a Friday night. The meal was quite good. First course was a salad with crab meat. I thought it was light on the crab meat for $17 app. The entre was lamb which was excellent. The lamb was Cooke medium rare as requested and seasoned as described. The ambiance is romantic and tables are positioned so that your conversation can stay private.

Plenty of parking in the rear. 4/5 stars

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had a nice dinner with friends: excellent pasta dishes, a yummy variety of Bruschetta, amazing deserts, and a decent selection of wines. The servers were very attentive and efficient. We were there on a weekend evening and the noise level was a bit high.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

There for my husbands birthday. The lamb was spectacular. Service poor condescending and inattentive we would return if sure servers have been retrained otherwise no

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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