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524 East 6th St., Des Moines, IA
(515) 244-0261
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Ranked #7 of 503 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Our group went to Alba on New Year's Eve. The food was very good, but we were very surprised at the prices. The menu they used on New Year's Eve had the 3 course dinners from $65 - $75+ per plate. The atmosphere was nice, and the wait staff was good. The main problem was that the price seemed a... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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119 reviews 119 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Alba is a go-to spot for me when I visit the East Village in Des Moines. This place has an excellent menu featuring a wide selection of different types of meats -- duck, chicken, beef, and fish (I believe). I normally get the duck, cooked medium-rare. It comes along with a risotto-esque accompaniment (which I believe is called succotash). It... More 

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Missouri
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67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Brought a group here for a celebration dinner. I think our waitress was a little new or green but the service was good anyway. Interesting and tasty dishes, cocktails and appetizers. We tasted pretty much everything. Wished they warmed their plates as most anything that came to the table was cold shortly after it was received. Steak did have a... More 

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Clive, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Alba is easily one of the 2-3 best "fine dining" restaurants in the Des Moines area. It is located in an older building in Des Moines' East Village, yet has a modern vibe about it. The bar area is quite large and makes for a fun place to have a pre-dinner cocktail (or to just stop in for a drink).... More 

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Ames, IA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We went to this restaurant for the first time last week and loved it. The chef is really talented (I toyed with the "g" word...)--not just with flavors but with textures. The vegetarian entree built around squash and a potato rosti was incredibly creative--there must have been eight or ten different ingredients in the dish, making it so the dish... More 

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minnesota
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115 reviews 115 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We stopped by on a Saturday night at 6:30 for dinner. The place was not packed and no wait, immediate seating. Our waitress was not to up too speed on the beer choices on the menu (no taps, all bottled beer). They had a skatewing on the menu, which she had difficulty describing- we did not think a skatewing was... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We met up with friends at Abla's. This was our (party of 4) first time here. We made reservations at 5:30 (we were the first to arrive) and our table was waiting. Our waitress was wonderful. She was attentive but not intrusive. The ordered appetizers, soups and entrees. All which were delicious. The squash soup was absolutely wonderful. Everyone in... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This restaurant is decorated in such an interesting way, the service is excellent and the food is always quality. It is one of my favorite restaurants for lunch and dinner.

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Wichita, Kansas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Alba is located on the north side of East Village. We dined there for lunch on a Friday. Salads and bread were very yummy. Loved that Moscow Mules, appropriately served in copper mugs, are on the comeback and Alba makes the best I've had in this century. On street parking is nearby. The restaurant space is in the former show... More 

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Upperville, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Hidden on a corner, you would not notice if you passed by, except for all of the people in suits inside the windows. very popular with the banking and insurance crowd, this is the power dinner spot in Des Moines. Laid back atmosphere, very nice bar and attentive wait staff deliver well prepared and cooked Mediterranean style food. I had... More 

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Additional Information about Alba

Address: 524 East 6th St., Des Moines, IA
Phone Number: (515) 244-0261
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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