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524 East 6th St., Des Moines, IA
(515) 244-0261
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Today
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 44
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  • 24
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic dinner and service!

Went on a Monday and we were treated like royalty! Fabulous food from start to finish. Get the jalapeño fritters if you want a fun starter. The gnocchi was wonderful with the Brussel sprouts but what stole the show was the beet salad! Tender beets with quinoa and rhubarb vinaigrette... YUM! We had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Mark E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Went on a Monday and we were treated like royalty! Fabulous food from start to finish. Get the jalapeño fritters if you want a fun starter. The gnocchi was wonderful with the Brussel sprouts but what stole the show was the beet salad! Tender beets with quinoa and rhubarb vinaigrette... YUM! We had the s'mores for dessert with homemade marshmallows... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I am not giving Alba five stars because of the noise level. But the food is among the best in Des Moines, I would say behind Baru 66 but alongside Table 128. It is expensive and you should check the prices before you go; if you are uncomfortable with the cost, then your expectations won't be met. To rank it... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

I am certainly glad that my business associate was paying for lunch. If I had paid, I would have wanted my money back. I had the carrot ginger soup, and beet salad with chicken breast. The soup had a nice texture, but not much flavor. My beet salad and chicken were absolutely lacking any flavor whatsoever. At the conclusion of... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I went with friends for lunch. We found on street parking about a half block away. We had made reservations for noon, but we definitely did not need to do so. However, they saved us a lovely table by the window. No great view except nice lighting. The tables were not crowded close together. Quick, very polite servers who actually... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Alba has one of Des Moines's best chefs. The atmosphere is cold with lots of concrete, but the food is excellent. There is an eclectic menu. Street parking.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It has been some time since I visited Alba's but I won't do that again! The service was great, the wine list interesting, and the food was wonderful! We chose 6 different meals, and no one had any complaints. A very nice treat in the East Village!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is the place I choose for any special occasion. The menu and the staff never fail to be over the top.

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Sacramento, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I had a lovely dinner here while I was in Des Moines for a business trip. Excellent service and a wonderful menu, though very limited. I had the Panroasted chicken breast became a better person at purée. It was delicious.

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We stopped for lunch expecting a pricy, upscale menu. The bar offerings were very pricy but we were pleasantly surprised to find reasonably priced food offerings. Our food orders were well prepared and tasty and the service was excellent.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This New York food snob left Alba very happy. While in Des Moines on business, my group dined at Alba. The food quality was very, very good. Fresh, local selections and a great wine list to match. I had the Pressed Pork Shoulder Confit and chorizo fries and tried some of the stuff that my coworkers were having like the... 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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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 524 East 6th St., Des Moines, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 244-0261
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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