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524 East 6th St., Des Moines, IA
(515) 244-0261
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Today
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 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
Unique flavors and great service

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Torte_Sue
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Vonore, Tennessee
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78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Des Moines, Iowa
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67 reviews 67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 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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148 restaurant reviews
632 helpful votes 632 helpful votes
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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135 reviews 135 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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Restaurant Details

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?