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Alba

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524 East 6th St., Des Moines, IA
(515) 244-0261
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5:00 pm - 10:00 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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    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
Current favorite restaurant in DM!

An appropriately eclectic venue, service was just right! there when you needed it and not when you were good! the food is well crafted and has really good flavor balance. We especially liked the brown butter gnocchi, really was a perfect dish, seasonal special but it should have a starring role... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Elk River, Minnesota
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Elk River, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

An appropriately eclectic venue, service was just right! there when you needed it and not when you were good! the food is well crafted and has really good flavor balance. We especially liked the brown butter gnocchi, really was a perfect dish, seasonal special but it should have a starring role! This is one of those places that you just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Really great fresh food. Excellent service. Much bigger portions than I anticipated. It's expensive, but worth it.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We accidentally came across this restaurant and so glad we did! Great atmosphere, waiter was suburb, and food the best!! I had the wild salmon and my sister the Korean spare ribs. Soooo good. Defiantly a place to go again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I was in visiting from Asia and tried this restaurant. The food was lovely and the atmosphere was fun. Sat outside on a lovely Thursday. Wait staff was delightful. I'd recommend.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Business colleague picked this place. Busted my daily budget on this one meal. Had app, bone in pork chop and soda: $53 Chop was grizzly, but decent flavor. The server was very good and prompt! Restaurant was basically empty. Won't be back.

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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?