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Alba

524 East 6th St., Des Moines, IA
(515) 244-0261
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Ranked #20 of 500 restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Kansas City, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

In Des Moines for a family reunion. Chose restaurant after suggestion of cousin, a Des Moines resident. Excellent food featuring local products. Blue corn soup, rabbit confit both excellent. Well priced wines by the glass or bottle. Must try on your visits to Iowa capitol.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Farm to table, eclectic menu that changes often so always a reason to go back. East Village location.

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Fridley, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Our friends Shannon and Ellie picked out this place to take us specifically so I'd have a great new spot to write about for my blog.  To say they chose wisely would be a staggering understatement.  I can't remember the last time I ate that well. The shining star for all of us was the plate of morels we shared... More

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Louisville, KY
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152 reviews 152 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

This was one of the tastiest meals I've had in a while. I had the chive potato gnocchi with prawns (at least that's what was recorded on the receipt). It was perfectly flavorful and filling. The prawns were actually surprisingly mushy, but I'll overlook that because it was still so good. I also had the pickled vegetables as a light... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Alba really rocks. The whole experience was fun and memorable, from the intelligent, friendly and attentive server to the interesting, delicious, savor-every-bite dishes. I'm still dreaming about the potato gnocchi prawns in a rich but fabulous white wine cream sauce. And the chorizo tater tots --- holy yum. Topping it all off at the end was a rhubarb strawberry crisp... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Alba, along with D'Jango, Baru 66 is one of our favorite restaurants in Des Moines. The food is good, service great, in a some what unpretentious old car dealership. The name is also interesting, it derives its name from the while oak that used to tower over the residential single story homes-Quercus alba is the botanical name of the oak.

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Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We chose this restaurant based on location. Should have researched deeper. We had a family dinner here with 9 people celebrating a graduation of a son from Drake University. Had what they called a reservation but upon arrival at the scheduled time - no table. Waited 30 more minutes before w had a table. We called reservation in 3 days... More

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

beet salad the best, good waiter, nice selection of wines, atmosphere unusual decor....very comfortable oh and food is excellent!

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davenport, iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Great dinner with family group. Menu has big variety with interesting taste combinations. Entrees, salads, sides and greens all locally grown. Hanger steak, Halibut and a pork dish all terrific. Desert was a deep chocolate tort with buttermilk based ice cream. Tasty but contrasting combination. Service person was an enthusiastic and detailed "educator" on the menu items....nothing she recommended failed... More

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105 reviews 105 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Alba is a great place for drinks and appetizers, especially during Happy Hour. The cocktails were varied and honestly made, my martini was perfect. We had the Lamb Pot Stickers, Bruschetta and Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates. All three were delicious but the dates were simply divine. In fact, we should have stuck with the appetizers because dinner was a bit... More

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