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“Still The Best in Malvern, PA” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Alba

Restaurant Alba
7 W King St, Malvern, PA 19355-2409
610-644-4009
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Ranked #3 of 64 Restaurants in Malvern
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Warren Avenue
Transit: The SEPTA R5 line stops at the Malvern train station directly behind the restaurant. Please check schedule as not all trains stop in Malvern.
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Still The Best in Malvern, PA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

A long overdue review, as we have been dining here since Alba opened as a small BYO-only place over eight years ago. Now it has expanded, added a bar and full wine service (with BYO still permitted), and it has not lost the personal touch and magical feel it had when it first opened. Chef Sean Weinberg and his wife Kelly are maintaining the high standard they set, and adding and tweaking the menu with fresh season variants. From the appetizers to the pasta and fish courses, to the various meats grilled on the indoor real wood-burning hearth, the food is cooked to perfection and not overly seasoned. The biggest dilemma we usually face is whether to have the large cheese course vs dessert at the end -- no room for both! The servers are friendly, knowledgeable and not intrusive, with a nice pace set between the various courses. Weekends can be busy, so I find that Wednesday and Thursday nights are best for a more relaxed experience. Bravo!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Always wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Absolutely charming; small-town elegance! We enjoy eating here regularly and are always welcomed personally by the friendly waitstaff, managers and bartenders. Food is creative, ingredients are locally-sourced when possible, and the hand-crafted cocktails and Italian wine list are super. Highly recommended.

Visited December 2013
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“Avoid at all costs”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Dined at Alba for dinner with friends. We started with the 5-piece bruschette, which was excellent, and we thought we were in for a top notch night. Were we ever wrong. On this night, they were offering a rib-eye special, and 3 of us took the bait. Well, bait would have been tastier. The steak was salty, full of gristle, and extremely tough. The 4th person had the branzino, which was overcooked. The bread arrived after we were served the main courses. Our bill was exorbatant, not helped by the fact that we shelled out over $40 per steak. Was this an off night for the restaurant? I won't be back to find out.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Ate at the Bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Stopped in on a Saturday night and sat at the bar. Great food menu with inexpensive sandwiches and a good selection of beer and wine by the glass. It was a very easy in and out to get downtown for a concert! Will try it again soon.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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“One of the Best High-End Restaurants in the Suburbs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been here a number of times and the service and food is always excellent. Alba is a warm inviting atmosphere in the heart of Malvern. It features a locally-sourced always changing menu. The menu, including the drinks, is extremely creative and always delicious. Few places in the suburbs are willing to take risks like this with creative dishes. Once in a blue moon I don't love a dish, but I think that may be more due to my high expectations for this restaurant. Prices are on the higher end but worth it for this unique experience.

Visited October 2013
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