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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 - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Hostess, just meeting her, was a 5. So classy and impressive. 2nd day on the job...seriously? Wow. From there we ordered wine, Pig's Face (yes...exactly), and then the Shrimp Gnocchi. Would order them both next time...anytime. Pig's Face needed a bit more peach and veggies. First time there for us. We'll be back.

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Thank Mike M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If I was able to pick any place in the state of Iowa Alba is it. I love the chef's take on every menu item. I especially love the way he uses what's available to compliment each entree.

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Thank Mike O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in town during a road trip and were lucky enough to find this place! Conveniently located near the Capitol building. We started with a green bean salad and gazpacho. The salad also had potatoes and blacks lentils and the ingredients worked so well together. We had the pork spare ribs as the entree, which had an Asian flair -... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I travel a lot on business, and try to hit local restaurants because the national chains are so boring. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. By far the most pleasant surprise in many months was Alba, a farm-to-table restaurant in Des Moines. From the outside, I wasn't even sure they were open, and then they didn't have my first... More 

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Thank Keith F
Indianapolis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were recently in Des Moines for a weekend and chose Alba for our evening dinner based on positive reviews. I must say that Alba exceeded our expectations! The restaurant ambiance is upscale funky with different colored doors hanging from the ceiling and modern decor. The menu is a foodie's delight with wonderful creations from the chef... More 

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Thank hamburgguy
Winterset
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

About 8 of us went for a girls/ladies night out. We had no problem getting seated. The winos shared bottles and the rest of us had mixed drinks that were very tasty. It's hard to find a bartender (at least where I've been) that can mix a Colorado Bulldog to my liking. The servers definitely know the menu! All items... More 

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Thank Jeff D
Bondurant, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alba is one of our favorites and we visit for all special occasions and whenever we just want a darn good plate of food. Love the fresh and changing menu! I kind of chuckle to myself with a few of the lower reviews when I see their favorite spots to eat are McDonalds, Burger King and Outback. I would recommend... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us had an early dinner at Alba on a Friday night. Inside is open and bright but can be quite noisy. Alba has an eclectic, organic, farm fresh menu with an attached wine list by the glass or bottle. Expect to spend in excess of $40-$50 dollars per person which includes one glass of wine. The salmon mousse... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit to Alba, I will definitely return. The ambiance was lively but not overbearing, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the menu was limited to the things they do well. I had the asparagus and crab panzanella salad and the gnocchi with prawns, and they were both delicious! A wonderful visit throughout.

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Hoosier in Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Tonight my husband, adult daughter, and I celebrated a very special occasion at Alba. It is my go-to spot for anything special, and it never, ever disappoints. The food is seasonal, fresh, and creative. The room is vibrant and beautiful. And the service is equal to that of restaurants in all of the foodie cities in the US. We've tried... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 524 East 6th St., Des Moines, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 244-0261

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