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524 E 6th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1918
+1 515-244-0261
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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113 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a wonderful happy hour. Sat at the bar and ordered several of the appetizers splitting with a friend. Started with a martini made from Iowa vodka. We then split 4 appetizers. If you have never had sweet breads I would suggest you give them a try. The happy hour special was a select variety of appetizers at $6 each.... More 

Thank Jan F
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The atmosphere at Alba is amazing. You are allowed to completely take your time as you enjoy the various courses. There's an excellent view of the Capitol. The food is out of this world. The menu will make you feel like your making a choice outside the box for Midwest food, and then you take the first bite and the... More 

Thank Fall F
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful date night at Alba on a Friday night. We made reservations earlier in the day and from the moment we walked in to the end of our dinner we experienced nothing but great service. We love the atmosphere at Alba, relaxed, romantic and not pretentious. Their menu just changed with the season. My... More 

Thank supertaster74
Denver, Colorado
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150 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a very nice waiter who did a fine job in telling us what was good & the specials, as we celebrated sister-in-laws birthday. Mixed drinks were good & the IPA's I was informed about hit the spot. We had an app recommended by the waiter that would accommodate everyone's taste. We then had fresh mixed salads-I enjoyed the house... More 

Thank dagoDenver
Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We ate at Alba back in July, 2016 and had a very bad experience. I took the time to comment directly to Alba about our experience (see the email sent to them below) and as of 10/31/2016 have never hear back from them - horrible way to run a business!! BTW this is the first time I have ever negatively... More 

Thank jkonopik
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Jason does a great job of adding special menu items and the service is always great. Bar is also a good place to relax as it's not very noisy and have an nice wine list.

Thank LowCountryIowan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

The food was fantastic and just the right amount. Service was great, there when needed without hovering. Atmosphere calm and relaxing.

1 Thank Kaye G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

After a day trip to the Farm Progress Show, my friend suggested we go out to supper. He is from Des Moines and his suggestions never disappoint.... One of his choices was Alba which I instantly chose because Alba had been on one of our "go to" lists that we had never made it to yet. We were pretty excited... More 

1 Thank gsr
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Very long wait to be seated, even with reservation. Tables were available, but we were placed in the Private Dining area Not sure why - we did not request it, party of 8? Very long wait to have drink orders taken. Service was slow. Food mediocre. Bruschetta bread was hard all the way through. Not easy to bite into. Sorry... More 

Thank rommegrot
Clive, Iowa
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11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

First, our server was great. But the atmosphere was like a noisy cafeteria. Each course left us a little more disappointed. Prix Fixe of a sort. But additional cost for many items. The steak was a lower quality cut, the pig's cheeks did not shine. It was just an average food experience I don't feel the need to visit again.

Thank Affable1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 524 E 6th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1918
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-244-0261

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