Alba Restaurant

New American Restaurant, Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, and American Restaurant$$$$
East Village, Des Moines
  • Ranked #2 for New American restaurants in Des Moines
  • Deborah R.
    "... martini ... Shannon makes the best!"(2 Tips)
    abra p.
    "Amazing service and the chocolate lava cake is to die for!"(3 Tips)
    Andres N.
    "my friend Anne had the Chive and Potato Gnocchi."(4 Tips)
    abra p.
    "Best martinis and chocolate lava cake in town...the food"(4 Tips)
34 Tips and reviews
  • gnocchi
  • shannon
  • chocolate lava cake
  • martinis
  • good for dates
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  • Estepha F.
    Estepha FrancisqueOctober 3, 2017
    Creative and fresh food is full of flavor!!
  • Whit M.
    Whit MaullOctober 19, 2015
    Enjoy the dark relaxing vibe, the open kitchen, and the amazing Brussels sprout salad.
  • Ezra K.
    Ezra KatzAugust 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is amazing and the menu is always changing
  • Ezra K.
    Ezra KatzJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful menu that changes regularly with the seasons. Also, fantastic wine list.
  • Deborah R.
    Deborah RimesMay 30, 2014
    Try the pork burger! Amazing!!! The chorizo fries are also wonderful!!! And definitely order a pomegranate martini ... Shannon makes the best!
  • Elena D.
    Elena DodiApril 30, 2014
    They r playing my favorite radio, freestyle and dub step music. Nice!
  • Emily N.
    Emily NicholsJanuary 16, 2014
    You need Alba's molten chocolate lava cake in your life! It's rich and delicious.
  • Andres N.
    Andres N.August 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I had the awesome pork cheeks while my friend Anne had the Chive and Potato Gnocchi. That dish was phenomenal! That's buerre blanc sauce was delicious on all levels. Let's just say clean plates :)
  • Susan A.
    Susan ApplerAugust 20, 2013
    Very good food & service!
  • Eric G.
    Eric GrieserAugust 17, 2013
    Came here for restaurant week two years in a row. Both times we ordered the creme bru le and halfway through our meal we were told they "ran out". This place is a joke, avoid!
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineAugust 15, 2013
    On the rocks or frozen, lime or strawberry, those are all safe choices for a margarita, but Alba Restaurant chooses to be daring with their jalapeno margarita. Read more
  • Christian B.
    Christian BaughmanJuly 18, 2013
    A layered approach to fine cuisine. Each bite has more to reveal. Hip, modern decor and a relaxed, yet professional wait staff. An excellent dining option!
  • Cosmic Donuts
    Cosmic DonutsJanuary 17, 2013
    Monday happy hour is $5 burger and fries. They have quite a few interesting and delicious burgers to choose from. Do it!
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineJanuary 4, 2013
    Try the happy hour for $5 martinis and 1/2 price apps. Read more
  • Bert R.
    Bert RodriguezNovember 22, 2012
    Really great food. The gnocchi was so good! Ordinary dishes made with extraordinary flair. However, it takes a LONG time for this food to arrive at your table. And double check your order!
  • Molly L.
    Molly Lynch MurphyNovember 8, 2012
    The monkfish was delectable... Try the jalapeño fritters too!
  • Desarae V.
    Desarae VeitApril 24, 2012
    Tiramisu martini.. Nothing like it. Deliciousness. It's desert in liquid form. Yummmmmy.
  • Maureen M.
    Maureen MitchellApril 21, 2012
    This our most fav place to eat!
  • Dustin J.
    Dustin JacobsenMarch 26, 2012
    Gnocchi was great!
  • abra p.
    abra pulleyMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing service and the chocolate lava cake is to die for!
  • Megan P.
    Megan PriceMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chive potato gnocchi. It's my fav!
  • Sara B.
    Sara BevingFebruary 16, 2012
    Not impressed at all. it was bad but for what we paid i expected a lot better quality and flavor.
  • Vince F.
    Vince FerrariFebruary 16, 2012
    Had the spare ribs and wolffish. For the money, not impressed. Definitely wouldn't recommend anyone to go here.
  • Scott
    ScottDecember 27, 2011
    Went there tonight and the owner would not honor the foursquare special. Dissapointing ending to the night.
  • Healthiest Iowa
    Healthiest IowaDecember 14, 2011
    Try the Spicy Vegetarian Hash Vote Wellness Entree from December 27, 2011 through January 3, 2012!
  • Kurt F.
    Kurt FrieseDecember 1, 2011
    Try the Jalapeno-Prosciutto Fritters - Yup.
  • Paul K.
    Paul K.October 2, 2011
    Overpriced and overhyped
  • Sam C.
    Sam CSeptember 21, 2011
    Sit at the bar, ask for Shannon. She always has a hidden stock of Templeton. Everything is amazing. Eat it all.
  • Tyler R.
    Tyler RawlinsJune 25, 2011
    Get the deviled eggs!
  • Teva D.
    Teva DawsonJune 5, 2011
    Great food for a vegetarian.
  • JC R.
    JC R.April 3, 2011
    Try the hanger steak! EXCELLENT.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SteckelbergMarch 17, 2011
    Half price bottles of wine on Wednesdays.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WyattFebruary 20, 2011
    Great food, great wine, great service!!! This is a perfect place for happy hour in the bar with girlfriends, or a romantic dinner for two!!
  • abra p.
    abra pulleyJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best martinis and chocolate lava cake in town...the food is pretty great too!
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