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L'Albatros
L'Albatros

L'Albatros Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.albatrosbrasserie.com
  • Phone: (216) 791-7880
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Zack Bruell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: In the spring & summer months our outdoor patio will feature local entertainers & musicians. Check our website for updates.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ford Drive
  • Public Transit: The RTA Health Line bus stops in University Circle at E. 115th Street. L'Albatros is located approximately 3 blocks from the bus stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available at lot directly in front of L'Albatros. Street parking is also available.
A word from L'Albatros
L'Albatros is a chic brasserie, amid the setting of a rustic 1800's carriage house, located in the heart of University Circle. Chef Zack Bruell brings a refreshing twist to classic French cuisine such as Hanger Steak & Frites with Bearnaise Sauce, Bouillabaise, & Duck Confit. The menu also offers wood-fired pizzas with over 25 beer selections for pairings fit for any food connoisseur. L’Albatros offers a seasonal cheese board, & wine list featuring over 100 bottles to enhance your dining experience.
We are just minutes from Severance Hall, Little Italy, & the Cleveland Art Museum.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "I thought L'Albatros was perfect for my daughter's birthday dinner. It is a good value for a very nice restaurant. The service was superb and the food was creative and delicious."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "All servers were very attentive and knowledgable giving good suggestions for food choices and wine. Interesting menu with items not served at other restaurants. Beautiful, private patio that is very restful with lots of ambience. A lovely destination for our anniversary celebration."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Took my son to college and decided to have a top shelf send-off to cafeteria food. We were early for our reservation, and were given a choice of inside or patio table. We chose the patio and since the weather was lovely it was a good decision. Drink service was a little slow, but we were served water promptly. We ordered a combo of appetizers and an an entree, including the chef's cold soup special. All were delicious and beautifully presented, along with an abundance of bread and a perfect choice wine by the glass for me. Once the meal was served, the waiter failed to return to the table until the empty plates had been sitting for a bit, but it was a busy Sunday night. I look forward to visiting my son and returning to dine again."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great wait service and delicious tasting food! Very pleasant atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Have been there several times, and the food is always delicious! Great patio."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had dinner here while taking our daughter to CWRU and it was a great experience. We enjoyed it so much that we returned for lunch a few days later. Best meal we had in Cleveland."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Once again Zak Bruell and team outdid themselves. The attention to detail is outstanding. Although the restaurant was packed, we were seated on the patio in timely fashion, and our waiter Richard could not have been more attentive. As busy as he was he made us feel as though we were the only patrons in the room! He had full command of the menu and answered each question with the knowledge of the chef. The trout was superb as was the veal short rib and coho salmon. The plates were paired perfectly with ample side dishes and dessert was heavenly? The portions were oversized and served steaming hot. This is by far one of the best patios in Cleveland and as always, we will continue to patronize this local chefs establishments."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "the food is excellent. I would add warm/hot olive plate for an appetizer. The fresh garden salad was excellent. Our server did present as a surprise fresh berries to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "MY friend and I enjoyed lunch on the patio, great food and service. I also going for dinner with my husband everyone is always pleasant and professiona"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food was, as always, excellent. The service could have been better. We ordered a bottle of wine for for people. We would have had a second if our waiter would have been around. We didn't see him again after our order was taken until it was time for a dessert order. Bummer for us and the restaurant. We would have been happier with a second bottle and they would have made more money."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We have been to L'Albatros many times, and also in its previous incarnation as That Place on Bellflower--always very enjoyable and excellent value for the money. Wait staff also exceptionally nice. Thank you."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I recently had a lunch date here and it was just fabulous! My favorite is the chicken confit, which is very reasonably priced on the lunch menu ($12). My friend had the duck confit, which was extremely tender and accompanied by a yummy sweet potato purée. It's just a short walk from the museum, so it's the perfect place to get your French food fix before or after admiring some French art. If anything, I wish I had been able to snag a table on the patio. It was such a nice day out!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great experience. First time there. Starting with the initial reservation call I knew they were going to do what they could to make our evening special. The staff, service and complete meal was absolutely great. Definitely will be going back and now know why it was so highly recommended to us."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This is great place for lunch to take someone new to the circle area. Enjoyed the chopped salad, pomme frites and cassoulet. Lunch was fabulous."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I am limited to 750 characters or less with my review which before this revision only got me barely to the appetizers portion of our night out. I will simply state that you are enjoying one of the finest dining experiences in all of Cleveland (yes, this easily rivals Lola Bistro). We *highly* recommend this for various ocassions. Patio is great! Food is to die for, and it appears the "French Toast" is the go-to item (for a good reason), but we also recommend giving the Braised Leeks a shot (they are very refreshing). Duck Confit was amazing, and Chocolate Napoleon (dessert) was delicious. Wine list is expansive (Malbec is great!)... the only con was that the waiter forgot to take off one of our beers which was disappointing."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "my favorite restaurant in Cleveland area. great atmosphere and food and service. its very easy and very delicious 3 hours went by like 15 minutes. enjoy it when you can as much as you can as for me I am going back next Saturday."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Perhaps my favorite place town - never dissapoints."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Took my sister for her birthday and it was more than special. We ate outdoors on the patio on a spectacular evening, our waiter was attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients. The entire staff was courteous, friendly and made us feel that we were their only concern. Every course exceeded expectations (my sister had the scallops and I had the cassoulet). All in all a perfect introduction for her and a welcome back for me."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My reservation specified patio dining. When I got there they said patio was closed for the evening due to possible storms. I asked again 30 minutes later when I saw people eating out there and was told it was still closed. By the time dinner came the patio was full. They never offered to move us."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "You must be tired of me giving rave reviews for L'Albatros. It's my favorite restaurant in Cleveland. Each summer, I travel to Cleveland in hopes of sitting out on the patio, which has such ambience. I feel like my summer is not complete unless I visit L'Albatros in the summer to sit outside. Everyone should experience it."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Great food and service. I would return. Did not have my favorite French cognac Armagnac ."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "While we had dined many times at L'Albatros, we were stuck in the rut of the same old favorites. Our terrific young waitress steered us to the "French Toast" appetizer which we tried upon her firm recommendation. Wow! It is essentially a mushroom dish served over a French toast. The quality equaled the discoveries on our recent visit to Lyon and Paris. Our only negative critique was that it was served on a cold dish which quickly diminished the flavor----fix that and you have a stunning winner."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Booked reservation a week in advance and was sat in a high traffic hallway. Bumped into no less than three times. Very aggressive with delivery of constant bread and water to the table but sat without a second drink for 15 minutes or more. Previously sat at the bar and had a much better dinning experience."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "You can never go wrong at L'Albatros. It consistently blends wonderful ambience, outstanding service, (Thank you, Bart & Matt!) with perfectly prepared food !"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food is simply spectacular: impeccably prepared, very tasty and simultaneously sophisticated and unpretentious. The wait staff were prompt and courteous. My partner and I split everything down the middle so we could try a variety of dishes and the kitchen kindly split it all in separate dishes. The special appetizer of ravioli filled with beef ragout was heavenly. The cassoulet was generous enough to feed three people. The dessert, frozen lemon soufflé, was the perfect ending for a generous meal. The wine selection was extensive and very diverse. In short: it's worth traveling to Cleveland just to eat at L'Albatross and then go for fabulous cocktails at The Velvet Tango Room. Don't miss any of these two places next time you're here!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Really like menu, service, and atmosphere. Unique for Cleveland area - French but not too expensive."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "When we arrived and gave them our name for a 7 o'clock reservation, they said we were down at 830. I offered to show the hostess my Open Table reservation confirmation, she said it wasn't necessary. We were then stick in a room in the back. The only other table got moved outside at their request. So it was just us in this plain room watching people at nice tables outside. Luckily, the good was great, but 0 ambience."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a delicious dinner for 5 at l"Albatross before going to Severance. The food and service were outstanding. The cheeseboard selections were unusual and tasty."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Excellent dining option with an outstanding menu. This restaurant appears to have gradually evolved from great to even greater. Wide selection where even the basic burger is just outstanding all the way to more sophisticated entree options."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was our third visit and we had a great dinner. This was our first chance to dine outside there and it was very enjoyable. Our dinners of Walleye and Lobster Quenelle and Hanger Steak and Pomme Firites were delicious. We will return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "WOW! What a great evening on the patio. Great food (blue bass) and outstanding service. all made for a very special night."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Very friendly and accommodating hostess. Impressive knowledge of menu (and ingredients) by the head waiter. Food was excellently prepared and displayed. The service was almost too good with constant refilling of water and bread. We were looking for a special place to take some special guests, and we found it."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We have been to L'Albatros twice now, and each time the food has been amazing. We had a cheese plate appetizer as well as the Foie Gras special. My wife had the Boeuf Bourguignon, I had the pork two ways, and the 3 other in our party had the Cassoulet. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed all the food. The service was top notch and very knowledgable. The prices are very affordable for the quality of food as well."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Dined with bf who was from out of town. We had been there before and enjoyed it. This time it was very different. Got sat in a table for two in the corner. It was a rainy night and they had the air on blast. I froze the entire time. The hostess brought me a chefs jacket but it didn't help much because we were sat directly under the air conditioner. We asked pretty much everyone we saw if they could turn the air down...never did. Re the food, waitress had no energy and couldn't hear well. Bf had to repeat his orders several times. Had the escargot and chopped salad for appetizer...just ok. My entree was too salty and not tasty. Waitress put it in a to go box that wasn't sturdy and it leaked all over my car seat and clothes."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed 3/4 of the courses. Foie Gras and anchovie-watercress was amazing. My yellow tail was severely overdone which held back my rating. They featured too many corn infused dishes. The service was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. We loved the neighborhood it is nestled in. The ambiance is spot on for two person occasion."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Really enjoyed being outside dining on a lovely evening. The patio area was lively, but not too loud."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Always celebrate our Anniversaries here, the food is always delicious fresh, My favorite place!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience on the patio recently. Everything was perfect- the food, service, and ambiance. Our meal rivaled any - anywhere. Will definitely come back next time we're in town!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Had a nice evening with an old friend ! Great meal and service, sat at table in a corner area. Could easily converse and not rushed . Will definitely return and perhaps sit on patio ."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Was a first time visitor to Cleveland and happened across this restaurant. We had one of our best meals ever and we are serious foodies. The staff was very knowledgeable about the food preparations and showed the perfect amount of attention. Even the by the glass wine list was extensive. Order the cheese plate. He comes by your table with a tray of 15-20 cheeses and knows all about everyone of them. My husband had the fish special which was not only a beautiful presentation but the flavor was heavenly. I ordered the veal short rib which was served minus the bone with a beautifully cooked earthy wild mushroom risotto. Probably the most delicious veal dish I have ever eaten. If in Cleveland make a reservation. You will be glad you did."
    Dined on 7/15/2014