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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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Wanted to go here because we love Cowell and Hubbard. Cowell and Hubbard has a much more warm and welcoming atmosphere. Would much prefer to go there."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "L'Albatross is a gem of an establishment. We always gave a great experience."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This is the nicest outdoor dining in greater Cleveland. The service is impeccable. The menu is diverse and well executed. A model for a superior restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We tried the charcuterie plate -- could have been a meal in itself. Seafood was perfectly cooked and the accompaniments are very interesting. Service was excellent. Another waiter came to give us the evening's special when our waiter was busy at another table. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everything from drinks beforehand to the servic was outstanding. I highly recommend the escargots and the bouillabaisse. Both were phenomenal."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Love the little patio in the back that u can dine in. So peaceful but energetic. Great ambiance. A cute little bar back there too. Perfect for when the weather is beautiful."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Never disappoints. Sat outside on the patio - couldn't have had a better time or a better meal. Escargo, Steak Frites, and cheesecake. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a very nice reunion with people we met in Italy. Since we had all been cooking Italian since our return it was time for a change. We each ordered different dishes and all were pleased with their selection."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The restaurant service was professional and attentive. The food was great would continue to frequent this restaurant and recommend to others"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was good but they could go a little lighter on the salt. Easier to add than reduce at the table"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I had previously reviewed on yelp. I had liked the place very much at that time. We went for lunch unlike our previous visits. I wanted to try something different so I ordered the chicken confit pizza . The chicken confit pizza which I had ordered was burned and it was pretty bad. I was not sure if I came to the same place as before. The food was mediocre. I didn't have room for deserts this time but the cappuccino I had ordered was no way close to one sadly. Over all, we all didn't enjoy it this time. Still, I will try again since I have been there many times and I have always liked the place . But if the food continues to be mediocre I wouldn't recommend at all."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Lunch on the patio is really magical at L'Albatros. I can't think of any place I'd rather enjoy the company of a good friend together with wine and cheese."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "L'Albatros is a terrific French restaurant with wonderful ambiance. Using Open Table was so very very convenient."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Perfect location for undergrad admissions Case, CIM, CIA."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We visited three restaurants in Cleveland during our stay. All were very good but L'Albatros was by far the best. Very tasty food and well presented. The deserts were excellent too. If I were to visit Cleveland again, I would definitely stop by L'Albatros for dinner."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our second visit, lived up to the mythical 1st visit. Dining outdoors was divine before the Bruno Mars concert. Our fussy friends from Canton totally impressed!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Get the cheese plate and let the fromagiere recommend something for you. The duck confit and veal short rib were amazing. Our server recommended a great bourdeaux and this was our first time sitting on the patio, which we loved and highly recommend. L'albatros never disappoints."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The meal was wonderful ... I had the brown-buttered skate, which was cooked to perfection. I don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu, I saw delicious looking dishes being served all around me, all looked scrumptious."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Even with food intolerances, I was able to adapt dishes (with the help of a knowledgeable server and cooperative kitchen) and enjoy a wonderful dinner with my husband one evening. Since he has no intolerances (and loves just about every food), he was thrilled with the creative and delicious dishes from which he could choose. A great wine list, at a variety of price points, was a bonus. The crowd ranged from a guy in a biking shirt, a family in suits and blinged out dresses, a mom and daughter who looked like they were regulars just finishing out the work week, and about a hundred other people enjoy dining both inside and out. Reservations are strongly suggested as diners seemed to cycle in and out with few empty spots remaining."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "One of Zach Bruell's best. My second favorite after Parallax."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal and the service. Everything went well, but we all noticed the chairs weren't the most comfortable. However, we're looking forward to spending another night there."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "In the summer there are allot of symphony events and many come for dinner beforehand. Various areas to choose from for dining. In good weather, outdoors is very nice. Service very good and waiter knowledgeable. Unique location may be difficult to locate on side alley (it was a carriage house...don't be turned off by "alley". It is fine."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner at L'Albatros! Incredible menu (French-leaning) and fantastic service. We'll definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I am a foodie, physician, and I travel the US and world for food. I brought my father here as he is the same for my graduation dinner. This was THE most disappointing meal I've had in cleveland to date. The pate was dry and the worst my father has ever had. We told the waiter it was horrible. His eyes got big and he had nothing to say. No "sorry i'll get you something else." nothing. he took the plate and left without a word. The escargot was phenominal but was the only great dish of the 6 we ordered. The rest were subpar. I will never go here again nor recommend eating here. The bar was great and the bar tenders here are great. go to the bar. I had scallops - great scallops but the dish was underflavored, bland, soupy. ugh."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "L'Albatros continues to be my very favorite restaurant in Cleveland. The meal was outstanding, the service was incredible. The only disappointment is that it rained and we could not sit outside."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I am ALWAYS pleased and satisfied when I leave L'Albatros. Service was attentive and not intrusive, food was excellent as usual. I had the split pea soup and the radicchio and arugula salad with parmesan. The salad is light, but tasty and has an abundance of parmesan slivers."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I love L'Albatros. The food was excellent. I love the different cheeses, French toast, and mussels. Thanks for a special night L'albatros."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food was superb & the patio is by far and away the best in town."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I don't want to go into everything that went wrong at our table, because management applied a large dining credit to our meal to make up for the problems. They did their best to make it right. All I want to say is come on - it's the night of the Summer Solstice party and they seemed surprised at how packed they were (overheard comments from different waiters about how they were slammed and unable to keep up). I made my reservations well in advance because I knew how busy it would be. Disappointed they weren't staffed properly for the evening, and the food quality suffered as well. Everything was thrown together and not as enjoyable as usual."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The cheese board is a very unique and fun experience. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Very cordial staff, food was excellent and presented beautifully. When making a reservation we indicated a big anniversary. They even called to confirm both the reservation and the event however that evening other than acknowledging the anniversary they didn't even offer a desert like most restaurants. Seating isn't the most comfortable and as a two you feel a little cramped in with others. As they got busier in the evening service also seemed to diminish."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Amazing Pasta special and impeccable service. Would recommend this restaurant to all our friends."
    Dined on 6/20/2014