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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "One of Zach Bruell's best. My second favorite after Parallax."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We had a fabulous dinner at L'Albatros! Incredible menu (French-leaning) and fantastic service. We'll definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "L'Albatros remains our favorite restaurant in the greater Cleveland area. The food is outstanding and the servers are prompt and knowledgeable without being pretentious. The outside patio is a gem, an oasis of vegetation in a very urban area. Cleveland has become a real foodie town with many truly wonderful restaurants but we continue to feel that L'Albatros is the best."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We have dined here many times, and always consider it a treat. Our server was outstanding, knowledgeable and friendly. The food this time was not as good as in the past. We all felt as though our meals (some we have had before) not as tasty as we remembered. Just an off night I hope!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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
  • "We had a wonderful dinner. The food service and location were outstanding. Even though it was rainy the view to the courtyard was still beautiful. Will definitely returned especially to sit outside. The prices for the value were excellent."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Amazing Pasta special and impeccable service. Would recommend this restaurant to all our friends."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The service was very good and most of the food was fantastic. The cheese selection, "french toast" appetizer and warm brownie desert were all amazing. Unfortunately, my entrée of mussels with pomme frites was incredibly salty. When I mentioned this to my server, they sincerely apologized and let the kitchen know. Aside from the salty entrée, the rest of the meal was pleasant and the dining experience was enjoyable."
    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
  • "Blandest Osso Buco I've ever had. Every meal I've had at L'Albatros has been wonderful, but not this dish. Cannot recommend."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Have been back again and again. Never disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I ordered the Hanger Stead and Frites and was so impressed. Their bernaise sauce is phenomenal, as is the spicy aioli. Excellent waitstaff and prompt service."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Had dinner at L'Albatros during a week in which I was staying with my 12-yr-old son in the dorms at CIM while he attended a summer piano program there. My son's ideas of dinner is to order delivery to the dorm room every night. After three days of pizza and Chinese, I was ready for something more to my liking. L'Albatros was 2 minutes from the dorm we were staying in. I checked the menu out ahead of time to make sure there was at least one thing my son eats. Son loved his burger and pommes frites (he would not believe me these were french fries). I had a unique and tasty cold carrot soup (should have ordered a cup because the bowl filled me up too much to finish my entree) and the sea scallops, which were excellent. Would return for sure!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Five of us met to celebrate Father's Day last week. Each of us ordered a different entree, and everyone was quite pleased with their choice! I think the hit of the day was the french toast and mushroom appetizer! The person in our party who ordered it was very impressed with the food combinations, the uniqueness, and the wonderful flavors. We had a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The hostess was, initially, not particularly accommodating and seated us under an a/c vent that ran frigid air down my back. When a patio table opened us, she nicely moved us. The prices on the wine list are exorbitant, and we drink good wine regularly. That will keep us from going back for a very long time."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "First time diner. Excellent in all categories in particular the food. Our server was informative and detailed with the menu assisting with the food choices. The food was amazing in taste, texture. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I recently moved back to Cleveland after 30 years. I traveled for 20 years globally. L'Albatros is comparable to the best restaurants in the world (food and service) and has become my "go to" restaurant for out of town friends and celebrations. We even stop late at night if we want "good" take out, the french onion soup (with brisket in the soup) and vegetable cassoulet is fabulous! Love it, I highly recommend to all."
    Dined on 6/13/2014