L'Albatros
L'Albatros

L'Albatros

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.albatrosbrasserie.com/
  • Phone: 2167917880
  • 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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L'Albatros reviews from OpenTable diners
389 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (287)special occasion (237)great for outdoor dining (221)neighborhood gem (191)romantic (187)notable wine list (128)hot spot (94)great for lunch (74)good for groups (55)late-night find (39)vibrant bar scene (30)great for brunch (21)scenic view (20)kid-friendly (10)Show More
  • Limited menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    While we have visited L'Albatros before, the menu seems quite limited and rich.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rosemarythyme
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food was excellent - charcuterie starter was very tasty and ideal for multiple people. So too was the boulibasse which has a considerable amount of lobster. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Our food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We were very pleased with the entire dining experience. We would return in a second. Of minor importance was the noise, however, our hostess found a cozy and quiet spot for us that was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • James
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great French place within walking distance of the Glidden House.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    funtimes
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent food, awesome service, fantastic atmosphere.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overrated
    Lindy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The French onion soup was very good. The walleye lobster special was not great, the dumpling had weird spongy texture and no real taste ,however, it smelled like lobster. The swordfish and cauliflower risotto was tasty and the fish was well prepared. Our waitress removed our drink glasses and did not ask if we would've liked another and our service inordinately slow. I was underwhelmed by the entire experience and doubt I would ever recommend the place or return. sr
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  • Food
    Clevelandfall
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I would tell customers the veggies in the cassoulet as mostly beans with some mushrooms. Very rich.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attractive Restaurant. Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    There were four people in our party and we all enjoyed the dining experience immensely.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • LOVE IT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    L'Albatros always offers outstanding food, service and atmosphere. One of the coziest restaurants around and the patio is second to none. Always a very memorable dining experience. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Hyon
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great service, tasteful food. We love this place. We will go aging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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  • French dining
    Blaze
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I belong to a moviegoers' group. After viewing an independent film we go to a nearby venue to discuss how the movie affected us. L'Albatros is one of our favorite spots, as it is close to Cinematheque and the Museum of Art. They always accommodate us in an organized way, seat us as a group in an intimate corner, and treat us very well. We also appreciate the unique and delicious menu choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great menu, outstanding service
    gobluevictors
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    First visit to L'Albatros - will definitely come back. Food was excellent and service was very attentive and unobtrusive. Entree prices were very reasonable. Great vibe as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real find for Cleveland
    Busch
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was my second time dining here and I've really enjoyed both visits. A true French bistro.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WONDERFUL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We love L'Albatros -- it's got everything going for it. The staff is welcoming and the service is perfect. We brought friends from out of town here after a performance at Playhouse Square, and they loved it too. And they're picky world travelers! Dishes were interesting, delicious and prepared beautifully. The ambiance is perfect for us, and it's cozy and quiet enough for us to be able to carry on a conversation. We will always come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Reliable and Yet Still Interesting
    italianaincleve
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We wanted a special place for a special occasion and L'Albatros came through with flying colors as expected. We thoroughly enjoyed the goat cheese tart and the heaping portion of pork rillettes (more than half went home to be enjoyed the following day!), and the lamb shoulder and the special of walleye with lobster mushrooms. Our budding foodie daughter really enjoyed her first steak/frites, and francophone daughter her croque monsieur. Desserts were fabulous: dark chocolate tart with meyer lemon sauce, warm brownie with superb vanilla ice cream, and a very special variation of a chocolate napoleon. Server brought all desserts with candles so we could all celebrate--very thoughtful! Only small downer: overly-aggressive water pourers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific value
    SELB
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Delicious food. Wide variety of selections on the menu priced to provide a wonderful dining experience without breaking the bank. Service was attentive while providing a relaxed dining experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    leroy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was superb. Great menu choices. Broad wine list. Friendly, efficient staff. Specials were excellent. We enjoyed the whole experience. Reservations were easy to make. Food came out at a reasonable pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our second time dining at this restaurant. The food and service are amazing. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dining experience
    outoftownguest
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    first time dining there. great food, nice wine list, comfy and chic at the same time. would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Tight dining
    minpin00
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food is excellent and we really like the restaurant. The only complaint is that the tables are too close together. Forget about a romatic dinner unless you want to share it with the room.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great find ....it's part of our list now.... We had a wonderful lunch and will be back for dinner next time for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Overall
    mross
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Went there for dinner before a show at Playhouse. The service staff was very attentive, always refilling drinks and offering bread. The food was delicious and the portions were larger than expected. The onion soup gratinee was so good - I recommend a cup rather than the bowl since the entrees are generous. Moderately priced for such an outstanding meal and service.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Lunch on the 14th
    RandR
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I continue to be pleased and impressed with the very attentive service provided by staff every time I am at L'Albatros.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit
    hillerleeVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I ordered the Pork two ways - I had asked for big flavors - this was bigger than I could handle, which is hard. You have to LOVE pork to love this dish, but the cauliflower was the best I've ever had. Salads very good - hanger steak good.
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  • always wonderful
    catdance
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Whether I've been there for brunch, dinner or a "light dinner" which is what I had, I've never been disappointed by the professionalism of the staff and the quality of the food. While I usually get a full dinner, my friend and I had drinks, soup and salad. She is from out of town and we had a delightful time catching up and enjoying some of the evenings' specials. Both soup and salad were great! No one hassled us and it made for a wonderful evening.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • ophthmom
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Have been here several times and the food and service is always great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alalalal
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The portions weren't super large, but neither were the prices, an altogether acceptable trade off. Left room for dessert.
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  • sweet spot
    theatregoer
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Love this restaurant! Cozy atmosphere if you request a booth in the bar, fantastic patio for outside dining. Food is delicious and drinks are unique and tasty. Whenever I visit Cleveland, I book a table at l'Abatros.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE IT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere at L'Albatros are outstanding. Always a memorable dining experience. Highly recommend. Their patio is sublime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trickster
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As a cheese enthusiast, L'Albatros cheese board is one of the best things I have ever experienced. Selected in front of you and paired simply (with a dollop of fig), it's nothing short of heavenly. Frankly, it's worth a visit just for the cheeses. L'Albatros also sauces expertly, and every dish we had benefited from their complex, subtle flavors. The escargot was wonderful, as was the hanger steak and frites with house-made aioli. Water and bread service was speedy and great, but our waitress was a little terse with us and was not particularly helpful when we asked for recommendations. It was a fairly busy Sunday, though, and my other experiences at L'Albatros have been exceptional from a service standpoint.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    ALECVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    L'Albatros never fails to deliver - ambiance, service, food, price - always excellent. The design of the experience by Zack Bruell allows you to be able to enjoy a full meal with excellent quality - from appetizer to salad to main dish to dessert with wine and drinks - all at a reasonable price point. Portions are small, but the cost reflects that. The menu offers an interesting variety, so even though it hasn't changed over the years, there is always something to catch the eye. Specials are offered which also are consistently excellent. BRAVO!!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    eric4049
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I took my wife for a celebration of citizenship. Your staff was excellent. Our server Bart was extremely wonderful. The Bouillabasse we had was the best ever as was the escargot. I have been there before but this was the best yet. L'Albatros is certainly my favorite restaurant in Cleveland. I'm not a Native I'm from the east coast. This certainly rivals anything Manhattan Philly or DC can offer! I will continue to come back. This is Zack Bruell's flagship! Thanks guys for an awesome experience!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    iheartfood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We loved the food at L'Albartos, especially the cheese board. The only negative I have is that many of the tables are right on top of us. We had another couple on either side of us and could easily hear both their conversations. I prefer a more private setting for date nights with my husband. I'd recommend this restaurant to others though and would go again myself.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Good first visit
    Jene
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is a lovely place with a variety of interesting dishes. My friends and I like to try new restaurants and we had not been here before. It was good food, with a welcoming and friendly staff.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • University Circle Gem
    james
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in the booming University Circle area. Unusually good service matched with a thoughtful chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Foodie3000
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I always enjoy coming to the restaurant. The service is phenomenal as is the food. Always a great experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the City's Best
    Piqua41VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have returned again and again despite the plastic chairs. Superior in every way.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tip top food and service
    LeGourmand
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We were a party of 8 for lunch and everyone was fully accomodated for their individual tastes and portion sizes. Vert attentive service throughout our courses, and between courses with water, bread and evoo or butter. Always a top favorite for a speacial dining out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time for some maintenance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food as always was top notch, but the surroundings are getting a bit worn. I realize the economics of opening new restaurants, but to leave the establishments that helped make the dining experience great, to go untouched may be a mistake.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friends for Dinner and The Tink
    mariann
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We are subscribers to the Cuyahoga County Public Library Writer's Center Stage Events now being hosted at the Tinkham Veale Bldg at CWRU. L'Albatross is conveniently located within walking distance to The Tink as well as the Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History and sits on the CWRU campus in Cleveland's Uptown Neighborhood! Great location, Great food, Great service. Our server was knowledgeable and able to guide our gluten-free guest through the menu with options that were sufficient for offering dining variety. Our meals were beautifully presented and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.