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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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "As always an absolutely exquisite experience. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "The staff was very prompt and my water never was empty and they kept me stocked on bread. Very good food would definitely go again."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Was impressed with our waiter. His knowledge of the menu and wine list was very good."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I have been to L'Albatros many times. The food is fantastic, the bar is capable and the service is competent. Dining on the patio in August is a delight"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Visiting from oot, so we visited this French restaurant, as per Trip Advisors reviews. Our server was wonderful, as were all the wait staff....minus, John, who served and explained the cheese board selections. Seemingly perturbed and un-engaging, too bad tips there are shared, as he shouldn't earn ours! The food selections were varied. The bread, water and drinks were kept filled and re-freshed, pleasantly, I might add! Entrees we ordered were the Veal and the Chicken Confit, both were good, albeit the Veal pieces, which were a bit tough. Desserts were very tasty, being the Dark Chocolate Tart and the Chocolate, Brownie and Ice-Cream. No food was wasted, as we gave the left-overs to some of Ohio's homeless."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "When we were seated the noise level was loud. We asked to be moved and they gave us a private room. What more could we ask for!!! They were attentive and the food was wonderful."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We have gone to L'Albatros often as a couple, family and large group of friends and it never fails to be a great time. The food is wonderful, service above and beyond great and the atmosphere is so enjoyable. If you haven't been to L'Albatros you must make a point to get there!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The appetizers were very good the entrées were bland and mediocre at best had to return one entrée for another The replacement was not much better. The service was good the desserts were good it seems to be a restaurant where people go to be seen rather than to have excellent food"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I love L'Albatros in the summer on their patio. Along with the food and good service it's a really nice evening."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "wasn't impressed with the food but the service was extraordinary."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "First and foremost, the food was over-the-top fabulous. From the Walleye special to the veal short ribs and even the vegetable cassoulet, the flavors were utterly perfect. The discordant note was our service, or more to the point, our server. From her hands-on-the-hips greeting of our group, through quips as answers, completed with forgetting to follow up on requests, it was a real disappointment. Service really makes or breaks an evening, and this is such a shame. The food is so good, but we will not return. Final note: what's with the hard plastic, molded chairs? For a high end restaurant, the seating was odd (and uncomfortable)."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This is the 3rd time that my husband and I have taken another couple to L'Albatros. Each time we made reservations and each time we were made to wait for almost an hour! What is the point of reservations if you can't even find bliss to keeping them? I and I disappointed-we have always loved thus restaurant but this has left a bad taste in our mouths and was certainly not a good experience for our guests."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This was our first time here....wonderful!!! Service great. Our server made recommendations and the staff was very attentive. Food was excellent. Make sure you get the cheese board with all the different choices, presented tableside. Afterwards, take a short stroll through the CWRU campus."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We love l'Albatros and come every single time we are visiting from Paris. It is a perfect place for lunch or dinner, before or after a visit to the Cleveland Art Museum. The food is always wonderful and the service very attentive. C'est formidable!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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
  • "We dined at L'Albatros on a busy weekend night and received attentive service and good food. It took a while for the entrees to come, but the waitress brought as much delicious bread as we wanted. The cheese tray starter was just wonderful, and roasted chicken was really tasty!"
    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
  • "Was here with a group of 6 on a Friday night after 10 pm. Had the french onion soup (delicious - extremely flavorful and filling) and had the french toast, which is savory and absolutely amazing with a hint of truffle - everyone should try it. Also had the Duck Confit, which was again delicious - the veggies, especially the bed of sweet potato the duck was placed on, were also amazing. My friends and I still joke fondly of the service and our very gracious server. Literally as soon as you put the last morsel of bread into your mouth, our server would bestow more bread onto your plate. And this happened for about 3 iterations (which was completely fine since we were starving). The servers are extremely helpful. And can read your mind."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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