L'Albatros

4.5
4681 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am; Sunday 3:00 pm-8:00pm
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Phone number
(216) 791-7880
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Zack Bruell
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Michaela Kehoe: (844) 834-8097
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ford Drive
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Parking details
Metered parking is available at lot directly in front of L'Albatros. Street parking is also available.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Join us for 2 special Wine Events!
Collet Champagne Dinner March 21 at 7:00
5 courses paired with Champagne from the house of Collet.
$125.00 PP
TerrWars Dinner March 22 at 7:00
A side by side comparison of Oregon Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vs. French Burgundy!
$125.00 PP

Reserve your seat today!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4681 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Service was spotty at best. The waiter didn’t know what was in the different dishes. Long time below ordering. Didn’t bring out the bread when asked. He misplaced my credit card. The the rose was over priced. In the store, $16.00 at the restaurant $106.00 - wow. But the food was very nice.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Early dinner at 3pm to celebrate our daughter’s beginning medical school. Excellent service and food. Quiet but it wasn’t busy at that time.

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G
3.0Dined 4 days ago

Halibut and trout dinners were fine but nothing special. It was an extremely busy night. Ate outside on a very hot evening and the staff was sweating in their long jeans and long sleeve shirts... I felt sorry for them. Our server was quite attentive but seem a novice. He was kind and apologetic for delays in the dinner course. The atmosphere was chaotic as there was so much staff, they seem to bump into one another. We’ve been here before and feel this night was not the norm.

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BW
4.0Dined 4 days ago

This was my second time at this restaurant and believe it was just the dishes we ordered, it was only OK.

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TM
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Phenomenal experience. We had their signature Bastille Day 3 course menu. So delicious. The goat cheese olive and sun-dried tomato tart was particularly good.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was terrible. Food mediocre at best. Very disappointed. Paid for the name I guess. Would never go back. Plus had to pay for parking in their own lot. With the cost of the plates it should have been free. Has to just about beg for outdoor seating even though we had reservations. Would never go back or recommend

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DK
5.0Dined 4 days ago

This restaurant is a true Cleveland jewel! The food is innovative and delicious. For our July 14th dinner, we enjoyed the special Bastille Day menu (including an absolutely WONDERFUL Vichyssoise) along with several items off the regular menu. Everything was nicely plated and equally tasty!

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OT
4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food came out very slow. There was a wedding party next to our table, so it was a bit noisier than we would have liked. Our waiter was excellent and kept apologizing for the delay in the kitchen, but it would have been nice if he had offered us a free dessert or something for the very long wait for our entrees.

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VC
5.0Dined 5 days ago

What an incredible find. Amazing service - everyone was so nice (and happy). The food was exceptional!!!

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E
2.0Dined 6 days ago

Outdoor bartender service was sub par. Had to ask many times for drinks, to order, bread, never checked on or refreshed; and then had everything cleared when we were not finished. Never been treated so poorly in any restaurant.

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M
5.0Dined 6 days ago

excellent food and service- our favorite restaurant in Cleveland- always perfect

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M
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great patio. Unreal cheese plate. My guests enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

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S
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Lovely shaded garden setting

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SR
4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

As always a meal here is good food and good value. The patio is the prettiest place in Cleveland to dine outdoors.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Always amazing. Best patio in Cleveland!

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MM
4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We choose this restaurant because we were down at the Botanical gardens. When I made the reservation I said We were celebrating my sisters birthday. However, this did not get to the waiter and so there was no special desert or candle to celebrate.

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T
3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Soup of the day was a cold carrot and squash soup and it was absolutely delicious. The roasted root vegetable cassoulet was not my favorite and I would never order it again. The vegetables had no roasted flavor or color at all, they tasted boiled not roasted.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We had an amazing lunch on the best patio in Cleveland. A lovely chap salads and split the lamb tartine. Spectacular food and an amazing setting.

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CC
1.0Dined on July 11, 2018

I took my team to the restaurant for a business meeting and our server paid little to no attention to us. She only gave us one refill after we asked and did not bother to check on us very much. We waited 20 minutes for her to come back to our table to take our dessert order and another 25 minutes for her to get them to us after we asked for them to go. Once our plates for lunch were cleared we waited 45 minutes to get the check and go. She also mixed up our to go boxes so two of us went home with the wrong thing. I wonder why she did not pay much attention to us because I usually get exceptional service at the restaurant. However, I can't help, but notice that I was in a party with people of color while most in the restaurant were not and seemed to get more attention than we did.

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L
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Our waiter was excellent! The duck confit very tasty. I would like to see a seasonal change 8n the menu. Lighter fare...

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MG
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We can count on well prepared food here in a lovely atmosphere.

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j
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Good spot on the patio. Perfect.

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L
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food still shines but service continues on a consistent decline. Long wait times for initial great and empty glasses abound when food is dropped. Overall it was an unexpected stressful experience.

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H
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

In town for just two night and were staying close by. Dinner and service was top rate really enjoyed the evening!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

This is my steady Eddie for a great dining experience

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

It was a perfect evening for the patio. Pat and I shared a salad and the smoked salmon appetizer while waiting for our duck confit. All was accompanied by an excellent Russian River Pinot Noir. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Apple cake and ice cream topped off a perfect evening.

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LP
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and were hoping to eat outside, but unfortunately, it started raining just as we sat down. We headed inside and were given a cozy booth and a really fun and knowledgeable waitress. Unfortunately, I never got her name but she couldn’t have done more to make our night more festive! Dinner was delicious as was the wine and olive oil for the bread.

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K
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Our server Adrian added so much to the birthday celebration! He was fun, quick witted & provided excellent service. The food never fails to disappoint. One of my favorite restaurants in town!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We had lunch on a very hot day so we sat inside. The noise level was higher than I remembered from past visits making it difficult to hear each other.
The food was EXCELLENT... steak & frites, roasted trout, white anchovy Caesar, smoked salmon plate, creme brûlée and fresh berries.
The service boarded on obsequious, I’m sorry to say. We were interrupted much too often by 3 or 4 different people. The waiter, water, coffee etc.
None of this will keep us from returning, though!
Thanks for asking.

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CS
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I used to work here way back in the 80's, starting as a busser as a teenager, and then waiter. I was eager to go back and see my old stomping grounds. The place is still beautiful. In fact, it's more so even than it was then — fantastic. I went with my 3 children. The two 10 year old twin girls just wanted "noodles" after our drive up from Columbus, and that was not an option of course — but they were nice enough to make exactly that for them, with a butter sauce and grated cheese, which was a huge hit with them. Bravo, and thank you! My 15 year old son loved the mussels he ordered, and they were indeed excellent. I had salmon — excellent as well. The only minor annoyance was that as we were eating a late lunch, I believe there was shift change, perhaps at 3, and it took a while to get the attention of the (new) waiter for the check which was likely compounded by the fact there was a table next to us that seemed to be an acquaintance of the owner and thus received the lions share of attention. Other than that minor blip — it was excellent, and is highly recommended.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Everything wonderful as usual. Fabulous service,food and the patio is wonderful

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MG
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent! Love the atmosphere,wine selections, and food.

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b
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Lunch with a friend on the patio on a beautiful summer day.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We really enjoy L'Albatros. The food is very good. We sat outside, and the evening couldn't have been lovelier . Our only issue was service was really off. We were told someone would be by to take our drink order and then, our server would be with us. We waited and waited and waited. A couple of servers were at tables next to us, but we felt we were invisible. I saw the manager walking around so I caught his attention. He took our drink and dinner orders, and eventually, our server came to introduce herself.

We will return. It was just not a good night for service.

This is a great place to dine if you are near University Circle for any reason.

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AC
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent food with friendly service and unique atmosphere. Excellent parking and charming location.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Truly awesome place!

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MB
2.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Server was perhaps the most inattentive one I've had in a very long time. Literally disappeared for 10 minutes or more at a time, very little interaction. Didn't even tell us her name, had to ask for specials etc. Felt very ignored on what was a busy but not hectic night. We saw the water person more than our server. Food was pretty good but kind of odd combos in typical Bruell fashion. Overall overhyped experience.

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G
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Celebrated anniversary with friends. The hostess, waitress, bus people and manager all congratulated us. The pastry chef even prepared a decorated dessert plate for the table. Food was excellent as was the service. The entire staff went out of their way to make this enjoyable evening for our special occasion.

The menu is unique and has dishes not available at other restaurants. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly and the food delicious. Our favorite restaurant. If you have never been to L'Albatross do yourself a favor and put it on your "to do" list, you won't regret it

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OT
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Simply my favorite restaurant in CLE. Certainly the most consistent and the flavor profiles are excellent. Patio is great and the service excels. The cod is my favorite. Many good things to try. A-list all the way.

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WG
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Delicious food, great staff and lovely patio. Perfect for special occasion dining

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