L'Albatros

4.6
4820 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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.
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!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4820 People Are Saying
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Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the better meals I’ve had in awhile. So glad we decided to come here for date night.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME: FOOD. SERVICE. AMBIANCE. !!!!

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HO
Cleveland
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I used to love L’albatroz, but something is go8ng on and the food is now a hit or miss. The choucroute garni I was awful. But the watercress salad was Excellent. One of our steaks was excellent the other one
Tough and a bad cut. The dessert was very good, and the waiter was very nice, as well as the patio which is
A great place to eat on a sunny day (however they have to do something about the bees)
I just wish it was the place we used to go where you knew the food and service were going to be great!

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KG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is hands down my favorite restaurant in Cleveland. I ALWAYS order the steak. Honestly the best steak I have ever eaten. The wine is always wonderful, no matter the bottle we choose. It feels so high end in the restaurant, but it is also very intimate. The staff is always so friendly and very helpful. The music is classic and I love to eat by the fireplace. We are there every couple of months and it is a delight every single time. Wish I could go there again today.

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M
Denver
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was lovely to sit in the courtyard and enjoy a nice meal.

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PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant and open on Mondays! A bit pricey, but my scotch was a full glass, not the usual thimble-full you get in restaurants these days. And the portions were large, again not like most restaurants these days that give you big plate and some pretty sauce around a tiny bit of food.

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ME
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I was in Cleveland for business and picked up my daughter at Kent State to spend some time with her. The food was worth the two hours driving back and forth from Kent. She had the veal short ribs and I the cassoulet, which were both wonderful. The waitress was busy, yet attentive, and not intrusive so a very nice balance. My daughter and I were able to connect over fine cuisine and a nice atmosphere.

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W
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic attentive service, from the moment the hostess greeted us warmly to the knowledgeable servicer to the manager who check in on us. It is a joy to dine at a restaurant where the outstanding food is matched by outstanding service

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D
Northern MI
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

The experience was mediocre overall. Kendra, the bartender was the saving grace of the entire place. The bartender with the man bun was so rude, so was the manager. The fruit flies were plentiful, the glasses were dirty… No attention to detail. At this price point they can’t afford for this level of ambivalence.

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The bread and olive oil was fantastic, as was the cheese platter. My hanger steak meal was far too fatty and was missing some bright elements that would’ve made it feel less heavy.

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ML
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant near museums. Food was spectacular, waitress (Joanne) and the entire waitstaff was attentive, and the scene was lively. Coming back sooner rather than later !

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AC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best food, best atmosphere, worth the price! I can't seem to find a better place in Cleveland

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SH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great authentic French cuidine and ambiance.
Parking is a little confusing different rows have different rules (parking meter vs machine)
Although we had a reservation, we had to wait at least 25 minutes to be seated, which made our dinner a little too late.
Once we were seated, the service was great.

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OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The articles amazing

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p
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

This is our second visit in conjunction to treatment at Cleveland Clinic. Both times we wanted a really nice experience. This time we were there for lunch on the patio. The patio and service were great. The onion soup appetizer is satisfying, but not great. The mussels were typically prepared and very good -- small portion. My husband's Croque Monsieur was not good -- no even resembling the famous Paris sandwich. Huge "Texas Toast" type bread with melted butter and a bit of the sparse cheese and thin ham. Nothing like the real thing. We sent it back in exchange for smoked salmon -- again the huge bread and very little salmon. What is it with the huge bread? Wine by the glass was quite good. I expected much more from this top rated restaurant. Two strikes out -- we are not coming back unless it is for drinks and snacks on the patio.

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j
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

We were forced to move outside by a very noisy table nearby. Maitre d was very accommodating. Outside, unfortunately, was both hot and buggy. Not the fault of the restaurant but it affected our view of our lunch.

I prefer it for dinner but it remains one of Cleveland’s best overall.

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N
Puebla
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant near University Circle. Imaginative drinks and cuisine

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L
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and our server were both outstanding. My husband and I enjoyed our dinner.

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c
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love L'Albatros. Each time we go, we are reminded of what a great place it is. Dined on the outdoor patio this time - weather was perfect. Food was wonderful - had the trout and the sausage platter. Mark, our waiter was wonderful. Great service, let us take our time, and made wonderful recommendations for food and wine. Such a Cleveland and CWRU campus gem!

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Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a wonderful experience, they were good about time crunch and got us served and out without feeling rushed.

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Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Avon Lake and everyone knows you never cross the border. We make sure to break the rules and drive across town to this fabulous restaurant at every opportunity. We even spent a wonderful NYE dinner here with friends. Be brave and make the move, it’s well worth it!

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Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. The food has a consistent high quality. Service is excellent and the patio is a great place to enjoy summer in CLE.

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OT
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

15 year anniversary. This place never disappoints!!! Always great. And we love the outside patio.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The patio was attractive and enjoyable. There were canvas coverings artfully placed to keep the sun from being too hot and still leaving ample views of the sky. The trout and cassoulet were both delicious. Even the simple mixed greens salad was a step above. The staff was helpful & courteous. We will definitely be back when we choose to treat ourselves.

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MK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely patio, great menu and service. Easy parking. Top shelf place all around.

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R
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Time to update the menu. I love this restaurant - its been my go to restaurant for any occasion. However, after so many years its time to update the menu. Also, it needs a real vegan option (not just removing dairy from a dish that works with cheese or cream).

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JW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant with delicious entrees and superb desserts.

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S
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous time! I love coming here because there’s never a bad experience. When I die, there will be formage service at my shiva.

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Somewhat disappointing and this is one of our favorite restaurants. Drinks at the outdoor bar were well made, however our pate appetizer was very cold and came with crostini that was so crunchy it could not hold up to the stiff pate. We moved indoors for dinner, and shared the egg and bacon frizee salad that was lacking in flavor and variety. We both had the pasta of the day that was delicious, and a nice bottle of wine. But for the price, it was overall a disappointing experience.

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CA
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and ambiance were excellent! Service was friendly and attentive. The French toast app was to die for! Extremely enjoyable

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ED
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a great restaurant!!! We loved it. The service was great and the food was excellent. Probably in the top 5 French restaurants we have been to in the US. Don't miss the onion soup and the cassoulet. Delicious.

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Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal - they’ve added additional Pinot wines to their mid level pricing list - had a great bottle and the meal was was executed

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Took 2.5 hours to order and be served lunch;2 entrees, no appetizers or sides. Way too long. The waiter was pleasant, but barely glanced at us after he took our order. The fries were dripping with grease. The manager was more attentive than the server. I won’t repeat the experience any time soon.

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Key West
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for lunch preceding a trip to the art museum. Prompt seating, attentive service and a wonderful lunch menu with a wide variety of choices. The French onion soup is the best I’ve ever had. Saw some spectacular desserts as we walked out the door. Next time!

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p
Philadelphia
685 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting this French restaurant in Cleveland on a business trip. The customer I was with raved about the cheese platter at the cheeseburger. The assortment of cheeses and the knowledge of the server was outstanding and made it fun. My colleague loved the French onion soup and cheese burger why I really enjoyed the classics of escargot for an appetizer and the duck confit! Service Beyond exceptional and a great assortment of wines and Cocktails and beers! Look forward to coming back again!

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DW
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the restaurant. Food was great, charming outdoor courtyard, and our server Michael was excellent. We are here from California for a wedding and we will definitely be back on our next trip out.
Already recommended it to our family who live in the area.

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PB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food has always been very good but this time the service exceeded the food -- really terrific server in every way.

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L
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a winner. Food is consistently great and daily specials are always well prepared.

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JJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will definitely go back. Had the best cassoulet so far! the I fogoto was delish! The servers where in training but they did a good job. No complaints about that. I learned from our server that cucumber can take care of pesky mosquitoes. It worked until I kept drinking my sweet rose. Lol. Overall, I’m glad I went.

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TT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were outstanding. My only caveat to 5 stars across the board is the closeness of tables which results in overhearing conversations next to you. It’s quite cozy. I would definitely recommend!

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