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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.
Cleveland, OH 44106
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
$30 and under
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Metered parking is available at lot directly in front of L'Albatros. Street parking is also available.
The RTA Health Line bus stops in University Circle at E. 115th Street. L'Albatros is located approximately 3 blocks from the bus stop.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Michaela Kehoe: (844) 834-8097
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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L'Albatros Ratings and Reviews
The food? Divine. The service? Unobtrusive yet friendly and attentive. The atmosphere? Romantic, warm, inviting. The best part? Getting a breakdown of the wine list from the Manager/Sommelier Julian. Do not miss a chance to talk with him! It is obvious that he takes great pride in both the restaurant and the wine list. This has become "our place" for special occasions for me and my husband.
Our group didn't like entering past the kitchen. It was hectic & a little messy. Once inside, we liked the art, exposed brick walls & modern ambience. The menu was quite creative & most of the food was truly delicious. The service was very good- attentive but not obtrusive, except for the water service which was too frequent & the server leaned over people conversing. Maybe leaving the water bottles on the table might be a more effective method to consider? A big negative was how chilly it was by the window. All in all, though, we enjoyed it enough to recommend it.
My server was bland, unsuggesting, not that professional for the cost. Thinking about it now I regret the size of the tip I left.
Kitchen staff does not wear head covering, i.e. hats or netting, so what falls into your food is anyone's guess. You'e looking right into the kitchen when you walk in the door, you would think. Just one of those indicators. It's against the law by the way, not to have your head covered in the cooking area. Pretty unclassy for a classy place.
There are other more outstanding restaurants to consider if you are spending that kind of money.
Always, always, always: high quality, great service, friendly staff -- and that little extra touch. Whether it's that first glass of sparkling wine, the insane cheese tray -- constantly changing -- or the freshest local produce, l'Albertros presents classic French bistro fare without being stuffy. For business, for catching up, for celebrating, it is a high quality, better feeling establishment.
First time at L'Albatross for birthday lunch on a Wednesday. Atmosphere was perfect; cozy, rustic and modern all at the same time. Some dishes were better than others, but all food was tasty. Very nice wines by the glass menu. Service was disappointingly unsophisticated overall, with a couple of glaring missteps...a busser asked if he could clear our plates when we had just started eating. Will definitely return, but hope that wait staff will improve.
We were in town for a meeting and found L’Albatros in the neighborhood. What an amazing discovery, especially since it was so well reviewed on Open Table. We arrived on a Monday night and the place was very busy. The noise level was not horrific because there are many different rooms. The food choices are eclectic and numerous. We split an enormous bowl of pate’ as an appetizer, which was absolute creamy goodness. The salads and main courses (I had veal shank) were also large and well-prepared. The wine list was lengthy and had numerous affordable wines as well as high-end offerings. The waiters were attentive and obviously used to the crowded conditions. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion. I believe reservations are a necessity.
With this being our first time to L'Albatros, we were excited. Many friends have recommended this particular location and we finally found a time to try it. The food and ambiance were fantastic. The service, however, was surprisingly slow. We sat at our table for 15 minutes before water or any wait staff greeted us. When we finished our meal, it took 20 minutes for anybody to clear our table or get the check for us.
Do we plan to test this again? Yes. I believe this was a one time fluke on behalf of the staff. Still, it was impressively slow while we were there this time.
Unfortunately, this did not live up to the nearly 5 star rating I had seen on reviews. I had high hopes, but didn't feel like the food was as unique, flavorful or matched the high end expectations. I enjoyed the oyster appetizer. Unfortunately, the cod, sea scallops, hanger steak and lamb were not as spectacular as I had expected.
As always, everything we ate last night at L'Albatros was delicious. I had with me two visitors -
one from France, and I was vaguely worried about bringing him to a French bistrot. I of course shouldn't have been concerned. He raved about the salad, and praised the pasta. The pork belly in my choucroute garni melted in the mouth. Our cheese selections ranged from acceptable (an interesting chevre) spectacular (delice de Bourgogne, a salty dense blue whose name I failed to catch). If only the bottle of Madiran I selected had been in stock ...
Service from our specific server was a 7/10, but the service we received from everyone else was 10/10! Food was absolutely exceptional! Both my mom and myself ordered the Saturday special (a beef stew) with escargot as an appetizer. Everything was delicious! Our entrees came out hot and they did not rush us when eating the appetizer. Would absolutely recommend and will be back!
Food was good, but they put a table right in front of fireplace. They finally had to turn it off as I was almost sitting IN the fire!!!! Have zero clue WHY management would put a table there. Then, it ruined the fire for the tables that were actually seated in nice distance. Lose that table. ASAP!
The service was the best I have ever received. The manager was very generous, kind, and welcoming. We are frequent diners here and always enjoy the food and drinks.
I travel to NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco and enjoy the finest each has to offer. No restaurant compares to this one.
Whenever we have family in from out of town, this is the number one choice.
One of Cleveland's classic restaurants for a reason. As a Bistro, the menu is extensive, creative, and the dishes are well curated and executed. It's a fun space in a reclaimed older building, so the seating is spread around a series of sections. The only real qualm I have from our recent visit was that the music was a little too frenetic and a bit loud, so it distracted some from easy conversation. Still, very much worth a visit, and for us, repeat visits.
We had 5PM reservations for 7PM Orchestra concert, a 2 minute drive. Service was initially prompt, profession, informative. But after cocktails, salad, appetizers, much time went by ....no dinner, no server, as all tables around us ate and departed. Eventually, a manager (I presume, since no name, title or business card was presented) informed us , that as the kitchen had overcooked the chicken entree, it was being re-made, and all entrees would be presented shortly. He was aware that we had Orchestra tickets.
All of the food was quite good, but we were late to the theatre. We never saw the manager again, and there was no offer of any compensation for the stress and inconvenience that was caused. We regularly dine here, so we were all very disappointed and surprised as to how this was handled.
My nephew really enjoys L'Albatros and this is his favorite restaurant, when he is not in France. While my son and nephew were in France, my nephew highly recommended the restaurant to my son. So I took my son to L'Albatros for his birthday and both of enjoyed immensely. We will definitely return and recommend to friends and family. The food was absolutely outstanding!!! The service was awesome and not only was our server attentive, so too were all staff members. If something needed done (i.e. clearing plates, more water, etc.), someone was always there to do that. The entire experience was fabulous!
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