L'Albatros

4.7
5118 reviews
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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 300 bottles to enhance your dining experience.
We are just minutes from Severance Hall, Little Italy, & the Cleveland Art Museum.
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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Other than it being a little cold where we were seated, this was an outstanidng meal. Being from NYC, the bill was nothing for such a great meal

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WG
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were absolutely fabulous! Our waitress did a great job without managing to be intrusive. Great atmosphere. We WILL be back

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P
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another memorable dinner experience at L’Albatros. It is a charming venue with the various dining areas providing a degree of intimacy even on a very busy evening. Food was delicious as always. Charcuterie platter is the best anywhere with a balanced array of textures and flavors complemented by unique condiments. Our two fish entrees were perfectly constructed and prepared and one was cooked just a bit more than usual per our request ( not always easily accomplished at many restaurants). Service by Julia was appropriately attentive, friendly, efficient and prompt. Her support staff made sure that water and bread were replenished seamlessly and that plates and utensils were cleared as required. This seems like a minor issue but is all too often neglected at many fine dining establishments. Finally, management (Kate and Julian) were visibly present and engaged in the room throughout the evening. All in all L’Albatros represents what every top shelf Cleveland restaurant should aspire to be.

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NM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I ate here Sunday, February 18, 2019 to celebrate Valentine's Day. We had a wonderful time. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our meals were excellent. She had the duck cassoulet and I had the lamb shoulder. Both were fantastic. She had the liver pate as an appetizer which she also thought was great.

This is one of our favorite Cleveland restaurants. We highly recommend it.

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

Great food, excellent service. Wonderful environment for a date night!

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JD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Outstanding service. A perfect spot for a meal before or after a performance at Severance Hall. My wife and I have enjoyed that combination three times on recent visits to Cleveland from our home in DC. We ask for a quiet table.

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JM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service and creative cuisine in a colorful, historic building.

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J
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very attentive staff! Best meal we've had in a while and will definitely go back.

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

We enjoyed our evening. Food and service were excellent. Edward, Ben and Greg our server were professional and fun.
Cheese board is fantastic. My wife ordered seafood entrees which were both delicious. Looking forward to our next visit. Thanks

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

High quality French restaurant....my fourth time there this year.

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SS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always L'Albatros remains one of the best places to eat in Cleveland. From the day it opened till now it has been consistently excellent and remains a go to restaurant, whether for a special occasion or a low key meal on a week night.

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

This restaurant hits all the wickets of being a 5 Star establishment. The food and service is always superb. The fromage board and wine selection is always a highlight.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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MR
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

The food was excellent, the place was very crowded. I specified when making a reservation that it was a date night, but we were sat on the bench with two other couples, so you could feel, hear and touch them, that's how close we were to each other.. Also the waitress was trying to rush us out and it felt like we were at Brio and not at upscale restaurant where people should enjoy everything at once and not shovel their food and jump out for the next guest. As I mentioned the quality of food was superb, everything else was less than average.

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a
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was outstanding, the service was good but they were so busy (day after valentine’s) the server appeared slight overwhelmed and the restaurant was very cold, so much so we joked about being sorry we had checked our coats. We will definitely return but probably during warmer weather.

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m
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food quality, taste and selection. Excellent service, very attractive ambiance. One of the top restaurants in Cleveland.

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DW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This restaurant was once a great place a staff that provided a unique experience. It has really lost the service element.

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MK
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I do love this place! I'm coming back for that mouthwatering cheese board we saw displayed for several tables, the patio this summer, the scallops mmmmm.

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H
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Valentines day

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c
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the forth time I’ve eaten here and I’ve not been disappointed in the least. The staff is very helpful, always making sure we’re doing well; the waitress was able to describe the flavor and texture of the skate just perfectly.
I love the sparkling water they serve! The ambiance is perfect for our tastes. We had a great time. We’ll be back when we’re in town.

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LK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality is consistent, and there is a good variety of food choices even
though I tend to stick to the things I like best, e.g., the trout which is always
perfect - butter sauce on the side. The wait staff is always efficient and
just friendly enough.

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BD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

In my opinion, this is the best restaurant in the Cleveland area. The food is consistently outstanding. Service could not be better. Just a wonderful experience every time we go there!

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ML
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had better waitstaff. There when you need them, not when you don’t. Perfect.

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SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have to visit Cleveland Clinic at least once a year and we make sure we work in a dinner at our favorite restaurant! We always look forward to it!

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CR
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is extremely courteous and always available. The cheese board is awesome. Food was well-prepared and delicious.

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SF
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was V.D. so the place was packed. Food was great. Soup course was delayed, but waiter and management could not have been nicer, even though we stated it was not a problem. Looking forward to going again.

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D
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service is impeccable, and the food is outstanding.

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M
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Cleveland

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A
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

All in all, we had amazing food and a really fun and special night out. This restaurant has the potential to create a perfect experience for diners, but the ambiance is significantly stifled by the crowd.

For valentines day we had phenomenal food and excellent cheese selection. We also ordered dessert and had one of the best cappuccinos ever. However, the tables are crammed in the restaurant, and it has a significant impact on the dining experience. Staff experiences frequent traffic jams in the aisle ways causing them to awkwardly hover over your table or behind your head. 2 tables around us ordered the cheese presentation, and because the presenter has to speak up my husband and I could not converse over him without semi-yelling.

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SE
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Always recommend the cheese board. Excellent French wine choices. Highly recommended.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional meal. Quality service. Tight seating. So close to other tables you feel like you are sharing your table with strangers.

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RI
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to this restaurant to celebrate special events but also on weekends. The food is always tasty and unique and the ambiance is great.

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R
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - perfect for any event evening!

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DS
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here several times, always consistently friendly and delicious. The cheese selection is amazing. This is hands down one of out favorite restaurants.

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DD
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was fabulous, as usual. We called ahead to say we were running a few minutes late and the staff accommodated us graciously. We were seated next to the fireplace, which kept us toasty on a bitter winter night. Pace was leisurely, allowing us to converse comfortably without feeling rushed to finish each course before we ready. The table shared an artichoke appetizer, perhaps the only disappointment of the evening. Mushroom soup and salads hit the spot, especially the unique cucumber and radish salad. Two diners loved the cassoulet, another was delighted with the cod and another thoroughly enjoyed the cauliflower steak special. Too full for dessert, we capped off the evening with a lovely port.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food was very disappointing. I ordered the trout restaurant week special. It was supposed to be pistachio crusted but had a pistachio dusting at best. The Brussels sprouts and rice were over cooked and mushy. My husband ordered the lamb and the spice was so overpowering it’s almost like the cook dropped it in the dish. We were looking forward to going but were very disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Date night with my wife. We love this place and have been going for many years. The food and service are awesome. The onion soup is freakin dynamite.

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HD
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, service and food was outstanding. This restaurant has stood the test of time and is one of Cleveland's best.

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PW
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal and service - exceeded all expectations. And they had a lovely surprise for us to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

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J
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'Albatros is consistently great. Upscale yet unpretentious.

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