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About 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.

11401 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

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

Cross Street:
Ford Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(216) 791-7880

Website:
http://www.albatrosbrasserie.com/

Parking Details:
Metered parking is available at lot directly in front of L'Albatros. Street parking is also available.

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.

Executive Chef:
Zack Bruell

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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (105)
Good for a Date (88)
Fit for Foodies (87)
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Creative Cuisine (84)
Good for Anniversaries (83)
Romantic (78)
Neighborhood Gem (71)
Great for Outdoor Dining (64)
Good for Birthdays (55)
Notable Wine List (55)
Worth the Drive (53)
Pre/post Theatre (50)
Cozy (49)
Authentic (44)
Business Meals (39)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Great for Lunch (31)
Comfort Food (26)
Good Vegetarian Options (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Fun (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Hot Spot (24)
Local Ingredients (24)
Casual (16)
Late-night Find (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Seasonal (14)
People Watching (12)
Healthy (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Scenic View (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Tapas (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
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Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Rushed service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

Always a great experience....previously sat at the bar and had wine iand h'orderves. But this past Monday night I sat with a date in the dining Room. Service was awesome... food was exceptional ... a total dining experience .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful as always. Our favorite restaurant in Cleveland. Classic French bistro fare. No straining for trendy. Very friendly unobtrusive wait staff. Nice atmosphere and design. In short a really great restaurant

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

L'Albatros is always a good time. Like the ambience and the eclectic offerings. French Toast is always on point.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food good.

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Had a great meal and a terrific, personable waitress.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Constantly interrupting conversation by incessantly coming to the table. No apology when meal came out with cheese on it after alerting the waiter about dairy allergy.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 8, 2017

excellent in all respects except that we had to wait for about 15 minutes after our reserved time

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This is my favorite CLE restaurant! Delectable entrea!

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 7, 2017

THe food was excellent as always, but I wish there were some wine bottles under $35!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We are always pleased with L'Albatros as a dining option. It's one of our go-to restaurants. Make sure to try the French Toast appetizer. It's amazing.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Arrived and table was too small for our party. They quickly adjusted tables to accommodate us. Food and drinks were excellent, although one drink needed to be repoured. Pleasant and accommodating service.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Easily one of our favorite places.
The service is impeccable, friendly and helpful without being intrusive.
The food is a very good mix of convention and innovation.
The prices are very reasonable.
A great experience!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great taste, big portion, worth it!!
This is one of my favorite place

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

A very delicious meal served by an outstanding and professional team.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This restaurant has exception food and our waitress was outstanding even helping take care of special requests. Seating is a bit tight but otherwise it is a wonderful place to eat.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Love L’albratros over the years. This was by far the worse experience. Service was mediocre and food seemed under seasoned (for things I’ve order multiple times before). Love the space but was underwhelmed this time

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Very good food and excellent service. My wife and I enjoyed for a last minute meal. Great wine selection and full bar...and fantastic appetizers.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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 ...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Never disappoints- continues to be our first thought when we have the time to travel across town for a meal. I recommend to all my business associates at the Clinic for their entertaining or their own lunch or dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This is one of our most favorite dining experiences when we visit Cleveland.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We enjoyed each of our meals so much that we switched plates throughout the meal to share the goodness on our plates!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Always enjoy a meal here.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing, wonderful service and the food was unbelievable!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very happy with this place. It's made my special occasion restraunt list.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love this place - we eat there often. Having two parties there in the next few weeks.
Nancy Klein

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great restaurant. Love the food. Nice ambiance. The patio is great in the summer.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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