L'Albatros

4.7
5476 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 300 bottles to enhance your dining experience.
We are just minutes from Severance Hall, Little Italy, & the Cleveland Art Museum.
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BH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best French food in Cleveland! It’s awesome. Escargot appetizer is to die for!

N
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Look forward to eating here again.

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

Ambiance was just so,so. loud and our table was placed so it stuck out a little. Also was very warm, they needed to turn the a/c down a few degrees. That being said service was fantastic and the food was great. Our waiter made recomndations that were spot on.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried the escargot and cheese sampler for an appetizer, both were very good. Excellent presentation of the cheeses and we had a bottle of rose. Our entrees were also very good...mussels, croque monsieur, and trout. We finished with the napoleon, which was very tasty. Service was attentive but not overbearing. I was shocked at how full the entire restaurant was at 6pm on a Saturday. Inside and on the patio, almost every table was filled! We will definitely come back.

s
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there at 11.30 for lunch, and sat outside on the patio. The weather was nice, and the service and food were excellent. It was our first time at this restaurant as we are from Portland, Oregon and have been vacationing. Also enjoyed the Cleveland Museum of Art which is walking distance.

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

Still a favorite. Try the cheese sampler. Excellent service

HS
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful outdoor seating area. Service was perfect too.

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

We opted to dine on the lovely patio after first being assured that we would not be seated in the sun by the hostess. As if our request was ignored, we were shown a table directly in the sun by a second hostess who seemed not to have heard the first hostess. We reiterated the assurance given to us just a moment before and were given a stern look with no response. I suggested another table only partially in the sun and reluctantly she agreed. We sat in the sun for at least half of our meal watching others dining under umbrellas and in the shade.

Everything else about our experience was wonderful. The service was good. The salad was crisp and cold. Our fish was fresh and delicious. The beans were perfectly prepared. Our food was delivered swiftly after learning we had tickets to s show.

Although the patio is a wonderful setting for a meal, the tables are too close together.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food! Perfect place for dinner before the orchestra.

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

Always outstanding service and delicious food! Have never been disappointed. Lovely outside patio and only $2-3 parking

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

What a gem. We were in Cleveland for 4 days, and picked L'Albatros for lunch based on reviews. We split the chicken liver pate--there was way too much for two people, but it was delicious and hard to stop eating it! My husband had a pizza and I had the root vegetable cassoulet. One one the most delicious cassoulets I have every had. Portions were very generous! Service was outstanding, without being snobby. Very impressive restaurant.

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

Friendly service, great food knowledgeable staff, always a pleasure to eat at L'Albatros, a place for family and business

F
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved being out on the patio. First time to enjoy this highly recommended spot!

SI
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a wonderful experience. the service was perfect and the food was as good as always.

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

great experience!

P
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Told server gluten intolerance and ask if should do cod. Scallops or trout. He said trout. I asked if breaded he said no. It also took 20 to get him to take our food order. 10 minutes later another server arrived and said the previous server wouldn’t be handling us and that he told me wrong cuz the trout is pre-breaded. I said ok then order the scallops but no noodles. Substitute green beans? Sure I said. After and hour after arrival the food comes and there are 3 scallops for $27.00 with hard almost uncooked green beans with shaved brussel sprouts that had absolutely no seasoning. The meal was awful and I’ve been here before. My husband had the salmon and said it was fab. The whole debacle was unnecessary.

MG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around

CN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS special chef tasting menu for my husbands birthday with fabulous paired wines and cocktail! Such a fun evening.

MW
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so happy with our experience at L'Albatros! Our server was friendly, attentive, and pleasant. Our food was fantastic (that cheesecake is unreal). Only conductive criticism I would have is that my plate came a bit messy (splashes of the food were kind of all around the plate of my entree), but I cannot complain -- we really enjoyed ourselves!

MH
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great..... patio was beautiful except for the two foot high weeds next to where we were seated. Also several times the wait staff tried to remove drinks / food that we were not finished with. Felt as though they were trying to move tables quickly. Other than the aforementioned the food was fabulous which keeps us coming back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, great food, great wait staff and great service.....only hiccup, I found the tableware not cleaned thoroughly. Dried-on small to tiny pieces of food on cutlery and edge of plates and smeary/cloudy wine glasses.

JL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was absolutely fantastic. We had a great time enjoying ourselves and having an overall relaxing time. I felt that at certain points the service was slow especially towards the end our visit. I’d recommend to anyone eating here to plan out extra time.

AF
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was fine, service was incredibly slow. We would have ordered much more if we weren't waiting so long between courses

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent server and management!! Highly recommend the cheese board!!

L
Cleveland
27 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at L’Albatros! We brought another couple and they were thoroughly impressed. French toast appetizer was amazing. All soups are over the top delicious. Wednesday night special steak Entree, chicken breast, roasted chicken and steak and frittes were all wonderful. Rounded out the meal with cream caramel and cheese selections served by a very knowledgeable cheese server. Best patio dining!

KB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful but not happy that they changed the bread. The quality of the new bread is very poor. Dry & tasteless.

t
Indiana
107 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner! We highly recommend the escargots!

RM
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience!

DE
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, attentive service, fun atmosphere, inventive menu. We had a perfect evening. Highly recommended.

MK
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late night dining isn't always available in Cleveland, we are so fortunate to have L'Albatros! Delicious roasted trout(our favorite) and fabulous burger! Sarah is so well informed of every item and drink component, lovely and attentive as always!

JK
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and delicious food! Very reasonable prices. We will be back next time we are in Cleveland!

h
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highest quality French-inspired comfort food, L'Albatros offers high quality local ingredients and the kind of flavors you find yourself craving for days after. A cheese presentation. Incredible wine list. Genuinely well-trained, but even more importantly, friendly serving staff, L'Albatros is a go-to for business meetings, dates, celebrations or just a quiet contemplative dinner solo.

n
Cleveland
60 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and eating outside was lovely. We eat there very often

CL
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good, however the service was not. It seemed as though there were too many servers and no one knew what the others were doing. It was chaotic. No one told us about the specials. Our drinks arrived after the salad, with one arriving several minutes before the other. The young woman who was supposed to clear our table asked me three or four times if I was done. One of the times I had food on my fork and was about to put it into my mouth. Everyone seemed harried. It was not at all what we expected, perhaps it was a bad night.

SS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside in and of July and it in the shade-and -it was lovely! I had the almond crusted trout it was absolutely out of this world!
We both plan to come back soon—can’t say enough good about this place!

DG
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food if you're looking for something heavy and rich.

MG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A world-class restaurant offering a sophisticated and varied menu served by an enthusiast and attentive staff.

m
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Best patio in town! Great menu and interesting site. An awful lot of service staff standing around and talking-were they training newbies? My braised leeks with mustard sauce was very good but my friends hamburger came out very well done-ordered medium. Had to order some stuff twice (more coffee, some ice). Overall a lovely place to eat with very nice food choices. One of my favorites in the city

OT
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible on the patio!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like always, L’Albatros was exceptional for our get together. The food was delicious, the service was outstanding, and the overall experience was perfect. We did wait a little longer than we have before for dinner, and after waiting about 30 minutes, we were informed that they had run out of two of the dishes our group had ordered. What they ordered instead was delicious but it would have been nice to know a little sooner that they had run out of cod. Still, we finally tried the cheese plate and now, I don’t think we will ever come here without ordering it again! The chicken breast was phenomenal and we will continue to come back here regularly!

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