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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

4.4

value

4.3

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (118)
Fit for Foodies (117)
Good for a Date (110)
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Good for Anniversaries (92)
Romantic (88)
Creative Cuisine (85)
Neighborhood Gem (81)
Pre/post Theatre (74)
Cozy (68)
Good for Birthdays (64)
Worth the Drive (59)
Notable Wine List (57)
Authentic (48)
Business Meals (47)
Comfort Food (41)
Great for Outdoor Dining (39)
Quiet Conversation (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Great for Lunch (33)
Bar Seating (28)
Fun (25)
Good Vegetarian Options (25)
Hot Spot (20)
Late-night Find (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Casual (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Healthy (16)
Seasonal (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
People Watching (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

The menu was wonderful; I had a hard time choosing what to eat! The bar staff was very attentive and helpful for selecting a drink or wine. I was not impressed with our server at all. He spent zero time with us talking about the food and didn't smile once. Actually, we felt we were inconveniencing him by being there. That said, other aspects of the service were great. The food came promptly and we always had what we needed. No one came to check on us after the meal come, though... not your typical higher-end service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Going to L'Albatross is an absolutely lovely experience. My niece and I arrived after attending the Orchestra for a 10:30 dinner. The place was crowded with diners, but we were quickly shown to our reserved table.

The menu is classic French bistro in the best sense of the word. Expertly cooked yet hearty food. We started with snails in a rich, garlicky butter sauce. They were outstanding. I had perfectly cooked trout and my niece enjoyed cassoulet.

A warm brownie topped with rich vanilla ice cream finished our meal.

The venue is cozy, intimate, and a lovely place to dine. Excellent, attentive service. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

Great, always!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

We've been here a few times now and had a great meal each time. Try the cheeseboard!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfect way to brighten up
Wintertime. Love French onion soup. Cheese tray options are exceptional. Already looking for recipe to make grapefruit sorbet .

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 3 days ago

We scheduled a reservation for L'Albatros to follow an afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The day was exceptional. The staff at L'Albatros welcomed us with their usual, generous hospitality. The wait staff are efficient and nothing was lacking. The kitchen created excellent appetizers and entrees.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a perfect choice, L'Albatros never disappoints. This restaurant has become a special place in our lives. Service is personal, comfortable, dependable, formal, and relaxed - all at the same time. Food is not fussy, but always sophisticated. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Great French inspired food in a nice, home-style setting. Tables were a little bit close together, but that is to be expected when eating inside a house. Service was on par-I don't think our water glasses ever got lower than half full. A bit pricey, especially for the portion sizes. Our bill was $111 for 2 appetizers, 2 drinks, 2 entrees and 1 dessert. Would recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food and service was beyond excellent and the cheese tray was to die for tables are a little close together but I highly recommend definitely will be back!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

Love the restaurant, not a great table

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·Dined 5 days ago

Perfect business lunch location. Sophisticated atmosphere and staff. Delicious food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

We still wish they would put a decent bottle of wine on the list for under $40.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 6 days ago

The Smoked Salmon Plate, CROQUE MONSIEUR, RADISH AND CUCUMBER salad and Split Pea Soup were all excellent.
Our server was very attentive and took good care of us.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 13, 2018

A wonderful experience, knowledgeable wait staff, personalized attention and service when it came to a wine bottle selection. Wine professionals on site.
Great food selection, perfectly prepared and position size.
Friendly staff right from the moment we walked it.
Highly recommended.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 13, 2018

This place, and their food, never gets old! Great food and very attentive (almost annoying) service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food is the reason to come - outstanding.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

After being told that we were 30 minutes late and they had canceled our reservation (we were 29 minutes late thanks to the icy roads and my date coming from Hudson), we waited for them to find us a table. The staff attitude in handling this was unfriendly.
My chicken entire had two pieces stacked. The bottom piece was so charred on one side I could not cut it with the steak knife they provided. The top piece was acceptable and the flavors were excellent. My date said that her cod was terrific.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our experience at L’Albatros was as wonderful as ever. The food was divine and we love the cozy dining room with the fireplace.
One suggestion- the wine menu was food stained and looked dirty. I was surprised to see that. Not the norm here. I’ll be back😊

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Our waiter was very personable and knew the menu and the specials well. The food was amazing and appropriately priced. I would definitely recommend a visit. My husband and I will definitely be returning!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding food, great drinks and the service was fantastic. Great wine parings from our waiter and nice discussion with the sommelier. We ordered the featured specials (a vegetarian fettuccini dish and walleye/seafood dumplings - both were fantastic. And you need to order some cheese! Pacing of the meal was perfect for the Orchestra concert. My only slight detraction is that the tables are very close together - our neighbors were great dinner companions - so no real problems, just that the particular room we were in was a little close together. We've gone here multiple times, never been disappointed. We will be returning again for sure!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 9, 2018

As usual, the experience was wonderful. Without a doubt, my favorite dining in Cleveland. Food and service were exceptional. I prefer the outdoor dining because it can get a little close and noisy on a busy night. If you go, don’t forget the cheese course.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great service. If you are going to Severance afterwards, let your waiter know. They will make sure you are out of the door in time.
My husband liked his steak and Frits and I liked my chicken liver and risotto. What they make are good old authentic French food, and I like that.
We'll come back again next month.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Fabulous as always. Food is delicious and service impeccable.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Late night Date after a work. This place continues to be a wonderful experience. We have dined at least 8 times over the past 2.5 years. Only once have we had an experience that did not live up to our expectations. We wanted to eat a bit lighter as it was so late. Split peas soup was silky smooth and sprinkled with ham hock, cheese and Crispy croutons. We split the Charcuterire board. Velvet smooth Foie Gras mousse was the real highlight along with the house made sausage. For our entrée we split the veal short rib. The caramelized crust on this piece of meat was spectacular. Maillard Reaction Perfection!!! For some reason they send us out a Crème Carmel and 2 shots of Oloroso Sherry. What a way to finish a lovely evening. Service was beyond expectations. Attentive when you needed them. FYI the Cherry cocktail was over the top!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was delicious.

Service was not very attentive and I don't think that has ever been a complaint of mine. Usually I feel like waiters bother us too much. Waitress was knowledgable though. We went in February and were seated up against a window so got cold off and on. When the heat kicked on I was comfortable, but then I was immediately cold again when the heat kicked off because I was up against a floor to ceiling window. L'Albatros has probably done their best to address this situation because there is heat that can make it comfortable in that spot. My advice to them would be don't sit someone there who has a reservation - save it for walk-ins.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Second time at L’Albatros. We had a very good meal and enjoyed our time. Server was friendly without trying to be our friend. We were there early for dinner and noise level picked up as more patrons came. Tables are a little close for my comfort level, but I understand business. Overall a very good dining experience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and lovely service. This restaurant is a gem.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent in all aspects . Sean and the team do a great job and Zach should be happy with the overall delivered product of excellent food in a nice ambience with great service !

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our table wasn't ready when we got there, but we were promptly seated and served at the bar. It only took about 10 minutes for our table and at that point we were seamlessly transferred from bar to table. The cheese board is always a favorite and I enjoy hearing the different descriptions dependent on the seasons. I also enjoyed that they had some unique local beer on tap. Service was impeccable, ambiance was even better.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great Beer
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I had the best restaurant meal I've had in a long time, and the server was marvelous.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We were visiting Cleveland and this restaurant was recommended multiple times. Incredible!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I don't think that I have ever had a bad meal here! The French Toast appetizer was simple and delicious, the Hanger Steak was tender and cooked as ordered. Our server was professional, friendly and unobtrusive. I love everything about this place.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We leveraged the Zack Bruell Restaurant Week 3-course deal and enjoyed a wonderful meal in the process. The food options were excellent, allowing us to share items that were very different from each other (blew that approach by getting the same dessert!) and the staff was especially attentive. I suppose the only downside is that the restaurant is small and more difficult to navigate when crowded and we were seated at a table along the main thoroughfare, but we enjoyed the rest of the experience enough that it was never really a distraction. We'd easily go back again. This was not our first visit.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent service excellent food ! I would highly recommend it for a special occasion .

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent experience. The bar area is quite small and it would be good if the hostess took a number to text patrons waiting for a table, who might be outside or going for a stroll.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Waited 30 minutes to get seated despite making reservations. Wait staff service was not up to high standards set by previous visits. Food, as always, was excellent. I will be back but the others in my party, for whom it was their first visit, will not.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I made a reservation at L'Albatros a few weeks in advance for my husband's and my 25th wedding anniversary. We were very excited to go. The restaurant was overbooked and we waited over a half an hour to be seated before deciding to eat at the bar (we were starved and were told it would be another 15 minutes at least). The food and service were good, but we shared a fork for our salads since there was no flatware at the bar. It was a disappointing evening for a night that should have been special for the two of us. I will never go back and I would never recommend it to a friend. A place that has been in business for as long as L'Albatros has, and with the experience in the restaurant world that it has should be expected to handle reservations better and should NOT OVERBOOK!!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The menu was wonderfully suited to a winter dinner, and all four of us enjoyed our food immensely. Generous portions and pours, with an attentive but not overbearing wait staff. The restaurant was very crowded, but we all commented that we had absolutely no problem carrying on a conversation where we could actually hear each other! We've been to L'Albatros before, but this was by far the best experience in terms of cuisine, ambiance, and service.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Disappointed this time. Two of us ordered from the Prix Fixe menu. The "winter salad" was stingy and under-dressed. My Gnocci was a gluey mess with no distinct flavor. Of three desserts, only one ( my ice cream) was palatable. The cheesecake concoction with dates (or was it currents?) was inedible and sent back; the brownie was overwhelmed by walnuts. The cocktails, which were excellent, ans superb service by Kindra saved the evening. Would I recommend L'Albatros to a friend? Not based on this experience. However, it has always been a favorite of mine owing to ambience and location. I will return, but maybe not on a busy Saturday night. And next time I will avoid the Prix Fixe.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great meal and service, as always.

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