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“OMG! What a hidden gem!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'Albatros Brasserie + Bar

L'Albatros Brasserie + Bar
11401 Bellflower Ct, Cleveland, OH 44106-3961
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Ranked #4 of 1,634 Restaurants in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $45
Cuisines: French, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ford Drive
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.
Putnam Valley, New York
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“OMG! What a hidden gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We never would have found L'Albatros if a friend hadn't recommended it. It was the best way to spend our last night in town. We had escargot and a terrine for starters, onion soup and then trout and braised lamb for entrees. By the time we got to dessert we were so stuffed we had to share just one - the honey tart with fruit and creme fraiche. Can't wait to return for another marvelous meal.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Judy A
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cleveland, Ohio
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“all about the patio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

If at all possible visit this place on a clear night when you can enjoy the patio.....atmosphere and food is something wonderful

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Thank jodyb0424
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Laurel, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Great Place to Eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Smack dab in the middle of Case Western Reserve University’s campus is a little gem of a restaurant called L’Albatros. It’s one of those places that college students ask visiting parents to take them because it’s a tad pricy for the average student. It’s also worth every penny. The decor is fresh and elegant, without being stuffy. We wore jeans to lunch, but clearly could have dressed up. Even though we arrived twenty minutes before opening, we were seated right away and served warm bread. The olive oil had a fresh, crisp flavor, which was perfect for dipping the crusty rustic bread. There was a real danger of filling up on the stuff before our lunch arrived.

My husband ordered the Mussles with Pommes Frites and Spicy Aioli. A generous portion of tender muscles came in a bowl of butter broth topped with fries and a drizzle of aioli. Yum. The fries were crisp and delicious.

I had the Watercress “Caesar” salad. Served with both black and green olives, it was topped with a liberal portion of shaved parmesan. The anchovies weren’t those shriveled bone filled things you get in most places. These were fresh, fileted, with a slightly pickled flavor reminiscent of herring, but much milder.

The Braised Shoulder of Lamb my daughter ordered had a rich and comforting flavor, good for a cold day in Cleveland. It was served with pasta risotto and rosemary jus.

Fresh made pasta, tender, and cut in wide cut strips filled the Pasta Du Jour my other daughter ordered. It came with a healthy helping of roast root vegetables, eggplant, and kale. Shaved parmesan completed the dish.

This fantastic lunch for four was reasonably priced. If you ever find yourself in Cleveland, Ohio, Don’t forget to stop by L’Albatros.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
2 Thank A L K
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Cleveland, Ohio
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Review of the Bar Only”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

After a visit at the Cleveland Museum of Art, a group of friends and I stopped by L'Albatros for an early aperitif - around 4:15 pm. We sat at the bar where we were the only customers. The bartender could not hear our orders even when we repeated them a couple of times. I think he was having trouble understanding us (or just hearing) even though we all spoke perfect American English.

Anyway, one of us ordered the manzanilla sherry off the regular drink list. The bartender didn't know if they had it, spend 10 minutes looking for it, then he offered us the sherry (which is what the manzanilla was but he didn't know that obviously) and he proceeded to also overcharge us for it - $12 instead of $8.

I ordered a Lillet, chilled, with two ice cubes. I received a large red wine glass full of ice cubes as if it were iced water. I could barely taste the Lillet. For those of you who like Lillet and drink it regularly like me, you will know that this is not how it should be served. Still, at least they had it!

The rest of us ordered the Gemini Cocktail -- which was actually very good (with Grapefruit vodka, St. Germaine, and grapefruit juice) and the happy hour beer.

We ordered the french fries as well. They arrived literally five minutes later and they were not very good -- thick, tasteless, and a bit burned on the edges as if they had been over-fried in order to conceal their frozen bag origin.

Overall, I am not impressed with the bar drinks and service. But again, this is my impression ONLY of the bar, not the restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
2 Thank StVM
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Santa Cruz, California
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Comedy of Errors”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I wanted to like this place and expected it to live up to its stellar reviews. Error of major proportions. Act 1: Chop salad was too busy and the dressing unbalanced. The risotto was grossly undercooked and the broth salty. This was returned to the kitchen. Act 2: Server disappeared with offensive dish and dismissed incident as "it happens." From a top-rated restaurant? That dish should never have left the kitchen. A marginal replacement came a few minutes later. Curtain Call (Act 3): Manager did not comp the dish, instead, tried to appease me with free dessert. A fine establishment would not have charged the customer. I would not return to this place and cannot recommend it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
3 Thank Jocelyn F
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