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“Very good food. Excellent service.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'Albatros Brasserie + Bar

L'Albatros Brasserie + Bar
11401 Bellflower Ct, Cleveland, OH 44106-3961
216-791-7880
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Ranked #4 of 1,570 Restaurants in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $45
Cuisines: French, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Washington, Pennsylvania
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118 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Very good food. Excellent service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We enjoyed an excellent dinner at L' ALbatros a fine restaurant off of University Circle, sort of on fraternity row on the Case-Western Reserve campus. Easy walking distance to Severance Hall. Marilyn had the chicken liver pate as an appetizer, I had radish and cucumber salad. Both were very good. She had hanger steak which was well prepared. I had the Saturday special of boeuf bourguignon which was good, but her, I thought hers was better. Excellent service. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Visited September 2013
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Putnam Valley, New York
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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
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Cleveland, Ohio
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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
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Laurel, Maryland
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3 reviews
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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
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Cleveland, Ohio
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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
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