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“After Van Gogh” 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 1,564 Restaurants in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $45
Cuisines: French, Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, 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.
Canton, Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“After Van Gogh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

After the exhibit we thought we'd find some place close. We hadn't been there since Zach B took it over and decided to eat outside at the bar...the courtyard is beautiful and sitting at the bar is always fun. The young man working there responded to all questions about the menu. We started with an appetizer then two salads and finally we split an entree one of the specials that night. The food was delicious and we will go back again next time we're up there. Please go you'll be happy you did!

Visited May 2014
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Viva Zach!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Zach Bruell is fantastic restaurateur in the city of Cleveland. He operates five fine dining restaurants and they are all wonderful. I highly recommend L'Albatros Brasserie, especially if you are in the University Circle area either at the many wonderful museums, at Case Western Reserve University, or at Severance Hall for an orchestra concert. The food is simply wonderful. One of the best steak and frites I've had outside of France. Fantastic cheese cart. Very European in that respect. But the "French" food is Zach's idea of French which is non-traditional in many senses (like his deconstructed cassoulet), but pays homage to the original French dish. Also, he an absolute wizard when it comes to seafood. The wine list is very French with many wonderful and affordable choices as well as a number of "special" bottles. In good weather, the outside seating in the courtyard is divine.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Canaan, Connecticut
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233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
“Superb food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Best food I had while in Cleveland the charcuterie platter was a great start and the cassoulet was simply outstanding I enjoyed every bite. Everything I ate rivaled the namesake across the ocean it was a great dinner experience. The wine menu is average but with the food and service being so good it was not a problem to enjoy a few wines by the glass. I enjoyed my meal at the bar and had incredibly friendly service. This is a must dine spot when in Cleveland.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A bit or bite of Paris in Cleveland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Just a consistent, excellent dining experience in the heart of University Circle. If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the Seine or feel like you are n the Left Bank. We went during the week and it was comfortable crowded. Food was wonderfully prepared and presented. Service was first class. Wine choices were ample and had a good range. It was an altogether enjoyable experience at a reasonable rate, especially since parking was free.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Becket, Massachusetts
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Dependable Excellence”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The location and decor are pretty much the same, a converted carriage house just off the Case campus in University Circle. The restaurant, under earlier management didn't have much of a name. It was just called That Place on Bellflower. Folks usually left off the street name and just called it That Place. It's never been fancy. The several rooms are all pretty small and reasonable quiet. They serve outside in warm weather, using pretty average patio furniture on a pretty average patio with no view. It's the location, the wine list, and the food people keep coming back for, before or after Symphony, after work, on the weekend with friends and family. It's one of the few places around that can list a dozen wine choices under $40, and two dozen over $200 and offer fair value at all price points. Entrees are more moderately priced than the wine, which to me reflects the proper order of things. The braised lamb shoulder served in a diverse vegetable stew was a perfect foil for the smooth Malbec, that Did Not come from Argentina. My companion enjoyed a lighter California white with a trio of appetizers. Dessert was creative, but not the high point of the evening. Service could not be faulted. Parking here is easy and free. In fact, if it's a nice evening, leave the car and walk to Severance. Come back for an aperitif.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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