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“Excellent dining in a casual atmosphere”

L'Albatros Brasserie + Bar
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Ranked #6 of 1,867 Restaurants in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $45
Cuisines: French, Bar
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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.
Reviewed September 25, 2012

We went here because of the Trip Advisor ratings. They are well deserved. It was a short walk from our hotel (Glidden House), but we would drive across town to go there again. We were dressed casually from the day's activities, so we were pleased to find a casual atmosphere with great food.
The homemade split pea soup was delicious. Very rich and thick. The prime short ribs were cooked so the meat stayed tender yet not soft. The mussel dish was just average. It could have used more flavor. The Cahors Malbec wine was very good.
We came in just after a large group (about 30 people) and we expected to have our service be less attentive or slower. But that was not the case. The servers took care of us as if we were the only ones there.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

I was taken here by a friend who lives near the Case Western Reserve campus. The charcuterie plate was as good as I have had in France, and the tomato soup was excellent as well. Service struck a perfect note of keeping us well-fed and watered while leaving us alone most of the time. I hope I can return to Cleveland sometime with my Francophilic wife so we can enjoy a meal here.

1  Thank AndyAtl
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Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

Elegant but comfortable dining. Great wine list. Outstanding service all afternoon into the evening. A great place to catch a bite before a performance at Severance Hall or going to The Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

After a visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art we decided to visit this casual brasserie.

It is in an older building with many small dining wings that twist & turn
each holding modern white tables sans tablecloths with small vases of fresh flowers.

As you enter L'Albatros a dark sleek bar conveys the feeling of a busy happening hip bistro.

An appetizer version of seared giant sea scallps entree was served with brussel sprouts, noodles & pernod cream topped with shaved parmesan cheese.
The juicy layers of flavors all mixed together to form an ecstatic level of creamy rich flavorful fluffy scallops.

We were given a gratis appetizer called "French Toast" because of a short delay in having our table serviced with a waiter.
This flavorful dish has soft toast points smothered in a ragout of sauteed wild mushrooms in a warm balsamic syrup. It is savory with a tart sweet after bite. This explosion of flavors has to be tasted to be believed - glorious.

My husband also ordered an appetizer of Mussels immersed in a garlic, white wine, buttery sauce. They were soft, creamy & dripping with flavor and yes the pomme frits were crisp & hot.
We could have stopped here and gone home very pleased.

The wine menu is extensive - both by the glass & bottle selection. Our waiter was very well versed with the nuances of different varietals so we tried several French whites & reds by the glass.

We split the brasserie chopped salad that was loaded with really creamy aged roquefort cheese - sublime.

My choice for dinner was Roasted Cod served with toasted garlic spatzle, saurkraut, creme fraiche & cornichon mayonnaise.
I was immediately transported to those memorable restaurants you dream about in Paris.
The richness is velvety smooth as the creme fraiche mixes with tart cornichons over moist flaky cod. It doesn't get any better than this - at any price point.

My husband was ecstatic with the roasted almond crusted trout that came with tomato confit, haricots (thin green beans) & truffle butter.
He felt kind of full before he dug into this layered delicacy and could not put his fork down without exclaiming its flavors as perfection.

Their food comes layered together which gives the fish, vegetables, sauces & herbs a chance to all melt together and form this heavenly Julia Child experience.

I can't wait to return to this restaurant.

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2  Thank bexpo
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Great spot for an outdoor dinner on a beautiful summer night (and the inside is pleasant, too). Our sauteed skate wing was done perfectly -- not too much butter or balsamic vinegar, but enough to add some subtle flavor. The wine list veers toward the high end, but we were able to find a nice white French burgundy (Louis Latour Montagny) for under $50. The frozen Blood Orange-Grand Marnier souffle for dessert was sublime! If you happen to be staying at Glidden House (wonderful!), you'll be able to walk to dinner in under 5 minutes.

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2  Thank Peggy O
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