French Restaurants in University Heights

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Housed in the former Taylor and Sons Department Store–a historic building that has tastefully transformed its 4,000 sq. ft. into a chic interior and exterior space–Zinc Bistro is a sophisticated eatery that serves prime steaks, French classics, and raw from one of Cleveland's only raw bars. The seasonal lunch menu is a tuxedo-worthy medley of soups, oysters, savory sandwiches, frites, and salads. For dinner, taste buds can take aim at duck a l'orange with butternut-bacon hash ($28) or a pork chop with choucroute, rutabaga puree, and apple-bourbon ($24). Ishmaels can reacquaint themselves with the eats of the oceans by noshing six fresh oysters ($12–$14), a bowl of lobster bisque ($11), or moules frites ($17) stacked with Prince Edward Island mussels, Pernod, and Zinc frites.

668 Euclid Ave
Cleveland,
OH
US

Start with the French onion soup and move on to the main course at L'Albatros. No need to miss out on L'Albatros just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Drinks are also on the menu here, so guests can start the night off right. The private room at L'Albatros is an excellent option when you're heading out with a big group for a night of celebration. Stay connected at no cost thanks to L'Albatros' wifi. Dine under the sun (or stars) at L'Albatros with their charming outdoor seating.

Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. For the tastes of L'Albatros from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.

The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door.

Prices at L'Albatros typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.

11401 Bellflower Ct
Cleveland,
OH
US

First Watch offers an array of tempting American cuisine. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at First Watch, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining. Stay connected at no cost thanks to First Watch's wifi.

Keep it casual at First Watch — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. You can also have First Watch cater your next event. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.

The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door.

Save your pennies for a rainy day — with prices generally under $15, you'll have plenty left over even after dining at First Watch. The restaurant is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.

13950 Cedar Rd
Cleveland,
OH
US

Hailed by Cleveland Magazine as possessing “a culinary sixth sense when it comes to flavor,” Americano chef Vytauras Sasnauskas honed his culinary skills under the tutelage of Loretta Paganini, the celebrated founder of Chesterland’s Loretta Paganini School of Cooking. With roots in Cleveland’s culinary scene that extend back to 1996, it makes sense that Sasnauskas prizes locally harvested ingredients for his menu of daring bistro cuisine. Succulent cuts of beef are drizzled with creative sauces such as brûléed fig and gorgonzola, and traditional comfort foods are reimagined, such as mac 'n' cheese with gourmet flourishes of truffle oil and melted brie. Servers are happy to recommend pairings from a vast drink list that features old-fashioned cocktails and dozens of wines.

Americano is tucked away inside One Bratenahl Place, which creates a secluded vibe. With its smoked mirrors and heavy wooden chairs, the classically elegant dining room serves to tether the whimsical cuisine.

1 Bratenahl Pl
Bratenahl,
OH
US

At Streat Burger, guests construct their meals with Ohio farm-raised beef, pulled pork, or quinoa patties before piling them high with seasonal greens, spicy relishes, and flavorful toppings. Each custom-made sandwich, fresh salad, or basket of hand-cut fries pairs with a frosty beverage from the craft beer list, full of dozens of selections ranging from refreshing watermelon wheat to crisp, hoppy double IPAs.

1433 Som Center Rd
Mayfield Heights,
OH
US

Come to First Watch for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love. Dieters beware — First Watch does not offer low-fat cuisine. Get online gratis thanks to First Watch's complimentary wifi.

Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.

Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.

You'll find your bill at First Watch to be more than reasonable, with most meals costing less than $15. Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.

1431 Som Center Rd
Cleveland,
OH
US