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Restaurants in Lyon

Acclaimed throughout France as the nation's gastronomic capital, thanks to quality local ingredients, Lyon is bursting with gourmet restaurants. Most cluster on lively Presqu'île and touristy Vieux Lyon, from top-name Léon de Lyon and classic Brasserie Georges to cosy, distinctive 'bouchons', such as low-priced Le Garet, serving traditional Lyonnais andouillettes (tripe), pork and chicken at modest prices. Opt for good-value set menus. Mealtimes are fairly inflexible: 12pm-2pm for lunch, 8pm-9.30pm for dinner. Tipping is not required.

Brasserie Georges, Lyon. Courtesy of Rhône-Alpes Tourisme, © C. Delpal
Léon de Lyon, Lyon.  © Restaurant Léon de Lyon
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Léon de Lyon

Lyon's greatest name

Léon de Lyon, on the central Presqu'île, under its chef Jean-Paul Lacombe, has been famous for decades as the place for classic Lyon gastronomy. Imaginatively prepared specialities include pheasant soup with foie gras and red beans. Four ultra-swish dining rooms are lined with the chef's own oil paintings. Petit Léon, next door, offers a cheaper menu.



Opening Hours

Lunch from 11am & dinner from 7pm

Address

1, Rue Pléney, Lyon, 69001

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 72 10 11 12

Transport

Hôtel de Ville Métro

Website

Léon de Lyon Website

Les Terrasses de Lyon, Lyon. © Villa Florentine
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Les Terrasses de Lyon

Haute cuisine and views

Les Terrasses de Lyon, set in a luxurious hotel in a former 18th-century convent on Fourvière Hill above Vieux Lyon, offers a panoramic city view and the acclaimed cooking of chef Davy Tissot. Combining tradition with modernity, he produces dishes such as venison with stuffed cabbage and wild berries and a range of vegetarian options.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 12.15pm-1.15pm & 7.30pm-9.30pm

Address

Villa Florentine, 25, montée Saint-Barthélemy, Lyon, 69005

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 72 56 56 02

Transport

Vieux Lyon Métro and Minimes funicular

Website

Villa Florentine Website

Nicolas Le Bec, Lyon.  Courtesy of Restaurant Nicolas le Bec, © GuillaumePerret
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Nicolas Le Bec

Creative modern cuisine

Nicolas Le Bec, on the Presqu'île close to the River Rhône, is a top name on the Lyon restaurant scene. One of the younger generation of chefs, he offers creative and often surprising dishes, combining classic French cuisine with spices, flowers, exotic fruits, cocoa and other flavours, in a smart and stylish bright modern setting.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 12-2pm & 7.30pm-9.30pm

Address

14, Rue Grolée, Lyon, 69002

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 78 42 15 00

Transport

Cordeliers Métro

Website

Nicolas Le Bec Website

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Les Adrets

The locals' favourite

Lyon residents, as well as visitors, return again and again to Les Adrets, in Vieux Lyon. A charming and atmospheric restaurant with rustic old tiles and wooden beams, it is a long-standing favourite for its generous quantities of authentic traditional Lyonnais cooking at remarkably moderate prices.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-1.30pm & 7pm-9.30pm

Address

30, rue du Boeuf, Lyon, 69005

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 78 38 24 30

Transport

Vieux Lyon Métro

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Le Gourmet de Sèze

Left Bank charm

Among the chic restaurants and bars of the Brotteaux neighbourhood, Le Gourmet de Sèze is a charming, friendly, relaxed restaurant. Attractive in its imaginative light-and-dark décor, it is acclaimed for first-rate classic French cooking with a modern twist, using the best of fresh, seasonal produce, especially fish and shellfish. Wonderful regional wines and chocolate desserts.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm & 7.45pm-9.30pm

Address

129, rue de Sèze, Lyon, 69006

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 78 24 23 42

Transport

Brotteaux Métro

Website

Le Gourmet de Sèze Website

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L'Est

Chic, arty modern brasserie

Watch chefs working while you eat at busy, modern, stylish L'Est, in the Brotteaux district. The walls are lined with pictures and a miniature train circles the room at ceiling height! It is one of four individual eateries in the city run by premier French chef Paul Bocuse, whose main restaurant is just outside Lyon.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-3pm & 7pm-11pm (until 12am Thu-Sun)

Address

14, Place Jules Ferry, Gare des Brotteaux, Lyon, 69006

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 37 24 25 26

Transport

Brotteaux Métro

Website

Paul Bocuse Website

Brasserie Georges, Lyon. Courtesy of Rhône-Alpes Tourisme, © C. Delpal
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Brasserie Georges

Art-Deco brasserie

Brasserie Georges, on a busy corner in the Perrache area of the Presqu'ile, is a spacious, traditional brasserie restaurant in splendid Art Deco style. Informal, convivial and excellent value, it has been popular with locals since 1836 for hearty Alsace choucroute, heaped seafood platters and meaty 'Lyonnaiseries' (local dishes).



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-11.15pm (until 12.15am Fri & Sat)

Address

30, Cours Verdun, Lyon, 69002

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 72 56 54 54

Transport

Perrache Métro

Website

Brasserie Georges Website

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Bistrot St Paul

Hearty Gascony specialities

In Vieux Lyon, beside the River Saône, Bistrot St Paul is that Lyon rarity, a restaurant focusing on a different region of France. The low-priced menus at this friendly, popular bistro feature cassoulet, duck and goose dishes and other robust specialities of Gascony in the South-West.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri & Sun 12pm-2pm & 8pm-10pm; Sat dinner only

Address

2, Quai de Bondy, Lyon, 69005

Telephone

+ 33 (0) 4 78 28 63 19

Transport

Saint Paul or Vaulx en Velin Métro

Website

Bistrot St Paul Website

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Le Garet

Classic Lyonnais Bouchon

Le Garet, two steps from Place des Terreaux in the heart of the Presqu'île, is one of the best loved of the traditional Lyonnais 'bouchons'. A relaxed, atmospheric bistro for food-lovers, it offers flavoursome local dishes such as fish quenelles, tripe, calf's head and andouillettes at very modest prices.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-1.30pm & 7.30pm-9.30pm

Address

7, rue Garet, Lyon, 69001

Telephone

+33 (0) 4 78 28 16 94

Transport

Hôtel de Ville Métro

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