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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.

Top-end

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  1. 1. Le Gourmet de Sèze - Mid-range: (€20-45 for three-course dinner without drinks)

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    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.Show this on map

    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 Seze Website

  2. 2. Les Terrasses de Lyon - Top-end: (More than €45 for three-course dinner without drinks)

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    Les Terrasses de Lyon, Lyon. © Villa Florentine

    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.Show this on map

    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

    Les Terrasses de Lyon Website

  3. 3. Le Comptoir de la Rue Le Bec - Top-end: (More than €45 for three-course dinner without drinks)

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

    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.Show this on map

    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

    Le Comptoir de la Rue Le Bec Website

Mid-range

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  1. 4. Brasserie Georges - Mid-range: (€20-45 for three-course dinner without drinks)

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

    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).Show this on map

    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

  2. 5. Léon de Lyon - Top-end: (More than €45 for three-course dinner without drinks)

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    Léon de Lyon, Lyon. © Restaurant Léon de Lyon

    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.Show this on map

    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

  3. 6. L'Est - Mid-range: (€20-45 for three-course dinner without drinks)

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    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.Show this on map

    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

    L'Est Website

  4. 7. Les Adrets - Mid-range: (€20-45 for three-course dinner without drinks)

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    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.Show this on map

    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

Budget

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  1. 8. Le Garet - Budget: (Less than €20 for three-course dinner without drinks)

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    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.Show this on map

    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

  2. 9. Café des Fédérations - Budget

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    This is one of the busiest bistros in Lyon, and sometimes the most amusingly raucous. Catering to the office-worker crowd, it's operated with military precision by a team of hardworking employees. The fixed-price menus evoke old-time Lyonnais cuisine with options like eggs en meurette (poached in red wine and pistachio speckled Lyonnais sausage served with gratin dauphinois (a potato gratin dish with cream and garlic).

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    Cost

    Fixed-price lunch 20€, dinner 25€

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat noon-2pm and 7.30-9:30pm

    Address

    8 rue Major-Martin, Lyon, France

    Telephone

    04-78-28-26-00

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