Le Lyonnais Restaurant
Le Lyonnais Restaurant

Le Lyonnais Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lelyonnaisacton.com/
  • Phone: (978) 263-9068
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday and Thursday: 11:30am - 1:45pm (Any day for party of 6 or more); Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Le Lyonnais Restaurant
Chef Gerard's cuisine reflects the natural setting of Le Lyonnais Restaurant. Dine in the comfort of our home, or by the windows overlooking the brook which is frequented by ducks heron and other wildlife. Choose from the many creations that float from the traditional to the modern "aromatise" by "les herbes du jardin." Your hosts will be Gerard and Joan who have been operating Le Lyonnais since 1971.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Le Lyonnais Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (20)special occasion (19)neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (12)notable wine list (9)scenic view (4)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • WE HAVE BEEN GOING TO THIS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    WE HAVE BEEN GOING TO THIS RESTAURANT FOR OVER 25 YEARS AND IT IS ALWAYS SPECIAL.WE NOW LIVE IN SAVANNAH GA AND WHEN WE COME BACK TO MASS. IT IS A DESTINATION WE ARESURE TO VISIT,AGAIN & AGAIN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had to wait for 71 minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    We had to wait for 71 minutes for the food to appear! We had tickets for a show, and we started to get really worried that we would have to bag the dinner and leave! The "coq au vin" was so, so... My friends, on the other hand, loved their lobster dish!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    We ate here for Easter dinner and had a lovely time. The food was very good, although my steak was overcooked, it was overall very nice. I would recommend this to anyone for a nice, above-average dinner with moderate prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't hesitate to go to Le
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Don't hesitate to go to Le Lyonnais! We made reservations last Friday, and we were surprised that the restaurant was open, given the fact that two feet of snow had fallen that day and the streets were not completely plowed. This lovely little restaurant was open and ready for business! We had escargot and mushroom crepes for appetizers, the house signature pear salad and soupe a l'oignon for starters, and we each had a different entree: pork loin, orange duck, and an elegant special featuring a trio of meats. Everything was expertly prepared and delicious, as one would expect from this great restaurant. Desserts were chocolate mousse and (as I recall) "Delice d'Antoinette." Raves all around and much sharing throughout the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is provincial French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    This is provincial French dining. The food was quite good - the salads were excellent. I had called twice and asked for a quite table. They had one section open which was quite noisy. I should have insisted on moving but did not. The service seemed rushed. The menu is substantial, but as soon as we sat down the waitress wanted to know what we wanted to drink, as if the beverage was not part of the overall dinner. Near the end of dinner, we asked to take the remainder home. This was before we order desert. The waitress brought the containers leaving them on the table before we had dessert. This might be OK for a bar or casual restaurant, but have plastic containers on the table does kill the ambiance. I would certain return though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Improve the experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    My husband and I like eating out at French restaurants. The food was nice, but there were several things that were not as nice as at other French restaurants we frequent in the area: The number of wines by the glass was VERY limited, and the quality of the wines offered was low-medium. People that frequent french restaurants would like excellent wine to go with excellent food. In addition we would like the wine to be served in a Riedel-style glass please. Similarly for the Capuchino after the dinner; bigger cups would be nice. Better presentation is needed.The porch room was not cozy in winter; Curtains are needed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our night started by the hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Our night started by the hostess leaving us standing at the front for nearly 10 minutes, then sitting us right next to the kitchen where the floor shaked every time someone walked by. There were other tables available, and I regret not asking to move. We ordered a cheese plate appetizer which came with a bland selection of cheese (grocery store quality Swiss, brie and plain cream cheese with chives mixed in) and some measly apples. It would've been nice to have some crackers for the brie and cream cheese, but no. The lobster in my where's dinner was overcooked, and we had to wait for nearly 20 minutes for our check. Definitely not returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first impression was no lounge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    first impression was no lounge and we came a little early to have a drink. waited outside for 20 minutes. the wine list is dissapointing...have your distributor make up a nice one with descriptions. food was good but a little bland..waitress was adequate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were disappointed that
    joel67VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We were disappointed that they only served a few fixed priced options (it was Valentine's Day, but still). We did not know that. We went because it was a (good) FRENCH restaurant and that wasn't what we got!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Le Lyonnais... always great.
    esquehill
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    As always, our dinner-for-2 on Valentine's day was superb. Four fixed-price choices; great service (perfect level of attentive). I've been going to Le Lyonnais for many years, and I have never, ever been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was courteous but slow.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    We had reservations for two on a week night. We were seated promptly and there was ample spacing amongst the dining tables. The light French music and quiet and pretty ambiance were pleasant and tasteful. The escargot came out in a timely fashion, but our salmon and duck dinners took an hour to be served to us, with no explanation for the delay. The server and hostess were friendly and courteous. My duck dinner was delicious, whereas my companion's salmon and scallop dinner was overcooked. The portions were small.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It has been many years since
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    It has been many years since we went to Le Lyonnaise and we were pleased to find it on OpenTable. It has changed for the better. The ambiance felt like an upscale French outside-of-Paris restuarant. The food was well presented with ample portions and the service was eager to please. I enjoyed a unique ham and sourkraut appitizer served on a scollop shell and the Marseille Paella was excellent with plenty of seafood. My partner was very pleased with the pate' and was overjoyed with the scollop dish. Certainly a go-back- to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    I've lived in Acton for about 25 years and have dined here occasionally, always with satisfaction. I hadn't been here for awhile and came with a new significant other who is both a foodie and somewhat of a wine expert. We arrived fairly early on a Friday evening, so had the place to ourselves for a bit. Service was nicely relaxed. The portions were more generous than I remembered from past visits. My partner was thrilled with his fish soup. I had a great pear sald. Our entrees, coquille st. Jacques and a veal curry were excellent. We also shared a nice dessert crepe. Overall, a lovely experience and we will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I kave llived in the area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    I kave llived in the area for 54 years. This was my first visit. I don't know why I waited so long.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • If you enjoy classic french
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    If you enjoy classic french food and fine dining, Le Lyonnais is the perfect spot. Chef Gerard personally comes to the tables throughout the evening to ensure all diners are enjoying their experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Older but appropriate decor;
    Viking
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    Older but appropriate decor; absolutely marvelous food; desserts to die for; attentive but not over-bearing service, knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list; a definate repeat.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great place! Homey,
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2012
    What a great place! Homey, quiet, yet very warm! The food is superb, the service is gentle, discrete and effective. The best part: the prices. And also the owner / chef. What a gracious gentleman. Came from France (Lyon of course) and opened this restaurant 41 years ago. A loss for France, a gain for America.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    The food was okay... but the overall experience was not very good due to the poor service we received. We had a reservation, but still had to wait 15 minutes to be seated, even though they did not appear that busy. Once seated, we sat with no water in our glasses and no wait staff in sight to even order a cocktail for 20 more minutes. When it came time to order the dinner, my wife asked the waiter to describe one of the meals, which she then ordered. When it came, it was not at all what was described, but was a "kitchen sink" type of meal with every possible shellfish placed on it. Even empty lobster shells... Overall, it was a letdown, because we were hoping to find a nice French restaurant in the area... We will keep lookin
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  • A fantastic evening.....perfect
    PJMJR
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    A fantastic evening.....perfect food, service, menu......a complete evening of dining out. We have already spoken often of Le Lyonnais.
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  • Much to like, much to not like.
    OmnivoreVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    The food is outstanding. The front of the house is a mess. The restaurant looks like Mayberry on the Seine, and that's not a compliment. We waited about five minutes to be greeted, then many more minutes to be seated, etc. It took half an hour to get our cocktails. We'd go back for the food, but with patience and time on our hands. The price point is excellent for the quality and quantity of food.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A touch of refreshing touch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    A touch of refreshing touch of France in Acton. A country French atmosphere with menu to match. We come back time and again for special occasions and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous French Onion Soup
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    Fabulous French Onion Soup and wonderful crepes. We were the only diners there, and the waiter's gaze was awkward.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If I can cook better then
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    If I can cook better then where I'm eating why go out. Disappointing food ... Suppose to be french...
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Le Lyonnais - a little gem.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    Even though I had lived in the area for 30+ years, I had never been to Le Lyonnais for dinner. My friends and my wife and I had a very good time. We ordered from price fixe menu and still had plenty to eat. The waitress was responsive and personable. The chef visited at the end of the meal and asked how our meal was. Overall, the food was very good. The French Onion soup was tangy. I had pork loin, medium rare, and it was cooked correctly, which doesn't always happen. We will definitely be going back for dinner soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Why hadn't I been here before?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Nothing too fancy or complicated, just very well done. Everyone enjoyed their meal, which was served in a relaxed and comfortable setting. A great value restaurant - good-sized portions, and wine selections at very reasonable prices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was only our second visit
    ICouldEatVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    This was only our second visit in four years and we must think to come more often. Menu II from the prix fixe was an exceptional value and the food (pate starter, veal curry, creme caramel) was fantastic. The 2010 Autard chateauneuf-du-pape was a great value at only $70, not that far above average retail. Our server was attentive and while entrees arrived slowly, they were worth the wait. Overall another great experience from an underappreciated resource in Acton.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, it felt like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Excellent food, it felt like taking a trip to the quiet side of lyon
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A gem in Acton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Our first visit, and a pleasant surprise. Friendly, intimate atmosphere. Excellent food. Dessert crêpe was the highlight.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious and
    Meganmom
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    The food was delicious and there were so many tasty choices on the menu that I had a hard time selecting what I wanted. The dining room was very nicely decorated and the waiter was attentive and helpful!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, great atmosphere,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    Excellent food, great atmosphere, great overall experience
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food and wonderful
    Foodie22
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Delicious food and wonderful service. A true dining pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We visited this lovely restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    We visited this lovely restaurant for a special occasion-- the combined anniversaries of three couples, us and our two children! We all loved it. Wonderful food and plenty of it! We ate off the Prix Fixe menu which was very reasonably priced and afforded a good number of choices. The service was great, and the owner and chef came out to speak with us when we finished. The restaurant is beautiful in a charming old house with barn at the back. It has its own herb garden where we saw the chef collecting the herbs for our dinner. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone, and in fact I have done so.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was interested in the vegetarian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    I was interested in the vegetarian special, but the waitress couldn't get the chef to tell us what would be in it. So, I opted for the omelet, which was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet