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 27, 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
  • Great French food west of Boston
    theRev
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Wonderful french cuisine! Gerard has been in this house for 43 years (this week). He sets a very fine table. Hand reprepared food. Seasonal items like Pheasant, Rabbit as well as many traditional dishes like duckling, rack of lamb. Desserts are delectable. Soups and salads are extremely tasty. Poisson Marseillase is a wonderful fish soup. Ingredients in all dishes are fresh. We dine here about four times a year. most highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect French dinning experience
    Vincent
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Compared to usual "trendy" restaurant with long lines, TVs all over the place, noisy and over priced, Le Lyonnais is a perfect experience, with typical French courses from starters to desserts, including some very good wines without breaking the bank. Location is easy access and the service is awesome. You don't feel like they want you out quickly because 30 people are already in the queue waiting for your table. You are there to enjoy the food, and the time. Le Lyonnais will fit any need: romantic, Business, family reunions or just for foodies. Gerard loves what he does and will do whatever it takes to make you happy. It's good to go in a French restaurant that actually looks, sounds and tastes French. BTW, the Chateaubriand is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I enjoyed our dining experience. I had the quail, which although very tasty, was a bit on the dry side for my palate. The tourenados were excellent, as were the meringues we had for dessert. The coffee was a bit old. I would recommend the restaurant, but do ask them for fresh coffee.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable Saturday Night
    OpentablefanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Le Lyonnais serves classic French food in a relaxed atmosphere with knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff. I had the cassoulet, which was served with a quail, veal and duck confit. My dining partner had the breast of chicken served in a grand marnier sauce. Both sauces were excellent and fit the dishes. The wine menu complemented the dishes. The cassoulet was filled with a lot of meat and a few vegetables, which I liked, but would have probably been better with a little less meat and a little more vegetables. The chicken was overcooked, but still very good. When informed of the overcooked chicken, the chef apologized and gave a complementary dessert for the mistake. A very pleasant dining experience. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Very Good Restaurant...
    BobM
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Although not cutting-edge cuisine, we were looking for good food and wine in a comfortable setting where we could chat and not be rushed. This was the perfect place. Everything we ordered was very good/excellent. I found a good bottle of Bordeaux on the wine list that I liked alot (I'm a picky wine-guy). We sat and talked and dined for three hours, we were never rushed. Our waiter never hovered and knew just the right time to refill water glasses and remove finished plates, quality European style service. He also found a special Sauternes for me in the cellar for after dinner. I was very positively surprised by this restaurant and would go back again anytime.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best french restaurant in Acton
    MSM2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was excellent, and people really nice. The bill was very descent regarding the dishes we had. We even had the chance to talk to Gerard (the chef), who came to our table and had a chat with us. I definitely recommend this place if anyone want to have a taste of a true french cuisine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little bit of France in the 'burbs
    woz2
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Chef/proprietor Gerard Labrosse has been delighting customers for 42 years at this location. How many restaurants can you say that of? A meal at Le Lyonnais is always an outstanding way to celebrate any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great French Food
    ActonEater
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Le Lyonnais. The chef greeted us at the door, and invited us into a charming dinning room in a the converted house. The food was excellent; Delicate and simple Onion Soup Gratinee, delightfully earthy crepes stuffed with a variety of mushrooms. My wife said the Paella was the best she ever had, and the portion was astoundingly generous. I enjoyed my perch and scallops, really well executed and beautifully presented, and we couldn't stay away from the creme caramel. The 43 years of experience and love that have gone into this gem show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old World Charm in this little gem
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Chef Gerard warmly welcomes you to his romantic, candle lit, cozy restaurant - so authentic with old world charm that you feel as though you've been invited into a French country home. The menu is a delight - with a surprisingly wide range of option that will delight the foodie while also keeping not-so-adventurous eaters very happy. My roasted beet salad with endives with just the right amount of homemade dressing was delicious. My husband loved his onion soup. We then had the chateaubriand for two (so hard to find on menus these days!), and a wine so perfect it made your heart flutter. This delightful meal wrapped up with a creme caramel and a beautiful Sauternes. All this with live accordion music and very attentive service. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old school, classic French Country
    Billybob207
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Ambiance: gracious, gentle, peaceful Food: we were excited about this style 40 years ago with Julia Service: genuine effort to please Go here for an old fashioned French Country style meal. Unlike almost every other restaurant in the area, you will be able to hear your partner speak - clearly. It's the kind of romantic experience that most younger people have never imagined. It might drive them crazy. Leave all your devices in the car. Talk. Listen, Taste. Wallow in the sensuality. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Average
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything was absolutely wonderful! We had a lovely birthday dinner celebration.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cute and delicious
    yumyum
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Though the service was a bit slow at first, the food was excellent, the ambiance was cute, and the elderly French chef was adorable and took the time to personally greet each table. Prices were reasonable too; especially the set price menus.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    2222VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Le Lyonnaise. The vegetable soup was delicious, as we're the entrees (I had steak and my husband ordered te trout). The dessert crepes were really great as well. The restaurant is in what had been an older house, so there were several small rooms. We would hughly recommend it and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OUI, worth the trip
    me1nyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Yes, we have dined in this charming country french venue in the suburbs several times this year. Longtime chef owner constructed extensive and varied menu with french specialties as soupe a l'onion, cassoulet, sweetbreads and well as delicious, well prepared and beautifully presented duck, trout amandine, lamb chops,pork loin with pepper. Many choices including 2 reasonable prix fixe menus, with wonderful variety and including the onion soup and dessert crepe . Only problem this time surprisingly was the rice which tasted as if it came out of an Uncle Ben's box -disappointing. Located in a little white house and back glassed in dining room has a beautiful view of lawn and stream. Solicitous grandmother type waitress was very helpful
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Dining
    MikeJ
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Very expensive, but the quality is superb. Chef Gerard greeted us in person as we were leaving... nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Amazing food, amazing people, completely worth a visit!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    LoveToEatOut
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The menu selection was extensive and the food was excellent. The fixed price menu is a great value. We were a party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their meals. Great atmosphere and quiet ambiance. It was so nice to be able to converse easily.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 96 reviews are from the Le Lyonnais Restaurant reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Traditional French. Cuisine good. Aspires to elegance, but missing the fine touches.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a very special friend's home ...
    jsosmd
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The menu, even at lunch, has a wide variety of selections, and they are willing to be flexible even with the prix fixe menus. Each dish is home-style-tasty yet gourmet-style- attractive. The entire place is cozy yet spacious - no sardine-style seating! Quiet, tasteful background music that allows for great conversation even when with a group. A special place, yet affordable enough to go even when it is not a special occasion. You can linger without feeling any pressure to finish and leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dining in the French countryside
    Mike
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Always a dining experience, never disapointing. Our favorite spot outside the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ups and Downs
    Viking
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great setting in a converted older home; most of the food (especially the pork loin and crepes) was fantastic; Angus beef was disappointing, with a thick grizzle along one full edge. Service was very attentive, with knowledgeable server. Wine list a bit limited. Please, please get some new chairs!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Poor Experience
    Travelingtaster
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This restaurant was excellent in years past. Now it is empty and not a place that I would return to. Too bad.
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  • Dissapointing
    Eric
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A very nice location and well taken care of large home turned into a restaurant, but.......French cuisine would have never attained its high status if Le Lyonnaise was its representative. The food was totally uninspired. Smallest wine list in history.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Excellent, well-prepared food. Friendly, attentive waiter service. Very nice, cozy environment
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great!
    esquehill
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've been dining at Le Lyonnais for years; it's always been a favorite go-to restaurant for special occasions. Many wonderful menu choices (updated frequently) with outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find!
    SkywayVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    If you like French cuisine, this would work for you. Happened upon this charming spot by chance while passing through Acton... Got last reservation with O T. Nice atmosphere for couples, delicious food, in a lovely setting. An unexpected bonus...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday dinner
    Jacques4lesBruins
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The dinner was outstanding. Wonderful service. Great atmosphere. We have never been let down by this wonderful restaurant. It's our special go to place. It reminds both of us of our visits to France.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Surprise!
    jzee
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    A gem in Acton, excellent departure from a meeting in Boxboro. Try all the specials!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    happycouple
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I took my husband to Le Lyonnais for his birthday. We both ordered different items from the prefixe appetizer to dessert menu. It gave us the opportunity to try several items (pate, fish soup, pork, veal, chocolate mousse, and a caramel tart brought to the table with a candle in it). The menu had so many delicious looking items, as well as a few unusual items. We were at the restaurant for over two hours. We were never rushed. As a matter of fact, we had time to rest between each course, so we did not feel stuffed. The food was wonderfully presented and tasted delicious! Nellie, our server was attentive. She never let us feel rushed. She told us she would be there all night with us.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    glen
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The service was not knowledgeable about food in general or the menu. THe lamb was undercooded and basically inedible. The cassoulet was good. For some reason they don't salt any of their food enough. Will never go back.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inconsistent
    flyfishVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Waited 15 minutes after being seated before waitstaff came to table. After that, service OK. Pleasant atmosphere. Wine list limited and pricey. Interesting menu. Special appetizer mushroom crepe well prepared, good flavor, lacking salt. Salmon and scallop entree excellent. Coquille st jaques scallops overcookedd, vegies excellent. Cheese cake dessert excellent. Coffee fine but milk and cream ice cold. (Never that way in Lyon FR). Overall somewhat pricey but interesting menu makes it worth a second try.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great french dining in Acton!
    JDWWfoodie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I took my wife here for a valentines dinner and have to say we were both very happy with this choice. The restaurant is actually a house that was converted so it has several smaller dining rooms with a very cozy almost rustic charm. Everything has a bit of a home made feel from the wine list to the menu, a nice change from dining in the city where things can be so overly polished. We had the mushroom crepe and mussels as appetizers. The mussels were unfortunately bland, but the crepe was very nice. For entree's I had the quail cassoulet and my wife had a seafood special, (sorry I forgot the names), both of which were excellent. Service was very good and except for the mussels the food was as well. Will be back to try the Duck L'orange!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood French restaurant
    dswartz
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Had a quail&rabbit confit special. Wife had chocolate mousse for dessert, and I had Crepes Joelle with a cappucino. Excellent!
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • world class quality dining
    me1nyVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A chef owned charming French restaurant in Acton. Extensive menu, meticulous detail,beautiful presentation veggies and meat in many styles encompass pork loin, beef, lamb, sweetbreads tripe, seafood varieties with mussels, paella, cassoulet, duck, quail,,chicken, trout , skate,more. Everything is delicious. Generous portions, nice wine list. very reasonable prix fixe choices …and full menu as well. Well worth the trip.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Delicious!
    mikebold
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My wife and I wanted to try some where new and we are so glad that we chose Le Lyonnais. The food was outstanding and our service was great. This is a nice quaint spot and we had an outstanding evening. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Good Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We had not been to Le Lyonnais for about 25 years due to moves, etc. although it used to be a family favorite of all generations. When we went back last week it was every bit as wonderful as we had remembered it. Chef Girard and wife Joan greeted us as always - the food was fabulous; I had duck which was cooked to perfection and onion soup that was the best I've ever had. We hope to be back again and again!
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The menu was expensive but the quality of the food was not there. You can find much better French restaurant elsewhere.
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  • The food poor. The ambiance
    dinerwithhubby
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food poor. The ambiance was charming except that the lighting was much too bright in one half of the room and there was no music for ambiance. There's an awkward wait when one arrives. The wait service was barely fair. the cocktails were stingy.
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  • Le Lyronaise for dinner!
    Rlane
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Excellent meal, excellent choices from their Prix Fixed menu. This is a special occasion type place for me. We went on Valentines day and we were not dissapointed.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost outstanding
    Musedman
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Valentine's Day at Le Lyonnais ended years of passing bye and stating "gee, we should stop there some day." "Open Table's" reservation service easily found a table for two with no problem at all. From the beginning, little things began to chip away at the one missing star in my review. Parking was insufficient for diners on that evening. We were seated promptly and cocktails were ordered. Our diminutive martinis were largely gin flavored vermouth and not well made at all. My escargot and my wife's poached pear salad were top notch, as was the stuffed quail and venison which I found slightly overdone. Ending with a chocolate fruit cup was perfect. Perhaps a surprise sorbet to cleanse the palate might have help justify $200+ check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet