Le Lyonnais Restaurant
Le Lyonnais Restaurant

Le Lyonnais Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lelyonnaisacton.com/
  • Phone: 9782639068
  • 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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Le Lyonnais Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (11)special occasion (8)fit for foodies (7)scenic view (7)neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (3)good for groups (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Excellent, well-prepared food. Friendly, attentive waiter service. Very nice, cozy environment
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 86 reviews are from the Le Lyonnais Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inconsistent
    flyfish
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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!
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • off the beaten path
    BostonDiner
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Quaint, small French restaurant with owner/chef of 42 years.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not great
    dwb666
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Our first time at the restaurant. First impressions OK. The menu was wide and varied. Chose the French Onion soup - it was OK. Then had one of the seafood specials. Again OK. Dessert - just OK. There's a theme here. The service started out a little shaky - we asked to substitute something on the menu and you felt you were putting them out. The service got better towards the end. Nothing intrinsically wrong with the whole experience - I just wasn't wowed enough to go back as (in my opinion) there are better options nearby. However if someone invited me to join them for a meal there, I'd go.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a most enjoyable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We had a most enjoyable dinner at Le Lyonnais, my husband really enjoyed his Cassoulet and my Breaded Veal was moist and delicious. We will definitely be making a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    enjoyed
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    from start to finish (escargot to tournedos to chocolate mousse) the food was delightful. The chef even came out when we were finished our meal to see if we enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Bistro
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    When you are in the mood for a great french bistro Le Lyonnais will not fail. It has the classics you would expect, Coq au Vin and Cassoulet, but also surprise with some nouveau French dishes. I was in town for business and happened upon the place. I would definitely revisit the next time in town.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable, tasty evening
    TonyB
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    A touch of Lyon in Metrowest -- food is outstanding and overall a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A charming alternative
    BostonDiner
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Not your average place ... Charming and quaint and a throw back to the era of owner establishments. This is my second time and I enjoyed it. Fine menu with interesting flavor combinations prepared fresh. Plan on 2 hours for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tired French cooking
    Restaurantseeker
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Food quality limited-appreciate management's efforts to provide a fine dining experience but they miss the mark. Coq au vin: dated recipe, non-tender chicken is one example. Few diners on a Saturday night may be a symptom of Le Lyonnais' need to upgrade menu, improve food quality and ambience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Year's Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a delightful experience for New Year's Eve at Le Lyonnais. We usually don't go out for NYE because most restaurants are over crowded and the service and food quality is not the best, but this year we tried Le Lyonnais because we received a last minute availability email from Open Table and decided to give it a go. We had a lovely table by the fireplace, our server, Gail, was attentive but never rushed us, the food and wine were excellent. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Right
    BobS
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We have dined at the Le Lyonnais several times. Latest visit was on New Year's eve with a party of four. Every thing, as usual, was "just right". Food, drinks, service, atmosphere, and setting combine for a friendly-relaxed-formal French country expereince..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic Evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We have been there for the last two New Years eve nite, and we will be back next year if not sooner. great people, food and atmosphere. We thought the prices were appropriate for the great dinner and drinks. Service was exceptional. The waitress was very good and had a great accent, even though she was new.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French - country style cuisine
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    New Years Eve dinner was very special. I love foie gras and for a little extra, they gave me a few slices with my delicious veal chops. Our waitperson said that if we call ahead next time, then Chef would be able to prepare the foie gras seared as an appetizer for me. We also had some wonderful tender venison with quail. The Escargots was tasty, not rubbery. So glad our friends recommended this lovely little restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Excellent food at a reasonable price. In business a longtime. Always consistent and welcoming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent French Dinner
    NeuroscientistVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This was our first visit to Le Lyonnais, where we went for New Years' dinner. The restaurant was outstanding. I had rabbit and quail, which was outstanding. My wife had salmon, which was equally good. The waiter recommended a wine to go with the dishes, and picked excellently. We will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A neighborhood surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We live only five minutes from this restaurant but over more than 26 years we had gone there only once, for dessert. SO, we decided to give it a try on a Friday evening when we did not want to drive far. We were pleasantly surprised by the overall experience. Friendly people, good food and nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate