Lyon Hall
Lyon Hall

Lyon Hall

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lyonhallarlington.com/
  • Phone: 7037417636x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 1130AM-3PM

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5PM-10PM Friday & Saturday: 5PM-11PM

    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday: 9:30AM-3PM

    Happy Hour:
    Everyday: 3PM-7PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian, German, French
  • Executive Chef: Liam LaCivita/Andy Bennett
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Near Clarendon Metro on Orange Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Lyon Hall
Lyon Hall is a modern bistro serving approachable Alsatian-inspired fare, including an extensive selection of house-made charcuterie and sausages. The menu changes with the season to highlight fresh produce from local farms, as do the pastries, desserts and fresh bread.The affordable wine list focuses on French selections, while the impressive beer list offers an extensive selection of European drafts and bottles. Located in an historic art deco building in the heart of downtown Clarendon, Lyon Hall is a vibrant neighborhood spot with a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Perfect for an elegant dinner in the stylish dining room, frankfurters and beer flights with friends at the lively bar, or enjoying a warm evening on the patio with a bottle of wine and selections from the dynamic cheese menu. The private room located in our mezzanine level offers a great spot for small to medium size groups enjoying a private meal or cocktail reception.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Lyon Hall reviews from OpenTable diners
269 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (166)great for outdoor dining (154)fit for foodies (146)great for brunch (101)vibrant bar scene (95)great for lunch (68)good for groups (65)hot spot (61)special occasion (61)notable wine list (51)romantic (34)kid-friendly (24)late-night find (23)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Michael the Maitre D is wonderful
    superduoVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2010
    Michael the Maitre D is wonderful and our server (Allison) was attentive and knowledgeable. Cool neighborhood spot,will definitely return! :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food and great wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/11/2010
    Fantastic food and great wine and beer list in a non-pretentious atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Although I live across the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/11/2010
    Although I live across the street, and was looking for to its opening, I don't think I will return. We were seated upstairs and the noise level was so high it was uncomfortable. My dining partner and I had to practically shout at each other. This was the second table at which we had been sat; the first was right next the service station on the first floor and the person seated in the chair was certain to have been in the direct path of the staff as they raced to and fro. On the other hand, the restaurant was kind enough to seat us right away on a Friday night even though I had called to let them know we were running 15 minutes lates.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The steak frites were excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2010
    The steak frites were excellent as always, but the other two pork dishes were almost tasteless. Very disapointing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great addition to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2010
    This is a great addition to the Clarendon scene. Us "50 somethings" went on a Tuesday night and it got pretty noisy by 8:30, so I can only imagine how noisy it must be when the "30 somethings" take over! But the French/Belgium theme menu was a nix mix of choices and well done. Wine and beer selections also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great, but it
    Mari
    Dined on 6/5/2010
    The food was great, but it was a noisy... hard to follow the conversation (table of 4). They should consider some noise-abatement strategies...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu, another gem from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2010
    Great menu, another gem from the folks who brought Liberty Tavern to Arlington. Homemade sausages, great beer list, will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place was outstanding.
    bones
    Dined on 5/29/2010
    This place was outstanding. I was pleasantly surprised that there was a happy hour on a saturday. That was fantastic. The food was equally good. I was there as part of a group of 5 and one of my friends there was from france and even he thought the sausages stacked up. my rating of the noise as being moderate should not be taken as a negative. we were on the patio and it was more comfortable than if it were "quiet". besides, i think we might have been the loud ones early on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood spot. Fab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/27/2010
    Great neighborhood spot. Fab drinks and beer selection, but not many dishes I wanted to eat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food at Lyon hall is nothing
    RCJHewl
    Dined on 5/21/2010
    The food at Lyon hall is nothing short of outstanding. Kudos to the chef.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Has potential, but the chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/20/2010
    Has potential, but the chef needs to fine-tune some things. I went with 2 other people and all of our meals were extremely salty. I hope it gets better after it is open for a while and they work out some kinks.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good food and a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2010
    Really good food and a great beer list. Lyon Hall is described as a French brasserie, but it's more Belgian (and German) than French. The kitchen still doesn't have its timing down; we waited a very long time between courses. But the environment was lively enough that we didn't mind too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very broad menu but extremely
    ClarendonrunnerVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2010
    Very broad menu but extremely loud on the weekend evening we were there
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A party with great food. Our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/14/2010
    A party with great food. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was presented wonderfully. That's a good start for a new place. With two bottles of wine (45% of our cost) and multiple appetizers, entrees and desert, dinner for two with $200 with tax. The dishes were all at least good, some were quite excellent. Some of the dishes need some tweaking. On the excellent side - pickled sardines, pickled mackeral, poached halibut, duck fat fries. The Burgundy snails were too spinach flavored with an iron-like flavor. The black pudding had too much dandelion greens in whole strands that were a challenge to cut - the concept definitely works with the bitter greens balancing the rich pudding; I would have prefered a bit more pudding
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food quality was only OK,
    Rozrez
    Dined on 5/14/2010
    Food quality was only OK, and some portions (for example, the assorted charcuterie) were disappointingly small for the price. But, the overwhelming impression of the evening was that the noise level was physically discomforting and made conversation almost impossible. In the latter regard, perhaps things were worse because we were there at an intensely busy 7-9 pm period on Friday; however, to some extent the noise problem is architectural.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting menu with great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/12/2010
    Interesting menu with great service. Really loud - not a place for quiet or intimate conversation. Everything we had was delicious. And the tab at the end of the night was a pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool new spot in Clarendon.
    mrkintuVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2010
    Cool new spot in Clarendon. Don't know if it is early opening bugs, but we had reservations and we weren't seated for almost 20 minutes past our reservation time. Ordered the flank steak and it was good but it came out cold. Sent it back and the next one was only warm. Ugh. I'd maybe wait a month or two and see if they shake out the kinks before trying.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good, although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2010
    Food was very good, although menu should be expanded. The service was very good/excellent -- out server was very attentive and professional. The noise level downstairs was far too loud due to a combination of loud music, many people at the bar (which is joined to the dining room), and tables very close to each other. We could barely hear ourselves speak. I would return but only if we were guaranteed a table upstairs, where it is supposedly quieter.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a red-letter day at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/8/2010
    Not a red-letter day at the restaurant! It's uncomfortably loud in the restaurant. After we checked in at the front, the host called my cell twice to see if we were still coming, while we were at the bar! Our entrees arrived cold, and a server/ manager was nowhere to be found. Only after our meal was finished and we were ready to go did our server or manager stop by to check on us. B then, the damage was done. I can't say we'll be back- ever!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was superb! In the three
    BillVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2010
    Food was superb! In the three weeks it's been open, Lyon Hall has become a very popular spot w/ the younger, single crowd. Friday night around 9 pm must be about prime time and the noise level at the bar was extremely 'energetic'. Unfortunately, that carried over into the first floor dining area making it difficult to have a conversation across the table. Older diners might want to try mid-week.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - interesting,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/6/2010
    Great food - interesting, modern takes on French, German and Alsatian favorites, all made right there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/5/2010
    The service was excellent. The food was different from the norm and very good. I liked the variety and the nice array of fish on the menu. It was a bit too noisy for me. We were there for our anniversary, but the noise level would be fine if we were with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had poached fish for my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/5/2010
    I had poached fish for my entree and it was good, but nothing special. On the other hand, the cheese course was excellent. Worth going just for the cheese selection. Service was friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was relaxed but also sophisticated. A little noisy for my taste. Overall I think Lyon Hall is a good addition to the Clarendon restaurant scene.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent, and I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2010
    Food was excellent, and I am really excited to eat there again. Service was a bit slow, but they were slammed and just opened so I am sure it will improve once the kinks get worked out. I would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thought this place was great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/1/2010
    Thought this place was great. The food was delicious, number of items on the menu to cover all palates, good wine & beer selection. A couple of caveats server said that many dishes were big enough to share, not from what my companion and I order or from what I peeped from other tables unless your watching your food intake severly but still tasty none the less. This is tight space and if you are a party of 2 or 4 for that matter b prepared to sit closly to others and see servers rears, also the noise level was more than I expected the bar area is very lively but this is supposed to be a french bistro right. All that said this is an eatery to check out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crowded - cold but tasty skirt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/30/2010
    Crowded - cold but tasty skirt steak, bland mussels, great beer list
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/30/2010
    Don't go to this restaurant if you want a quiet dinner. Service was good, but not enough help, so we had a long wait. My fish was very flavorful and cooked well. Not that impressed with the skirt steak.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went two weeks after it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2010
    We went two weeks after it opened and I hope that is the reason for our disappointing experience. Our waitress seemed nervous and unprepared to give recommendations on the menu. We started with a cheese plate and the portions were minuscule; between the two of us, we nearly had one taste of each of the three selections. In addition, the chutney and spread accompanying the plate were not complimentary or good. My husband’s hake dish was inedible, as they served up mostly cartilage and it was luke warm. The price point is a bit high for what it is and what you get. We had high hopes for this new establishment and felt very let down after dining there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lyon Hall is going to be great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2010
    Lyon Hall is going to be great once they figure out the kitchen. Side dishes came way before the entrees. Staff was very apologetic and made it right by comping wine, dessert. Food was excellent once it arrived. The waiter was terrific - right now the challenge is getting the food out in a timely manner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great menu, food was well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/24/2010
    great menu, food was well prepared & service was very good. Entirely too noisy, I could barely hear the server or she me. It's in my neighborhood and has such good food that I will return, hoping for a quieter evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lyon Hall opened before it
    WorkingGourmet
    Dined on 4/23/2010
    Lyon Hall opened before it was ready to handle the crowds and we paid the price. After waiting 15 mins for our table, our expectations were high based on the flavorful pumpernickel bread, succulent mussels and shrimp appetizers, and great wine. As we waited for our Amish chicken main dish, we began to suspect that the chickens were being delivered from Amish country by horse and buggy. 90 mins after being seated we were served lukewarm chicken with an over-brined duck confit -- inedible! Fri night we went without dinner. The manager graciously comped our meal. Because of that and our wonderful waitress we will give Lyon Hall one more try. Until the kinks are worked out, we suggest first timers avoid Fri and Sat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went during the first week
    FlamingoFallsVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2010
    We went during the first week it was open. VERY loud. We were seated up in the trophy room. Needs more trophies, and generally, more inviting decor. We thought it would be more charming/art deco, but instead was rather bland. Our server (Dave? Bearded dude) was very good. Menu is a little too ambitious, hard to read, and poorly organized. Appetizers were so-so (chicken liver spaetzle was very disappointing; asparagus OK, but no better than Harris Teeter deli; steak tartare good). Main courses were much better. Dorade was excellent, chicken breast and hake were also very good. Overall, it needs some time to shake out (as did Liberty Tavern, which was disappointing at first, but has become a favorite). Owner/manager came by, which was nice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lyon Hall has finally brought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2010
    Lyon Hall has finally brought some class and grace to Arlington. Excellent creative food with attentive intelligent wait staff.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place, great food, greater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/22/2010
    Great place, great food, greater service. Ask for Jackson.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, ambiance and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/21/2010
    Great food, ambiance and service. Definitely will be back on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There were plenty of opening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/20/2010
    There were plenty of opening night issues, particularly slow service. From seating to leaving, dinner took over 2.5 hours - including an hour wait between salad and entree without explanation - too long for a weekday night out. The tables are close together so get ready to meet your neighbors, or at least overhear their entire conversation. With that said, the food was really good. If you opt to go to Lyon Hall - the beet salad is a must order and definitely save room for dessert. As for me? With the vibrant dining scene in the Clarendon area it will probably be a long time before I go back. The service issues really did detract from the dining experience. I'll wait until they work the kinks out before going again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic