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About Le Lyonnais Restaurant

November 4th only. Restaurant 45 year anniversary special. All food items 20% off !

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.

416 Great Rd
Acton, MA 01720
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Seasonal 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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(978) 263-9068

Website:
http://lelyonnaisacton.com/

Additional:
Full Bar, Private Room

Le Lyonnais Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Romantic (17)
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Cozy (17)
Authentic (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Business Meals (5)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Waterfront (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
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Tasting Menu (2)
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Great for Brunch (1)
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Disabled Access (1)
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Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Chef Gerard is amazing! And so is his creative French cusine! The adorable French country themed restaurant and family staff is so inviting and enjoyable! The flavors and notable wine list is also a win win! Love it here ! :) keep up the great work be back soon! <3 jessica and family

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

We had a wonderful meal for 5 to celebrate a family birthday. The food was delicious with just the right authentic French je ne sait quoi. The wait staff were helpful and courteous, and the atmosphere relaxed and inviting. This restaurant is an oasis: What a lovely surprise to have this little piece of France right on our doorstep.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

My wife, my two daughters (young women in their early twenties) and I were in the area for a family wedding on Sunday and chose Le Lyonnaise because we all love traditional French cooking. We were very impressed with the warm and welcoming service, the creativity and quality of the menu offerings, and the home-like ambiance. The vegetable vichyssoise, the salad Gerard, the paella, the rack of lamb, the seafood crepe Bretonne and the desserts were particularly memorable. A wonderful evening for all of us. Our only regret: We live five hours away.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

I love this gen! The chef 👨🏼‍🍳 is amazing as well! It's my favorite place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We love Lyonnais for its serenity: it is surrounded by nature. This is slow food of high quality in a quiet, relaxing and elegant setting. The owners and staff are lovely people.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We have been customers of the restaurant for many years. It is one of our favorites in thee area.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Went here for our anniversay and had a great meal! Food was wonderful.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Wonderful French meal with great service. I loved the quail.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had had a bad experience here, one Christmas Eve, when the service was abysmal--the staff even forgot to bring us a bottle of wine we had ordered. Granted, one of the waitstaff simply hadn't shown up for work, but nobody managed to cover for them. The food was excellent, but the service was almost non-existent. Before we left, the chef came to us and personally asked us to give them another try, and I am happy to say that we did and we were not disappointed! The food was as good as the previous time, the service was excellent, and we felt they really did redeem themselves. We would go back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

so maybe it was the Mother's Day rush, but dinner took almost three hours and it took 25 minutes just to get seated for our reservation. food was mediocre at best

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

No words....that disappointing .

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The sweetest authentic French restaurant. Located in an old house repurposed as a restaurant. It is cozy and elegant. Gerard has been the chef owner for 46 years. The menu is extensive with lots of choice for eaters of every category. The portions are adequate to hearty. The cuisine is just so perfect- artful and delicious. Meals are unrushed, meant to be enjoyed. The wine list is very good. But no-one is putting on airs here. Girard will greet you and welcome you into his home. We had a wonderful Mother's Day dinner, and will be back again soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food and service were wonderful. We will definitely return for something other than a very special occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Wonderful food and overall pleasant experience! The view from the big room is lovely. It seemed a little short handed staff wise. We didn't mind waiting for meals but others may find it to be too long.
The room got very warm at one point.
Prices and portions are great!
We will be back

oh - the rolls weren't very fresh

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The restaurant has been open since 1971 with the same chef/owner, and he comes and greats patrons at the end of the meals. He's in his mid 70's I would guess, both original in the way he dress and traditional in the way he does the tour of his customers. His cuisine is like a Sunday meal in a French home when there's a special occasion, very good, typical French from mainly Burgundy, large portions with very reasonable prices. The restaurant is in a nice Victorian (?) house, with a very French decoration inside. If you've never eaten in plates decorated with flowers, the kind your grandma had, go there, you won't be disappointed. When you have had a restaurant in operation since 1971, you must be doing something right. Long live "Le Lyonnais", we'll certainly be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Food was excellent as always . Service was excellent as well! Highly recommend for a relaxing dinner out.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Organic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Lyonnais is a special restaurant. The food is superb, and it is a special place. I recommend the restaurant highly to anyone who wants to have a special night out. The food is reasonably priced.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Many selections on the menu; hard to choose. Wine list affordable and not overwhelming. Service was excellent. We knew service was slow before going there and that is just what we wanted. Great place for a romantic dinner with time for conversation. Very nice how we were able to select the table we wanted. Waitress was restaurant's female owner. She was charming. The owner chef came to chat with us. I've been to Le Lyonnais multiple times and it does not disappoint.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

This is not French cuisine. It's a total disappointment.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Always love dining here. Wasn't sure we could bring the baby and it was a little challenging, but they seated us in a room all by ourselves (a Thursday evening) and were very helpful and supportive throughout the dining experience. The service seemed a little slow but I think it was because the baby was fussy and not settling down and we needed things to move a little faster. Will probably come without baby next time so we can relax and take our time.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 19, 2017

This restaurant has been an institution for four decades, and we have been going there irregularly for fifteen years. We have picked up the pace recently and now plan to make it a regular dining spot, because the quality and value cannot really be beaten in the Acton area. Be prepared to take some time; the pace of service is deliberately leisurely. The food is consistently strong traditional French fare. The Salad Gerard is very special (poached pears in a raspberry vinaigrette), and while the menu is limited, you really cannot miss with any entree, ranging from Duck L'Orange to an elegant rack of lamb. It is not cheap, but it is not nearly as expensive as one might expect from a restaurant of this caliber. We have no idea how much longer the owners will keep going, but we plan to take advantage of it as long as it is around.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Great find! I did not know of this restaurant. The food was fresh and we'll prepared. Chef Gerard came into the dining room and spoke with each table. Definitely a new favorite.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The experience was very favorable indeed. The Escargots a la Bourguignonne were just what I expected; we ordered the Crepe Forestiere for the first time and it was delicious. The main draw to this restaurant was an opportunity to order Coquille St. Jacques and I would return for the quality and presentation of the meal as well as the excellent service provided.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on March 28, 2017

This is my favorite local French cuisine! Chef g is amazing and so is his wife! the story of the restaurant and menus items is so touching and authentic! Keep up the great work! Always new fun things to try! We have been there 3 times in the last month!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Food and drink were delicious, but we arrrived at 6:30 and didn't get out till 10:00.
We were happy sitting and talking, but it did make it a long evening.
All food cooked to order by chef whose wife acted as waitress. He came out and checked how our food appealed which was very good. She gave us great attention, sporadically. Understandable with only two staff working, but diners beware of time commitment.

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Superb cuisine in a charming and cozy wood-frame home overlooking a brook. Ingredients in the Cucumber Provencale salad were noticeably fresh (tomatoes, olives, anchovies, shredded carrots, various greens including endive). My seafood paella special was delicious and also a visual treat, with a very generous helping of fish, scallops in shell and medium shrimp top a bed of rice. My husband had similar praise for his veal chop special (bone in). We ordered a nice red wine from the wine list, which has a good range of selections. For dessert, we shared a fresh-fruit tart with whipped cream. Fruit was sweet and just right, but tart shell was a tad tough, if tasty. Friendly, attentive staff from hostess to waitress to wine consultant to even the proprietor/chef Gerard Lacrosse. We've lived in town for a while but this was our first visit. We definitely will be returning!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2017

The quality of the food was as we recalled from many years ago. Carefully prepared by Gerard so it was almost like being a dinner guest in a French home. We enjoyed the physical meal. Was good to be back.
Our poor waitress however, her first night, was a nervous wreck and quite frankly a little dangerous in the way she handled very hot plates of food. This made us anxious for her and for our safety. No accidents to report do the evening ended fine but she is clearly out of her league serving others.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Fantastique! Delicious French food prepared to order with elegant presentation. Friendly and caring staff. The chef/owner came out to talk to people.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Le Lyonnais has been hit or miss for us over the years. The chef/owner is a lovely man. However, there isn't somebody to greet you at the door. You have to wait until a server sees you. While the front of the house staff is cheerful, there doesn't seem to be a front of the house manager. My wife's Sole Nicoise was mushy, and instead of Nicoise olives, she had jarred pimento stuff green olives. Food came out at a glacial pace. Our wine and cocktails were good, and others in the room seemed to be having a good time. I have no question that they want to make you happy here. But the execution was lacking.

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 (Miami)·Dined on March 4, 2017

I was very disappointed. The menu looked great but the quality of the food and the cooking is poor. The rack of lamb was the worst I have had and the trout was full of oil. The salad dressing looked like the packaged one. I hope they improve the place had its charm.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Dining at Le Lyonnais was a delightful experience all around--delicious, authentic French cuisine; lovely atmosphere, personable service, and what a treat to be able to savor the evening without feeling any pressure to "turn the table". This is a treasure!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Excellent. Valentine's meal. ❤

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 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Never had a bad meal here. Go at least once a year (we don't go out that much). Great atmosphere, always quiet at dinner time. Had Gerard's salad and onion soup. Both excellent. Good selection of wine and beer. Knowledgable waitress and welcoming hostess (owner). My wife had a seafood dish and I had the beef tenderloin surprise (had a crepe over the beef). Again, both excellent. And I'm a dessert nut and I have always had the best desserts here and tonight was no exception. A while back I had my first raspberry mousse ever and it was out of this world. Tonight I had a frozen berry mousse and it was also unbelievable. My wife had the creme brûlée which of course I had to sample. It was great.
We'll be back. This was a Valentine Day dinner a couple of days early. Snowing outside, several couples inside.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Excellent as always. We are never disappointed. Chef Gerard is the best

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

very nice menu. nice & quiet for a change. NOT A TV IN SIGHT!
lovely waitress.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2017

The food and the service were excellent, and I will continue to recommend this restaurant to my friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2017

After passing by this place for years, we finally made it a point to reserve a table for a Saturday night. We weren't disappointed! The Les Oeufs Mayonnaise Crevette appetizer was delicious and the Grilled Salmon and Bay Scallops special was also very good. The wine list is decent, and choices by the glass are reasonably priced. The overall menu is very much rooted in traditional French cuisine, so items such as Coq Au Vin and Duck A L'Orange are staples. Also, dinner specials such as venison and wild caught trout are also periodically offered.

Be forewarned; the service is slower than larger, fully staffed restaurants. This is a Mom & Pop operation owned and run by Gerard and Joan Labrosse for the last 45+ years. If you don't mind a longer than normal wait between courses, this restaurant is more than worth the drive out to Acton. Foodies would understand. :-)

All in all a wonderful dining experience...we will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Most dishes are classic French cuisine, as you would expect. The tripe and the escargots were fenomenal. Nice retro ambiance, we'll be back for sure.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Great varied menu and every dish was delicious. Nice intimate setting.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Excellant dining experienc attentive staff. Hostess. Owner chef. Ambiace. A fine dining experience. We will certainly return and have already recommended to friends and family.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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