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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

Noise

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)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Excellent service coupled with superb cuisine. Undeniably a hidden gem that has lived in Acton for years.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Two appetizer was okay and porched pear salad.However, the seafood soup was cold and not enough strong fish broth taste. Two orders of Orange Duck was terrible (cold also) and veal was also cold. The last, crape was terribly cold and the flan was so bad. Never again this restaurant. We got there on time at 6:00 PM and order was made after 30 minutes later. When we finished meal, waitress never came back to the table. Finally, the other table person went to different room and asked for bill. Finally, after all that, the time was 9:15PM. That restaurant used to be pretty good and haven't gone to a long time then ruing our dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2016

The food was usually pretty good but our pork loin seems to be overcooked a bit and the service was extremely slow. It took us close to 3 hours to complete our dinner.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Gerard is a great chef and uses very high quality products for his dishes

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Having just moved back from France, we were looking for an authentic dining experience. We found it in Acton! The chef has been cooking his "country cuisine" for 45 years and it shows. An amazing assortment of choices on the menu - duck, quail, rack of lamb, limited but adequate and not too expensive wine list and a kind waitress made the visit perfect. I had the sweetbreads which were terrific. Generous, too, as I had enough left over for lunch the next day. Chef came out to our table after he learned we lived in Paris to chat en Francaise. After bemoaning my inability to find rognon de veau (kidneys), I was told to call ahead next time and chef would cook them for me. I am excited by that prospect. Run to this place for dinner as soon as you can!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Another great meal of French cuisine to celebrate a birthday.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Excellent food, excellent wine, unpretentious, friendly server, and the chef came and spoke to us after the meal. It was lovely and we plan to return as soon as we can.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2016

L'orange duck was great! Salad was especially delightful.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Charming French restaurant with lovely ambiance and excellent food. Owner chef was gracious, and all dishes were cooked to order by him This results in a long wait, but worth it.
We will visit again soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Have been going for 15 years now and have never been disappointed. Worth the drive if you live in the city.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Scenic View, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Organic, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Seasonal, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Our experience was very disappointing. I am not sure what has happened to the food in this restaurant which used to be very good. The menu is outstanding and the wine was good. The waiter was good but the kitchen was much too slow. We waited an hour and a half for our food and when it arrived it was overcooked, even soggy and tasteless. My husbands food looked just like mine even though it was described quite differently on the menu. So sorry to have to report this as we were out for a special evening.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2016

I was disappointed by many things:
- hard to park the car
- even though we reserved, we had to wait like 15 mins in a narrow hall
- when we got to the table, then we had to wait quite a lot to get a server and then order drinks, that we got al least 15 mins later

The menu is made of a lot of French dishes, that sound great. "Gerard's pate" is home made and good! I loved it.
But my wife and I were both disappointed by the main course. A real "coq au vin" is supposed to be slowly cooked in a wine sauce. But instead, we got chicken pieces with some sauce on top. Not bad, but definitively not the recipe of a real "coq au vin".

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Always delicious and a great value pre fix options

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Cozy, Casual, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 4, 2016

I visited Lyonnais when I was in town for business. Has the vegetable bisque which was light and delicious and then the Paella, Basque Style, with a perfectly seasoned sauce that was just about perfect. Cute little place that I would go back too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Hadn't been to Le Lyonnais in many years. Food is excellent traditional French cuisine in a country home setting. God is excellent. Service good too.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2016

We love this restaurant and often come here for special occasions. It's more expensive than many of the chain restaurants, but the chef is excellent and creative and the atmosphere is delightful. He's very good at accommodating us when we ask for dairy-free.

Tags: Vegan, Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2016

I visit Paris twice a year and the food at Le Lyonnais was like visiting Paris. I can't say enough about the food, service, or restaurant. Everything written on their web site is interesting and made the evening more enjoyable then could have been imagined. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a good French meal; or somebody that wants to experience something different not available at your everyday upscale place. The owner ( and chef) came out and talked with patrons, which in my opinion is par for any upscale successful establishment.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2016

We had a nice dinner, the food is authentic French cuisine.
The waiter was attentive and courteous .
The food is reasonably priced and very good.
Will definitely return

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 20, 2016

Best French cuisine this side of Paris, which we visited for the first time back in February. The portions were larger than we expected and absolutely delicious, and the Beef Burgundy was outstanding! Desert menu hit all the French classics at the end of a very satisfying meal. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2016

Great food and great service - acccommodating to vegetarians!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2016

Pleasant and informative waitress. Great wine choices. Excellent tasting food. Good place for a special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2016

We had a very nice dinner here, which, to be honest, surprised me since I hadn't come across this restaurant in my searches. The entrees were very large and very good, and the wait staff was very friendly. The appetizer salads were enormous as well, which you don't typically expect from a French restaurant! My only suggestion would be to serve the cold shrimp a bit colder - they were a bit "limp," which gives the (erroneous) impression that they weren't as fresh as they likely were. Otherwise, however, nothing to criticize and the chef even came out to greet us at the end of the meal! We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2016

The ratatouille accompanying the Coquille St Jacques was fabulous as well as the freshly prepared vegetables and fillet!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2016

What a gem. A lovely house with cozy dining rooms...think your French grandmother. Wonderful, attentive staff, and the best French food around. All in an environment that allows you to hear your dinner companion. No noisy music.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Dined her recently, main course very overcooked and dry, other main courses cool to tepid. Advised management and replaced the dinner but not graciously. Ignored the tepid temperatures of other dinners

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 6, 2016

Eating at Le Lyonnaise was a frustrating experience because the food was really was delicious, the servers were very friendly and attentive, but the dated decor unfortunately diminished the other two. For me, dining is a 360 experience, from food to service to decor. The food at Le Lyonnaise really is "foodie-worthy" but you don't THINK it is because of the tired looking decor. We were there on a Friday night and based on the food and cocktails, the place deserved to be packed and it wasn't - far from it. I truly hope they update the dining rooms and make the restaurant as popular as its food warrants.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 14, 2016

I went there 30 years ago---I found their business card & realized they were still in business!!
The food was Fabulous. Highly receommended !!!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2016

We celebrated our son's birthday here and it was a pleasure. The place is quiet so we can hear each other, the service is impeccable without being oppressive, and the food has both new and old offerings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2016

We went to La Lyonnaise Restaurant on Saturday. The building is an old home converted into an inn/cafe like environment and we were seated at a table near the window with an excellent view of the pond which was quite nice.
We each began with French Onion Soup which was an excellent beginning.
For entree's we ordered Crepes, I the Loraine with chicken, Nancy the special which was a beef base filling. The vegetables were very good being fresh and the bread was quite nice, warm from the oven.
We found that the food was very good with the exception that the chicken was a bit dry in my entree, however it still was quite good.
We finished the meal with a custard with caramel bourbon sauce which was outstanding as we suspected it would be.
All in all we could recommend the restaurant as a nice, romantic spot for couples to dine. Very quiet, good food and very good bilingual service.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2016

We have been enjoying Le Lyonnais since we moved to Acton in 1978. Every meal has been first rate. I had the onion soup and duck this past weekend. This is one restaurant that you can count on to be terrific. I would definitely rate this the best Acton restaurant. If you have not been here yet, what are you waiting for? -Glenn

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2016

Romantic ambience and good music

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 (New England)·Dined on February 20, 2016

I feel like this place has seen better days. Everything was ok, but the food wasn't authentic or very tasty, the beer and wine lists were both dated. This place would do much better with a fresh set of eyes looking at the menus etc.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Advanced. Tasty and healthy.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Have been coming to this resturant for over 30 years. Had our wedding rehersal dinner here, and often come on special occasions for dinners. The food quality and selection has always been consistent, and my wife and I like the service and atmosphere, as well as being a short trip from Boxborough.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

I've been going to Le Lyonnaise, infrequently, for many years. I *want* to love this restaurant. I am no gourmet. I do very much like the food here, and the unpretentious atmosphere and presentation. We went the day before Valentine's Day, and the service was painfully slow. The appetizer and entree weren't quite hot enough, but the flavor was very good. Dessert was only okay - nothing great.

We'll go back, because it's a sentimental favorite of mine, and hope it's a little better.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2016

We had a very nice experience at Le Lyonnaise. The food was very well prepared and the wait staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. The restaurant has four small dining rooms on the first floor of a farmhouse in Acton, MA. The atmosphere is a nice combination of charm and elegance. Some may find the service a bit slow, but we enjoyed having a relaxing evening without being rushed through dinner.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2016

If you want to relax and hang out with friend this is the place to go , charming atmosphere , good French food and a very slow pace with serving , we were there for 3 hours and did not mind al all . Very refreshing to dine and make a full evening out of it . European dining at the best .

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 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Le Lyonnais is our family choice for special occasions. We've never been disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Superb food in an elegant, quite setting. Authentic French food, fresh fish daily. Delcious crepes, trout, quail and rabbit and more traditional, meals as well. The restaurant seating is in a beautiful old house. Because of this, dining rooms are small. Tables are set up for two and four diners. In my opinion, it is not suited to large groups and children unless reserving the whole room.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Second time my friend and I came here for a holiday dinner and both times the food more than met our expectations. We both chose the most expensive Prix Fixe dinner because we wanted the turnedo and lamb, but we felt the meal was well worth the $84 per person. Our waitress was very helpful in selecting our drinks and she was professional and pleasant. (The other prix Fixe meals were much less expensive). The entire meal was delicious, beautifully prepared and presented - go if you want a memorable experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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