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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.
Acton, MA 01720
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full Bar, Private Room
Le Lyonnais Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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".
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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!
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