Lyon Hall

4.6
2349 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great but it was too dark and noisy. We needed our phone flashlights to see the menus and we were yelling at each other to hear. We sat very close to other tables so it felt like we were fully immersed in their yelling conversations too.

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BE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Group of six with a 7:45 p.m. reservation on a busy Friday night, service was excellent including table relocation request and help with wine selections for semi wine snobs. :^)
Scallops tuna tartare and charcuterie n cheese starters all good. Filet mignon, lamb special and fish special all high quality and well presented.
Been here a few times, strikes a nice balance between fine dining w casual ambiance offering broad Euro menu.

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z
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waiter was nice, food was good, wine was fine. I had an awesome time with my Valentine date.

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f
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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JR
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special occasion when dining at Lyon Hall!

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s
Washington DC
211 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

First visit to Lyon Hall. We will return, but not on another "holiday". Excellent food, and my wife particularly enjoyed her mussels. Service was also quite good, even thought the place was crowded. It was, however, very LOUD, so take that into account. Next time, we'll try a Monday or Tuesday.

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J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Maine lobster roll. One of the best in this area. Enjoyed the entire meal. Quiet enough to enjoy a conversation with my dining companion.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Squash bisque seemed not up to standard - it could have used a bit of salt. Other than that, all the food was excellent as usual and the service was great. I did not know valet parking had been discontinued (I live down the street so I usually walk, but Saturday I was running late so I drove) and parking is horrible around there, so that was irritating. I certainly don't blame the restaurant, but I was surprised that valet parking would be unavailable at a fine restaurant in the parking "desert" that is Clarendon. Very glad I can walk to Lyon Hall because I wouldn't deal with the parking problem again and we do love the restaurant.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

only if you are on a first date but if you want good food I recommend other places at clarendon

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very loud. But the food is always great. Love the mussels and we all had the schnitzel it was just yummy

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CW
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch. Everyone enjoyed their meals -- mussels, trout. Excellent. Service was great -- warm, friendly and accommodating. Will definitely return.

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D
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable brunch on Sunday with granddaughters.

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DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I really like Lyon Hall but the muscles were only average this time around.

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d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

it is soooooooooooooooooo noisy. if you want a quiet conversation, never go there for Sunday brunch/lunch. service is excellent. food is okay.

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SK
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very large party and Lyon Hall was incredibly accommodating! Wonderful food, great service and fun environment!

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C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good - service was good - Not too crowded for Sunday brunch. Nice spot

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C
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love Lyon Hall - the food is always great. Usually the service is very good - but unfortunately it wasn't as good on this visit as usual. Our initial waiter we only saw twice, and didn't get the usual prompt service as have had on other visits. I suspect because it was restaurant week. Food is always excellent.

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LK
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot.

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D
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there Restaurant Week and it was a good deal. 3 courses from the entire menu. The food and service were good.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for DC restaurant week since this place is a little out of our price range usually. Delicious food that we still haven’t stopped talking about. We were seated a little too close to other tables but overall a good experience.

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l
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time eating here and it was delicious! I had shrimp mussel pot and a small green salad, my guest had grilled mushroom sandwich and said it was good as always.
Very good attentive serves. Very reasonably priced for lunch. I’ll be back!

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We got there at 845. As soon as we were seated server came by told us kitchen was closing at 9, even though there were open reservations till 945 on opentable. I never wanted be that person comes the restaurant last minute and make Whole kitchen and service ppl stay longer for their shift but get it together Lyon Hall are you guys open till 10 or you guys decide spontaneously whatever mood manager is on? It’s not happening fist time! Tired of attitude. And sec thing they have restaurant week special but they are out filet on the menu! I live in Neighboorhood and I have dine here regularly, I love the ppl that works there but lack of management is unbelievable!

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CP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is my neighborhood go-to for a quick bite, and 4course dinners.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was tasty - smoked salmon with egg salad and grilled toast was amazing, followed by mussels that were nice and clean in a creamy garlic sauce. Finished with warm apple tart with ice cream all for $22 as part of restaurant week. Great deal for great food. This is always crowded and loud but worth it

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MZ
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent brunch- Restaurant week special for $22 - appetizer, entrée & dessert- Portions big, almost too big for a 3 course brunch, but food was great. Took home most of the 3 donut appetizer!

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came with a friend for Lyon Hall's DC Restaurant Week menu. Lyon Hall was one of the restaurants that let you chose from their regular menu. $35 for a 3 course meal there was a bargin! The place was crowded upon arrival and I was notified they were running about 15 min late on my reservation time (reservation @8:30pm). After a large group from the bar area was taken to their table we grabbed two chairs at the bar and I enjoyed a Paper Plane to Paris. Delicious drink, should have had 2. We were seated at our table just about 20 minutes after our reservation time. The food was delicious, our server was lovely, and we will definitely return to enjoy Lyon Hall again.

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BS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, the food and service were excellent, despite the restaurant being busier than usual due to restaurant week. The only reason I did not give the restaurant five stars for this visit was the spoiler of occasional dripping from the ceiling/air vent over our table next to the window on the first floor during the course of a rain storm. I brought this to the attention of our waitress and have no doubt this always excellent restaurant will resolve the issue before our next visit.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and experience, from then appetizers to the dessert. This was my second time dining here and it was again excellent.

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BB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This place has some excellent dishes like the escargot-we even sacrificed our diets to soak up the sauce with extra bread. The lobster rolls were very tasty and just the right size. Quality food and service overall.

On the negative side, this was a birthday dinner request, and the restaurant did not acknowledge this in anyway. Even when I reminded the waiter, there was nothing said or special dessert provided like most restaurants. The place is small and privacy is not available if you are looking for that.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for restaurant week; good menu selection to sample.

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TG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and price for Restaurant Week. My friend and I enjoyed.

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was our third meal in five years. We are all in our 80s. so we found the noise level rather high. Food was very good, as was service. Noise level means we ca,t hear each other well. We would have done better at a round table.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Everything was great except the table we get was high top I was carrying a stroller with me was a little uncomfortable for me and my baby but food was good I loved the mussels and salad
No many app options but was ok ....
I will said that if they reserve a table for a group they should let the people know that they don’t have regular tables only high top ... so the people know what to expect

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H
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband took advantage of the snow day and restaurant week deal. They let you choose three course from their regular menu. Great food, we loved everything - tuna, scallops, shrimp, chicken and ham. And the desserts are the best

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

All very good, even on a snowy day. I like all rock and roll, but sometime the music can be loud and grinding

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i
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food and service. The only issue is finding parking nearby.

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DP
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Cute restaurant. Good food. Doesn't hit it out of the park, but one of the best in Clarendon for adults.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always, food at Lyon hall was solid. Brunch entrees met each of our food preferences... Eggs Benedict on croissant, steak and eggs with delicious frites, salad with salmon, we all enjoyed the meal. Our server was attentive. We’ll be back!

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RF
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really really great food! Brussel Sprouts were amazing and the best steak I've ever had!

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W
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We are longtime fans of Lyon Hall. Excellent food consistently. It is one of our go-to restaurants in Arlington, hands down. The service can be inconsistent, but more often than not it is good. Cocktails are excellent. Beer and wine selections are good. All in all, just a solid, solid place. We love it!

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