Lyon Hall

4.6
2375 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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AF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Went to Lyon Hall for brunch. Had been there before with the prior trip being the better experience. The food this time around was tasty as I’d remembered. The service, however, really needs work.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and time. Thank you

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TS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great environment, fantastic food. This is why Lyon Hall remains as one of the busiest restaurants in Arlington. Noise level is a bit high if you are looking for intimate conversation, but for good friends and family going out for a nice meal it's a great choice.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy and fun place in a hip part of Arlington. I highly recommend

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g
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is great and the servers are always attentive and polite.

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EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The hangar steak was great. The salad, fries and dessert were also good but not outstanding or out of the ordinary. It was pretty loud. Our server was very good.

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IS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Tasty brunch food but very slow service, not just at our table but also at tables next to us. Had to repeatedly wave down staff to take order and even getting a water refill required asking multiple people.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lyon Hall had great service and quality food. They accommodated my large group with ease. Also great mimosas! Will definitely be back.

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F
Pittsburgh
46 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated a birthday with dinner at Lyon Hall. We started with drinks. The drinks were enjoyed. We had a pretzel and the Thai Basil Mussels. Both were very good. The Thai Basil Mussels were exceptional. Dinners were the sweet potato gnocchi, a shrimp salad, the Bohemian Sausage Dinner and the rock fish special. Each was excellent.

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d
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to take a guest! At least one waiter will speak French with you if you wish. Authentic French cuisine with the expected yuminess.
Thank you, Lyon Hall! We'll be back!!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to brunch last Sunday and everyone thought the food and service was terrific. We all said we would come back.

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LC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing. The server was extremely responsive and attentive. The dining upstairs does not have a lot of ambiance so sit downstairs if you can.

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really yummy food. Good size portions and the service was excellent. Specifically the waiter was on top of keeping our drinks filled, the owner came to chat with us, the food came out and they gave it the right person without saying who got the whatever. We were a party of 9. I appreciate the attention to detail. There are many good places In Arlington to eat. I would highly recommend Lyon Hall.

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H
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is one of the nicer casual dining restaurants in the Arlington area. The service was a little slow and the tables were a little crowded. Overall, the food was very good. Seems like a good place for happy hour as well.

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R
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

French / European fare. Very nice wine selection [lots of french]. Appetizers were fresh and tasty. Main course was excellent. We don't eat much deserts but the blackberry sorbet was a nice finish for all of us.

We will return. Park is a little tough but there is a garage across the street.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous! Prices and portions were appropriate. Something for everyone!

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AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Husband and I were there for a kid-free night. Everything was excellent. We were placed in a high traffic area which wasn’t ideal but the restaurant is pretty small so there’s not really anyplace out of the way. Food was very good- particularly the filet, which we both had. Tender and flavorful. A pricey meal when we threw in 2 cocktails and 2 glasses of wine. I would take out-of-towners here.

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F
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

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CB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy as usual

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a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food per usual, and our server was very patient with us. Love going to this place!

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W
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a frequent customer at Lyon Hall because the food is excellent, the service is almost always excellent, and it is a good value. I love this restaurant.

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N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food and drinks, nice ambiance

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BE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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JR
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special occasion when dining at Lyon Hall!

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s
Washington DC
213 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, pleasant service, crowded so noise level high (to be expected). We’re out of donuts and no creme brûlée.

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there at a busy time, but the service was a little spotty. We overheard delivery mistakes at most of the surrounding tables as well.
Food is great, but overly salty.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 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
27 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 1, 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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