Lyon Hall

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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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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

After we asked for a French Press, server indicated that coffee wasn’t served due to water issues. However, not long after, he started coming out from the kitchen with French presses in hand while he purposefully passed right by our table. When we finally asked him if the water issue was resolved, he was quipped to shrug & said, “ I don’t know, they don’t tell me anything”. He didn’t even consider revisiting our request for coffee. Furthermore, he only came twice to our table to check how we’re doing. We weren’t impressed with the service.

LF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

My husbands chicken parm tasted like it was soaked in black pepper, my cosmopolitan wasn't anything like it should have been and not only was it super loud but they were playing repetitive club music.

BM
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous time at your restaurant
We will be back

AW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, beer list was great, service was excellent.

KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was rushed. Wait staff didn’t have a clear understanding of cheeses and beers. Kept pushing us along, when it started to get uncomfortable. Skipped desert, which we normally would have.

G
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant may have a French menu but there is nothing French about it:
Charcuterie consists of prosciutto and mortadella (Italian), not French specialties.
Moules Normandy have nothing of a traditional Normandy-based recipe: No cream, and Roquefort cheese, which is not original from Normandy.

This is just another typical restaurant that believes that slapping French names on a menu makes it French.

SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great music!

EW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good meal.:onion soup was super cheesy like I like it the pear salad was a good seasonal choice. Also had a flight of beers which I loved. My husband had the beef short ribs which were falling apart tender. Service was excellent! Will definitely be back.

OD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lyon Hall never disappoints. The wine choices are always excellent. Tuna tartar as an app. Trout almandine for entree. My guests had a salmon entree. I like crisp white wine with fish. My guests liked the Pinot noir with the salmon. Creme brûlée and a slice of cake for dessert. Everything was high quality and perfectly done. This is an Arlington treasure.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Server was not friendly until it was time to get the check so he could get a nice tip. He also broke the cork on a $300 bottle of wine I brought in. He didn’t even apologize even though he caused it.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome place for any event!

C
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I always enjoy my meal at Lyon Hall - and my friend enjoyed his birthday steak very much. However - I think in future I will try and stay downstairs - the upstairs area doesn't have quite the same ambiance as the downstairs. Love the trout. Missed the chocolate mousse on the dessert menu this time though.

M
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The food is pretty mediocre. I had heard the burgers were topnotch, but honestly it tasted like a fast food burger. The soup was room temperature. The cheeses were tasty, but nothing extraordinary. The sausages did not offer the wonderful German flavor such as the Heidelberg Bakery selection. Go to the Heidelberg if you want a true wurst.

b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

excellent food for the area. french bistro with solid beer selection and descent service. went for a business happy hour and dinner and ll parties were satisfied. we had a vegetarian in the group who was critical of the limited vegetarian selection, but happy with the quality of his meal. steak and mussels were great.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my friend's birthday and was pleasantly surprised to see they brought her cake and a mimosa just because I checked that box here on OpenTable. It was very sweet.

e
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! Out dinner there made for a special anniversary outting.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food/drinks and customer service was great. The only issue was the tables were not prepared for a group to be sat together. Reservation was for a birthday dinner party. The restaurant did not offer the dessert after dinner was served. Went somewhere else for the dessert and candle.

EC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service hiccups: I ordered a vodka martini up with olives, no vermouth and received a martini with extra vermouth. I asked for a replacement, and the waiter seemed annoyed. I think he thought I had not said "no vermouth," but I know I did because I have been ordering this drink regularly for many years, and the 3 people at the table heard my order. My replacement drink was watery.

A
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Entire group of six for lunch were quite impressed with the food. We will definitely be back!

b
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Camilo is a fabulous server and a great asset to the restaurant. Bravo!

e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic all around!

D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A neighborhood gem....excellent food, great service and charming atmosphere. A definitely recommend visting this great little place.

MT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal on a Friday evening.

CB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks. The service is also great.

l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went during the Oktoberfest celebration, so it was quite loud. However, our meals were delicious and very generous. My husband had the pork shank special which he absolutely loved and I had pork schnitzel which was also delicious, my only "complaint" is that the serving was much too large. Lyon Hall may want to think about offering half and whole portions...Overall, it was a great dining experience and I would recommend to anyone who likes German/French country type food.

LS
Washington DC
134 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oktoberfest tonight. Pork shank and pork schnitzel Well prepared and served. Portions we good sized as in not overwhelming.

r
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exquisite!

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PF
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really had a delightful evening. The service and food was outstanding. One burger was overdone but they took care of it quickly and followed up to make sure it was correct. Highly recommend the SJF cocktail and the Saffron and Shrimp Mussels.

WO
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My former colleague and I enjoyed a lovely brunch here today. He had the lobster and scrambled eggs with the yogurt parfait. I had the quiche and began with a salad with salmon. Little did I know there’s a salad accompanying the quiche! I’m stuffed but in the best way. We both vow to return and check out the rest of the menu!

SP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My go-to place for tuna tartare and steak frites! Always fabulous. Good wine, good service, wonderful food.

KM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining at Lyon Hall for a quiet lunch. The oyster special on Mondays is great!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing place for brunch!

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Lyon Hall! No better mussels in the area. Welcoming and smart team - always great at pairing beverages with food.

l
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good but service was a bit slow and didn’t seem to be for any reason. Waiter seemed to flit by a lot

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great choices. Waiter didn't understand that one of us wanted an appetizer of a dish as listed and 2 of us wanted the entree version so he brought us 3 entree versions so too much food and it was thrown out.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great meals. Thank you!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great staff and good vibes.

IS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Entrees not as good as in we have experienced here in the past, including steaks which is why we go there. Do not recommend their cauliflower schnitzel. Neither dessert ordered was great.

TH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

For some reason service was slow during this visit. The waiter said it was due to restaurant week and the large number of fixed price menu orders that included appetizer, entree and desert. We were there an hour by the time we received the entrees. I have been to Lyon Hall several other times and the service was fine.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy the upstairs dining room and had requested it when we reserved. When we arrived the host was polite but he REALLY didn't want us upstairs. First, he said there was a large party and most of the tables had been moved together. And, the remaining were 4 tops and we were a 2. We were equally polite but convinced him that we did not want to eat downstairs. The food and the service were very good, but the host had lied to us: there was no large party, there were 2 tops (although we were given a 4 top) and there were empty tables even when we left. Since we did get to eat upstairs it won't sour us on the restaurant but I have never liked being lied to, regardless of how polite you are. For the record, we are in our late 60s, were dressed well, and have an excellent record in Open Table of honoring our reservations, etc. The downstairs is not a relaxing experience for us with the tables so close together and the noise level so high. Oh well, after the host has aged 40 years he'll understand!