Lyon Hall

4.6
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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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The food was fairly nice overall,l but definitely a couple of misses. The oysters were quite good and their texture was lovely. The escargots were ok but the was under seasoned and sauce missing something. The tuna tartare needed some sort of seasoning or sauce but was quite fresh. Maybe a one off, but the trout almondene was way overcooked, overlooking that, the taste was actually good. The creme brulee was i felt, a skip: dense and more resembled a flan, with no crunch left on the sugar top. The staff was busy but kind. The most noticeable gaf was the repeated abrupt removal of dishes. I feel that we should have been asked if we were finished before arms were reaching for their removal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and atmosphere was great!!!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite local spot. We always have great meals and stellar service

AL
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The only disappointment was their take on Creme Brulee which almost seemed like it was a thawed, grocery store isle dessert. I am a huge fan of Creme Brulee and was profoundly disappointed. That asside, the appetizers and the entrees were fantastic.

D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Restaurant week

G
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always excellent- you can count on it. Instead of my usual moules, I had gangar steK with frites. The frites were disappointing- doggy. Need to be crisper. But the salted caramel Mille feuille was a good finish.

LG
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We liked the food so much we came back twice last week. I will take my brother from out of town this Friday. The food is excellent and a great value. The hostess was amazing fitting us in earlier in the week during restaurant week. I recommend the mussels in white wine. Soo up every drop of the white broth with the nicely crusted bread!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing deal during restaurant week! There were huge portions and you could pick anything from the entire menu. It was a great experience and I’ll definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in town!

LC
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food! I can't wait to return. Great place for a date-night or dinner and cocktails with friends.

B
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We dined in for DC Restaurant week and were very much pleased that the whole menu was offered with some minor exceptions. For my main course, the duck was the better choice for a cold day as it tasted like a home-made stew. As I was not a fan of the first dessert that I ordered, the waiter offered to bring a second one out instead that my taste buds were pleased with. Good fun, warm food, and great service.

TW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic restaurant with great food and attentive service.

C
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely love Lyon Hall. Always enjoy my meals there and they are always consistently good. I go from time to time for lunch/brunch - and went again for restaurant week last week. Their prawn salad is absolutely my favourite salad, the trout is always delicious. and the dessert they had - the Mille-Feuille pasty dessert was outstanding. Highly recommend Lyon Hall for lunch/brunch and dinner.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Table next to us was annoying.

DM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing... great suggestions!

TA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience. Wife and I took advantage of Restaurant Week and had lunch at Lyon Hall. Service outstanding, food outstanding. We will be back. I highly recommend it.

s
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food... loved the mussels! Great service too!!!

DO
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top quality ingredients, well prepared. A variety of deliciousness to choose from.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch (participated in RW) was delicious (tuna tartare, shrimp salad, ice cream). Our server was also great. Attentive amd very pleasant.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On our last two visits, the fish of the day (always salmon) from the kids menu was basically the size of one fork full. They should just raise the price and provide more or increase the portion slightly so my son could have two fork full of fish.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was slow, but did not seem like a problem created by the servers.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to Lyon Hall for brunch and really enjoyed our meals. Quick, good service and the quality of the food was great. Ambiance of the upstairs level was a little weird but the main dining room seemed more put together. Overall we enjoyed it, and will come by again for a quick brunch or casual dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They could find my reservation when I checked in. Luckily not too crowded so not a problem.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husbands retirement from the military

NG
Baltimore
84 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The pumpkin soup w lobster dumplings was the best soup i have had in years. Awesome. The roasted pork dinner was perfect as were the short ribs. Service solid. A bit noisy though.

LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and amazing mussels. Really attentive service with friendly staff. Felt a little rushed toward the end of the meal when the restaurant started to get busy.

j
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It's nice to see an established restaurant get better and better.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a nice Birthday dinner. Server was pleasant and accommodating. Food was good as always though there were complaints about the creme brulee not being burnt.

O
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great onion soup and burger

OT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good but arrived in the wrong order. My husband and i got our salad at the same time as our entree. And, someone else at our time go their soup after their entree had arrived. We ended up with too many plates at the small table, and our entrees got cold while we ate out appetizers.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was cold, no serving spoons for sides or knives for steak provided.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great New Years Eve Dinner! Would liked more variety with the specials, however our food was all delicious.

SG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful for the most part. Felt a little rushed with main dish coming out too soon and wanted to remove appetizers before finished. Did not get my salad. And my dinner was cold when I received it-but since boyfriends wasn’t didn’t want to send back since would have had to wait and he would been done with his food. The server was very nice though. 👍

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we sat upstairs on NYE service was amazing I wish I could remember the server name to let you know.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our fist visit made us pledge to come back. New Year’s Eve lunch and farewell to daughter from CA. Great prices and varied menu. Just what we were looking for.

w
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great hanger steak - medium rare done right and succulent meat flavor ! and at $19 for lunch with a few bites of salad greens and some fries, not a bad deal. Server was very attentive in refilling ice tea and checking on us without intruding conversation. Two complaints: 1. MOP THE FLOOR with vinegar, soap and hot water! Every occasion I have been to the restaurant and in different shoes, I can still GLIDE on the slippery, greasy surface whether in the dining room or the bathroom. 2. STOP putting straws in drinks by default. When patrons ask for it, give it to them. It is just NOT necessary! A good restaurant always washes its glasses with soap and hot water to remove lipstick and grease stains. Straws let them get away with dirty glasses.

RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I've been coming to this restaurant for years. I can honestly says that the quality of the food had declined. Also, the service could have been better. Two of our foods came out wrong. I'm not sure if this was a kitchen issue or if the serve forgot to order it correctly.

To make matters worse, the server completely forgot to order my espresso so our dessert arrived and then after I reminded him 10 minutes later, he brought out the Espresso. Although he didn't charge me for the Espresso it still didn't fix the issue.

I will likely never return back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lyon Hall continues to be one of our favorite neighborhood spots. Even my highly discerning mother-in-law thought the food was excellent and enjoyed the ambiance. They have a great kid’s menu- mine ate the salmon and vegetables and loved them! Waitstaff is top notch.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hospitality and supper kid friendly