Lyon Hall

4.7
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2638 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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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Reliably great! Each time we go we are happy to have repeat good experiences. It is a go-to nice dinner out.

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Miss the original creme brûlée recipe. Please put it back on the menu. 😃

e
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French onion soup was outstanding and a good selection of wines by the glass. great atmosphere as well

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch today was our first experience with Lyon Hall. It won't be the last. The food was delicious. Ordered the donut appetizers. Even though one of the three was not my flavor profile (lavender) the other two were perfect. The Bloody Mary was perfectly made and we both enjoyed our eggs benedicts. We will be back soon.

w
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Hanger steak done right again! Love it. Only wish there is a QUIET section in the restaurant. Been here a few times now in past six months and each time the food is done right and service is good (enough...this ain't Japan). Only wish the restaurant would do something to control noise. Just won't eat there during "regular" hours when the place fills up.

MP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibrant. Feels like dining in Europe. A local favorite of mine.

JW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great meal we all had! 3 of us ordered the halibut served over shrimp, scallops, and mussels with a zippy red Mediterranean sauce. Divine!!!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was nice to get a table by the window as requested. The hostess treated us as regulars and made us feel very special. The pretzel was delicious and memorable. Schnitzel was just OK. We will return.

JG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice menu, good service, and although the restaurant was full, noise level was okay.

SS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never write reviews but this place was amazing and accommodating to our large party. They gave us a private room, did not make us order off some ridiculous overpriced menu, they split our checks individually, and most importantly, the food and service was excellent. They are guaranteed to get our businesses again.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, now been for Brunch and for Happy Hour.

JM
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our experience matched what we saw in the reviews. Good food, service and setting. Nice place for a relaxed dinner.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Bistro for lunch. Food and service was good. We’ll be back!

RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The manager waived the corkage fee for a special bottle of wine we brought with us — a very gracious gesture.

RR
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal! The Kung Pao cauliflower was amazing.

D
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I made a reservation for brunch for 2, we arrived a few minutes early and our table (we could pick one) was ready. The host who welcomed us was the least pleasant of the staff and didn't make me feel welcome at all - didn't make eyecontact when talking to us, hardly said hello but was fumbling with papers looking away as he was talking to us. The waiting staff was friendly and made us feel welcome fortunately. I think it's an awful shame that the first impression as you walk in is so negative, because the food was outstanding which is a reason for me to come back. We had deviled eggs, pumpkin bisque with lobster dumplings, mussels and eggs benedict. I asked the waitress to compliment the chef as I have never eaten a soup more tasty! The eggs were beautifully poached, the yolk looked almost caramelized and it was heaven on earth! I will definitely be back.

k
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service for a big family brunch!

JV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at Lyon Hall! The restaurant had a hip, fun vibe. The food and drink selection was incredible! We will definitely be back.

VA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic dinner. The service was excellent. Our waiter was attentive, but not hovering, all dishes came out quickly, but not rushed. The food was delicious! Can’t wait to go back again soon!

H
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely delicious- fantastic menu and every item we ordered lived up to our hopes

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Overall it was great. The food was tremendous. Dessert was wonderful. One problem was I got the seat right next to the front door and it was about 20 degrees outside. Couldn't even take my jacket off.

DZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Service was excellent even though the place was packed. Had a mix of high top and regular seating, better ambiance in the regular seating area.

R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was great, especially for a busy day. We had a reservation, but since they were busier than they thought and they made us wait a few extra minutes, they served us champagne. Nice touch, and the servers were knowledgeable and friendly.

PW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Arrived early and received very nice service by the bar tender and reception team.

NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Too noisy and tables too close together for valentines day

S
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall great service and food! The high tables were a bit uncomfortable.

P
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

European cafe atmosphere. Great food, very attentive service, nice decor. Prices appropriate for the quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great! Never disappointed

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service always fantastic. Be prepared to shout to be heard even though space is tight, with barely enough room to slip in between tables.

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was incredibly bland. Not pleased whatsoever.

m
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent food and service

j
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch of onion soup, quite good, and tuna tartare, excellent. Service was great, not rushed, attentive without being overbearing. Had not been to Lyon Hall in years and experience this time was spot on. The whole menu looked interesting so will definitely return.

DR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service....nice setting/ambiance

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful pre-theater dinner. The pork schnitzel was very good, as were the mussels in vin blanc. The Plane to Paris cocktail was excellent. Would definitely plan a return visit soon.

CH
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lyon Hall was the perfect spot for dinner among old friends. We ate oysters, mussels, pork roast and steak/frites, all tasty and well-prepared. It’s a bit noisy but we could still talk without shouting. All in all, highly recommend Lyon Hall.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable, excellent food. Love the wild mushroom &

R
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lyon Hall is a laid back bistro with excellent food, superb service, and a very pleasant ambience. You can even talk to someone over lunch without shouting or repeating "What?" The mussel bowl here is justly famous, but all the seafood is good and the wine list is excellent and moderately priced. I have never had a bad meal here or an unpleasant server. Keep on keeping on, Lyon Hall!

GW
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We were giving Lyon Hall a second chance after being served bad mussels two or so years ago. On this occasion we sat in the bar to enjoy the happy hour special, which is a great value proposition. We had the deviled eggs, which were good; two types of mussels (normandy, thai), which were pretty good (including the french fries), and the bavarian pretzel, which was a disappointment. The pretzel did not have that cushiony bite you would expect, but instead was bready and on the stale side of its useful life.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
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.