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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SP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

KM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

l
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great meals. Thank you!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great staff and good vibes.

IS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

n
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hadn't been to Lyon Hall in quite a while. However, our meal on Friday was just as good as I remembered. The food was tasty, the wine was just the right temperature, the service was just right, and we enjoyed our time there.

SF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

I decided spur of the moment to treat myself. It was fairly good, excellent service. I could appreciate how well made the dishes were and I suspect most Americans will like how rich their food was, but for me it was too rich and dense. I’d actually have given five stars overall but this restaurant does the “ac on and doors open” thing and let me be 100% honest, in a world where the amazon and arctic are on fire, the “ac on and doors open” thing is an act of climate arson. I do not take kindly to it. Shut your doors and cool your customers with less power.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s restaurant week, so understandably busy and service was slow and inefficient. But the server was friendly!

CS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Every time we dine at Lyon Hall, we remind ourselves to dine there more often. This time, we enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu - which is a terrific value. Lyon Hall gets it right when it comes to the Restaurant Week "concept" - making every appetizer, every entree and every dessert available for the three-course meal. We will be back ... more often!

H
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I had not been to Lyon Hall in several years. I chose it for dinner this week due to it's location and menu. I had seen online that they were participating in Restaurant Week featuring their entire menu. However our waiter never made a mention of that, which I found quite odd, and I totally forgot to ask about it. Not sure if it was intentional on his part or not. But the management should take note.

We each had the lobster roll which we enjoyed and a glass of Rose. It was quite loud as we were seated next to a rather large and extremely loud party. My friend who's visiting from Switzerland asked why people talk so loud here in the States . . . good question!

PA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, very good food and very good accommodation for toddler in party. Waiter was excellent!

DZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative dishes. Always fun with great service!

C
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love Lyon Hall - great food and lovely service. Went for restaurant week and was delighted to find a new grilled prawn salad on the starters - it was delish. As well as their always delish trout and the chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet and crushed chocolate crumb was yum.

HO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very pleasant and enjoyable place with excellent food and attentive, warm service. Saturday is crowded and reservations appear to be a "must" but everyone was quickly accommodated and the vibe and energy were wonderful; the food is delicious and for a neighborhood place it stands out as a winner.

AZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for 8pm. They asked us to wait 5 minutes for a table inside. After 5 minutes they told us the wait for inside seating is more than 20 minutes, and if we wanted to eat we had to sit outside.

Service was slow, the lighting was poor plus the street noise and the seating was uncomfortable.

I don’t think I will give my business to Lyon Hall anymore

RE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

A delicious experience during restaurant week. Will go back.

OT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and our server was very helpful! Lyon Hall is somewhere we go often and will definitely be returning!

UC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Lyon Hall for restaurant week in August. Rating for the noise level was actually for outside. We had reservations but inside was quite noisy and felt that at an outside we would be able to have a regular conversation. Kudos to Lyon Hall for offering their entire menu as an option for restaurant week! Up-prices for some of the more expensive entrées, but it was totally worth it! Food was delicious as always! Service fantastic. Our server made excellent beverage recommendations. Thank you!

E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was just okay. Service was terrible. We had to ask for silver ware and water refills.

AC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant week experience! The escargot and duck were amazing.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Drink and Happy Hour specials were fairly priced; the food we got was good and enjoyed by everyone. We kind of got forgotten about by our waiter for a very long time, but it just gave us more time to chat and catch up. I guess we probably would have ordered another round or two had the waiter been more attentive and we were given the opportunity.

a
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A favorite spot. Great quality. Easy going. Been going there on Monday for oysters and mussels

IA
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great value for restaurant week. Food was very enjoyable, but kitchen was a little slow for the appetizer course.

It was worth the wait, however. The duck breast and the trout almandine entrees done well.

MB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location, food, and service. We went during Restaurant Week and had a delicious dinner.

L
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A consistent go to for us. Not many “white table. Loth” restaurants in Clarendon. Great to be away from a sports bar! Consistent food with great, attentive service. A breath of fresh air.

S
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall we had a positive experience and are likely to return. The food was excellent. If anything, the portions were too large. My dessert would have been ample for two people.

However, the service overall left something to be desired. A waiter took our order, but the food was delivered by a kitchen employee who brought the soup I had ordered as an entree at the same time as my main course, so my steak sat getting cold while I hurried to finish my soup. (Our waiter apologized when he saw what had happened.)

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine were excellent - as always.

FL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday family brunch. No better place in Arlington.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, long wait time for meal, but complimentary dessert due to wait

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was cold and server was hard to track down to refresh beverages and take care of the food. Then rather than provide a fresh meal they took mine and stick it in the microwave - but that took about 15 minutes. Had to track down server to go get it.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service did a large group brunch. When a few orders were mixed up, the servers very promptly fixed them. We were in the upper dining room and my only complaint would be it’s so dark! Would be great to turn up the lighting during brunch service. We will absolutely return!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, as always. Thank you!

E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A true neighborhood gem. Absolutely try the cauliflower schnitzel!

AT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First off, the food was delicious.

We claimed our reservation and the host was kind and accommodating to having a stroller. We were sat on the patio in the shade. Initial greeting took close to 10 minutes when the host came back with waters and apologized for the miscommunication in servers. Our waitress arrived a few minutes later and we ordered. Slow timing for our drink - the appetizer beat them. The support wait staff were excellent! They were courteous and attentive to our water.

Overall, I am excited to return - would like to see a bit more urgency in the wait staff though.

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