Lyon Hall

4.7
2990 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Lyon Hall is a modern bistro serving approachable Alsatian-inspired fare, including an extensive selection of house-made charcuterie. 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 the mezzanine level offers a great spot for small to medium size groups enjoying a private meal or cocktail reception.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2990 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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c3po
Birmingham
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. The mussel pot was lovely, apps and dessert top shelf. Overall fantastic, will be back.

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vipPeggyH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great meal. Place was full and seemed a little short-staffed, like a lot of restaurants these days. The wait staff was fabulous, working multiple tables throughout.

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MaryS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and an incredible selection of German beers on tap.

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vipLizS
Washington DC
145 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good for all courses

Lovely cheese plate and beet salad
Mains were good
Excellent service

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LauraH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly and efficient service from the hostess and the wait staff. Food was excellent. I highly recommend their cocktails. We had the Paper Plane to Paris and La Beatrice; both were excellent.

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Caitlin
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a great time! Wonderful wine selection and the food tasted so fresh. Had mussels, shrimp, and scallops. Our waiter was top-notch.

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karencita
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a nice table outside and the service was excellent. I was a little disappointed with the schnitzle, as they changed the recipe and presentation. The meat was a bit too thick and slightly over cooked, so a bit chewier than I would have liked. There was only a tiny bit of red cabbage sitting on top and a couple of little potatoes underneath which were not fully cooked through. Not the favorite that I remember. My husband had the burger, which was great! Still an old favorite and I will definitely be back.

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MiamiVisitor
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great, and especially now when it is so hard to run a full service restaurant. Highly recommend.

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vip4Yummy
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit. It sounded good and we looked forward to trying a new place with outdoor dining. The heavy rain changed our minds and we were able to get a table for the two of us inside when we arrived. Lyon Hall's menu includes French, German and American dishes. It is a cozy place with a very appealing ambience. It has one side for dining and another side for a crowded bar separated by a partial partition that includes thick glass. I am one of those diners who unfortunately can't filter out loud talkers or crowd noise so I was pleased to find that the partition was quite effective. We were both impressed and delighted with our mains, for her the Branzino, for me the Scallops and Shrimp. The wine served in a generous pour, was reasonably priced and of very good quality. The service was quite friendly, very helpful and really good. We booked a reservation at Lyon Hall based on the consistently high ratings on the Internet. It turned out to be an excellent choice and as good as its ratings say it is.

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GPocha
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The hostess was acting very inconvenienced by my dinner reservation and made very snide remarks and was very rube. I work in retail management and have been a hostess at a restaurant before. Our server was wonderful though. Food was excellent, as usual!

Very turned off by the poor customer service of the hostess. I usually have wonderful experiences with every staff member at Lyon Hall in the 10 years I've been coming. Just thought you would appreciate the feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Lyon Hall delivered. Great experience at brunch. Not very full, which probably added to the good times.

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vipJohn
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice, little upscale, local area gen. decent outside dining area.

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Maureen
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved an outside table and were seated right away. Any noise (very little) came from the intersection nearby. The food was wonderful, as was the staff. Never rushed (although the restaurant was very busy). Highly recommend!

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vipLocalguy
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Eh, not the same place it was before the pandemic. They are trying. We want to support local businesses. But for two people to eat @ $150, I cannot say the quality of food or service was up to par by any means. Service was out of tempo and awkward. But we know they are at least trying. So I checked "yes" on recommend but you may need to adjust your expectations.

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vipValerie
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a lovely server with a French accent. She was very attentive and personable. The moderate noise came from cars on the street, not the restaurant itself. The food was wonderful, as were the cocktails.

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MariH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for 9:15pm on Sunday. Knowing that was going to be a little late for the servers we made our way to the bar. The drinks were great and the food was even better. Get the watermelon gazpacho and mussel pot! The new saffron and shrimp mussel pot was loved by my friend. We love the friendly ambience of Lyon Hall and noticed that even regulars at the bar were talking and laughing with each other.

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vipLisaK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lyon Hall is great for yummy food and good service. Going on Sundays is great because parking is free! They have a nice big outdoor dining area now.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Understaffed so service was a little slow. Server was polite and professional though.

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CarrieM
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The escargot was different, and delicious! Steak fritte a very good rendition.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Server forgot an order (never put it in) and did nothing to fix the situation (ie discount or free meal?). Also told our group we were too loud but everyone around us was just as loud if not louder and she said nothing to their groups? I eat here all of the time and this was by far the worst experience I’ve ever had.

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vipphyllisw
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Extremely loud upstairs to point where waitress offered to move us. They seem to be understaffed. Service was inconsistent but clearly because wait staff were stretched servicing tables up and downstairs. Our waitress did her best snd made no excuses. Food good but came out all at once instead of in sequence. We rolled with it. Overall, would not come back again soon. This second time I’ve been seated upstairs and we couldn’t hear ourselves talk a foot away from each other.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

One oyster was bad, as in toxic. Told the waiter but nothing came off the vill or attention from the manager.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Mark! Excellent food as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic! He makes our experience every time

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Foodie
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to catch up with friends! The ambient noise is quiet. The staff is friendly.

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SLRose
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall, I had a wonderful time and the food was excellent. However, the Happy Hour Rose was not chilled. I was surprised because every other time I have gotten wine at Lyon Hall the wine is always at an appropriate temperature, sometimes with the glass even chilled.

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vipJudyS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service. Never a disappointment. Love this gem.

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vipjeanneh
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to brunch.

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vipNoVaFoodie
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was served as well at a table by myself as all the other busy tables around me. Mark the server was pleasant but not overly chummy. Had a lovely glass of wine and delicious steak frites at an outdoor table on a lovely evening. Ignore the traffic going by… it’s all good!

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kazF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waiter service 5 of 10. Waiter seemed to have many tables assigned to him and seemed to be in hurry . Even though the restaurant didn’t seem full capacity.
Food was average to good ( I had fish and table had combination of steak and shrimp dish).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mussel pot just not quite as fabulous as usual - but still a lovely night!

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vipJulieW
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Lyon Hall and the servers are so nice!!!!

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AlexandraW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent evening at Lyon Hall. The food is delicious, great drink options and a good kids menu...our daughter is a big fan of the kids pasta. Cannot recommend more highly.

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KarynB
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new menu!  The watermelon and feta salad was great,  The whole table loved my summer risotto and kept wanting to eat mine!  My husband loved the salmon and my son loved the short ribs. The cauliflower is always a hit!  Service was great!  

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Scott
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as always! This was our third visit to Lyon Hall because the food and service is fantastic.

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Catlover
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had another delish birthday lunch at Lyon Hall. Always consistently good - and love their bread - so fresh. I only go about 4 or 5 times a year. I would go to Lyon Hall more often if it was a short walking distance to my home - but alas not quite close enough for weekly. My favourite consistently good restaurant in Arlington. Keep it up Lyon Hall - love your food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Lyon Hall. Bronzini was excellent

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Thyme2dine
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and excellent service! we enjoyed eating outside too.

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LynM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our favorite Clarendon restaurant - consistently good food and good service. Definitely recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The overall experience was excellent! I went with family who are notorious for being critical of dining experiences and they were blown away by the quality of food and food pairings. Their only complaint was that one of our plates got snatched away right as she lifted her last bite to her mouth which made her feel a little rushed but otherwise a great experience and I imagine we will be returning soon!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Lyon Hall using the Order Online button. Lyon Hall also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 741-7636.

Lyon Hall is rated 4.7 stars by 2990 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.