Lyon Hall

4.7
2950 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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2950 people are saying
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTimothyR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Love Lyon Hall but they need to train their servers. Once again, ours seemed completely disinterested in doing his job. Not a smile, not a welcoming comment, not cordial at all. I think he's in the wrong line of business (i.e., hospitality).

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vipRdiner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So good. Plenty of time to talk. Food delicious! Good choice of wines. Specials were scrumptious

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PennyN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, sat outside but it was a bit loud due to sitting right under a speaker. Hosts kindly reseated us after we were seated in the sun on a hot day. Service was very good.

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DanielaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing, excellent service! Hoping to enjoy another meal there soon!

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vipTricia
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a Father's Day Brunch at Lyon Hall yesterday and it was fantastic. We are regulars and it was great to see the place hopping and firing on all cylinders. We started out, as usual for brunch, with the Mimosa "Kit" which satisfied us throughout the meal. The server quickly responded to our daughter's request for a Shirley Temple.

The beignets were a great starter with the cherry sauce for dipping. Crusty French bread was as delicious as always. Our six year old typically orders the Mussels vin blanc, but yesterday ordered 8 shrimp cocktail. They were optimal for a raw bar experience. Large and super fresh. I ordered my customary mushroom omelette and greens. It was cooked to perfection. My husband enjoyed his salad with steak tips. We topped it off with delicious ice cream.

Service was warm and prompt and our food was served very quickly.

Overall, the wonderful Lyon Hall experience that we know and love.

BJ
BJ60
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate at an outside table. Try to get one under the awning. Mussels were especially good - Vin blanc version.

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PeterK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They just do it right. Great food and ambiance, great time.

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vipCrackers
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were seated promptly, but without an explanation for the QR code on the table. It turned out to be the menu. Like many people, we haven't eaten in a restaurant in over a year, so that wasn't obvious. Our cocktails arrived before any napkins or plates, so that was a little messy. Where do I put the lime wedge? Our server was pleasant, our order was correct and our water glasses were refilled often. So, strong finish after an odd start!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience. Service was a bit slow and felt like we had to waive our waiter down a bit. It was later in the evening however when the restaurant was preparing to close up so understandable.

The steak tartare is AMAZING. Practically come to Lyon hall just for this dish. The steak and frites was great too, with the steak being just a tad too salty. The fried Brussels sprouts were also good, but the sauce drizzle did make them a soggy. Perhaps pouring it table side or allowing customer to dress the Brussels sprouts themselves?

Overall, good food and will be returning for that steak tartare!

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IreneS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Each part of the meal was very good and tasted fresh.

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vipCapitolHill
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to book in advance a shady outdoor table —-perfect spot for a reunion of four friends who last shared a meal indoors at Lyon Hall Feb 4. 2020. Food and service excellent.

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StaceyW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely venue, beautiful evening, and delicious food. Service was slightly overly solicitous, but I think they might have been training some new staff.

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nancyc
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We ate outside on a lovely evening and enjoyed the quiet and charming atmosphere. Next time I want to try inside because that looked pretty great too! Yummy food and terrific service.

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DanF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lyon Hall is our go-to place for special occasions and they do not disappoint. The food is consistently great and has been over all the years we have been going there.

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EricaJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have a number of allergies and the waiter and chef were extremely accommodating for me and my friends. Seating was awesome and we received exactly what we asked for as far as a reservation was concerned.

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LoveDC
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always excellently prepared. Lyon Hall is our go-to for both happy hour and brunch and is well worth the commute - easily accessible from the Clarendon Metro.

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Patti
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a small group brunch. The food was absolutely delicious. Menu has a variety of choices so both omnivores and vegetarians in our group were happy. The food and vibe feels fancy but at a very good price. Service was excellent. It was the perfect brunch. Definitely plan to go back.

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foodsnob
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was outstanding. The service was great. I'm giving the 3 for ambiance because we were seated upstairs and it was freezing up there with AC blasting us. Downstairs is definitely more lively and open with windows whereas upstairs feels simply not as nice. Despite it's good quality food the prices are good and the place pretty casual.

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CHan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We asked for outdoor seating. Took very long to give us any service like silverware or waiter’s attention. I had to go in and ask if our table could be waited. The waiter who finally waited on our table was very nice.
The Mussels could be better. Rest of the food was good. The drinks were good.

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EasyE
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic anniversary brunch. Couldnt have been better

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch!

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vipExNewYorker
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a date. Sophisticated ambiance with good food and service. Neigborhood gem.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. The bartenders were chatty and friendly. We were able to take advantage of the fabulous HH menu. Everyone should definitely try the Thai curry mussel pot and sticky Asian pork ribs from the HH menu. Oh, and the Kung pao cauliflower was to die for…!!! Will be back for some more LH goodness the next time I’m in town.

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TaniV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the best time! Drinks were great. Food was fantastic. Our server Jairo took such good care of us. My favorite dish was the tuna tartare.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

They were super aggressive with clearing the tables and trying to flip the table- it made for an unpleasant experience. I could not even enjoy my food because they kept asking to take away the plate. They were also pushy about getting us out the door, very disappointing. Have gone to much better restaurants lately that were not so aggressive or pushy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely night out. Never felt rushed. Every course was divine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Outstanding food, inattentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Eggs Benedict

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We were seated outside and unfortunately had to wait 30 minutes before anyone came to our table. It was many minutes after us asking both a bus boy and the host for service that the host returned to let us know the manager would be over to take our orders as they couldnt find our waiter. The host told us that the manager would be coming over. A woman came to take our order and then a man replaced her after we had ordered our food. They then served my vegetarian girlfriend a meatloaf rather than the risotto she had ordered.

At no point did anyone introduce themselves or did anyone apologize for the wait or other mishaps, including who we presumed was the manager who took our orders. I am sure they were having an off night but we had at least expected an apology and we unfortunately debated leaving several times during the meal.

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June
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fantastic food. Had the mussels and steak frite with monument IPA. It was cooked perfectly and the flavors were outstanding!

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Leann
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the happy hour mussels with fries, everything was delicious! We will definitely be returning

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vipWackamacka
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We LOVE Lyon Hall and have been going for years. Consistently excellent food and usually excellent service. This visit, however, the service was below par. I believe our server was new, so I hesitate to be too harsh, but our experience was less than it should have been. I am willing to give Lyon Hall the benefit of the doubt because of my long history with them and will trust and hope the service was an aberration. We are all coming out of the pandemic, especially restaurants who have to re-learn what it is to have a full house. This is an excellent restaurant, so do not let this one bad experience taint your view.

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vipDandoo
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! Even though the weather was cool and cloudy, we chose to eat outside. The heat lamps were a welcome touch. Service was excellent. My husband and I each had the onion soup - perfect for the chilly day. I had the pork schnitzel sandwich (outstanding) and he had the croque monsieur - he loved it! Pommes frites were outstanding. Loved every minute of our lunch - can't wait to come back. Thank you, Lyon Hall.

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vipAllisonM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An excellent French American restaurant with a great vibe. Not cheap, but won't break the bank either. Good selection of wines by the glass.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely spectacular

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LuluDC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Consistently good. I could nitpick that I don’t like eggs Benny on croissant, but I always enjoy my experience here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Seated 20 mins after our reservation due to rain. Tuna tartare, salmon, and shrimp were fantastic but service was so-so. Pretty slow. Will be back for the food when they aren’t as busy!

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LMDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our waiter was good and was friendly, but some of the staff seemed distracted and not very good. One guy just threw stuff (silverware and bread basket) down on the table. We were seated outside and several items were dropped by staff (glasses, silverware) as if they were not being careful. They also mixed up our order, but we decided not to complain, just adjusted. The food was okay but it wasn't so special that I would go out of my way.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything thing was amazing! The food and drinks were delicious. Our server was super nice.

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JaimeI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roasted beet/goat cheese salad was phenomenal. I had the Brandi I for dinner and it was also very good, as was “The Last Wish” cocktail. We were very pleased that our indoor reservation could be accommodated outdoors when we requested upon arrival.

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 2950 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.