Lyon Hall

4.5
2296 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Belgian, German
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 1130AM-3PM

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5PM-10PM Friday & Saturday: 5PM-11PM

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30AM-3PM

Happy Hour:
Everyday: 3PM-7PM
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Phone number
(703) 741-7636
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Hill
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Private party facilities
Lyon Hall can host a private event of any size! We have multiple areas throughout the restaurant- Our mezzanine is perfect for dinner parties and business events. Our lounge is available for casual private events, as is our bar. Whatever the event, we can customize our space for you and your guests!
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Private party contact
Leah Drummond: (866) 998-1849
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Street parking
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Public transit
Near Clarendon Metro on Orange Line
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2296 People Are Saying
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MI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a blast! Everything was wonderful

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CW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed in their sad, apparently deconstructed, sausage-free cassoulet.

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Although we had a reservation we waited an hour and my steak was under cooked and waiter took forever.

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We went to Lyon Hall for a birthday brunch. There were 7 people in our party including 2 kids. Overall the atmosphere was fun and lively, however the food and service were not great. The food was not fresh, very oily and salty. Our waiter was very busy, but would not let us complete a sentence and would start walking away. We had to constantly remind him of what we wanted. Positives: The donuts were good, the bread starter was tasty, the kids meals were a good size, and the french onion soup was tasty and hot!

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CF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The WONDERFUL mussels are always delicious. Excellent, unhurried service allows ample time to catch up with friends. Lyon Hall never disappoints.

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PK
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service! Go hungry because everything from the appetizers to dessert was just fantastic. Attentive service but not pushy so we felt relaxed and really enjoyed the meal. Just the best overall restaurant experience we've had for a long time. We will be back often.

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FF
Washington DC
138 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had talked about going to Lyon Hall for several years and finally made it there. It is definitely a popular place; quite busy for Saturday brunch. The waiter had some difficulty taking my order because of my allergy; he was not too well informed on the ingredients used. Although he checked with the kitchen to see if my choices were safe, they also did not have accurate information. In the end, the manager advised that what I wanted was unsafe and I opted for the French toast which was very good, but not what I had in mind. Otherwise, the layout and appearance are better likened to a cafeteria or deli than a restaurant and it has a full bar. We were a little confused by the need for us to wait for seating when there were open tables and other parties walked in without a reservation and were seated immediately. I’m a little disappointed by this experience despite the quality of the food. Parking is a bit tricky too; find a garage in the area vice street parking.

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MA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we were surprised by the food menu. the caveat are the tables which are too close to each other which makes a bit difficult to listen to ones conversation. the service was good despite they forgot one of the dishes we ordered but in general we like the restaurant and would gladly recommended it.

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G
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I think they have the best burgers in Arlington, as well as certainly the best mussels. Always a treat to dine here. Surprised that I needed a reservation for Wednesday lunch, though - the place is no longer a secret and getting very popular!

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C
Richmond
44 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very noisy, but food is good. After asked not to be seated at the worse table in the room we enjoyed a tasty dinner. The food was well prepared. I would prefer not, however, to hear loud electronic drum music in the background, and the restaurant on a Saturday night is very noisy.

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RM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had 7 in our group and we’re seated in a separate area in the back which was nice. Almost like having a private party room which gave our group a chance to circulate and catch up. My duck was good - at least the breast was - for some reason the thigh and leg were very salty but I forgot to mention it to the waiter as I wasn’t hungry enough to eat that portion. The dessert was fantastic - walnut tart or something like that. Coffee was delicious and service was fantastic. Our waiter gave us all separate checks without our even asking.

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TL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Considering how big and crowded this place is, the graciousness and attentiveness of the wait staff is amazing. The mussels were very good. Loved the wine suggested by the waiter.

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LH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was awesome! The food was very good. We both had the Loup de Mer, which was delicious. Will definitely go there again.

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SW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was great all around, except for the layout of the bathroom sinks. My wife had the daylights scared out of her when a man appeared opposite her at the sink in the men's room. A clever setup but a bit startling if you don't know to expect it.

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E
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone (9 people) enjoyed the food and the service was good.

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and great service. We had a fantastic Thanksgiving meal!

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HM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Thanksgiving meal was delicious!

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PM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

For first time had a really bad experience at Lyon Hall. Much had to do with service and that is instructive. We were in cramped second floor back table next to service station. When asked if we could move to another table because of our location, or server made us feel like fools for asking. (Well, did you have a reservation? We did. Etc. ) And that set the tone for a dinner with out of town family.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

My mussel pot always great but this time the basil was just too raw. Then my two guests did not enjoy their seasonal meals

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BC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for a final dinner with a friend before he left the country. Both my cassoulet and his sausage plate were outstanding — seriously, ridiculously good French / German food — and our drinks (from the bottled beer / cider menu) were great, as well. Good bread to start the meal, and yummy French fries as a share side. Dessert was just as good as the meal. Service was friendly, warm, and un-pushy to boot.

My only complaint is about the atmosphere — not the figurative “atmosphere” about which we read so much, but the literal, physical atmosphere: we were seated right next to the door, and it was cold at our table! Seems they’ve tried to squeeze one extra small table into a space I would expect to see marked off for people waiting for the host upon entry, which means that in the winter, that table is chilly. I suppose the cold just made us want the good, hearty food even more, though.

Oberall, definitely recommended!

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s
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

BIRTHDAY BRUNCH

FOOD - yummy -- great menu!
PARKING ---- not good -- uber please!
BATHROOM - not fresh -- read my details
MUSIC --- great
SEATING -- OK

I loved the yummy arugula salad with my awesome burger! It was just too yummy...the dressing was ....not sure but maybe cherry balsamic? The donuts and our dessert on the house were awesome too!! Now, the seating part I was not too happy about it because we were like in an aisle seating area as soon as you walk into the restaurant; you go left. And the huge windows or glass were right behind me. It was one of the coldest days so my back was really cold all throughout the entire brunch. Plus, the aisle seating made it hard to walk through and get up.

The bathroom part was the hilarious and shocked me! First, you had to walk all the way downstairs to use it BUT the crazy part was when I was inside the bathroom and while washing my hands; I saw a guy looking up at me who was also washing his hands across from me! For a moment, I thought ok! Did I just use the Men bathroom or what!! Then, it took me a few minutes to realize that the area was communal for washing hands only separated by a lines of faucets. The smell in the bathroom was honestly very unclean or just not fresh. Please, warn your guests that the layout is extremely different and you might be staring at a guy while washing your hands!

Anyway.....other than that, the food was delicious and we all enjoyed ourselves. AND, I absolutely loved the music --- loved the songs!

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LO
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love beef bourguignon, but in 6-7 tries, I have never quite ordered it because something else just could not be passed. Just some of the tastiest food in the region. The wine list is great — creative and unusual. The beer list is short, but good, and it has a British ale in nitro which is not to be missed.
Service is very good. I ask for Jimmy or Ranya.
The noise can be tough on certain days, but usually it is fine. Just depends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I liked the low lighting and ambiance. It was a bit difficult to have a conversation at first around 7:30, but then the places cleared up in about an hour and the noise level improved. The waitress was pretty well attentive and checked up on us frequently.

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NO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lyon Hall offers diners a creative menu, sizable portions, and delicious cocktails. It's a great spot to celebrate a special occasion or just grab a quick drink and/or meal in a neighborhood restaurant. On warm nights, ample outdoor dining is available too.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Pretends to be a brasserie but the food is sub-par.

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MP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service are consistently very good and i appreciate the excellent cappuccino.
Location wise it’s a good place to meet with our son who lives in DC. Also close to the metro if we dont want to drive.

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a good meal. The service was excellent and the setting nice. The manager came around checking up on things which was nice. There was good music being played. I would definitely come back and recommend it to friends.

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e
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was delicious, but unfortunately they sat us upstairs where a large group was also dining. The noise level made conversation difficult.

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WC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My duck cassoulet was excellent! Great recommendation by the bartender.

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NA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I wanted to give this restaurant a try based on the reviews. Having tried it, I think it is a bit overrated. I was disappointed with my escargot. The extra crunchiness was different for me in this dish and it did marry well well with the tender escargot meat. The french onion did not have as much depth as I would like. My husband enjoyed his hanger steak though and it was the highlight of our meal.

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RV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The wild mushroom & bacon omelette that my wife ordered had no bacon. Our waiter offered to bring a side order of bacon, but she declined.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always go here for breakfast and a good read on the weekends. Staff is very friendly, food is good and I never feel rushed out.

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AP
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance, and everyone that helped us throughout the evening was very pleasant to interact with. The food was simply delicious, portions were reasonable, and the service overall fantastic! Not to mention their selection of beers was off the hook! Will definitely be returning here for more!

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was a big disappointment because the menu looks great. Out of our party of 4, no one liked their food. Over cooked burgers and gnocchi was bland. Tough giving the price. That being said, great/friendly service and beer list.

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JQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible and when we finally got our food -- after not receiving the basket of bread we asked for and saw on other people's tables -- it was cold. The French fries were almost unedible and the steak was fatty. Very disappointing for the amount of money we paid.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The donuts were amazing, and I was impressed by the flavor combination and quality. The Maine lobster was flavorless, and I was expecting much more from brunch.
The latte wasn’t even good. Overall, disappointing but I’ll try anything twice.

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CR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome beer list! Highly recommend the Steak Frites!

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SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pleasant but upstairs hot and the acoustics made it hard to hear my companions as there was a large party that was uproarious

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C
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When in town, Lyon Hall is my go-to place. This time, I ordered the pork schnitzel signature dish and glass of Gruner Vertliner. It’s a nice dish with lingonberry garnish and some arugula and frisée salad that complements the pork and red potatoes. At other times, I enjoy two small plates—beet salad and sautéed scallops—again with the same white wine. I always feel welcome dining alone and service is nice.

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NC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, drinks, and service. Will definitely be back!

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