About Le Lyonnais fka Sonoma Grille

French comfort food that is simple and affordable inspired by time honored recipes from the chef owner's hometown of Lyon, France.

947 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Global, International, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-F: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: M-Th : 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Dinner: F-Sat: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Tenth St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(412) 697-1336

Website:
http://lelyonnaispgh.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking provided by Courtyard Marriott. Pay at Le Lyonnais.

Public Transit:
Yes

Executive Chef:
Yves Carreau

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Liz@bigygroup.com.

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Le Lyonnais fka Sonoma Grille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

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Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (33)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
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Good for Anniversaries (23)
Authentic (22)
Good for a Date (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Romantic (20)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Business Meals (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Casual (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
People Watching (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Cozy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Fun (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

Like this better than Sonoma (prior), nice happy offerings and varied options on the entrée menu. Not as good as being in France, but not too bad.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 5 days ago

Second time dining; and did not disappoint! The experience was exceptional. Great menu choices; portions are ample; and food preparation and creativity was amazing. Beef cheeks were fabulous; have a second meal waiting for me at home; too much to finish. Salmon was exceptional. Service was outstanding and attentive. Will return for sure!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. Will definitely return to this restaurant in the near future.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My Manhattan took a long time to arrive, but once it did it was so delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was cooked perfectly! The service was incredible and our server was extremely helpful in making suggestions on the menu. We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of the best meals we have experienced in Pittsburgh. Great menu to choose from, large portions for a French restaurant, superb service.
We can’t wait to return.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Sonoma grille, take two. Food decent, nothing special, but at least reasonably priced. Wine list pretty good, but like most PGH restaurants, WAY overpriced. Ambiance blah, trying to straddle between trendy at bar and quiet at dining tables but missing at both ends because bar electronica competes with quiet meal. Service mediocre. We were at our table for a good fifteen minutes before a server even came by to fill our water glasses and give us menus. Pass on this place.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

What a wonderful surprise to have a bit of France in the Pittsburgh Cultural District . I had the steak au Poivre and it was just perfect . We will certainly make this restaurant one of our "GO TO " before a concert

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was exactly what we were looking for...Good wine, cheese, dinner, bread, and dessert. We weren't rushed (stayed for about 3 hours) and we were able to talk comfortably to each other. Friendly server (she was a bartender who was assigned to be a server and if she didn't know the answer to our questions, she asked someone). Overall great experience.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious dinner! Great service. I would definitely dine there again!

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

massive portions of somewhat overcooked foods. Salad laitue overdressed and soggy. Sweetened butter for otherwise superb Baguette (5 Points Bakery). Pretty awful service. Waiter rubbed or patted my shoulder after every interaction and wanted to shake hands when we left. Pretty weird. Oh, the decor hasn't changed since it was Sonoma Grill. Tired and inappropriate. Don't waste your time or money here.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Very good. I think the change was for the better. Pates could have been better. Did not enjoy the mushroom pate at all. Ham and cheese croquettes very good.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Service was attentive and friendly. Pork belly not as tender as I'd hoped but the pork tenderloin my husband had was very tender and tasty. My noodles in gravy were very good and plentiful and the tomato salad was lovely.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 24, 2017

A meager pour on the cocktails and my pork was over cooked. Good service and basically interesting a quality food.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great find. In Pittsburgh for a Steeler game and restaurant was located next to our hotel on Penn. Was attracted by the atmosphere, outdoor seating and the menu. Our waiter took his time explaining the various selections available. French comfort food. Next time we are in town we will return.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Was nervous to dine here before a show due to reviews stating service was very slow. We had a very good meal and the server was attentive. The trio of pates were our favorite. The onion soup was bland and uninspired. My husband had the Cornish hen which was delicious, the sauce had great flavors.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 17, 2017

What a pleasant surprise after being disappointed that sonoma grille was gone. Lovely menu, choices, flavor, wine, service. We'll be back soon!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Overall a very nice evening, although it wasn’t over the top special. Too many places to have a nice dinner in Pittsburgh to put this one at the top. Service was top notch, and cocktails were fantastic, but overall food and ambiance was good, not great.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

It's a really good thing for this restaurant that the food was very good, otherwise the poorly trained staff would make it enough for me not to come back. If they concentrate on upping the level of service and attention to basics, I'd recommend this place to anyone.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Best restaurant in Pittsburgh! We enjoyed a creative and delicious dinner before going to a show. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Still feels like Sonoma Grill. Friends liked their beef cheeks and lamb, but my crab meat tartine was on hard-to-cut toast and just not very comforting. Slow, somewhat clunky service. Feels not quite gelling. Was placed in the cavernous back, felt a little lost; it is probably nicer up toward the front windows.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was spotty--soup came before cocktail. Bread excellent. Entree OK.
Menu very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was one of the finest French bistro meals we have ever had outside of France. Kudos to the chef, the "man from Lyon". (Le Lyonnaise)

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Great Beer
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The servings were authentic French. Our server was very friendly and answered all our questions well. Valet parking was available at a reasonable fee.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was really good, and the cocktails were outstanding. There are many French wines available by the glass as well. The service was a bit understaffed -- our waiter seemed to be covering the entire dining room and the outside tables as well, and it took kind of a long time for the bartender to make our pre-dinner cocktails. The food did come out right away though. We had a show to get to, so I felt a little stressed that we wouldn't be done in time, but we were (we were there for about an hour and 15 minutes total), and I would love to go back some time when I don't have to be anywhere after. There is a nice bar area that opens to Penn Ave, which would be good for a pre-show glass of French wine.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Wow! Where do I start! I go out 3 or 4 times per week. And it's was the absolute worse experience I've ever had at a high end restaurant. They weren't crazy busy and they weren't under staffed. But. Really??!! It took 10 minutes to even have someone greet us. Then when we got sat... another 20 minutes until someone said hi at our table. We told the waitress that we were headed to a show and needed to leave at 7:30. She told us no problem. We placed our order and waited 45 minutes for our apps to come out. By the time our entrees finally showed up it was time for us to leave. We weren't the only one to have this issue. It was absolutely disappointing.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was great, but we weren't able to enjoy it because everything came so slow. We arrived at 6 but didn't get our salad and soup until about 7:10. With tickets for an 8 o'clock lecture, we were in a panic. Entrees did not arrive until almost 7:30. They comped the entrees and we wolfed down what we could. Staff was nice and apologetic but it was a lousy experience. Many other diners got up and left. All the food was tremendous. Such a shame.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 4, 2017

My wife and I arrived at Le Lyonnasis 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday evening for dinner and a show at 8:00 p.m. The waitress did not appear at our table within 10 minutes of our seating, when she did arrive at our table she answered questions about the menu and she disappeared for another 10 minutes. When she returned we placed our order for a salad and two entrees and a cocktail and then we sat and sat. After being at our table for an hour we had been served water, a bread plate for my wife (I have celiac disease) and a cocktail for me. I approached the manager and explained that we were 45 minutes from show time and no food had arrived and I placed the question to the manager of whether or not we would be served. His answer was that he did not know and he would go to the kitchen to get an answer, which he did. After 10 or more minutes in the kitchen he returned to a table of 4 near us, words were exchanged and the foursome got up in unison and one of the patrons picked up a set of show tickets and they marched off out of the restaurant. Meanwhile, the manager passed our table by and headed to the bar area. I waited a few minutes and got up to find the manager and to receive an answer on the prospect of our dinner in time for the show. When I found the manager and asked if we would receive our meal in time for the show he said he did not know. The tickets for the show cost as much or slightly less that the amount the dinner, drinks and dessert would have cost us so I indicated I would settle up for the cost of the drink and we would move on to an area bar and grille which could feed us quickly. He compted the drink and we moved across the street for a quick light meal. This is the second time we have arrived at Le Lyonnais for a meal and the second time the service was slow, poor or non-existent. I hope this is helpful to aid you in applying resources to train the wait staff, the chefs and kitchen staff to improve service to the evening show dinner crowd.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Had an absolutely delicious and lovely lunch .

the service was great, got to sit outside on a beautiful October sunny day and my entree which was the tomato, basil, burrata salad with a piece of salmon was divine.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Fun, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Had the pork filet. It was fantastic

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Ordered the short rib poutine. It tasted very good but the cheese curds were completely melted as if the dish sat under a heat lamp for too long. Good taste, not the proper texture. Also the flatware was very watermarked--get a new dishwasher or water softener. Other two people in the party enjoyed their meal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Wait staff are poorly trained - unorganized, lack attention to details, etc.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The host seating us look very serious like we were at a funeral parlor. He spoke in such a low voice about the menu and specials you couldn't understand a single word. It was never explained why there were two servers waiting on us. The main complaint was the $35 steak was very tough. Had to Chew and chew and chew.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had an absolutely wonderful experience at Le Lyonnais. My fiancé and I were celebrating our engagement with my parents and we were treated to a glass of sparkling Rosé. Our server, Christian, was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was hit and miss. Friendly but very slow service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We always loved this spot as Sonoma Grille. Now it is under the same ownership but has switched to a country French theme. Nice menu with lots of appealing options. Appealing soups, which we tried, and lots of other appetizers, etc. Our entrees of a veal special and Beouf Bourgignon were excellent, and we shared a large carafe of wine. Service was smooth and efficient, although they were not very busy on a Tuesday. Nothing about the décor has changed but we enjoyed our visit. We plan to return.

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

My wife and I love eating here. The food is always delicious, but the servers are never friendly. They are not rude, but not friendly. I love the Big Y group restaurants, but was disappointed this past visit. My wife had a free entree up to $25 for her birthday. So we both ordered a meal and we share them both. When given the coupon the waitress took off the cheaper meal even though they were both under $25. When I asked why they wouldn't remove the more expensive one, she told me that since my wife technically ordered the cheaper one, then that's what they discounted. I told the lady they have never done that in the past, and she acted absolutely annoyed. And honestly, we weren't being cheap. We ordered many drinks, an appetizer, two meals, dessert, and cappachino. So the fact they tried to save a couple of dollars even though we spent a great deal of money. Overall, we still love the restaurant, just beware of the servers.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Wonderful service, outstanding and reasonably priced food. A good addition to the Pittsburgh restaurant lineup. Looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Especially loved the pâté appetizer! My rabbit could have been more tender. I lived in France and cooked rabbit a lot, mostly in a cream or mustard sauce. Heirloom tomato salad was excellent! We have been twice and enjoyed both times.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I was looking forward to trying Le Lyonnais after reading that it was one of the "xx best new restaurants in town." It was my understanding that it was to be excellent regional French cuisine so I came expecting that.

My companion and I began with cocktails. They were lovely. The server was helpful and more than willing to give us lots of time and space as we had lots of time. Getting a reservation was quite easy and they were not busy. The ambience is quite nice if a bit dark....thank goodness for those phone lights.

I was however, completely disappointed with my meal. At the server's recommendation I had their soup special--New England clam chowder..Okay, if I wanted regional French then why did I order it? Because he made it sound great. On the other hand, why were they serving it?? Anyway, there were big chunks of peppers, almost no clams, and little to no flavor. For my main course I had salade nicoise. I'm not sure why it was "they way they make it in Nice" when it had curry in it. The olives were cured and therefore overpowering. Rather than potato salad there were slices of boiled potato. It wasn't bad necessarily but just not particularly French.

In fairness, my companion ordered the pork tenderloin and it was quite nice. It was exquisitely tender. The butternut squash was also delicious. I had a nice glass of the house chardonnay and enjoyed it. So, while all was not a complete loss it was not at all what I expected.

Meanwhile, we took advantage of the valet parking and were happy to be able to leave our car there and return after attending our PSO concert.

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