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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Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Le Lyonnais can accommodate all your special event needs.

Le Lyonnais fka Sonoma Grille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

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Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (31)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Authentic (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for a Date (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Comfort Food (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Romantic (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Business Meals (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Casual (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
People Watching (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Cozy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Menu was ok. Not many sides to choose from. Ordered a steak, requested medium, received medium well at best. Not pink at all. Parmesan frites were very good. They never brought my salad until after I told them they forgot and that was half way thru my steak. Had to flag down staff for another drink and water. Wife's pork was decent. Service / food was much better when it was Sonoma Grille.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great service. But atmosphere is very disappointing. It looks more like some chain Italian cucina than a french restaurant.
The food Ingredients are good but everything was served almost cold. Mash potatoes and beef Cheeks: both came out almost cold (barely warm ). Steak: the same way. Oxtail was delicious but again: almost cold. Soft shelf crab was really good( little oily but great otherwise)
Great cappuccino. I also ordered crepes with bananas: perfect Crepe but cold and bananas were too green and so chewy....
Drinks and wine are delicious.
I love french food. Good french eatery would be a great gem which pittsburgh really lacking and I had high expectation.
Again: service is great.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This restaurant was "just okay".
Escargot were under seasoned. The sausage in the cassoulet was full of gristle, but the duck confit served on top was succulent. Bouillabaisse only fair, no outstanding flavor profile.
My husband's appetizer special of fried clams was so over fried you could not even taste the clam, but the generous side salad was nothing more than romaine lettuce and dressing, yet it was better than the escargot or the cassoulet, due to a very good tomato dressing.
The shrimp appetizer drew raves from a companion.
We were looking for a creative menu and that it had. But the quality of the food was quite underwhelming. Of 4 in our party, none voted to return.

Parking is super convenient with valet connected to the hotel.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The four of us really enjoyed our meal befit the theater. The mushroom soup was Felicia’s was the beet salad. Best beet salad we have ever had. The Bouliabase was yummy. The Wait staff was excellent. We will return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Par for the course for this restaurant group. Happy Hour is only available in the bar seating area. I'm not really sure why anyone would eat in the dining room before 7:00 because the bar seating is more comfortable and serves the same food for less... but the staff isn't about to share that information when you arrive. Understandable, but the ensuing interaction was awkward. Also, the Happy Hour specials are not the same as the menu posted on the website. The overall value of their Happy Hour is decent, but the service begins to taper into near nonexistence if you are not sitting directly at the bar. Overall, we had a good time; the food is good--definitely a step above generic chain fare--but nothing to write home about or splurge on. I would do Happy Hour again, but I wouldn't pay full price to sit in the dining room.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Very understaffed. One waiter could not possibly handle all the customers he was responsible to care for. A place of this caliber should not do this continuously as this restaurant does.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 5, 2017

we've eaten there several times and always enjoyed the experience. I ordered the veal banquet and was disappointed because I didn't feel it was traditional & over priced . other wise every thing was great as usual. a suggestion would be to sit at the bar for happy hour & split appetizers & a salad . the salads are a reasonable size for sharing . the service is always out standing.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I don't know why more people aren't frequenting this establishment. Our waiter was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. I hate that I forgot his name. But will go back here anytime I get the chance. I wish this place had more buzz around it.

For a french food aficionado, this place is a treasure. Go and don't think twice about it. You will not regret it.

Personally recommend the tartines for appetizers (both beef and salmon/crab) and the duck special was phenomenal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great to have a French dining option in the Cultural District. Spot on bistro cuisine- wife had the Poulet Frites and raved. I had the Duck Confit Cassoulet which was lovely though plated unusually in a flat soup bowl rather than the traditional cocette but this was only a minor point. The problem? Service.... our waiter was clearly struggling to cover all his tables but did his best . The surprising service gap came with our first course served by what appeared to be a floor manager- she placed two salads in front of us that neither of us had ordered. When we politely stated we had not ordered salads but a soup and a chèvre chaud- the salads were snapped away with out a word- no apology, nothing but a silent annoyed turn of the heel and marching off toward the the kitchen with the faulty plates. Problems occur and are understandable but the simple courtesy of an apology when a mistake has been made seems a basic fundamental of restaurant service. Its absence however is a glaring gap. This is a great restaurant but please invest in service training for the staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

One of the few reasonably priced places downtown that has excellent food, nice wine, and beer selection AND you can actually carry on a conversation.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Diverse, tempting menu. Excellent food, relatively quiet room. We enjoyed our visit, and will return.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Have to say I’m a little disappointed. We were frequent diners at Sonoma and this was our first visit to Le Lyonnais. We arrived early so we sat at the bar for a couple of happy hour drinks. The pere lachaise was excellent.
I made a reservation several days in advance. I requested a table by the window, indicating it was an anniversary dinner. The restaurant was fairly empty at 6:00 but instead of window, we got a seat in the back of the restaurant right beside the computer. Asked for another table and got one a few feet away.
Starters were very good- French onion soup, salad, and roasted goat cheese w Bacon. Manager/hostess(?) came over to check on ‘the couple who’d requested a window seat but didn’t get one’. Drinks, appetizers, and service were good at that point so I said “no worries”. Dinners arrived pretty quickly. Salmon over spaetzle was excellent. Waitress, who was very friendly and attentive, had recommended bouillabaisse for my husband. He was pretty disappointed. Good flavor, but ALL the clams were closed. Ugh. Mentioned it to her and she came back awhile later with a small bowl of clams sent out from the chef. Not sure why he would’ve sent the original batch of closed ones out to begin with. Sounds like it wasn’t the first time it had happened.
So a bad table and bad clams. We enjoyed our evening in spite of that, although sorry to say we probably won’t be in a hurry to return.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

How delightful to have a taste of France in Pittsburgh!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Rather disappointing.
The gnocchi sort of tasted like paste.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food and ambiance were excellent. We asked a lot of questions about portion sizes, etc., and got good answers. I ordered beef cheeks, and I was impressed that it was very similar to food I have had in France.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our second visit to Le Lyonnais, and it did not disappoint! The wine list has been carefully curated, the menu changes with the seasons, and the staff is wonderful. Both times we had excellent service, from the front desk to the bar to the table.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was amazing. Service was good just a little slow near the end. This wasn’t really the servers fault he had quite a few tables to deal with. If you have an 8pm showing may want to do a 6pm reservation instead of a 630. We definitely will be back

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Our first visit to Le Lyonnais was for dinner pre theater. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Dinner was delicious! Service was good. Will definitely return again for dinner and to try apps and dessert. We were a bit tight on time due to going to the theater and only ordered entrees. Happy hour in the bar is excellent with good variety and very reasonable prices.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

The lamb pastry dish was amazing

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a very good dinner that evening.
The only draw back I remember is that I wanted to order their special for the evening and they were out. The replacement entree was still good

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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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