Lyon Hall

4.6
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2582 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.
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DM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing... great suggestions!

TA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience. Wife and I took advantage of Restaurant Week and had lunch at Lyon Hall. Service outstanding, food outstanding. We will be back. I highly recommend it.

s
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food... loved the mussels! Great service too!!!

DO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top quality ingredients, well prepared. A variety of deliciousness to choose from.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch (participated in RW) was delicious (tuna tartare, shrimp salad, ice cream). Our server was also great. Attentive amd very pleasant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was slow, but did not seem like a problem created by the servers.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to Lyon Hall for brunch and really enjoyed our meals. Quick, good service and the quality of the food was great. Ambiance of the upstairs level was a little weird but the main dining room seemed more put together. Overall we enjoyed it, and will come by again for a quick brunch or casual dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They could find my reservation when I checked in. Luckily not too crowded so not a problem.

NG
Baltimore
82 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The pumpkin soup w lobster dumplings was the best soup i have had in years. Awesome. The roasted pork dinner was perfect as were the short ribs. Service solid. A bit noisy though.

LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and amazing mussels. Really attentive service with friendly staff. Felt a little rushed toward the end of the meal when the restaurant started to get busy.

j
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It's nice to see an established restaurant get better and better.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a nice Birthday dinner. Server was pleasant and accommodating. Food was good as always though there were complaints about the creme brulee not being burnt.

O
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great onion soup and burger

OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good but arrived in the wrong order. My husband and i got our salad at the same time as our entree. And, someone else at our time go their soup after their entree had arrived. We ended up with too many plates at the small table, and our entrees got cold while we ate out appetizers.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was cold, no serving spoons for sides or knives for steak provided.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great New Years Eve Dinner! Would liked more variety with the specials, however our food was all delicious.

SG
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful for the most part. Felt a little rushed with main dish coming out too soon and wanted to remove appetizers before finished. Did not get my salad. And my dinner was cold when I received it-but since boyfriends wasn’t didn’t want to send back since would have had to wait and he would been done with his food. The server was very nice though. 👍

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we sat upstairs on NYE service was amazing I wish I could remember the server name to let you know.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our fist visit made us pledge to come back. New Year’s Eve lunch and farewell to daughter from CA. Great prices and varied menu. Just what we were looking for.

w
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great hanger steak - medium rare done right and succulent meat flavor ! and at $19 for lunch with a few bites of salad greens and some fries, not a bad deal. Server was very attentive in refilling ice tea and checking on us without intruding conversation. Two complaints: 1. MOP THE FLOOR with vinegar, soap and hot water! Every occasion I have been to the restaurant and in different shoes, I can still GLIDE on the slippery, greasy surface whether in the dining room or the bathroom. 2. STOP putting straws in drinks by default. When patrons ask for it, give it to them. It is just NOT necessary! A good restaurant always washes its glasses with soap and hot water to remove lipstick and grease stains. Straws let them get away with dirty glasses.

RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I've been coming to this restaurant for years. I can honestly says that the quality of the food had declined. Also, the service could have been better. Two of our foods came out wrong. I'm not sure if this was a kitchen issue or if the serve forgot to order it correctly.

To make matters worse, the server completely forgot to order my espresso so our dessert arrived and then after I reminded him 10 minutes later, he brought out the Espresso. Although he didn't charge me for the Espresso it still didn't fix the issue.

I will likely never return back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lyon Hall continues to be one of our favorite neighborhood spots. Even my highly discerning mother-in-law thought the food was excellent and enjoyed the ambiance. They have a great kid’s menu- mine ate the salmon and vegetables and loved them! Waitstaff is top notch.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hospitality and supper kid friendly

a
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice after Christmas dinner with family.

IM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The mussels were amazing but the salads were gritty.

MR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our reservation was made for 7 pm, when we arrived the table was not ready. We came back to the host at 7.20 pm and she said she only has a table for 3 and we can't sit there (we were 2). When I asked to speak to her supervisor she checked again and seated us. The table service and food were great.

u
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed great food with friends.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!! Great neighborhood restaurant & more!!

j
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Nice experience though facing exterior glass not great due to the distracting streetlights. Need to invest in some window treatments that obscure the distracting streetlights and or get county to shield the lights to improve dining ambiance.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great lunch as always

BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely ladies’ lunch. The waiters and staff were kind and efficient. They allowed us time to talk without pressuring us to hurry the meal. Sharing a salad was easy— and extremely delicious i might add. My Thai curry mussels were luscious and my friend especially enjoyed her pork sandwich with home baked pretzel bread. A definite 10+.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is a nice, go-to neighborhood spot that isn’t too pricey, but isn’t just some fast food stop. Nice ambiance and relaxed vibe for a group brunch, lunch or dinner

CT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent!

NB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lyon Hall is wonderful. Prior to this reservation, I had only had lunch there, but the dinner was superb. The main dining room is a bit snug in traditional French style, but we had no problem hearing each other over the din. On the food side, we had the Mussels Normandy split among 4 of us and it was more than amble (the sever brought us an extra helping of the warm and crusty french bread for dipping). The dinners among the 4 of us were 2 lobster rolls (spilling over with excellent lobster salad and accompanied by a deluge of crispy pomme frittes; the trout almondine was perfectly cooked and accompanied by vegetables; and the traditional pork jagerschnitzel was quite large and accompanied by perfectly al dente butter noodles. The portions were generous and the presentations were alluring. We had an excellent Pinot Noir, Domaine Jean Touzot, Burgundy, France, 2016, which was chilled to the exact temperature. Overall, a must do on the Arlington evening scene!!!

f
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great martini. Loved the tuna tartare and the mussels. But my date ordered the Jagerschnitzel, and it was quite dry. A serious drawback for the main course.

On service, I had to ask for someone to take my drink order, as no one came to our table when I arrived (after my date), though I was escorted to my table.

Increasingly noisy as the night went on. But not terrible.

LH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service! We made a meal of appetizers - oxtail and mushroom toast, tuna tar tar and mussels. Wine and beer selection is very good!

DP
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice. Food and service were great
Highly recommend it

r
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good, best feature was wait staff did not linger and allowed us 3 1/2 hrs of good food and conversation. Only food issue is lack of clearly gluten free menu selections. Wife's trout main was supposed to be prepped gluten free but she had a mild adverse reaction to something.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Yhanksgiving

CP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was pleasant.
I go frequently.