Lyon Hall

4.7
2938 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2938 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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nancyc
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic anniversary brunch. Couldnt have been better

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch!

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vipExNewYorker
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Outstanding food, inattentive service.

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

Great Eggs Benedict

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 June 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 1 June 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 31 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 29 May 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
30 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely spectacular

LD
LuluDC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 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 28 May 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 23 May 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 22 May 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 21 May 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.

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vipNoVaFoodie
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was craving steak frites, so Lyon Hall was the place to go! Started with fab escargots in garlic butter with pistachio topping. Very yummy. Steak and fries were perfectly cooked to my taste. Salad accompaniment was a little soggy. Friends enjoyed their meals too! Server was good though a little too stretched thin with tables.

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vipPeterS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was amazing. The mussels was extremely fresh, large and consistent. The hangar steak was perfectly grilled to medium rare with red in the middle. The French dip sandwich baquette done perfectly with crispy on the outside and soft in the middle with voluminous steak to fill the sandwich.

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NewYearsEveSpecialDinner
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beer & cider happy hour specials were great

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vipDarius
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious - save for the creme brûlée. I really enjoyed the rack of lamb - even though I'm not used to eating meats rare. I loved the Brussel sprouts and cannot wait to try the Boeuf Bourguignon. The California Cabernet Sauvignon was delicious as well.
The creme brûlée was strange and the flavors did not work well together. I like guava but combining that with the hardened sugar crust and the cheesecake froth did not compliment each other. The silverware and cutlery were well worn and it was difficult to cut the lamb with a dull steak knife. The outside tables were also a little grimy with bits of food stuck in the grating. The tables are "sanitized" after every use but I watched and all it was only a quick brush off.

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vipDiscerningPalette
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and impeccable serve. . .nice fresh bread and soft butter. Patio dining was wonderful when the traffic settled down.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing! Really good service overall and food was top notch

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vipScragg
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was wonderful!!! The escargot is fantastic and the mussels provinceal are wonderful. The menu is fantastic but the deserts are scarce. The only thing bad about it is there is no parking. But, I have a reservation there Sunday the 23rd.

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clarendonhs
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first restaurant we’ve dined at since the pandemic began. It was amazing - we felt safe, the food was delicious, and the service was great. Can’t wait to go again.

CD
vipCarolynD
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the onion soup (very mild but good), hoisin cauliflower, filet, branzino, creme brûlée, cappuccino, and Perrier with lime. It was all delicious. We’d had most before, so I’d say they’re consistent. The atmosphere was charming inside and out, and the service was attentive and unobtrusive. We’ve been back and will go again — maybe with kids for brunch as I noticed they have a kids menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

overall a good experience!

TL
Tree17Leaves
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Great service. Glad to be back here.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came for Mother’s Day. It was great!

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You can order delivery directly from Lyon Hall using the Order Online button. Lyon Hall also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 741-7636.

Lyon Hall is rated 4.7 stars by 2938 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 bookings at the moment.