Restaurants in Lyon

Lyon boasts a large number of restaurants, some of them among the finest in France. Probably the most famous restaurant in Lyon is Paul Bocuse's L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges (see below). If your budget doesn't stretch that far, try some of Lyon's specialities, like quenelles (seasoned balls or dumplings, usually made of meat), in a bouchon or traditional bistro.

The restaurants below have been handpicked by the guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €60)
Moderate (€15 to €60)
Cheap (up to €15)

These prices are for a three-course meal for one with drinks, tax and service included.

Les Terrasses de Lyon

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: French

The winning combination of sensational views over the city and creatively executed dishes help Les Terrasses de Lyon secure its position as one of the five-star gastronomic restaurants in Lyon. Reservations are a must.

Address: 25 Montée Saint-Barthélémy, Lyon, France

L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Haute cuisine

Paul Bocuse's Michelin-starred, luxury Lyon establishment is for serious foodies with serious cash. Delights like truffle soup, created for former French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, are prepared with the freshest ingredients and exquisite care. The restaurant is located 4km (2.5miles) north of Lyon on the banks of the Saône River.

Address: 40 rue de la Plage, Collonges au Mont d'Or, Lyon, France
Telephone: +33 4 7242 9090.

L'Etoile d'Asie

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Vietnamese

L'Etoile d'Asie is faithful to authentic Vietnamese flavours which is a rare thing in Lyon. Expect warm, friendly service and great food - you'll leave this place happy.

Address: 13 Rue Cavenne, Lyon, France

La Mère Jean

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Traditional Lyonnais

To get, quite literally, to the heart of Lyon traditional food, stop at the rowdy La Mère Jean with its wooden dining booths, stone floors and low ceilings. This welcoming bouchon (a traditional Lyonnais eatery) serves wonderful local specialities like quenelle de brochet (pike dumpling), but the most popular dishes here include boudin noir (blood sausage), onion tart, andouillette (pork and intestines sausage, flavoured with pepper, wine and onion) and ris de veau (calf belly sweetbread). Casual and friendly, it welcomes diners without reservations.

Address: 5 rue des Marronniers, 2nd, Lyon, France
Telephone: +33 4 7837 8127.

Brasserie Georges

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Brasserie

This popular Lyon brasserie, which opened in 1836, still dishes up traditional dishes in grand art deco surrounding. Opt for the plat du jour, one of the famous choucroutes (dressed sauerkraut, a plateau de fruits de mer (seafood platter) - or order from the tempting a la carte menu. The beer is brewed on the premises.

Address: 30 cours de Verdun, 2nd, Lyon, France
Telephone: +33 4 7256 5454

Chez Mounier

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Lyonnais

The authentic regional dishes served in the intimate surroundings of this neighbourhood bouchon (a traditional Lyonnais eatery) are tasty and unpretentious. Service is friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed with little more than chatter filling the air. In the warmer months, try and get a table outside. Booking recommended.

Address: 3 rue des Marronniers, 1st, Lyon, France
Telephone: +33 4 7837 7926.


Price: Cheap
Cuisine: French

L'Épicerie serves up home-made soup and tartines (open-faced sandwiches) in what looks like a vintage grocery store setting.

Address: 2 Rue de la Monnaie, Lyon, France

La Cave d'à Côté

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Cold platters

La Cave d'à Côté is a place for oenophiles to come and drool. This converted wine cellar has become one of Lyon’s coolest wine bars and restaurants, where dozens of appellations are the stars and local bottles are a speciality. Accompanying them are huge sharing platters of pork pies, sausages, cheeses and pickles, which allude to a night of shared and relaxed dining on a budget – but still one with sophistication.

Address: 7 rue Pleney, 1st, Lyon, France
Telephone: +33 4 7828 3146.
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