Top Lyon Restaurants

Where to Eat Well in Lyon, Gastronomic Capital of France

Discover where to eat well in Lyon which claims, rightly, to be the gastronomic heart of France, a claim that the Parisians don't agree with. 

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    Top Lyon Restaurants

    Lyon Restaurants
    ••• Open-air dining in Lyon. Getty/Jon Hicks

    Lyon is a wonderful city, surprisingly overlooked by foreign visitors. But when people do discover Lyon, they instantly fall in love with the capital of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region.

    Lyon has an astonishing number of top restaurants, hearty 'bouchons' (Lyon bistros), mostly in the old St-Jean district and the narrow streets around the central Place, and stunning brasseries. Here is my list of the best places to eat in Lyon. 

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    Brasserie Georges

    Brasserie Georges in Lyon
    ••• Brasserie Georges in Lyon. Getty Images/Jean-Pierre Lescourret

    Brasserie Georges
    30 cours de Verdun
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 72 56 54 54
    Website

    Large, famous, bustling brasserie started in 1836 and still going strong with red leather banquettes, frescoes and mirrors everywhere reflecting the contented diners. Centrally  located near the Gare de Perrache and just south of Place Carnot, Brasserie Georges is known for its sauerkraut, though all the main staples of brasserie cooking are on offer.  Menus from 19.75 euros to a great value 4-course 25.50 euro menu.

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    Daniel et Denise

    Daniel et Denise
    156 rue de Crequi
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 78 60 66 53
    Website

    Joseph Viola, the chef-owner here is a meilleur ouvrier de France so you can expect – and get – top-class cooking in a congenial classic bouchon. It looks the part – with a tiled floor and red and white gingham tablecloths and the bustle is just right. Menus at 29 euros are terrific value: perhaps an autumnal pumpkin veloute to start, then boudin noir or a blanquette de veau, all beautifully cooked.

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    La Mère Brazier

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    ••• La Mere Brazier Restaurant, Lyon.

    La Mère Brazier
    31 rue Royale
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 78 23 17 20
    Website

    Started in 1921 by one of the famous Mères de Lyon (Mothers of Lyon), who set up in business after their aristocratic employers had decided they were surplus to requirements, Mme. Brazier was the first woman to be given three Michelin stars; the kitchen today under super chef Mathieu Vianny is equally legendary. This is one of Lyon’s top restaurants, offering a real gastronomic experience of food from a classically trained and highly skilled, adventurous chef. Menus begin at 70 euros, but this is one worth saving for.  

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    Le Bouchon des Carnivores

    Bouchon des Carnivores
    8 Rue des Maronniers
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 78 42 97 69
    Website (in French)

    Another of Lyon’s bouchons, Le Bouchon des Carnivores is one of four owned by the Chabert family. This one has a wonderfully bizarre decor, with agricultural imprelements and heads of beasts on the walls. Menus at 17.50 to 39.50 euros offer all the meaty delights you expect in Lyon and all the generosity of a true institution.

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    L’Est

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    L’Est
    14 pl Jules-Ferry
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 37 24 25 26
    Website

    Located in the historic area around the former Brotteaux station, with a miniature railway running around the ceiling to remind you of the district’s roots and clocks showing the time at four corner of the world, this is another of Paul Bocuse's great brasseries. Here the emphasis is on the East, so prawns and rice and Asian spices make appearances both in the a la carte and in the set menus (2 courses at 21.80 euros and 3 at 25.60 euros).

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    Le Nord

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    Le Nord
    18 rue Neuve
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 72 10 69 69
    Website

    Marble floors, smart tables and chairs, a long copper-covered bar and big globe lights – this is Le Nord, one of the four geographically named brasseries of Paul Bocuse . It’s very central, just south of the Hotel de Ville and north of place de la Bourse. Good value menus (2 courses at 21.80 euros and 3 at 25.60 euros)  give you a market-led meal – perhaps a classic boeuf Bourguignon or roast chicken breast.

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    L’Ouest

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    L’Ouest
    1 quai du Commerce
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 37 64 64 64
    Website

    The Brasserie de l’Ouest is thoroughly modern, a large open-plan restaurant with a glass wall showing the extensive wine cellar. It bustles by day and shines by night with the menus (2 courses at 21.80 euros and 3 at 25.60 euros) offering the good value the group is known for.

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    Le Sud

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    Le Sud
    11 pl Antonin-Poncet
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 72 77 80 00
    Website

    Just a hop, skip and a jump from central Place Bellecour, Le Sud has all the charm and joie de vivre of the Mediterranean style it takes its inspiration from. This is the cooking of the sun, with olive oil and Provencal herbs to the fore. The set menus (2 courses at 21.80 euros and 3 at 25.60 euros) ring the changes with tajines, perhaps of curried lamb or veal cooked with dried apricots. Pizzas, fish, risotto, pastille and lamb cutlets all make an appearance. On sunny days, eat on the terrace.

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    Le Café des Federations

    Le Cafe des Federations
    ••• Le Cafe des Federations, Lyon. Getty Images/Jean-Pierre Lescourret

    Le  Café des Federations
    8-10 rue Major-Martin
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 78 28 26 00
    Website

    Go with a good appetite to this delightful, deservedly popular Lyon bouchon. The classic menus (19.50 at lunch; 26 euros in the evening) offers 4 starters from local charcuterie to herring rillette, a hot dish that might be chicken in vinegar, a more-than-generous cheese selection or dessert. It’s jolly, crowded, with tiled floors, wooden tables and typical red gingham tablecloths. Wash it all down with a local Beaujolais or Morgan.