Restaurants in Lyon
Love authentic French food? You're home. The Rhone Valley is considered the birthplace of traditional, bistro-style French cooking—with an emphasis on meaty comfort foods that often include offal, such as a chicken liver salad, boudin noir (blood sausage), and tripe. Foodies can build a whole trip here—and if you're on a budget, you can ease the sticker shock by ordering the prix-fixe, which usually offers the most value. Here are some of the best Lyon restaurants:
Brasserie Georges. This French beer hall dates back to 1836—Emile Zola, Edith Poaf and Jules Verene all ate here at various points—with excellent comfort food is one of the busier Lyon restaurants. A great spot for a late night meal.
La Mere Brazie. This cutting-edge Lyon restaurant offers a modern take on traditional French food, and its chef, Mathieu Viannay, was awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (top chef) prize. Try the poularde de Bresse demi-deuill, or chicken with black truffles.
L'Ouest Express. Opened by super-chef Paul Bocuse—considered the father of nouvelle cuisine—this Lyon Restaurant has become a regular stop for Parisians trying something new. Try the legendary black-truffle soup or the frogs' leg soup.
La Tassée. This established restaurant in the heart of Lyon offers traditional cuisine from the Rhone region changing with the season—like, say, the roasted pigeon with cabbage.
The Chef: Paul Bocuse, who basically invented nouvelle cuisine, is arguably one of the 20th century’s greatest chefs and best known for his famous Mont d’Or restaurant, L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges.
"In the heart of Lyon is a classic of its genre—a bustling French beer hall with great food. It's near the Gare Perrache, with makes it a particularly good late-night destination if you're arriving after hours by train.