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Lyon, France Restaurants

I am looking for a mid-range authentic Lyonaise restaurant for a Saturday night in February. There will be 3 of us, myself, my husband, and twenty something daughter. I was in Lyon last year and ate at Cafe Comptoir Abel which we enjoyed completely. Does anyone have some other suggestions? We are staying near Place Bellacour. Merci!

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I’m not familiar with the restaurant you enjoyed but we found 2 wonderful “local” places…. L’arbre on rue l’arbre sec (meat selection sliced on site ) and Le Garet on rue Garet a family bouchon, both fantastic! Depending on your walking ability I’d say very doable from place bellecour. Loved Lyon !

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Well, if you want to blow out the jambs, there is Chez Paul Bocuse, currently 2 star. Expensive but unforgettable. I ate there in 1995, as the guest of a pharma. They asked me to pick the wines.

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I'll re-post a response I made to a similar question on this forum a few months ago (I know you've been to Café Comptoir Abel but it was mentioned in the original response).

In good weather, rue Mercière in Lyon can be a treat, as the closely-spaced outside dining areas, restaurant next to restaurant, create a convivial atmosphere. The restaurants, however, tend toward the tourist trade.

Some places we used to visit when we lived in Lyon's 6th arrondissement include the following:

  • La Mère Brazier or La Gargotte, two places across the street from one another in the northern part of the Presqu'île, just south of Pont de Lattre de Tassigny.

  • Arsenic, a few blocks east of Pont Wilson, serves modern style French food

  • Brasserie de Brotteaux, pretty good food and beautiful tile work in the classic old-style dining room, across from the former Gare de Brotteaux

  • Le Florentin, a small place in the 6th run by a couple where we consistently got very good food and very good service; we would often see single people dining there, at least early in the evening (19H)

  • If you want to try a Michelin-starred place, Le Gourmet de Sèze a block south of Cours Vitton on rue du Sèze delivers that experience with terrific food and service (a bit overdone for me, but I prefer more casual places)

  • In the same vein, Cazenove in the 6th has a very solid menu and a beautiful art nouveau dining room

  • Pierre Orsi's restaurant, located off of pretty Place Kleber in the 6th is a Lyon institution. You can't go wrong with that if you want a fine dining experience.

Lastly, and as a change of pace, if you're looking to visit a place that doesn't look as if it has been remodeled since the French Revolution, with OK (not great but not bad) food, give Café Comptoir Abel in the south Presqu'île a try. It's located along the Saône River west and a little north of Place Carnot. It's like eating in a museum exhibit.