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Le Lion Bossu

1 Rue Saint-Jacques, 59000 Lille, France (Vieux Lille 3)
+33 3 20 06 06 88
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Ranked #73 of 971 Restaurants in Lille
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $26 - $53
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Vieux Lille 3
Description: Since 1989 M. and Mme. Coué have been running this restaurant, situated in the heart of the historic old town of Lille just 5 minutes from the two stations and close to the Lion D'Or square. Based in a traditional old Lille house dating back to 1681, the dining room is an intimate space with old brick walls and beautiful beams. The food is generous, inspired and very tasty. Mme Coué manages the kitchen and produces delicious dishes such as beef fillet, stewed oxtail in red wine, foie gras ravioli or crisp skewers of snails and gazpacho. In the dining room, M. Coué is always on hand to assist with the wine list which features a carefully selected choice of regional French wines
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158 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My partner’s and my long leisurely luxurious lunch on Friday at le Lion Bossu made the trip over on Eurostar from London to Lille one I’ve love to repeat weekly! Not only was the meal a delight - the perfectly cooked scallops added extra textural interest and flavour punch by the addition of hazelnut and truffle - and the house... More

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Cologne, Germany
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Were seated on the first floor so can't confirm the comments about the temperature in the cellar. Restaurant was also rather empty so the service was fine. The food though was excellent. Can highly recommend the Iberian wild black pork as a main. And if you're into desserts try the cafe gourmand - espresso with four delightful mini desserts, beautifully... More

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Southend-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Yet again the restarurant and its staff provided a great dining experience. The food was superb, as it always is, the wine list varied and reasonably priced for the quality and the service was very good, even though the restaurant was busy. This was my 8th (or perhaps 9th) visit and the restaurant has never failed to impress. I will... More

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Paris, France
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The Service was very very slow... Quality standards were barely met, and for sure high quality expected for this type of restaurant was not absolutely met. Food average. Not worth the money spent.

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Ware, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Not far from Grand Place in a lovely old building. Booked on-line for a table on Saturday night which was just a well as a most of the tables were occupied over the course of the evening. We chose one of the set menus the highlight of which was the Iberian pork that was just delicious. The staff made use... More

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Madrid, Spain
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

...a bit pricy...otehr than that almost perfect place to go. Very recomended, though. We opted for the menu, and it was excellent. It is kind of romantic although we were teh whole family (with little kids running around...) and staff super friendly. Too many amaizng places in Lille, but i believe I will repeat again.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Not a cheap option but the food was excellent - beautifully presented and very tasty. Wine prices are high but the house wine is good and reasonably priced. Service was faultless. Recommended for celebrations.

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Bristol england
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34 reviews 34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

Stumbled across this restaurant after a few beers and how lucky we were. Owners so friendly and helped with the menu, not the best English speakers and we are definitely not the best French speakers but made for a good laugh and excellent food washed down with plenty of wine and a few freeby digestif. Would go again

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Cologne, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Third time visit for us to this little gem in Lille. Great food and great service. If you are looking for somewhere to eat that French would choose too, then this is the place.

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north yorkshire
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Visited this restaurant with my husband on a two day break to Lille. As soon as we walked in we felt comfortable and relaxed. The service was excellent even with the restaurant full and the food of a high standard. Can recommend and would certainly visit again.

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