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La nef des fous

5 rue du boeuf, 69005 Lyon, France (Vieux Lyon - Quarantaine)
04 78 42 73 67
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Ranked #223 of 2,152 Restaurants in Lyon
Price range: $22 - $89
Cuisines: Diner, French
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Vieux Lyon - Quarantaine
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English first
Nashville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The restaurant is extremely eclectic with small tables and lots of décor. We liked the ambiance and though it gave a unique, cozy vibe. The food was very good- homey and delicious. I had the pork en croute, and it was outstanding. The chocolate desert was phenomenal. Service was excellent. Highly recommended!

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Lyon, France
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Although I am not a huge fan of the decor and the lack of space on the table, it is refreshing to go somewhere different and to have a good menu with good food and variety! My fav french restaurant in Lyon because the menu is broad in variety, the food is great and it is great to go with... More

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Seattle
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Funky setting (mind your step near the goldfish-stocked bathtub on the landing between the first and second floor), hip staff, and savor-worthy cuisine.

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Indianapolis, IN
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

Happened on place while wandering Vieux Lyon. Had assortment of fish and meat entrees which appealed to our group ( rather than many Lyonnaise fare that emphasized seafood and organ meat only). Decor is interesting, but strange enough we almost walked out while they searched for a table for us. Overall, everyone enjoyed their food.

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Baghdad
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We were wandering fairly randomly through the streets of old Lyon when we decided to stop for dinner somewhere and happened across Les Nef Des Fous. The decor is consciously eclectic -- bits and pieces of mismatched furniture and tableware all come together to create a wonderfully homey and charming space. The food, however, was the star. We both opted... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Ate in this restaurant on 7/2/14 and was impressed by the decor and goldfish in the bath. Had Lamb tagine, it was very bland and quite cool as if it had been reheated but insufficiently. 2 of my colleagues had the same dish and it was the same. Food was so disappointing that the pleasant, quirky surroundings didn't make up... More

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45 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Opening Remarks: -La Nef des Fous translates to mean “Ship of Fools” – a theme which you can certainly see play out in the outlandish décor (see below) -Located in the old city of Lyon (Vieux Lyon) -It was raining very hard that night and we didn’t feel like traveling far, so our concierge recommended this restaurant just across the... More

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Rossum , GLD
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

Crazy place with regards to the interior. They have excellent wines at very reasonable prices,, like bourgognes and pomerols. The food however is not too good. Not everything is fresh, most of it is preprepared and reheated in the microwave (?). The beef was good and well cooked (rare, which is not really the French way).

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Budapest, Hungary
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We were lucky enough to book the last table on a Saturday evening - the place was packed and not really with tourists. The colourful and eclectic design alone is worth a visit (look for the goldfish in the bathtub!) but the menu has some pleasant surprises as well - our favourite was an entrée: duck tartare with hazelnut oil,... More

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Montpellier, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Food is more elaborated than in average restaurant in Vieux Lyon. Very friendly service in a top decorated area.

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