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Le Cafe des Federations

8, Rue du Major Martin, 69001 Lyon, France (Terreaux - Bat D'argent)
04 78 28 26 00
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Ranked #256 of 2,065 restaurants in Lyon
Price range: $31 - $39
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Terreaux - Bat D'argent
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238 reviews from our community

75% Recommend
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Top Contributor
265 reviews 265 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Having read about the Lyon " bouchon experience" and this famous cafe, I had lunch here after Mass on Ascension Day. As it was a public holiday in France , there were many locals enjoying lunch out as well as tourists and the cafe was filling up fast. The friendly owner and his staff chatted with everyone before introducing the... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This place is a little off the beaten path from old town and all the "bouchon's" there. While I am certainly not an expert- this was much more the experience I was expecting. We made a reservation ( only earlier in the day) but it was a good thing because we watched over and over again people being turned away.... More

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Perth, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Had a first class dinner here last night. Restaurant has two rooms. We were shown into the second and, disconcertingly, were the only ones in there. However, within the hour the room was mobbed, so no worries there. Great, convivial atmosphere and excellent, friendly service. Started with a delicious beef soup with lardons and poached egg. This was followed by... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

There are many bouchons in Lyon but few which can match the charm, warm service and excellent food. We noticed immediately that many of the guests were french (a good sign). We were warmly welcomed and served a nice selection of starters (lentil salad,endive salad and charcuteries) which come with each meal. I've had many quenelles (classic Lyonnais fish dumpling... More

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New York City, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I am giving this restaurant 0 stars which I have never done for a restaurant before. I had to click one star to post the review but it's really 0. Robert and I were very excited to go to this restaurant and had booked way in advance due to the positive reviews here. We had a confirmation email that said... More

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Top Contributor
355 reviews 355 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
408 helpful votes 408 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

Not much to add to other positive reviews but here goes anyway. We had called to reserve which they had forgotten but they squeezed us in anyway so no big deal. The service was relaxed and friendly all evening and the general atmosphere fun. The food is very good but go hungry as there is a lot of it! We... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Food was not complicated, but well done. Starter veal carpaccio served with guacamole and black olives was a nice touch. Cod fish with black olives was a good local version and tasty.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

Great food, wine, and brilliant service. I loved it here. Come hungry!!! The menu is preset apart from the main course and you get a lot of it!!! It's home style, not uptight or formal and that's what makes it so great.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodge
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This bouchon is an institution of the city's gastronomy. The place has not changed over the decades and still lives in tradition with memorabilia all over the walls. The food is great although simple and authentic, Lyon-style. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. The quantity of the servings is impressive and it is almost impossible to finish everything. It is... More

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Lyon, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Le Café des Federations is the real deal--an authentic bouchon. The entrées are served family style in big bowls that are passed around the table, and the cheese board is handled the same way. The main dishes, mostly Lyonnais classics, are hearty, meaty and nicely prepared. Carafes of Rhône wine make an ideal pairing. The decor is traditional bistrot and... More

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