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Le Cafe des Federations

#230 of 2,440 Restaurants in Lyon
#242 of 2,523 Places to Eat in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Terreaux - Bat D'argent
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8-9-10 rue Major Martin, 69001 Lyon, France
04 78 28 26 00
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Simple, but very tasty Lyonnais food!

I only had one day in Lyon, and all my researches (including this site) showed that Café Federations is the place to visit to the try authentic Lyonnais food. As it turned out, visiting this place for lunch was a very good decision. Worrying that there may be no seats available, I made a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We wanted a typical Lyonnaise meal and by all accounts this is it. We turned up with no reservation - and they wrangled us a small table... The service was efficient - in and out in 90 mins, with 5 courses... so don't imagine a long lingering meal... though you could eat more slowly than we did... The cheese course... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A fascinating and delicious taste of traditional Lyonaise food. The set menu delivers 5 courses if you're game, and hungry, enough. Seriously, don't eat before you visit Les Fed's. It's worth it.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I only had one day in Lyon, and all my researches (including this site) showed that Café Federations is the place to visit to the try authentic Lyonnais food. As it turned out, visiting this place for lunch was a very good decision. Worrying that there may be no seats available, I made a reservation a couple of weeks ahead... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A small group of us visited this traditional Lyonnais bouchon and we're delighted by our experience. We did the dinner menu and could not believe how much food was served to us. We could have easily tripled the number in our party and had leftovers. The entrees were all interesting and delicious. Our plates were all very different and equally... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Wow. If you want an authentic bouchon this is it. Make a booking !!! Dinner is from 7.45- they close at 9.30pm. We went for dinner. Lunch set menu is 19.50 euro and dinner is 27.50. For dinner you get a generous sampling of all 5 appetizers ( a salad, lentils, boar terrine, cold salamis, eggs murette) all delicious. Then... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Our last night in France and we decided to eat at Le Cafe des Federation, which had we known, we wouldn't have done the late lunch at Les Halles de Lyon, in fact I wouldn't have eaten for a few days beforehand. So what's the deal? Simple, a fixed price menu of $29 Euro per person, which comprises of am... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We came for lunch and it's a set menu for traditional Lyon food and it was delicious! For starters we had a salad, lentils and salami. For lunch you can choose from their limited menu (we got pork cheeks and chicken liver) and dessert was my favorite. Service and food was amazing and nothing we have tried before. We had... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Came here for dinner with friends. We don't speak or understand French, but I think from the experience, you are only meant to pick your mains and the rest are fixed. I loved the egg and beef-soup/stew starter they served, I don't know what it is called but it is absolutely delicious! The mains are ok in my opinion, but... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I made an internet reservation a week before my trip to Lyon and got an automated response with the data I asked for (I even had a french co-worker confrim that was all set). i show up at the place Saturday evening and the woman in the bar say they have not seen that mail and basically just give me... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Each dish was served up suspiciously quick. One has to Wonder whether there was a chef in the place at all. The entrees were quite good, but my friends and I all found the main and the dessert to be too heavy. Thé expérience would have been passable if the waitress in question was not as rude. She rudely dismissed... More 

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Additional Information about Le Cafe des Federations

Address: 8-9-10 rue Major Martin, 69001 Lyon, France
Phone Number: 04 78 28 26 00
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Rhone-Alpes  >  Rhone  >  Lyon>  > Terreaux - Bat D'argent
Open Hours:
Monday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 39
Cuisine: French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8-9-10 rue Major Martin, 69001 Lyon, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Rhone-Alpes  >  Rhone  >  Lyon>  > Terreaux - Bat D'argent
  • Neighborhood: Terreaux - Bat D'argent
  • Phone Number: 04 78 28 26 00

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 39
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm

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