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LE Lyonnais Restaurant

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416 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720-4003
(978) 263-9068
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Classic French cuisine

We had dinner at Le Lyonnais in the Boston suburb of Acton. The food was classic French prepared in the traditional way. If you are looking for onion soup, escargot, coq au vin, etc. Le Lyonnais is the place to go. The restaurant is in a converted house and the several dining rooms give the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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479 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner at Le Lyonnais in the Boston suburb of Acton. The food was classic French prepared in the traditional way. If you are looking for onion soup, escargot, coq au vin, etc. Le Lyonnais is the place to go. The restaurant is in a converted house and the several dining rooms give the feeling of dining in someone's... More 

Thank CarpeNox
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Set in an old home and run by the chef and owners Gerard and Joan, this restaurant is a gem. It has small cozy dining rooms, which in my opinion are best suited to couples and groups of 4 adults. The food is fabulous with trout, quail, crepes and duck specialties and daily fresh fish, you can expect a wonderful... More 

Thank theirinheritance
Westford, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

back in the day i'm sure this place was "the cat's meow!" the food is seriously OLD school french. think early julia child, america just learning about fine french cuisine. atmosphere is quaint (it's in an old house) and chef gerard is adorable. the food is just kind of meh.

Thank absolutahnie
Stow, MA
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117 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This was such a disappointment. Expected much better from beginning to end. The bread was not "hot and just out of the oven" as advertised by the waitress. Same old restaurant rolls you get anywhere. Onion soup was bland with very little taste. The mushroom crepe was better but still so plain as to be boring. The Cassoulet was NOT... More 

Thank Shelley H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Four of us went to Le Lyonnais on Sat. night, and everyone loved the food. We had escargots, onion soup, roast duck a l'orange, roast duck with olives, chicken livers and seafood paella. Everything without exception was delicious. The service was excellent and leisurely. I don't know what some of these reviewers are talking about. I had the duck a... More 

Thank biblios
Temple, New Hampshire
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Chef/owner Gerard has been running this amazing small restaurant for 44 years and shows no signs of retiring on his laurels -- and a grateful nation thanks Heaven! The ambience at Le Lyonnais is warm and inviting. One of the three dining rooms looks out at a little pond at the edge of a wood, and all three are small.... More 

Thank anne l
Rome, Italy
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We selected this restaurant based on positive reviews on another site. It was absolutely the worst French food we have ever had! The $9 bowl of onion soup was watery and flavorless and topped with a pathetic gratinee. It was more like a consommé with a little chopped onion thrown in. Classic french onion should should be made with a... More 

Thank Amore108
Worcester, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Our second visit to Le Lyonnais seemed like we went to a different, expensive, and not very good restaurant. The escargot appetizer and the onion soup were good. The ‘seared’ scallops appetizer at $13.95 was two scallops poorly cooked. Ouch! Rack of lamb was very good. That was the only entrée that was not very far below our expectations. The... More 

1 Thank Sheldon Z
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66 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We have been going to this restaurant for 15 years. And 15 years ago, it was a great experience. Now, it is almost unrecognizable, as there is very little operational efficiency and the quality of some of the traditional meals has declined. When I say operational efficiency, I am mainly talking about the front of the house, especially the wait... More 

1 Thank InnChaser
Hudson, Massachusetts, United States
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Perhaps the problem with the excruciatingly slow service was exacerbated by the fact that so many more people came in to dine the night before Valentine's Day to avoid the following day's snows storm. However, our visit began with a long wait to even see our hostess to tell them we had arrived & had a 8:00 reservation. We did... More 

1 Thank Cathy F

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 416 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720-4003
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Acton
  • Phone Number: (978) 263-9068

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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