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“Our favorite meal in Lyon” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Les Retrouvailles

Les Retrouvailles
38 Rue Boeuf, 69005 Lyon, France (Vieux Lyon - Quarantaine)
0478426884
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Ranked #37 of 2,258 Restaurants in Lyon
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Vieux Lyon - Quarantaine
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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94 reviews 94 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Our favorite meal in Lyon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We came across this restaurant by chance after being turned away from another restaurant in the same street. Look for a bright green-fronted restaurant at the beginning of the little street, rue du Boeuf. Let me add that this neighborhood (Vieux Lyon) is worth a visit because of its old-world atmosphere with narrow, cobbled streets. Les Retrouvailles is run by a husband and wife team - he is in the kitchen (it is an open kitchen so it is fun to watch him) and she does everything else with charm and energy. With the husband and wife team and relatively casual and cosy atmosphere I almost felt like I was eating in their home! The menu was just what we wanted after some very heavy meals in Lyon - this is lighter fare, tasty and well-priced. Everything was very good and the desserts were excellent - they are on display on a long rectangular table running the length of the restaurant. Highly recommended!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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73 reviews 73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“Cosy family run restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

A lovely, family run affair, in pleasant homey surroundings located at the quiet end of Rue Boeuf in Old Lyon. 'Dad' can be viewed cooking the meals in the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant, and there is a long table up the middle of the restaurant with an array of traditional home made desserts you can chose from at the end of the meal. You feel like you are having traditional Lyonnais food, but without the 'offal' offerings of the Bouchons. Good value, nothing too adventurous, but good down-to-earth food.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A Great Little Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Recommended by our apartment owner, this homey restaurant served up delicious Lyonnais fare. It probably doesn't qualify as a 'bouchon' because it didn't have tripe on the menu and did serve vegetables but it was just what we were looking for.
The food was rich (the mussels soup was exceptional) which is typical Lyon. Run by a husband and wife team - he cooks in the beautiful open kitchen at the back, and she serves all dozen tables. Prices were very reasonable for this standard of food - under €50 a head with most of our group having 3 courses and a few glasses of wine.
The only slight downside was the waitress was a little pushy in encouraging extra drinks and courses, albeit with a friendly manner.

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Pelham, New York
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Rest les Retrouvailles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Couldn't resist eating in this restaurant in Lyon after passing it by while walking through the old city.
The husband and wife running it are a great team. Felt like you were visiting relatives. Friendly, inviting, hospitable.
Food was fantastic. I had mussel soup, beef, and a dessert that was out of this world. Cheese plate was delicious. Total for 4 was 125 eur.
My favorite meal in Lyon.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Finland
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62 restaurant reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“A gem in Lyon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Les Retrouvailles is a magnificent family run restaurant in the old quarter. It is a busy place but service is friendly and attentive. You manage there very well in English.

The food in simple, beautifully presented and so tasty. Hopefully the pictures give you the idea.

Is you are looking for a good dinner this is you place.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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