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“Nothing special but ok” 3 of 5 stars
Review of L'Institution

L'Institution
24 rue de la Republique, 69002 Lyon, France (Cordeliers - Jacobins)
0478425291
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Ranked #721 of 2,039 restaurants in Lyon
Price range: $32 - $78
Cuisines: French, International, Brasserie, Gastropub
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Cordeliers - Jacobins
Description: Designed by Jacques Garcia, the Institution restaurant is a reference in the center of Lyon. The fine traditionnal menu is served in a great cosy decor
Hamburg, Germany
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Nothing special but ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

An average restaurant with decent food but nothing to write home about. Somewhat dark ambience. Service was friendly enough, prices as you would expect at a place in the center of town.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Warsaw, Poland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Decent food, but when everything else is closed that's the place to go”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I wanted to have a quick lunch at 3PM, what in Lyon is a crazy idea, as most of the places close around 2:30PM. Fortunately Institution was open and the biggest advantage is, that their kitchen is open all day through midnight. I did not expect a lot and wasn't disappointed. OK food - maybe a bit pricey for the quality they offer. Do not expect anything super special and you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had an excellent meal. Very good price/quality. Friendly service. Food here is,lighter than inthe"bouchons", while the price is comparable. We would go here again.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tours, France
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Gastroenteritis”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Ate at this restaurant on August 24. The service was slow. My wife had the raw tuna entree followed by the bar which was overcooked. I had the carpaccio entree which was sliced too thick and difficult to cut, followed by the duck which was fine tasting because of the excellent sauce. The following morning, my wife woke up with nausea, and later that day came down with full blown gastroenteritis and has been sick for the last 24 hrs. and unable to eat. I am a physician and I called the restaurant to inform them that the raw tuna was probably contaminated. All I got was a deaf ear. This is unfortunate as this is a nice restaurant, nice ambience and we had an excellent bottle of wine but I suspect that the quality control is poor for this to happen.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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St. Helier, United Kingdom
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116 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Nice place but dreadful "Maitre d'hotel"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Place is nicely decorated, food was good and staff very nice.
My only problem was the head waiter who went totally aggressive when I asked him to change my French fries very greasy compare to the table next.
This was serve with an excellent Beef Tartare, and you could see that the fries have been cooked many time.
I did asked nicely to the waitress and when the H W came to see me, I thought that was to apologise but it was to told me off and refuse to do some other fries! Even the table next to me was chocked..
Fortunately the waitress was very nice and asked her director to do something.
Never really argue for food, but at the price of the dish, I did expect good fries.
The management should do something concerning that person.
But the food is nice!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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