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“Funky, good place to eat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe 203

Cafe 203
9, rue du Garet, 69001 Lyon, France
+33 4 78 28 65 66
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Ranked #1,058 of 2,268 Restaurants in Lyon
Price range: $7 - $21
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Seattle, Washington
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Funky, good place to eat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This is a funky, three section restaurant that is very friendly and they have menus in French and English. One section of the restaurant is smoking with an adjacent outdoor terrace. The second section is non-smoking and there is no terrace. The third section (actually across the street from the main building), is also non-smoking and they do have a terrace. I have eaten in all three sections. If you're a non-smoker avoid the smoking section. It's definitely smokey even outside. The food is good, plentiful and quite reasonable price wise. It's one of my favorite places to eat in Lyon after a long day at work. The staff are quite friendly in French or English and the food is always brought out as it comes up so it's hot. A great find.

  • Visited December 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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“A Monday Evening Family Dinner in Lyon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

My daughter booked us into Cafe 203 for dinner at 8 in the evening, when we found that Le Garet was going to be closed for holidays. After cocktails two of us shared a cold meat and tapnade platter. I ordered lamb shank as a main, but I was pleasantly surprised when a rack of lamb appeared (a menu translation issue). My wife had a cheese salad, a little over-dressed for her liking. My daughter had a deconstructed ham risotto. While we had a reservation I think we could have walked in on a Monday evening and found table. Smokers can eat outside, non-smokers eat inside. The bill for 3 of us with drinks can to 73 Euros. I would definitely return.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Lyon, France
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“NIce burger - good beer - nice vibe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

The 203 café is maybe one of the best "pseudo alternative" places in Lyon, when it comes to beer and burgers. Located in Rue de L'arbre Sec, near Terreaux, the 203 offers a nice terrace and 3 rooms - 1 dedicated to the restaurant, 1 smoker (one of the only bar that still has a smoker area) and a regular one. The service is quite fast, and one can taste good local beer there (try the Bourganelle). In general, the crowd is quite young and alternative - don't go there alone. If you are not in the mood for alcohol, try their hot chocolate, made with real chocolate / milk - a grandma recipe.
When it comes to food, it is worth noting the 203 has not lots of veggie options - which may be a problem. Their burgers however quite expensive are yummy - just picture French cuisine in an American classic. Overall, for a 'Brasserie' type of food, the price is quite expensive (13€ in average) but it worths it.

Overall, the 203 is a nice place for lunch and / or to chill with some friends. Maybe one of the coolest bar just near the Opera.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

We had the plat du jour (haddock, veg & dauphinoise pots) and it was excellent - the food was hot (which is unusual for France), well priced at 9.40E and the sauce was to die for. We're only here for a couple of days and I think we'll be back tomorrow for more...

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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348 reviews 348 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
“Decent bar and good atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

Very popular bar on Rue Garet, a very busy area in Presqu'ile.
Serves fairly decent pub grub. A lot of outdoor seating on both sides of the road.

The bar has a bizarre shrine to smokers (see picture).

  • Visited October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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