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“Great meal at a classic bouchon” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Comptoir Abel

Cafe Comptoir Abel
25 rue Guynemer, 69002 Lyon, France
04 78 37 46 18
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Ranked #242 of 2,402 Restaurants in Lyon
Price range: $22 - $148
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Lyon, France
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81 reviews 81 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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“Great meal at a classic bouchon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I went with a friend to this restaurant because I heard that this was the oldest bouchon lyonnais so I needed to see what it was all about. The place is very small and the waiters are very busy but the food was great. We both got the menu at 39€ of three courses. I had foie gras with toast, chicken with morel mushrooms, and a demi St Marcellin. The chicken, and more specifically the sauce was superb. The cheese was great and my friend got a fondant au chocolat that was really great also. The only negative aspect of this meal was the fact that we could barely move after leaving the restaurant.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Marion Bridge, Nova Scotia
12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Delicious traditional meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Not to be missed. Quenelles were excellent and the foie gras was the best we have ever had. The wait staff was very helpful in guiding us through the menu.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Oh, the Quenelle!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Based on recommendations from Rick Steves' book and David Lebovitz's blog, my sister and I recently ate here to get the taste of a traditional Lyonnais buchon. The atmosphere was cozy, the service prompt, and the food was amazing. For the first course, we had the artichoke salad with foie gras and the salade lyonnaise. Both were delicious and the serving of foie gras was very generous. For the main course, we had the quenelle and the rognons de veau. We had a bit of a lost in translation moment with the rognons. Thinking we knew enough French to use that menu instead of the English one, we unknowingly ordered veal kidneys. The sauce was really good, but the texture of the kidneys was too much to overcome. However, the massive quenelle was enough for both of us. Though a ground fish dumpling doesn't sound very appetizing, it was light and delicate - like a soufflé. So, so good. For dessert we had tarte tatin and mousse au chocolat, both of which were well-executed. I hope to return soon!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“Terrible service..good food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

As we were taking American friends to Lyon we wanted them to discover the real Lyon bistro and cuisine. There were 12 of us, on arrival, all of us said “good evening” to be faced by complete silence from every single waiter and Maitre D’. It was so strange, none of us understood the attitude. The restaurant is quaint in a nice part of town. Very typical, cute wooden tables and chairs, our waitress, upstairs, was nice enough but admitted that this was a part time job so she was not really trained to be here. A few reviews here mentioned the issue with cleanliness; I have to say that to us it looked clean enough. The menu has all the typical Lyonnais dishes you expect. We started with hot saucisson and lentils, beautiful, crayfish salad, Lyonnaise salad, etc. All the starters had a very good portion size and everybody was happy. We then moved on to quenelles which were huge and very nice and cream chicken with rice, the macaroni gratin was very nice indeed. We ended up paying 48 euro a head which for Lyon is quite expensive, you can find much cheaper. Avoid the restaurants in the old Lyon as they are real tourist traps but you can find better than chez Abel.
The main reason NOT to go back is the service; they were just awful, rude beyond belief. When we left , we went down to pay and the main door was closed, the maitre D’ just told us to use the other one on the other side, when we inquired about how to open that door he just shrugged and told us to get on with it and never came to help. Nobody said good bye (nobody said hello in the first place). It was just ridiculous, we could not believe it, when we asked him if there was a problem with us or customers he just mumbled something. For that reason I would say AVOID! Life is too short top be badly treated even if the food is good, especially in a town like Lyon which has so many nice and welcoming restaurants. Shame for the cooks that the front of house is so despicable!!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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paris france
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
“The real Lyonnaise deal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Loved the Comptoir Abel, can't really understand the complaints about the place, holes in table etc. Its called atmosphere-90 years of continual trading, this is the kind of atmosphere that New York places like Pastis and Chez Prune are desperately trying to fake!

It's lovely,two dining rooms downstairs and rooms upstairs, it is a Lyonnaise institute and rightly so, I had traditional saucisson with lentils to start, superb, the problem with Lyonnaise food is that,it's so seemingly simple that, if it's not properly done, it's rubbish, this was the best sausage and lentils, perfectly cooked and seasoned, my husband had foie gras on a bed of artichoke heart, sublime.

Then for him, the famous quenelles de brochette,we tested them in every restaurant we went to, they are probably some of the best in Lyon, the texture is incredible, but they come with a mushroom sauce rather than the more traditional seafood bisque and for me- gratinée des ecrivisses, how can I translate that? Cheesy shrimp dish - absolutely wonderful, the only thing that I would hold against them, was that the portions were enormous and rich and the desserts looked wonderful.

Coffee excellent, service charming and very effieceint - and the bill -70 € for two- but we didn't have wine, it's probably one of the more expensive bouchons in Lyon, but definitely one of the best.Definitely going again!

Visited June 2012
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