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“Relaxed place, al fresco dining” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lyon Hall

Lyon Hall
3100 N Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
703-741-7636
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Ranked #100 of 679 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Near Clarendon Metro on Orange Line
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Relaxed place, al fresco dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I've had Lyon Hall on my to-try list for the longest time, mainly to try their mussels. We ended up for a weekday dinner and started with drinks. I wasn't too impressed with the cocktails but my dining partner seemed to love her beer. We ordered the Pho Lyon mussels (lemongrass-coconut broth), the Daube de Boeuf (grilled short ribs in smoked fig and red wine jus) and the duck fat frites. The mussels, as expected, hit the spot but the dinner winner was the beef short ribs - perfectly cooked, flavorful accompaniments, a very satisfying dish. The fries were interesting, but nothing to write home about. We didn't manage to squeeze dessert since it started raining and we were rushed in by the wait staff before we got drenched (two thumbs up!).

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Washington DC
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great, consistent food and service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Lyon Hall is always a favorite to take out of towers to. You can eat in it out and pub style to more formal if you choose. The menu has charcuterie and cheese as well as the full run of seafood to steak. It offers all of this and keeps a primarily European feel to the dishes. Great atmosphere too. Good for dates or business.

  • Visited June 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A very good brunch experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Our family wanted a lazy brunch and Lyon Hall was a very good experience. The food was superb; the nicoise salad was quality all the way and the eggs benedict was high cuisine but hearty. We had bloody mary(s) and mimosas, and in general all our troubles were swept away. We had kids with us and it didn't seem to be problem at all. Everyone was catered to, and the waiter got everything we needed and struck the correct balance of service. He was never obtrusive, but we never had to raise a hand. All in all, the staff, including the manager, was very nice.

If I had to point out a negative, it is the noise. We had a fellow next to us who gassed on about "big data" until we had to move, and it is like an echo chamber. Don't let this stop you, though, after we moved tables everything was great.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Hip Hangout”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Been to Lyon Hall multiple times for lunch and dinner. Food is great but some what of a short menu. Great for lunch, but its a popular hangout for happy hour (with many outstanding beers on tap) which creates a packed restaurant for dinner.

This is a great casual restaurant to hangout for a good meal and brew.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Very poor service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Dear Lyon Hall, I am so sorry I did not look hip enough or trendy enough. Maybe it was my children (ages 14 and 11) who were too well-behaved? Maybe we weren't dressed exactly right? I am really at a loss why we were ignored and scowled at during our lunch in your nearly-empty space. Even though our group of 6 obviously wanted to spend a ton of money, you treated us like we did not exist. I would be more forgiving if the food were better - the portions are generous but average. My daughter's steak was inedible. Not that we could stop you to tell you that - it literally looked like you were running past our table with your ears closed. And the kicker was the ice cream that came with the kid's meal - that never showed up. The spoons showed up. No ice cream. After waiting about 10 minutes we walked out and you didn't even notice. Next time I will pick a different place to spend my money.

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