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#123 of 1,305 French in Lyon
#163 of 2,507 Restaurants in Lyon
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French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service

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Bellecour - Hotel Dieu
0.5 miles from Vieux Lyon
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Reviewed October 14, 2019

From the outside the restaurant is unassuming in appearance. Inside it's a welcoming and friendly space filled with great people serving and cooking for you. We had the most wonderful time and Jennifer, our waitress, was superb with her kind attentiveness and recommendations. The food...was excellent and plentiful, we had a lovely wine, St Joseph, recommended by Jennifer. All in all a great birthday evening! Thank you Jennifer and everyone at Le Mere Jean that made us very happy with our first meal in Lyon!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 15, 2019 via mobile

It’s a hole in the wall restaurant which is very tiny but what it lacks in space, gains in flavor. The food was very delicious. I had a cream chicken and for dessert a pistachio gelatin/ice cream. Also, the house wine is very good as...well. They make their own wine. It’s a very cultural restaurant.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 20, 2019

two women from Lyon recommended this restaurant to us .. and we were happy to have followed up on their advice .. on the nice warm evening we went, a reservation was an absolute necessity .. watch out: call them because our reservation via their...website was ignored .. serving starts exactly at 7 pmMore

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed June 8, 2019 via mobile

We were ably served by Georgia and she gave excellent suggestions on what to order...tradition Lyonnaise cuisine in rue des Marronniers. The restaurant was small and a bit cramped but so do all the restos along that street. Loved the salad, pork belly, steak and...baked chicken. Dessert was so so but service was great!More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed December 18, 2018

It was a misty December night in Place Bellecour, the top of the brilliantly lit blue Ferris wheel that dominates the square barely visible beneath the low-lying cloud cover. I was thinking about our meal just a few nights before just around the corner on...Rue Marroniers and how good it was, but little did I know that the dinner waiting just ahead was going to be even better. It is no wonder that Lyon is the culinary capital of France, if not the World. We visited Le Mère Jean, which translates to "The Mother Jean", on our first night in Lyon, a damp, chilly Saturday night, but she was fully booked - "Complet" - so we reserved a table for the following Monday at 7pm. The proprietor, Jean perhaps, recommended Les Comptoirs de Marroniers just down the cobblestone covered road, having learned to cook there as we were told. They were kind enough to make room for us based on her thoughtful recommendation and the subsequent meal was outrageous, a Lyonnaise four-course meal that blew my socks off for just €36, but that my friends is another story altogether. Le Mere Jean is a small place in an old building, long and narrow, seating only 20-25 diners in a rustic dining room with a tiny kitchen at the back. That small kitchen produced a lot of chow, very good chow, generating a fair amount of heat in the process. A tad warmer than we would have desired, particularly because we were dressed for winter, we quickly acclimated in order to focus on the task at hand. A three-course dinner was waiting for my wife (from the €16 menu) and I (the €19.50 menu) with a 50cl bottle of Cote du Rhone setting us back a mere (no pun intended) €12, a pittance comparatively speaking. Our first course, or “entrée” as it referred to here, was the Salade Lyonnaise, a huge bowl of fresh, seasonal greens topped with chunks of hot, salty bacon, homemade croutons galore, and two perfectly cooked poached eggs sitting on top. There was more than enough for the two of us and was absolutely wonderful, a recipe I shall incorporate into my own repertoire when we finally get back home. For our second course, or “plat”, my wife decided on the Chicken Fricasee, large chunks of de-boned chicken breast in a cream sauce that was both rich and flavorful. The Onglet de Bœuf Poêlè Sauce St Marcellin, a steak in a savory cheese sauce, was my choice, accompanied by potatoes Lyonnaise which are very similar to what many have come to know as potatoes au gratin. The steak was of a reasonable portion, about eight to ten ounces (500g), tender, and perfectly cooked to medium on the inside with just the right amount of char out. The cheese sauce that enveloped it was made from the local St Marcellin cheese, a savory, gooey concoction only the French could devise … MERCI BEAUCOUP! For our third and final course, dessert, my wife had the local favorite, a praline tart. Lyon is famous for their pralines, a pink candy-coated almond I have only seen here. They make a variety of desserts with them, including a praline brioche and, in this case, a crispy, baked pastry filled with a praline cream that resembled a small strawberry pie ... YUM! I had a warm chocolate cake surrounded by a sweet cream that was rich and delicious. An incredible dinner for two, both three-course meals, and a bottle of wine set us back just $65, the best $65 I have spent in a long, long time. I am sure that I will fondly reminisce about my many superb meals while visiting Lyon, but this was one that I will not soon forget … HOOAH! CombatCritic Gives Mère de Jean 10 Bombs Out Of 10 And A Spot On My WALL OF FAME … More Bombs Are Better! Ten Bombs Equates To: "HOOAH!" Translation for Civilians: HOOAH!: "Phonetic spelling of the acronym HUA, which stands for 'Heard Understood Acknowledged.' Originally used by the British in the late 1800's in Afghanistan. More recently adopted by the United States Army to indicate an affirmative or a pleased response." - Urban Dictionary "The U.S. Air Force stole 'HOOAH' from the Army because we were part of the Army until 1947 and rather than waste a bunch of time coming up with something new and unique like "ROO-YAH" or "HAL-A-LOO-YAH", we said 'to heck with it, let's go with HOOAH' ... thanks Army ... HOOAH!" - CombatCriticMore

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed October 1, 2018

I went to this tiny restaurant because of the reviews but was very disappointed. The staff is friendly and service is good. But the food is not that good and some practices of the restaurant are not sanitary, hence, watch out if you are traveling....At first the knife I was given was dirty— no problem it was replaced and this can happen anywhere. Next I was served a salad lyonaise and while it was ok the pork belly or pork in it had large disguised bones about the diameter of a finger the first one caught me by surprise and after that I watched for others there were 3. I ordered to sausages with steamed vegetables and could not tell the difference between a potato and the carrot. The mustard sauce was served from a community container that moved from one table to the next without even a change of spoon— heaven forbid a double dipper was ahead of you and when served to me it was nearly empty. The sausage did not look fresh so I quit while I was ahead. When traveling I do not like to risk these serving practices that may introduce some illnesses so not the place for me.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Nice and friendly restaurant. Food was good expect for the desserts : the praline tart was too sweet to my liking, the plum tart was too dry - It was just plums and pastry (no custard!) The starters and the main courses were very tasty...(cervelle de canut & quenelles). If you want to eat traditional lyonnaise cuisine, it is a good place to go. Prices for food and wine are reasonable compared to some of the other restaurants in Lyon.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed August 1, 2018

This is a cramped restaurant, compared to everything around it. It's clearly preferred by the french because there were only 2 tables including us, that weren't locals. And it's also clear that what I consider excellent food is not the same as the people sitting...around me. The food is above average. For example, for the starter, i had potatoes and carrots on the side. They were undercooked, or better said, not boiled enough. The young girl next to me had the same thing but she never complained to her mother. For the main dish, we had the chicken and the beef. The chicken was very well cooked and had plenty of sauce while the beef was clearly not a prime cut and also didn't have enough sauce. The tartes are delicious though. Make sure you have a reservation because it tends to be packed.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed July 4, 2018

We tried to get a table for lunch on a Saturday without reservation but had to return for dinner since it was completely booked for the earlier meal. Glad we did. We sat outside (tables are very close to each other) because it was still...30 degrees celsius. Wanted to stick to some classic dishes so didn't get the Prix Fixe menu. I got the Lyonnais salad while my wife had the lentil salad with shallots while we both had the hot saucissons with potatoes and carrots. All dishes are hearty and done to perfection. We finished off with a shared fruit tart and coffee. A traditional and satisfying way to end our visit.More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

We found this after looking at the reviews and we were not disappointed. The staff were so nice and tried hard to explain the French menu to us. The food was delicious and generous - I loved the lyonnaise soufflé. It is an authentic, original...lyonnaise bouchon!More

Date of visit: June 2018
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