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“What a shame - Better potential”

L'auberge du Lyonnais
Ranked #288 of 482 Restaurants in Annecy
Price range: $25 - $100
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Annecy, France
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“What a shame - Better potential”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

For lunch, and they weren't at all prepared for that. At a restaurant this class and with those prices, they have to do way better. The chef is without doubt talented, and should work in a better run restaurant. Not at all enough staff at work. Very long wait between courses. The waiters very stressed and shouting at each other. Throwing things and making lots of noise. The food it self was quite cold when served. But the taste was good. You could tell that the chef knew what he was doing, but the rest of the setup was just ruining it for him. (seen before). Shame.

  • Visited May 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“The place to go for fish in Annecy”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

A large, well-appointed dining room by the rushing river and colourful flower planters. Excellent service which included appropriate advice on a red wine to be drunk with fish: a mondeuse from Savoie at 32 euros a bottle. We took the 26.50 euro three course menu. The choice for starters was between a nicely composed fresh fruit dish (segments of grapefruit, melon and raw ham) or an "oeuf mimosa with chopped white asparagus), both excellent dishes. For a main course I had fish from the lake, very fresh and carefully cooked, accompanied by good green beans and mashed potatoes the way they should be, with enough butter to get the cholesterol level soaring. My companion took the other main course offered, a fine dish of calve's liver. Dessert of a somewhat plain cake was a little more forgettable but we were very impressed by the restaurant and would go there again.

  • Visited May 2013
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ca
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Almost Missed This Fine Mal”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Having read the contradictory reviews, we almost passed on this place despite the Splendid Hotel's advice to ignore them and go. I'm glad we followed their advice and not Trip Advisors. My wife's assiette de pecheur contained satisfying morsels of briny contentment which occupied her while I worked through the rich seasonally delicious morel en croute, then a large portion of properly prepared medium sized scallops in typically tasty, but lighter than traditional, sauce with Robuchon style mashed potatoes and crispy fresh green beans, before managing to complete dinner with a plate of three Savoie cheeses and a sable, the chocolate cookie beautifully balanced on a crumbly coulis topped cake with a scoop of ice cream. Can't fault anything.

  • Visited May 2013
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Geneva, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Restaurant by the Thiou”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Good food and good service. The restaurant is situated in the heart of Annecy and during summer you can have your table just by the Thiou (Annecy's river). During July and August you will need to book in advance. They have very good foie gras.

  • Visited July 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Better than expected”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

This was recommended by a young friend from nearby Annecy, so we took a look--but as we walked past it did not appeal, hate to say there was a bad smell in the neighbourhood...so on to l'esquisse, but without a reservation...no luck. And most restaurants we passed were closed. So, back to the Lyonnais with not much enthusiasm. The menu seemed to have outrageously expensive options. Still, one must eat and so onward in. Eeek! One late middle-aged German couple, one old English couple and *no* *one* *else* in the large large space. Still, one must eat. The dining room was very clean, but the décor--oh dear. Your grandmother's décor. Kinfe-pleated, striped wedgewood blue and cream curtains on big brass rails. High class for the 60s. The plates were nice, but really--origami-style folding of napkins has gone the way of pocket handkerchiefs. Two plats du jours. They took a looong time coming, but ah, although doubts were rising, definitely worth waiting for. A savoyard-styled dish of endive wrapped in cheese-y crusted ham, with a knob of foie gras to boot. All surrounded by a lovely foamy emulsion instead of a heavy white sauce or traditional hollandaise. The wine was OK, which was better than the average imbibed on this trip (are the French pawning off their wine glut on me?). The cheese board here was as good as at any of the Michelin-starred restaurants we went to. That is to say, good. Well worth the price. For occasions might be awful or terrific. Maybe it depends on whether you are in or out of season.

  • Visited October 2012
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