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“Views great but service rude”
Review of Les Trois Domes

Les Trois Domes
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Ranked #40 of 3,498 Restaurants in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $117 - $147
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 26, 2013

The restaurant has amazing views over Lyon and watching the sunsetting was fantastic. The food was well prepared and with good flavours but nothing really outstanding. The head waiter was very rude and service was in general slow and waiters interrupted our conversation on a couple of occasions, generally lacking those little touches you would expect from a good restaurant. The after eight sweet was one of the best I have had but it was a jewel in an otherwise very dull crown. Worth going for the views so go early evening to see the sun setting and the lights of Lyon coming on - don't bother dressing up, jeans were the generally the accepted dress code.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

I've stayed at the Sofitel a few times and eaten a Les Trois Dômes twice and both times I have been underwhelemed by the quality and taste of their menu dishes completely in contrast with their amuse-bouche which are great.

This time I had dinner and took the Lobster Tart which looked amazing, smelled great but at the moment of tasting it was clear to me that A) the potato slices where not all cooked well (some where chewy, some where crunchy and some where cooked right) which did not make it a pleasant experience to eat and B) It did not seem like the lobster was the freshest it could be as the flavour was just not there...

The only thing on the menu that I highly recommend is stuffing yourself with the cheese dessert. You might be given 3 slices of stingy bread but don't be afraid to ask for more!

Overall I'd rank it on the bottom third of Michelin starred restaurants I've gone to.

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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We booked through the hotel a lunch for four one busy Saturday at 12:30 pm. By the time we left the restaurant it was close to 4 pm. This wasn’t because we dallied on our parts, this was start to finish what it took to be served from a three-course set menu on a Saturday. We wouldn’t have minded the time it took, but for the demeanour of the staff who waited on us – when they remembered to do so.
While a Michelin star isn’t expected to be a reflection of service standards, it’s seldom unacceptable, which was the case from the outset here. After we were seated we waited about 20 minutes before we could catch anyone’s eye to ask for a menu. We were studiously ignored before that, a real trick given that we were seated somewhat closer to the kitchen. The request was finally acknowledged, and then we had another wait before four dishes mysteriously appeared. We figured that this was the amuse bouche and they’d give us the menus later - well and good if they had a system they obviously wanted to follow, but perhaps someone should have bothered to say so, which is the custom at other Michelin restaurants.
When someone was finally ready to take our order, there was confusion over one of the set menus they offered. The way the menu was designed appeared to suggest a choice between two starters, and then a main, followed by cheese and a choice of desserts. The confusion was compounded by the fact that except for dessert, the dishes were all listed without an “either this, or that” choice. It turned out that there was only one starter, which was not at all obvious based on the layout of the page.
We also thought initially the 2 course was a choice of starter and main, or main and dessert, but were told the only options were to take a starter and main, or to take all three.
The waiter who took our order grew impatient, couldn’t explain this properly, and repeatedly suggested we take the a la carte.
I stuck to the 96 euro set menu and took all three courses.
The cheese never arrived. Although we’d given up asking about the menu by that time.
Towards the end of the meal, a waiter just starting to pour tea for our guest, ran out of tea and returned to the kitchen. The tea when our friend touched it, was cold – they had obviously brought someone else’s used pot out by mistake. We expected a freshly-brewed pot and cup when the waiter returned (this was supposed to be fine dining after all, but our hopes were rapidly dimming), but he merely topped up the same cup, and when we stopped him and pointed out that we were aware there was old tea inside, he pulled a face.
In summary, we’re nonplussed about the 1 Michelin star. While the food and presentation were decent, they weren’t so good that we could ignore the service, which was truly inexcusable, and surprising, given the general excellence in all areas we’ve found at other restaurants in the city. Our experience was closer to those reflected in the October reviews on the viaMichelin site itself. We’ve always recommended Lyon to friends for its dining experiences, so this will be the first time it’s a definite “no”.

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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Lyon has a much deserved reputation as the culinary capital of France, as it was our first visit to the city we were searching for a memorable 'michelin star' gastronomique experience - and we hoped Les Trois Domes would fit the bill. In every way it met and exceeded our hopes and expectations !! We were lucky enough to secure a reservation at short notice (probably only because it was a tuesday night) - but were astonished when the friendly maitre 'd showed us to our table in prime position right by the windows with a sweeping panoramic view of Lyon from the top floor of the Sofitel. The view of the city is breath-taking and the restaurant itself is elegant but cosy. The staff were incredibly welcoming and un-stuffy and immediately we felt at ease. We were encouraged to indulge in a pre-dinner glass of Tattinger champagne , which served to heighten the wonderful sense of 'occasion' ! The menu is exactly what you would expect from a michelin-star kitchen and includes some wonderful twists on classic Lyonnaise dishes. Before our starters arrived we were treated to a creme-brulee of foie gras , compliments of the chef - which was just superb ! My starter of warm foie gras with apple tatin was equally excellent (but I was over-loaded on foie gras at this point !) , my girlfriend's starter of shredded crab meat with avocado parfait and lemongrass jelly was a work of art that was as light and delicious as it was beautiful !
I had chef Christian LHerm's signature dish - Lobster tart as a main .... and again it was a work of art - hearty and filling but with beautifully balanced flavours of lobster, spinach and fennel. The star of the show was the Kadaif Scampi with zucchini flower stuffed with seasonal vegetables ordered by my girlfriend. Almost too beautiful to eat - this dish was possibly the greatest plate of food i have ever tasted !! Already full to bursting - while we waited for our desert order (the pace of service is perfect in my opinion) we were again treated to a complimentary dish from the chef .... a pre-desert of miniature chocolate fondant dressed in a vanilla foam - delicious. When our shared desert of Intense Guanaja Chocolate Souffle arrived - we really were completely full ..... but one taste of this incredible desert .....and we both just HAD to keep eating till the plate was clean !!!!
Les Trois Domes gave us exactly what we hoped - a culinary tour de force ! It is a beautiful setting with a magnificent view , the staff are precise, knowledgable, charming and friendly. The wine list is comprehensive with well matched wines suggested for every dish. All in all we had the most memorable and wonderful evening of our holiday ....perhaps of any holiday !
There are many michelin-star restaurants to choose from in Lyon (some with 2 and 3 stars) - but for simply superb food at a reasonable price (300euro for 3 courses , champagne and a glass of wine each) and an amazing view of the city ...... you will find it hard to beat Les Trois Domes !!

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Couldn't fault the food or wine - the beef in particular was melt in your mouth delicious. The two separate platters of deserts on top of the cheese was a little bit of an overkill. It was my wife's birthday and they even came good on bringing out a chocolate birthday cake that I had asked them to see if they could arrange when we checked into the hotel. I got to take off one point though because this place certainly isn't cheap - our meal for 4 people was more than twice as expensive as our next most expensive meal during our 16 days on holiday - although I'd probably go back.

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