Lyon Hall

4.7
3054 reviews
$30 and under
French
Lyon Hall is a modern bistro serving approachable Alsatian-inspired fare, including an extensive selection of house-made charcuterie. The menu changes with the season to highlight fresh produce from local farms, as do the pastries, desserts and fresh bread. The affordable wine list focuses on French selections, while the impressive beer list offers an extensive selection of European drafts and bottles. Located in an historic art deco building in the heart of downtown Clarendon, Lyon Hall is a vibrant neighborhood spot with a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Perfect for an elegant dinner in the stylish dining room, frankfurters and beer flights with friends at the lively bar, or enjoying a warm evening on the patio with a bottle of wine and selections from the dynamic cheese menu. The private room located in the mezzanine level offers a great spot for small to medium size groups enjoying a private meal or cocktail reception.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3054 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I decided to try a new place and we were glad we did! We had the oysters and beef tartare for appetizers. Had the Pork Schnitzel and Branzino for our entrees. As good as you can get for a nice French/German Bistro. Will come again!

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vipPhilipS
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The oysters were fresh, cool and absolutely wonderful. The steak tartare what’s perhaps the worst I’ve ever eaten.

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Svisitor
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

Tables needs to be odour free service needs to be more quick

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JoeL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

service was great the server ask me if i wanted my salad first

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable. The server was attentive and very friendly. She was a delight. The food was delicious. Will certainly come again.

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vipimpressive
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

I had high expectations. I came here for brunch twice and and was delighted. Excited to go to dinner… then I went. Perhaps it was a bad night for the kitchen. But spending $132 for the meal (A couple appetizers, two glasses of wine, two entree, one dessert) not including a 26% tip for a charming server. It may be my last visit to this place. I can’t blame her for the kitchen or lack of support staff .

The mussels while satisfying. I recommend the Chef visit Granville Moor’s on H Street in DC, taste the difference between a flavorful base, and what is served.

Short Rib… looked nice, not exactly a demi-glace rich sauce, it could have been braised longer to bring out that natural beauty…

Ordered a side dish of brussels sprouts.. Hands down the Worst brussels sprouts I’ve ever had, smelly, overcooked, I thought I was in silver diner.

Crème brûlée… I assumed the would use a vanilla bean, vanilla bean paste… clearly just extract no specks of vanilla bran.. Petty? it lacked a creamy texture… mouthfeel was just not there. Maybe change it to Pot de Créme, give us a richer flavor than vanilla pudding .

Does this restaurant have too many menu choices to make quality foods? I got there after the rush maybe the kitchen was still recovering from an overwhelming Saturday evening… not enough side staff to water glasses.
The price left me truly disappointed for a French Bistro…. I took a friend who had no clue about French cuisine… now I have to take my friend somewhere that will surprise.

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Chucky
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The oysters and saffron shrimp mussels were great! The short rib, not so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Service was subpar. We didn’t mind because we were catching up, but the waitress wasn’t very attentive. Never got water refills, kind of rushed us along to order. Love the restaurant and the vibe just consistently disappointed in the wait staff.

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judysudy
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot!

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JenW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for our anniversary and it was such a lovely experience. Our waiter was very attentive and kind. The food was amazing - I got the special of coq au vin blanc and my husband got the steak frites which were both delicious. We also got the pretzel to start and it came with 3 sauces which were so good. We got the fruit galette for dessert which was a great end to an amazing dinner. Highly recommend! Will definitely come back in the future.

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Maria
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service & very much appreciate ability to make reservations for Outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Despite being Sunday and peak brunch hours, the service was IMMACULATE. We placed our order and like in less than 5 min our server came with our food — we both work in restaurants and were really impressed at the speed. Food was delicious as well. Definitely will come back!

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vipMCNguyen
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very good food. Friendly service. Good to see that this place is not suffering from any staff shortage like most restaurants at this time. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Parents visiting

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Cagey
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

There's only one way to truly judge a restaurant: was the quality of the food worth the cost? Unfortunately, I would emphatically say it wasn't.

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bethh
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great oysters and mussels. The dinner entrees were delicious too.

LM
LaMarseillaise
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

fun place to sip cappuccinos on the sidewalk, very attentive service, food is fine but doesn’t knock your socks off.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We love Lyon Hall but have found it to be excessively noisy on a number of visits. We’ll still come back for the food though.

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bsymom
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Never disappoints! They do a great job with brunch and I like that there are other non-brunch options on the menu for those that want a burger.

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LeonL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lyon Hall provided a friendly ambiance, efficient service, and excellent food. I plan to return.

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msme
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

It was a beautiful night to sit outside and enjoy dinner on an early autumn evening. The food was excellent and the service attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Was nice atmosphere. Enjoy the visit.

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Steve
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

As soon as we hit the front door, the hostess happily greeted us. She couldn't have been nicer and her great attitude showed. Our waitress was the same. Everyone, including the busboys, were very attentive . Perfect customer service.
When it came to the food, we got a bunch of apps and only ordered one entree for the four of us. The apps were large portions and with only oredering one entree it was still too much food. However, it was all very very good. We've NEVER had a bad meal or experience here!

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vipFoodie
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The muddled strawberry, basil cocktail and French toast were scrumptious!

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NatetheSortaGreat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely wonderful! The escargots, steak tartare and bouillabaisse were delicious. Outstanding service and great ambience. Reasonably priced and worth the money.

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vipsascha
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a nice dinner and drinks there. Food tastes really good and everything else was perfect as well. Nice atmosphere. Definitely will go back =]

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RachelC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The staff at Lyon Hall was excellent. Very kind and accommodating. We went for brunch and started with the beignets, which unfortunately seemed to be cooked in oil that was too hot as they were dark on the outside but slightly underdone inside. I also had the eggs benedict was was good, but slightly too heavy for my taste and I was unable to finish it.

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vipRichardS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great menu, expertly prepared and professionally served.

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vipTimG
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

My wife and I are long time patrons of Lyon Hall. Lately, the quality of food and service have fallen. What a shame, Lyon Hall had been so good for so long.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience5

A bit odd that the croissants aren’t toasted with the eggs Benedict which made the dish lackluster and they were served cold. Coffee is always good. Waiter was missing in action.

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viploverestaurants
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor patio. Service was great. Food was delicious.

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vipDiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always outstanding

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vipAker
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Sidewalk dining was safe and pleasant, and the food was excellent.

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GeoffreyR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've been here many times with friends and family, and it is always good! Outside seating is nice with good weather and usually quiet. Food is delicious and staff is always nice. Definitely recommend making a trip over. Easy walk from the metro.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The outdoor seating at Lyon Hall is very nice, it’s entertaining to see people around walking while we enjoy our dinner. We had branzino and hanger steak which were both good, but didn’t stand out given the price. The warm sourdough baguette was actually the highlight for us. Overall, it’s a great place for a date night

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MWDC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed the oysters and good beer menu, very nice and efficient staff, will go again soon.

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PWHJ
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Mixed review.

The good:
prompt and attentive service;
pleasantly surprised by complimentary glass of champagne for our anniversary;
excellent bread basket.

The not so good:
mediocre food, e.g., roasted beet salad promised beets, goat cheese, mache, pistachio and vinaigrette; it came without cheese or pistachios and beets weren’t roasted; insipid vegetarian risotto, and pork schnitzel neither thin nor well breaded;
a hassle to find parking;
noise level high enough to inhibit conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Ravioli was overpriced and tasted like it was cooked from frozen. Steak was bland- service was fair at best. This place used to be excellent maybe it was an off night…

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Gigi53
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It was very good but I thought the menu was more limited than the last time - long time ago, pre-covid - but it could be I remember it differently. A good time though

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vipMarkF
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Lyon Hall using the Order Online button. Lyon Hall also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 741-7636.

Lyon Hall is rated 4.7 stars by 3054 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.