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Best Local Cuisine in Lyon

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La Meunière

The owners and wait staff at La Meunière treat all their guests like old friends popping in to say hello. The friendly service and the wide variety of prix-fixe menus enable diners to choose their preference in price and cuisine. Some menu staples at this popular eatery are sausage, crayfish and veal/lamb salads. Come in with an appetite and you will definitely leave happy and with a better knowledge of traditional French cuisine.

Lyon, France
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Le Jura

Don't be mistaken by the name of this restaurant- it is an authentic Lyonnaise bouchon. The dishes are local and high quality. They also serve wines at reasonable prices, which accompanies very good poultry liver gâteau and ravioli, andouillette in white wine, or panache de saucisson. Warning, you absolutely must book if you want to dine here.

Lyon, France
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Léon de Lyon

Léon de Lyon is a chic place to grab a gourmet lunch or romantic dinner either outside on their sunny patio or inside in their red-themed dining area. The decor inside is Parisian-influenced with elegant red leather chairs and large banquettes with white linens adorning the tables and artwork covering the walls. The exterior is ivy-covered and small tables line the outside wall attracting passersby as they smell the gourmet cheese plates and delicious wine. Walk in for a shot of classic Lyonnaise dishes like the Gougeres au Saint-Marcellin, Quenelles de brochet and Perdu et Doree au Miel, that never fail to be an absolute delight for the taste-buds.

Lyon, France
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Le Café des Fédérations

The Café des Fédérations is truly an institution in Lyon. Frequented by locals, this place is like a meeting point for people of all ages looking for some tasty grub in a laid-back ambiance. Savor the fresh salads and fresh cold Meat: a Lyonnaise specialty! Main courses include local specialties that are sure to please even the most discerning diners. Though a little compact, this homey cafe offers great value for money and a cozy place to chat.

Lyon, France
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Chez Mounier

This Lyonnaise restaurant will soon reach its centenary. The secret of its long existence is simply its authenticity. The décor may be sober, but the atmosphere is warm and the food is prepared according to the most strict Lyonnaise traditions and standards. You can find all the local specialties here like saucisson chaud (hot sausage), quenelles or tablier de sapeur (marinated tripe). Among the many Lyonnaise restaurants, this one simply offers you high quality food at a reasonable price.

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La Mère Jean

The peninsula is crammed full of bouchons and other Lyonnaise restaurants, so why is it that La Mère Jean has been so successful for so long? The answer is simple, they have mastered the perfect blend of a friendly welcome, reasonable prices and good quality food. It is that simple. Therefore, the menu is full of Lyonnaise specialties like Pike Quenelle and the ingredients are always fresh, ensuring a regular influx of customers.

Lyon, France
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Le Gourmet de Sèze

Le Gourmet de Sèze is known for putting a contemporary and modern twist on traditional French cuisine. Chef Bernard Mariller is a local favorite and has quite a devoted following. The specialty here is definitely shellfish St. Jacques with broccoli in truffle juice but the menu is full of seasonal dishes that aim to please. The dining area is rather small but warm and inviting with a classic and sophisticated vibe.

Lyon, France
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Brasserie Georges 1836

The Brasserie Georges has been a monument of Lyonnaise gastronomy since 1836. The building alone is worth the visit—it is designed in art deco style and up to 650 people can be seated under the majestic ceiling, which has lustrous frescos. The menu remains purely traditional with sauerkraut, seafood and fish, and some Lyonnaise specialties. Everything is served with a drink, of course. Any journey to Lyon must include a visit to Georges.

Lyon, France
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Brasserie L'Est

Brasserie L'Est has one of the most unique layouts in the city; a kitchen placed directly in the center of the dining area so patrons can watch their meal being cooked as they wait in anticipation. Housed in an old train station, Chef Gerard Lasne creates cuisine from all corners of the world. No matter what your background or preference, you are guaranteed to find something here that will leave you satiated and smiling.

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