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Step through a traboule: a type of passageway particular to Lyon, and follow a hidden passage to reach this haunt of the real denizens of Lyon. Warm, fashionable and calm, the restaurant Le Passage offers gourmet food at reasonable prices. Authentic Lyonnais and French cuisine tantalize the taste buds. Before dinner or at the end of the evening, the bar welcomes patrons in an intimate setting composed of black leather sofas. Upstairs, the Club or the Bistrot could be the ideal spot for your business meetings. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Check website for more details.
Step into a bygone era, with timeless antiques displayed on walls and communal tables welcoming you at Chez Paul. Counted as one the city's top bouchons, it offers an impressive selection of traditional Lyonnaise delicacies prepared with the freshest of ingredients and served with love. Find some toothsome local specialties like beef tongue, roasted veal head, beef tripes and dumplings. Save some room for those decadent desserts, even as you marvel at its rustic atmosphere and courteous service.
La Tour, a well-known bar-restaurant, takes its name from the small tower, which houses a spiral staircase in the inner courtyard of this admirable 16th century Renaissance residence. Dating from the late 16th Century, the entrance portal was inspired by Serlio, a famous architect from Bologna. The carved pediment supported by columns is rather exceptional. The inner courtyard was re-built in the 17th Century but the original layout is still recognizable with its Renaissance style shell-shaped water well in one of the corners, a recurring feature in many mansions of that period. The whole building has been preserved with charm and style (with the help of the restaurant). The restaurant is headed by Chef Julienne Rocca and is a coveted dining spot among the wealthy crowd of Lyon so reservations are highly recommended.
Nestled in the heart of the old city, Jérémy Galvan serves up traditional French grub in a warm, inviting setting. A 5th District icon since the year 2011, the intimately designed restaurant's kitchen is manned by skilled chefs cooking up gourmet preparations made from locally-sourced ingredients. Galvan's menu is a marriage between traditional cooking methods and modern flavors, even as guests to finish off those hearty eats with some fine wines and other premium libations.
Although founded in 1921, La Mère Brazier caters to Lyon's most elite dining circuit and is continuously recognized for its incredible and inventive cuisine. The kitchen, which has been run by successful chef and restauranteur Mathieu Viannay since 2008, is always churning out classic dishes with a fresh twist to delight even the most discerning palettes. The dining room decor is crisp and modern with white table linens and white walls with art-deco accents on the windows and molding. The clientele ranges from politicians to suits to in-the-know travelers so reservations are highly recommended!
The food at La Tassee is fun, creative and of course, delicious! The decor is vibrant with splashes of red on the walls and red chairs but the overall feel is sophisticated and classic. The menu consists of traditional Lyonaisse dishes as well as some entrees not typical of the region. Some delicious choices include carpaccio salmon with lime, chicken liver with mushrooms, caramelized spare ribs with honey glaze and for dessert you can try the caramel custard.
Located inside a beautiful bourgeois house, Pierre Orsi is one the best restaurants in the city. The dishes are delicious, of a fine quality and are accompanied by some wonderful vintages. It is worth noting that during the week most of the customers are business people. With a menu filled with some great French cuisine, including duck aiguillette and roasted rabbit, diners here are always satisfying. You also get to chose from a great selection of well known French wines.
L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges is also known as Paul Bocuse after its celebrity chef. This restaurant has won three Michelin stars and most people have to save for months before dining here. It offers the ultimate experience in classic French dining, right from the impeccable service and jaw-dropping decor to the food presentation and complex flavors. The whimsical façade of maroon and green with bronze plaques belies the luxurious decor of the dining room, replete with vintage chandeliers, archways and potted plants. Truffle Soup, Loup en Croûte (crusted sea bass) with lobster mousse, and Rouget Barbet (red mullet) in layers of potato are just a few of the dishes on their extensive menu. Though you may well have to break the bank, a dinner at this riverside restaurant is regarded a must for all self-proclaimed gastronomes.