Lyon Hall

4.7
2981 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2981 people are saying
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4.5
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4.6
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJohn
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice, little upscale, local area gen. decent outside dining area.

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Maureen
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved an outside table and were seated right away. Any noise (very little) came from the intersection nearby. The food was wonderful, as was the staff. Never rushed (although the restaurant was very busy). Highly recommend!

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vipLocalguy
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Eh, not the same place it was before the pandemic. They are trying. We want to support local businesses. But for two people to eat @ $150, I cannot say the quality of food or service was up to par by any means. Service was out of tempo and awkward. But we know they are at least trying. So I checked "yes" on recommend but you may need to adjust your expectations.

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vipValerie
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a lovely server with a French accent. She was very attentive and personable. The moderate noise came from cars on the street, not the restaurant itself. The food was wonderful, as were the cocktails.

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MariH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for 9:15pm on Sunday. Knowing that was going to be a little late for the servers we made our way to the bar. The drinks were great and the food was even better. Get the watermelon gazpacho and mussel pot! The new saffron and shrimp mussel pot was loved by my friend. We love the friendly ambience of Lyon Hall and noticed that even regulars at the bar were talking and laughing with each other.

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vipLisaK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lyon Hall is great for yummy food and good service. Going on Sundays is great because parking is free! They have a nice big outdoor dining area now.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Understaffed so service was a little slow. Server was polite and professional though.

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CarrieM
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The escargot was different, and delicious! Steak fritte a very good rendition.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Server forgot an order (never put it in) and did nothing to fix the situation (ie discount or free meal?). Also told our group we were too loud but everyone around us was just as loud if not louder and she said nothing to their groups? I eat here all of the time and this was by far the worst experience I’ve ever had.

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vipphyllisw
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Extremely loud upstairs to point where waitress offered to move us. They seem to be understaffed. Service was inconsistent but clearly because wait staff were stretched servicing tables up and downstairs. Our waitress did her best snd made no excuses. Food good but came out all at once instead of in sequence. We rolled with it. Overall, would not come back again soon. This second time I’ve been seated upstairs and we couldn’t hear ourselves talk a foot away from each other.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

One oyster was bad, as in toxic. Told the waiter but nothing came off the vill or attention from the manager.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Mark! Excellent food as always

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic! He makes our experience every time

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Foodie
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to catch up with friends! The ambient noise is quiet. The staff is friendly.

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SLRose
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall, I had a wonderful time and the food was excellent. However, the Happy Hour Rose was not chilled. I was surprised because every other time I have gotten wine at Lyon Hall the wine is always at an appropriate temperature, sometimes with the glass even chilled.

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vipJudyS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service. Never a disappointment. Love this gem.

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vipjeanneh
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to brunch.

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vipNoVaFoodie
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was served as well at a table by myself as all the other busy tables around me. Mark the server was pleasant but not overly chummy. Had a lovely glass of wine and delicious steak frites at an outdoor table on a lovely evening. Ignore the traffic going by… it’s all good!

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kazF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waiter service 5 of 10. Waiter seemed to have many tables assigned to him and seemed to be in hurry . Even though the restaurant didn’t seem full capacity.
Food was average to good ( I had fish and table had combination of steak and shrimp dish).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mussel pot just not quite as fabulous as usual - but still a lovely night!

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vipJulieW
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Lyon Hall and the servers are so nice!!!!

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AlexandraW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent evening at Lyon Hall. The food is delicious, great drink options and a good kids menu...our daughter is a big fan of the kids pasta. Cannot recommend more highly.

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KarynB
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new menu!  The watermelon and feta salad was great,  The whole table loved my summer risotto and kept wanting to eat mine!  My husband loved the salmon and my son loved the short ribs. The cauliflower is always a hit!  Service was great!  

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Scott
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as always! This was our third visit to Lyon Hall because the food and service is fantastic.

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Catlover
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had another delish birthday lunch at Lyon Hall. Always consistently good - and love their bread - so fresh. I only go about 4 or 5 times a year. I would go to Lyon Hall more often if it was a short walking distance to my home - but alas not quite close enough for weekly. My favourite consistently good restaurant in Arlington. Keep it up Lyon Hall - love your food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Lyon Hall. Bronzini was excellent

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Thyme2dine
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and excellent service! we enjoyed eating outside too.

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LynM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our favorite Clarendon restaurant - consistently good food and good service. Definitely recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The overall experience was excellent! I went with family who are notorious for being critical of dining experiences and they were blown away by the quality of food and food pairings. Their only complaint was that one of our plates got snatched away right as she lifted her last bite to her mouth which made her feel a little rushed but otherwise a great experience and I imagine we will be returning soon!

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vipCWC1
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Lyon Hall because it was available later in the evening after a movie. So glad we did. Great meal and service. So many wonderful dishes on the menu, it was hard to choose. Decided on the grilled branzino. It was delicious.

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vipTimothyR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Love Lyon Hall but they need to train their servers. Once again, ours seemed completely disinterested in doing his job. Not a smile, not a welcoming comment, not cordial at all. I think he's in the wrong line of business (i.e., hospitality).

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vipRdiner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So good. Plenty of time to talk. Food delicious! Good choice of wines. Specials were scrumptious

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PennyN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, sat outside but it was a bit loud due to sitting right under a speaker. Hosts kindly reseated us after we were seated in the sun on a hot day. Service was very good.

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DanielaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing, excellent service! Hoping to enjoy another meal there soon!

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vipTricia
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a Father's Day Brunch at Lyon Hall yesterday and it was fantastic. We are regulars and it was great to see the place hopping and firing on all cylinders. We started out, as usual for brunch, with the Mimosa "Kit" which satisfied us throughout the meal. The server quickly responded to our daughter's request for a Shirley Temple.

The beignets were a great starter with the cherry sauce for dipping. Crusty French bread was as delicious as always. Our six year old typically orders the Mussels vin blanc, but yesterday ordered 8 shrimp cocktail. They were optimal for a raw bar experience. Large and super fresh. I ordered my customary mushroom omelette and greens. It was cooked to perfection. My husband enjoyed his salad with steak tips. We topped it off with delicious ice cream.

Service was warm and prompt and our food was served very quickly.

Overall, the wonderful Lyon Hall experience that we know and love.

BJ
BJ60
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate at an outside table. Try to get one under the awning. Mussels were especially good - Vin blanc version.

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They just do it right. Great food and ambiance, great time.

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vipCrackers
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were seated promptly, but without an explanation for the QR code on the table. It turned out to be the menu. Like many people, we haven't eaten in a restaurant in over a year, so that wasn't obvious. Our cocktails arrived before any napkins or plates, so that was a little messy. Where do I put the lime wedge? Our server was pleasant, our order was correct and our water glasses were refilled often. So, strong finish after an odd start!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience. Service was a bit slow and felt like we had to waive our waiter down a bit. It was later in the evening however when the restaurant was preparing to close up so understandable.

The steak tartare is AMAZING. Practically come to Lyon hall just for this dish. The steak and frites was great too, with the steak being just a tad too salty. The fried Brussels sprouts were also good, but the sauce drizzle did make them a soggy. Perhaps pouring it table side or allowing customer to dress the Brussels sprouts themselves?

Overall, good food and will be returning for that steak tartare!

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IreneS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Each part of the meal was very good and tasted fresh.

FAQs

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

Lyon Hall is rated 4.7 stars by 2981 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.