100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Lyon Hall
The dining room at Lyon Hall in Arlington, Virginia. Photograph by Chris Campbell.
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Lyon Hall
Address: 3100 N. Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-741-7636
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: French, German/Austrian, Belgian
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5 to 11. Bar open Tuesday through Saturday 4 PM to 2 AM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Court House
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Alsatian tarte flambée (without foie gras); black pudding with mustard greens; chicken-liver dumplings; house-made sauerkraut; lemon pound cake with rhubarb; chocolate praline cake.
Price Details: Starters $7 to $12, entrées $10 to $24.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible

Had enough of small plates and molecular cuisine? Check out this modern Alsatian brasserie. As at executive chef Liam LaCivita’s other eateries—Liberty Tavern and Northside Social—this is very much a neighborhood drop-by spot. Killer cocktails, a thoughtful beer list, and wines from small family-owned vineyards in France are one reason. The kitchen’s craft approach to everything from wursts and condiments to breads and ice cream is another. Chef de cuisine Andy Bennett takes on schnitzels, bratwursts, and choucroute and gives them lightness without sacrificing savor.

At happy hour—daily from 3 to 7—house-ground burgers (with raclette cheese and fries) are $10 and short-rib franks are $6. Don’t miss: Escargots with Pernod and pink-peppercorn butter; kielbasa with smoked paprika; trout with citrus brown butter; veal schnitzel with mustard spaetzle; choucroute garni; profiteroles with pistachio ice cream. Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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  • JefkoLorain

    My wife and I tried this last night. If this is a top 100 restaurant, then the level of cuisine in DC is definitely waning. The signature Manhattan was watered down, the Schnitzel was overdone and bland. The accompanying red cabbage and spaetzle were tasteless. The coffee was cold. The noise level was not chatty, it was equivalent to being at a NASCAR race. They obviously forgot to pay their electric bill as it was too dark to read a menu. The table candle came in handy. The table for two was just right for a beer but inadequate for a meal. All in all, a nightmare dining experience. Oh, and by the way, none of the best dishes recommended above were on the menu. Mal appetit!

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