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Café Lyon, new café in Rockridge

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My girlfriend and I just went to Café Lyon, a new little café that's taken over the old location of Jucy's on the corner of Miles and College Ave., just north of the Rockridge BART station. It's a tiny, but simply elegant cheap little joint.

We each had a $6.00 ham and cheese panini, which came with very good ham, but the cheese appeared to be cheddar (not very French), grilled on a croissant. It came with a small spinach salad and a sliced fig (a nice touch).

There were two other fellows eating lunch at the table adjacent to us, and they appeared to be enjoying a beet salad with goat cheese.

The lunch menu was simple and pretty cheap, all things considered. The most expensive thing on the menu is $6.50 -- other options include a soup, quiche of the day, a baguette sandwich, and a couple dessert items.

The waiter told me that the café had been open only a month, and that he'd been employed for only about four hours.

There are loads of power outlets along the walls, but no WiFi as of yet. There was one guy who said he could get a weak signal from the building.

All in all, I'd go back and would try the quiche and some of the other things.

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  1. Funny, I walked by there the other day and didn't note the change but couldn't understand what smelled so good coming from Jucy's... now I know :-)

    1. This place changed hands a few months ago and now has a French menu with interesting dishes and impressively low prices, e.g. cassoulet $10, salade Lyonnaise with pine-smoked Morteau sausage $10. Interesting wine list. Would have tried it last night but they were out of the cassoulet. Breakafst and lunch Tues.-Sun., dinner served Thurs.-Sat. only.

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      Cafe Lyon
      5701 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Thank you so much for posting this. I'm often in the area, looking for an inexpensive dinner. I'd given up on Cafe Lyon because EVERYONE was always on a laptop and it wasn't very pleasant. However, I see on their website that they now say in a nicely French manner "we are neither an office nor a library." No more free internet. Yay. The cassoulet was last week's special. This week's will be daube au vin rouge.

        1. re: Glencora

          This place is trying to be two things at once and it's not working yet.

          When the waitress realized we planned to eat a real meal, she steered my mother in law toward the most expensive wine ($35) and set down a candle on the plastic-topped table. We shared the smoked trout on toast as a starter. It came with a small pile of undressed greens. It was okay, but took awhile to come. Then we waited quite a bit longer for the daube. While we waited, several people came in and ordered coffee drinks. Is it a cafe or a sit down dinner place? They need to decide.

          The daube au vin rouge came in medium-sized bowls with a circle of firm polenta in the middle, surrounded by 'coins' of carrot. The broth was thin with small pieces of tender beef. At first I thought it was bland, but a little salt perked it up and I liked the flavor. My SO thought it wasn't fatty enough, but I don't agree. I don't think it was worth $12, though, and the meal certainly shouldn't have taken an hour and a half. We didn't have time for dessert.

      2. Closed/for sale: see cafelyon.com .