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Nov 14, 2009 02:42 AM

New Year's Eve in Lyon

We will be in Lyon for three nights including New Year's Ever. We will hit some of the gourmet places for other meals, so for NYEve our preference would be someplace "fun" rather than with a food pedigree. Our plan would be to book for dinner at 9 and either stay at our dining venue for conviviality and a toast at midnight, or--if there's something to do in town, like fireworks, etc--take to the street to join the melee. Is anyone familiar with Lyon for NYEve able to advise us of places to dine and things to do that will provide the kind of thing we're looking for? And if that's not available, can someone at least recommend a fun, convivial restaurant that will likely be open on NYEve where we can make our own fun? Thanks for your help.

P.S. I'm certainly open to suggestions for our other meals as well. We'll be staying in city center area by Place Bellecour. We'll probably do one super-duper splurge and the rest we're just looking for good, Lyonnais food. Last time we were in Lyon we ate at Tassee, La Voute/Chez Lea, and Bistro Francotte. (Depending upon amount of info I get from this post, I may repost a more general question re: dining in Lyon to smoke out more.)

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  1. Brasserie Léon de Lyon is sure to have a fun New Years Eve. The atmosphere is always convivial, and the food is always good. Check their web site here:

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    1. re: ChefJune

      Thanks, ChefJune. I have that URL saved from your earlier posts. So, among the various places on that site, your top nod would be to Leon de Lyon, right? If so, I'm thinking that will be our NYEve venue. Thanks so much.

      1. re: JmVikmanis

        Beh, oui. For the best combination of fun and fab food. Wish I were going to be there, too!

        1. re: ChefJune

          Once again, thank you ChefJune. I'm embarrassed to say, however, that I'm confused. One of your earlier posts said that you dined one NYEve at Bistrot de Lyon, and gave a website to see the place. It looks lovely in that wonderful old-fashioned bistro way. The website URL appears to be the same as the one you provided here to show Leon de Lyon, but I can't find Bistrot de Lyon on the newer URL. Actually I'm thinking we might want to eat at both places--Bistrot de Lyon, for NYEve because it looks more old fashioned convivial, and Leon de Lyon because it's apparently THE place to dine in Lyon. Does this sound like a sensible choice to you or am I mixing up restaurants hopelessly? Thanks for any light you can shed on my conundrum here.

          1. re: JmVikmanis

            Lacombe closed Leon de Lyon about two years ago and replaced it with Bistrot de Lyon.
            So same location and chef, different decor and formula.

            1. re: jehflyer


              Lacombe replaced the fine dining Léon de Lyon with Brasserie Léon de Lyon 2 years ago. The new place is larger and WAAAAY less formal and less expensive. It's a Brasserie now. Bistro de Lyon is another place altogether. Jean-Paul Lacombe purchased it about 6 years ago and restored the traditional bistro to its traditional grandeur. It has a different chef altogether, but the same owner.

              JmV, both places are very convivial and either would make a great place for New Years Eve.

              1. re: ChefJune

                Well the thought was there; confused the names bistrot de L with Brasserie Leon de L.

          2. re: ChefJune

            Chef June,
            I will be in Lyon in Feb for a few nights. My wife is a big on fish, any suggestions??

            1. re: tito

              Lots of chefs in Lyon do interesting things with fresh-water fish. Lyon is on the confluence of two rivers, the Saone and the Rhone. She will definitely want to try Quenelles with Sauce Nantua -- one of the city's signatures. I love the version at Brasserie Léon de Lyon, and also at Le Splendid.

              1. re: ChefJune

                Thanks CJ,
                May I ask about Vaison la Romaine also? We will be there for two days and then we are heading towards Le Puy en Velay for a bit. Any suggestions?

                1. re: tito

                  Prolly best to start another thread for Vaison la Romaine, as it is in Provence and not Rhone-Alps.

              2. re: tito

                Chez Moss, it's fantastic. One of the few good restaurants on Rue Merciere.

        2. Have you been to Les adrets? It's 15 E for lunch and it's amazing amazing food. If I remember correct, it was 3 courses.

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          1. re: slamnation

            Interesting. Where is it located? Is it "amazing" for 15 E, or "amazing" at any price? That is a very subjective word.

            1. re: ChefJune

              amazing, as in the food is really good. they could easily charge more, but I guess it's for lunch so they keep it low? I believe it's quite well known in Lyon. it's family own, so the food has a very home-made feel to it, but still sophisticatedly presented, which I like. the atmosphere there's great as well.

              it's located on rue du boeuf, I can't remember the #, but I am sure you can find it on google.

              I am actually planning to go back the end of dec/early early jan!!

            2. re: slamnation

              Just realize Les Adrets is closed until Jan 4th 2010 for the holidays. just FYI in case anyone of you trying to visit ... will save you a trip. Happy Holidays!

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