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Cafe des Federations

) #68 of 2,836 Restaurants in Lyon ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ French
8 rue Major Martin, 69001, Lyon, France
+33 4 78 28 26 00
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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8 rue Major Martin, 69001, Lyon, France
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1 - 10 of 863 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had waited so long to visit Lyon and eat at Cafe des Federations. Sadly we were less than impressed. The greeting from the 2 waitresses was cheerful and they were helpful in explaining the menu but we were left feeling that the experience was...More

Thank wattsie2017
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Been twice and this place is famous for a reason the quenelle is incredible. The Fromage Fort is out of this world. Almost confusing.

Thank SLH123456789
Reviewed 10 May 2017

I lived in Lyon for a few years and it was a real pleasure to going back to my favourite bouchon and enjoy the great food they prepare. Beware the place is packed with local business people at lunch time and a reservation is a...More

Thank Guillaumeleconqueran
Reviewed 10 May 2017

A fixed course menu that changes often provide you with a very local and tradicional experience. It started with Eufs en meurette, Poached egg cooked in perfect point into red wine sauce with bacon. Then we went for a variety of appetizers of Caviar de...More

Thank MarcioAssis
Reviewed 4 May 2017

If you want to enjoy food from a unique menu of old fashioned French cooking in a Lyonnais "bouchon" (pub/tavern), this is the best place to go. Constructed over 100 years ago with a stone underground tasting room that was originally used to age wine...More

Thank Andy R
Reviewed 24 February 2017

When visiting Lyon I like to explore the different bouchons at at least try one new place. I had eaten at the bouchon across the narrow street previously and this trip A visit to the Cafe des Federations was on the agenda. The menu was...More

Thank ZanderAustralia
Reviewed 21 February 2017

I am glad we reserved our table in advance as the restaurant was completely packed when we walked in for lunch. We asked for one of the menu combinations put together by restaurant and were very pleasantly surprised by the quality. of all the food....More

Thank gih0
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Tourist trap? There were no other English-speakers in the entire restaurant. This is the most authentic, most traditional, the best tasting lunch we had in Lyon or believe it or not, elsewhere in France. The waitress sat with us and went over the menu (her...More

Thank mdwpdx
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Traditional restaurant, with very nice atmosphere. Food is great and traditional from Lyon. Staff is amazing (some staff can speak English => Amelie) and very welcoming. Let them guide you and enjoy your dinner!

Thank Gajjju
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Seldom do I take to negative reviews. I let poor experiences slide since all restaurants make mistakes or have off nights. But I must alert my fellow travelers to this cafe. While bouchons are an esteemed Lyonnaise tradition this cafe crosses the line into perdition...More

Thank st3f4ng
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
19:45 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:45 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:45 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:45 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:45 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
19:45 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 rue Major Martin, 69001, Lyon, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes  >  Rhone  >  Lyon>  > Terreaux - Bat D'argent
  • Neighbourhood: Terreaux - Bat D'argent
  • Phone Number: +33 4 78 28 26 00
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