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Cafe des Federations

#69 of 2,818 Restaurants in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Terreaux - Bat D'argent
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8 rue Major Martin, 69001, Lyon, France
+33 4 78 28 26 00
12:00 - 14:00
19:45 - 21:30
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
19:45 - 21:30
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133 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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 available in English, an indication the a good portion of the clientele are tourists. First... More 

Thank ZanderAustralia
Zurich, Switzerland
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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. Fresh wholesome ingredients very interestingly prepared and a relaxed friendly atmosphere made our lunch very... More 

Thank gih0
Portland, OR
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85 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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 English slightly better than my French, but we made it work), encouraging us to order... More 

Thank mdwpdx
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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
Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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 in two important senses; it has perniciously aggressive and put-on service etiquette which instructs diners... More 

Thank st3f4ng
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

I'm in Lyon several times each year for work and I always try to have at least one meal here. It's very cozy and the waiters are friendly. It's very different from most lyonnaise restaurants in that you feel relaxed. Don't get me wrong, everyone is friendly in Lyon, even with Americans ;) In the end the food is great... More 

Thank Brian M
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Fun touristy restaurant with friendly service. Food was disappointing for the hype. Desserts were good.

Thank Mike R
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We traveled from Stuttgart to Lyon, France drove for 6 hours and came to this wonderful gem . Café des Federations exceeded our expectations. Food was amazing ambiance decor and location, but what really made the difference and impacted our visit and experience was the service. Beautiful Amelie with her beautiful smile and her gracious attitude and knowledge about the... More 

Thank Tito M
Queensland, Australia
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Our tour group dinned here. Without this being organised for us I don't think I would have know about it. We arrived and the restaurant is full with smokers spilling out into the street. All the starters come together, there is no chose here; quite good. I had pork cheeks this came with potatoes and we all shared some deserts.... More 

Thank AliciaABF
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 September 2016

A small popular restaurant serving delicious meals. Reservations required. The ambiance is great, The servers are friendly and attentive. The menu seemed traditional Lyonnaise starting with an amuse bouche and then followed by the 5 appetizer plates. Following the main course you are served a plate of cheeses and then comes your choice of desserts from a large selection.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?