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French traditional Restaurants

French cuisine is a style of food preparation originating from France that has developed from centuries of social and political change. Enjoy authentic and budget-friendly French food at restaurants in Lyon.

1. L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges
    * Address: 40 rue de la Plage
    * Website: www.bocuse.com
    * Phone: 04 72 42 90 90
    * Price:  menus €115-215
    * Hours: lunch & dinner daily by reservation

Heading some 6.5km north of central Lyon via quai Georges Clemenceau brings you to this triple-Michelin-starred restaurant of the city’s most decorated chef, Paul Bocuse. Classics include the likes of sea bass stuffed with lobster mousse in a puff-pastry shell, and thyme-roasted rack of lamb, as well as Bocuse’s signature soupe VGE (truffle soup created for former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in 1975).

2. Plato
    * Address: rue Villeneuve 4e
    * Transport: Croix Rousse
    * Phone:  04 72 00 01 30
    * Hours: lunch & dinner Mon-Sat

Sweep through thick pink curtains into this stylish plateau restaurant, decked out with contemporary flair and oozing theatre. Inventive dishes - creamy chestnut soup au foie gras or coriander-roasted magret de canard (duck) with an iced turnip and port creation - are even more delicious than their poetic names suggest.

3. Thomas
    * Address: 6 rue Laurencin 2e
    * Transport: Ampère
    * Website: www.restaurant-thomas.com
    * Phone: 04 72 56 04 76
    * Price:  lunch/dinner menus €18/41
    * Hours: Mon-Fri

Ingenious chef Thomas Ponson gives taste buds the choice between formal dining at his eponymous restaurant, more casual fare in his à la carte wine bar, Comptoir Thomas, and more casual still at his tapas-inspired Café Thomas.

4. Gaston Restaurant Agricole
    * Address:  41 rue Mercière 2e
    * Transport: Cordeliers
    * Phone: tel, info: 04 72 41 87 86
    * Hours: lunch & dinner Mon-Sat

Pack a hearty thirst and giant-sized appetite before venturing into this feisty agricultural restaurant complete with rusty old tractor parked up front and a liberal scattering of farm tools and veggie-filled wheelbarrows throughout.

5. La Menthe
    * Address: 15 rue Mercière 2e
    * Transport: Cordeliers
    * Phone: 04 78 30 40 44
    * Price:  lunch/dinner menus from €12/16
    * Hours: Mon-Sat

Away from the main pedestrianised drag of this popular eat-street, this pretty, pastel-shaded restaurant serves simple but stylish French fare. Like the food, the service is just right and the value for money top-notch.

6. Le Pain Qoutidien
    * Address: 13-15 rue des Quatre Chapeaux 2e
    * Transport: Hôtel de Ville
    * Phone:  04 78 38 29 84

Daily Bread is a city-lunch staple: come here for a fabulous choice of well-topped tartines (thick toast with topping), meal-sized salads and other rustic-styled lunch dishes. Its tiny street terrace buzzes.

7. Commanderie des Antonin
    * Address: 30 quai St-Antoine 2e
    * Transport: Bellecour
    * Website: www.commanderie-antonins.fr
    * Phone:  04 78 37 19 21
    * Hours: lunch & dinner Tue-Sat

This meat-lover's paradise cooks meat the old-fashioned way - slowly over a low heat in a wood-burning oven - and serves it with a flourish in a medieval banquet hall. Atmosphere is grandiose old style.

8. Lolo Quoi
    * Address:  40-42 rue Mercière 2e
    * Transport:  Cordeliers
    * Phone:  04 72 77 60 90
    * Hours: lunch & dinner

Sleekly kitted out in wood and slate, Italianate Lolo Quoi is trendy, chic and commands a good wait at the bar if you roll up sans réservation. Pasta with innovative sauces is the speciality.

9. Le Potager des Halles
    * Address: 3 rue de la Martinière, 1er
    * Transport:  Hôtel de Ville
    * Website: www.lepotagerdeshalles.com
    * Phone:  04 72 00 24 84
    * Price: plat du jour €9, 2-/3-course lunch menu Tue-Fri €13/15, dinner menus €32 & €35
    * Hours: lunch & dinner Tue-Sat

The decor is nothing to write home about but the cuisine at the Market Hall's Vegetable Garden is an impassioned ode to seasonal produce. Franck Delhoum is the magician in the kitchen.