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About Le Lyonnais fka Sonoma Grille
French comfort food that is simple and affordable inspired by time honored recipes from the chef owner's hometown of Lyon, France.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
French, Global, International, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-F: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: M-Th : 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Dinner: F-Sat: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
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Valet parking provided by Courtyard Marriott. Pay at Le Lyonnais.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
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Le Lyonnais fka Sonoma Grille Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I love eating here. The food is always delicious, but the servers are never friendly. They are not rude, but not friendly. I love the Big Y group restaurants, but was disappointed this past visit. My wife had a free entree up to $25 for her birthday. So we both ordered a meal and we share them both. When given the coupon the waitress took off the cheaper meal even though they were both under $25. When I asked why they wouldn't remove the more expensive one, she told me that since my wife technically ordered the cheaper one, then that's what they discounted. I told the lady they have never done that in the past, and she acted absolutely annoyed. And honestly, we weren't being cheap. We ordered many drinks, an appetizer, two meals, dessert, and cappachino. So the fact they tried to save a couple of dollars even though we spent a great deal of money. Overall, we still love the restaurant, just beware of the servers.
I was looking forward to trying Le Lyonnais after reading that it was one of the "xx best new restaurants in town." It was my understanding that it was to be excellent regional French cuisine so I came expecting that.
My companion and I began with cocktails. They were lovely. The server was helpful and more than willing to give us lots of time and space as we had lots of time. Getting a reservation was quite easy and they were not busy. The ambience is quite nice if a bit dark....thank goodness for those phone lights.
I was however, completely disappointed with my meal. At the server's recommendation I had their soup special--New England clam chowder..Okay, if I wanted regional French then why did I order it? Because he made it sound great. On the other hand, why were they serving it?? Anyway, there were big chunks of peppers, almost no clams, and little to no flavor. For my main course I had salade nicoise. I'm not sure why it was "they way they make it in Nice" when it had curry in it. The olives were cured and therefore overpowering. Rather than potato salad there were slices of boiled potato. It wasn't bad necessarily but just not particularly French.
In fairness, my companion ordered the pork tenderloin and it was quite nice. It was exquisitely tender. The butternut squash was also delicious. I had a nice glass of the house chardonnay and enjoyed it. So, while all was not a complete loss it was not at all what I expected.
Meanwhile, we took advantage of the valet parking and were happy to be able to leave our car there and return after attending our PSO concert.
At one time, Sonoma Grille was one of our favorite restaurants, from the food and wine choices, to the wine tastings that they had. We hadn't been there for over a year since we had a very disappointing Father's Day Brunch for my family (I am the Dad). We saw an email from Yves, the owner, for a dry- aged cowboy rib steak, and it looked very interesting, enough so that we made reservations and went this [past weekend. Although the wait staff were attentive enough, I was sorely disappointed in this expensive dinner. I too, at home, use a sous vide device for my steaks, as does Le Lyonnaise, so getting this large cut of meat to the perfect medium-rare temp is not an issue. What we were served was an extremely fatty pice of beef, all done to the correct temp, when you could find the meat! This was a meal for two people served on a large platter. The meat and the veggies were under a blanket of sauce. It was hard to tell what was on the plate. I've joked about some restaurants, that what they served was 'slop-on-a-plate', but I NEVER expected this from Le Lyonnaise. I don't know if I'm willing to give it another try.
Pretty restaurant with Good service. We ordered baked goat cheese and Jambon Cru tartine appetizers, both were excellent. Endive salad and Heirloom tomato salads were OK. My wife ordered grilled chicken for her tomato salad which was somewhat dry and mediocre. I ordered the Fettucine Basquaise which was very thick and heavy, not what I expected from a seafood and tomato pasta dish.
This is the nearest thing Pittsburgh has to an authentic French bistro. Everything we ordered was executed beautifully -- good, hearty comfort food in the French manner. And both food and wine prices were extremely reasonable for the quality offered. A new favorite!
This venue is FKA Sonoma Grill. Same Venue, same Chef, new name and new Country French theme.
While what we ate was very good and prepared to our satisfaction we had to send one of the sides back. The Brussel sprouts were under cooked and had no flavor.
I had the salmon on a bed of vegetables and my wife had Beef Cheeks over Creamy Mashed Potatoes. Both of which we would come back for . The french Baguettes were outstanding but unless you like Honey Butter, Which I do not, then ask for regular butter.
We chose Le Lyonnais to celebrate my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. From the moment we arrived to the end of the night the staff made sure to acknowledge the special occasion and presented my parents with the most beautifully prepared desert plates which spelled out "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate on the rim. They loved it! Le Lyonnais is a lovely restaurant and the food is fantastic!
Great menu selection-cheese plate selection was wonderful (along with the candied cherries that accompanied it), but we were disappointed that the presentation did not include the "wagon" that we have seen on other occasions. The lamb in the puff pastry was fabulous.
Our server, Alex (f.), was very accommodating to all of our requests and needs. Plan to return soon.
This the second time we've eaten at Le Lyonnais and was not quite as good this time. The Blankett De Veau was disappointing with white noodles, white cream sauce and white veal and a little spinach and carrots. It had very little flavor. My husband had the special porchetta dinner which he liked but thought it was overcooked. We'll come back and try other menu items.
The erstwhile Sonoma Grill is wonderfully reincarnated as La Lyonnaise. We were told by our server, Aria, that it features food from the Lyon region because that is home of the owner. I had the Quenelle Lyonnaise and my wife had the stuffed pork chop. We shared a salad verte which had a wonderful dressing. We both enjoyed excellent food and will return to La Lyonnaise again.
We had dinner here for the first time to celebrate my wife's birthday. We came early and enjoyed some of the Happy Hour specials at the bar. For dinner I had the lamb shank and my wife had the hanger steak in a pepper sauce. Both were excellent. My wife said the hanger steak was one of the best meals that she could remember having. Service is very good and the pacing of the meal was nice. We will definitely be back.
Not much has changed in the atmosphere from the Sonoma days, in fact, the Sonoma sign is stil on the side of the building. Arriving at 12:30pm, it wasn't very busy, and after the hostess said something about getting a table together for us (there was literally 90% of the restaurant ready for diners), she showed us to a table. For lunch time, it was a bit dark, almost too dark to read the menu. The menu was good, nice change for Pittsburgh which has been lacking in French food for some time. Service was friendly although the server had difficulty pronouncing the French selections. The food was really good, I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to go back to try some of the other items and to make it for dinner!
The food was terrible! If they're trying to be an authentic french restaurant, they failed. My lamb dish tasted like Alpo! My wife's beef cheek special could not be eaten; way too tough to chew & tasted horrible. Must admit, the carrpacicco was only fair. Not with the price. The food was better when it was The Sonoma Grill. Only high point was the manager credited the beef cheek special & the service was good even though the waiter TRIED to impress is with his poor French. Overall, we won't be going back & do not recommend this place.
My wife loves french food and having never been, i decided to treat her here. We had 2 apps, 2 meals, and 2 desserts. Needless to say we each only had a few bites of dinner (veal and steak) but it was fantastic. The prices are very fair especially for finer dining and portions of the soup and main courses certainly adequate. We will definitely be returning.
The food was delicious and as advertised casual comfort French. The staff was friendly, attentive, and genuine. The manager checked in with us and wished the person celebrating their birthday his gratitude for us choosing to dine for the occasion at Le Lyonnois.
My friend and I were both pleasantly surprised with this well conceived and executed transformation of Sonoma Grille into Le Lyonnais. Sonoma was truly excellent, but I also applaud this arrival of very fine French cuisine and wine in the Cultural District. The chefs and staff and ambience are all to be commended. Every dish was very delicious, and Le Lyonnais is very fine in every respect. Merci beaucoup!
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