Had a truly wonderful meal at Le Bar Lyonnaise on Friday night with good friends. They were late for our 8:00 resy and I started to get nervous that we would be rushed through our meal and then out the door. Quite the contrary. They arrived around 8:20, we ordered 2 bottles of wine around 8:30 and then ordered dinner probably close to 9:00, all with no rush whatsover. We were seated at one of the 4 tops behind the bar. The risotto app was truly delish and the pumpkin soup was very good as well. The lamb entree was excellent as was my wife's monkfish. Didn't taste the salmon but my friend said it was excellent as well. The creme brulee that people have been raving about I thought was pretty good but not fabulous, I thought the tiramisu was better.
We splurged on wine which of course greatly inflated our bill (after saying I refused to spend more then $50 I did, but not by that much). The cheapest wine on their list is a $45 Cote du Rhone, there are also some in the $50-55 range as well. We ordered a Pouilly-fusse (forgive my spelling) that we all raved about for $65 but they were out of the Marsannay I wanted at the same price. They said they had a Satennay 1st cru for $75 so, after tasting it we went with that, it was also excellent.
Service was very good with little missteps (2 entrees arriving and waiting under their silver domes for the other 2 to arrive), though our server looked haggard and very depressed. We had an excellent meal with excellent wine and left close to 11:00 without any pressure to leave at all. Cognac and cigars at Mahogony across the street ended a very enjoyable evening. Truly one of, if not the best, values of restaurant week.