Bonjour! I am new here and just wanted to share my recent experience eating in Lyon, since I found this site so helpful when deciding where to eat and thought I should give back to the Chow community. Here are some places we tried during our time in Lyon:
Daniel et Denise - We really, really did not like this restaurant. We were excited to try classic Lyonnaise food and were very disappointed. We both ordered the menu of the day. My husband selected the pate en croute to start, followed by lamb and oefs a la neige for dessert. I had the goat cheese salad, chicken, and a poached pear. The pate was passable, and my salad was nothing to write home about (essentially a stack of goat cheese - so much goat cheese - with a little pesto and tomato). My husband's lamb was horrible. It tasted like overcooked meat smothered in Campbell's tomato soup. My chicken was worse. It was mushy chicken and skin smothered in cream sauce with no discernible flavor or spices. The desserts were not exciting.
Palegrie - This restaurant is absolutely fantastic. The service was wonderful, the wine was excellent, and the food was inventive, delicious, fresh, satisfying, flavorful...the list (of positive adjectives) goes on! The chef used ingredients in creative ways, and every bite was pure heaven. And what a pleasant surprise to spend so little (about 40 Euros a person before wine) on such a memorable three course (or was it six after the amuse bouche courses?) meal! If you are in Lyon, you must go to Palegrie!
La Mere Brazier - This is classic, fancy Lyonnaise food, with prices to match. My husband and his friend started with artichokes and foie gras, which I was told was divine. I started with the sweet and sour tuna (not classic Lyonnaise, of course) which was nothing special (especially considering the 50 Euro price tag for an appetizer). I've had better at San Francisco sushi restaurants for less than 1/5 the price. Next, the fellas had the pigeon as a main, and I had the seafood mousse with lobster. The boys raved about the pigeon, which was served three ways, I believe. My lobster was divine, although the seafood mousse was possibly the richest thing I have ever consumed in my life. (Was that an entire stick of butter in there? Do I care?) Oh, and the bread was out of this world, which is saying something, this being France and all. We were too full for dessert but the soufflés passing by our table looked lovely. The atmosphere is very formal and stuffy, but I suppose that is to be expected with a two star restaurant in France! I probably wouldn't go back, but I don't regret having dined there.
Le Sud - We had to try one of Mr. Bocuse's establishments while we were in town, and settled on Le Sud (which focuses on - surprise - southern French fare) for lunch. I had the swordfish which was served with fantastic, flavorful rice and a light cream sauce. It was AWESOME. My husband had the fish stew, which was also fantastic. Everything was just right, the portions were generous, and the prices were not too bad.