The best “bouchons lyonnais” in Lyon 🥘

The best “bouchons lyonnais” in Lyon 🥘

When you say “Lyon”, you say “bouchon”!😋


What is a “bouchon lyonnais”?

The “bouchon lyonnais” is a real institution in the region. The capital of gastronomy has several addresses that have made its reputation. These bouchons are a must for any visitor discovering the city of the Gones. These small typical restaurants of the city serve traditional dishes and are known for their friendly atmosphere.

Don’t be surprised, in an authentic “bouchon lyonnais”, the customer is not the king. Indeed, although they are welcome, they adapt to the habits of the owner. A character with an unique glibness.


By the way, why “bouchon lyonnais”?

No, the “bouchon lyonnais” does not come from the cork of the wine bottle, nor from the legendary traffic under the Fourvière tunnel… It goes back to the time of the innkeepers of Old Lyon, who used a bundle of branches (nicknamed “bousche” in old French) that they hung on their door to indicate that supper was ready. Bouchon’ was the diminutive name for the Lyon restaurants we know today.

Among the most famous dishes of Lyon’s gastronomy, there is the quenelle of pike, the “grattons“, the “gratin de cardons à la moelle“, the “tablier de sapeur“or the “cervelle de canut“. You will find all these dishes in the various “bouchons lyonnais” of the city.


In short, a TRUE “bouchon lyonnais” is :

  • An ultra family and friendly atmosphere
  • Gourmet dishes concocted with local and high quality products

To identify the best bouchons in Lyon, keep this logo in mind. If it is affixed to the front of the restaurant, it means that it has been awarded the label of a real “bouchon lyonnais”. This label was created by the “Chambre du Commerce et de l’Industrie de Lyon”, in partnership with “OnlyLyon Tourisme” and the “Bouchons Lyonnais”. It guarantees an authentic and quality experience!

The Bouchons Lyonnais Label also offers a guarantee on the origin and quality of the ingredients used.


On the other hand, there are a large number of tourist traps in the cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon. These establishments which present you with white and red checkered tablecloths, but whose menu is translated into 8 languages serving pasta carbonara with a 30% discount from 3pm to 7pm are to be avoided!

We have decided to reveal our best “bouchons lyonnais” addresses, far from the tourist traps. Whether you’re a local or not, we’re sure you’ll love this selection of restaurants!


Discover our best bouchons addresses in Lyon


Les Lyonnais

Located in the heart of Vieux Lyon in a district classified as historical heritage by UNESCO, the bouchon Les Lyonnais welcomes you in a typical setting where everyone mixes together in a friendly and family atmosphere. This bouchon is above all a family team and all the staff are dedicated to making sure you have a good time.

You will be able to taste a real bouchon cuisine in the respect of the tradition. Indeed, the bouchon has obtained the label of the true “bouchon lyonnais”.

On the programme: brioche sausage with red wine sauce, “gratin de ravioles du Dauphiné Label Rouge”, homemade beef parmentier or traditional homemade praline tart. Something to treat your taste buds😋

We are sure you will have a great time at Les Lyonnais! You will be welcomed with friendliness😉

The +: the restaurant offers different menus including special menus for groups, ideal if you have a special occasion to celebrate with friends or family!

This bouchon is one of our partner restaurants of our Food Tours! If you have participated to our Food Tours in Vieux Lyon, you will have great chances to go there and taste their Lyon specialties!

Would you like to book a table? Just click here!

📍19 Rue de la Bombarde, 69005 Lyon



Les Fines Gueules

Located in the heart of the Saint Paul district in Old Lyon, Les Fines Gueules offers gourmet and sincere cuisine, based on Lyon specialities: andouillette, “gratin de ravioles de Romans”, pike quenelle… There is something for everyone! And not surprisingly, this restaurant has the Bouchon Lyonnais Label.

After experiences in Paris, London and 11 beautiful years spent with Paul Bocuse in Collonges, Joël SALZI, the chef of the place, decided to dispense himself exclusively to the Fines Gueules with the fundamentals of Lyon: “here, we peel, we bone, we simmer, in short, on the kitchen!

Whether you are a small group or a large one, a very friendly team will be able to welcome you with care and make you spend a gourmet and convivial moment!😄


The +: the eggs meurette as a starter which are absolutely delicious and which we make you taste in our Food Tour Vieux Lyon 4h !

So “bon appétit et large soif” as they say!🍷

Would you like to know more about Les Fines Gueules? Discover their website !

📍16 rue Lainerie, 69005 Lyon

Le Café des Fédérations

Located near the “Place des Terreaux” in the heart of the “Presqu’île”, come and share the traditional gastronomy of Lyon at the Café des Fédérations. A true institution which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2022!🎂

If you’re visiting Lyon, you should definitely stop by, or even if you are a Lyon resident looking for a good bouchon.

You will discover two wonderfull hall with typical Lyonnais decorations, including a renovated cellar. A bouchon that will blow your mind🤩

You will be friendly welcome by the whole team and you will be able to taste all the must-try dishes of the city! “Tablier de sapeur”, soy caviar and praline pie.

And like its predecessors, this restaurant has the Bouchon Lyonnais Label.

The (see the)+ : the cellar, which has been refurbished and is absolutely amazing, the salad bowls to share as a starter very familial and generous…

Ready to test? Discover their different menus right here!

📍 8-9-10 rue Major Martin, 69001 Lyon



Le Musée

You won’t find anything more sincere and authentic than this Lyonnais bouchon!

When you enter this restaurant (listed in the Michelin Guide!) you will immediately feel at home; a friendly and family atmosphere, you will have a great time with family or friends 👯

The decoration is very authentic: red checkered walls, elbow-to-elbow tables…

In the kitchen, the young chef makes classics with a real know-how: homemade brioche pistachio sausage, apple pudding, homemade terrine, lamb tongue with ravigote sauce…

The +: the chef is a professional baker, making a delicious bread and a little surprise at the end of the meal😉

In short, if you will soon be able to discover or rediscover Lyon’s bouchons, we can only recommend Le Musée!

You want to know more about this bouchon? Just click here!

📍2 Rue des Forces, 69002 Lyon



Le Café Comptoir Abel

Did you know that the Café Comptoir Abel is the oldest restaurant in Lyon and, above all, one of the best bouchons in the city? And it’s more than a Lyonnais bouchon, it’s an institution.

You will find a tasty and generous gastronomy, respecting the tradition of the “Mères Lyonnaises”.

The decoration of the period, the objects and paintings mottled, the French ceilings… You can even walk from one hall to another, passing through the kitchen!

If you want to have a good time with family or friends, this is the place to be!

The +: the real homemade pike quenelle is a real treat. We recommend it 100%!😍

The Café Comptoir Abel is part of the Maison ABEL family, and the Bistrot d’Abel is also a very good establishment in this family, so if you have the opportunity to go there, you won’t be disappointed!


Then you can take a look at the different menus? Just click here!

📍25 Rue Guynemer, 69002 Lyon




If you like gastronomy of Lyon or if you want to discover it in a warm and friendly atmosphere, Notre Maison is the ideal Lyonnais “bouchon”!

Located in the heart of old Lyon, this restaurant offers you different specialities from Lyon in a menu elaborated according to the seasonality, you will find rosette of Lyon, quenelle of pike or black pudding with cream.

If you take the time to eat well, if you like surprises, if you like good humour, if you like gastronomy of Lyon or if you want to discover it, then you have found your address!😌

The + : the restaurant’s atmosphere is “like home” with excessive proportions when you are brought fresh cream or the digestif… 🤰

Would you like to discover the current menu? Just click here!

📍2 Rue de Gadagne, 69005 Lyon



Le Poêlon d’Or

This restaurant is the guarantor of the quality and tradition of the Bouchons Lyonnais, and offers gourmet, tasty cuisine that respects the culinary tradition of the “Mères Lyonnaises”.

Le Poêlon d’Or is located in the heart of the Ainay district, classified as a Unesco heritage site.

All the dishes are home-made. You will find on the menu the famous Lyonnaise salad with its soft-boiled egg, the “cervelle des Canuts” accompanied by its smoked duck breast or the poached sausage with red wine sauce and its steamed potatoes.🤤

The +: the restaurant has a private room “Le Petit Salon” which can accommodate up to 12 people, ideal for your business meals, meetings or evenings.

Would you like to book a table? Just click here!

📍29 rue des Remparts d’Ainay, 69002 Lyon



La Meunière

Located in the heart of the peninsula, a few steps from the Place des Terreaux, this Lyon institution has been offering generous and gourmet dishes in a warm and friendly atmosphere for almost 100 years.

Indeed, this restaurant has been welcoming food lovers since 1921. It is part of the French Association of Master Restaurateurs and is listed in the “Toques blanches lyonnaises”.👩‍🍳

As for the decoration, you will find old paintings or kitchen utensils hanging on the walls, red checked napkins on wooden tables… In short, the typical Lyonnais bouchon in all its glory.

As for the dishes, you will be able to taste the famous “Pâté en croûte”, pike quenelle with crayfish sauce or calf’s head with gribiche sauce… And all this in very generous casseroles and plates!🥘

The + : at La Meunière, you can also make the traditional Lyon “mâchon”.


What is the “mâchon”?

The mâchon is a speciality of Lyon which originated with the Canuts who shared a meal at dawn before or after long hours of work. It is simple and inexpensive. It is generally composed of “cochonnailles” or tripe and washed down with Beaujolais or Mâconnais wine. It is a moment of sharing around a real feast. The “Lyon-style brunch“.


La Meunière offers its traditional mâchon every morning from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9am onwards, with reservations.

Do you want to book the table? Just click here!

📍11 Rue Neuve, 69001 Lyon



Now, you know where to go to have a great time and enjoy the must-try and iconic dishes of our city! 🍽

If you want a complete Lyon-style experience combining cultural and gastronomic discovery, discover our different Food Tours right here!


See you soon for a new SELECT’LYON!


The Lyon Food Tour team

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