Brasserie Georges

The frequent blackouts at Brasserie Georges aren’t power outages—it’s the staff arriving with yet another sparkler-studded, meringue-covered cake for whatever table is celebrating a birthday that night. It’s a true Lyonnais institution that hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1836, and feels a little like a train station arrival hall with Art Deco chandeliers, ornate crown molding, and long rows of crimson banquettes.

It’s pricey, the menu is a bit long, and while the food is good and is served in big portions, it won't blow your mind. Come for the vibes instead, and either make a reservation in advance or be prepared for a wait, no matter the day of the week.

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