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“Eat like a local”
Review of Chez Paul

Chez Paul
Ranked #147 of 3,543 Restaurants in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Terreaux - Bat D'argent
Description: Le restaurant comporte deux salles avec possibilite de privatisation pour les groupes (55 et 70 personnes) avec des formules speciales.
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We were warned by a local that most Bouchons are simply tourist traps. He suggested Chez Paul for a true Bouchon experience. What a treat. There are six large tables, and it is all communal eating, with your only choice being the main course and wine. We shared six huge bowls of appetizers , as well as , 2 bowls of dessert and a large cake. It certainly helps to speak some French, but if you are adventurous, you could get by. Not the place for an intimate romantic dinner, but definitely our most enjoyable meal of the trip.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We have been to this restaurant twice. I wanted to give them a second chance as the food is very good. The service; the way the staff at the restaurant treat the tourists mainly the English and the Americans is appalling and rude. Especially if they think you don't speak French which we do, not fluent but enough to understand what they were saying about us and others. It is the restaurant's tradition to seat everyone together. You cannot get a table for two. This did not bother us except the tables are small so you feel very uncomfortable. No room to pour your wine or cut your food. No matter how good the food is if you cannot enjoy eating it what is the point. However, if you are French and ask to sit on your own… they will accommodate you! Just because they have a good reputation for their food does not give them the right to mistreat customers who ever they may be!

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9  Thank Mm L
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

I had booked by e-mail the restaurant during de "fête des lumières" (and received a confirmation). On my arrival, we were made to wait outside in the cold for half an hour, only to discover that our booking was not there anymore! The staff was very impolite, did not speak a word of english and we were the only non-french customers and, surely by coincidence, the only ones whose booking had somehow disappeared. I cannot vouch for the cuisine which might be excellent but for us it was definitely a bad experience!

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4  Thank Laura D
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We were extremely pleased when we got the table without any reservation but then it all started... We had no trouble sitting with other people so close by as we knew what to expect from a real bouchon as just a night before we had visited Le Bouchon Des Filles and extremely enjoyed it. However, we were in for a surprise. The food tasted all the same; some sort of vinegar splash was on everything - lentils, salads etc. I even cannot describe the disappointment when I received my main course which supposed to be beef in breadcrumbs. I do not know what that was but it surely did not even remind it. My friend even could not taste his, some indescribable parts of a pig was not what he was expecting. When our waitress noticed that we cannot even touch the food she just abruptly laughed and even did not ask what was wrong. She was not speaking to us until my other friend said to her that she enjoyed the soft cheese with sugar and cream. After questionable set of desserts which were just above average and a huge bill we had left even without a single goodbye. I do not have to tell how disappointed we were. I do know what a real bouchon is but this place is definitely not it.

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2  Thank Monika V
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

From what I could see this is a real bouchon, not like those located in Rue Mercière. Chez Paul is a certified bouchon and you can see this if the establishment has a sign with a puppet called Guignol.
We absolutely loved the food. As we arrived a bit late for lunch, we had the whole pots of food for ourselves. I think we ate more than we should have eaten so that our stomachs were irritated and had to use the loo all night long. We're not used to this kind of food but it's incredibly tasty, all hand made. Next time I'll know and will leave more space for dessert. You can have as much as you want!!!
Service was attentive but limited English spoken. They all laughed when we said we were returning the next day and I believe the reason was that they already knew what was going to happen to us that night, LOL!

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Thank Hayuelos
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