A Dinner at the WagonBar restaurant in Lyon
When it comes to restaurants in Lyon, your choices are endless, but if you’re looking for an out of the box experience, Le WagonBar is the way to go.
Aboard the bus, you can sip on some wine, enjoy a seasonal six-course meal, and cruise through the streets of Lyon.
We arrived at the designated meeting point and our ride for the night was parked on Place Bellecour. As we boarded the bus, our hostess kindly took our reservation and directed us up the stairs to the second level.
The WagonBar bus
The upper deck looked and felt like a fine dining restaurant, with twelve tables lined along the interior of the bus.
The tables seated groups of two and four and were spaced far enough where we didn’t feel cramped or crowded.
The walls of the upper deck are transparent with panoramic views and regardless of where you’re seated, you’re bound to have a great view of the city and sights. The interior of the bus was cozy, classic and the lighting provided a great ambiance.
Food and Service at the WagonBar
The chef Etienne Béjar prepared our dinner for the evening in the kitchen, located on the lower level.
The menu is fixed, seasonal and artfully presented. The dinner consists of six courses: a mise en bouche, entrée, plats (a fish and meat dish), fromage and dessert.
They offer a classic or vegetarian menu with the option of adding a wine pairing to your meal. The service was delightful and as each plate arrived, our server explained the dish in English and French.
The Tour and Route
From Les Subsistances to the Museum of Confluences, the three-hour tour took us through the different arrondissements of Lyon.
You’ll also find IPads on every table where you can read about each location.
Towards the end of the tour, we had about a ten-minute break along the Rhone river, where we were able to hop off and stretch our legs for a bit and take in the beautiful views.
The WagonBar is a creative way to experience the city as a tourist or local.
You can rent the bus for private parties or corporate events.
Toilets are located on the bus at the lower level
This new cocktail bar-cum-restaurant will soon be an unmissable part of any trip to the Croix-Rousse.
It’s not just tourists who are coming to dine in Hotel Dieu, the former 12 century hospital which holds many good memories for some, as well as share a drink under its 32m high dome.