Located on Penn Avenue downtown Pittsburgh
Le Lyonnais is a purveyor of fine French cuisine from esteemed chef Yves Carreau
“French comfort food”. These three words may not seem like they belong together but they do here at Le Lyonnais. Our concept is one of simple, affordable, yet delicious dishes inspired by time honored recipes from my hometown of Lyon some of which have been in my family for generations.
After thirty wonderful years of cheffing in my beloved adopted City of Pittsburgh I return to my roots in an effort to share with everyone the great comfort foods I grew up with.
947 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Restaurateur Yves Carreau, owner and proprietor of the Big Y Group, hails from Lyon, France, where he attended and graduated from the highly acclaimed Thonon Les Bains Culinary Institute in 1978. Yves took his apprenticeship in the French West Indies, known for vibrant Caribbean cooking with a strong French influence. Ever the adventurer, Yves came to the United States and established himself in Los Angeles, California, where he worked at the famed “La Serre” restaurant in Studio City.
In 1984, Yves moved to Pittsburgh and was hired to manage the kitchen at the Churchill Valley Country Club. A few years later, he opened his first solo venture, Asiago, a French and Italian restaurant, located in One Oxford Centre downtown.
Today, Yves brings his diverse culinary palate and business savvy to the vibrant Pittsburgh restaurant scene with all of his Big Y Group restaurants. Following the immense critical success of his flagship restaurant Sonoma (a west coast kitchen and wine bar) and its Penn Avenue sister Seviche, Yves opened New Orleans jazz brasserie Nola On The Square in March 2011, and shortly punctuated his Market Square presence with the premiere of Pittsburgh’s sexiest new bar and champagne lounge, Perlé, in the summer of 2012.
After the evident success of Sonoma and Seviche, Yves was named 2007 Restaurateur of the Year by the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association. Yves also received the Wilmer S. Lapp Keystone Award in 2012.
Yves was honored as a 2015 recipient for the Downtown Experience Award by the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation. The Downtown Experience Awards is the night for corporate, elected, entrepreneurial and community leaders to celebrate their collective efforts in creating the dynamic rebirth of Downtown.
Now after twelve successful years of operation Yves has decided to revamp the Sonoma space and launch in it its newest concept "Le Lyonnais" a French bistro inspired by the cuisine of his hometown of Lyon.
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