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Le Papillon Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lepapillon.com
  • Email: omid@lepapillon.com
  • Phone: (408) 296-3730
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Cooper
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cigar Room, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Le Papillon Restaurant has been one of the top premium caterers of northern California for years, catering to corporate, social and weddings in most of popular and beautiful venues of the Bay Area. Our goal is to provide the same quality of food and service to our catered events as we provide in our dining room.
  • Private Party Facilities: Le Papillon offers four private dining rooms accommodating from ten to fifty guests, or the entire restaurant can be reserved to seat up to 100 guests. Our private dining rooms are separated by sliding French doors, offering versatility in seating while retaining the comfort and relaxed elegance of the main dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: All Managers (408) 296-3730
  • Entertainment: Light Backround Music.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self parking in our own parking lot and assisted vallet on when necessary.
A word from Le Papillon
Contemporary French Cuisine with California inspired ingredients, best describes Le Papillon Restaurant. From its inception in 1977 till today with recent remodel and innovative cuisine using local sustainable ingredients puts Le Papillon Restaurant among one of the top restaurants in northern California. The seasonal menu along with ever changing tasting menu, offers great selection to be enjoyed in an elegant setting. The extensive wine list offers variety as well as quality. The service staff along with the Maître d" and Sommelier provide an experience to remember. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Outstanding food -- have never had a bad dish and everything is so delightfully delectable Impeccable wait staff Genuine service --- they give the impression they really care about each diner; not polite, robotic-type service at other high end restaurants Mike is a great owner and gracious host"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "A wonderful meal. Quiet, low-key, thoroughly professional. Food was outstanding - the sturgeon wellington was amazing, and the lamb and red deer were terrific. Lots of servers, but didn't seem overdone. The wine list is great, and reasonably priced. We eat out a lot, and this was one of the best meals we've had in a long time."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "No need to worry-this service collaboration has your needs in mind-constantly."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Our experience at Le Papillon was just delightful. The food was outstanding and the service was just perfect. The host was very welcoming and the waiter was available when we needed him but wasn't intrusive. We loved our anniversary dinner and we look forward to coming back again to this gem of a restaurant."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Appetizers and main courses were good. The soufle was disappointing. It was over done and too doughy, not light and fluffy."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Le Papillon lived up to expectations. The cuisine and service was all excellent. It is expensive but for a French restaurant, the portions are larger than most. It was a wonderful place for my daughter's 21st B-day dinner. We will return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We always choose Le Papillon on our special dates. This time we came here for my husbands birthday. As usual, very romantic, superb services and very satisfied plates!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We just enjoyed the evening of fabulous foods, amuse bouches, service and great wine list with reasonable prices. What a pleasant surprise. Jason the restaurant resident expert had great recommendations when we were divided in our choices. We loved his reviews which gave us an idea on our palate preferences. What a great place for a group dinner in the future. We saw their private room. Love this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Loved the tasters at the beginning of the meal - beautiful floral display which also divided up the room. My food was delicious but my friend's pork was not was she expected. Food presentation was elegant. Desserts were delicious. Place was not as stuffy as I thought it would be. Service was exceptional!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We frequent Le Foret in South San Jose (which I believe is the sister to Le Papillon) and, although both are great restaurants, Le Papillon won for food and presentation. We really had an incredible dinner experience there."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Outstanding service, delicious mix of flavors and old-world romantic white tablecloth elegance. They don't make them like this anymore."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "As usual both the food and the service were elegant! Great Job folks!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "High quality food...wonder flavors and variety with the tasting menu. Very pleasant staff that is attentive but not overbearing. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times over many years, and both the food and service have been consistently outstanding - until tonight. The food was very good, but not the excellent that we are used to. Also the service was the same; very good, but missing a few things, like forgetting to bring us bread when it was out, little things you need for the outstanding rating. I hope they get back to where they were, as this is my go-to restaurant when I want the best food/service; unfortunately this trip didn't measure up."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The tasting menu, with wine pairing, was simply amazing. The excellent service made the experience that much better! Highly recommended for romantic dinners. The setting is very intimate, perfect for your special someone's bday, vday, and any other celebration. THe wine pairing was awesome. Perfectly selected to pair with the courses. Heavy handed pours only. ** PRO TIP - UBER OR LYFT IT FOR MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT** Why are you still reading? Make a reservation and go already!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Great place! Food is delirious and service is perfect. It is not cheap, but it worth every penny we spent there."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Surprisingly exceptional! One of our best meals ever in the U.S. This chef is a gem!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We've eaten at Le Papillon before so it's no surprise that EVERYTHING is always top notch. The 3 and 4 course pre fixe menus are limited but so varied everyone can find something to thier liking, and then it will be prepared perfectly. The portions are certainly adequate but things taste so good you can't resist asking everyone at the table to try your dish. Definitely one of the better restaurants in the South Bay."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Prompt, courteous, authentic server. Incredible food and wine pairings."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Salsify soup was silky and subtle. Fresh pea soup tasted like fresh peas right out of the pod. Beef tenderloin melts in your mouth. And, as always, the Grand Marnier Souffle was heavenly. This is our special occasion restaurant; we go there twice a year. Next time we might go somewhere new, because we've tried the dishes on Le Papillon's menu that appeal to us more than once. We'd like something different...but then again we might have to go back just for the beef filet."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The service, food and experience are consistently reliable and top-notch. Le Papillon is our go-to dining destination whether it is for a special occasion for two or a celebration for a group of our closest friends."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "And many choices to fit all tastes. Everything I've had here has always been perfectly prepared and served."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "There is only one word for this restaurant: Fabulous."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We wanted to treat ourselves to a great dining experience. We were not disappointed (even though the waiters don't sing)."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Dinner for four was $500, which is acceptable for an outstanding restaurant. However, the food quality was inconsistent. The truffled Hamachi was excellent, as was the salsify soup. The hearts of palm salad was tough and flavorless. The noisettes of deer was very good, but nothing outstanding. However, the sturgeon wellington was extremely overcooked - even burnt on the outside. The soufflé was good but heavy. There are flashes of greatness, but overall disappointing."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Exceeded expectations! From the outside it doesn't look like much but inside it is outstanding. From beginning to end it was a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Every bite a delight. From the various amuse bouche to the dessert, everything was excellent. In particular the highlight of the evening for me was the sea urchin panna cotta; it was exquisite!. Is there any way Le Papillon can add it to their appetizer menu, so that I know I can order it when I go?"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We recently dined at Le Papillon. This is a treat for us: We dine here every year or so on special occasions. We've been coming back for perhaps 30 years now. The dining is fixed price: three or four courses. Wine is extra. We ordered wines by the glass, so we could pair different wines with different courses. The wine selection is excellent, prices reasonable. Though if you just have to have that cult Napa Cabernet you can find it on their wine list for the expected big bucks. For first courses, the pear salad and the salsify soup are wonderful. For main course, I had the red deer with huckleberry reduction sauce. For dessert you can't go wrong with the Grand Marnier souffle. The service is great; the wait staff knowledgeable and helpful."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent, and we were moved early on to another table due to some noise from a banquet in a private room. I had sent flowers directly to the restaurant, and the table was all ready when we arrived. Service was excellent, food was creative and delicious, but the dinner was extremely expensive. Prix Fixe pricing made the tab somewhat of a shock, so be prepared. Great place to celebrate, especially for couples."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I went to Le Papillon to celebrate my wife's birthday and we were really happy. The food was good, the settting was cozy and intimate. we had a great."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We go to Le Papillon maybe once a year and it never disappoints. Usually we get the tasting menu and wine pairings as we did this time and we were not disappointed. Scott and his team prepared the food exquisitely, the presentation as always was elegant. If you want a quiet evening out or a romantic dinner that has superb food, this is the place to go."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "So glad there is still places like this for truly Fine Dining."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Food quality is consistently high and the chef's taster bites add even more to the dining experience. Wine list is extensive. Service is impeccable."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The service was wonderful and everyone was really helpful. I didn't feel rushed or was inter up tell by the placement of the check. Food was so tasty and creative. You'll like this place if you home a love for fine food and dining."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Having been long time diners at this restaurant, we are somewhat disappointed at the Menu. It apparently hasn't been changed in some time. It is time for some new items. The salad was a disappointment....brown edges on the lettuce making it appear that it was not quite fresh or tasty. The duck entrée was not up to par. It was not a bit crackly as advertised. Scott is a good chef and the appetizers were excellent but the salad and entrees need a bit more attention."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We've eaten in some of the best in Paris, New York, and San Francisco and this stands up to best of them well, as nothing else we've found in the south bay can do. Inventive, like "wine" pairings include sake and beer along with outstanding wines. Perfect service. Had tasting menu with wine pairings without telling us what the plates were--we guessed, then looked at the menu afterwards. So there were some delightful surprises--"oh that was that!" If anything, the decor could use a little updating but that's nit picking compared to the quality of the food."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Excellent evening. Superior service. Food presented in fine fashion. Very well prepared and tasty."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Fabulous dinner for my wife's birthday. Excellent service and food!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I took my wife to Le Papillon for our 8th anniversary because she wanted to try French fine dining. We were not disappointed. The service was excellent (very friendly, not arrogant), the food was as good as I had imagined and the restaurant was comfortable. The only negative thing I could come up with was that the dress and phone codes were not enforced and it lessened our experience. I wish folks would respect these types of places."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Quite pricey but worth it for a special occasion. Service attentive but not intrusive, nice pacing. Vibrant presentations and combinations. Very complex sauces with absolutely smooth texture. Lamb loin and red deer entrees perfectly done. Interesting desserts--our party of three had six of the nine choices, with the sorbet trio and soufflé Grand Marnier being perfect."
    Dined on 1/13/2014