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Le Papillon Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "The food was beyond expectation. Excellent wine choices. Had Quail, pear salad and Duck Breasts. My wife asked to have the scallops for her main dish. No problem. Excellent staff - attentive without being imposing. We both thought this was one of our best restaurant experiences."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Excellent and attentive (but not intrusive) service. Especially good if you want really well prepared classic dish with a tasty sauce in a hushed environment. Not a leading edge restaurant like Manresa but excellent in its own way."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The appetizers are superb, the salads and soups exquisite, and the main courses truly outstanding (we have partaken in just about everything on the menu) ... but .. if I had one dying wish on my death bed ... it would be to have one last Le Papillion Grand Marnier Souffle !!! The perfect end to a perfect evening. Also, the staff is absolutely the best .. besides being professional, they always are so warm and genuine -- a large reason for our repeat visits. A special restaurant for special occasions!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Le Papillon is a wonderful 'modern' classic French restaurant. It's 'prix fixe' only but at 2 levels (3 courses or 4 courses), with many (many!) choices for each course: appetizer, soup/salad, entree, dessert. The snails appetizer was the best we've ever had, & seriously one of the tastiest items of the evening. The salsify/truffle soup was the 2nd tastiest. The pea/asparagus soup was good but needed seasoning. The duck breast entree was ample but greasy & could have used lots more cherry sauce. The pork loin entree was great. We were too full for dessert. The coffee wasn't the best we ever had. Long wine list, friendly sommelier, but we'd never again get the wine he recommended. It's a pricey restaurant, but great for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "You have to experience Le Papillon to appreciate it. Everything is done right with the perfect touch. It's pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "What an amazing meal! Both of us wanted to lick our plates. We ordered the four course fixed price deal. I started off with a lobster appetizer that was wonderful. My main dish was a red deer that was equally as delicious. My wife had a beef tenderloin with a bone marrow ravioli that she refused to share because it was so good. Price is expensive but worth it. We'll go again!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The restaurant would be helped by adding sound deadening materials to the walls and ceiling. As it is, loud patrons disrupt customers seeking a quiet dining experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Birthday dinner with my wife. The food was excellent. I can't recall enjoying so many dishes where every element of the dish 'worked' for me. We had the Hamachi tatare and scallops to start; the beef tenderloin and pork for our entrees. Save room for dessert too because they have a great selection to choose from. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Elegant with superb food and top notch service. They have items on the menu you won't find at every restaurant. Plus, the sommelier will offer different wines for different courses. Everything you would expect from a high end restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We had our 6 year old son with us, who is a very picky eater. The chef made him a special dish, his favorite, pasta, butter, and cheese, and chicken breast on the side! It was excellent! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We have not been to Le Papillon for sometime, 18 months+. The first thing that we were struck with is the new price level--very high for a non-Michelin starred restaurant. But but the service, the amuse bouche, the ambiance are quiet good so we were willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.. The hamachi tartare was superb. The problem was with the main courses. I ordered the lamb loin rare/medium rare and it came to me medium/medium well. Since our server did not check back with us, I ate about half and took the rest home for our cats. Our server finally came to the table and offered us a souffle' for dessert which we declined. My wife's red deer entree was cooked about correct, but the reduction it sat in overwhelmed the deer. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had not been to Papillon for some years--but quality of the dishes is still high, as it keeps up with food trends. Menu is prix fixe, which was new to us. Service is a bit formal & stiff....how often are the wait staff in black with ties any more? "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Booked a private room and enjoyed their 4 course menu. Very cozy, but elegant. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Le Papillon has become our favorite place to dine for our special events. We recently celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary there and we were greeted by friendly smiles the minute we waked through the door. As always their food was outstanding and we couldn't ask for a more attentive server who made our night very special indeed. If you have never been here you should be ashamed for you are missing out on dining at one of the best restaurants in San Jose."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Le Papillon on a special occasion, as have in the past, our 22nd anniversary. As usual, we were seated quickly, doted on constantly (without being overbearing), and served up a most delicious 4-course meal, preceded by delectable Chef's choice appetizers even before we had ordered our main courses. I would highly recommend Le Papillon for a quiet, delicious, dining experience. I have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The place was good overall. The service and ambience impeccable, and the food was good. The lobster and the salsify where definitely amazing, the duck for the main dish was just ok. My wife ordered the scallops, the palm salad with grapefruit, and the lamb. Dishes were ok. Nothing really blew my mind, but the place is really nice. Would I come back? Probably not. I have to say though that I've been searching for the best food in the world, and been to many good restaurants, and concluded that $$$$ doesn't equal to out of this world food. Lasting memories and places where I would come back, are definitely way below the $$ mark. Again, there is nothing wrong with this place, just that my expectations are way higher for this price. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "After celebrating our anniversaries for the last 18 years at the, recently closed, Bella Vista restaurant on Skyline, my wife and I were looking for a local alternative. It had been about 20 years since I'd eaten at Le Papillon, but I was impressed with the restaurant back then. The restaurant is still impressive. The food and service was excellent (thank you Katelyn!), and the ambience within the restaurant was calm and warm. Le Papillon delivered a memorable and enjoyable evening for my wife and I. I'd have no hesitation recommending the restaurant to friends."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The maitre d stole my heart when he told us he was putting us at his table for 'the beautiful people', which I thought was a very sweet way to acknowledge we were all dressed up for a night out. We lucked out with a server who was also a certified sommelier, and he gave a great advice on trying a prix fixe menu and put together very thoughtful custom wine pairings for us. The food is amazing. Eat EVERYTHING. Even if you think you won't like it, you probably will. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I took my wife for her birthday, it was my first time dinning here. We really enjoyed it and will go back again."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I took my Mom & sister here for Mother's day. The food was great, and so was service. Location is kinda out there.... the ambience probably could be a little better if there some soft background music."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The food and service were fantastic but the cost was too high. I paid over $230.00 for a dinner for two."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I would definitely come back again! Kathy/Cathy was our wait staff and she was efficient, attentive, and a gem. Everything from the 3 Amuse Bouche to the Toffee mignardise was superb. I chose the 4-course Prix Fixe and asked that it be "Chef's choice". Out came the most exquisite and delicate lobster tail appetizer, a beautifully presented Heart of Palm salad, and a tender, flavorful tenderloin of Red Deer for my entree. Dessert was the renowned Grand Marnier souffle. Accompanied by this meal was a bottle of Red Burgundy (2010 Domaine Heresztyn, Gevrey Chambertin, Clos Village), chosen with the assistance of the Sommelier. Pricing was very reasonable for this caliber of service and food. A must go! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I hadn't eaten at Le Papillion in probably 30 years, but I remembered it fondly and when I wanted to give a special treat to a special friend, it just made sense to try it again. The staff is well trained, attentive (without being 'in your face), and delightful. Each dish is creatively prepared and probably won't look like you'd expect might because the chef(s) are so creative and they add little flourishes to tease your taste buds. To keep things on a high note, we were delivered no fewer than three 'amuse bouches' dishes -- all different and fabulous. And I remembered the Grand Marnier Souffle, so of course, we had to order that and I'm glad we did. I couldn't eat there every night, but that's why it is good for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We went to Le Papillon to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. From start to finish the experience was the best dining we've had in San Jose. The atmosphere was quiet and refined, the service attentive but not obtrusive, and the food was some of the best we've ever eaten. The food wasn't wildly experimental, focusing more on well thought out pairings of textures and flavours. We were treated like honoured guests, and my husband even got a special Happy Birthday message on his dessert plate. It's a restaurant that is perfect for a special occasion - although we will find any excuse to come at any time! PS: they make a killer gin and tonic!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We recently went here for dinner and for the price there are better choices in the Bay Area. We have eaten at some of the finest restaurants and were somewhat disappointed with our meal. Nothing was bad just uneventful. The scallop appetizer was good just blah. I was excited about the hearts of palm salad which looked like a beautiful flower, but again lacking otherwise. We had the fish wellington (I believe it was cod) and even though marinated to remove fishiness, it was still fishy and blah. The highlight was dessert. Their grand marnier soufflé remains an excellent choice! Over the years, since the 80's, we have experienced great meals and not so good meals. At this point in time, I think we will wait before going back. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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