Le Papillon

Le Papillon

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lepapillon.com/
  • Phone: 4082963730
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • 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 4082963730
  • 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.
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Le Papillon reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (83)romantic (69)fit for foodies (54)notable wine list (49)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (10)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    diner3
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We hadn't been for many years and decided to try it again for a mini-celebration. The ambiance was warm and inviting, the servers friendly and helpful, the presentation lovely. But the service was a little too leisurely and the food disappointing. Our appetizers, scallops and snails, were quite good, as was the salsify soup. However, the pear salad did not taste good and the server never checked back until it was time to clear and was too late to replace it. Then the main courses, red deer and roast pork, were bland and uninspired. We expected much better, particularly given the price. Unfortunately, I can't recommend it. We've had much better at a much lower cost.
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  • Fine French Cuisine
    mobiella
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was perfectly prepared, serving staff was prompt and courteous, and they accommodated our gluten-free diet with ease. I'd recommend this place for a perfect special occasion dinner.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This was one of the best meals I have had in years. The flavors, textures and presentation were all superb. The service was excellent!!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Bravo Well Done
    Intheindustry
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I visited this place based off of the reviews it received. I was impressed!! Courses were well prepared and timed. The Tasting menu was well thought out and portion sizes were just enough for you to want more but become excited that something new was going to arrive. Great job well worth the money. Bravo to the Executive Chef!! Bravo!!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as Usual
    SpikermikeVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've been to Le Papillon several times and it is always wonderful. The service is outstanding as is the food and environment. Ordered the four course dinner with a bottle of wine and it was an enjoyable two hour experience. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great fine dining in Bay Area. One of top high end available in South Bay, excellent service and food.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little long in the tooth
    tomster
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This restaurant has been there for years, maybe too many. The staff was cordial and polite, some even charming. The food was pedestrian at best. It was nicely presented, but I could just as well have been eating cardboard, no distinct flavorful nuances. All of the diners at my table agreed that the restaurant was overpriced. The place could use some cleaning, fresh coat of paint and for god's sake, would someone please wash the windows? I swear I caught the smell of mold when I walked in the door. Greeter was handsome in a young Brad Pitt sort of way, but the mold smell could have been coming from the dirty black jacket he was wearing. Definitely not fit for foodies. The escargot smelled wonderful, but roasting garlic always does.
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    VERRRRRRRY good. expensive though........................................
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • B-Day dinner was awesome - again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I asked for a particular favorite not much served nowadays; not only did they have it, they served it several different ways during the course of our tasting menu dinner service. The waiter was attentive and thoughtful, the chef was definitely on his game, even the gentleman who parked the car was really nice. (full lot) I have dined at Le Papillon for my birthday several times and it's the one thing guaranteed never to go wrong, and most likely to fulfill and exceed expectations. I should qualify that by saying that I have dined at pretty much all of the south bay's foodie places and this one is by far my favorite. The service and execution is always reliable, and though the food changes (as it should) I am always pleasantly impressed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Le Papillion 7/25/2014
    Rick
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great menu - like the fixed pricing and loved the variety Greatly appreciated the chef's gifts - very tasty and they built your anticipation for the meal Excellent service - as we were being seated the host abruptly changed his plan and seated us in quieter area - very considerate and attentive Wonderful atmosphere to enjoy a meal and quiet evening Very highly recommend this restaurant as dining experience for the evening
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ngmLeeVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Le Papillion has consistently been a very happy experience. The food was delicious and service was very attentive. The prce is worth joy you get. Willhighly recommend for special occasions.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect...
    brobon
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Dinner experience was remarkable, as expected. The food was exquisite; the amuse bouche were elegant, and there were 3, all of which were served in a unique presentation and all of which were superb. All 4 of us enjoyed our entrees, and the maitre d' was kind enough to allow us to bring in a small wedding cake, as this was a celebration of our friends' marriage. The service was attentive without being intrusive, and each course was described as it was presented, which is a very nice touch. My only issue was that the wine we chose was not available in the year listed on the wine list, and the newer year wasn't nearly as good as the prior year.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite Dining Experience
    MissDinna
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I have wanted to go to this restaurant since I was 20 years old (I turned 49 that night). It was everything I hoped it to be. Imaginative french cuisine that still resonated with provincial flavors and staples. There was not a thing we tried that evening that was not perfectly seasoned and prepared. And the sommelier did an excellent job of choosing two half bottles of French wines, a red and white, that complimented our diverse meal perfectly. I highly recommend this establishment for special occasions for small groups of 2 - 4 people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Menu
    Awesome
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The tasting menu is out if this world. I go once a year and the food is spectacular.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    Huntman49VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I had not been to Le Papillon for probably 25 years. What was I thinking? We went there Sunday night for my wife's dinner and it was outstanding! From the two amuse bouche to the outstanding appetizers (the Hamachi tartare and lobster were fantastic) and the main courses, we all had a great dinner. My wife's deer was perfectly cooked, my swordfish was very tender (a lot of times it can be too firm and lacking texture) and both my children loved their lamb and duck entrees. We will definitely be back soon and will be trying the tasting menu next.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Perfect for special birthday
    LMS12
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed every single dish we ordered. The pace was leisurely and the service superb. We highly recommend this lovely restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great taste and my wife, my daughter and I love desserts, the soufflé was great.
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    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Romantic Dinner
    Kokonosuki
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Classic
    Dobar1
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Cannot say enough ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden treasure!
    DandD
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a good as previous experiences
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jimbo
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Somewhat disappointing
    john
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
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  • Great Food!
    marriedtoachef
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • high standard continues
    mjel
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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?
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WastingfoodisasinVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Booked a private room and enjoyed their 4 course menu. Very cozy, but elegant.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A most pleasant evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    Sharky
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • My anniversary meal
    cestbon
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, ambience, and service!
    Perplexed
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    CuriousGeorge
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for a romantic visit
    qbros
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    Leo1
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 312 reviews are from the Le Papillon reviews archive.
  • For that special occasion
    Svalexplorer
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately.....
    TUESDAYVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
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    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet