Papilles
Papilles

Papilles

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.papillesla.com/
  • Phone: 3238712026x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Tuesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Saturday & Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Tim Carey
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Argyle
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Papilles
Papilles (pronounced “pah-PEE”) means “tastebuds” in French. We are a casual bistro inspired by the bistronomique movement in Paris. We strive to serve elegant, sophisticated food in a fun, relaxed setting.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Papilles reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (68)neighborhood gem (66)notable wine list (29)special occasion (25)romantic (22)hot spot (9)good for groups (8)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Hole in wall gem
    ucalrob1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful, perfectly prepared food. Attentive service. Very reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    bizlikesfood
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I have been wanting to try Papilles for months now and it did not disappoint. The food was exceptional, the ambiance charming. It was a lovely experience. I came for my birthday and truly had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kwak
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We've visited Papilles since it's opening and come back to find it familiar and new at the same time. We love it and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 5
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    All 5 of us were incredibly impressed with the food and the service. Some ordered the prix fixe, other a la carte. The halibut basquaise was outstanding; the steak eaters were raving. I greatly enjoyed the piquant tomato veloute and the ratatouille side dish. The desserts are small but full of flavor. The service is attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    JMC13
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've eaten at Papilles several times. The food is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Papilles on 23 Aug 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Overall I found this restaurant good, but a little overpriced for a French bistro. In terms of technique, I think the guys do great work; I got my steak "comme il faut." I thoroughly enjoyed my salade niçoise; if y'all did lunch and offered that as a bigger portion with fries or fried sliced potatoes, I'd come back EVERY weekend. Again, the skirt steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned along w/ the mushrooms. Your tres leches was good too. Y'all have nice bread and butter. The service is excellent and friendly. In terms of price, it could have been a little cheaper by a few dollars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    PigEater
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A charming neighborhood spot. Chef and staff are friendly and welcoming! Food is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A stunning evening
    happydiners
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was our second visit to this small, hidden gem, and we were thrilled every step of the way. The ambience is welcoming, friendly, comfortable and very continental. The service staff are spot on: professional, knowledgable, helpful and friendly. The open kitchen is an unobtrusive great touch. The other diners were mellow, engaged, and talking in reasonable tones. The short, frequently changing menu: 3 starters, 3 entrees, 3 deserts was elegant and enticing. The Almond gazpacho was delicious and memorable, the steak and duck breast entrees cooked and seasoned beautifully, okra/mushrooms just right and a cheese platter with figs and honey, super. Our waiter matched wines skillfully, and we left satiated, excited and planning to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great prix-fixe meal
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A small, comfortable room serves as the locale for some great food. The prix-fixe menu is limited (a few starters a few mains), but everything is delicious. We dined on salmon and steak, both of which were fresh and well prepared. The steak came with the most wonderful accompaniment of corn and mushrooms. The atmosphere was relaxing, and the service was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie88
    Foodie88VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It's our neighborhood gem, a good pre fix menu of 3 courses for $36! I really like their salad nicoise, the cod was good but not excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Superfan1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    One of the best hidden secrets in Los angeles. Some of the best food in the city. A must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Reviewer1000VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    It is unexpected good food, fresh ingredients, small intimate place, simply decorated, and cheerful host/waiter. You get the feeling that you are eating at your kitchen table at home, you see the chef who is friendly and there a sense that everyone was having a good time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem!
    ce09VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We can always count on an amazing meal here at Papilles, and the service is also A+. Location is perfect, as it is 5 minutes from our house and we always look forward to eating here... Love the easy going atmosphere paired with exquisite food. I had the duck and my husband had the steak this time around. Everything was perfectly cooked and meticulously complimented the delicious sides. Thank you for another great meal, Papille!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PolishThunder
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    You will never know what will be served the night you pop in. But, no worries. You will never be disappointed. Just bring a couple friends and order the entire menu. It's usually pretty short. You will be licking the plates clean and asking for seconds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a trip to the Left Bank in H-wood
    manger
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    always a great meal at Papilles--just know the menu can change..for example, the original menu featured sole and that changed to rock cod. It's a limited menu, usually two or three options for a main course with a few others for starters. Love the French flea market decor and mismatched flatware and china. The wine list is interesting and the night we went the wine, any bottle, was 1/2 off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegetarian option NOT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I was thoroughly annoyed by the mislabeling of the vegetarian option on the menu. Let me start by saying that I am not a vegetarian, but often enjoy a lighter meatless option... I ordered the vegetarian option -- a lovely combination of quinoa and ratatouille. I was completely surprised when our server asked me if I was ok with the quinoa having been cooked in chicken stock!! Chicken stock, hello, That's NOT vegetarian. And I was surprised yet again when my meal came topped with a fried egg-- again NOT vegetarian. While I really enjoyed my experience at Papilles on the whole, this sort of lack of attention to details bothered me. It's LA, vegetarians everywhere and not a proper main course available was surprising and disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great before the Bowl spot
    budinskiVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were on our way to the Hollywood Bowl for Chris Issak and Chris Botti and started our night here. The charcuterie plate was very good all in house made except the mustard. We both opted for the Hangar steak and it was well prepared and delicious the deserts we samples one was a lemon pound cake and mint ice cream that was great the other was stone fruit crumble unfortunately the stone fruit were not cooked enough and were tough to eat All and all a good dining experience although I am not sure how they warranted a listing in LA magazines top 75 restaurants. It is a parsienne wine bar atmosphere and I suppose if I was drinking more the experience would be hightened to some extent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • casually atmosphere, quality food
    GaryG
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    our party of six chose a variety of dishes, from meats to veggie plates, and we were all quite satisfied with the quality of the food. a simple, bistro feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never misses
    BSEreview
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Once again this neighborhood place continues to deliver. My fish was perfect - cheese plate amazing - and their wine is always on the money to match the meal. Waiter always on top of things. It's all about the food. Because I'm a regular the chef sent my date and I a special appetizer just to say thank you for my patronage. That's how you make someone feel special. Let the waiter guide you if you are not sure because their pick can't miss. And most important there is no rush to take your plate because this restaurant actually wants you to stay. A rarity in LA where I usually have to fight off a busboy from taking away my plate before I am done. Great experience once again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jeff
    jeff
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Been wanting to try Papilles for quite awhile and all the word is true. Phenomenal restaurant. All was perfect. A hole in the wall gem that will revisit soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    BSEreview
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is a great unique neighborhood gem which is always consistent.. Never the same menu it's always a treat to try new things along with a few of their dependable repeats. Excellent for a first time date because you can actually talk and hear yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Foodie Find in Hollywood
    Trista
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    A small, fabulous little French restaurant in a Hollywood mini-mall you would never drive into otherwise (except for the kettle glazed donut shop). The menu changes daily/every few days with a small selection. I don't like what you typically think of as heavy French food, but everything I've eaten here has been fantastic. It is all balanced nicely so it doesn't feel too heavy, even though you get to enjoy some rich items. We had a surprisingly delicious almond gazpacho that was mostly savory with hints of sweetness, amazingly juicy pork, yummy octopus salad. Such attention to detail with the flavors, presentations and pairings. Staff and chef are so welcoming, friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. Love, love, love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go now!
    JennyGVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Papilles is a treasure. The menu's small but each dish is a gem. The kanpachi special was perfectly spiced, the charcuterie plate is ideal for one, the almond soup subtle and delicious. The Alaskan salmon was perfectly cooked, with skin that was delicate and crunchy. The flat iron steak was tender and flavorful. After hearing our wine preferences (one fruit forward, one restrained) the waiter's suggestions were spot on. The ambiance is casual and welcoming. The wait staff attentive but not overly so. If you enjoy good food thoughtfully prepared to maximize flavor, make your reservation now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where has this restaurant been?
    KarenSue
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I can't believe we didn't have to wait for 3 or 4 hours - this place is AMAZING and there should be crowds out the door. Waiter was delightful and probably a sommelier, as he made great wine selections for us. The food was incredibly good and beautifully presented. Because it was my friend's birthday, we were given dessert wine after our meal, which ended our dining experience on a sweet note. DO NOT HESITATE - go to this restaurant NOW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden gem!
    purslob
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Best meal we've had in a long time. Outstanding seasonal dishes, treated with care and imagination. Service is at Pinot levels. Everyone there knows what they are doing. Even the bread is flown in from New York. The chef is no more than 20 feet from the farthest diner. If you're a foodie, you can sit next to the open kitchen and meet the chef/owner. The decor is not fantastic, but it does have a cool ad-hoc vibe like you see in a small neighborhood in New York or Toronto or Eastside LA. Location is so unassuming, strip mall right next to the freeway entrance. But worth it on every level. Will be returning immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    holidaydollVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Couldn't have had a better experience! Everything was divine! They had a Sancerre on the wine list, a very happy result for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Papilles - why is it empty
    ItalianVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We were shocked to be the only diners in the restaurant at 7pm. Ok, it was a Tuesday night. people, this is great, simple, affordable food. Run while it's still there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a Find!
    Medicore
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Venturing from the quiet San Gabriel Valley we found this neighborhood gem this past Saturday evening located in a small shopping center as an open table selection - The owner/chef, Ted and his staff made us feel comfortable from the get go. The food was outstanding, I had the rack of lamb and my wife had the beef with bernaise sauce dish which was also great. Ted even treated us to a fantastic butterscotch pudding to cap the evening off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply great
    Oaksdiner
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This place is awesome. The menu changes weekly and probably features less than 20 items at any one time but each one is AMAZING. The menu and wine list are curated to perfection. And like all LA's best restaurants these days (Trois Mec) the space used to be a Raffalo's pizzeria!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Godot
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    A truly wonderful meal for people who enjoy excellently prepared food with quality ingredients. Enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprising
    LadoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    There were some truly redeeming features about this place. Firstly, the wait staff was very friendly. Secondly the food was very good. However for me this was not enough to make up for the extremely limited menu, I believe there were just 4 appetizers and 4 entrees, we got everything on the menu as a result. Next was the fact that it was in a not so charming strip mall and nothing was done to the restaurant itself to make it any more charming. It looked like it had previously been a cheap Chinese take out place. I love the idea behind it, a hole in the wall with great food but for that to work the food really has to be exceptional, this was good but not jaw dropping. Finally parking, forget about it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    nmonacoVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Best restaurant in the neighborhood! Great food. Impeccable service. Very reasonable pricing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 126 reviews are from the Papilles reviews archive.
  • Best bistro ever
    Pippen
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Just love love love their food. Been there 6 times and will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny transporter
    ELAPeteVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    You pull into a strip mall parking lot where the busiest store front is the seedy liquor store. You step through the almost hidden door in the corner into the former pizza spot and you are transported to a completely different place. Inside Papilles everything is intimate. The menus were printed on lined notebook paper. The wine list is the shelves of wine on the wall. Three choices each for appetizer, main and dessert, plus an a la carte side - get it, even if you think you hate quinoa, like me. In that tiny space you could be in Paris or New York. Thank you Papilles for being pure LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TWO timer diners.
    SugarClauVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Bought Season tickets to Pantages and went about looking for a local gem to get in and out and have a fabulous meal without the normal hoopla you get from Hollywood. Found Papilles. The first time we went (@ 3 months ago) we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of dishes. The menu was slightly daunting, but found EVERYTHING on the menu i.e appetizer, entrée, salad and dessert and it was so de-lish. Was looking forward to ordering a similar appetizer plate. They did in fact change the menu and did not have what we were expecting from the last time, but was none the least disappointed because again everything was spectacularly delicious. Rich and flavorful and I would come back in a heartbeat. CHEF & CUTIE HOST get two thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive, small menu
    Drakesmom
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Not a very extensive menu. I ordered the carrot sirloin, they brought me a beet instead. When I asked the waiter about it, he said the chef didn't make carrot sirloin and forgot to tell him. There were literally three things on the menu for each course. Except dessert, only one dessert. Most of the food included eggs. I don't like eggs. The other choice was a French onion burger. $36. In n out is better. The restaurant itself has a hole in the wall look and feel, but I didn't feel like I found a gem, more like a hole in the wall for a reason. The waitstaff was very attentive. Service was great. It was the food I did not like. Except the bread and cheesecake, those were good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find!
    nnnn
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is the best food within 10 miles. The chef is creative and prepares meticulosly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • little gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    the owner knew his food and his wine and loves skydiving. Really nice night. thx
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mais oui, Papilles
    manger
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Excellent market fresh food, limited choices, for Easter it was asparagus soup or salad, leg o lamb or halibut, strawberry taste--all superb. Good choice of wines by the glass, once again, quality over quantity, great coffee, friendly ambiance, the chef paid a visit to the table--civilized dining in a strip mall in Hollywood. Amazing...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Been to this restaurant five times and food consistently good with helpful fun service. Informal atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.