Papillon Bistro and Bar
Papillon Bistro and Bar

Papillon Bistro and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.papillonbistro.com/
  • Phone: (212) 754-9006
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday 4:00pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Alberto Saavedra
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Marlon 2127549006

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Ave & Madison Ave
  • Public Transit: E,V train @ 5th Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking garage across the street from Papillon.
A word from Papillon Bistro and Bar
Papillon is a stunning classic French Bistro featuring an elegant rustic decor that brings you back through time to a provincial town in France. The exquisite decor is the perfect setting for Papillon's culinary delights. Our ambience is the ideal environment for young professionals to meet and socialize.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Papillon Bistro and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (20)vibrant bar scene (7)neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (6)notable wine list (3)fit for foodies (3)great for outdoor dining (2)romantic (2)special occasion (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • shmulikVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It was my first and last visit. the opera singing was beautiful ,and even the food was ok, but the service was beyond bad .Unforgiveable is the right term. We were ignored in an insulting way .No patron should feel this way. We wanted to show our dissatisfaction in the tip, but did not have a chance, because they add service to the check in advance. I do not recommend ,and will never be back in this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pappillion is consistently good.
    Watercolor
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Warm, authentic French bistro. Mussels and frites are a favorite. Would love to see escargot on the menu! Great service, nice ambience. Always a favorite with our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tale of 2 fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Fish and chips was great. Tuna sandwich which ins normally very good was not. Quality of tuna was not good only two bite. Maybe just a bad batch since this has been the go to sandwich in the past.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Experience
    Dinner42
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Did not get to eat got stuck in the middle of what appeared to be a corporate function which was noisy. After about 20 min of being ignored by the wait staff (they were too busy with the corporate function rushing around) we left. If they cannot accommodate they should not have accepted reservation for 2. Just awful.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Striking contrast
    WinstonSalemBelle
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had an early dinner at this bistro before a show Saturday night, and it was 180 degrees from what we had experienced a few weeks ago. Maybe Saturday is for the young who frequent bars. We had experienced a nice, quiet meal upstairs previously. We were not offered a table upstairs and there was no one upstairs anyway. It was way too loud this time. Maybe the way their numbers of customers move around.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DonnaVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This was a great place for lunch in midtown Manhattan. They did not rush us, the menu was varied, and the food very good. We will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    BigDinNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It was really good for a business . The restaurant was a little loud, but I sat on the side which was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Good looking place. The starters and dessert were great while the main course looked better than it tasted (still very good). I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • papilion worth a trip
    nylawlady
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food was great. The service was fast, efficient as a NY restaurant should be especially during dinner. It was an interesting venue, but I found it a bit too noisy a bar scene and would have preferred (or at least been asked) for a more quiet table. However it was a vibrant atmosphere and I would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bag
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Some food at our group was good, some just OK. Steak sandwich had almost no meat in it. Easy place in the area and nice setting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep going back.
    lvsmallrestaurantsVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Papillon is one of my favorite restaurants...great location, fast service and amazing food and wine list....I tell all my friends to go there...Warren
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for business lunch
    BelindaFVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Nice outside seating. Good portions and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    CeciVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food is neither good nor bad. Among the area's numerous French bistros Papillon ranks in the middle for food quality, ambience and price. It's ok.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not What I Was Expecting
    Treebee
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I made a reservation here months in advance for a nice dinner before seeing a Broadway play. I specifically asked to be seated upstairs and was assured that this was not a problem. When I arrived, the hostess seated us in the bar area at two tables that had not been cleaned or properly set and, when asked why we were not seated upstairs like I had been promised, seemed to have no idea what she was doing. On the whole, the food was okay, but for the price I would say it is completely not worth it due to the terrible service and unexpected atmosphere. Loud dance music was playing the entire time; not exactly what we wanted for a nice French dinner before Phantom of the Opera. I would never go back and would not recommend to anyone I knew.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Lunch
    Tony
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I typically come here for business lunches as it's close to the office. Always a very solid choice as it was today. I've never seen it over-crowded (except at nights when the bar is packed). But the menu is fairly diverse and offers a good selection, bar menu / specials are great as well which is what i went with this week. It's a good place in Midtown for a darn good business lunch that won't break the bank, can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food-good bar-lousy service
    BigKahunaVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Quality of food is quite good. The bar scene for happy hour is quite vibrant. The hostess is unfriendly and basically incompetent (all 4 times I have gone). The wait staff is earnest, but not well trained and/or experienced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 167 reviews are from the Papillon Bistro and Bar reviews archive.
  • Brunch/lunch.
    dutchie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Nice location in midtown to have lunch or brunch. Food and service is good, with nice weather you can sit outside ! Vibrant bar scene, inside it can be very noisy, lots of business people for lunch during the week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great if you have a dog
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    not only is there outdoor seating, the staff is very nice about you keeping the dog by your table (some places make you leash the dog on the other side of the partition). the food is fine. nothing to brag about, very standard, but i always find myself there when i'm with my dog in midtown because it's so convenient
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Très bon resto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Nourriture excellente, ambiance énergique. Belle trouvaille dans New York.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We (2 couples) chose this restautant based on proximity when hunger overcame us. The upstairs dining room was comfortable but the lunch crowd -- paritularly a nearby large table -- was loud and made our conversation somewhat difficult. Unlike some restaurants at which the server seems a bit put-out that he has more guests to serve, the waiter was happy we were there. He made good suggestions. The food was very good. The large table cleared out (we think they went back to their offices) and the atmosphere was cozy. We left happy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • it's standard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    brunch isn't too pricey for a place in midtown, food was fine, nothing special. everything tastes the way you would expect it to. this spot works for me because i have a dog and they are one of the few places in the neighborhood that is very accommodating
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy
    LumiereVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Get togethers with girlfriends who really needed to speak and be heard, though we were seated upstairs away from the noisy bar, the noise level was still not conducive to quiet chatter. Both the bar downstairs and upstairs did seem lively though, so it would be a great afterwork bar scene. the food was the typical french bistro fare, good.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    dutchie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Sat outside which was perfect. It is a big place so inside can be noisy around lunchtime. Food was good. Good value for money.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for lunch, OK for dinner
    WallStreetLawyerVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I like it here for lunch when its packed and service is quick. At night the downstairs bar area is hopping but the upstairs is a neglected step-child. Service was slow, and I could not believe they put two day old rolls on the table when asked for some bread with the soup (onion soup was good though).
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Safe place for business lunch
    JSVlunches
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    It is a charming, well worn bar with a typical brasserie menu. Make reservation because it packs at noon and the noise escalates. Food is served promptly by competent staff. It is a safe place for a quick business lunch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caffè Taci Opera Night
    Somerset
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This review is for "Caffè Taci Opera Night," which despite the misleading name, actually now takes place upstairs at Papillon Bistro on Saturdays. Really awesome experience to be that close to such powerful voices of the professional opera singers performing. More of a dinner theater than an occasion for extensive conversation, at least close to the little stage. Can also just come for drinks at the bar. No cover or extra charge for the show. I sound like an advertisement, but definitely worth a visit, even for non-opera fans like me. Probably better to reserve by calling the number for "Caffè Taci Opera Nights".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not return
    grancy
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We went to the restaurant to listen to Irish music and have a good meal. The restaurant was very unorganized and I wasn't even sure I would get my open table points. The drinks were outrageously expensive. Food was ok, but they were out of some items. Overall, overpriced and unable to accommodate large number of people.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant business lunch
    Yum23
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Great spot for a business lunch. Waiters seem to not hear simple requests because it gets a little noisy, however, (had to be asked for rolls and water) and each time, they take a long time to bring the check. Food is tasty and the decor is quite lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy to talk
    kikino
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I had been to Papillon previously for a private event on a Sunday afternoon and found it very charming & quaint with a good menu selection, so I was hopeful when I had to pick a place last minute for a family dinner on a Friday evening. It's hard to get a reservation in a lot of NYC spots last minute, so this was where we landed. We arrived at 6:30 - which is in the midst of happy hour and the volume of the music definitely supported that! We were taken to a table upstairs, so I would have hoped it might be a little less loud there, but was wrong. The waiter even got our drink order wrong (we ordered Estrella beer and he brought Stella) and I'm sure it was because he had trouble hearing our order over the sound.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent spot for lunch in midtown-
    Tasty
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Decent spot for lunch in midtown- food is fine, but service is a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gastrognomes Review
    GastrognomesVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We waited for some time until someone acknowledged that we had arrived for dinner. We were told that the dining room was closed to a private party. The receptionist proceeded to seat us in the bar area with a bar menu. When we declined she offered to "make us something from the menu." I don't think we have been treated as badly in a long time. Someone could have called us about the situation since we made it a point to arrive on time. Very disappointing! Wouldn't dream of going back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as expected
    ReenaVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Our table was next to the elevator. We were told it was not working. During the evening we saw that it was working and deliveries were belong made to the bar.during our meal. My husband ordered mussels and the sauce was awful, tasted like dishwater and certainly not garlic, as stated on the menu. We had lots of trouble understanding the waiter. I'm not sure if he had trouble with English or if he had a lisp. I ordered soup and salad and loved them. They did not charge us for the mussels, but I would not recommend the restaurant. We also noticed the entrée prices were very high.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for lunch
    DebraVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    It's noisy and sometimes crowded but the service is always spot on. I do find at times the portions or quantity of food on the plate a smaller size then should be based on the pricing. I typically don't eat huge meals but if I spend the money, I would like to see more food. While their sandwiches are really tasty, they also lack a lot of bulk. You can barely find the ham on some sandwiches but again, comes with a delicious salad and in some cases wonderful fries. Definitely a go-to place if you want to see how a restaurant looked in NYC many many years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • festive decor
    CacsVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We went for brunch with a group but could only sit at the high stools around tables in the bar, not exactly comfy. I wish I'd known the dining area with regular tables would be closed. Service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch during Christmas
    Fine67
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Great lunch during Christmas season. Fantastic decorations.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homey Bar and Great Brunch
    Penneelk
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    If you want the biggest bang for your buck in midtown check out Papillon on East 54th. Papillon is close to the theatres, has dark wood paneling (circa 1930), a cozy bar, and a great second floor for a cheery brunch. We like to go for Sunday brunch during the Christmas season because in addition to the delicious Eggs Benedict, home fries, and mimosa/Bloody Mary for $20, there is a pianist who takes requests and a HUGE Christmas tree. It is the ideal place to have a meal or a drink before or after the theatre. Papillon is like home away from home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our 3rd time here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    This was our 3rd time here over the past few years. Cannot beat their Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for after work
    SarahB1VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Papillon is a great spot for after work. Unfortunately, it can be VERY LOUD. Most of the time the dining room isn't too loud and you can enjoy a leisurely visit with good service. We were unlucky last week to hit on a night when there was an event that spilled into the dining room and the noise was maddening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    DineoutalotVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Not bad, just nothing special. Not a very authentic French Bistro.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • needed a bistro for lunch,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    needed a bistro for lunch, it was perfect very enjoyable
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic