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Le Papillon

4.6
590 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

le papillon in San Jose, features tasting and prix fixe menus with sustainable organic ingredients. The cuisine is modern French, with a bit of inspiration from California. The menu changes with the seasons, so no matter what time of year you visit, you can count on something exciting.

Just a few examples of what you might expect to find for starters at le papillon are mushroom salad with bay shrimp, artichoke soup, corn chowder and Dungeness crab souffl�. Entr�es could include herb crusted halibut, braised sturgeon, roasted breast of pheasant, grilled noisettes of lamb and bison tenderloin. le papillon also offers a full catering service with many menu options to choose from.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Californian
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Phone number
(408) 296-3730
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Cooper
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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.
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Private party contact
All Managers: (408) 296-3730
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Self parking in our own parking lot and assisted vallet on when necessary.
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Public transit
Bus
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Entertainment
Light Backround Music.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
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4.6  based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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Birthday (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Expensive but worth it for a VERY special occasion! The wait staff was very nice and knowledgable BUT a little too many many people while we were being seated an getting organized. We did not need bead on the table 5 seconds after being seated etc. Could not pick a wine until we knew what we were having for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

Incredible food! Definitely a great dining experience!

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vipdaxgirl (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 21, 2016

Le Papillon is our most favorite restaurant & always where we go on a special occasion. The food is always sumptuous, the wine list is wonderful and the service impeccable. We've sampled everything on the menu & like it all. The Grand Marnier soufflé is a wonderful finish to a fabulous dinner. Can't wait for our next visit.

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vipAnnaMugg (London)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

From the lavender lemon drop cocktail to the treats delivered by the chef's amuse-bouche, from the first course to the last, it was absolutely delicious. Textures, sauces and flavors were absolutely in harmony. Presentation was also elegant. But even with all those qualities Papillon menu is not self-conscious The good taste is present in how they name their plates with simplicity. Always on my favorite list of restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

We came here for special family gathering. We came in at 5:30pm when dinner starts. It was quiet and nice and comfortable. We were talking softly and enjoying the atmosphere. Appetizer was good, service was good.

At about 6:30pm, there were 2 groups came, one 5 and another 10 people. People starts to talk loudly and suddenly it lost the upscale environment. We didn't expect a super quiet place, but definitely not group gathering and laughing cheering.

The main course is okay. Good portion, and the quality is good, though not exceptional. But it's definitely good.

The price is good also. Much cheaper than many other French restaurants. Worth it.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2016

My girl loves to go out for fancy restaurant, and this is the one she loves and was very satified for her BD. All the foods were decorated beautiful, and the service are so nice. We did not expect that we could have a private room for our family and my daughter's BD flan cake cheering on this special day. We loves the France Wine, and my three kids really like the Deer Disk. We had a great night. Will definitely coming back for other occasions.

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Gilroydiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

Lovely restaurant, excellent food. Be prepared for a prix fixe menu that's un peu cher.

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Badger (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

We have dined at this restaurant about 6 times over the past 2 years. The food is consistently creative and delicious. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere is wonderful for visiting with a small group of friends. It can also be very romantic for celebrating a special occasion. This is possibly my favorite restaurant in Santa Clara County!

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2016

Wine pairings were outstanding and innovative. Courses included more cheese than I prefer, which is maybe a French thing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

Love the Hamachi and swordfish!

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Hachi (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on March 9, 2016

Food was good. The souffle and scallop were really good. Would recommend for special occasions. Only one negative- The dinning area was a bit noisy though.

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mTan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 4, 2016

We were late by eight minutes but greeted and seated promptly. We had a three-course-dinner ordering Scallops and Foie Gras as appetizer, salsify soup that was shared, Sea Bass and Lamb for our entrees and sharing a soufflé for our desserts. Everything was superb. We brought our own wine and we find the corkage fee very reasonable. The sommelier and our server delivered professional service during our dinner making our dining experience wonderful.

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vipJina (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Food and service were great more than I expected.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Le Papillion has been a staple in the area for awhile. Even so, it was our first time there. We thought the meal was superb- especially the amuses bouche that started our dinner. The portions were just right and the service was wonderful. An excellent value for fine French cuisine. We'll go back again!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2016

Lr Papillon made our celebration very special. The slow cooked lobster and escargot are amazing! The other courses were delicious but these two stand out in our minds. The waiters were delightful, unobtrusive yet attentive. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Took my Valentine out for dinner ,and was amazed on how we were treated. Best experience I had ever had ... Food was outstanding and service was wonderful. I wanted to go all out for my Valentine and this place was it!..A little expensive ,but was worth it for my 1st experience of Fine Dining..Helped us select a proper wine with our food and wasn't rushed at all,just a great experience !... I will be back

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Semimagic (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Beautiful cozy classy restaurant. Not flashy noisy or hip in any way like the new in vogue places. So depends what you are looking for. Food was excellent as always. Perfect, imaginative. Hot and fresh. Waitstaff / assistants respectful and courteous. Only problem is parking!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

I hate to submit a review for this restaurant via Open Table since we have been long term customers and value this place. However they have no source for us to submit a review on their website.

This has been our favorite place for very special events for years. This year it was Valentines plus my wife's birthday. The server must have been brand new or a fill-in. We asked her opinion of items on the menu and all she offered was a read of the menu description. Further she had little personality. The meal presentation was disjointed meaning that we were served at different times rather than the usual same time. There was an especially long delay in the dessert service for one of our guests.

Two guests ordered coffee. After a long delay we were asked if we wanted more. Even before we could answer the server answered a no for us and whisked away the coffee cups. It became obvious they she was more interested in having us vacate our table than allow us to continue our conversation.

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vipglorial (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

I have been going to this restaurant for over 30 years and it has never failed in food, service or ambiance.

The chef is a creative genius and the owner and staff are extremely professional and know outstanding service.

I highly recommend this restaurant for a not to be missed experience.

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Sirkingdom (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

This time, the dishes are great (beef & fish), but my favorite souffle is a bit dense, should be more fluffy

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