Papillon Bistro and Bar

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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. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, just steps from Central Park, Museum of Modern Art & the famous 5th Avenue shops, Papillon offers a fun environment where our guests feel like family. Our deceivingly large space offers dining experiences to match your every mood, whether you’re enjoying a craft cocktail on our sidewalk café, mingling with colleagues in one of our private rooms, or delighting in dinner and a show at our Opera Night on Saturdays. Get to know our killer staff, and enjoy a sense of community with a little something for everyone. At Papillon Bistro & Bar, every night is made better with just a touch of sophisticated debauchery!
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j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a good experience at Papillon. It's very, very loud -- so if that's a problem, you'll want to stay away. But I found it was still easy to talk with my friends, and the food was very good. Simple menu, reasonably priced, relaxed and fun. Nice waiters, attentive despite the fact that the place was packed. Will go back!

AJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food3service5ambience2

Restaurant didn’t have the open table reservation in their system. Also their dining room is not open Monday nights even though open table confirmed the reservation. We sat in bar area. So loud we couldn’t have a conversation. Did appreciate that the manager did her best to somehow accommodate with few options. Comped our glass of wine. Bartender/waiter was very good.

HN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were there for Opera Night, which made the whole evening worthwhile.

LO
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service are very good. Noise level can be deafening at 5:00pm.

D
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great, service was good & the Halloween decor was amazing, but the noise level at lunch was very high, it was difficult to have a conversation.

G
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Serious lack of attractive women. Only good looking on was the hostess.

GV
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here with a work colleague yesterday and it was fantastic. I was blown away by the Halloween decorations, and would recommend this place based on those alone! I sent 4 people there today and told several others about it. The service was great- quick and efficient. I had the chicken sandwich and my friend had the steak sandwich- both were delicious! We will be back!

JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

There was no hostess upon entering and waiting for 10+ min. Ended up eating at bar as a result, which looked fine as bar wasn’t that busy (maybe 5 people). Bartender did not check in with us for extended periods of time, did not even put in half of the order until reminded 45+ min later, and recommended the roasted chicken and potatoes which ended up being horribly dry (had specifically asked if that would be the case, to which I was told “no, it’s never dry and definitely our best dish on the menu”. Very disappointing experience all-in-all.

P
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The ambiance is quite nice. Lots to look at. The service was ok. We had just received our appetizers and the waitress cam over with our entrees. We sent the entrees back and asked that they not be brought out until we had finished the appetizers and the table had been cleared. There was not room on the table for one more thing. This was amateuresque.

JR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I've been there on a Saturday night and the place was jumping. This time I was there on a Sunday and the place was dead and the upstairs dining room was closed so the atmosphere was a bit lacking but I understand that. Overall I would recommend this place but not on a Sunday unless you want a more laid back experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion and 60th birthday

PJ
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Very poor service, food was not to what was oordered.
No return!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were gracious and attentive.

GS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dependable bistro cuisine in a relaxed, friendly setting. It is particularly nice to sit upstairs with a view of the street traffic below.

CS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had dinner on a Thursday evening before seeing a show, and were surprised at how very loud the restaurant was! The food we had - caesar salad, mahi mahi, house rose - was all quite good and a decent value, but I'd want to plan my visits there a bit, to try and avoid the after-work crowd.

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. The food was very good and the service spot on. Everyone was satisfied and we would definitely go there again.

WD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food4service5ambience4

The tabletop was very loose, very poor as a patron, we could not move to another table. Drinks and food kept moving, its the table under the stairs, please have that fixed, ruined our night and out of town guest we felt embarrassed.

JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice place. I had seared tuna salad and others had crab cakes and tomato salad everything was good and good value for money. Hostess made sure we were comfortable.

IS
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waited 10 minutes to see a server.

BR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

There were maybe 5 active tables at noon on a Sunday. The staff stayed congregated at the end of the bar, talking among themselves. Our server seemed confused by our order, which was from the menu. Nobody ever asked us if we wanted another drink. We felt like an afterthought. The food was delicious and I imagine it’s a fun place to be when it’s busy, but when we left and 3 of the staff members were seated at a front open window table eating lunch, that is when I decided I wouldn’t be returning.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really good in the service with the two girls coming back and forth the waitresses it was very good, I've been there before it's a little noisy in the evening because it's very it's a very environment-friendly with people in finance who are allowed and drinking all the time but I had a nice table that was okay the elevator was broken however I couldn't take it to get up to the second floor to use the restroom so I had to walk up all these stairs which I didn't like because I have some gymnastic injuries and I don't like taking stairs if I can avoid them so the elevator was stuck and never came up or down and they apologized for that

OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great environment for a happy hour get-together though it was loud like any other bar would be. Prices for food were reasonable and we left full and happy.

c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for lunch

EJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salad was creative and very large-- could almost be for two people. The décor is unique yet casual l will go again. Service was good.

WE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, quick lunch service. Nice seating. Will be back.

G
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Although the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived for an 8:30 dinner it was very noisy thanks to a few very loud customers. And someone turned up the volume on the music. Our waitress brought my cheeseburger but was nowhere to be found afterwards. I had to get out of my seat to find someone to bring me ketchup ( then still waited a few minutes for it to be brought to my table) food and drinks were just fair. I won’t recommend Papillon and won’t return

SS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The facility's dining room wasn't open, and we never received a call on our reservation to tell us. It felt like the restaurant wasn't even expecting us when we got there. We wound up being seated outside, since the bar was too noisy for a business dinner. Items on the menu were not available. My NY strip steak looked more like a hangar or flank cut, and it wasn't cooked properly. Our table asked for bread and never received it. I do not plan to ever return to this establishment.

DB
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Like an old friend.... nothing special but good. But i’ll Be back.

KO
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very interesting restaurant....lots of charm! Ate at the bar...delicious salad and great glass of Chardonnay!

MC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and great service!

CR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite pubs I’ve ever been to. You feel like you’re in France and the Irish bartender made me the best whiskey sour of my life. Will be back!

g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Main dining room upstairs, bexawwre. Tuna Niçoise salad was good but very little Tuna.

SG
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place in midtown

Easy in and out

Good service -- Friendly staff

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We actually walked out because our table of four sat for 20 minutes without being greeted or served.

R
Memphis
35 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

This by far is one of the worst restaurants I have ever been to. Let me explain; upon walking in the reservation was for three and they only had a table for two they gave us a booth where the step up was at least 24 inches ; the tightness of the table left us no legroom and the plates barely fit on the table with everything that we ordered . two of the orders were wrong and they had to be redone. The restrooms are upstairs with a long ,steep staircase. When we asked if there was a elevator they said they did but it was broken and have no idea when it will be fixed.
There aa so many better restaurants in New York I do not recommend wasting your time on this one

SS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

They take brunch reservations for large groups. We went here after a 5th Ave. Parade. Meet all expectations. Clean, good food, decent ambiance.

L
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is too expensive. They serve food hastily and too quickly. Feels like they want to get you out ASAP. Menu hasn’t changed in years. Okay for lunch but have low expectations going on

DR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeter and waiter were very amicable and courteous. Our orders were takenly quickly, upon being seated. The food arrived quickly, being it was lunch hour. And it arrived hot, which was very much appreciated. Overall rustic, restaurant-pub decor added to our enjoyment.
Compliments to the kitchen, waiters, waitresses and hostess who greeted us upon entering the restaurant.
We'll be back.

MC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went for opera night which delivered as promised. Great performers and liberatingly imformal. Food and drinks are nice but ridiculously over priced.

DH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening! Noisy couldn't talk to my company

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