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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4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
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4.0
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4.1
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3.9
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good, pleasant ambiance.

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vipElisa
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

All good as usual!

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SeanH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We walked in for our reservation at 715 and there were only a few people drinking at the bar and 2 tables taken. We stood at the front desk for 10 minutes and not a single person came up to us. 3 separate workers walked by made eye contact and then kept walking and did not return. We ended up walking out due to not being attended to.

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LinP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The whole experience was very disappointing. My husband ordered fist and chips and got one medium-sized piece and one very small piece of fish with lots of french fries for $25 -- definitely NOT worth the price. I ordered the Pesto grilled chicken sandwich, and the pesto was almost non-existent. The noise level was almost deafening (we asked to be seated as far from the music as possible so we could have a conversation), and our server, although friendly, never checked to see if we needed anything or if everything was ok. Not an experience we will repeat.

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vipRoryO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Lively place with a nice vibe. Dining room upstairs was rather empty so less energy than the downstairs bar, but a private party at the bar upstairs created a lively "feel". Food was pretty bad. Burger was nothing to rave about but the short rib sandwich was awful! Service was friendly and attentive. For the prices, the wine pours were extremely stingy and the martinis barely reached the 3/4 way up the glass (those awful round stemmed glasses all the "trendy" spots think are so cool. How about a REAL martini glass? And fill it to the rim!) Not inexpensive. Burger, short rib sandwich, 3 wines and 2 martinis came to $150!! Obviously this was due to crazy prices for wine and booze since the burger and sandwich were both under $20 each! Certainly wouldn't rush back.

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Turtlegirl
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful and authentically French Bistro. We will return!

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vipWesnile
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Papillion a few times for drinks and also recently for lunch. I really like the vibe as it has a great bar area on the main floor as well as another bar upstairs. The food is always great and the service is tops. The waitresses are all extremely friendly. Tons of beers on taps and also a fantastic brunch menu. As there are not many choices around mid-town east, Papillion is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday night they have live opera night and it was so entertaining! We really enjoyed ourselves, great crowd

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vipMrsLuv2trvl
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food is mediocre, so many better options in NYC

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vipDougW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

This place is a bar. We were looking for a brunch location near our hotel. Thought from the rating and name it would be more like a French bistro. Its a BAR. From the time we walked in the smell of stale beer from the night before prevailed. No one else was in the place at 10:30 AM. Only a drunk walked in for a double and was loud and obnoxious nearby at the bar. My wife does not drink alcohol and my daughter celebrating her 23 birthday will have an occasional drink. The waitress said we had to order the fix price brunch which included a mimosa, Bloody Mary beer or wine. She said no way around it. Only thing she offered was a side salad w/o the alcohol requirement. (For breakfast?!) We should have left at that point but we already ordered coffee. The ordered was ok, nothing outstanding. The requirement and inflexibility about the liquor was appalling. This not a place for brunch, a drink yes. First time that Open Table has let me down.

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vipGregoryW
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had breakfast/brunch there on 01/26. It was great. Place wasn't busy, service was excellent. Very tasty. We'd absolutely go back.

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vipRebeccaJ
New England
31 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The dirtiest restaurant EVER!

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IreneM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

While the food was good, the restaurant was freezing cold. First they sat us next to the windows, which was completely uncomfortable. But even after we were moved a few tables away from the windows it still required us to eat in our coats. Ruined the meal for us. The people sitting next to us also complained about it being way too cold and were moved. It’s a major problem eating in this place in the winter.

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vipLauraO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a pleasant experience, good service and good food.

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vipAudraD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great after work meet up for friends. Drinks and food very good. Staff was pleasant and professional. It was a Thursday after work so on the noisy side.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere, attentive staff.

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vipAhna
Denver
67 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice space and excellent roast chicken, though it came with no vegetables? Like last time?
Everything was nice until the large loud group of mommies and me were seated right next to us, the ONLY other diners in the room that morning.

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vipmaria
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautifully decorated for Christmas. Fun brunch with family for our annual girls NYC day trip. Good value and food

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vipCityLinda
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Decorated for the holiday and gave a warm cozy feeling. Food and service were excellent! Can’t wait to go back and sit at the gorgeous bar!

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ReginaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, prices very reasonable and the service was excellent.

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HelenK
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Tbis is the second time and loved it so muvj, toom my mom so she could enjoy it. Highly recommend for special occasions or you want to experience something different, witb almost personal touch.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find in NYC. Very prompt sitting, attentive service, beautifully cooked food and amazing atmosphere. We visited in December, and the place looked so Christmassy! We will be recommending to friends. Thank you!

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Reenie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Team lunch had a great time although it was freezing by the window (27 degrees out so probs not easy to deal)

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vipAlysM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Its an OK maybe a bit fancier Irish bar feel. Very nicely decorated and good food. I ordered the Branzino and was dry, but appetizers were good.

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KennethG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Festive ambiance for the Christmas holiday season. Pleasant staff serving tasty food. Who could ask for anything more?

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Nory
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Annual friend gathering

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vipjchrosto
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our server was so bad it took 25 minutes and 3 follow-ups to get our drinks. 2 groups of people at another of her tables left from being ignored. Another server covered and we tipped her separately. I wish I knew the names.

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vipanastasiam
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Everything was fine server was completely inadequate maybe it was her first day. My friend and i asked for water multiple times between drinks and she brought a drink menu instead.

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vipChristinaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

The food was great for the price, the service was pretty terrible. The hostess acted like we weren't even there, I had to approach her after standing there for 5 minutes... A waiter spilled ketchup all over my jacket and didn't even notice.

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Madisons
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a perfect place for a Christmas brunch! The decorations were incredible, the food was great and the staff was attentive. The only thing we would have asked for was for the music to be a little less loud given the size of the space/the number of other parties dining. Will definitely visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!

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ClaudiaT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok though nothing spectacular. Not a place you’d think “let’s go there I have a craving for X”. Plain.

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MicahL
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Well to start, we were seated by the bar which was extremely loud. We could barely hear the waiter asking us about orders and such. The food was only okay and they messed up my sister’s order. Overpriced for the quality of the food. Our waiter was perfectly nice and attend to us well. Overall would not come back or recommend.

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jrf123
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
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!

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AJeats
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.

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HazelN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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vipLOVE2DINE
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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vipDancenfunker
New York Area
54 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.

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vipGreg
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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

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vipGVNYC
New York Area
22 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!

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Papillon Bistro and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 754-9006.

Papillon Bistro and Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 455 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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