Papillon Restaurant

4.6
247 reviews
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French
Papillon Restaurant’s menu reflects the Frenchman’s arduous journey to freedom: classic French dishes have been dusted with daring Caribbean flair and are a culinary journey for your taste buds. The spacious outside terrace is perfect for casual fine dining; the iron bars, flecks of rust and stains on the walls make one very glad not to be in Papillon’s shoes in the 1940’s! Charrière would undoubtedly have loved `his’ place on Aruba: this is luxury living for anyone!
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Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Ceviche was outstanding, Snapper was paired with some weird sides that did not taste well together.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent - from the homemade bread and tapenade that was served to the lobster bisque, risotto and filet mignon and let's not forget the incredible mashed potatoes - everything was perfect and generously sized. And what better way to end dinner than with a creme brulee garnished with fruit and a scoop of raspberry sorbet that made number 1 on or list of covered creme brulees tasted in a number of cities.

s
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best restaurants we dinned at in Aruba. Classical French, quality over quantity.

SS
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing place ! My food was delicious. Must have ceviche!!!! The service is great and Roy is an excellent waiter.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Aruba! Been to Aruba a few times and the food is always great - but this was my first time at Papillon. Absolutely delicious, great good & staff. Recommend 100%

BF
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Aruba

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent choice as we entered the island! Very courteous greeting by staff. They have a vegan menu and we’re very interested in making certain we were pleased with our choices. While the Village Market is a busy area, Papillon uses its space wisely and creates an outdoor seating ambiance that works. Fire lit tiki torches at night adorn the entry to greet guests. Specials were great and they even had an amazing beet carpaccio specula app that was vegan as well! Kudos to the chef for embracing the wave of plant-based offerings on the island. It was great to see what they did with a gourmet cuisine twist. This is NOT your veggie burger type of place for a vegan. French Caribbean takes on flank steak and my daughter enjoyed her escargot.

BA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was very mediocre at best

LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, although the quantity was a bit small. I would go back here and I would recommend it to others.

ES
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and and the service was outstanding. The restaurant is deceiving, you would think from the outside that it would be quite noisy inside, but not at all. A very pleasant experience!

MF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent friendly staff and nice ambiance one of the best restaurant on the island

MR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and amazing food. Servers were incredibly attentive and made our celebration fantastic.

G
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Terrific overall! Service, ambiance, food.

s
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third time eating here, never a bad meal, courteous staff, highly recommended.

LL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here. It was great. I am a vegan and the vegan co au vin was delicious! They had other vegan options too. So nice. They even had vegan bread!! My husband had the king fish and loved it . The drinks were delish too. This is a hidden gem and happy we went here.

p
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic experience for my family. We loved everything we ate. The frog legs were awesome. The snapper was outstanding. The chocolate desert was spectacular. The drinks were top notch. I had the old fashioned and chardonnay from Aregentinia. The service was top notch. My family ate twice here while in Aruba and cannot wait to return. Other excellent dishes that we tried were the Dover Sole, the beef burgandy, the foie gras, and the grouper. All of the dishes were excellent.

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night

PA
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience at Papillon this evening. From the incredible Chèvre Salad through the steak and dessert, coupled with the 2010 Right Bank Bordeaux we were totally pleased. Papillon exceeded expectations!!!

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good restaurant, good service, paying attention to each customer.
Food is delicious, french with a touch of Caribbean taste.
On can have pleasure dining while feeling yourself utmost comfortable.

FL
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another delicious meal at Papillon. The service is always friendly and the food was delivered to our table as soon as it was prepared. The grouper and shrimp entree was light and flavorful and complimented with a lemon butter sauce. If you’re in Aruba, Papillon is worth a try.

ND
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food was exceptional.

JR
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I just wish I could have more of the chocolate cake!

FL
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food at Papillon. My wife and I both had the pan fried group which was light and flavorful.

BP
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for our 10 year anniversary and it was great!

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal! Everything was very artfully prepared. Highly recommend the lava cake.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal on a beautiful island

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great vegan options, especially the vegan crab cakes which are so delicious we returned just to have them again

OT
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was outstanding including the sea bass and grouper entrees cooked perfectly with delicious risotto. So much flavor. Carpaccio and shrimp au grotin appetizers were delicious and large/filling. Never had carpaccio as shaved slices but it was so fresh and the shaved pate really added to it. Dessert left something to be desired as my key lime cheesecake was regular cheesecake with key lime ice cream and raspberry sauce; I was hoping for key lime cheesecake. Still delicious though. Hubby liked his chocolate soufflé. Wine list extensive and you can keep the cork if you don’t finish your bottle and want to take it with you. Restaurant was very warm inside even with the air conditioning, may want to sit outside with the breeze. Restaurant is recessed from the main road with all of the other restaurants, we almost walked past it. Makes it for a quieter ambiance. Would definitely recommend this place.

SB
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

I realize French restaurant dining consists of Entrees that are based with tastings of limited portions but quite frankly this restaurants portions were minuscule. Do not plan on going there hungry cause you will leave in the same fashion. On a plus note, the ambiance was good

OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great friendly service. Perfect birthday dinner!

p
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I confirm. Top 5 place in Aruba , very nice food and perfect service. Had a lovely time

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Some pricing was high for the amount of food

AD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location paired with stellar service from Roy made our dinner a delightful and delicious experience.

The food was a perfect complement of local cuisine along with tried-and-true French classics.

We opened with a hot shrimp casserole smothered in a spicy tomato cream sauce, crusted with Dutch cheeses local to this island of Aruba!

We followed with 3 entrées from sous vede skirt steak, mushroom risotto and the wild boar shank.

Everything was served hot, perfectly spiced and well balanced with a complement of vegetables including cauliflower, romesco and beets.

C
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening. Food was quite good. Service attentive. Definitely will be back.

OT
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our favorite restaurant in Aruba. We were celebrating our anniversary and they gave us complementary desert with Happy anniversary on it. Everything was great about this amazing place

PC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem! Food is always delicious, service is always great and staff very friendly! Must try when in Aruba!

s
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were told that it is a must go in Aruba. It did not disappoint.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends for dinner, so there were seven of us, all vacationing in Aruba. The meal was fantastic, great service and ambiance. For some it might be a bit loud as outdoor seating is on a main, heavy foot trafficked area but we loved it. Great vibe.

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