Papillon Bistro and Bar

4.2
328 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Bistro
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  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Bistro
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday 4:00pm-10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 754-9006
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alberto Saavedra
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th Ave & Madison Ave
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Parking details
Parking garage across the street from Papillon.
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Public transit
E,V train @ 5th Ave
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
328 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
50%
Very Good
32%
Good
10%
Fair
5%
Poor
3%
4.0
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Food was pretty good but a bit overpriced, there weren’t a lot of people, but bar music was really loud.
Servers were great

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1.0Dined on June 21, 2018

If you like thumping bass so loud it makes your bones shatter, this is the place for you.

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2.0Dined on June 1, 2018

My cousin & I were so excited to have dinner at Papillon. But when we arrived for our reservation at 8:30 pm and entered the restaurant, you couldn't hear yourself think for the loud music and people surrounding the bar. We asked to be seated outside on the patio so we could hear each other talk. I wouldn't say this is the place to go for a quiet & intimate dinner. However, the food & service was great.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Good spot for a quick, adequate Sunday brunch before shopping. Friendly service, good menu options, reasonably priced. Not as "French" as I had expected.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Fun atmosphere, good food, live opera. A unique experience, the host goes out of his way to ensure you have a great evening.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Not what we expected. More api or tavern not really for dining.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

My friend and I shared the kale salad as an appetizer. That was pretty good. Neither of us was thrilled with our entrées however. I had the tuna tartare as my main course, which was mediocre at best. The menu said it had cilantro, which I love, and I asked for extra cilantro. Apparently they didn’t have any cilantro, I swear it was just flat leaf parsley. It didn’t taste fresh. My friend ordered the croque madame, and she said it was way too heavy.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

My quinoa salad was delicious. I had to send the broccoli back, it was swimming in oil. My waiter took it back and brought me steamed broccoli which was delicious.

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1.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We went for dinner and it really wasn’t suited for that- tables were in the bar area, no waiters, the bartender came over to take our order and the kitchen help delivered. VERY dark and a little dingy, hard to read the menu. Also VERY loud music playing (even upstairs) and we had to shout. Food was very good, though.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This is a consistent value for business lunches. This is a place I take colleagues rather than business clients, as not "fancy". Good food, service all at prices you can tolerate on your own dime.

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1.0Dined on March 27, 2018

we order a starter but the mozzarella wasn't fresh. it is hard and I feel with the amount that the restaurant charge, it should be a better quality and more quantity.
my sandwich is okay, wasn't special . My French fries was too salty.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Such a wonderful visit! Definitely will be visiting again soon, thank you so much to the lovely staff who took so much interest in the customer! What an unforgettable experience! I would definitely recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Took a very long time to get our food. Very long wait

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Cute restaurant, something different than the typical steak house, burger joints around midtown.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Service was slow, could have been due to Sunday night. Halibut was well cooked, but took 2 tries for martini and not made well.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Just okay. Dark, large restaurant conveniently located near Saint Patrick’s church and Saks Fifth Ave, Cartier etc. We were seated promptly. The waiter was very nice. Food was okay. Not bad price for Manhattan. We were limited to the brunch menu as we went on a Sunday around noon.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Bit noisy for business

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Way overpriced for average cuisine. Annoying that they charged $115 for a bottle of wine that retails at $15. Skip this place

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2.0Dined on January 16, 2018

The food seems to be getting stale. they desperately need to update the menu and not try to rush you in and out of the place. Guess they are busy, so they dont care.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Best part of the evening was the opera singers that perform every Saturday evening in the second floor of the restaurant requiring a separate reservation.

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Our reservation was the evening of 23 Dec 17. The wait staff (she) was very inattentive, and was aloof, even a bit condescending when she was waiting our table.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

what a great time! since the demise of Asti this place rules the opera-lite/Broadway fun live performance evening. fun fun fun all the way with decent food and good wine.....but it's the singing that makes it. even our young daughters (rock fans) thought that it was out of this world. also, what nice staff!! highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Out of this world, fantastic.
The opera singing was powerful, beautiful and fun

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Met with family (party of 8) for a quick holiday brunch. They decorate really well for the holidays, have great music on, and provide the best kept brunch secret in NYC ($17 including a bloody or mimosa!) The food is exceptional and portions are large. Friendly staff, although they moved pretty slowly for the place being relatively empty at 11a on a Saturday...regardless, I'd completely recommend this place and we will be back!

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1.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Very disappointed with the food. We ordered the tomato mozzarella basil appetizer - the tomatoes were hard and not ripe, and the mozzarella was refrigerator-cold when it should have been room temperature. The tuna in a fresh tuna salad was also cold when it should have been fresh cooked and at least warm. The stuffed mushrooms were tasteless. The staff seemed overworked because of pre-holiday traffic and service was slow.

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3.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Always dependable and reliable. Service is a bit too quick. You do feel rushed thru your meal but solid place for a midweek biz lunch.

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1.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We were very disappointed. Old atmosphere. Meals not worth. We know better places and nicer for same prices. Not again

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1.0Dined on December 9, 2017

I’ve been here many times and this was by far the worst experience. We came with a large party and were basically ignored – the food was cold and it just wasn’t a good experience unfortunately. Service was was not great but the hostess was lovely.

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2.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Made a reservation for six people @5:00 PM far in advance. Received a call at 3:30 to confirm and was told the dinning room was closed and we were being put up in the bar. When we arrived our reserved table had been given to someone else. We were crammed into small round table. I also noticed today that I was over charged on my bill. Been here many times. This was a poor experience.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Always good food and can ask for a quiet table in a corner.

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3.0Dined on December 4, 2017

We planned to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and Saks 5th Ave windows and wanted to find a place to stop for dinner. We looked for a spot a few blocks away as not to get trapped with 'tourist prices" in the heart of Rockefeller Center. Papillon fit the bill perfectly. The place was very charming and it was decorated really cute for Christmas. The building has a lot of character. We ordered a Caesar Salad (very nice) as an appy. He had the sauted Shrimp, I had the spaghetti carbonara. We enjoyed our meals and the pricing was very reasonable for NYC. it was a bit too loud when we were there - as there was a private party close by to where we were seated. That said that December in NYC. I would go back to try again when the area isn't overrun with tourist and holiday parties. Would recommend.

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2.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Since the service was so dismal, I tend to think that the manager had a sick day. People waited and waited to order their meal or for their food to come. Once it came, the food was okay (mediocre). The place was pretty and well-located. I felt so sorry for the two young mothers with their fussy, hungry toddlers, who waited for 50 minutes for their food to arrive. The toddlers weren't that good at waiting. The staff (only seen occasionally) acted like they had no idea what was going on . I won't be returning, unfortunately.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

This is a great restaurant to visit during the holiday season - the decorations are the best! Staff are friendly (if not a little hurried during a busy session) and the food is good. I took a friend here for dinner before attending Radio City - perfect location. We ordered the mussels (excellent), the beet salad (also pretty good) and the steak tartar (just ok, a little flavourless) to share.
Took a little while to get the check, and they brought us the wrong one at first, but certainly wasn't a significant issue. Would recommend as a solid choice in midtown.

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3.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Went here for lunch. We were a little underwhelmed by the salads we ordered. Chicken ceasar and seared-tuned. Both were low on flavor.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Great evening. Fantastic music ,super service and good food. I will return

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

I made reservations and was seated right away. The waiter was very attentive and helpful. The food came quickly and we were able to sit and chat for a little while. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Outstanding old Parisian atmosphere. On Saturday night opera singers perform for free. Very nice place for a romantic date.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

The venue is way too loud for groups, but great service and food.

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3.0Dined on November 2, 2017

The waiter was terrible. He was inattentive. After 20 minutes waiting for coffee, I asked him when it would come. He said when it’s done and we only have one machine. Ridiculous. Don’t bring clients unless you don’t like them.

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1.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Tremendously disappointing. I have seen this place hoping all work-week long and always wanting to try it when it was less busy, so went in for Sunday brunch. Food was served cold and waitress did not seem to be able to keep up with 5 tables of 2 - 3 apiece. A little business advice: Don't let young adults run your business without a little senior over-sight. Exorbitant price for wine-by-the-glass. Would not recommend going in for anything other than a beer after work - good selection there.

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