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Papillon Bistro and Bar, New York, NY

Papillon Bistro and Bar

4.0
4
541 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 299 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 am Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 754-9006

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Rogelio Martinez

  • Catering

    We are available to cater events. Please contact us at carly@cdg.nyc for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate private events for parties of 15 up to 300 guests. Please contact our event coordinator Carly via email at carly@cdg.nyc for more information.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (877) 929-3698

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    5th Ave & Madison Ave

  • Parking details

    Parking garage across the street from Papillon.

  • Public transit

    E & M Trains at 5th Ave / 53rd Street 6 Train at 51st Street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 541 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. NC

    NatalieC

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The Christmas décor is over-the-top amazing. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Service was so friendly and attentive. Drinks were delicious (but a bit slow coming from the bar). Food is decent bar food. Highly recommend as a Holiday Must Do.
  2. PR

    PRSNYC

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The restaurant was decorated so nicely, but your seasonal music was very loud, I found myself shouting. I was sitting upstairs at lunchtime on 11/29. I will return for future lunches and do hope the music is turned down a bit, so talking is possible. Thank you.
  3. F

    Flaka

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This is one of the worst restaurants in midtown I've been too. The food was cooked poorly. There was no waiter assigned to the table so nobody came to check up if food was satisfactory. The food was awful. I ordered a Steak and fritters and the steak was tough. I barely ate my meal. Then ordered dessert because I was hungry and they brought it basically frozen and it tasted old. Very disappointed in poor quality of food and service.
  4. NI

    NIDI

    Caribbean

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service3ambience5
    The decorations were beautiful and we ordered a smokey old fashioned which was great. Thats where the good experience ends, we ordered a flatbread and what arrived was a thin pizza with terrible tasting glopped mozarella on top. Terrible taste and worse appearance. Honestly, so bad we refrained from ordering anything else. I would recommend going to the bar getting an oldfashioned and looking at the lights and calling it a night.
  5. F

    Foodie123

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Servers were not polite. Very rude because one server moved us to another table
  6. JB

    JimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I loved this restaurant! We had the best time and the food was great! Can’t wait to go back!
  7. C

    Craig

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The holiday decorations were beautiful but the food was mediocre at best. I would only recommend Papillon as a cocktail / bar snack destination.
  8. A

    Alyssa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant was not opened but still allowed me to reserve a table for you two via Open table.
  9. D

    Deputyts

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Gnocchi was burnt and you barely get any calamari for the price. Prices were very high for the food and drinks. A margarita was $20… The atmosphere was really beautiful though especially during this time of year.
  10. R

    Rishi

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    You can literally get a better steak at Friday’s. it was grainy, watery and mushy. Server was horrible and inattentive The restaurant is beautifully decorated for Christmas, but they had techno music blasting. Sweltering hot That’s what I get for choosing decor over going to Le Boucherie!!
  11. JE

    JENNIFERC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Papillon Bistro lived up to my high expectation based on what I’d heard! The decorations were amazing, service was wonderful and overall experience was spot on. The chicken quesadilla was one of the best I’ve had!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Food we ordered was pre cooked and heated before serve
  13. RM

    RonaldM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Got to the restaurant before time, when they told me the kitchen was closed BECAUSE OF THE RAIN, causing lack of people at the restaurant, so they decided just to open the bar. They should have sent a message so people don’t go for nothing
  14. TM

    TomM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The food was awesome but it was a business lunch and we wound up being very late because of slow service.
  15. TK

    TriciaK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous all around. Definitely check out the holiday decor.
  16. A

    Abie9b

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Horrible service. We basically had to ask over and over for water, drinks and finally the check. Dining area was not busy at all. Had to get up and go to the bar to pay the bill and then when we left, previously inattentive server chased us down on the street to say we hadn’t paid. Cute place but loud happy hour scene and food just meh.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good spot for lunch - I knew it was a lively after work bar but it was nice to see it was good for a business lunch.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We cool place! Kids was excited! Amazing Halloween decorations
  19. ES

    EddieS

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    As usual, food was delicious. Buffalo cauliflower was great, as was croque Monsour and steak sandwich. Restaurant has holiday theme with hundreds of skeletons. Looked great.
  20. MA

    MattA

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very cool place – definitely a bar but the food was nice and the drinks were great. The decorations are worth the visit.
  21. S

    Sarkar

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fun place with good food. Kerbside outdoor seating was really nice.
  22. N

    Nycvisitor

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Mussels with frites were lackluster. The frites were regular frozen fries not thin and crispy the way a frite should be. The mussels were very small. The waiter wasn’t personable and the service, perfunctory,
  23. AD

    AudraD

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great meet up place for friends!!
  24. NA

    NASA

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    El lugar es muy agradable pero la música está demasiado fuerte. No es posible reunirse ahí para simplemente comer y platicar en calma
  25. TE

    TimE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Love the design, and the service was outstanding. Will definitely be back. What a cool place!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service was terrible. Came late between shifts. Had to flag waitress multiple times and there were only three tables of people upstairs.
  27. RC

    RisC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The craft cocktails were absolutely delicious and so aesthetically pleasing. We enjoyed every single one we tried. All the music was so much fun, and the pesto chicken sandwich was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Everyone I was with enjoyed their food, but was jealous they didn’t order it! Overall a great time with a fantastic vibe.
  28. PK

    PeterK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated outdoors. Very pleasant if a bit pound (but to be expected streetwise in midtown NYC) Food and service was outstanding. Definitely a keeper.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfecto todo
  30. LC

    LaurenC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The restaurant was almost empty and the service was still slow. They brought our appetizers out at the same time as the entrees. We ordered the ribeye medium rare and it came out dry and medium well. Mussels were OK, but a small portion for $32. Would not recommend.
  31. MS

    MarcosS

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Elegant, classy, great food. Service could be improved but it looks they are on the right track.
  32. a

    alwvnyc

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Service was inattentive. Sat outside which was nice but there was a faint unpleasant odor.
  33. HC

    HafeezaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Really good food and great restaurant but had to wait over 20 mins for the check! Also a shame that the lunchtime menu is only available if you sit at the bar.
  34. P

    Philip002

    London

    51 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    An old-fashioned brasserie style venue that lacked atmosphere. The lunch menu was ordinary but not bad. The service was frankly below average considering we were the only patrons upon arrival.
  35. ML

    MedLib

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The menu was limited (main course: 2 steaks, 1 fish, 1 chicken, not much else). But our Caesar salads were quite good, and both the steak and salmon we ordered well prepared and delicious. The wait staff was helpful and efficient. We will return
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd time dining here. We will be back!
  37. JO

    JeseniaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very delicious and just a fun environment. I would definitely go there again!
  38. JM

    JillM

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    EXTREMELY loud. Service very poor.....about to walk out as no one would wait on us. Dirty bread plate although no bread served. Our medium rare burger well done. Would never go back
  39. l

    lfdchris

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous and delicious with great service, to boot. Thank you for a delightful evening.
  40. TP

    TelehellPodcast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great, we ate outside (though a little too windy, and we could still hear the music from outside. Considering what one pays for a meal in the city, this was a bargain, and I would come back....also, My GOD their Truffle Fries...that's all I gotta say.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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 stars by 541 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 299 times today
Google Map for Papillon Bistro and Bar

22 East 54 St., New York, NY 10022

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th Ave & Madison Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 am Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, French American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking garage across the street from Papillon.

  • Public transit

    E & M Trains at 5th Ave / 53rd Street 6 Train at 51st Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rogelio Martinez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 754-9006

  • Catering

    We are available to cater events. Please contact us at carly@cdg.nyc for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate private events for parties of 15 up to 300 guests. Please contact our event coordinator Carly via email at carly@cdg.nyc for more information.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (877) 929-3698

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