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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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  • American Express
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,
Beautiful heritage building. Warm & casual ambiance. Where Magazine voted as best French restaurant in the 5 past years.

Opening Hours

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • French,
  • Fine Dining,

Dishes

  • Vegetarian Cuisine,
  • Crepe,
  • French Onion Soup,
  • Steak,
  • Steak Et Frites,

Features

  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,
  • Take-out,
  • Restaurant With Party Services,

Atmosphere

  • Trendy,
  • Upscale,

Products and Services

  • Pre Theater,
  • Daily Special,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

Getting There

  • At Church Street,

Meet the owner

From the quaint menu to quirky marketing, everything at Le Papillon on Front is done in house, and all staff lend a hand.

General manager Sean Gowland says the homemade rule goes a long way to not only keeping costs down, but also towards creating a positive, welcoming and inclusive environment for every walk of life. “We like to be able to cater to a lot of vibes,” says Sean. “We like to tip on the edge of trendy but there’s no 'I’m not hip enough to go there' or 'I’m too hip to go there.'”

Dishes like hearty French onion soup and tourtière – a traditional Québecois meat pie of seasoned veal, beef and pork with house chutney, potatoes and market vegetables – are comparable to what you’d be served at Grandma’s. The restaurant is stylishly impressive, yet stills feels homey, comfortable and relaxed.

Le Papillon on Front's eclectic team includes a few Francophone servers who help to give the restaurant its French-Canadian authenticity and also come in handy when Toronto classrooms come to learn the language and experience the cuisine. “It’s different being an independent restaurant,” says Sean. “We really do our best to make sure our customers leave happy.”

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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 4/5
  • Service: 5/5
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Can't resist the crepes. Always enjoy the staff enthusiasm.

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I can not beleive that no one else has written a...

I can not beleive that no one else has written a review for the Le Papillion. It is my top choice for a restaurant if you want a romantic date atmosphere or a nice place to take your parents when the come to town. The serive is always great, the food is consistently great. The prices are quite reasonable. The crepes are always fresh and delicious, the salmon good, great French Onion soup. I also love the tarte au sucre (maple suger pie) for dessert- its the only place in Toronto that I know of that serves tarte au sucre. Great quebecois fare!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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October 16, 2017

Just super front to end. Loved it. Service was pleasant, respectful, not intrusive of our conversation. Thank you so much!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 15, 2017

Always great food. We enjoy when we are in the area. Menu reads so that you want it all. Recommend Caesar salad, French onion soup, any meat, fish dish. Good value. Tom, our server, was very good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 15, 2017

It was our first time dining at Le Papillon on Front and it was wonderful! Our server was helpful, pleasant and funny. We loved her! We took her recommendations when placing our orders for the appetizers and main dishes. Excellent food as well as atmosphere. We will definitely return again and highly recommend Le Papillon on Front.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 15, 2017

A first visit for us and we will be back again. The scallops and Caesar salad appetizers were terrific. The beef bourginon crepe was very good and the atmosphere and ambiance of the restaurant was fun and lively for a Saturday evening. We will be back again for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 15, 2017

Always get what I expect, consistent good food, service AND good level of sound...no loud music, etc.!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 13, 2017

Service was excellent..

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 12, 2017

I have to admit that yesterdays food was not up to par. I had escargot and the beef tartar. My Escargot was charred and there was very little 'sauce' and the beef tartar was okay but I have to admit that having it on a bed of lettuce took away from the tartar. I tried to scoop up as much as possible - there are never enough 'crisps' for the amount but in the end I had tartar salad and too be honest if I wanted tartar salad I would ask for one but I just wanted beef tartar. My guest had the croque monsieur but unfortunately he said it was just okay. It seemed very large and didn't look right. It seemed very messy from my view point. truly unfortunate - I started coming to Le Papillon 20 years ago and only just recently having come more often remember how great it was back then when we would come for pre ballet lunch. I think the food is still good but there could certainly be little tweaks that might make it better. one in particular that always bugs me is the butter in containers - just seems so cheap - I have to admit that I usually base things of how the bread and butter arrive and more importantly taste - it's the little things and you might want to have someone come clean the magnificent chandeliers/lanterns they are so striking and definitely add to the ambiance but grossed me out to see the layer of dust on them - I know it's tough to keep it clean on such a busy street but it really grossed me out also you might want to think of a different tea pot or give instructions how to pour because I made a big mess trying to pour and so did my guest love Le Papillon and hope it continues but I still felt that it wasn't as good as it could have been and your wonderful French male waiter is good but I don't know if it is just the 'french' thing but he makes me feel like he could use a hug...doesn't seem to content to be there? or perhaps bored?

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

October 12, 2017

Le Papillon on Front is one of those special places where you are never disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 9, 2017

I would have thought that, as I return every other Sunday, you would realized that I am completely satisfied with the serviced and the food. Harold Buttle

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2017

The food was outstanding. The dishes were inventive and flavourful, the ambience was very romantic, and the staff was friendly and professional. We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2017

One of my favourite laces. wish they would put profiteriles back on the menu :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2017

Great service. Emily was especially charming and tolerant of my awful French.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 5, 2017

The mussels were very tasty and so were the beef and tuna tartares. The waiter was pleasant and efficient.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2017

Amazing like usual. I have been coming to Le Papillon since 1975 when it was just a very little restaurant on Church and King.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2017

From start to finish...Service-Excellent...Food-Excellent, very tasty with great flavours which were not overwhelming. Will definitely go back. I am sure all the servers are very good. Our server was Tom, if you go, ask for his section.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2017

Great food and service Would recommend it.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 2, 2017

A favourite of mine. Friendly service, delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 2, 2017

No salmon on menu every good restaurantl has a salmon dish

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2017

We had a lovely dinner. The food was excellent and the service was even better!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 2, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, service and food--as always! Nice to see Ontario wines on the menu!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 29, 2017

Was a little disappointed in the food. I ordered a crepe which was nothing outstanding. I have made better myself at home. My friend ordered a quiche which she said was very greasy. I will not be returning.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

September 28, 2017

We were supposed to be only 6 adults. When we arrived we told the staff we would actually be 7 adults and 2 children. They immediately accommodated us without issue. Le Papillon is a big, beautiful, classy, airy restaurant with a lovely, comfortable atmosphere and the frites are incredible!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 24, 2017

Good service from the waiter and host. Food was very good, had great quality, and the Right size portion.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 25, 2017

My favorite Toronto restaurant. Food is always amazing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 22, 2017

Always a very pleasant experience for me to have lunch or dinner at the Papillon on Front!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 18, 2017

Exceptional value for the money!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2017

Always a pleasure while visiting T.O. Meals are delicious. Excellent service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2017

Our evening at Le Papillon was wonderful. Delicious food and excellent service. One really feels welcome. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2017

Food was cold

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

September 11, 2017

Food was not good at all. Neither my friend or I enjoyed it. Caesar salad leaves were cold. Crepe was not cooked well and drown in Béchamel sauce. And I normally love crepes!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

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