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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,
Location
69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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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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acsc4116
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Oct. 4, 2019 partner and I had dinner before the theatre. Food was very good. Service was even better. New waiter Bishoy was gracious, friendly and watching to be ready to help whenever we needed it. Suplementary servers were also very polite and always helpful. Very nice experience worth repeating whenever we are in town.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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laurenbreckon126
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The years have been kind to Le Papillon! The best onion soup in the world! Perfect crêpes! The service was so friendly. I had missed this restaurant and didn’t realize they had just moved! What a pleasant surprise to return to the flavours and textures we remeber.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Davi9717
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The restaurant was exceptional along with the hosts and servers. Food was really good. Will definitely visit you again.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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mari2509
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I have been going to the papillon for years. I have never been disappointed. Great service and friendly people.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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mccm8584
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Can't resist the crepes. Always enjoy the staff enthusiasm.

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Restaurantica12
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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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January 2, 2022

Everything was fabulous! Even bought some French Onion soup base to take home! Best soup in the city! Waiter was very attentive - great atmosphere!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2021

Always great service and the food is terrific. My friends and I have been coming here for years and we have never been disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2021

Great service and great for people with food allergies! Definitely recommend if you are in Toronto to come here

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2021

first date resos, and the entire expeirience was serene.. going back for seconds if she's down lol

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2021

Fantastic food, friendly service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2021

As always, great meal, great service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2021

We waited two years to get back to this restaurant because of Covid but went last night for our 51 st wedding anniversary. It was worth the wait! Delicious food and and we appreciated all the precautions for Covid that were taken.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2021

As always a perfect evening out.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2021

Best Martini's!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2021

Great to visit Le Papillon after many years. Fantastic service from hostess to wait staff. Great food. Can’t wait to return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2021

Cozy atmosphere, interesting menu, great food, wonderful service and reasonable prices - a great option in downtown Toronto for an enjoyable evening out.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2021

Server was almost too attentive but it wasn't a busy evening, he was very attentive and pleasant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 15, 2021

My husband and nephew both chose the steak frites and the dish was unseasoned and bland. The wrong cut of beef was used as well. They both couldn't eat it. We asked for salt and pepper, but that did nothing much to help an awful dish. Even the fries were semi-cold and didn't look made in-house. It was my sister's birthday and we usually go to the Keg where they give a complimentary dessert. Nothing complimentary at Papillon (save a candle I request) so we likely won't be returning here for any special occasion. Not the most attentive service and some bad dishes for some of our party - for some of us the dishes were fine though. Generally a disappointing experience.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

December 12, 2021

We had a fantastic dinner. Everything was amazing, our server was very knowledgable and attentive. We will definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2021

Great service. Salmon was mediocre and the crepes were ok. Steak frite was excellent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2021

I have visited this Restaurant several times over the years but I recently celebrated my birthday with my family and was not disappointed. The service and atmosphere was great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2021

We have always enjoyed Le Papillon. Food, service and location are great and it’s very reasonably priced. The salade Le Papillon is amazing. I love the old building and room between tables is ample to feel safe.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2021

Great service ! Great food !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2021

We've been going to La Papillon for years, and for my aunt's first non-pandemic birthday, we went to celebrate. Service was fantastic, but the food wasn't as good as it was in the past. The French onion soup wasn't as rich and hot. The escargot wasn't as great either. Mains were good, as were desserts.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 5, 2021

Warm welcome.Excellent service, food and ambience. Could not ask for more.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 5, 2021

Wonderful food. Attentive but non intusive service. Would recommend anytime! Put me in my food happy place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 5, 2021

Great venue! Quiet and tables spaced well apart. All covid precautions taken and excellent service and food. Didn’t feel rushed and were treated well by our server

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 4, 2021

Steaks should look grilled when they are grilled. These steaks were gray in colour. The flavor was, as always, great, but the appearance and texture hinted at being microwaved. That is most definitely not good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2021

Francesco was an excellent waiter.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2021

Excellent as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 28, 2021

Excellent service from hostess to server! Menu choices and food was wonderful.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 28, 2021

We love everything about Le Papillon. One of our favorite place to eat in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 29, 2021

Great atmosphere, delicious food, very good value. The only thing I would change is that they would not close the 2nd set of doors inside the restaurant, so every time the doors opened, cold air came rushing in. I guess if you are sitting further in that wouldn't matter. we were near the front.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 28, 2021

Only problem was we ate too much maybe senior servings could be arranged Seeing it was a fixed menu,Everyone went home happy, Our thanks The MacCarthys

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 28, 2021

The meal and service was superb, and the desserts were heavenly.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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