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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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Open now 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Opening Hours *Holiday 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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Ratings & Reviews - Le Papillon On Front

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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 4.7/5
  • 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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marieclaudegiroux593790
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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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December 17, 2018

Lovely lunch before I had to go to the airport and head home

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2018

Food came out luke warm. One dish came with a hair and with the side dish missing. Made the reservation weeks in advance. They sat us in the cold open front, when walking to the washroom, there was a more of an intimate cozy part in the back of the restaurant. I don't understand why they would not seat us there. The restaurant never filled.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

December 16, 2018

For my money it remains the best "treat" in the neighbourhood.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2018

Waiter was awesome and friendly will recommend to others and return ..Food was great crepes so many ways and all very yummy. Dessert was chocolate, shared and very satisfying. Espresso and coffees passed the test. Done

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 16, 2018

Server was excellent! friendly without being intrusive! Very professional! A bit noisy in the room, but it was full and it is the holiday season! So, no worries there! Everyone was happy with their choice except for the Beef Tartare! Unlike any beef tartare we have ever had! Will pass on that next time! We go regularly at Christmas and always enjoy it!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2018

Food was delicious and service was excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2018

Excellent!! Service was outstanding and food was just as good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2018

Our server was first rate. He remembered us from a previous visit which was amazing. Our food and drinks came promptly and always with a smile, he was attentive in spite of the fact the place was busy. He just seemed to be everywhere at the right time.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2018

A very nice dining experience with a well priced luncheon menu good ambiance. and table service The low level of background noise allowed for good table conversation.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 14, 2018

exceptional service from friendly and efficient staff

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2018

Nice atmosphere. Highly vaulted escargot were quite bland as well as the seafood filling in the crepe. I found the crepe itself was too browned and could not eat it.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

December 12, 2018

Lovely restaurant. Food was very good. Would definitely come back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2018

Wonderful vibrant atmosphere and great food, as always. The crepes are delicious, and the menu has enough variety to suit diners. Always a reliable place to go, whether to meet friends or to enjoy time as a couple.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 10, 2018

I was in the city for my partner's birthday and got this recommendation from my sister. It did not disappoint! The staff were all extremely friendly and the atmosphere was perfect for a relaxed but still romantic dinner. And the food was perfect! We had beef tartare, escargot, lamb, and duck. It was all so delicious and perfectly cooked. Cannot wait to be back in Toronto because we will definitely be back. Thank you for the great experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2018

The food was amazing as usual. Le Papillion doesn’t ever fail.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2018

Meal was served cold... felt rushed.... when questioned server why dinner was full price when 1 part ate while other meal was being heated up??! Was told .... “make decision “ “happy holidays “ brutal.... won’t be back .... ever

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

December 10, 2018

Finally ... restaurant that's beautiful, has great service , good food and plays nice BACKGROUND jazz. So lovely to be able to have a conversation without yelling at my date! Lol. Will definitely be back to share an afternoon appetizer and Kir Royal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2018

Absolutely fantastic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2018

We have a lovely lunch,

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 7, 2018

The service was fine but the food was not. I have made sporadic visits to Papillion for many years , but this time I found the food to be the worst ever. Four of us made exactly the same comments......Onion soup, crepe de la Mer, burger...we all made the same comment. Bland, floury texture, nothing to make the food special. Just not worth making a visit to the restaurant. The location is excellent, the decor equally so....but NOT the food. Too bad. I doubt I will try it again ! I will repeat this on Trip advisor, because the prices are such that one expects a pleasant tasty meal !

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

December 6, 2018

My favourite place to eat in downtown Toronto!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2018

We loved it. Had the most perfect table with excellent food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 3, 2018

Lovely evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 25, 2018

Very pleased with the attentive service and high quality of food at Le Papillon, a long time Toronto favourite

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 24, 2018

The servant was really rude and she rushed us so many times. The restaurant was not busy at all but we only had an hour to finish the meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

November 23, 2018

Excellent service. Great onion soup. Found the seafood crepe a bit sweet. Would definately return

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 21, 2018

The waitress was completely indifferent and our dinner came very quickly. The food was very good however. My husband and I had the boeuf bourguinnon which was excellent and our friend had the tourtiere which looked really good as well.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

November 19, 2018

Outstanding food and service. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2018

Fantastic as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2018

We will be back. Wonderful service and food was amazing! Highly recommended.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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