5/5
Rate this business
New Looking for instant booking?
You can now reserve online!
69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
Get directions »
Closed now Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

Methods of Payment:

  • amex
  • interac
  • masterCard
  • visa
  • Traveler's Cheque

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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.”

Read the story of Le Papillon On Front

Ratings & Reviews - Le Papillon On Front

How would you rate this business?
  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 4.7/5
  • Service: 5/5
Sort by:
Language:
Davi9717
By

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
Are you the owner? Reply or Contact YP
marieclaudegiroux593790
By

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
Are you the owner? Reply or Contact YP
mccm8584
By

Can't resist the crepes. Always enjoy the staff enthusiasm.

Are you the owner? Reply or Contact YP
Restaurantica12
By

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
Are you the owner? Reply or Contact YP
August 19, 2018

Very outgoing waitress, who provided menu suggestions and chatted with us, without being intrusive. Service was quick. The food was fantastic, especially the bouillabaisse. Lovely relaxed atmosphere but nice enough for a romantic dinner for 2. Extensive menu, including a large number of crepes.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 17, 2018

The food and service were excellent but this dinner took place in the heat of the summer and the A/C was not sufficient... Good French onion soup and great Bouillabaisse! We will go back!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 16, 2018

I came to have lunch with a friend. The waiter did not try to rush us at all, recognizing that we wanted to catch up. My friend and I really appreciated this.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2018

The restaurant is very welcoming and modern with a classic atmosphere. It was quiet so was very pleasant and convivial for a relaxed lunch to say goodbye to a work colleague. The service was very good although not too many people on duty so wait was very marginally on the slow side. The food was excellent and clean plates all round - something for everyone without being too complicated or too many items to chose from.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 10, 2018

Server did not advise that maple syrup for our crepe would a $2.00 charge.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

August 5, 2018

Great food but found it a little overpriced!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2018

Hate to say, one of the worst meals I’ve had in a long time. Had steak frites, ordered medium rare, came blue. Second steak cooked correctly but quality of beef was sub par, very tough. For the money much better places to go.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

August 5, 2018

Very nice restaurant. Food is delicious and best thing you don't get small portions typical of many French restaurants. Minor problem with over cooked chicken but it was quickly attended to .

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 4, 2018

Our mains were good - not great- but good. The house said was, however, was very disappointing. This is the height of tomato season - ripe field tomatoes are readily available - and your restaurant is feet from the St. Lawrence Market, but the tomatoes in the salad were hard, barely pink, and flavorless. Le Papillon is supposed to be a fine restaurant and it it is really unacceptable that you would serve such poor facsimiles of a tomato. What made matters worse was that when we pointed the state of the tomatoes out to him he did nothing. He just offered weak apologies. Frankly, based on this, I am not inclined to return or to recommend your restaurant to others. It may seem a small thing but it is the little things that distinguish superior restaurants.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

August 4, 2018

We have been going to Le Papillon for over 40 years...that says it all.!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2018

Service was competent and friendly, but a bit slow. It looked like an understaffing problem. We liked the atmosphere, and the level and style of music was perfect - not intrusive and relaxing.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 28, 2018

My favourite place to eat. I have never had a bad experience and they take food allergies very seriously.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2018

My second visit...first was just a drink and french onion soup...was so lovely. I insisted on coming back with husband and friends....we all LOVED it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2018

I used to come here with my mom, 25 years ago. Nostalgic. Same great food, wonderful, attentive waitress who served me no fewer than 10 glasses of water without blinking,, great warm environment. We'll be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 25, 2018

Very bland French food, but since price was on the affordable side for French food, maybe my expectations were too high...

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 23, 2018

Our host and server and their team were cheerful, knowledgeable and they did not rush us. I had organized a birthday lunch for my friend and they didn’t need me to remind them of this. They had a small dessert and candle ready for us and I was thoroughly impressed by all of this. Thank you for making it easy.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2018

We were referred by a friend and we enjoyed the place during summerlicious. The only inconvenience is that we were told that the cuisine closes at 21:00 and we made our reservation for 20:15, regardless we did not find any negative impact on the service or the quality of the food served. We recommend the place.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 22, 2018

It was my wife’s birthday dinner and Aleks and staff made it just wonderful. The food was super as well, but Le Papillon is one of our favorite restaurants in the city core.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2018

Noisy outside, but still well worth the Patio ...summer in the city. Service was very good , food was amazing. We will be back for sure.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2018

I love to come to Le Papillon on Front. The welcome is warm. The waiters and waitresses are always cheerful and willing to help. The food (especially the french fries for me) is tasty and good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2018

Only wish it had been outdoors

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2018

Loved this place

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2018

Loved everything about this place Can't wait to go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2018

Cute setting and great location. We came for Summerlicious. The server was attentive when she was present, however she rarely came by to check in with what we needed or to let us know if there were any delays. Appetizers and dessert were great, but the entrees were delayed with my friend's plate served cold.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

July 16, 2018

Very disappointed on the quality of the food and atmosphere Came to celebrate a milestone bday Food was terrible

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 16, 2018

Went for summerlicious menu. A couple of us ordered crepes. Food and service EXCELLENT. Would highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2018

Will definitely go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2018

The restaurant atmosphere was very pleasant and the staff was friendly and attentive. We were a bit disappointed that our “rare” tuna, while tasty, was overcooked. However, overall we enjoyed our meal here.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2018

The food was great and the service was fantastic. Our server was attentive but there was no rushing us to get through the meal. I would highly recommend and will be going back for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2018

Group of 8 for a bday celebration, food and service top notch. Server pleasant and very accommodating,

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

Get an opinion about this business!

Think your friends might be familiar with this business? Ask your friends on Facebook to see what they think.

Appears in 11 Smart Lists

Editor’s Pick
Contact this business
Close menu
Subscribe to YP Newsletter