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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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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,
  • 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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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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June 25, 2017

The atmosphere was lovely but the air conditioning did not seem to be working so it was warm.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

June 26, 2017

As usual great service and food. Enjoyed a perfect evening on the patio

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2017

We always enjoy Le Papillon - great ambience, great French onion soup, and great service. We recommend this restaurant highly.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 23, 2017

We had a great dinner. Food was tasty, service prompt, polite and courteous! Thank you.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 22, 2017

Incredible meal ! Lovely atmosphere . Can't wait to come back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 19, 2017

I go here often. Food is always great, service is top notch.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

June 20, 2017

They went above and beyond to make my daughter's birthday special :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 18, 2017

We very much enjoyed this dinner. Solid French bistro food and excellent service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 18, 2017

The team at Le Papillon was amazing!!!!! They accommodated our large group so well for our rehearsal dinner. Sandra was friendly and so helpful!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 12, 2017

Simply awesome food and thanks to Marie - excellent service. We look forward to going back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2017

Very nice. A lovely , casual dining experience. Not too expensive.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

June 10, 2017

Wonderful place for a nice evening together, service was impeccable and the food very good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2017

Always happy with the ambience, food and service at le Papillon... I've been a patron for many years

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 9, 2017

Very satisfied. Little bit expensive if regularly priced but with travellzoo offers very good value.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 8, 2017

Great lunch; as always, service was pleasant and attentive and food was great. For a less-busy downtown lunch, Le Papillon is a great spot.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 8, 2017

We had one small issue with our Lamb but it was dealt with immediately. The service and food was amazing once again. I look forward to another visit soon. Maybe for my 37th anniversary in August. Anita

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 9, 2017

First time at Le Papillon . We were going to a concert at ACC. The service was smooth ,on time & very friendly . Excellent food !! Prices were fair. Great location & clean staff and place. Nice to have another option to eat by ACC highly recommend it & we will certainly go back again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 6, 2017

Sandra and Gang. I can't thank-you enough for the most amazing time. The complimentary cocktails were totally unexpected and so appreciated. The food was fantastic. I am so sorry that we stayed for so long but the dining experience was so wonderful that we lost track of time. I noticed that every patron around us in the restaurant were enjoying the experience as much as we did. We also noticed familiar employees (faces) from our last visit (2016). When you have long term employees and absolutely fantastic food especially the onion soup (Can't be beat...been checking for 40 years) this says much about the owners and management. You have the perfect "recipe" that has given you the success that you deserve and have earned since you opened in the 70's. See you in August when I come home to Toronto again . My sincere thanks and will give you a glowing review on tripadvisor.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 5, 2017

Onion Soup is so good. Beef rib is so tender. Seafood with rice is so good with the sauce. Will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 4, 2017

Food was delicious and tasty. We shared scallops and a Caesar salad, then each had wonderful Filet Mignon and creme brûlée. Service was pleasant and informative and request for bill swift. All great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 31, 2017

Loved it! Will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 25, 2017

ALWAYS SO CONSISTENT..

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 18, 2017

We have the special and it was very good. The wine selection was also good! The service was outstanding as they left us alone until we were ready to place an order, then the food came quickly.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 15, 2017

The food was amazing, it was fresh and hot. Everyone enjoyed their meals, also your dessert with the sponge cake and caramel was absolutely amazing. My grandmother had a piece of mine and ordered a whole one for herself. She is not a dessert person and she loved it. Amazing experience, keep up the great work

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 15, 2017

Overall a pleasant spot, and the price is right for the selections. The escargots are consistently good, not chewy, and a great excuse for garlic butter. The bread this time wasn't refrigerator cold, so that was a welcome improvement over last time (bread should never be refrigerated). The crab benedict was a little disappointing. There was a good amount of crab, but the eggs were overcooked (hard yolks), the hollandaise sauce not lemony enough (they rarely are though), and the english muffins were too tough to cut almost. But we enjoyed ourselves.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

May 15, 2017

Everything was great from the beginning to the end :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 16, 2017

Haven't been to Papillon in a few years as we now live in the Thornbury area. Took a cousin visiting from Edmonton and she loved it, as did we. Thanks!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 14, 2017

The ONLY reason the food gets a 4 star and not 5 is the fact that the steaks were delicious, but they were grilled. I prefer pan seared. Everything else was perfect. Our party of three thoroughly enjoyed our meals and can't wait to find an excuse to go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 10, 2017

Absolutely fantastic, made us feel very welcome the food was incredible I cannot wait to go back and eat there again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 8, 2017

Soup was great my sandwich was ok my husband loved his

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

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