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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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  • American Express
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  • Traveler's Cheque

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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January 14, 2018

tight.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 10, 2018

Le Papillon on Front is our go to restaurant when we go to the theatre. Great atmosphere, friendly, caring service and delicious food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 9, 2018

We had a lovely experience - thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 7, 2018

Food and service excellent as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2018

The three people who had steak all said it wasn’t prepared to their liking. Preferences ranged yet all were burnt on the outside. Those of us who had fish and lamb enjoyed our meals!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2018

Absolutely adored this restaurant and the service was excellent. We would come back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 1, 2018

One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto and, as always, food and service was excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2017

Service was excellent, nice and warm atmosphere. Food was decent, not amazing. Overall a very pleasant and positive experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2017

This is a favourite spot of mine when I am in Toronto. It's so handy to Union Station, but it is a lovely space and the food is always very good. The staff is always excellent, and that was no exception this time: we were given a very warm welcome, and everyone was cheerful and helpful. We enjoyed a very long lunch, and they invited us to stay on for dinner too! ;) My friend was thrilled to discover that Le Papillon is still going strong-- she'd thought that after the former location closed, that it was gone.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2017

Not worth it. There is so many better restaurants around, skip this one.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

December 29, 2017

Awesome!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 27, 2017

Your staff was really helpful. This was a family event and the staff was very obliging of the moving around. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and the service. I liked the placement of our tables. Thank you.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 26, 2017

Lovely dinner, had the seasonal fixed & while the salad was somewhat bland, the lamb & key lime pie were just wonderful!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2017

Food was delicious...especially the desserts. We’ve been here a few times, and it never disappoints.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2017

Very impressed with all aspects of the restaurant! Will return and recommend to friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2017

We had a wonderful time as always. A great restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2017

Great food and service. Could be more festively decorated.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 20, 2017

Better than ever!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2017

Food was delicious and our server was fantastic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2017

Warm and cozy setting which was perfect for a cold evening. The fixed menu made it easy for first-timers and no matter the selection the food was loaded with flavour (lamb shank, mushroom ravioli are amazing) The service was top notch. Staff were kind, attentive and almost had a sixth sense as to when we needed something. Skill. Kudos to all the hard working folks both at the front and back of the house. A return to this restaurant is definitely in the cards. Ps. The key lime pie and double chocolate were perfectly low key but taste filled cappers to the evening

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2017

I love the food, the venue and the great staff, old and new! Thanks for a lovely evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2017

Oh my Goodnes!, The food was perfect in every way! The service was uncommonly good! We both had one of he best restaurant experiences we've ever enjoyed all around and we eat out a lot.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2017

Great food and a nice atnosphere

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2017

Meal and fish overcooked. Filet was a cheap cut

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

December 16, 2017

I've been there many times and always enjoy it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2017

A lovely spot. One of my favourites.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2017

We were pleased with the meal and discount and in enough time for the Sony production.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 15, 2017

We only wanted a light meal, but the service was as friendly and attentive as if we were going much grander!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2017

Great atmosphere and service. Food was also excellent! Will definitely dine here again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2017

Our server/waiter was particularly great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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