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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

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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October 13, 2018

Great as always. Our server was really fantastic.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 12, 2018

The only "real" french restaurant in TO. Ask for Marie!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2018

All was wonderful.....need to go back again! Thank you!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 28, 2018

Very nice and great service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 26, 2018

Beautiful space. Our waitress Pascale was excellent. But unfortunately food is sub-par, so I would be unlikely to return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

September 24, 2018

We had dinner with 2 friends to celebrate a birthday. The service was great and the food was amazing. It is one of our favourite restaurants in Toronto.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 21, 2018

always a pleasure to dine at Le Papillon

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 20, 2018

Every dish was perfect, the wine recommendation was spot on and the service was the best! Melissa did a wonderful job.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 21, 2018

When choosing this place for our anniversary, I considered its excellent service, good cuisine, pleasant ambience, and its perfect location for a downtown restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 21, 2018

Consistently good. After attending shows at Soulpepper, we always eat here. Food and service is very good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 21, 2018

My wife and I went out to celebrate our anniversary. We were impressed. With the look of the old building and how lively the surrounding area was. The menu selection was excellent and so was the food. The service was superb and non obtrusive but there when we needed her. We will be back. Peter

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2018

We love coming to Le Papillon on Front. The Food and service are consistently excellent, and the venue is very warm and friendly place to have great conversation.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2018

My friend Wendy and I were amazed by the amazing service, from our server Pascale, the gorgeous atmosphere, great location, and wonderful food of this restaurant! Not only was the food extremely fast to come but also very well priced. We had an excellent time and would definitely recommend it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2018

It was perfect for us

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2018

The service was impeccable! That's the first thing I would like to mention. I really liked the restaurant, the atmosphere was so cozy and relaxing. It's a great place to catch up with friends because you can actually carry on a conversation without yelling! Also great for that romantic dinner with your significant other. I ordered the French Onion soup. Flavors were spot on but the onions were still crunchy and I'm pretty sure that they are not supposed to be. Had the tourtiere as my main and I found it a little dry but was quite tasty with the mango chutney they served on the side. The market veg was corn on the cob - did not like and Kale which was very undercooked. But I will go back and try it again because my friends meals ( with the exception of the market veg) was very tasty.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2018

We absolutely adore the onion soup poutine at Papillon. What a great idea for poutine. I had the Coq au Vin and my husband had the Boeuf Bourguignon, both classic French dishes that were tasty and generous in portion. We capped off our meal with the Godiva chocolate cheesecake which was made in house - awesome choices all around!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2018

Best crème brûlée!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2018

Great all the way

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 31, 2018

This is our go to restaurant whenever I visit my kids in Toronto.. it is elegant and comfortable. The food is great and there are lots of veg options.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 30, 2018

I come to Le Papillon for most of my business meetings because the staff is very helpful and patient as my guests, sometimes, take their time to choose what they are going to eat from the menu. The decor and sometimes the music background contribute to a warm, pleasant atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 29, 2018

It was extremely hot in the restaurant but everything else was great!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 28, 2018

Went with our family of 4 on Sunday night. Food and Service were excellent. We will absolutely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2018

I took my mother to celebrate her 91st birthday. I made a note on the reservation letting them know the occassion, and a couple of requests. The entire experience was wonderful! The food, service, staff excellent. I highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 26, 2018

Menu, ambience and service were all exceptional. At $60 per person, all in, a reasonable proposition for special events.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 23, 2018

love Le Papillon on Front!!! I usually hold my lunch meetings there because I know the staff is very helpful, patient and understanding and very respectful. This time, I made a choice of Crêpe De la mer that I did not like but it is an exception. I am particularly fond of the vegetarian omelette, the salad, the quiche, the scrumptious fries and many other options in the menu!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

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 19, 2018

We just had some appetizers before a concert, but they were delicious and the service was great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 19, 2018

Our waitress made our experience 5 Stars

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 19, 2018

We've been coming to Le Papillon for decades and we're never disappointed.

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

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