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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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  • American Express
  • Interac
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • 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,
  • 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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July 23, 2017

Your summerlicious meal was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening - nice quiet table (as we had asked) and the service was spot on. Thank you.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2017

Very good experience. Great food and excellent service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2017

Wonderfully attentive service. I forget our waiter's name but he was so warm and riffed with us when we made jokes. Food was perfect, in both taste and proportions. Definitely will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2017

Great service, very friendly staff. Beautiful ambiance and delicious food!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2017

Great food. The only comment I have is the crepe in the crepe suzette was a bit tough and seemed not freshly made. Will visit Le Papillon again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 22, 2017

Service was good and fast. Atmosphere was casual. Appetizer: prosciutto asparagus was decent Main: BBQ short ribs were on the dryer side, but I guess okay for the price Desert: crepe was too thick, dry, and hard. we we were advised by the waitress that since it is made from buckweed flour this is the reason why it is not think, light and fluffy. I normally have a sweet tooth but i really did not like the taste and texture of that crepe and left it after having just one bite...

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 22, 2017

Enjoyed our dining experience. Our waiter was helpful and knowledgeable. The menu was interesting and the food very good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2017

Great place, enjoyed the dinner. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2017

Went for Summerlicious. Good was excellent, great service, A+ location. Glad you moved from Eastern.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2017

Decided to try their summerlicious menu. Was very disappointed. The meal was lacking in flavour and inspiration. The best part was my dessert, but it was not exciting either. My guests were also unimpressed. The restaurant's decor & atmosphere was very nice and our server was very polite. We will not be returning sadly based on the food. Which is a shame.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

July 20, 2017

Will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2017

My colleagues and I went for Summerlicious lunch for the first time. The atmosphere was great, very homey but decorative. The service was amazing and friendly, our courses all came quick and we didn't have to wait for our bills at all (which is rare for Summerlicious). I had the short ribs and they were very yummy. All in all it was a very pleasant dining experience. We will definitely come back. Thank you La Papillon for a great lunch !!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2017

If that stuffed chicken was called French food, than I would never go for French again. Dessert was ok. Swiss Chalet or Portuguese chicken taste much better

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

July 20, 2017

WOW, all stars for ambiance, service and food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2017

The staff is warm, welcoming, polite and very helpful. Very good food and relaxed atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2017

The two main courses were very, very dry - pork tenderloin and snapper. Bland - no taste at all. I had heard good reviews but unfortunately for us, the food was terrible. Will not be going there again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

July 17, 2017

Saturday was a beautiful day and we were lucky to get a seat on the patio. Servers were friendly but everything was very slow in coming; great not to be rushed but .....The wrong order was brought to our table twice; our main meal was set down in front of my friend and she immediately realized it wasn't her order. The same thing happened again at dessert time; waitress brought a dessert to our table that was not ours and besides, our main course dishes had not even been cleared. Our actual dessert arrived before we had finished our second glass of wine. The french onion soup that my friend had and the vegetarian crepe that I had were okay, but not what we were expecting from a French restaurant. However, the caramel sponge pudding was delicious! We will probably not return to your restaurant as both service and food was not great. I understand that it is Summerlicious, but this should be a time to showcase your food and provide service worthy of an established restaurant.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

July 17, 2017

The French Onions soups both large and small were to die for. The crepes were okay; however, nothing that we would write home about.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2017

Loved it! Great service, great food. I'll definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2017

We were there for Summerlisious . Food was great . Service was good and food came hot.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2017

The service and atmosphere was awesome. However, the food was at most mediocre. I got the La Mer crepe. The crepe filling did not taste very good (something that I could have made at home). My husband got something from the summerlicious menu and he got one of the fish dishes. The fish was very tough. It tasted like fish but the texture felt like we were biting into a chicken. The only part that I really enjoyed about the meal was the desserts. I got the banana crepe (although it was very simple, it was quite delicious). It was a good experience overall, but I probably will not go again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2017

Exceptional food and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2017

The good was delicious ! Thé service was great !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2017

My whole my team loved the place !! Great Summerlicious menu and regular menu as well !!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2017

All of it was 5 stars. The atmosphere and service and food were superb. It is always a great experience and a delight.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2017

Great service, good food and love the beer - the craft light beer. The price is very reasonable

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 15, 2017

Service was excellent, start to finish. Food was beyond belief. Great evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2017

Excellent! Great meal, Service and Atmosphere. Definitely recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2017

After going to several lacklustre Summerlicious venues this event, it was wonderful to go to a restaurant that served great food and had the service to complement it! Will definitely visit again for the next event, or even when in the area!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2017

We all enjoyed the food, service and the ambience of Le Papillon. We thank your staff for making our summerlicious lunch enjoyable. We will drop by again soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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