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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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  • American Express
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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 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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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

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

Was a disappointment considering the costs. Would not go back

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

December 14, 2017

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Business or pleasure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service and superb atmosphere! Will be back again soon with friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 13, 2017

The staff was very attentive without being intrusive. They knew we were going to a concert and make sure we were served on time without making us feel rushed. Definitely a great place to eat

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2017

Omelette was great. But frittes were quite poor and a little cold. Mussels were fine but no spoons were provided. Enough bread for the mussels would have been nice rather than having to ask all the time. One of our knives was a little bent and I was given an obviously dirty fork but it was replaced when the server was informed. The madame croquet bread was a little overdone. Overall great atmosphere for brunch and generally good eggs but quality of food has declined. But we’ll still go.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

December 10, 2017

Delicious food, super service and great atmosphere (not too noisy.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2017

Our wait staff was delightful-friendly, fun, and informative and she provided fantastic service. Service was prompt-not rushed and coffee was offered throughout the meal. It wasn't too crowded at 11:00- 12:00 so we were able to hear conversation of the others at our table. Great table right in front of the window. well done!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2017

Crepes which should be their signature dish were a let down. Not one person at our table enjoyed their crepes. Other parts of the meal were good (e.g. French onion soup people really liked and non crepe mains were good).

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

December 10, 2017

Excellent dinner. Jean Paul was excellent as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2017

Quite noisy, as it was Saturday night, but service was as usual very attentive. Great caesar salad. Roasted duck breast was tasteless. Cappucino great.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2017

This was our first visit and it was amazing! The staff was warm and welcoming, the food was spectacular. It quickly has become our new favourite restaurant in Toronto. Thank you for an awesome experience, see you soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2017

The service was excellent,the food was delicious and our waiter Tom was great.Can't wait to go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2017

Overall a great experience. The table in the front next to the window was perfect for the four of us. The Pâté could come with some more bread.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 8, 2017

Wonderful as usual! Excellent food (especially the onion soup, the whole family loves it!). Excellent service with Tom! Nice relaxed atmosphere with no snobbishness.Wonderful desserts pouding Chomeur and banana royale.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2017

Not a single complaint. Food was amazing, service was amazing and it's a very comfortable setting. One of our go-to places now.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2017

It was great, and if you’re a French speaker, it’s perfect !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 5, 2017

Very nice dinner and excellent wine!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 4, 2017

Excellent in all regards as always! The service is especially good!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 3, 2017

We will be back! Yum!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 4, 2017

We enjoyed the evening very much. The service was excellent, pleasant and accommodating, very welcoming. The food was good and reasonably priced. We had a table at the window and that was perfect, We will go back many times.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 3, 2017

Been there 17 years ago, first time at new location. Even better than before! Attentive service, great food, nice ambience, reasonable price!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2017

Really nice spot, food was prepared well and the prices were not exuberant, Only negative was we were reminded we need to vacate within 2 hours of seating. Was never going to be a problem just prefer not to be reminded. Definitely check this place out.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 27, 2017

French Onion soup was not as good as i remembered. not enough "oomph" . .. a few splashes of wine or cognac or port while cooking would greatly improve it

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2017

Great ambiance, food and service. Highly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 24, 2017

Enjoyed absolutely everything from service to food!! Our waitress was very informative and I especially liked the escargot

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 22, 2017

The food is delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 20, 2017

Service was fantastic, food is always great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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