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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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Closed now Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

Methods of Payment:

  • amex
  • interac
  • masterCard
  • visa
  • Traveler's Cheque

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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July 22, 2018

We were referred by a friend and we enjoyed the place during summerlicious. The only inconvenience is that we were told that the cuisine closes at 21:00 and we made our reservation for 20:15, regardless we did not find any negative impact on the service or the quality of the food served. We recommend the place.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 22, 2018

It was my wife’s birthday dinner and Aleks and staff made it just wonderful. The food was super as well, but Le Papillon is one of our favorite restaurants in the city core.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2018

Noisy outside, but still well worth the Patio ...summer in the city. Service was very good , food was amazing. We will be back for sure.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2018

I love to come to Le Papillon on Front. The welcome is warm. The waiters and waitresses are always cheerful and willing to help. The food (especially the french fries for me) is tasty and good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2018

Only wish it had been outdoors

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2018

Loved this place

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2018

Loved everything about this place Can't wait to go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2018

Cute setting and great location. We came for Summerlicious. The server was attentive when she was present, however she rarely came by to check in with what we needed or to let us know if there were any delays. Appetizers and dessert were great, but the entrees were delayed with my friend's plate served cold.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

July 16, 2018

Very disappointed on the quality of the food and atmosphere Came to celebrate a milestone bday Food was terrible

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 16, 2018

Went for summerlicious menu. A couple of us ordered crepes. Food and service EXCELLENT. Would highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2018

Will definitely go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2018

The restaurant atmosphere was very pleasant and the staff was friendly and attentive. We were a bit disappointed that our “rare” tuna, while tasty, was overcooked. However, overall we enjoyed our meal here.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2018

The food was great and the service was fantastic. Our server was attentive but there was no rushing us to get through the meal. I would highly recommend and will be going back for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2018

Group of 8 for a bday celebration, food and service top notch. Server pleasant and very accommodating,

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2018

Nice place in a good location with friendly staff. We were a party of 4 and each had a different entree and no one was disappointed. Good value.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 14, 2018

Empty considering it was a Friday, yet excellent food & service in the French style brassiere located at a fantastic location.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 11, 2018

I love Le Papillon On Front. The staff is very welcoming, attentive, helpful and the food is delicious (especially the French fries). I do enjoy the friendly atmosphere with the occasional French popular songs.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2018

Our reservation for 4 turned in to 6 and a toddler. Everyone was very accommodating! Meal was hot, and our gluten and seafood allergies at the table were addressed. Summerlicious menu was excellent! This is our third time there and never been disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2018

Food was pretty soso for the simmerlicious menu.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

July 8, 2018

Went for Summerlicious. Had the caprese salad for appetizer. Three slices of tomato 🍅 was laughable.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 8, 2018

Great dinner

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2018

Awesome food! Really love their short rib and duck. Staffs are super nice too!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2018

It was truly a succulent experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 5, 2018

Very good and fast on their feet. Able to accommodate even the most unique requirements for us.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 4, 2018

Service best described as ‘surly’. Food has taken a nose dive from our previous experiences. Not likely to return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 1, 2018

Delicious food, wonderful wait staff with Dean, wonderful end to a getaway weekend in Toronto

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 30, 2018

Too noisy.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 29, 2018

Nothing the restaurant can do - wish the City would ban trucks and busses - would have been far more enjoyable on the patio i

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 24, 2018

Awesome evening. Great service, excellent meal. Would revisit.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2018

They had credit card machine programmed to % tip only, no specific $ amount allowed. Lowest % available is 15% on entire bill, including taxes. Sony Centre 15% discount only applied on food, not including alcohol or special coffees. I would call it Discreet Dishonest! Too bad...leaves a bad taste but not the food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

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