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

Methods of Payment:

  • 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 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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February 17, 2018

We were down for a nice quiet dinner and enjoyed every minute of it. I did however think the smoked duck tasted a bit too much like ham.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2018

Delicious beef bourgogne. ..great waiter Tom...lovely decor!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 15, 2018

Everything was outstanding. Food was delicious, service was exceptional. We will definitely come back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2018

OUr waitress was great. We had such a fun experience with her. It felt like we were the only guests in the restaurant

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2018

We came hoping as always to enjoy our meals. Must say the specials were disappointing, pasta was overcooked and it was hard to tell what my wife was eating. Trout was better but could have used more flavour. Service as always is great. We will be back however.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2018

Had a most wonderful time and dinner! Tom, our server was superb. We had a lovely table to celebrate my daughter's birthday. The food was simply delicious! The ceasar salad was outstanding, the escargots were delicious, the scallops done to perfection, and one of the specials...crab and salmon pasta in a roasted red pepper wine sauce outstanding! Can't wait to return! Had the perfect evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2018

went for Winterlicious, food was cold, staff & atmosphere was great will most likely not return

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

February 11, 2018

Bread inedible, food mediocre. Service pleasant,

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

February 11, 2018

Always a great experience with atmosphere, service and food. I was slightly disappointed with the escargots but on the whole we loved the food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2018

Excellent service and very good food. Having lived in Paris it was such a pleasure to have the genuine bistro experience right here in Toronto. We already are looking forward to our next visit.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2018

The chef modified the meal for 3 of us... No cream. The scallops and shrimps were fabulous. Great serbice from our waitress ad usual. Tjc

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2018

Good atmosphere and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2018

Loved the food! The restaurant is a great place for date night, nice and cozy and not too loud in there. Nice rustic look

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2018

Appreciated the quiet table. Second time I've been to Papillon in recent years. Good to see the standards are kept high.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2018

Yes, it looks a bit fake to give all 5 stars but I really can't find anything wrong with my last visit. I just enjoyed being there. The waitress was really fun to deal with. Bon travail les papillons :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2018

We all enjoyed our meals and the service was lovely.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2018

Had a most enjoyable evening....ambience was very pleasing, food was terrific and the service Maria gave us was second to none! I would highly recommend Le Papillon for any occasion.....friends, business, family or couple!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2018

Have been coming for 30 years

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2018

excellent meal....beef tartar was amazing

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 7, 2018

Great food and service. Nice ambience

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2018

Looking at a good French food lunch but was disappointed. Food is only so so. Doesn't seem to be French food to me.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

February 5, 2018

Expected a better meal for the winterliscious menu.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

February 5, 2018

We have become repeat customers of Le Papillon and we drive in from Oshawa. So love the food, love the service and atmosphere is great. We will come again for sure. We've brought company from abroad there and got rave reviews.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2018

Although the very busy evening the service was excellent.We all had wonderful time. As always the food was perfect. One of my favorite place in town to have memorable time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2018

The service was great but the food was below our expectation. We have been patrons several times in the past but felt the food has deteriorated.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2018

My husband and I went for a winterlicious dinner there. I had to call in to move the reservation and the hostess on the phone was so friendly! So kind, it was great. Even if she didnt have space to move the time, it was still great to have such sweet service...already! Dinner was nice, well flavoured and dessert was delicious. We had the salad, ravioli and the Coq au vin and ended with the pecan pie! All so good. No complaints. Our server was attentive and kind/pleasant! Definitely want to come back to try the crepes!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2018

thoroughly enjoyed our meal, with friendly staff and great atmosphere

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2018

The servers were wonderful. The atmosphere urban chic. The portions a little smaller than expected for the mains. Would still go back but get referrals from waitstaff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2018

Enjoyed our evening. Met with friends we hadn't seen in a long time. Nice not to feel rushed.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2018

We tried the Winterlicious menu and found the food quite inferior to our past experiences with the main menu.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

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