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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Thursday
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Saturday
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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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January 19, 2019

Great food and service. Looking forward to going back. Steak Frites was one of the best, anywhere, ever.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 19, 2019

see you again soon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 18, 2019

We had a fabulous lunch food was impeccable. Plus added bonus our waiter was polite, professional and accommodating. Highly recommend eating here.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 17, 2019

Was celebrating a birthday. The food and service were excellent. We had not been here in quite a while but would definitely go again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 17, 2019

A perfect experience in every way.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

January 14, 2019

Delicious food, excellent service and a lovely atmosphere. I went with my spouse and we took out a friend for his birthday. Everyone had a wonderful time. Loved my French Onion soup and the crepe stuffed with beef bourguignon. absolutely delicious. My spouse loved theCoq au vin.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2019

The meal was absolutely deliscious! Server was very attentive. Thank you for a wonderful evening !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 14, 2019

Wonderful experience and delicious food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

January 12, 2019

Lovely experience. Food was great, service was attentive, atmosphere was relaxing. Highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2019

Enjoyed it. I would have preferred a table where I was not looking directly into a very busy serving station. As I had reserved and there were many free tables the entire length of the time I was there, I am confused as to that decision.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 11, 2019

A very nice homey restaurant , with a dependable menu and reliable service Their accessible handicap washroom is on the same floor as the main restaurant

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

January 10, 2019

Food was not as good as in the past. Onion soup had very little cheese. Bouillabaisse was the worst I have ever had. Dessert was just package stuff. Very disappointed. I will not be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

January 7, 2019

Superb Sunday brunch! We will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

January 7, 2019

The server we had was excellent, as was the food...

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2019

One of my favourite restaurants when I’m downtown.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 1, 2019

Was great! Lovely set up with the exposed brick and wooden floors, felt very family friendly but elegant too.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 1, 2019

This is one of our favourite restaurants. The onion soup is divine. We love the gruyere cheese. I enjoyed my crepe of shrimps and scallops in a delicious cream sauce. My daughter-in-law had the apples, cheddar cheese, and bacon crepe. Everyone loved their food and there was no room for dessert.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 1, 2019

we were on our way to see a show and the staff accommodated our tight schedule. they were very friendly and attentive. food was good too.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2018

Onion soup was Delicious. Crepes a little to thick and sauce was a too rich but overall it was good Would try something different next time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

December 29, 2018

Our server was most obliging, professional and friendly. She was patient and efficient. Food was good and well presented.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2018

Love this place. Our waitress was Luke warm. Myself and the table next to us were french and she only responded in English. She spoke clearly french with the other waitress being the bar.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

December 28, 2018

There were long intervals between starters and the mains. A Caesar salad was ordered but a Salad Nicoise came instead. The onion soup, escargots and crepes were as delicious as ever; the bouillebaise not so much. We are not giving up on Le Papillon yet.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

December 28, 2018

Although it was only a few times a year, we've been dining at Le Papillon for years and always enjoyed their crepes and Quebecois dishes as well as their friendly service. I don't know what possessed me, but I wanted something different and ordered Bouillabaisse for the very first time. What a mistake that was! It was awful!! Basically it was several shrimp swimming in ketchup. Yes, it was THAT bad. Easily the worst bouillabaisse I had ever had. It should be taken out of the menu if they don't know how to make it. At least my friends who had crepes were happy, so 2 stars.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

December 24, 2018

It was a Birthday lunch for a very dear friend, an excellent spot to celebrate. It is beautiful and staff was friendly and very efficient. The food was delish. A lovely spot to celebrate, anything or everything. :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2018

Service deplorable and the restaurant not busy. It was obvious our waiter forgot about us - people at his other table got 2 courses before our first even arrived and that was after I spoke to him about it. Very over priced as well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

December 23, 2018

Seafood gratin was very fishy in flavor and did not seem fresh. Only 1 shrimp on top of chunks of not very nice fish. Alternatively pork chop was bountiful and tasty. Brownie was good . Appetizers were smaller than expected but flavorful

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2018

We had gathered for a seasonal dinner with family, and found food, service and atmosphere great. Good choices on the menu, we are definitely looking forward to a return trip.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2018

Wonderful evening out with friends. Very attentive and welcoming staff. We enjoyed everything we ordered from appetizers to mains to dessert. Generous portions. Well-prepared and served. Love this restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2018

After reading great reviews, I booked this restaurant for a special date night. My fiancé and I were very disappointed. We arrived a bit earlier than our reservation, thinking we could grab a drink at the bar, but we were told rather rudely to come back later. It was fine, lots of options in the area, but the host didn’t make any gesture to accommodate. Instead, he laughed at us. We returned, and after being seated were very happy with the lovely atmosphere. Drinks were great. Service was incredibly slow. I don’t know if it was the pace of the food coming out (we had to wait at least 20 minutes between each dish), but by the end, even to get the bill, we almost had to stand on our chairs to flag over the waitress. The food was inconsistent. We got: -The escargot (cooked perfectly) -the scallops (an odd dish, seared scallops served on a soggy rice cake, devoid of truffle oil) -coq au vin (wonderful) -pates aux fruits de mer (pasta in white wine sauce...completely flavorless. Just tasted like pasta with butter) -Chocolate Mousse (dessert was a toss up. We actually decided based on which classic French dessert was the least likely for them to screw up. We chose wrong... their mousse tasted like chocolate flavored whip cream with Stevia poured on. It was inedible. This dish we did send back and they removed from our bill). With so many other great French restaurants in this city to choose from with similar price points, but much better, more authentic cuisine, I would not recommend Le Papillon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

December 20, 2018

Everything was perfect. Our server was amazing. The food was top notch!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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