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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,
Location
69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

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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laurenbreckon126
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The years have been kind to Le Papillon! The best onion soup in the world! Perfect crêpes! The service was so friendly. I had missed this restaurant and didn’t realize they had just moved! What a pleasant surprise to return to the flavours and textures we remeber.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
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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August 16, 2019

Mussels and onion soup were delicious!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 12, 2019

Our onion soup was perfect, comme d'habitude. My wife’s Papillon salad was as expected but my Pappardelle was chewy and was sitting in an awful greasy over-rich sauce. Will go back again and again but will know better than to order that particular pasta dish again (even though the fruits de mer in it were delightful).

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 10, 2019

Everyone loved their steaks and escargot. I enjoyed my very large and fresh salad. The beef tartare was a nice onion version. It is not my favourite style but was enjoyable.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 9, 2019

Always great food and a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 7, 2019

I usually go to Le Papillon on Front. It is my favourite place to take my business associates. The atmosphere, the service, "the no-pressure you can stay as long as you want" attitude were delightful and well appreciated. As far as I am concerned I was disappointed with the quiche I ordered: it was too thick and cheesy. The French fries are not the shoestring I happened to really love at this place. Even the chômeur pudding was a bit hard on that day.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2019

The hostess made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. There was no pressure to order and leave. The atmosphere is very friendly. The food is great especially the "pudding chômeur" (my favourite). I was slightly disappointed with the French fries that are usually shoestring. This time they were a bit thicker.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2019

My friend and I eat lunch at Le Papillon about once a month and apart from a nasty experience last year with the mussels, we always enjoy ourselves. Usually Pascale is our server but yesterday we had someone else. She was just fine. Orders were correct and brought at a good pace and she was always pleasant and polite.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2019

Food was not warm enough at first , after complaining , it was taken back and changed , but no compensation was offered

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

It was lovely and the seafood was delicious! The only issue was that the mains arrived too close to the appetizers. Extremely reasonable bill given the quality.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

We had an excellent meal here with one grandchild and one son. The service was excellent and we really enjoyed our visit. Our waitress was helpful and attentive. The noise level in the restaurant was low. We will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2019

Nice restaurant with pleasant atmosphere. Excellent food and wine selection.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 28, 2019

Lovely table, noisy group beside us. With the four meals served, one was excellent, two were OK and one was terrible but the server was very good and friendly.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

July 26, 2019

What a beautiful spot you have. It is larger inside than I thought. We came with an infant and the service was simply superb. We never felt rushed, but never had to wait. Lovely, helpful server with a beautiful smile. Our meals were VERY good. I will be coming back to this wonderful restaurant. Thank you. Nancy Gale

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2019

Quentin was the best waiter I've had in a while. I went for Summerlicious - which I go to at least 4 venues every summer. This was an awesome experience. The host who greeted me was also a very friendly person who made me feel welcomed.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2019

We were there for Summerlicious and the food was fantastic, as well as the service. Our water never went empty, and we were able to sit and chat and catch up after we were finished our meal for a couple of hours without being asked to move on to make room for a new table. We were also given ample time to review the menu and make our decisions, never rushed at all. Overall a lovely experience and we'll be back. The food was flavourful and cooked to our requests. And reasonably priced.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2019

Service was amazing !! Our waitress was great, attentive and friendly!! Food was amazing !! All this made for an awesome birthday dinner !! Thank you :)

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2019

The service was great!! The food was mediocre

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2019

Great and friendly service right from the greeting at the front door to our servive at the table.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2019

Came for summerlicious , really enjoyed our meal and will definitely be back ! We had a lovely table in the window !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2019

Everything was terrific, thank you w bassel

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2019

Have been going to Le Pappillon for special occasions and date nights. Never failed to be impressed by the quality of food and quality. The staff is simply amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2019

Excellent service. Food was good but not exceptional. Small portions and average flavour.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2019

Loved the vibe at Le Papillon. The food was excellent and so was the service. Our server Quentin was wonderful. We were so impressed that we have already made another reservation for dinner in a few weeks.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2019

A favourite place for crepes!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2019

Wonderful meal in great surroundings with exceptional service! 5 star for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2019

A very pleasant evening. Thank you.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

Our server was extremely attentive and friendly. We enjoyed the dinner immensely.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2019

The portions were very small related to the price charged. I got about a 3" square piece of trout for $26

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 10, 2019

Friendly and excellent service superb food. Staff was very friendly and food was absolutely fantastic will definitely recommend. Thanks so much for such a delicious lunch

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2019

I never come back due to the bad service.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

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