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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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September 21, 2019

Best lamb shank we've ever had and that's coming from an Australian.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 18, 2019

Based on reviews we booked this restaurant for our anniversary. The service was excellent but unfortunately the food did not come up to expected standard. My crepe was like leather and the duck was tough and lukewarm. We were given a glass of bubbles for our anniversary which was a nice touch. Overall a very disappointing evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

Our server was efficient but not intrusive, friendly and helpful. The food never disappoints at Le Papillon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

Excellent service and a perfectly prepared meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2019

Excellent food, great attentive server, good prices

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2019

great evening out

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 7, 2019

Our server was amazing. We enjoyed chatting to him and he was very friendly yet professional. The wine was excellent and the half price deal was fantastic value. The food was superb, the best steak frites I have had. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2019

Really enjoyable experience, this was my 2nd time at the restaurant and I will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2019

Delicious French onion soup and Caesar salad! I live it here!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2019

We had a wonderful evening and were extremely pleased with the service and the food. We are all looking forward to our next visit.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2019

We were delighted with our reception and especially appreciated the way our guests from the UK observing their 50th wedding anniversary were honoured (as were we, this year also being our 50th). Merci et à bientôt !! Bryan & Louise

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 29, 2019

Love this place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 28, 2019

Terrific food and great waiter. A real find. It was our first time and we will definitely be back. Weather was rainy so we couldn’t sit outside -they have wonderful small tables - quaint. Onion soup is delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 26, 2019

This place is great! Absolutely fantastic! They even remembered that it’s our anniversary and gave us champagne on the house !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 26, 2019

Expected a little wine knowledge but was disapointed, for a "french resto" Waitriss did not know the sugar content or what dry meant so i asked if it was sec or brut and het teply was its fruity.. . The beef Bourgogne had some flavour but had more mishroom, green beans, beets and rice than beef. But the kicker is when i paid and thanked the waitriss she had nothing , no glad to see No thank you No enjoy your evening Not even see you again So i left only$10 tip on 200 Bad service Bad vibe Half ass food

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

August 25, 2019

One of our favourite places to eat ....great food at reasonable prices.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

Always the best!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 23, 2019

Affordable, nice selections. Loved the French Onion Soup.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2019

Always top notch. Been going here for 30 years. Never disappointed!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2019

This was our first time at this restaurant and we could not have been more pleased. The service along with the food were both outstanding. We would highly recommend this place and will return ourselves.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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