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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
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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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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acsc4116
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Oct. 4, 2019 partner and I had dinner before the theatre. Food was very good. Service was even better. New waiter Bishoy was gracious, friendly and watching to be ready to help whenever we needed it. Suplementary servers were also very polite and always helpful. Very nice experience worth repeating whenever we are in town.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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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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February 16, 2020

The service and food were excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

Lovely place. Great for a date night. The food is delicious and the service is always attentive. My wife and I have been coming here frequently over the past year.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2020

I like this restaurant very much. The service is great and so is the food. We partook of "Winterlicious" and the value was good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2020

Our waiter was great and service was best part of night, was Sat near the front door, looked nicer in the back. We went for the last night of winterlicous and the food was just okay, nothing special, wouldn't go back.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2020

We always come back and especially loved the Winterlicious menu this year. Beautiful space and always knowledgeable and professional Service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2020

Everyone enjoyed your restaurant. We’ll be back. In fact, it’s our new fav place to connect! Thanks so much.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2020

Excellent food, good service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

February 10, 2020

We loved the entire experience. It was so nice to go to a restaurant at which you can talk at a normal level even at the height of dinner service. Our server, Francesco, was attentive and efficient without smothering us; he allowed the meal to progress at a very enjoyable pace. Food was excellent - all of us enjoyed our (very diverse) meals. Considering we were there during Winterlicious, we were impressed with how smoothly everything went. Will definitely visit again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2020

Fantastic "Winterlicious" meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2020

Our French waiter was delightful, food wonderful.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 6, 2020

Our server was excellent, very friendly and accommodating. We would go back again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 6, 2020

Came for Winterlicious. Server was fine, but didn't have any opinion on the mains when my friend asked for recommendations. Duck confit was delicious - I really liked the sauce, but the duck was surprisingly chewy in parts. My friend found her pork chop to be dry and didn't finish it. Pouding chomeur was steaming hot and soft and very yummy, although it came with just a bit of whipped cream and not vanilla ice cream as described. The ambience is lovely though, and not too loud.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 5, 2020

Great spot.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2020

We came for WInterlicious 2020 because your kitchen is so particular about food safety. One of our party had food allergies and always feels safe eating here. The food was great and service very attentive.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2020

Calamari appetizer was too stringy, sea bass was very nice but also very small piece of fish. Dessert of pouding Chomeur was delicious but missing the ice cream advertised on the winterlicious online menu. But overall a lovely place for dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 31, 2020

We both had French Onion soup and commented on the fact that it was not as hot as we thought it should be. The top with the melted cheese was great but the actual soup underneath was not as hot as it should be - in my opinion. This is only a very minor comment . We loved Le Papillon and have been there several times before. Will definitely come again. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 29, 2020

Will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 29, 2020

Our waiter Shawn was delightful and attentive. The French onion soup was the star as always but the rest of the meal was delicious too. My favorite downtown Toronto restaurant. Thank you for another amazing experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2020

It is wonderful to experience excellent quality on a consistent basis. The waiter even remembered my drink from the last time. Great experience all the way around!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 26, 2020

Always look forward to a meal at Le Papillon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2020

Thanks for the great table, great service and fabulous crepes. Lovely family experience :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2020

Both the ambiance and the service was excellent. The food was good, but not great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

January 24, 2020

Excellent choice for a lunch with friends. Food and service were excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 22, 2020

Delicious French food Crepe was excellent And our waiter was lovely and attentive

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 21, 2020

Very relaxing and pleasant night out. Service and food is always excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 21, 2020

Wonderful as always, my girlfriend's absolute favourite place

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 19, 2020

We have dined at this restaurants many times throughout the years. Service was good, but compared to previous meals, the French onion soup, beef tartare, lamb shank and salmon not up to past standards.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

January 20, 2020

Always our Place to Go when we come Downtown

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

January 14, 2020

Very satisfied with everything!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2020

The service was wonderful and the atmosphere in the restaurant is homey and welcoming. A delicious bistro to spend brunch with family. The only complaint at our table was regarding the size of the lettuce in a Cesar salad which could have been smaller (but then she’s picky)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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