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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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Open now 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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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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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 19, 2019

Beautiful space, good service, very good appetizer, so-so main and unfortunately we had to send back the desert. Escargots 7 out of 10 Scallops 8 out of 10 Tuna Tartare 9 out of 10 Boeuf Bourguignon 5 out of 10 Smoked Duck Breast 6 out of 10 Mousse aux Chocolate 0 Nice place to go for a few drinks and a few appetizers.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2019

excellent food and atmosphere and service. We really enjoyed again our dinner at Le Papillon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2019

My boyfriend and I had a romantic dinner. Thanks for your service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2019

We had a great time. The service was fabulous. Can’t wait to go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2019

Always a great experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2019

As always, lovely atmosphere (music not too loud! yeah!), attentive service, and geneous portions of wonderful crepes, french toast, eggs, etc. A go-to favorite when in the neighbourhood.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2019

Service was great. But the place was too hot and the meal was pretty mediocre. Doubt that we will return back.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2019

It was our first time at this restaurant. Very nice decor, a little warm but adjusted the temperature once asked. Ask for Pascale, very attentive and pleasant. Good menu selection. I recommend the restaurant and will plan to return in the near future.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2019

Wonderful filet mignon, lovely chocolate lava cake. I had the mussels to start which were fine (4/5), and the tourtiere which was also just okay. I would definitely come back and try other dishes.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2019

Great food, great service, romantic atmosphere! Some little glitches on timing as it was a busy night... but the server apologized and gave us complimentary desert for the trouble without us needing to complain. Very thoughtful. We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2019

We had a great time and the waitress who served us was fantastic ! Food was great too, definitely we will come back !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2019

Melissa our server was exceptional- in fact as Melissa has been our server previously we knew it would b an exceptional evening... thanks Melissa

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2019

It's always a pleasure to dine there. The atmosphere is relaxing and cozy. The food is amazing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2019

What a lovely space this is and the food is consistently excellent, a very enjoyable evening.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2019

Not a big variety of food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

February 10, 2019

It was an evening of delight.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2019

Another lovely experience, to be repeated many times.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 10, 2019

Fantastic menu, superb service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2019

Immediately made us feel welcomed and comfortable. Ambiance was relaxing and other tables appeared to be enjoying themselves. Food, wine and service were on point. Looking forward to next time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2019

Lovely meal ,great service and ambience

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2019

First time in this French Restaurant and very satisfied by the food and service. Their crepes / duck / onion soup / pudding chomeur are very tasty :) Have fun with your friends !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2019

As usual food was tasty, nicely presented, and ample in serving size. Salads were terrific. My duck confit was a little overdone but I ate every scrap anyway. See you again soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2019

Great service and great food. The server even brought us fresh bread. The decor is also very pretty. I will definitely be back. Thanks, Le Papillon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2019

Pascale, our server, was great! One of our main dishes was over cooked but we ended up not being charged for it, which was very generous and much appreciated.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2019

The service was impeccable! ( considering it was Winterlicious, and the place was full) the timing of delivery of each course was right on point! Well done!!! The choice of food items was fantastic!! ( very flavourful!). The atmosphere, warm and enveloping. Thank you for a fantastic evening of dining!!! The price point was also most generous considering the above. Merci Beaucoup!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2019

Lovely evening, wonderful waitress, great food. Thanks!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and our server was hilarious. She took the time to talk to us and make our experience that much better. Our only hesitation is that we went during Winterlicious and ordered the Duck Confit dish as the entrée. It seemed many tables around us had also ordered the same dish, and perhaps the stress on the kitchen to deliver ended up in a dry duck and under seasoned potatoes (though the sauce was excellent and veggies were delicious).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2019

Loved the French onion soup. Not was not as hot as I would have liked but flavourful The house salad “the papillon” was truly disappointing. Using iceberg lettuce with 1/2 of boiled egg, 1 asparagus sliced down the middle, with a few slices of tomatoes with no taste, and a few sprinkles of mixed lettuce. Their once famous house dressing was negligible..... not at all impressed

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2019

Measly portion of 3 small shrimp hidden in a crepe. They could easily be more generous. Also, they didn’t bother turning up the heat. We were freezing. Won’t be back

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

February 2, 2019

Best restaurant In toronto. Incredible atmosphere food and service. Fabulous unusual menu.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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