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

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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Tuesday
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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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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May 20, 2019

Wonderful as usual

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 20, 2019

At the age of 16 I placed Le Papillion on my "bucket list". I finally did it. From to staff (Maurice), to the FOOD, and the amazing ambience. It was a peaceful and beautiful dining experience for one.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 17, 2019

This is probably my favorite restaurant in the area. The food and service is generally outstanding, but I have to say that the steak dinner that my guest and I ordered were disappointing. The steaks were thin and therefore naturally difficult to prepare to the requested level of medium and medium rare. It appeared to be the quality of steak I would expect to buy at Metro and not a properly aged steak one would get at St Lawrence market. I hate to say it, but the steak at the Keg is much better and better value. Other than that, the Caesar's salad was excellent as usual.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

May 18, 2019

This was the perfect venue! The food selection was very good and the level of the music was perfect for conversation. Service was quick and courteous. We really appreciated being served in French and having seperate bills. A menu in French would have been extra nice but I should have mentioned it. We hope to be back next year!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 16, 2019

This restaurant continues to impress year in year out, with good service, cleanliness throughout, overall staff friendliness, thorough waiter knowledge about the food they serve, and great wine recommendations. Of course, a great menu and daily specials, and everywhere, very good food. Oh yes, and a great bartender who makes exceptional cocktails.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 14, 2019

Wonderful atmosphere with great food as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2019

I brought my mother to Le Papillon for Mother’s Day. The service, & food was great and the atmosphere was lovely!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2019

Cesar salad very good as was lamb pasta special but seafood pasta but was not fresh tasting and the sauce was too thin.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2019

Can’t wait to be back, always delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2019

Always a fabulous meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2019

Excellent food and service. Consistently enjoyable. Staff was friendly and remembered us from previous visists.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 12, 2019

French fries were just frozen bagged and burnt. Sea food crepe was microwaved and the sea food was starting to go bad.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

May 12, 2019

The young waiter from Bordeaux was charming.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 12, 2019

Have been to La Papillon many times. Each visit has been first rate.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2019

The food was incredible. The music was so enjoyable, my mother and I couldnt help but bop around the entire time. Most importantly, Emilie was truly spectacular. Kind, friendly, accommodating, genuine; she was right there the moment we needed anything without being too much. She truly made our mothers day lunch, thank you thank you Emilie!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 11, 2019

The food quality has improved significantly since I was last there, some 4 years ago.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

May 11, 2019

We had a very good dinner before going to a show. The service was great. Our server made the effort to speak to us in French, which was really nice. The food was perfect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 11, 2019

It was our first time to dine at La Papillon. I thought it was a small quaint restaurant. When I went in, I was floored when I saw the depth of the dining area and the height of the ceilings. Fabulous. The ambience is great. Good for family and friends. Having great conversation. Wine and other alcoholic beverages were also great. Food was excellent. Filling but not heavy. Lamb, chicken, duck, veal, tuna were well cooked. Tender and moist. Dessert was more than enough to cleanse the palette. I will definitely come back to Le Papillon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 11, 2019

We loved it! Definitely coming back soon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 10, 2019

We always enjoy Le Papillon on Front very much.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

May 6, 2019

Always a pleasure to dine at Le Papillon!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2019

Excellent evening. I’ve been here a number of times and the food and service never fail to impress.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2019

Was a wonderful experience for me and my four friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2019

Consistently outstanding!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2019

Very expansive room but a cozy feel! Seating is great, not crowded with next table. Service was very good and servers knowledgeable of menu and wines. Windows in the back could use a delicate curtain across the bottom pane, so your eyes are not on the lane-way outside. This will not cut out the light into the room.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2019

Love this restaurant, consistently great eating experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 29, 2019

My favourite place for a excellent meal. The minute you walk in Vovan is there to greet you Makes you feel like home

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 30, 2019

Absolutely terrific, as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 27, 2019

This is by far my favorite restaurant in the area. Food and service consistently excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 27, 2019

Our server was AMAZING ... she was a mature woman and so friendly and lovely

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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