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

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  • $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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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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June 14, 2019

So many delicious menu choices - we will be back soon to try more. Very good prices for a special meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 14, 2019

Good service and good food at a reasonable price for downtown Toronto. Staff is engaging and very pleasant. We are customers from out of town and have frequented Le Papillon on several occasions.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 13, 2019

Great food; nice ambiance and amazing service. Will definitively come back!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 12, 2019

This is the second time we've come to Le Papillon. Emily was our sever again and she is excellent. The food was great, of course. When we come to Toronto from Ottawa, we go to Le Papillon and will continue to do so.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2019

A wonderful quiet and relaxing brunch. Great food and atmosphere. Our server was attentive but not in the way. A great visit!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 9, 2019

Very good food and great service at a decent price. We will come back and recommend to others.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 8, 2019

Excellent as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 8, 2019

The service was excellent. The food was very good. I will go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 7, 2019

Pascale is excellent. She’s professional, polite and friendly. It’s always a pleasure to be at one of her tables.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 7, 2019

Excellent as always.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 2, 2019

Food was amazing and the atmosphere and service were top notch. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 3, 2019

Loved every minute of it, until I received my entrée. The special! Halibut with bernaise sauce. It was cold-ish. Sauce had congealed. I said nothing as we were a) short of time and b) hungry. I was really torn between the fish and the steak/frites, and took a chance on the 'Special" that was anything but. Reluctant to return now. :(

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

June 1, 2019

Server was great! Food excellent as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 2, 2019

It can be difficult to get a table for 8 in Toronto (all family - this was a birthday). Le Papillon accommodated us and took great care of us. The food was fantastic. I'd highly recommend Le Papillon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 31, 2019

We had a long leisurely late lunch where service was friendly and efficient.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 31, 2019

Loved it. Great service and people, food was delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 29, 2019

My wife's steak arrived and smelling off. I tasted and it and it clearly was off. My meal was almost finished before my wife got another meal. Not the steak. Kind of through us off that we we're charged full price for the meal. My wife just ordered what I had because we had a show to see at 0800pm. Not a problem that the meal was off because those things happen. Just wouldn't bring friends because my wife was the only one that made every thing right and the restaurant did nothing but get another meal that took a while to make. That all being said our server was very attentive and all staff very pleasant. Loved the restaurant but would not go back and certainly would not take friends or recommend this restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 5/5

May 26, 2019

The seafood crepe was delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 26, 2019

The steak was excellent. The duck was dry. The service was superb.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

May 24, 2019

Favorite place to eat for 30 years.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 22, 2019

Great location, warm atmosphere, friendly service, excellent food and reasonably priced.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 21, 2019

Great location, inside of the restaurant is beautiful. It was a little after the standard brunch time when we dined here but the service took a long time throughout our entire meal. We asked for a side (hot sauce) twice and never got it. The quiche was quite good but the benedict was just marginal, would not order this again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

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

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