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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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Methods of Payment:

  • American Express
  • Interac
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Traveler's Cheque

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,
Beautiful heritage building. Warm & casual ambiance. Where Magazine voted as best French restaurant in the 5 past years.

Opening 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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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 4/5
  • Service: 5/5
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Can't resist the crepes. Always enjoy the staff enthusiasm.

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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 22, 2017

Always a very pleasant experience for me to have lunch or dinner at the Papillon on Front!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 18, 2017

Exceptional value for the money!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2017

Always a pleasure while visiting T.O. Meals are delicious. Excellent service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2017

Our evening at Le Papillon was wonderful. Delicious food and excellent service. One really feels welcome. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2017

Food was cold

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

September 11, 2017

Food was not good at all. Neither my friend or I enjoyed it. Caesar salad leaves were cold. Crepe was not cooked well and drown in Béchamel sauce. And I normally love crepes!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

September 10, 2017

Great atmosphere, good food - lots of choice, decent coffee, next door to st. Lawrence market - makes for a nice Saturday morning

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2017

Always terrific !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2017

Great quality food, great service, relaxed atmosphere, great wine, and all that at a surprisingly affordable price.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2017

What a beautiful restaurant. The food was so good. It was excellent. We were so full. Our waiter was awesome! We will be returning 100% Thank u Le Papillion

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2017

Excellent service. Our favourite dinner spot.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2017

I had a WONDERFUL time at this restaurant. The service, atmosphere and the food blew me away. I will definitely be coming back more often. The St. Lawrence Market area is filled with amazing restaurants, but I had no idea there was such a hidden gem in my neighbourhood. I can't wait to bring more friends, family and clients there!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2017

We went here for our anniversary dinner and couldn't fault it. Lovely service and superb food- we would definitely go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2017

Fabulous service and great food. I do not believe I have ever received such rapid service anywhere, the food was flavourful and correctly cooked. Highly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2017

I was hosting some American colleagues and chose your restaurant. What a good decision! The waiter was incredible. Allowed us to sample several wines before we made a decision. The scallop appetizer was tender and perfectly cooked. Bacon wrapped filet mignon was so beautifully cooked that it was like cutting into butter. A fantastic meal. Thank you very much!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2017

A pleasant, friendly place to dine. The French onion soup and pave of salmon are worth trying.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 31, 2017

Superb from reservation to dessert. The atmosphere is intimate. The food unabashedly French. The ability to have a conversation so very welcomed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 28, 2017

Great food as always and wonderful ambiance. We will definitely be back soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2017

Had a wonderful experience and the food was exceptional . We will be back again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 28, 2017

Always get great service and excellent food. Highly recommend the restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 24, 2017

Must say that every piece, morcel, cut & slice of food was delicious. Told by guest at table that the tourtiere, onion soup, tartare, linguini with smoked salmon & crab and deserts etc,etc were simply delicious!! For my meal, the tartare and steak were quite savoury..and to top it off, the sugar pie..simply WOW!! Alex, our waiter was outstanding The Durand group

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 24, 2017

Very nice and cozy atmosphere for friends to chat and catch up. The mussels was delicious with a flavourful sauce that goes great with dipping bread. Bread was warm. For dinner , I had the Beouf crepe, tasty and my friend had de le mar crepe. Also, quite nice. I would recommend to others for sure.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 21, 2017

Food was excellent t

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2017

Service was fantastic. Food was excellent. My boyfriend got the escargot and the steak frites - he was everything was delicious. I got the Caesar salad and the filet mignon - also delicious. Such a nice restaurant, perfect for a nice date night out.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2017

I was very surprised about the quality of the food. My chicken was scarily overcooked and my friend's crepe was overloaded with some kind of green vegetable when she had ordered a salmon crepe...not delicious or appetizing at all. The white house wine is awful, avoid at all costs. The service staff really tried hard and I'll commend them for that but I won't be coming back.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

August 15, 2017

The food was absolutely superb!!!! The service was outstanding. We had a great family experience. Thank-you so much. Will see you again when we visit Toronto to see family. Keep up the great work!!!! Hopefully we can get in a third visit this year. All the best to the team.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2017

Awesome, as always! Food was great and the service was great. I think our server was Marlie? Anyway, she was very pleasant, courteous and knowledgeable. My wife enjoyed our brunch tremendously. Keep up the great work!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2017

Our server Alex was wonderful and made our anniversary evening a fun and memorable time. We'all be back and look forward to another great meal. Thank You!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2017

The restaurant has a nice ambience, however, my steak frites was not seasoned at all. It was blend. The server was nice to offer to remake it but by the time he approached the table to check on us I was half way through my dish since I haven't eaten all day. I feel for the 30$ you can do a better job on a steak. I had a stomach problem later that night and I assumed it had something to do with the dinner since I barely eaten any other food all day.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2017

We've been to Le Papillon a few times. We love the atmosphere. The service was outstanding. We were a large group and the server was attentive and had no problem with providing separate bills for each couple. The food was only OK this time. We had the smoked duck breast which was a bit fatty and not nearly as delicous as the duck confit that used to be on the menu. The veggies were overcooked.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

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