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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,

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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Ratings & Reviews - Le Papillon On Front

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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 4.5/5
  • 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, 2018

The food and ambiance was excellent, but the service was awful. Our waiter was cheerful and kind, but we waited over 40 minutes for appetizers (which was a cold tasting platter), and longer for food and dessert. The service was very slow. We will likely not be returning

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

June 13, 2018

I very muchenjoyed my dinner. I had crepes de la mer proceeded by onion soup.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 11, 2018

We regularly go to Le Papillon...great food, great service, and great atmosphere

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2018

Superb service; superb food, relaxed and appealing atmosphere. That sums up Le Papillon On Front. We love going, and bringing guests. It never disappoints.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2018

Excellent dinner as always. A delightful favourite place for us

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 11, 2018

The crepe I ordered (asparagus) had so much dry crepe around it that it was really awful. It may fill out the plate .... but really if you are going to put that much crepe around the filling make the filling with more sauce or serve it will syrup and butter. I have to say it was awful. The tourtiere was apparently very good. The lamb shank was tough although tasty by my friend's account.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

June 11, 2018

Love this fine restaurant - one of my favourites been many times ❤️

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2018

We were seated for a while before being greeted by our server...service was good otherwise....food overall was amazing except for the seafood crepes, the seafood was way over cooked....

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 8, 2018

Everything was wonderful. Delicious food, lovely service, and warm atmosphere. Would highly recommend and will be going back again soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 7, 2018

Fabulous!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 4, 2018

We ordered the beef tartar and cheese plate as appetizers. There was no fresh bread: all we got were dried baguette chips. This is very disappointing for a French restaurant to not serve bread, not to mention "good" bread! We then had the seafood crepe and my friend had the salmon crepe. Having lived in France, it is just not authentic to serve savoury ingredients in a crepe, not a buckwheat galette, though we kind of accepted their ignorance since Papillon has been doing this for years, not expecting their customers to catch on. Though what made the experience worse was that my friend had food poisoning from the salmon crepe.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

June 4, 2018

Hello, we had the most wonderful dinner experience at the restaurant. All the staff assisted me to celebrate my husbands birthday, with a complimentary drink, a little dessert with singing happy birthday, just a totally wonderful time!!! thanks so much Barbara

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 2, 2018

Good experience but the service was extremely rushed. The food was great and the owner is friendly.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

May 31, 2018

four of us had a delicious and delightful dinner ! our server was very helpful and asked if we were going to a show after dinner , once he found out we weren't he really let the pace slow down , allowing us time between courses to just sit and chat . the food itself was amazing . we started by sharing the Terrine and Pate , both were delicious . i had French Onion Soup , possibly the best i've ever had , and the Cassoulet which was also incredible ! finished off with Tarte aux Sucre (which isn't as sweet as you might think from the name) . i also tasted the Tourtierre , astounding ! i must have this next time :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 26, 2018

Amazing food and service! Can’t wait to go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 26, 2018

I thought the portions of food seemed smaller than what I had had before. Maybe it is because it is gourmet. I wished I had had a few more vegetables with my dinner. Otherwise the food was wonderful. Very tasteful. Thanks.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

May 21, 2018

It was excellent! Caesar salad was the best I've had in recent history at a restaurant in TO!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 19, 2018

Alex was our waiter on this night, and he made our meal absolutely enjoyable. My sister was visiting from out of town, and we were having a Mother's day dinner. The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was great. We've returned many times, and will continue to do so.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 14, 2018

Yummy food. Our only challenge was the noise level, at the front window. A deliberate flaw of modern restaurant design (hard industrial surfaces, no sound baffling at all). Rear section is always quieter though,

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 15, 2018

Very pleased with the food and service. We will return again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 14, 2018

We always enjoy our times spent here! The food is delicious and ample and the service is just attentive enough.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2018

Always a favourite!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2018

Had a very nice time and the service and food were great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 14, 2018

We LOVED our waiter.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 12, 2018

As usual the service was excellent. The food extremely good. We go to Papillons three or four times a year. Never disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 7, 2018

One of my favourite restaurants for the last 40 years.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 7, 2018

Dinner was excellent. Staff wonderful. Restaurant very pleasing. Cassoulet excellent .. my wife had seafood pasta special to die for .,

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 6, 2018

Fast and friendly service. Went above and beyond to make us happy with our meal. It was our anniversary and they gave us a small glass of champagne.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 6, 2018

French onion soup was fantastic, excellent cocktails!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 6, 2018

The seafood crepe was mostly sauce with few shrimps and tiny bits of scallop. The pouding chomeur was delicious.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

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