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69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5
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  • American Express
  • Interac
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  • 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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November 20, 2017

First tried it 40 years ago, different location, same company. My girlfriend and I first tried onion soup. 40 years later, came back with the same girlfriend on her birthday. Now my wife of 37 years. Still great onion soup. a great French influenced menu. Food was delicious. A pleasant experience. Merci, Luciano

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 20, 2017

Service was fantastic, food is always great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2017

Always great service and delicious food. That is why we keep coming back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2017

Great experience. Tom was great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 20, 2017

Le Papillon is always consistently great, whether it be the food, the service, or the atmosphere! It's an ideal spot to go when taking in the sights and sounds of the market area.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2017

The food was mediocre at best and very disappointing.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

November 18, 2017

Very good bu found it dry expensive

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 18, 2017

One of our favorites.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2017

Great choice before the theatre.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 16, 2017

always love my visits to the Papillon

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 15, 2017

LOVEEEEEEEEEE this restaurant, the food and the staff!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2017

Excellent food and service. I expected a little bit better from the decor, but it was still a wonderful dinner and I would recommend it to anyone for a special night

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2017

Always a treat. Great service and food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2017

Overall, the meal was good. However, the quiche seemed like it was warmed up in a microwave, and did not have a good crust.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

November 13, 2017

Service and food were excellent

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 9, 2017

A wonderful experience. Great food. Competent host and waitress. Really great place to go in Toronto!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 9, 2017

Outstanding 'old world' service ... Charming atmosphere and excellent food. Very welcoming and not noisy ... My sister was visiting from Halifax. She loved it. I loved it too!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 9, 2017

One of my favourite places to dine. Always good food, service and the place is so beautiful/

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 6, 2017

This was our first visit to LP in over 3 years, so we were happy to find the service and food quality were still great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2017

This was my first visit but will definitely not be my last. The closest I have found to a French bistro in TO!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 3, 2017

I regularly lunch or brunch at the Papillon on Front because I know that the service is impeccable, the waiters/tresses are warm, polite, respectful of the time we take to choose our meals. The food is reliably good!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 30, 2017

The meal was delicious and our server wonderful. This was an amazing experience. We will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 30, 2017

Four thumbs up!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 30, 2017

Our server was wonderful!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2017

Excellent food and service. We will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2017

It was our first time to Le Papillon. I have to say it was fabulous and we’ll definitely come back! Thank you for the great food and wonderful service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 28, 2017

A friend, who first dined at Le Papillon on her honeymoon 44 years ago, wanted to eat there on this short trip to Toronto. Not only did she find the same wonderful atmosphere, the food and service combined to keep this, among her top choices to eat. I had a tasty pork tend we loin, she a seafood crepe. I don't think any future trip to the city will be complete without dining at Lee Papillon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 26, 2017

Lunch was fine. Thanks

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 23, 2017

Le Papillon is always my first choice for dining out. The escargot and French onion soup are first picks. The entrees are always yummy. Service is always first class. Christos was exceptional this time-good fun and attentive. We will request him next visit. Thank you for a very enjoyable evening, delicious meal and 5star service. *****

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 18, 2017

Had to send soup back it was just warm and no glaze on asparagus Good varierty on the menu, very reasonably priced Tom was great! Very enjoyable

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

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