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Le Papillon on Front

#146 of 6,801 Restaurants in Toronto
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69 Front St E, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1B5, Canada
+1 416-367-0303
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a terrific place. The ambiance was quiet and low lit. The staff were super inviting right from the front door. We had amazing french food from soups to dinner -- we were way too full for desserts but they looked awesome! Highly recommend! Délicieux et hospitalier! A little pricey but so so worth it!

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Thank G2inParadise
Glasgow, Scotland
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115 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I found this restaurant by accident after arriving in Toronto and looking for somewhere to eat and we're so glad we did. It has a very welcoming décor and the staff were all so nice. Food was great - both of us started off with the French onion soup - delicious! I then had a seafood medley... More 

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Thank elmac40
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28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my school as a field trip. We heard negative reviews so we werent expecting much, but it turned out to be great! The waitstaff all speak French so it's a cool atmosphere. Food came fast and was delicious. Overall 5/5

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Charming medium sized French restaurant. The menu is a little small but has all the standards you would expect with some Quebecois items for flair. The food is very good and well priced for upscale food in this area.

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Thank Arthur H
Cobourg, Canada
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been there several times. First time we took friends with a Travelzoo voucher. What a great meal, we had their filet. Last week we went there again try the escargot and I had mussels. Delicious. We both had the filet then who can resist crème brulet. The prices are very reasonable, the servers extremely personable. This is a... More 

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70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After walking downtown we decided to go to the Le Papillon on Front Street. It has A good history and seemed a good bet for a meal of French cuisine which we quite enjoy. We're taken back to a pleasant table and were greeted by a solicitous and helpful waitress. Had the food lived up to the server this would... More 

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Sean G, General Manager at Le Papillon on Front, responded to this review

Hi there, First I would like to apologize for your visit with us. What you described is not at all what we have come to expect from ourselves here. We work very hard to ensure every guest is satisfied with their meal, service, and overall experience with us. I can assure you that your one experience is not indicative of... More 

Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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123 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very strategically located restaurant near St. Lawrence Market. The food, service and ambience is great ambience. We ordered food on chefs recommendation and found it very appropriate. The price and quality matched very well.

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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went on Saturday, March 18th after eating here on January 7th (reviewed) which was not a great dining experience. Had the onion soup again which was excellent. I also had the meat special which was prime rib, which turned out to be a generous portion which was very tasty. My wife had the pasta special which she enjoyed but felt... More 

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Thank Magoo1360
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Food came lukewarm. Crepes were mushy and bechamel tasted like it was made from a pre mix. Baguette was awful. Steak Tartar sauce tasted like a bottle salad dressing. Onion soup average.

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Thank chacunsongout
Sean G, General Manager at Le Papillon on Front, responded to this review

Hi there, I'm sorry to hear about your experience here. I have spoken to my kitchen about this issue already. Did you inform your server of your displeasure with the dishes? We are always happy to replace or remake any dish that isn't hot enough or to your liking. Otherwise, I can assure you nothing we serve comes from a... More 

Toronto, Canada
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I have been to this restaurant numerous times over the years, but it had been a decade or so. My wife was away, my boys wanted to go out, we decided French, and I thought "I wonder if le papillon is still around?" To my delight, yes! We got a last minute reservation on a Saturday night.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$45
Cuisine
American, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 69 Front St E, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1B5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-367-0303
Description
Le Papillon on Front is located in the heart of Old Town Toronto. Inside of a beautiful Old Town Toronto building with exposed brick walls and high lofty ceilings sits the beautiful venue for Le Papillon on Front. It's exposed brick is complemented well by the aged hardwood floor and perfectly soft lighting. The venue suggests a lovely mix of romance, comfort, and of course, the classic French bistro atmosphere that has followed Le Papillon to all of its locations. In the warmer months Le Papillon on Front even creeps its way onto Front street, giving a beautiful view of the Flatiron building as well as the CN tower in the distance. With a closed in patio adorned with wonderfully arranged planters you experience a private feel, even while sitting on the heart of Front Street.

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