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Le Papillon

) #23 of 1,896 Restaurants in San Jose €€€€ French,
410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-1332
+1 408-296-3730
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“souffle” (12 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (8 reviews)
“pear salad” (7 reviews)
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French, Contemporary
410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-1332
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Reviewed 1 week ago

3.5 stars if I could for the service. But I'll settle on 4 because the food was so good. Outstanding, everything was simply outstanding -- that's what my wife said, and she was correct. Started with 3 amuse bouche, which were wonderful. Followed by terrific...More

Thank tb911
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While in San Jose, my wife and I dined at Le Papillon to celebrate our anniversary. What a find! We want to go back. The décor was beautiful and welcoming, giving the feel of elegant French country dining. Our staff was amazingly attentive, knowledgeable, gracious,...More

Thank DCBart2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful marriage of décor and food. Attention is given to every detail and the food arrives both delicious and well plated. A quiet place for conducting business or celebrating a special occasion. Harkens to the olden days when you dressed for dinner and got...More

Thank citraf
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Went there for an anniversary. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Highly recommend for anyone looking for an upsacale meal.

Thank bubba65
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This place was amazing. Expect to spend a couple hundred at least - it is worth it though. The service is amazing, very knowledgeable and happy to help. The food was exquisite and the combinations were on point. The serving sizes were just right. Overall,...More

Thank Andrew V
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We tried this restaurant for dinner and had the 5 course meal - while all dishes were really delicious (the seared foie-grois is a must) and service was really good, the ambiance was a bit of a letdown. It was raining and there is no...More

Thank R_H-Bonds
Reviewed 24 March 2017

I hadn't been to Le Papillon in years. I remember it as being very classical and stuffy. They have updated their menu and it is excellent. At $85 for a four course meal it is expensive but not for this quality food. The chef served...More

Thank RoBertie
Reviewed 15 February 2017

2nd time back and frankly we were wondering why haven't been sooner. Everything was excellent, nice romantic ambiance, delicious food, ample portions, excellent value ($85/person prix menu. Restaurant is located in a safe, but "out of place" neighborhood, but don't let that stop you, everything's...More

Thank Greg P
Reviewed 8 February 2017

I have dined at Le Papillon many times over the past few years - the food was always good but the service was always so-so. Lately, however, the service has degraded noticeably, particularly with the management. I'm now wondering if it would be better to...More

Thank pointflexter
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Celebrated a birthday at Le Papillon, best French food in San Jose. The service was friendly, quick, with plenty of staff to cover the tables. They added about 5 additional small tastings of great items in addition to the fixed price menu items. The sauces...More

Thank Dan R
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Karl L
Dear Brenda, I hope this short missive finds you in fine fettle. May I say what a rare delight it is to happen across one of your reviews. Your always incisive skewering of the restaurant industry has provided me with profligate food for thought if you'll pardon the pun. Circumspection be damned, your invective is as savage as ever. If I appear licentious, it is merely that I use your prose as a model upon which to base my own. I of course can only aspire to hit the heights that you have in literary circles. I digress. I would like to ask your opinion regarding your most recent takedown of the clearly average Papillion (despite the seemingly wild consensus that this is a five star "joint" - perhaps an avant-garde attempt at irony?) What, in your estimation, makes for an "interesting bar". The age old question I know. I couldn't agree more that the days of the tired cliché of lashing a few bottles behind the counter are clearly long gone, and I'd like your thoughts on how to freshen up the stayed traditions of yore. Best KL
18 November 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
French, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-1332
  • Public Transportation: Bus
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-296-3730
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