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Papillon Restaurant

J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 348 A | The Village, Palm - Eagle Beach 00000, Aruba
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $8 - $36
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Henri Charrière, one of the world’s most famous prisoners, would surely have had the time of his life at Papillon Restaurant in The Village, across from the Radisson Resort. Nicknamed Papillon because of the butterfly tattoo on his chest, he was the first convict to escape from Devil’s Island. Charrière’s thrilling, gripping autobiography has been the concept behind Papillon Restaurant.Papillon Restaurant’s menu reflects the Frenchman’s arduous journey to freedom: classic French dishes have been dusted with daring Caribbean flair and are a culinary journey for your taste buds. The spacious outside terrace is perfect for casual fine dining or one may enjoy the air-conditioned inside dining space.
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Rochester, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was our first trip to Pappilon. We were impressed with the service, the good value and the good, inexpensive wine list. We liked the availability of a half litre. We will return on our next visit to Aruba.

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Smithtown, NY
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Great service, loved the outdoor patio, all our food was very nicely prepared and everyone was very happy with their dinners. We are New Yorkers who eat out a lot and are not easy to impress. Papillon exceeded expectations!

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n tonawanda
15 reviews 15 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We visited this fine restaurant last month, the outdoor patio is a wonderful place to eat your meal. Great food, and outstanding service. The manager on duty was hands on and very attentive.

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South Portland, Maine
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We went back to Aruba in March and went to many of our favorite restaurants. One is Papillon where they serve many great dishes. I enjoyed our Friday meal so much we went back on Sunday. Both times I had the escargot dish with melted cheese on patisserie topping followed by rack of Lamb. This lamb is from New Zealand... More

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Delray Beach, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Several in our group had to be dragged here since it is "french" food, but I think they are doing themselves a disservice by not being listed as "International" cuisine instead. All 10 in our group had amazing meals, the bartender before our meal was helpful in choosing a wine for dinner, and entertaining us while we waited for our... More

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

It was a busy Friday night when we were there, but the hostess graciously found a table for us outside. There was a bazaar going on in the plaza outside the restaurant that gave the evening a fun atmosphere. Our server, Lizzie, was bubbly, attentive, and knowledgeable. Our group had the crab cakes, shrimp salad, halibut with lobster sauce, tuna,... More

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New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Average at best, cheap imitation of a French cooking. Cardboard quality duck liver sold as foe gras. Everything else slightly better but not by much. Total waste of money and time.

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Sherbrooke, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

My wife and I just can't stop going back to this exquisite French restaurant. Interesting location, lovely decoration and atmosphere: a short visit to Paris while in Aruba! The food is perfect, especially the Foie Gras and the Sweetbreads appetizers, as well as the Sea Bass en croute main course. Very interesting wine list to accompany your great dinner, especially... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We came here twice for diner during our stay in Aruba. The food was excellent and service was great.They were accomodating as we were here with 3 kids. The location was close to the hotel. We loved it and definately be back anytime we are in Aruba.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We dinned twice at Papillon during our 7 day stay in Aruba, March of 2014. Reservations were easy to make and outdoor seating was excellent. Seabass and triple tail were well presented and delicious. Service was great and everyone was very friendly. Seating was not crowded. Only issue I could find was that patrons at a nearby table were smoking,... More

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