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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 2014
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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New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We ate at Papillon twice during our stay in Aruba and really loved all about it. It is located on a nice little market square, bustling with little stands and people roaming around, nice for people watching too! Our waitresses, Marritt and Miriam were super friendly and very helpful in guiding us through the menu, helping to make the perfect... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This place is fine, but not on our list of favorite restuarants in Aruba. Good service, but average food.

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Bethel, Connecticut
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

we do not usually dine in the area by the high rise hotels but we were tired from a long flight in and decided to try something close. I found the portions to be small. I always prefer to stay away from the restaurants within walking distance for this exact reason...tourist trap. Forget the seafood dish I had that is... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Papillion was recommended to us by several people who told us they enjoyed it while we were in Aruba in early July. It was celebrating its 5th anniversary, but this was the first we had heard of it despite being in Aruba every year. We were excited because we enjoy French cuisine. According to the menu, there seems to be... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had a fantastic family meal at Papillon. We chose the "early bird" special and chose between fish and beef with an appetizer, desert, and a glass of Sangria. The food was excellent and the presentation was exceptional. The waiters were very helpful and thorough. They did a wonderful job of making sure we had food, our dining area was... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The food is great and a reasonable value. The waiter was a bit wacky... asked the same question two and three times, forgot some things, at one point dropped a tray of glasses. Still love the restaurant.

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Irvine, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We've eaten at this restaurant many times and enjoyed the elegant menu. We always ask for Miriam who is a wonderful waitress. One limited seasonal specialty is White Asparagus and can be eaten by stem or in a wonderful soup. They have a great escargot appetizer served in a ramekin covered with delicious puff pastry. The serving is very generous... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My favourite restaurant on Aruba. Perfect food, nice ambiance. Sometimes, if dining late, the unfortunate location between the "party places" is more disturbing than earlier in the evening - but this is a place you must visit when coming to this lovely island. The service and the staff would benefit by making it more personal - when busy, you get... More

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Sanford, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I went to Aruba with a friend and we stopped here for dinner one night. Incredibly, there was no wait which immediately made us worry because it is located in a busy tourist area near many hotels. But the food was excellent, fresh and beautifully presented. Service was wonderful, our wine was very good, and we are able to sit... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had a nice dinner here.I had the Aji Shrimp and my husband had a steak both were great. This was a very nice romantic restaurant that we both enjoyed. The food and service were good.

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