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Papillon Restaurant

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J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 348 A | The Village, Palm - Eagle Beach 00000, Aruba
+297-586-5400
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Henri Charrière, one of the world’s most famous prisoners, would surely...
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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  • 423
    Excellent
  • 185
    Very good
  • 69
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Ask for table inside. People are allowed to smoke outside and the island is windy and can blow smoke all over!

Excellent food and ambiance. We went in without reservations and were able to sit right away. The fish selections were excellent. The only problem is that our table was too close to the outdoor sitting area and people are allowed to smoke! Ask for a table inside where people are not allowed to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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River Edge, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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River Edge, New Jersey
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent food and ambiance. We went in without reservations and were able to sit right away. The fish selections were excellent. The only problem is that our table was too close to the outdoor sitting area and people are allowed to smoke! Ask for a table inside where people are not allowed to smoke.

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HIGH FALLS
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The location is great just at the start if staying at the Phoenix Divi to shops restaurants and bars. We ate outside which was wonderful. The food was amazing we had grouper and Mahi Mahi. Would definitely go back and get the same dishes if there were on the menu. The service was great. Very friendly and welcoming.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Our meal at Papillon was so good, we ate there twice. I would encourage everyone to try this restaurant, you will not be disappointed! The location is great, the food is excellent and we can't say enough about the service. Be prepared to enjoy your dining experience!

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Media, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Amazing food. This was a return visit for us. Our third meal here and we will be back. The food was awesome.

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New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Very good meal. We were torn on where to eat that night and was able to walk right up without an reservation. Food was very good although I thought it was a little on the pricey side.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Slow service. We waited way too long for our food and then it arrived cold. They ran out of the special they had listed on their blackboard display. To sum it up... had to order second choice, long wait for food, it arrived cold, and small portion. Expensive. Will not return.

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Noord, Aruba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We weren't sure how our 2 children would like French food, but were pleasantly surprised. Both kids LOVED their meals, and 1 is quite picky. The grouper was AMAZING! And the service was SPECTACULAR! We sat outside at one of their tables so we could people watch too, but we were too engrossed on our food.

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Georgetown, Guyana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised by our meal at Papillon. We weren't sure what to expect given that it was right on the main tourist strip. My husband had tuna which was fresh and well prepared, I had French onion soup and the escargots. They had a diverse and well priced wine menu, and the service was excellent. Highly recommended.

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Elkridge
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This place was amazing! We sat inside in one of the few indoor tables. We had the quiche appetizer and it was served with a bit of salad that was very appropriate. The filet mignon was excellent and done with a wine reduction truffle sauce. Even the house red wine was a treat! Finally, make sure to use the restroom.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We are honeymooners and we're sick if the all inclusive meals at our Hotel. We were recommended by Trip Advisor and the Front desk to Papillion Only a 5 min walk from most Palm Beach hotels, this is a French restaurant owned by a Belgian. Sofie, our server recommended Dutch Mussels, but the menu, food and service are Fantastic The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 348 A | The Village, Palm - Eagle Beach 00000, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  Palm - Eagle Beach
  • Phone Number: +297-586-5400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 36
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?