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Papillon Restaurant

J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 348 A | The Village, Palm - Eagle Beach 00000, Aruba
+297-586-5400
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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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English first
Indian Land, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

What a wonderful dinner at Papillion Restaurant this evening! I must say that the appetizer that I enjoyed was the most delicious Cevechie I have ever eaten! Cevechie a la Habana was filled with grouper and shrimp and just divine! For dinner I enjoyed the the Sea Bas en sol. Just wonderful! My husband enjoyed the lamb chop which he... More

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I had the Ceviche a Havana and the Lamb Chops. Both were excellent but a little over priced. Well worth a visit one time.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Great food and atmosphere, definitely the best on palm beach strip. My son loved the bathroom, it looked like an old French jail. Loved it, oh yeah and the food is great too! We will be back next year!

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Bolivia, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

we dined at Papillon while in Aruba. We had the Early Bird 3 course dinner at $29.95 per person. The food & service were excellant. I had the Filet and it was cooked to perfection and my wife had the fish and said it was delicious. The ala carte prices were not bad either. The only drawback was listening to... More

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

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
26 helpful votes 26 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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Minneapolis
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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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