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Le Papillon on Front

69 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
416-367-0303
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Ranked #302 of 6,627 restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $56
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Description: Le Papillon on Front is located in the heart of Old Town Toronto. Inside of a beautiful Old Town Toronto building with exposed brick walls and high lofty ceilings sits the beautiful venue for Le Papillon on Front. It's exposed brick is complemented well by the aged hardwood floor and perfectly soft lighting. The venue suggests a lovely mix of romance, comfort, and of course, the classic French bistro atmosphere that has followed Le Papillon to all of its locations. In the warmer months Le Papillon on Front even creeps its way onto Front street, giving a beautiful view of the Flatiron building as well as the CN tower in the distance. With a closed in patio adorned with wonderfully arranged planters you experience a private feel, even while sitting on the heart of Front Street.
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English first
toronto
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Nice location. Menu is limited, service is unpredictable. Many years ago it was THE spot for crepes. Not so much now.

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Aurora, IL
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We were in Toronto for a few days visit, staying right off Front St near Union Station. We just got back from our day trip to Niagara Falls (Chariots of Fire) , rested up and ready for dinner. We decided to walk east on Front to the market. Arriving there we didn't see anything that struck us, probably since were... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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84 reviews 84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

For gladly seating us the last night of summerlicious, when the neighboring Middle Eastern place WHO TOOK RESERVATIONS next door, snubbed us a little after 9pm! 9pm!!! We had fantastic service from a young, blonde Quebecois lady, although the wine serving was a little odd to me as someone in the industry in the U.S (I am English btw). Ordered... More

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Newmarket
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I last went to this restaurant many years ago and now I realize why it has been so long. I had lunch recently with work colleagues and they chose the place. The restaurant is really nice inside and has a good patio on Front Street. It was a perfect day to be sitting outside to have lunch and watch the... More

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Sean G, General Manager at Le Papillon on Front, responded to this review

Hi there, I'm very sorry to hear about your experience here at our restaurant. My name is Sean and I am the general manager here, I will do my very best to address your concerns as what you described is not what we have come to expect from our servers and kitchen staff. I am very curious as to what... More

Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I will start by saying that Le Papillon has been one of my favorite french restaurant in Toronto. I've been there many times for dinner and never been disappointed. I recommended the restaurant to many of my French friends. However, I was there for a lunch July 12th with a friend from Québec (to who I had told so many... More

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Sean G, General Manager at Le Papillon on Front, responded to this review

Hi there, My name is Sean and I am the General Manager of Le Papillon on Front. I'm happy to hear you are a regular here, we very much value your repeated visits. I am, however, very sorry to hear about your most recent visit. I will do my very best to address all of your concerns here. First of... More

Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Visiting here once again. Always a good place for French food. We come here twice a year and the food is outstanding. But the last two experiences the service has been lacking. Management: please understand that service is part of the experience. The server only came over to our table when requested....no attempt do anything but the basics. No smile,... More

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Sean G, General Manager at Le Papillon on Front, responded to this review

Hello there, My name is Sean and I am the General Manager at Le Papillon on Front. I would first like to apologize for the lack of quality service you received during your visit here. I assure you that we do understand that service is a HUGE part of your experience here. I would fully agree that a full tip... More

Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I took my fiance out for Summerlicious. I chose Le Papillon because we had never been there and I wanted to try a new place,. On Tuesdays they offer $5 bar rail so I told the waitress I was interested in that and asked for a screwdriver. Later, she brings me my drink and states that the orange juice was... More

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Sean G, General Manager at Le Papillon on Front, responded to this review

Hi, My name is Sean and I am the general manager at Le Papillon on Front. I'm sorry for the experience you had here as it is definitely not up to par as far as what we have come to expect here. You're absolutely right about the bar rail, unfortunately screwdriver is considered a cocktail and although we were happy... More

Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Boyfriend and I went for lunch with the Summerlicious promotion, $15 per person for a three-course meal. It's a very short walk from Toronto's Union station, and upon arrival it's hard not to ignore the atmosphere. It is very well-decorated, exposed brick, warmly lit, with artwork in the art deco style. The restaurant also has a terrace, adding to the... More

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Great food, atmosphere and service. We both had 3 course meals and loved everything. The French onion soup is a great starter. Duck entre and tourtière pie were delicious. We will go back.

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I reLLY LIKE THE FRENCH ONION SOUP. I really like the French onion soup. They were generous with the pre fix dinner. We were served with salad, soup, main course and dessert. The atmosphere is pleasant. We will definitely go back in the near future.

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