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Bistro Papillon

#156 of 4,624 Restaurants in Sydney
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Neighborhood:
Central Business District
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98 Clarence Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9262 2402
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food and service

What a great find. Great simple French food the did not disappoint. The service was just as good. Would recommend

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cheryl W
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great find. Great simple French food the did not disappoint. The service was just as good. Would recommend

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Thank Cheryl W
Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Most of time we visit Sydney this is a MUST. Authentic French food is so hard to find. Small, cosy, food great, escargot yummy... If you love Paris bistros this is perfect for you. Make sure you book as it is small with limited space, so French

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Thank Aurelia G
Carlton
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272 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a liitle reluctant to review Bristro Papillon because I'd like it to remain a secret!! It is a little cosy bistro in Clarence St, a little slice of Paris right in the middle of Sydney CBD. The waiters are smart,charming, helpful and savvy enough to charm even the old birds like me... they are lovely!! The food is... More 

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Thank MissKDonkey
Alice Springs
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm a French person living in Alice Springs so I don't have a lot of occasions to taste the food of my former country. Oh what a nice surprise, what a nice found. It was really nice French food and our waiter was fantastic!

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Thank PerentieAliceSprings
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Been there three times for dinner and have always been impressed with the quality and authenticity of the food. Cosy setting (just like in Paris), super friendly staff, and non-pretentious, solid good French food. Punches above its weight in terms of what you expect to find in a small restaurant.

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Thank Terence Y
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

A beautiful little French restaurant with a great selection of French cuisine..absolutely gorgeous desserts to end the meal..The staff were amazing and very friendly..great service..I would definitely come back here again..

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Thank Sweetpeaforme
Warragul, Australia
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99 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Honestly, this was like walking into your neighbourhood Bistro anywhere if France. It was magical. I had booked for the first sitting but was advised to arrive for the second instead as " you can stay as long as you like". We started with an aperitif - Ricard and a Champagne. The menu is just wonderful and we decided to... More 

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Thank Nyall G
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Back for a birthday lunch and both the service and food were excellent as usual. The atmosphere is great with a mixture of business and non business diners in an intimate space. The staff are attentive without overdoing it and I particularly note that they 'come to your level' rather than standing over the customer - nice touch and makes... More 

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Thank Neville P
Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Had dinner at this French restaurant last night. Food was superb. Very Parisienne decor. Service excellent ( very attentive wait staff but not in your face ) ..I put the serviette on the table when I went to the ladies ( rest room is downstairs and is very clean and cute ) and when I returned I found it neatly... More 

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Thank 451Sally
Singleton, Australia
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

This bistro is brilliant. Real food, great flavours and decent sized serves. Wait staff are very knowledgeable. Location is great just off York St. Had Coc au vin and tarte tatin, flavours were well balanced in both dishes.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 98 Clarence Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9262 2402

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 28
  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.