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Le Papillon

410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 296-3730
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Ranked #6 of 1,906 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: Bus
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English first
Top Contributor
576 reviews 576 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Pro tip - no mobile device usage allowed in the dining room. Very contemporary ambiance and wonderful service. Great wine menu. Terrible beer selection (you can't be perfect I guess). I had the 4 course menu, I ordered the scallops, pea soup, venison, and soufflé. All very nice. I think the scallops was the peak of the night for me.... More

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San Jose, California, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This charming and intimate dining room lends itself well to romance and give the diner a sense of walking into a fine establishment in Provence. The sommelier chose two exquisite wines for us, one half-bottle white and one half-bottle red, to compliment the diverse meal we planned to order. The menu is prix fixe with extraordinary appetizers, mains, and desserts.... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

I am not too fan of French restaurant where it is all about presentation but little food. The food is of the right amount and amazing. I was quite surprised given the location that such a good restaurant could be there. It has been around for a long time. You can also bring your own wine so you can enjoy... More

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Mount Kisco, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is an excellent restaurant in San Jose, if you are looking for an upscale restaurant. As most French-related restaurants, significant attention is paid to service, and Le Papillon certainly comes second to none. We event got a digestif on the house to end our meal. We ordered a combination of appetizers and entrees to share, but not the tasting... More

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San Jose, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We have been to Le Papillion a number of times in the past, and it has always been exceptional. I have been remiss in not giving it the glowing review it deserves, but believe me, this restaurant is one of the finest that we have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The service is impeccable, and yet never aloof and... More

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Dinner for four was $500, which is acceptable for an outstanding restaurant. However, the food quality was inconsistent. The truffled Hamachi was excellent, as was the salsify soup. (The salsify soup was truly memorable) The poached lobster appetizer was good, but nowhere near as good as the soup. The hearts of palm salad was tough and flavorless; I did not... More

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Los Gatos, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Although the location strikes one as odd upon arrival, this restaurant is truly not to be overlooked. The food, service and ambiance once inside feels far removed from the city and is most conducive to a lovely evening. The wine list and sommelier are also not to be missed. Can't wait to return!

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New York City
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

My colleague and I were looking for a good restaurant amid the generic strip types so familiar to the Silicon Valley. Our hotel gave us a list of places nearby and under the heading "French" there was only one, Le Papillon. We arrived and found an attractive room and a gracious host as well as wait staff. The menu is... More

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you enjoy the "French experience" or have never been to a true French restaurant then you have to try "Le Papillon", close your eyes and you can hear the accordion and the French chattering. Actually I take that back as you'd lose the pleasure of the decor. I can;t think of a better restaurant in San Jose. As others... More

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Saratoga, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This is a restaurant that is definitely suited for a special dinner. The food was very good. We both chose the 4 course menu (appetizer; soup or salad; main; dessert) – and enjoyed almost every bite (not a fan of the bone marrow ravioli that came with the tenderloin (not a comment on the preparation, just my personal taste.)) The... More

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