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Le Papillon

410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 296-3730
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Ranked #8 of 1,903 restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Singapore
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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
21 helpful votes 21 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
Senior Contributor
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
19 helpful votes 19 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
107 reviews 107 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Kansas City, Missouri
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

I was looking forward to dining here. I found the decor very dated.The service was excellent however the menu was disappointing. I did not find anything that seemed creative or interesting. I decided to try the deer as I come from a family of hunters and chefs. No flavor. My husband thought his meal was OK.The food was not bad... More

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Cupertino, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Some places withstand the test of time and the butterfly is not one. For the price I expect nothing but outstanding. Over priced, over rated and over done attitude.

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