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Le Papillon

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French, Contemporary
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410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Bus
(408) 296-3730
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Today
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely food, nice atmosphere

We have tried both the tasting menu with wine pairing which was fantastic and worth the steep price however we did not get the wine advertised as they had run out and the a la Carte menu which is ,reasonable. Both highly enjoyable and we go a couples of times a year for special events. Nice wine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Rusby1
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San Jose, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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101 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Jose, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have tried both the tasting menu with wine pairing which was fantastic and worth the steep price however we did not get the wine advertised as they had run out and the a la Carte menu which is ,reasonable. Both highly enjoyable and we go a couples of times a year for special events. Nice wine list too. If... More 

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Southern California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I thought this was supposed to be the best French restaurant in San Jose. I went with my husband for a rare date night. It was so sad and disappointing. The best things we ate were the soup and the free cracker they give you at the end. The souffle, why why why did we get it? For the price,... More 

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San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This restaurant has been the standard for a special occasion dinner out for many years. It's consistency over the years really says much for it (we've all seen the next best thing restaurant come & go). From food to service it is a lovely experience, especially for those important events and celebratory meals.

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San Jose, California, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Wow, once in a lifetime dining experience! The food was absolutely stunning and very delicious, and the wine pairings were spot on. Not a weekly destination for sure, but on a very special occasion, go here and be pampered by the super attentive staff and have a meal of a lifetime!

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Went for the holidays with my father in law and husband. The service was attentive and welcoming from the moment we stepped in the door. The meal was exquisite. The amuse bouche selections were incredible. I can't think of the last time I had a meal that was this well executed. Definitely recommend!

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Calgary, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We went there and expect to have a wonderful dinning experience, and we did. The appetizers are beautifully prepared and the entree was delicious. Service was excellent and the wine list is extensive.

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Los Gatos
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Enjoyed a truly special dinner for a birthday. We had a selection of dishes created by Chef Scott. An array of flavorful, unique, creative and beautiful dishes. Surprisingly not discussed in the same breath as Manresa, French Laundry etc. which Le Papillon certainly deserves. Perhaps the finest dinner of my life...

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san francisco, ca
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

As a gift, some good friends took us to Le Papillon to celebrate a big life event. It was a great time and we had a great time catching up with wonderful appetizers and a deliciously satisfying entree. I decided on the foie gras which was recently added back to the menu and the red deer. I forget the salad... More 

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San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My wife and I rarely eat at expensive restaurants but it was our wedding anniversary and we wanted something special. We did not get anything special in service ( very poor), quality of the dishes we ordered ( poor), ambiance ( dark and brooding), and prices ( gasp!). WE had to call th manager over to our table two times... More 

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Plattsburgh, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

First visit to Cupertino and I was lucky enough to eat at Le Papiliion! Only being in the area for a few days, I was excited to find such a gem! The reviews are spot on - amazing service, amazing food and a beautiful dining experience. From the valet service to the entree or wine selection, the staff is amazing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
  • Public Transportation: Bus
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (408) 296-3730

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?