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Le Papillon

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French, Contemporary
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410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
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(408) 296-3730
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Fine dining at its best!

I used to dine here a while back when they used to serve a la carte, I always got the peppercorn steak, it was so delicious! I would finish off with a souffle, but I took my husband there recently and you can only order course meals. We had a fabulous meal, my husband was very pleased. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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San Jose, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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English first
San Francisco, California
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73 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The title is not completely correct; the foie gras was excellent. Everything else was mediocre or just plain bad. The fact that they were out of three different wines I attempted to order off the list speaks volumes. However, the death knell for their quality came in form of a Caprese salad. How is it possible to serve unripe tomatoes... More 

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San Jose, California
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I used to dine here a while back when they used to serve a la carte, I always got the peppercorn steak, it was so delicious! I would finish off with a souffle, but I took my husband there recently and you can only order course meals. We had a fabulous meal, my husband was very pleased. The ambiance is... More 

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Whippany, New Jersey
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Although this restaurant got great reviews and the menu looked nice as well, but when I tried making a reservation online, I kept getting the same message that a reservation was not available at the specified date and time requested. I then decided to check their website, which indicated that the restaurant closed it's doors on August 8, 2015. The... More 

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Loa Gatos, CA
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We went to Le Papillon for our 31st anniversary yesterday. We were very happy with food, service and decor. It immediately got "extra points" for posting a No Cell Phone sign. The decor was eloquent without being to snobby. The restaurant is not large, so there were only a few servers and staff to handle all the tables. Every one... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Had an impromptu date night last night. LOVED this place. New to the area in the last year and have been trying to sample as much as we can. This was the best restaurant we have been to!!! Terrific service, outstanding prix fixe menu, expansive and reasonably priced wine list. This is a go to date night, anniversary, birthday restaurant.... More 

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San Francisco
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166 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

A happy coincidence... By pure luck we walked into Le Papillion- thinking we were at another restaurant. The maître d advised us they were booked – but if we could conclude our meal in two hours – he could accommodate us. We were seated and simply dazzled by the menu. (Very: Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore.) The 3-course... More 

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San Jose, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Tre chic! Be ready to be amazed and fork out out a bit of moola! This place is a little gem on a busy street. Once inside, you forget the surrounding area. Make reservations ahead of time because this restaurant guaranteed fresh and to amaze you! Please be sure to tell the them if you have any food allergy, restrictions... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A few weeks ago, we celebrated my birthday at Le Papillon. The food and service were excellent. So we decided to take my son & daughter in law for their Anniversary. And again, the food and service were terrific. Two outstanding appetizers are the scallops and hamachi. The two best entrees are the duck and salmon. The grand marnier souffle... More 

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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

To start, the food here is amazing. I had the pan roasted beef tenderloin with maitake mushrooms, potato gratin and bone marrow and it was excellent. What was really amazing, however, was the service. Apparently there was a delay in getting menus to my husband and me when we sat down (we didn't notice). To make up for this, the... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We truly enjoyed our dinner at Le Papillion prior to attending the Bette Midler concert. The staff knew we needed to leave at a certain time and they made sure our food was out in a timely fashion, yet not rushed. Staff also went above and beyond to meet our needs. We asked for a Pimms cup before dinner and... 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: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?