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Le Papillon

Certificate of Excellence
French, Contemporary
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410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Bus
(408) 296-3730
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

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    Very good
  • 9
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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
What a pleasant surprise! Amazing place

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Kirk P
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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152 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 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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12 reviews
8 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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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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
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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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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San Jose, California
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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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
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6 reviews
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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
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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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Additional Information about Le Papillon

Address: 410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Phone Number: (408) 296-3730
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
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
Cuisine: French, Contemporary

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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, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business
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?