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Le Papillon

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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
romantic place for dining

we had great time dinning here, it is quiet and peaceful as well as romantic. we enjoyed it very much.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
San Jose, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Business meetings
  • Large groups
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English first
San Jose, California
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75 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

we had great time dinning here, it is quiet and peaceful as well as romantic. we enjoyed it very much.

Thank J G
Belvedere, California
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am very fortunate to have discovered this French restaurant in this locale. The owner, Mssr. Michael Mashayekh, is an emigre from Tehran. He opened his restaurant here in San Jose 37 years ago. His restaurant is close to deserving a single Michelin star. His carte de vin has a limited number of decent domaines including a few puillacs and... More 

Thank jamesjseltzer
San Francisco
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have enjoyed this restaurant a lot. It has first class french cuisine with big variety of entrees and deserts. The staff is extremely friendly and goes above and beyond best client's expectations. Highly recommended

Thank Michael K
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time we go to Le Papillos, it is for a family occasion. So for over more than 20 years we have never been disappointed. The food, friendly, service is excellent. I would highly recommend it to all.

Thank PapaLowe
San Jose, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic French food in very romantic, small setting with impeccable service. It was my dream romantic candlelight dinner. Reserve for a very memorable occasion. She won't EVER forget it! Sister restaurant to La Foret which is also great food but more casual and good for lunch, brunch or early creek side Sunday dinner. Both restaurants are pricey.

Thank Diegaviega
San Jose, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went there for dinner with my husband, and we both regreted. They serve dinner with corses. I did not like very much any of the dishes they served. Tasted like ordinary food. So, why is it so expensive? I can't find a reason to go back there.

Thank Christianne G
San Jose, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Felt uncomfortable with the atmosphere. Seemed too formal a setting. Other diners too close to us. We felt like we were being scrutinized by staff and other diners. I have to admit it has been quite a while since we went there and should really give it another try soon. There may have been changes since then I am curious... More 

Thank Pepo331
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I have been customers of Le Papillon for over 10 years. It is our "GO TO" place when we want fine dining. The food and service are exceptional! Le Papillon is 5 star in our world!

1 Thank Raffi N
Murphys, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Service from being greeted to leaving is exceptional. Best restaurant - ANYWHERE! Food presentation, taste and quality is unsurpassed. Especially nice for special events. We've hosted 60th birthday celebrations, 50th wedding anniversaries, or just the 2 of us for a post Thanksgiving night away or a surprise Valentine's dinner. Michael, Scotty, Garcia Garcia and staff are exceptional at making any... More 

Thank D M K
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64 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I have dined at Le Papllion twice now and both times the food was great. There was nothing surprising or mind-blowing about the food but just good quality dishes with great flavors. The parking and location of the hotel are a bit odd but it has been in this same location forever. The service is hit or miss. My first... 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, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups


Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?