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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
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
Dinner
Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 59
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    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
Most recent review
Great special occasion restaurant

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
David P
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Calgary, Canada
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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95 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Calgary, Canada
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 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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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I had a trip to San Jose last week and the dinner in Le Papillon make this trip unforgotten. We had an absolutely outstanding dining experience in a cozy, romantic and stylish atmosphere. Everything was perfect from the service to the food, in every way possible. the filet beef I had was cooked and flavored perfectly. Fine French desserts top... More 

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san jose
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Okay once your inside the doors you are transported away to 'Paris' from the Strip-mall you just left outside. Food is inventive and classic 'french' small plates. The tasting menu ($110) is nicely paced and the service is impeccable. Wine pairing with the tasting menu ($65) are spot on and a new wine per course is always fun. Most plates... More 

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Los Gatos
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is still our "go to" restaurant in Silicon Valley. Even after 37 years they are right on top of their game. The menu is creative the service not pushy the food outstanding and the wine list very complimentary to the menu with some decent buys. And don't miss the Grand Marnier soufflé - it doesn't crash down in the... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Loved this place. Really fantastic food, with alot of attention to detail and creativity in the flavor pairings. Mmmm, lobster, venison, quail, couldn't ask for a better menu. Overall impression was excellent, with an elegant decor and very polite staff. Nice selection of wines on the list as well, with some of my California favorites. A+ all around, can't wait... More 

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Seattle
Top Contributor
900 reviews 900 reviews
505 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Pro tip - no mobile device usage allowed in the dining room. Very contemporary ambiance and wonderful service. Great wine menu. Terrible beer selection (you can't be perfect I guess). I had the 4 course menu, I ordered the scallops, pea soup, venison, and soufflé. All very nice. I think the scallops was the peak of the night for me.... 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?