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Le Papillon

410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 296-3730
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Ranked #6 of 1,888 restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: Bus
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80% Recommend
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English first
San Jose, California
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Dinner for four was $500, which is acceptable for an outstanding restaurant. However, the food quality was inconsistent. The truffled Hamachi was excellent, as was the salsify soup. (The salsify soup was truly memorable) The poached lobster appetizer was good, but nowhere near as good as the soup. The hearts of palm salad was tough and flavorless; I did not... More

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Los Gatos, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Although the location strikes one as odd upon arrival, this restaurant is truly not to be overlooked. The food, service and ambiance once inside feels far removed from the city and is most conducive to a lovely evening. The wine list and sommelier are also not to be missed. Can't wait to return!

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New York City
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

My colleague and I were looking for a good restaurant amid the generic strip types so familiar to the Silicon Valley. Our hotel gave us a list of places nearby and under the heading "French" there was only one, Le Papillon. We arrived and found an attractive room and a gracious host as well as wait staff. The menu is... More

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you enjoy the "French experience" or have never been to a true French restaurant then you have to try "Le Papillon", close your eyes and you can hear the accordion and the French chattering. Actually I take that back as you'd lose the pleasure of the decor. I can;t think of a better restaurant in San Jose. As others... More

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Saratoga, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This is a restaurant that is definitely suited for a special dinner. The food was very good. We both chose the 4 course menu (appetizer; soup or salad; main; dessert) – and enjoyed almost every bite (not a fan of the bone marrow ravioli that came with the tenderloin (not a comment on the preparation, just my personal taste.)) The... More

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San jose CA
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

I was looking forward to dining here. I found the decor very dated.The service was excellent however the menu was disappointing. I did not find anything that seemed creative or interesting. I decided to try the deer as I come from a family of hunters and chefs. No flavor. My husband thought his meal was OK.The food was not bad... More

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Cupertino, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Some places withstand the test of time and the butterfly is not one. For the price I expect nothing but outstanding. Over priced, over rated and over done attitude.

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Silicon Valley, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We've lived in this area for 45 years and have probably been to this restaurant only half a dozen times. It is EXPENSIVE but worth the cost for a special meal. Never disappoints us and didn't this weekend either. My wife has been there several times for lunch with friends and they were also pleased with it. We will probably... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

We have dined here many many times as it is our favorite restaurant in San Jose. Scott Cooper at our request has done a blind tasting, very creative, menu for us. We have only told him the wines we are bringing and he pairs the food to our wine. Each time we have done this it has been, MICHELIN STAR... More

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Santa Clara, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

So i haven't been to the restaurant in a couple of years. They catered our wedding at Clos La Chance vineyard in 2009. But I had the chance to go with an out of town co-worker who is a foodie and had wanted to try it. So as always, the service is terrific. Michael remembered by husband and myself and... More

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