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Tue, 5/11
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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A note from Papillon Restaurant
Updated 07/01/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Henri Charrière, one of the world’s most famous prisoners, would surely have had the time of his life at Papillon Restaurant in The Village, across from the Radisson Resort. Nicknamed Papillon because of the butterfly tattoo on his chest, he was the first convict to escape from Devil’s Island. Charrière’s thrilling, gripping autobiography has been the concept behind Papillon Restaurant.Papillon Restaurant’s menu reflects the Frenchman’s arduous journey to freedom: classic French dishes have been dusted with daring Caribbean flair and are a culinary journey for your taste buds. The spacious outside terrace is perfect for casual fine dining or one may enjoy the air-conditioned inside dining space
$8 - $36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
French, Seafood, European
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We’ve been coming to Aruba sine 2010 and the restaurant highlight has always been Papillon. Exquisite food, wonderful vibe and outstanding service every time. On our most recent visit, we had Kay as our server; he went above and beyond to make sure we had...a great evening. We had such I great time that I downloaded this app just to write my first ever review! If you ever find yourself in Aruba looking for a world-class meal, head to the high-rise section of the island and visit Papillon. You won’t be disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed yesterday

We’ve had the pleasure of dining here a few times and it’s always our best meal of the week. They have great specials and a great wine selection. The service is always on point and our favorite server Kay always makes sure we leave satisfied....Make sure you make a reservation for your next visit to ArubaMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Kay was our server he was attentive and knowledgeable, the food was incredible we had the filet and the grouper and shrimp entree. Even the garlic bread was delish! Highly recommend

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

5 out of 5 Kay was very attentive to our table . Tuna starter was delicious. Overall great vibe, experience and food !!!!!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Where to even start… this restaurant was incredible!!!! This is my fourth trip to Aruba and i wish I found this place sooner….A taste of beautiful french cuisine in Aruba with the kindest staff. The ambiance alone was so perfect, and the restaurant is located...in in the very heart of everything on the island with everything close by including the beach and all hotels. Our waiter Kay was so cheerful and kind and suggested such a delicious drink that reminded me of NYC, the Gintini…. Do try this cocktail paired with your meal!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

Kay was our waiter, and everything was perfect! Great service, great meal! You will not be disappointed! Tried several foods we had never had before and all delicious.! Service was superior!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an amazing meal at the Papillon. My wife loved her steak, the grouper was flavorable and the quiche was heavenly. Our waiter Kay was really attentive, coming by to check on us frequently. Additionally Kay was very accomodating able to find alternatives for...my pregnant wife dietary needs. All in all, Papillon is a 5 star restaurant with 5 star service.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Papillon A, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Artmeca, thank you for this awesome review. Whatever dietary needs you might have, the chef will find a solution for you. Our team is trained in recognizing different ingredients and listening carefully to the wishes of our guests. We look forward to welcoming you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely loved this place - the ambiance is relaxing and peaceful, and the service was amazing. Our waiter, Kay, was so helpful and even brought me vegan bread since I’m vegan! The cauliflower bolognese was hard to describe with words - just order it and...see for yourself!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Papillon A, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Adding a completely vegan list to our menu was a decision we took gladly. To find the full vegan menu, visit our web page and, when you are at it, make a reservation right away;) ;) ;)

Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here as it was very central to fun nightlife and was pleasantly surprised by live music, delicious food and atmosphere. What made it even more special was our waiter Kay. He was so nice, helpful, and very attentive. He made the experience so...special on our last night of the trip. Highly recommend! You won’t regret it.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Papillon A, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your recommendation and for mentioning Kay! Our complete team is made up of people like Kay, all with their own charm and attentiveness. We are a service-minded restaurant with homemade -with-love food and passionate wine connoisseurs. We look forward to serving you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is incredible! We all had delicious entrees and our waiter Kay was absolutely wonderful. He was super accommodating to our vegan friends and made sure everyone was taken care of. Highly recommended!!

Date of visit: May 2021
Papillon A, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We get butterflies in our stomach just reading your review! Thank you!

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David T
March 21, 2018|
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Response from Eileen S | Reviewed this property |
No dress code, very casual - we go to Aruba every year and everyone dresses casual - capris for women, and nice shorts / shirts for men is the common attire at most restaurants. Enjoy
Ronald C
February 9, 2018|
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Response from Tina v | Property representative |
Hi Damian, thanks you for the question. We work with Chilean Salmon, this is not from the local waters but since the distance is so much closer then most Salmon we can get from for exhample Norway, we receive this Salmon... More
October 30, 2017|
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Response from triggerr | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do but sat outside, it was more fun people watching.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Papillon Restaurant

  • Yes, Papillon Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • Papillon Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5