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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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About
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
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
French, Seafood, European
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The service was amazing. The food stole the show. I ordered the duck meal and my wife ordered the salmon. Both dishes were well plated and absolutely delicious. Absolutely loved our experience here.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

after a long journey we ended up in this cozy restaurant yesterday it is a very nice and cozy restaurant to eat. i had a nice experience with our waiter he was very friendly, all very nice staff and were provided with all our comforts....next time we will come back for sure!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the first restaurant we visited on our honeymoon in aruba. The staff was amazing and the food was expertly prepared. They set the bar of what we compared all other restaurants to during the trip. This was one of the more expensive meals...we enjoyed but it was worth every penny. We tried two appetizers the oysters and frog legs. The oysters were fresh and the frog legs super tender with a nice rosemary flavor. Wife enjoyed the grilled grouper and I had the duck breast. If we go back to Aruba again we would definitely come back.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a family celebration and The food was amazing. Specially our waiter Tommy! He is super attentive, kind & sweet! We definitely had an amazing night celebrating and a wonderful time with Tommy as our waiter. Papillon is always our go to our restaurant...in Aruba for amazing food and amazing serviceMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food and good vegetarian options (I always assume they’ll be pretty average when on holiday). In comparison to the other restaurants we’ve been to so far whilst in Aruba this meal was significantly better and not too different in price. I had the French...onion soup (Which I will be returning for!) and beetroot risotto. My husband had the steak tartare special (One of the best he’s had) and fish with risotto special. I cannot praise Gabrielle enough on her service - she was so warm, informative and helped make it feel like a special night - we mentioned we were on our honeymoon and she brought out a lovely dessert.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We just left papillon with my family. This is my second time here and wanted to make sure the rest of my family got the chance to try it. The white wine mussels were delicious and tasted really fresh. Everyone of us enjoyed our dishes....One of our guests is vegan but 3 of us ended up ordering vegan dishes and they were also delicious! Lots of good vegan/vegetarian options for those with that dietary restriction. Our server Gabrielle was also exceptional and we can’t wait to come back on our next trip!! thank you!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved this place so much we went back two nights later. We had Patricia as our waitress both times and she was so attentive and helpful. The food was AMAZING, it was hands down the best meal we had in Aruba by a stretch...(hence why we went back). The ambiance was also really nice with a live musician both nights. It was actually recommended by our taxi driver and not on our “list” so VERY glad we came across it!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wish we had not left Papillon for the end of our vacation in Aruba. We would have gone there for many more meals. The food is superb and an excellent value! The quiche (appetizer that was so filling that it could have been a...meal) was delicious, and the grouper was made to perfection. The vegetables - especially the beet - were so sweet! The waiter was attentive, but not intrusive. He even cleaned our table between each course which was such a thoughtful and hygienic thing to do. We never felt rushed. In fact, the waiter even asked if we would like time to digest before bringing out the main course. There are so many positive things to say about our experience at Papillon. The chef even took time to deliver the food personally to our table - an indication of the dedication and pride the chef takes in making each order. The presentation of the food on the plate was very creative and enhanced the dining experience. I cannot wait to return to Aruba to visit the Papillon restaurant! Next time we will definitely make Papillon our “go-to” restaurant in Aruba.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lobster bisque was quite good. Seafood dish was average. Pricey place does not live up to standards. It was annoying that the waiter put a sharing charge on the bill because we shared appetizers, an entrée, a bottle of wine, etc. so this charge was...really tacky! sorry but this was deducted from the waiter's tip as he should have asked management if this was appropriate for the money we were spending! I don't think we'll return as thee are so many restaurants in Aruba that a have much better food!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 7, 2022 via mobile

The restaurant is located in a hotspot across from the Hilton Aruba and felt a bit busy but this didn’t interfere with the atmosphere. I would suggest reserving indoor dining nonetheless. The bread that comes out with two variety’s of butter tasted great. I was...particularly intrigued by the texture. It was so fluffy and moist that it felt like I was biting into memory foam. We loved the bread. The lobster bisque is a must try in my humble opinion. I know sometimes having soup appears contradictory to being in a hot environment, but it was delicious and delicate, with bite size chunks of lobster bathed in the broth. I know it’s a bit difficult to imagine we would find our favourite grouper dish at a French restaurant. Alas, grouper never tasted better. I do not personally have an affinity to fish but my wife insisted I try the grouper and shrimp she ordered. The grouper tasted light, and fresh, and had a glaze that brought out the natural sweetness of the fish. My wife continued to order grouper in many other restaurants on the island afterwards, but nothing compared to this. I ordered the wild boar after seeing a few good reviews. It did not disappoint. The meat could have been slightly more tender but the flavour was satisfying and savoury. The red beat risotto is the earthy taste that I was looking for to balance the salty/fatty taste of the boar. Solid meal. Great grouper. 9/10More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 29, 2022

With every trip to Aruba, we eat a Papillion...and every time it is amazing! If you are a fan of or desiring French cuisine THIS is the place to be. Absolutely wonderful food and service.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Tina v, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write this review and giving us such a wonderful recommendation :) We will be very happy to welcome you back during your next trip!

Reviewed July 29, 2022 via mobile

Our family had a great experience at Papillon. We were seated right away. Julian’s service was fantastic!The mussels appetizer was delicious and the crème brûlée was the perfect finish to the night!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Tina v, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Bnettles for writing this great review. We are very happy to read you and your family enjoyed your dinner and the fantastic service Julian provided you with. Hope to see you soon!

Reviewed July 28, 2022 via mobile

Wonderful meal and from apps highly suggest the Tuna Duo for an app. The entrees and dessert’s were also wonderful. We also had to try out options on the outstanding cocktail and wine list. Those and the wonderful service from Julian made this a wonderful...anniversary dinner.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Tina v, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Joseph, How wonderful to see you celebrated your anniversary with us, we take these kind of celebrations very serious like you might have noticed ;) Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. Julian and the rest of our team hope...More

Reviewed July 26, 2022

We had dinner tonight and the service and food were both amazing. Julian was our waiter and he was so attentive and sweet. We had 10 people in our party four of which were 4 children under 6. They were very accommodating and service was...so good and best we have had in the restaurants we’ve eaten at. The food was perfect and also great portions and didn’t feel too full. Highly recommend and also great area.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Tina v, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2022

Hi there, Thank you so much for leaving us this amazing review, we appreciate it a lot. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your food and the excellent service provided by Julian! Hope to see you soon again soon :)

Reviewed July 24, 2022 via mobile

We had sweetbreads and a goat cheese "creme brulee" for appetizers...and mussels and black sea bass for our main course...superb...More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Tina v, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2022

Great review Dominick, thank you so much for taking the time :) Did you know that mussels are a seasonal product which we do not serve year-round? So lucky you were able to try them during your visit! Hope to serve you again in the...More

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Hi there Jim, Papillon is open seven days a week from 5 to 10 pm, also on Holidays! See you soon at the restaurant!
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Hi there, this really depends on the season and the amount of people in your party. You can book real easy through Open Table or simply send us a whatsapp! Looking forward to hosting you!
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Papillon Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5