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Papillon Restaurant

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J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 348 A | The Village, Palm - Eagle Beach 00000, Aruba
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Oslo, Norway
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been here several times now and there is so many reasons why. They have a really good food and wine selection and the staff makes you feel very special from the moment you walk in. The oysters are to die for and have tried some of their specials witch are always spectacular. I will go again fore sure... More 

Thank Malin H
Amherst, New York
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32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the lobster bisque soup and the shrimp in pepper sauce and it was fresh, spiced right and tasty. Extremely attentive staff. You will enjoy.

Thank Ed B
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were told by our resort (bucuti & Tara) to dine here and it was a fantastic recommendation. We had the frog legs which were fantastic to start. The rest of our meals were the best we had all week. Our server, Tony was also great and helped us choose the best dishes. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Thank Erik S
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited 3 years ago and vowed to come back for their fabulous escargo; we were not disappointed! The service is attentive, the food fresh and delicious. Glad they have kept up the high standard we found on our last visit.

Thank Dgem
Tina R, Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Dgem, Thank you for writing us a nice review, we are happy to read that we still measure your expectations as we work hard on the consistency and quality with our team! The escargots are one of our signature dishes that we serve from the moment we opened our doors 7 years ago, so we will keep on serving... More 

Kinnelon, New Jersey
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I have dined at Papillon on a few occasions and have always found it to be very good. There is inside and outside dining options, with each cozy and intimate. The restaurant is conveniently located across from the high rise hotels. The menu includes French standards such as duck, escargot and if available, mussels, flown in from... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent service, surprising find, always new menu specials - from frog legs to onion soup to Boef Bouguignon to Filet to Manzana Sweetbreads. We make this a must stop on every visit to Aruba. Tony is a wonderful server, helpful, attentive, and an interesting person. Anthony another server was working his way around the world and full of interesting experiences.... More 

Thank TrainPlane2013
Tina R, Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you AGAIN! We are honored you returning to our restaurant and you even wrote us a very nice review a couple of years ago. We are very proud to have Tonny and Anthony in our team and even more you noticed their service and mentioned it on TripAdvisor! We are looking forward to your next visit. Friendly... More 

Long Island, New York
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very satisfied with our experience at Papillon. At first I was wary because the menu is small. However, the items we ordered were great. For the appetizer we had the shrimp Au gratin. The creamy tomato broth was so good. Our main meals consisted of the grouper and the duck. The grouper was spot on. Dare I say... More 

Thank rookNY
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

LOVE this restaurant! This is the second time we have been here and we still loved it! The restaurant itself is very quaint and located in the heart of downtown surrounded by cute shops. Every night the locals set up booths with fun jewelry and souvenirs. Right next to Senor Frogs. The FOOD is EXCELLENT! See pictures below. Will definitely... More 

Thank mag3434
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Papillon for dinner and had an awesome meal. Server was very friendly and gave excellent recommendations for our meal. The crab cake appetizer was delicious. I had the seared tuna which was cooked perfectly and my girlfriend had the grouper which she thoroughly enjoyed. We finished the meal with the mousse tasting which I would highly recommend.

Thank 4doubledeuce
Springboro, Ohio
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our 10 plus restaurant we've eating in Aruba and by far the best and most unique menu and flavors. The others are good but if you're looking for that something different Papillon is it. We had the carrot soup, frog legs, chèvre salad, mussels, crab cakes and our two children had the filet. All I can say is... More 

Thank malaw01
Tina R, Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, our new friends! It was a pleasure for all of us to have you here those several times! If you come back the same period of time you should definitely have the mussels again and eat them the "Dutch" way: Just one shell in the hand and a spoon to fish them all ;) Other wise we will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $36
French, Caribbean, European
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 348 A | The Village, Palm - Eagle Beach 00000, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  Palm - Eagle Beach
  • Phone Number: +297-586-5400
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.

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