Papillon Restaurant

Papillon Restaurant

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Sun
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mon
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tue
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wed
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thu
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fri
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travelers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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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 Hilton 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. It's not just about the food; it's about the magic of "Papillon" brought to life within the restaurant's walls.
PRICE RANGE
$8.00 – $36.00
CUISINES
French, Caribbean, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,221 reviews
Excellent
1,571
Very good
391
Average
160
Poor
70
Terrible
30
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

LuxeFamilyFun
United States1219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 none
Papillon is in The Village Mall, across from the Hilton on Palm Beach. It's at the rear of the complex, with lively stores and people everywhere. Once inside, they have transformed a concrete patio into an oasis. The use of wooden fencing, plants and hanging lights makes this a special place. It demonstrates care for the outcome of the dining experience. The menu is ambitious. The chef has talent - there are some complex dishes (frog legs, wild boar, etc.). They are not selling out and dumbing the food down to the masses. Our party of five was treated well. Shout out to our server, Diego. He was fantastic the whole night. Our starters included the soup of the day, Caesar Salad, risotto, frog legs, etc. Everything was great. The frog legs were weirdly huge! Entress included the Wild Boar, ceviche, spaghetti and the Tomohawk Chop. The spaghetti didn't arrive with any sauce on it, which the team quickly remedied. My Tomohawk Chop was reported to be 22 ounces. It was maybe half that size, particularly since I ate at the steakhouse, LG Smith the night before and ordered my dry aged ribeye by the ounce, which I greatly overordered at 20 ounces. When I was done eating, and I didn't even eat half, that remaining steak was bigger than this supposed 22 ounce. Plus, it was thin and had a very fatty edge. It reminded me of my childhood when my mother made thin, pork chops. The manager came over and couldn't have been more pleasant. We had waited awhile and I wasn't interested in replacing the steak, which they acknowledged was not close to 22 ounces. Anyway, it wasn't ideal - the staff handled it expertly and I won't think twice about returning. Most of our family loved it and wants to go back. Other than that issue, this is a five star restaurant.
Written June 24, 2021
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Robert G
Schwenksville1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 none
We took advantage of a the Early Bird special at $32 per person which includes a glass of their house wine an incredible value given our past experience. We were shocked at how well quality of the food has maintained over the years as this wasn't our first visit, nothing has changed even in these crazy times. We spent most of our diner talk on how nice the food was and how much better this restaurant is than just about any other restaurant we've been to on the island past and present. The location is a tiny bit buried and you can easily overlook it because it doesn't face the street, but this is truly a gem in Aruba. Easily one of the top spots on the island, hands down. Romantic ambiance comes easy here once the stars our out. Makes for great food memories, we will definitely keep coming back.
Written June 23, 2021
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Dave20850
Rockville53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
We really enjoyed both of our visits this week. The service is attentive and the food is well prepared. At my first visit, I had the grouper. On the second visit, I had boeuf bourguignon. The $7 side salad is very generously sized. My wife had the red beet risotto. Our waitress, Fieke was very professional. Fieke was at Papillon as part of her internship in connection with her hospitality studies at her school in the Netherlands. Her positive attitude and her attention to detail could help her someday operate her own restaurant! Overall, we found Papillon to be a good value among the high end restaurants in Aruba. An added plus is that it’s walking distance to all of the high rise hotels in Palm Beach.
Written February 29, 2020
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JeffreyBosch
Hi Dave, Wow, thank you so much for you kind words! All your credits will go out to Fieke! She is an amazing intern and she we are very happy that she is part of our team! Feel free to come back when you are back on the island! Kind regards, Team Papillon
Written March 4, 2020
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Melissa M
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 couples
We dined at Papillon on our second night in Aruba and overall, it was disappointing across the board and we feel as if we wasted one of our nights eating here. We were able to walk right on in without a reservation but it went downhill from there. Our waiter was surly and was pretty inattentive, to the point that we sat with empty plates and drinks up to 20 mins with him walking past us multiple times without even a glance. Our waiter also claimed he couldn’t poor our tap water over COVID-19 despite watching him poor sparkling water for other tables shortly after. What’s the difference? Our appetizers were pretty good, but our entrees were sub par. We ordered the sous vide skirt steak and the grouper and they were both sadly disappointing. I’m not sure if we should’ve have lowered our expectations from the beginning, but for the money we spent we would never recommend this place to anyone visiting the island with so many other amazing restaurants in the area. Between the service and food, we will never be going back.
Written March 16, 2021
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Stu C
Vineland1157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 none
Stopped by for dinner with some friends who hadn't been there before. Once again, a great dining experience. Our friends really liked their tuna steak and skirt steak, along with their burrata salad. I started with the potato zucchini soup that was really good. My wife stuck with her favorite, the duck and wasn't disappointed. I had the grouper special, which came with ratatouille couscous. Excellent! The service was, as always, superb. Michael did a great job and none of the food was auctioned off. Prices are what you'd expect for a fine dining restaurant and no service charge was added. Another superb dining experience!
Written February 4, 2021
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Papillon A
Dear Stu, how we love to read your comments! it was a pleasure serving you as always and we are happy your friends had a great experience too. The Duck (Canard) can not miss from our French / Caribbean menu, even as our delicious local grouper! Papillon has been a success story since its start in 2009 and we started something completely new in 2021; The Chefs Garden. A unique and exclusive culinary experience by our Chef Griet Vanbrabant. This event takes place every Wednesday at our 'secret location' called The Secret Garden. Chef Griet will prepare a surprise 6-course tasting menu with an optional wine pairing. Seating is limited and only by reservation. An excellent event to take your friends to next time you are visiting the island! See you at Papillon or at the Chefs Garden!
Written February 10, 2021
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Melanie I
Auburn67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 couples
This restaurant was one that kept popping up as a recommendation from people as a “must try” restaurant so we made reservations for our party of 4 at 6:45 on a Tuesday night. Once seated, we were happy to realize that the restaurant runs a nightly early bird special that includes a glass of house wine, appetizer (soup or quiche Lorraine) entree (grouper or filet mignon) and dessert for $32. That was too good of a deal to pass up and made our ordering much easier (there are so many good choices on the menu). Our server, Kay, was a true professional- very attentive without being intrusive. The food was incredible and the atmosphere was wonderful. We will definitely be passing on Papillon as a “must try” recommendation.
Written July 14, 2021
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Niklas
Stockholm2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 couples
They mixed up our food and meat and didnt want to correct their mistake by offering us any chance to get a new dish. (We were 2 people) The prices of the winelist doesnt add up to the price on the bill. It said 13 $ for a glas but on the bill it was 13.78$ ( very unprofessional approach) You can easily find same quality food and wine to a 30% lower price in the area (20 restaurants within 300m)
Written January 3, 2020
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JeffreyBosch
Hi Niklas, We would like to apologize for the mistake and were aware that we mixed it up. From our point of view we did offer you an alternative but you gave us the impression that you were fine with the dishes. We do take credits for our mistake and will try to prevent this in the future. Regarding the wine list there are some tax issues on the island which we could have explained to you. We do were very happy that you visit our restaurant and hope that you will come back when you are back on the island! Kind regards, Team Papillon
Written January 8, 2020
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Steven K
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
We had a great early dinner this week at Papillion. They have a special 3 course dinner that includes a glass of wine, soup, entree and desert for a fixed price of $32! We chose the filet of grouper which was delicious. The entire meal was terrific and the service was spot on. Highly recommend this place and plan to come back in October.
Written January 24, 2020
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JeffreyBosch
Hi Swkrupa78, Good to hear about your positive experience! The early bird has been a big hit for quite some time! The grouper is indeed a good choice! Next time you should try the filet mignon! We are looking forward to your next visit! Kind regards, Team Papillon
Written January 31, 2020
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meredith r
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 solo
I arrived early and a lovely hostess welcomed me and brought me to a table on the breezy patio. My waiter Kay was knowledgeable and efficient. While there was an early bird special with wine, fish or filet Mignon , appetizer and desert for a reasonable price, I chose the halibut. I was glad I did.
Written June 9, 2021
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Mike B
Aurora179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
This restaurant is on the busy strip in front of the Palm Beach high-rise hotels. We weren’t sure if that was a good thing or if it would be too touristy and impersonal. Any concerns we might have had disappeared as we were seated on the charming and welcoming patio, in a different world from the hustle and bustle beyond. The menu was interesting enough to present some difficult choices while we enjoyed our cocktails. Service was prompt and well-paced, so that we never waited too long, nor ever felt rushed. Although we have lived in France and enjoyed many fine meals there, I had not focused on the “Frenchness” of Papillon when making our reservation. The Frenchness soon became evident in the quality of ingredients, the way they were put together and the delicious flavours in our meals. I was reminded how much freshness, quality and perfect cooking play in producing a succulent and flavourful dish. It made me imagine the chef as a perfectionist under constant self-imposed pressure to find the very best raw materials and the additional pressure of cooking them to exactly the right point. We enjoyed a delicious meal that exceeded our expectations in a delightful setting with excellent service. Much as we like to keep trying new restaurants on our Aruba vacations, we’re not going to be able to resist going back to Papillon.
Written March 29, 2020
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BeachinNteachin
Spring City30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 family
What a lovely time we had tonight at our dinner at Papillon! We are here on a girls trip and needed a restaurant for dinner. We stumbled across this gem around 6:30 PM on a Saturday night and they were able to squeeze us in (a table of 7), right then! Because we were there during the “early bird special”, some of us chose that select menu and some chose off the regular menu. Both were absolutely delicious. We were impressed with the portions for the “early bird”— the filet was a nice size and the grouper was outstanding. I think what really made the evening so special was the beautiful ambiance and exceptional service. A talented saxophone player was playing current, well-know tunes, and Maude (the manager) and our server (Kay) were both so attentive to us— making sure our water glasses and wine glasses were always full, and that we were happy with everything. It was our last dinner on the island, sadly, but what a wonderful way to end an amazing trip. Absolutely recommend this restaurant!
Written July 24, 2021
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Don W
Buffalo154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Our group of 8 attended this restaurant based on my selection. Pressure on. Heard from a friend that they were very pleased. We were not misled. We tried lobster bisque, escargot and more for appetizers. Entrees included grouper, sea bass, filet mignon, a monster sized sizzling special cowboy steak and my boar shank. Outstanding flavor, moisture and texture of the boar meat. Sea bass was served in a wrap and then table side plated. Great restaurant outing.
Written February 1, 2020
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JeffreyBosch
Hi Don, Thank you so much for your positive review about our restaurant! We were very happy to have you hear and as we see you all had an amazing time! Did you know that our restaurant is derived from the movie Papillon made in 1973? The restaurant is simulated to the movie! Don't hesitate to come back in the near future! Kind regards, Team Papillon
Written February 5, 2020
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Travelalot1111
Boston2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
We had a lovely dinner at Papillon. Delicious food, delightful atmosphere, amazing service at both front of house and our wonderful server, Esther. We have eaten in Michelin star restaurants before and Esther can rival any of the servers there. You will not be disappointed eating here and ask for Esther!
Written January 1, 2020
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JeffreyBosch
Hi Travelalot1111, WOW! Thanks you for this amazing compliment. All credits will go to Esther!!! Thank you very much for dining with us and please come back whenever you are back on the island. Kind regards, Team Papillon
Written January 15, 2020
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Marina B
New York City43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 family
We found this place in a magazine they were giving out at our hotel. They had more exotic fare such as wild boar and duck al’orange so we decided to try it out. We called ahead to reserve seating for 5 but were informed that because of Covid they could only sit 4 at a table. They were incredibly friendly and helpful though so they put the tables as close as they could. Also due to Covid their menu was different then it was online and in the magazine. They didn’t have the more exotic foods, which while disappointing, was fine. They had great specials anyways. We started with French Onion Soup, Burrata and Mozzarella Salad (one of the specials), Lobster Ceviche and assorted wines. All were delicious and the wine menu is huge. As well they brought us their homemade bread which was to die for. For entrees we had the Skirt Steak, 2 Beet Risottos, Salmon, and the special Mussels. Again all were delicious. I could have drank the gouda sauce that came with the steak it was that good. The whole time the staff were delightful and chatted with us for some time. We topped the meal off with 2 Creme Brulees which looked almost too pretty to eat. At the end, we even received a discount which we weren’t sure was due to the Covid inconveniences or just the staff being friendly. Either way it sure helped as the place is on the pricier side, but in my opinion it would have been totally worth it even without the discount.
Written August 7, 2020
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62tinav
Dear Marina, thank you for taking the time to write this awesome review : ))) We love how you accurately describe the situation and our dishes. Due to Covid we where forced to do things a bit different, nevertheless always in Papillon style; with love for food and connecting with our guests (keeping social distancing in mind of course). We are very eager to receive our beloved guests back on the island and at our restaurant, we are at your service! Make sure to follow us on facebook and instagram and suscribe to our website to keep up to date on the latest news and specials! saludos from the Papillon family!
Written September 2, 2020
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KPCNewYork
New York City71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 family
We’ve been on the island for a few days and have been impressed generally by the standard of food and service. Papillon however took it to another level - the food, atmosphere and experience were certainly the best and most original so far. The menu is reduced for now but it’s still varied and everything we ordered was a hit with the family - our kids ordered from the main menu rather than the kids menu and the restaurant was kind enough to make small adaptions so they could do this - like sauces on the side just in case they didn’t like them, which didn’t end up happening. We ordered different wines by the glass and the recommendations were perfect. Our waiter was kind, attentive and knowledgeable and we loved our quiet nook close to the bar. This restaurant would be on my ’do not miss’ list for the island and we plan on coming back before we have to leave.
Written August 27, 2020
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62tinav
We absolutely loved reading this review, you put in words what we like to radiate to our guests: delicious food with hand on service and extra attention for everyone. Thank you for putting us on your 'do not miss list', we wouldnt want to miss your visits either :) See you next time!
Written August 30, 2020
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