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Papillon Restaurant

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J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 348 A | The Village, Palm - Eagle Beach 00000, Aruba
+297 586 5400
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2017

Food was very good. The bread and spreads were exceptional. The Vegetable Chowder is quite delicious and very satisfying. The Bayonne Caesar Salad was nothing special and can be skipped. Our entrees were very delicious and fresh. Overall a very good meal in a fun setting with good attentive service.

Thank Jnowak1205
Tina R, Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear J. Nowak, thank you for taking the time to write this nice review. We bake our bread fresh every day and choose a typical local spread called tapenade. Do you know that the month of may is Asparagus month? We offer a delicious 4 course dinner build around asparagus for only 60 USD. To see our Asparagus Menu, visit... More 

Ewing, New Jersey
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2017

We had just flown in from Philadelphia (and, boy, were our arms tired!) and decided to get dinner at Papillon, across the street from our hotel. Since it was dinner time, there were no outdoor tables immediately available. The hostess directed us to an inside table, sitting lonely by itself against the far wall. though not the greatest spot for... More 

Thank Benwa52
Tina R, Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Benwa, thank you for choosing Papillon as the first restaurant to visit on your vacation and thank you for your recommendation. We hope to see you back on your next visit to Aruba! Regards, the entire team of Papillon More 

Hamilton, Canada
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2017

The service and the ambience were excellent. The food was very good, but for the price I would have expected it to be a bit more flavourful. I had the Chilean sea bass, which was very moist and a good portion, but it didn't have a lot of flavour. My husband had the duck, it was tasty but a smaller... More 

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

Dear Luv2ski, thank you for your kind words and honesty. We as a team strive to be excellent in food, service and ambiance and we are always looking for ways to improve. Your feedback is essential to us. Our wine list has a wide variety of wines. For your next visit, feel free to have the waiter or waitress advise... More 

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124 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2017

My husband and I went to celebrate Papillon restaurants 8th Anniversary and of course we tried the 8 course dinner with wine pairing, GLAD we did... We LOVED each bite!! Started off with first course:Beef and Lemon, Fish and sesame crunch together with Wine B&G 'Blanc de Blanc'- crispy and fruity, second course :( MY FAVORITE) 'Goat Cheese brulee and... More 

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

Dear Berlinda, thank you so much for your lovely and extensive review. We loved having you here at our restaurant to celebrate our 8th year anniversary. Do you know that the month of may is Asparagus month? We offer a delicious 4 course dinner build around asparagus for only 60 USD. To see our Asparagus Menu, visit our website: papillonaruba.com.... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

I've been to this restaurant a few times and am always pleased. Great atmosphere, wonderful food. I recommend the French onion soup and Boeuf Bourguignon.

Thank Sarah J
Long Island, New York
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50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

We have eaten at Papillon many times. The food never disappoints. We ordered the escargot as an appetizer and the grouper for an entree. Both were excellent! If my memory is correct, it seems that the escargot portion is smaller now than in prior years and I'm sure the price is the same or higher. Don't miss this restaurant you... More 

Thank Golfpa1
Tina R, Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Golfpa, thank you for your review and many visits to our restaurant! Both the escargots and the grouper are specialties that have been on the menu for a long time. Although the portion of the escargots has stayed the same, we did recently change the recipe of the escargots to make them even more delicious. We are proud to... More 

New York City, New York
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2017

This restaurant was located right across the street from the Hilton. It was a really good menu. The beef bourginone was amazing. The only dish we had out of the four that was mediocre was the mushroom fettuccine. The tarte was definitely the best dessert we had. Great service. Loved our waitress.

Thank Evie3267
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across Papillon while walking one evening. The menu looked inviting so we gave it a try. We were not disappointed one bit. I couldn't decide what to have so I opted for 2 appetizers. I started with goat cheese and walnut wrapped in phyllo dough on a raspberry sauce. This was amazing!! Light, delicate and tasty beyond belief.... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed April 9, 2017

We ate here early in our stay in Aruba and were really impressed; so much so that we made it a point to return for our last night. The food was a wonderful combination of classic and modern. Classic French combined with modern strains from other cuisines. We ate at several other restaurants during our stay and while they were... More 

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New Lenox, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2017

Enjoyed both our meals at this cute little place. My husband had a fish special and I had the Beef Bourgnione, both excellent!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $36
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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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