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$7 - $50
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International, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here while on vacation as a group of 4, we made reservations ahead of time which is a must because the owner Tomas is the chef , waiter, server etc, this is what separates his restaurant from others, we loved the personal touch....As we entered the restaurant we were greeted by Tomas who gave us a short history of his place and Elvis music was playing softly in the background. We started with drinks, the beer was a German beer and it was cold and quite good, the Pina Colada’s were made in a large cored-out fresh pineapple and this was delicious ( best I ever had), the meals were cooked to perfection and the presentation was superb. There is no way you are going to leave here still hungry as the portions are huge and great prices, to add to the personal touch, the ladies in our party were given bouquets of freshly cut flowers as we were leaving, what a great touch, this is a must stop if visiting the area, we will most definitely be returning, thanks again Tomas for such a wonderful eveningMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's been a while since I was here last time but the steak is still to die for. To be honest, everything is to die for, I come here every time I visit Puerto Plata and was never disappointed. Great food, very nice owner and...very decent prices. The owner is obviously a big Elvis Presley fan and I don't know if he plays it every night but he sure did when we are there, witch doesn't bother us at all. Color me happy!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed April 13, 2022

Our family has visited this place many times over the last 20 years and it only gets better with time, even though it’s hard to believe. Top notch service, atmosphere and food. You will enjoy every minute of your visit and will be talking about...it for a long time. Cheers to Thomas and all of his attention to detail in everything he does.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

We ended up with a group dinner of 22 people at LePapillon. It was wonderful. Tasteful and huge portions. The Chocolate Mouse is some of the best I have ever had and the service and atmosphere is wonderful

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 4, 2022 via mobile

Le Papillon’s meals, customer service & environment are just outstanding! When I get in trouble at home, that’s where I take the wifie! 😉. The picture ain’t lie, folks. Check it out! 🇩🇴❤️🇩🇪🙏! Thanks Germany 🇩🇪, thanks Thomas!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 14, 2022

We were looking for an upper scale restaurant to book for my birthday. We were not disappointed. We were two couples and as fate would have it, we had the place to ourselves!! BUT MAKE ARESERVATION!!! Thomas the owner had set up a table with...a Birthday sign for our arrival. Drinks flowed, appetizers came to the table unexpectedly fast and the main courses were just a quick. Steak and peppercorn meal was done to perfection and my fiancés surf and turf was to die for. I had mentioned that I had visited Munich in my past and low and behold a few cherished Pretzels appeared for me....his warning of "beware what you wish for" is true! Thomas is a one stop shop and does it all by hand and alone... Amazing a 12 out of 10 for sure. I would recommend him to everyone that is thinking of going. Décor is eclectic mix or pirate, ocean, German and ELVIS...and lets not forget Marilyn Monroe!!!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 3, 2022

Have had many meals with Thomas and he catered for my birthday one time. This is certainly the best restaurant and so consistent. Ambiance is romantic in a tropical setting. This is a must stop while in Puerto Plata. You need to make a reservation...if you want a table.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 19, 2022

This is by far the best restaurant in Puerto Plata. Beginning with the wonderful open-air tropical garden setting, then the friendly greeting and attentive service from the "one-man show" Thomas. He's an amazing chef and anything you order will be cooked fresh. Be sure to...try the filet, lobster,and any seafood on special when you visit. Portions are huge. You won't leave hungry. Remember, you MUST make a reservation!!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 23, 2021 via mobile

We were here a couple years ago and we had such an enjoyable evening as we celebrated our 30th anniversary! Good to see nothing has changed! Thomas is still such a gracious host and serves an amazing meal. If you haven’t tried this place just...do it. There cannot be a more unique and better restaurant experience in the area. No wonder it is consistently rated number 1! My wife had the surf and turf and it was worth every penny-it far exceeded expectations! Thanks Thomas!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 23, 2021 via mobile

If you only take one thing from this review, let it be this: GET THE SURF & TURF. This is our second time at Le Papillon for our anniversary because we were so impressed with our first visit. Absolutely everything that Chef Thomas cooks is...fantastic, but this evening two members of my family got the surf & turf and when it arrived I couldn’t believe my eyes. The lobster was GIGANTIC. I have never seen a portion of lobster so huge, and then it was paired with a large, gorgeously cooked, delicious filet mignon, a side salad, and a baked potato to top it off. It was AMAZING. I myself got the peppercorn steak for the second time. I wondered if it would be as amazing as I remembered it being the last time we visited, and if it’s possible I think it was even better. Perfectly cooked, deliciously seasoned, and a large portion. There was nothing left on anyone’s plates by the end of the evening. Chef Thomas makes the experience extra special as he is such a lovely person to be around and he genuinely cares about his food and about people. He wants everyone to have a great time and you can tell he really loves what he does. He gave my mom and I flowers at the end of the night for our anniversaries and because he’s such a kind person. This is now our yearly tradition and we will be back!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed August 8, 2021

Tomas Ackermann is unbelievable, a one in a kind person, chef, owner of this very fine restaurant. The food is always outstanding. Tomas makes you feel like a family member. Very personable and very accommodating. He goes overboard to make the evening a very memorable...occasion.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 21, 2021 via mobile

We had the most delicious meal at le papillon! We had a filet mignon, cream corn and a baked potato. We also had shrimp cocktail and escargot as appetizers. The chef / owner was very friendly and obviously very talented. The most amazing meal we've...had in th Dominican republic (in 8 months here)More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 8, 2021

Tonight, Tomas made dinner for my wife and me. It was our 15th anniversary and he delivered outstanding, hospitable, personal service and a truly memorable dining experience. As so many of the other reviews have said, he is an absolutely marvelous host, and the quality...and quantity of the food he provides is without rival. Tonight's meal was the best I've had in a long time, and I finished (half of,) my meal tonight left with a feeling of contentment and delight that only comes from a belly that relished every savory, rich bite that filled it. I look forward to enjoying the other half of this delightful meal left over tomorrow-- absolutely what was left came with me... Tomas is your server, your chef, your sommelier, your bartender, your busboy, and your companion to discuss the day's events at the end of your meal, should you choose. His restaurant is small, intimate, and (unless you have a reservation,) possibly not open, unless he knows you're coming. His food will be fresh, and if you want something special, call the day before and he'll do his best to obtain it, even if he needs to pilot the lobster boat and catch your meal himself! Should you visit Puerto Plata, make time for a meal at Le Papillon. You won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 4, 2021

First time going to the Dominican republic. I was recommended this place by a friend and let me tell you I wasn't disappointed at all Thomas the owner was an excellent host he is also the cook and the server. Me and my friend got...the filet mignon, hands down the best I've ever had! He is an excellent cook! Overall my experience there was incredible and I would highly recommend anyone that is in the area to definitely stop by and try his amazing cooking! Thanks thomas! Stefano the greek.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 29, 2021 via mobile

Thomas the owner of the business is also the host, waiter, will clean your table and most importantly has got to be one of the best chefs I have ever met. He on top of all that is a great person as I almost always...sit and talk with him after my dinner. You have to make reservations because he only uses the freshest products and he has to know how many he is cooking for.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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jenifer t
January 10, 2020|
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Response from lepapillontomas | Property representative |
hello Jennifer, the palm beach hotel is about 1.5 km away from the restaurant but i dont recomment to walk because there is big roadconstruction going on. i got a nice wineselection in the restaurant so you dont have to... More
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You will need to hire a taxi , but well worth the trip , short ride . We were at Grand Paradise and went twice ! Get a reservation, the seating is very limited but that is what makes it so special. Enjoy !
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Le Papillon is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5