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Le Papillon on Front


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Certificate of Excellence2016, 2018 Winner

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Salade de Saumon
House marinated salmon with fingerling potatoes topped with a shallot vinaigrette
Trio de Terrines Maison
Our three house pates: Terrine de Campagne, Duck Rillettes, Paté de foie de Volaille
Huitres Fraiches
Six fresh oysters with a Mignonette Vinaigrette (when available)
Escargots en Croute
Escargots Bourgogne‏ with a garlic parsley butter served in a vol au vent croustini
Assiette de Fromage pour Deux
Assortment of cheeses served with frisee salad, sweet walnuts, and croustinis
Serving of our famous frites + 6.00
Moules Mariniere
Steamed Mussels in a broth of wine, butter, fresh dill onion and garlic
Tourtiere Maison
Our authentic Quebecois meat pie of seasoned pork, veal and beef, served with house chutney, potatoes and vegetables
Supreme de Pintadeau Piperade
Breast of Guinea Fowl, an onion tomato pepper, Garlic sauce, potatoes and vegetables
Canard de Confit Parmentier
Shredded duck confit, topped with mashed potatoes and duck confit leg, served with vegetables
New York Steak au Beurre
10 oz. Strip Loin topped with herbed garlic butter served with our homemade frites
Filet d'Agneau Roti Reglisse
Filet of lamb, topped with a red wine and reglisse chicory sauce with potatoes and vegetables
Blanquette de Joues de Porc
Braised Pork cheeks in a garlic parsley sauce served with potatoes and vegetables
Filet Mignon Sauce
8 oz pan-seared filet mignon in a dry vermouth sauce, served with potatoes and vegetables
Poisson du Jour
The Chef's choice of Fish served with daily vegetables and potatoes
Brochette de St. Jaques et Crevettes
Pan-seared sea scallops and tiger shrimps with a Terragon cream sauce served on a bed of potatoes with vegetables
Pavé de Salmon Sauce Vierge
Filet of fresh salmon topped with a chilled melange of capers, diced tomatoes, shoallots and green onions with potatoes and
Galette Quatre Fromages
Swiss, cheddar, goat and blue cheeses
Galette de la Mer
House cured salmon, creme fraiche, fresh dill topped with jumbo shrimp
Top with a fried egg +2.00
Galette Ratatouille
The traditional French vegetable stew
Galette Complet
Ham and Swiss with a fried egg
Galette Crab Marguerite
Blue crabmeat with tomatoes, onions and fresh thyme
Galette Saucisses Fumee
Smoked sausage and fresh spinach
Crêpe du St. Laurent Marche
Bacon, fresh cooked apples and Cheddar cheese
Table syrup served complimentary on request. For pure quebec maple syrup. 2.00
Salade Niçoise
The classic salad from the south of France topped with our chef's choice of fish
Filets de Sardine Escabeche
House marinated sardines, lightly cooked and served chilled with an escabeche of tomatoes, shallots, herbs, olive oil and vinaigrette
Salade de Cesar
Tossed in our spicy, garlic anchovy dressing
Salade Papillon
Seasonal greens tossed in our tarragon dressing with egg, grated swiss cheese and topped with a fresh asparagus spear
Soup du Jour
Please ask your server for our soup of the day.
Sm 9.00
Large 11.00
A green side salad or homemade frites for + 6.00
Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée
Our homemade French onion soup topped with melted gruyère cheese
Le Papillon on Front is located in the heart of Old Town Toronto. Inside of a beautiful Old Town Toronto building with exposed brick walls and high lofty ceilings sits the beautiful venue for Le Papillon on Front. It's exposed brick is complemented well by the aged hardwood floor and perfectly soft lighting. The venue suggests a lovely mix of romance, comfort, and of course, the classic French bistro atmosphere that has followed Le Papillon to all of its locations. In the warmer months Le Papillon on Front even creeps its way onto Front street, giving a beautiful view of the Flatiron building as well as the CN tower in the distance. With a closed in patio adorned with wonderfully arranged planters
$11 - $46
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
American, French, European
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Saturday was our fourth visit to Le Papillon on Front in as many years. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time we weren’t ‘wowed’ by our meal. The service was very good, as always, and we love the vibe and the decor/layout of the place. The...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Tripesuttis
Reviewed 5 days ago

Le Papillon is a French restaurant serving Toronto since 1974 (wow, such a long history!) and located right on Front Street, a prevalent area for tourists visiting the nearby attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium, CN Tower, and others. I had actually been to Le Papillon on...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank stenoodie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had my 30th birthday dinner here and had such a good time. I wanted to thank the staff for making my birthday extra special, and especially the server who did such a fantastic job! I know how difficult it can be to deal with...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Alice P
Reviewed March 4, 2019

We enjoyed the delicious brunch platter with poached eggs and hollandaise on the side. It's preferable to have the choice of how much of the sauce you would like to use. The seasonal side was asparagus and a very tasty ham ragout. The service was...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Peggy C
Reviewed March 2, 2019

Can’t believe it has been over ten years since we last dined here. The attentive service and great menu reminded me why it is one of my favourite downtown restaurants. We were there before heading off to a show and the staff was very good...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank letsgoMissy56
Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

I’d bought tickets to the Leafs / Habs game for my son so he decided to surprise me by making a reservation at Le Papillon. What a FANTASTIC find!! Location, service and food were incredible and I so look forward to going back again.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank SBishop18
Reviewed February 19, 2019

Beautiful space, good service, very good appetizer, so-so main and unfortunately we had to send back the desert. Escargots 7 out of 10 Scallops 8 out of 10 Tuna Tartare 9 out of 10 Boeuf Bourguignon 5 out of 10 Smoked Duck Breast 6 out...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 15, 2019

Slush, snow, ice pellets, wind, cold.........We stepped out of that February bluster into the warmth of Le Papillon where the cosiness of the room belies how big it is. Wood, exposed brick, gleaming glass and warm light create an atmosphere of casual intimacy. Our five...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Lumpybumpy
Reviewed February 3, 2019

We went as a family of 5 to the restaurant for the Winterlicious menu. It was a very good prix-fix of $33. Most of us had the salmon appetizer which we all agreed was delicious. The duck confit main course was very good, as were...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank KenC162
Reviewed January 28, 2019 via mobile

Growing up near French Canada, it’s hard for me to make a claim like this but this is the best tourtiere I’ve ever had. Wonderful restaurant with great brunch and lunch options. All at our table thought the food was above average and this will...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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December 5, 2017|
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Response from Paul M | Reviewed this property |
Right across the street, there is an underground parking lot. Access is from Church Street.
July 23, 2017|
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Response from Tripesuttis | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is.
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Response from Le Papillon O | Property representative |
Hi there! If you would email us your information for a reservation to lepapillononfront@gmail,com I will enter the reservation and we will do our very best to get you a lovely romantic table for your anniversary! Thanks for... More
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