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Bistro Papillon

#135 of 4,470 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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98 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9262 2402
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I enjoyed an excellent meal here recently. Delightful Parisian bistro ambiance. Attentive friendly service. My chicken liver pate and coq au vin (with spaetzle) were delicious. My wife raved about her specials: a smoked trout rillette, and a mixed seafood cassoulet. A pleasurable bottle of malbec went down very well. We will definitely come again.

Thank 56gc
Sydney, Australia
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had a quick lunch here recently with a friend. We last dined together in Paris so were keen to bring back those great memories. We shared the snails which were delious followed by some excellent seafood. Our waiter was very attentive and the restaurant was immaculate. Look forward to returning for dinner soon.

Thank Arnie14
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent quality menu of French classics, supported by a good range of changing specials. On entering the restaurant, I was told to order quickly as the kitchen was closing (~930pm), but besides that the service excellent. Restaurant lacked a little in atmosphere i.e. bright lighting, entry from street straight into dining room. However, food lived up to expectations and was... More 

Thank Jack D
New South Wales, Australia
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the second time we have eaten here. It was just as wonderful this time as our first visit. The menu, while not extensive, offers a great variety of food choices that are truly delicious . The wait staff are friendly and obliging. It's very easy to let your mind think that you are in France. The space is... More 

Thank Jo P
Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Have been here a number of times now, the latest for my sons birthday. Food is very authentic and tasty, everything ordered excellent, coq au vin, steak, a ravioli- good wine list but a little lumpy, sons less than impressed by the restricted beer list. The profiteroles are probably worth a visit alone. Food staff, all French . If any... More 

Thank TheHighlander2015
Sydney, Australia
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81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a traditional French menu in a small intimate setting. French onion soup, escargot, kidneys, seafood tagliette, creme brûlée ... champagne! Attest staff (French) excellent food...,highly recommended

Thank Michael C
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Visited with friend while we were on holiday from nz. Had chicken friasse with porcine mushroom wine and cream sauce, followed by creme Brule. Nothing could be faulted. Staff amazing. So attentive and pleasant. Will be back next time in Sydney! One of best meals out ever

Thank janicebear
Perth, Australia
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a very fine dinner here on 16 August and were impressed by the friendly service, family restaurant atmosphere and value. Food quality and presentation was excellent, and we found the main meal a little too generous even though we only shared an entre. Cosy, but could be a bit noisy. Definitely on our list for... More 

Thank retrotek
Canberra, Australia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

First time we tried this restaurant and we were more than impressed! Their steak tartare is outstanding and the best we ever had even compared with those we had in Canberra, Bruxelles and Paris! The cassoulet is a must! Many other places skimp on the meat and just put lots of beans, but this was not the case here (lots... More 

Thank A J
Chappaqua, New York
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160 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

My wife and I ate dinner here one night while in Sydney. It was amazing. The food was absolutely delicious, very fresh and the service was excellent. You walk in and feel like you were transported to Paris - the staff were even French. The menu had a great selection of dishes - something for everyone. We started with the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $30
French, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 98 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9262 2402

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Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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