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Bistro Papillon

#158 of 4,392 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
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Perth, Australia
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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157 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Logan R
Newcastle, NSW
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

We walked into a small room and were immediately transported to France. The atmosphere and service were superb . The food was classic French with a little surprise in the plats du jour; a delightful quail dish and a raspberry sorbet in a meringue tower. The wine list included good French varieties. Bookings essential.

1 Thank travel50_11
Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Just for a little while I was back in France, probably the South, with beautiful authentic French cooking. Wonderfully fresh ingredients prepared with love. We were a party of 3 the service was friendly and French, the atmosphere and decor very French. The food was perfect. My tagliatelle Le mur was excellent. The creme brûlée was perfect. I wish I... More 

Thank HJLBo
Sydney, Australia
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78 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We dined at Papillon with friends on a bust Saturday evening. The restaurant was full, fortunately, we had booked. From Bonsoir to Au revoir the service was top shelf. The staff where all French ex-pats and their beautiful accents just added to the experience. The food (let’s face it that why we were there) was absolutely fantastic, the baguette was... More 

1 Thank LJA_55
Tamworth, Australia
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93 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Bistro Papillon is a warm and friendly restaurant, ideal for a cold winter dinner. The staff are welcoming and efficient and the service free flowing at about the right tempo. The menu was expansive although a little on the expensive side, as was the wine list. The food though was excellent and plentiful and able to be shared around. One... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Great restaurant for a business lunch you want to make special yet not formal. Food is excellent, service is perfect and atmosphere is very enjoyable.

Thank agneschristophe2016
Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Went for dinner here on Saturday night and was a nice escape from Vivid crowds. Quiet intimate restaurant that has a genuine french style, menu, wines and staff. From the first arrival the greeting and service was very good. Enjoyed wholesome winter fair, I chose the Wagu and my partner had the pork and potato sausages with white beans very... More 

Thank Michael K
Cairns, Australia
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Great food and the assistance of the staff to put a glass or 2 of wine with each course worked for me. The Champagne Gatinois was dame fine


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Central Business District

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.