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Le Papillon

Certificate of Excellence
French, Contemporary
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410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-1332
(408) 296-3730
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Banning, California
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93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Prior to my concert at the SAP I decided to indulge in a four star extravaganza. I go the restaurant just before 5:30 and the door was locked. I was confused as Yelp shows 5 except for Fridays. They were gracious enough to let me in as they finished setting up for a 30+ group in the back half of... More 

Thank Royston S
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104 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a surprise for San Jose. I flew up for a Adele concert expecting the type of meal you might get in a french restaurant in a small town. Instead I receive a gourmet meal that I might expect in Paris or NY. The duck as good if not better then Tour D' Argent in paris

Thank golfbob
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

The presentation and food are excellent. I have been to this place many times over the years. It has always been great. Mature olive trees in front of the restaurant are trimmed into a half-dome shape which gave me good idea to trim my own like that. My favorite dishes: Pear salad with no cheese; scallop appetizer and for main... More 

Thank LenaCDoll
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Took my mother for a special birthday celebration. The staff is extremely attentive and create a very comfortable environment to enjoy a delectable meal. The chef prepared some surprising amuse bouches (favorite was the lobster in egg custard) between courses and the courses themselves were delicious. A little pricey but worth it.

Thank Kevin C
Honolulu, Hawaii
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

Beautiful quaint French restaurant with well plated tasty food and service to match. Extensive tasting menus with optional wine pairings are available. We chose Champagne which worked fine throughout dinner. The soufflés are large enough to share.

Thank tlwhawaii
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79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

We had Le Papillon's fixe prix meal over Valentine's Day and were very pleased. The price has high as was to be expected ($125 per person) but every course was delicious. The service was excellent. The knowledgeable service staff were able to advise on both wines and meal choices. There were 4-5 choices for each course. Highlights included lobster and... More 

Thank Wanda R
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341 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Been coming here periodically since early 80's. Nice Place, good food, attentive, well trained service ... All basic requirements for restaurants touting themselves as the "creme de la creme" of restaurants ... Net/net: just the ante to this game of poker. Nothing wrong with this place - it's just that their competition has raised-the-bar and far surpassed Le Papillon. Thus,... More 

2 Thank ggrodhaus
San Jose, California
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Le Papillon has been my go to restaurant for over 30 yrs. If you are looking for a taste experience in a quiet relaxing setting this is the place to go. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and as professional as any you will encounter. I never leave there in under 2 hrs and am not even aware of the... More 

Thank Doug M
San Jose, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

You can't do much better that Le Papillon. You will not be disappointed. The food is amazing, the staff is incredible and the atmosphere is wonderful.

1 Thank papabear1121
Los Gatos, California, Usa
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Le Papillon is my favorite restaurant. It has a romantic atmosphere and even more importantly outstanding cuisine.

Thank Jerry C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
French, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-1332
  • Public Transportation: Bus
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (408) 296-3730

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?