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“What a nice surprise” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Papillon Restaurant

Papillon Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $36
Cuisines: French, Caribbean, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Henri Charrière, one of the world’s most famous prisoners, would surely have had the time of his life at Papillon Restaurant in The Village, across from the Radisson Resort. Nicknamed Papillon because of the butterfly tattoo on his chest, he was the first convict to escape from Devil’s Island. Charrière’s thrilling, gripping autobiography has been the concept behind Papillon Restaurant.Papillon Restaurant’s menu reflects the Frenchman’s arduous journey to freedom: classic French dishes have been dusted with daring Caribbean flair and are a culinary journey for your taste buds. The spacious outside terrace is perfect for casual fine dining or one may enjoy the air-conditioned inside dining space.
Philadelphia, PA
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“What a nice surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2010

Great French/Carribean fusion food in a beautiful bistro setting, nice french wine selection. Like most places in Aruba expensive, but this may have been the best dinner we had that week.

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Atlanta, GA
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161 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Has potential, but it's not a butterfly yet.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2010

Papillon looks so romantic and promising. It is, in fact, quite pleasant. But the food is only fairly good compared to the haute descriptions and the recipes' potential. It's not a very good value, but it is romantic. Located on the back of a strip mall in the high-rise district, it has indoor and patio seating. This caterpillar has not metamorphosed into its potential as a butterfly.

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Lexington, MA
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Delicious French food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2010

We dined at Papillon on Dec. 24, 2009; our meal was excellent, the service was very attentive - from the gracious hostess to the friendly and knowledgeable somelier, and several other waitstaff. When we made a reservation, we asked for nonsmoking, which isn't offered. However, we were seated outside at the very front of the restaurant, and weren't bothered by any smoking guests.

Our meals were excellent, starting with 2 slices of delicious fresh, warm, homemade bread and tapenade; followed by mixed fresh greens with pine nuts and shaved parmesan in balsamic vinaigrette. My husband had melt-in-your mouth rack of lamb over a medley of fresh vegetables. I chose canard a passion
(breast of duck with passion sauce), over asparagus (green tips and
white stalks), and a drizzle of chocolate. It tasted delicious, with
lovely flavors in each mouthful. We enjoyed a smooth pinot noir with
our dinner, too. We indulged in dessert; espresso creme brulee and and brownie served with rum-soaked raisins and rum ice cream. All in all, a scrumptious meal. And who can beat sitting outside on Christmas eve, in warm tropical breezes.

The downside of this restaurant is the location, in a strip mall across from the Radisson. The outdoor seating is in a public square, and the restaurant could do a little more to create a barrier between diners and strollers in the square.

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bangkok
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2 reviews
“The best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2009

We just spent a week in Aruba. The first couple of days we ate at terrible restaurants, like Giannis, and then finally...we found Papillon. The Fillet is amazing (try off the menu, not as part of the early bird special). The service is exceptional and the people are amazing (notice they are all Dutch...sooooo friendly). We love this place and went back again before leaving. The Onion soup and the salads are also amazing. This is surely one of the best places to eat in Aruba.

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newark,nj
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20 reviews
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“an excellent choice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2009

on our most recent visit to aruba we stayed at the radisson. we noticed papillon restaurant, in a nice little setting, across the street, and decided to try it. we were rewarded with an outstanding dining experience highlighted by wonderful bisque soups, delightful appetizers, and delicious entrees. the grouper and filet mignon are highly recommended. also, do not leave without enjoying the divine mousse sampler: an exquisite selection of dark, light, and white chocolate. the staff is very attentive, and was quite helpful and concerned that we would be pleased with our meal. if you're visiting aruba, and especially if you're staying in the high-rise hotel zone, dine at papillon.

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Thank clissner
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