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“Better than France”
Review of Le Papillon

Le Papillon
Ranked #24 of 2,169 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: Bus
San Jose, CA
Level Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
“Better than France”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

I have been here numerous times over the last 25 years and it never fails to amaze me. Their food is just outstanding. We travel to France yearly and honestly, the Papillon is just as good as expensive food in France. The red deer will take your breath away. This is the place for the special meals in your life, posh and expensive and the most lovely flower arrangements. This is NOT a place for children or casual attire.

Visited April 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
302 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Excellent choice”
Reviewed May 24, 2012

This was our first time to Le Papillon and it was a wonderful experience. The food & service are spectacular. Each and every dish we tasted was perfectly prepared and served. It has the "old school" type of service that is professional and nice to see. Cell phones are not allowed in the dining room; however, the younger generation was watching their screens instead of enjoying the ambiance. Exceptional items were the pea soup & the souflee. This is definitely a restaurant which we will return to whenever we are in San Jose.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank FreedomBus
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San Jose, California
Level Contributor
29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“They were perfect!”
Reviewed May 23, 2012

We live only about ten miles away but hadn't been to Le Papillon in over twenty years. We will certainly be back soon. I wanted to take my wife out to a special place to celebrate completion of a major project so I looked online at the reviews for the best restaurants in town and we settled on Le Papillon. Both of us hoped it would emulate Tailevent in Paris where we enjoyed the best dinner of our life. While still fairly expensive at $400 (we brought our own wine), Le Papillon did not disappoint and even at those dollars, it was a third of what Tailevent cost us.

We had their tasting menu which was about 8 tasty courses to which they added extra appetizers and after dinner treats. Every single dish served was superb. Had my wife not diligently guarded her plate, I'd have stolen some of hers too. From the opening act of a small urchin with pressed watermelon through the wonderful souffle, everything was just perfect.

Our server was very polite and her casual formality with a tolerance for my sense of humor hit exactly the right tone to enjoy a superb restaurant for a special occassion.

One thing I really have to note is that the owner "Mike" gets it unlike 99% of other owner/managers. He was out on the floor a lot making sure in a very unobtrusive way that everyone was being taken care of in a wonderful manner. Above and beyond that, he had his eyes and ears open all of the time. He would not pass a customer by if there was an opportunity to pull out a chair or otherwise assist them at all, he just did it. He saw everything going on and was the first there to do any little thing to make their visit better. Put simply, he cares.

Le Papillon is not in a price range to be a regular place for us, but it is certainly worth every dime and we will be back as often as we can.

  • Visited May 2012
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2 Thank AndyP53
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Saratoga, California
Level Contributor
16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great restaurant”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

excellent food with superb service. great place for a special occasion.
easy to get to, close to the highway.

Thank william m
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Saratoga, California
Level Contributor
60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“The Best in San Jose”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

We visited this restaurant many times. Everything is outstanding there: food, service, atmosphere, presentation. It does not look very attractive from outside, but inside you will find an excellent place for romantic dinner or a small private party.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank Igor U
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