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Le Papillon


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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prix fixe: three courses...75
four courses...85
ragout of burgundy snails
with warm fennel panna cotta & parsley puree
pan seared maine day boat scallops
with hazelnut polenta & preserved lemon
eggplant w/ sweet miso glaze & tahini
price $+10
slow poached lobster
with lemon grass, sweet basil & tamarind gel
truffled hamachi tartare
with avocado, lemon & pea shoot emulsion
linguine & prawns
with cognac truffle cream
tolenas farms quail
with steelcut oatmeal & madeira reduction
sugar snap pea soup
with roasted button shiitake mushrooms
salsify soup w/ duck royale & truffle
sunchoke & artichoke salad
with‎ dates, sorrel & olive
pear salad w/ toasted pecans, feta cheese, baby lettuce & chambord vinaigrette
price $+3
shaved hamakua heart of palm salad
with ruby grapefruit, avocado & macadamia nuts
baby lettuce w/ sherry vinaigrette & danish blue cheese
heirloom tomato salad
with‎ ricotta, black olive caramel, & shiso
pan roasted beef tenderloin
with maitake mushrooms, potato gratin & bone marrow
noisettes of red deer
with huckleberries & golden chanterelles
braised duck breast w/ sour cherry, sage & black forbidden rice
grilled hawaiian swordfish
with soy-verjus emulsion & dauphinois potatoes
roasted halibut
with mussel-saffron jus, melted leeks & potato mille-feuille
roasted berkshire pork tenderloin
with smoked maple & hibiscus-onion marmalade
loin of lamb
with sheeps milk yogurt, & eggplant "baklava" & barberries
pan roasted vegetables
with soft polenta & fried herbs
tasting menu...110 per person
matching wines ...60 per person
fluke w/ preserved mandarinquat, okinawa sweet potato & nori oil
pan roasted sea bream w/ caramelized fennel & black lime
warm potato mousse w/ taleggio & black truffle
breast of squab w/ braised sunflower seeds & confit tortellini
shio koji roasted bison tenderloin w/ porcini mushrooms
saint-agur w/ birch syrup & hazelnut
sytrawberry vacherin w/ mascarpone, marzipan & lemon balm
US$ 85 - US$ 145
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
French, Contemporary
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed yesterday

Excellent appetizers, salads, main menu with fish or meat and wine/drink list. I love the snails/escargot, Red Deer or Loin of Lamb or the grilled swordfish.....amazing and always cooked to perfection. Try the Grand Marnier Souffle with berries for dessert and make sure to order...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank dawesom1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is my second high end French Restaurant visit in the Bay Area. I would say in a nutshells is very good. The service and experience at Plumed horse is much nicer. But this is definitely a nice place to visit and have dinner. Food...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank steppenwolf77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You better have a reservation, because the secret is out. This has to be one of the best restaurants in California. We were greeted by the owner as we arrived and everything about this restaurant speaks of his attention to every detail. Superb service. An...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Frank R
Reviewed 1 January 2019 via mobile

We have family dinner there yesterday. It is hard to find locating at southeastern corner of Saratoga ave and kiely blvd. The neighborhood doesn’t look very nice but inside is fine and quiet. The French food is very decent. We love the snails, foie gras,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank whliu2001
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Le Papillon has been a quality, family run, continental cuisine mainstay since the mid 1970s. They offer two menus; one is a sampler of multiple intriguingly, visually enticing, delicious items. The other is a prix fixe menu, with an option of either three or four...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Charles L
Reviewed 6 November 2018

We went to Le Papillon to celebrate our 11th anniversary as we did for our 1st anniversary. Le Papillon is an fine French restaurant that has also been a Michelin star rated in the past and delivers a wonderful culinary experience. The pre fix menu...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Kalvin S
Reviewed 21 September 2018

We dined there with another couple celebrating our anniversaries on the same day, though not the same year. The decor is quiet and elegant. The service is impeccable. We all had different meals and they were all very good and unique. So I would guess...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank saintjack
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Some things were excellent (service, menu options, lobster, sea bass, soup, tenderloin) and some things were not (all the salads, bread, scallops, deer and the soufflé.). Good wine options at reasonable prices. We truly appreciated the Chef’s menu choices and creation and plating. The portion...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank James_Hytner
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

This is probably the best French restaurant in San Jose - each dish is meticulously prepared and artistically presented, service is first class, and the entire dining experience is super in a warm romantic setting. Will certainly dine again.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 645jamesz
Reviewed 13 July 2018

One of the few places in Silicon Valley that requires folks to dress up. We've been here for birthdays and anniversaries over the years and it's always been wonderful. We reserved one of the side rooms once for a birthday event with ten guests and...More

Date of visit: March 2018
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