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Le Papillon

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French, Contemporary
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410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129-1332
+1 408-296-3730
17:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 27 September 2014

Loved this place. Really fantastic food, with alot of attention to detail and creativity in the flavor pairings. Mmmm, lobster, venison, quail, couldn't ask for a better menu. Overall impression was excellent, with an elegant decor and very polite staff. Nice selection of wines on the list as well, with some of my California favorites. A+ all around, can't wait... More 

Thank Gary C
Canberra, Australia
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1,498 reviews
847 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2014

Pro tip - no mobile device usage allowed in the dining room. Very contemporary ambiance and wonderful service. Great wine menu. Terrible beer selection (you can't be perfect I guess). I had the 4 course menu, I ordered the scallops, pea soup, venison, and soufflé. All very nice. I think the scallops was the peak of the night for me.... More 

Thank axs666
San Jose, California, United States
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

This charming and intimate dining room lends itself well to romance and give the diner a sense of walking into a fine establishment in Provence. The sommelier chose two exquisite wines for us, one half-bottle white and one half-bottle red, to compliment the diverse meal we planned to order. The menu is prix fixe with extraordinary appetizers, mains, and desserts.... More 

Thank Dinna M
Mount Kisco, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This is an excellent restaurant in San Jose, if you are looking for an upscale restaurant. As most French-related restaurants, significant attention is paid to service, and Le Papillon certainly comes second to none. We event got a digestif on the house to end our meal. We ordered a combination of appetizers and entrees to share, but not the tasting... More 

Thank rocejo
San Jose, California
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2014

We have been to Le Papillion a number of times in the past, and it has always been exceptional. I have been remiss in not giving it the glowing review it deserves, but believe me, this restaurant is one of the finest that we have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The service is impeccable, and yet never aloof and... More 

Thank Imawino
San Francisco, California
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157 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2014

Dinner for four was $500, which is acceptable for an outstanding restaurant. However, the food quality was inconsistent. The truffled Hamachi was excellent, as was the salsify soup. (The salsify soup was truly memorable) The poached lobster appetizer was good, but nowhere near as good as the soup. The hearts of palm salad was tough and flavorless; I did not... More 

Thank CaWineGuy
Los Gatos, California
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Although the location strikes one as odd upon arrival, this restaurant is truly not to be overlooked. The food, service and ambiance once inside feels far removed from the city and is most conducive to a lovely evening. The wine list and sommelier are also not to be missed. Can't wait to return!

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New York City
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 10 December 2013 via mobile

My colleague and I were looking for a good restaurant amid the generic strip types so familiar to the Silicon Valley. Our hotel gave us a list of places nearby and under the heading "French" there was only one, Le Papillon. We arrived and found an attractive room and a gracious host as well as wait staff. The menu is... More 

1 Thank KIRNYC
San Jose, California
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199 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

If you enjoy the "French experience" or have never been to a true French restaurant then you have to try "Le Papillon", close your eyes and you can hear the accordion and the French chattering. Actually I take that back as you'd lose the pleasure of the decor. I can;t think of a better restaurant in San Jose. As others... More 

Thank GarryPy
Saratoga, California
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

This is a restaurant that is definitely suited for a special dinner. The food was very good. We both chose the 4 course menu (appetizer; soup or salad; main; dessert) – and enjoyed almost every bite (not a fan of the bone marrow ravioli that came with the tenderloin (not a comment on the preparation, just my personal taste.)) The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
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: +1 408-296-3730

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