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Bistro Papillon

#142 of 4,629 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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98 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9262 2402
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped by for a light dinner meal and drinks and on ordering we were told that there was a $30 minimum order on food each - even though we had ordered way more than that in red wine, white wine and sparkling water totalling $140! We spoke to the manager and he insisted this is the policy. We were... More 

Thank lovincen
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164 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This review is for one of their specialty dinners at Bistro Papillon; the "Soiree Raclette"! For those in the know, this is a special evening that occurs every first Monday of the month and bookings are a must! This evening always sells out pretty fast as it is so authentically Parisienne and for only $55pp for the 2 course menu... More 

1 Thank Merry N
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Bistro Papillon lived up to its reputation. I was on my own in Sydney for business and wanted somewhere intimate where you could sit by yourself, happily, in a cosy atmosphere, with great food, good wine and attentive service and Bistro Papillon delivered. I hadn't made an appointment and the place was busy, even though it was a Tuesday night,... More 

Thank LASAuckland
Sydney, Australia
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79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Went with some old friends and we were looked after well with the food, french wine and the service. My friends really enjoyed the special entrecôte dish while I had the CASSOLETTE DE FRUITS DE MER FAÇON BOUILLABAISSE. I think their meat dish was nicer but cannot fault the way the Bouillabaisse was prepared. Really enjoyed the baguettes and the... More 

Thank worldtravel69
Sydney, Australia
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149 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We have dined here before and were very disappointed at our meal for four tonight. The escargot were soggy and the waiter confirmed they came out of a jar - not even frozen. When we sent them back the waiter said the chefs view was they were fine. The seafood stew was also sub par. We didn't get any sense... More 

1 Thank Ozfemale
Perth, Australia
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277 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We dropped in here for lunch and were lucky enough to get a table but be warned its small so booking might be a good idea. It had many of the Brasserie staples but what we had was very well cooked and the service was excellent. Nice wine list

Thank Kevin A
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

A charming little bistro with friendly staff and an outstanding menu. Simple food, done to absolute perfection. I cannot actually find superlatives to accurately describe how amazing a meal I had. Not cheap, but not overly expensive either, and an impressive French wine list. I will definitely make a point of eating there every time I am in Sydney.

Thank hendrikv463
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We have been going here for years now and it is our favourite French restaurant in Sydney - it used to be our little secret, but everyone knows about it now - for good reason! The food is excellent, true simple country French classics and they serve the best crème brulee (and we've tasted a few!). The staff are welcoming... More 

Thank ShellandPatrick
Singapore, Singapore
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87 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Great venue for a private work function. No complaints . Greta service and good sort of french food . Duck was great and mixed starters catered for all . I would go back again and no concerns .

Thank Expat-kiwis1971
North Strathfield, Australia
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Good service, good simple french food. A bit of Paris in Sydney. Just a bit disappointed about the fries who were frozen

Thank Baram83

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 29
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 98 Clarence St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9262 2402

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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