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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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Sunnyvale, California
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

2nd time back and frankly we were wondering why haven't been sooner. Everything was excellent, nice romantic ambiance, delicious food, ample portions, excellent value ($85/person prix menu. Restaurant is located in a safe, but "out of place" neighborhood, but don't let that stop you, everything's great.

Thank Greg P
San Jose, California
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have dined at Le Papillon many times over the past few years - the food was always good but the service was always so-so. Lately, however, the service has degraded noticeably, particularly with the management. I'm now wondering if it would be better to no longer frequent Le Papillon and instead dine elsewhere. We went for my wife's birthday... More 

Thank pointflexter
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Celebrated a birthday at Le Papillon, best French food in San Jose. The service was friendly, quick, with plenty of staff to cover the tables. They added about 5 additional small tastings of great items in addition to the fixed price menu items. The sauces on our various dishes were wonderful. However, a few even overpowered the main ingredient on... More 

Thank Dan R
San Francisco, California
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119 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

They hit this one out of the stratosphere!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG . Go there and just wait for the MAGIC to begin. It was so incredible, we cant wait to go back. The ambiance, the service, the wine, and oh that miraculous food, BRILLANT!!!!! Michelin star here it comes. It's that GOOD and more!

Thank 4JMP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

The owners are amazing they smile when you walk in great quality and food. Way better than any Starbucks or coffee place I have ever been to.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Hollister, California
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Excellent service, Corey was our waitperson and was so very helpful and generous with his time. The food was outstanding. There were six of us and everyone's meal was perfection! Can't wait to return!!

Thank artgirl850
Wiesbaden, Germany
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69 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I had visited this place some weeks ago. Now it was time for the big party (70 people). The organization upfront (including the seating) was easy and well assisted, although finally there were some last minute changes due to lack of fresh products. When we arrived the cocktails and finger food were served on the fly. Settlig down we found... More 

Thank Michael R
Los Gatos, California
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

So I had heard great things about the food here and I was not disappointed. Nouvelle cuisine, with everything focused on taste as only French cooking can. The portions were reasonable, the presentation was fantastic, so from a culinary experience, it was excellent all round. On the negative side it was devoid of atmosphere, it was like eating in your... More 

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Los Gatos
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Exquisite dining experience. From the food presentation, menu creativity, perfect preparation, professional attentive service to value this is a great restaurant. While expensive you definitely get value here.

Thank 927EricB
Sfakaki, Greece
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Very good restaurant: food, service, atmosphere excellent. Sit in main room (unless there is a loud "business dinner" going on---we ran into one of these, and the Maitre D kindly moved us to another room that was much quieter. I think it's the best French restaurant in the area.

Thank Gargan S

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?