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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
11:30 - 14:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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San Jose, California
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196 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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84 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank orkdldy
Kansas City, Missouri
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78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

I was looking forward to dining here. I found the decor very dated.The service was excellent however the menu was disappointing. I did not find anything that seemed creative or interesting. I decided to try the deer as I come from a family of hunters and chefs. No flavor. My husband thought his meal was OK.The food was not bad... More 

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Cupertino, California
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148 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

Some places withstand the test of time and the butterfly is not one. For the price I expect nothing but outstanding. Over priced, over rated and over done attitude.

Thank Valhala95014
Silicon Valley, CA
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

We've lived in this area for 45 years and have probably been to this restaurant only half a dozen times. It is EXPENSIVE but worth the cost for a special meal. Never disappoints us and didn't this weekend either. My wife has been there several times for lunch with friends and they were also pleased with it. We will probably... More 

Thank Travelerzz2
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110 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013 via mobile

We have dined here many many times as it is our favorite restaurant in San Jose. Scott Cooper at our request has done a blind tasting, very creative, menu for us. We have only told him the wines we are bringing and he pairs the food to our wine. Each time we have done this it has been, MICHELIN STAR... More 

Thank Josmshank
Santa Clara, California
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60 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

So i haven't been to the restaurant in a couple of years. They catered our wedding at Clos La Chance vineyard in 2009. But I had the chance to go with an out of town co-worker who is a foodie and had wanted to try it. So as always, the service is terrific. Michael remembered by husband and myself and... More 

1 Thank A W
Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

This place is great for any occasion. It is easy to have a conversation, and the service is fantastic. The building looks like it used to be someone's house, which makes it cozy, though parking can be difficult. They offer a tasting menu or a prix fixe for 3 or 4 dishes. I had the slow poached lobster which was... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

When I'm in town, this is my go-to restaurant for special occasions. The staff is helpful, friendly, and not intrusive. If you're into wine, they have a wide selection and can help you find something that goes perfectly with your meal. The food - the food is always amazing! They serve little amuse bouche before and in between courses. Nice... More 

1 Thank M H
San Jose, California
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136 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

We try to eat here most Christmas Eves as a family treat. Excellent food and ambiance. One of our favorite, don't care what it costs, places. And it costs! Take your pink slip and checkbook. At least try it once. Would be great for a very special occasion.

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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, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
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?