Le Papillon

★★★★☆
  • 410 Saratoga Ave

    San Jose, CA 95129

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  • 408-296-3730

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LePapillon is one of those special occasion resturants that never fails to please. If you are looking for a memorable dinner that matches a mood of celebration you cannot lose by coming here.

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LePapillon is one of those special occasion resturants that never fails to please. If you are looking for a memorable dinner that matches a mood of celebration you cannot lose by coming here.

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FOOD
The food looked like each plate was decorated for at least 10 minutes and all of our guests were absolutely speechless. Hours d??Oeuvres are indescribable and you get to try most of what is on the menu during tasting. Having such fancy food was the reason we chose to print a menu for our guests?we wanted them to know what they were eating ? Most appetizers are small in size, but everything is very filling. The crab souffl that we selected was actually the size of a fist. During tasting, you will try 4 entrees and while all were great, our most favorite is the grilled medallion of beef, which can be cut with a butter knife. Their soups are great as well, but we decided to go with salad, although the staff offered us a great idea of serving just an espresso-size cup of soup to everyone.

COMMUNICATION
It was very easy to communicate with Jondel. We had a lot of questions and were not sure how things were typically done. Jondel handled all of our requests in a very professional and informative manner. Unfortunately, this is rare from what we have seen from other vendors that we considered for a variety of services during our wedding. Jondel will also suggest how to go about something so that both the restaurant??s and client??s requirements are met. She is definitely a pleasure to work with!

PROCESS
The entry must be a combination entry of 2 meats and if a guest cannot have one type of meat, he/she can request to have only one type of meat at the event. This is a bit inconvenient, since some people might be shy and most would likely not know that this can be done. Similarly, your guest would have to be told to specifically ask for a vegetarian option.

The fruit/nut/cheese platter is not cut. You get large pieces of cheese, some hard, some soft and a basket of full-size bread. The staff was great at setting small plates and napkins next to the platter, but it still poses some inconvenience for the guests.

We were allowed to bring chocolates of our own in addition to the cake.

Coffee/tea is not served individually to each guest and, instead, it is served in beautiful authentic containers on one table that you can select to place anywhere in the reception room/bar.

We were able to opt out of the fruit punch served before the ceremony, but it is an option.

PORTION SIZES
My fianc and I have been to one wedding where there was not enough food, so portion size was very important to us. Portions during the tasting are the same as what you will get during catering. For entrees, each of the two meats is the size of about a female fist, which might not seem like a lot, but combined with appetizers, salad/soup, it is more than anyone could eat. I should note that most guest were Europeans and our tradition is to have a lot of food for everyone. Absolutely everyone was full and we still had cake to go.

We also got a gorgeous fruit/nut/cheese platter that was set at the bar. This was barely touched as everyone was so full. Size-wise, it was a full plate of about 19x19 inches and there was a full-size bread basket.

PRICE
We were able to opt out of having fruit punch served prior to the ceremony, as none of the guests were too fond of it based on our knowledge. We had a fruit/nut/cheese platter, which works out to be about $3.50/head, coffee/tea/soft drinks/water is combined and is about the same price. We had no desert from Le Papillon. 3 course meal worked out to be about $115 per head, which included everything from service charges to rentals, labor, and tax. Only standard colors for napkins/tablecloth are included in this price. Rental of all silverware is part of rentals and, for an additional charge, we also ordered rectangular tables.

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★★★★★

FOOD
The food looked like each plate was decorated for at least 10 minutes and all of our guests were absolutely speechless. Hours d??Oeuvres are indescribable and you get to try most of what is on the menu during tasting. Having such fancy food was the reason we chose to print a menu for our guests?we wanted them to know what they were eating ? Most appetizers are small in size, but everything is very filling. The crab souffl that we selected was actually the size of a fist. During tasting, you will try 4 entrees and while all were great, our most favorite is the grilled medallion of beef, which can be cut with a butter knife. Their soups are great as well, but we decided to go with salad, although the staff offered us a great idea of serving just an espresso-size cup of soup to everyone.

COMMUNICATION
It was very easy to communicate with Jondel. We had a lot of questions and were not sure how things were typically done. Jondel handled all of our requests in a very professional and informative manner. Unfortunately, this is rare from what we have seen from other vendors that we considered for a variety of services during our wedding. Jondel will also suggest how to go about something so that both the restaurant??s and client??s requirements are met. She is definitely a pleasure to work with!

PROCESS
The entry must be a combination entry of 2 meats and if a guest cannot have one type of meat, he/she can request to have only one type of meat at the event. This is a bit inconvenient, since some people might be shy and most would likely not know that this can be done. Similarly, your guest would have to be told to specifically ask for a vegetarian option.

The fruit/nut/cheese platter is not cut. You get large pieces of cheese, some hard, some soft and a basket of full-size bread. The staff was great at setting small plates and napkins next to the platter, but it still poses some inconvenience for the guests.

We were allowed to bring chocolates of our own in addition to the cake.

Coffee/tea is not served individually to each guest and, instead, it is served in beautiful authentic containers on one table that you can select to place anywhere in the reception room/bar.

We were able to opt out of the fruit punch served before the ceremony, but it is an option.

PORTION SIZES
My fianc and I have been to one wedding where there was not enough food, so portion size was very important to us. Portions during the tasting are the same as what you will get during catering. For entrees, each of the two meats is the size of about a female fist, which might not seem like a lot, but combined with appetizers, salad/soup, it is more than anyone could eat. I should note that most guest were Europeans and our tradition is to have a lot of food for everyone. Absolutely everyone was full and we still had cake to go.

We also got a gorgeous fruit/nut/cheese platter that was set at the bar. This was barely touched as everyone was so full. Size-wise, it was a full plate of about 19x19 inches and there was a full-size bread basket.

PRICE
We were able to opt out of having fruit punch served prior to the ceremony, as none of the guests were too fond of it based on our knowledge. We had a fruit/nut/cheese platter, which works out to be about $3.50/head, coffee/tea/soft drinks/water is combined and is about the same price. We had no desert from Le Papillon. 3 course meal worked out to be about $115 per head, which included everything from service charges to rentals, labor, and tax. Only standard colors for napkins/tablecloth are included in this price. Rental of all silverware is part of rentals and, for an additional charge, we also ordered rectangular tables.

Pros: Fantastic service and food, highly artistic presentation

Cons: self service for coffee/tea, uncut cheese/bread platter

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It was an ok experience. Nice place, decent service, alright food but everything was just so so. Not the superior service or terrific food I expected, especially for the cost. I wouldn't recommend it and I probably wouldn't go back unless it was for a dinner for someone else. That's not to say anything went wrong while we were there. I just wasn't that impressed.

1
★★★☆☆

It was an ok experience. Nice place, decent service, alright food but everything was just so so. Not the superior service or terrific food I expected, especially for the cost. I wouldn't recommend it and I probably wouldn't go back unless it was for a dinner for someone else. That's not to say anything went wrong while we were there. I just wasn't that impressed.

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Excellent food. Excellent service. Great ambience. Great selection (wild meats/wild birds/steak/fish/pasta). Their tasting menus are amazing. It's pricey - but you are getting your money's worth.

2
★★★★★

Excellent food. Excellent service. Great ambience. Great selection (wild meats/wild birds/steak/fish/pasta). Their tasting menus are amazing. It's pricey - but you are getting your money's worth.

Pros: The service, the food, everything

Cons: It is pricey - but it's not pricey for what you're getting.

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le Papillon has been a local favorite for a while and it is mine as well. I love French restaurants in general and have found that le Papillon has excellent food, great service/ambiance and all at an excellent price (relatively). My favorites include their salmon and mahi mahi, as well as any beef entrees. Be sure to order the souffle for a dessert, its the best I've ever had and is sure to not disappoint. Take a date here :)

www.lepapillon.com

5
★★★★★

le Papillon has been a local favorite for a while and it is mine as well. I love French restaurants in general and have found that le Papillon has excellent food, great service/ambiance and all at an excellent price (relatively). My favorites include their salmon and mahi mahi, as well as any beef entrees. Be sure to order the souffle for a dessert, its the best I've ever had and is sure to not disappoint. Take a date here :)

www.lepapillon.com

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Le Papillon is a true fine dining experience. The menu is superb as is the wine. The staff is very well trained. We celebrated our anniversary there last time and it really made it special.

PROS: true fine dining
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5
★★★★★

Le Papillon is a true fine dining experience. The menu is superb as is the wine. The staff is very well trained. We celebrated our anniversary there last time and it really made it special.

PROS: true fine dining
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Overall dining is recommended. The service staff was polite and dessert was excellent

2
★★★★☆

Overall dining is recommended. The service staff was polite and dessert was excellent

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Le Papillon was our caterer for our wedding and the food was amazing. We received so many compliments on the food. The service was wonderful too, very professional. I highly recommend them.

5
★★★★★

Le Papillon was our caterer for our wedding and the food was amazing. We received so many compliments on the food. The service was wonderful too, very professional. I highly recommend them.

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I celebrated my birthday there with some friends. Eventhough expensive, I feel it was worth every penny. The tasting menu came with so much food to try & so much fine wine. Wonderful professional service. A great place for a special event.

2
★★★★★

I celebrated my birthday there with some friends. Eventhough expensive, I feel it was worth every penny. The tasting menu came with so much food to try & so much fine wine. Wonderful professional service. A great place for a special event.

Pros: food, wine, service

Cons: price, parking

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Everything was great, value would be average for a nice/good restaurant, two course dinner without drinks for a couple cost about $100. Great for groups, very accomodating.

2
★★★★★

Everything was great, value would be average for a nice/good restaurant, two course dinner without drinks for a couple cost about $100. Great for groups, very accomodating.

Pros: Food, Service, Wine List

Cons: Parking

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Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Le Papillon. I had the tasting menu; my boyfriend had the Pepper Seared Filet of Beef with Brandy Demi-Glace (my bf loved it) and the soup of the day--curry soup (too strong for me, but my boyfriend enjoyed it). Food-wise, we enjoyed it very much, leaving the restaurant stuffed. Service-wise, we had reservations, but were not seated until 30 minutes later. During out wait, however, we were served bite-sized appetizers, which were quite tasteful. After trying those, I was determined to be patient and wait for our table. The atmosphere is up-scale, and even a bit snobby ("Proper attire required". Cell phones not allowed), but if you're looking for a place where you can dress up, enjoy good food and good service, then I would definitely recommend Le Papillon. For 2 people, our bill came out to almost $200, including a bottle of champagne.

2
★★★★☆

Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Le Papillon. I had the tasting menu; my boyfriend had the Pepper Seared Filet of Beef with Brandy Demi-Glace (my bf loved it) and the soup of the day--curry soup (too strong for me, but my boyfriend enjoyed it). Food-wise, we enjoyed it very much, leaving the restaurant stuffed. Service-wise, we had reservations, but were not seated until 30 minutes later. During out wait, however, we were served bite-sized appetizers, which were quite tasteful. After trying those, I was determined to be patient and wait for our table. The atmosphere is up-scale, and even a bit snobby ("Proper attire required". Cell phones not allowed), but if you're looking for a place where you can dress up, enjoy good food and good service, then I would definitely recommend Le Papillon. For 2 people, our bill came out to almost $200, including a bottle of champagne.

Pros: Good food, Good service

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Just perfect! I know you have been around a long time, but I never visited until I saw you on citysearch. And was I glad to dine with you. From the presentation to the dessert wine, I was so impressed. My wife and I had a perfect 30th anniversary and I am so glad Le Papillon was there to impress us.
Thanks!

2
★★★★★

Just perfect! I know you have been around a long time, but I never visited until I saw you on citysearch. And was I glad to dine with you. From the presentation to the dessert wine, I was so impressed. My wife and I had a perfect 30th anniversary and I am so glad Le Papillon was there to impress us.
Thanks!

Pros: Service, Food Presentation, Atmosphere

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The food is excellent. The servers are efficient and professional. The ambience is elegant but too stuffy for us Californians, who want to enjoy the exquisite French cuisine without dressing up. The price is quite steep but we should expect to spend more at an elegant French restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

The food is excellent. The servers are efficient and professional. The ambience is elegant but too stuffy for us Californians, who want to enjoy the exquisite French cuisine without dressing up. The price is quite steep but we should expect to spend more at an elegant French restaurant.

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I didn't think the cost of our dinner for two ($250) was worth it. The portions and quality of the food just didn't match the price and left me feeling a little ripped off. The service was straight forward but where we were seated (by the entrance) didn't do much for my impression of the restaurant. I wouldn't ever go back and I wouldn't recommend it to any of my friends.
Save your money and go to La Fondue which is a hundred times better!

1
★★★☆☆

I didn't think the cost of our dinner for two ($250) was worth it. The portions and quality of the food just didn't match the price and left me feeling a little ripped off. The service was straight forward but where we were seated (by the entrance) didn't do much for my impression of the restaurant. I wouldn't ever go back and I wouldn't recommend it to any of my friends.
Save your money and go to La Fondue which is a hundred times better!

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The food was good, but excessively expensive for the quality of the dishes. Wait staff was helpfull and friendly, but somehow didn't quite gel properly. Ambiance was excellent, if a touch stuffy.

Dinner was about $200 for 2 including wine and desert, but for the money I'd definately go elsewhere.

(If you're taking a client out to dinner though, and you're on an expense account I'd recommend it)

1
★★★☆☆

The food was good, but excessively expensive for the quality of the dishes. Wait staff was helpfull and friendly, but somehow didn't quite gel properly. Ambiance was excellent, if a touch stuffy.

Dinner was about $200 for 2 including wine and desert, but for the money I'd definately go elsewhere.

(If you're taking a client out to dinner though, and you're on an expense account I'd recommend it)

Pros: Food, Ambience, Wine List

Cons: Price, Price, Price

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For my birthday I had the tasting menu. The food is very good, the service even better. I would recommend this place for an elegant,classic dining experience.

2
★★★★☆

For my birthday I had the tasting menu. The food is very good, the service even better. I would recommend this place for an elegant,classic dining experience.

Pros: food, romantic, quiet

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We went on Scott Cooper's reputation and ended the night by calling to see whether he had ever been there. Dishes were surprisingly bland and unimaginative -- e.g. beet and goat cheese salad where an overwhipped, insipid white mound lay in the middle, mustard crusted rabbit with only a hint of dijon on a portion of the leg. Service tried but didn't understand that calling us "my friends" and removing plates from someone still eating aren't good techniques. At the prices, a horrible value. 28 by Zagats, but based on all the dishes by our 3 people, 22-23 at best.

1
★★★☆☆

We went on Scott Cooper's reputation and ended the night by calling to see whether he had ever been there. Dishes were surprisingly bland and unimaginative -- e.g. beet and goat cheese salad where an overwhipped, insipid white mound lay in the middle, mustard crusted rabbit with only a hint of dijon on a portion of the leg. Service tried but didn't understand that calling us "my friends" and removing plates from someone still eating aren't good techniques. At the prices, a horrible value. 28 by Zagats, but based on all the dishes by our 3 people, 22-23 at best.

Cons: price

 

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