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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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Hollister, California
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63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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59 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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16 reviews
11 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
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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
Cupertino, California
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Elegant setting with adequate spacing between tables. Great food, great service. Special experience. Portions were larger than expected. I would go with three course in future. I was disappointed in the Grand Maneur soufflé. I've had better

Thank Henry252014
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

What a pleasant surprise in the South Bay. Service was excellent and the flavors of the food was wonderful and complex. The pear salad is great and the passion fruit dessert cannot be missed. So light and flavorful! Cell phones are discouraged and I appreciate the rule since we enjoyed a conversation and the environment without the tech distraction. Highly... More 

Thank Sharris5001
New York
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85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

It's not a secret that we love French or new American cuisine. And Le Papillon is French and so I was very excited. my friend who has been here several times warned me that it's a very nice restaurant but the food may not be as great as the ones that we've tried. It turned out it's true but I... More 

Banning, California
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103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Prior to my concert at the SAP I decided to indulge in a four star extravaganza. I go the restaurant just before 5:30 and the door was locked. I was confused as Yelp shows 5 except for Fridays. They were gracious enough to let me in as they finished setting up for a 30+ group in the back half of... More 

Thank Royston S
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114 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

What a surprise for San Jose. I flew up for a Adele concert expecting the type of meal you might get in a french restaurant in a small town. Instead I receive a gourmet meal that I might expect in Paris or NY. The duck as good if not better then Tour D' Argent in paris

Thank golfbob

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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
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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?