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Business Description
Papillon Restaurant - Fine Dining A tranquil and stately "butterfly" has been calling the Niles area of Fremont home for over 20 years. Perched on Mission Boulevard just west of the entrance to Niles Canyon, near the Sullivan Underpass, Papillon - the French name for Butterfly - has been quietly serving lunch and dinner patrons from near and far with elegance and panache. Fine dining and attention to customer service are not just words here. Diners are welcomed graciously and seated in either the traditional style dining room, tastefully decorated with muted tones or the atrium that glows softly in the evening or allows filtered sunlight through an ivy covered glass solarium for the lunch crowd. Groups can take advantage of a spacious banquet room seating up to 70 shares the fine dining and service of the restaurant. Gentle attention to detail by wait staff means that visitors are seated quickly and white table cloths are neat and ready, garnished with fresh flowers and sparkling silverware. Whether on a tight schedule or dining out in leisure, there is an unmistakable undercurrent of efficiency without pressure. The attentive staff seems to know when diners require attention and are otherwise invisible. The rule here is that customers are the primary focus of attention and they deserve the best from the time they enter and receive a courteous greeting until they depart satisfied with a pleasant wave farewell. Working with fresh seasonal ingredients, the menu at Papillon takes advantage of each season but also lists perennial favorites such as Roasted Rack of Lamb and tender Beef Wellington with a flakey crust that doesn't disappoint! Entrees can be preceded by "starters" that will entice the eyes when presented and taste buds when consumed. Papillon includes specialties such as escargot, frog legs, Truffles and Cognac Duck Pat , and a French Onion soup that is baked with puff pastry in a traditional style seldom seen in the area and difficult to prepare. Again, Papillon doesn't disappoint! In keeping with fine dining and a superb meal, presented and served with style, Papillon maintains a large selection of fine wines, many available by the glass. The collection is extensive and spans the gamut from domestic winners to foreign favorites. Australian wines are becoming quite popular here. For those who lean towards beer, Papillon is ready to please serving premium domestic and foreign brews. A full bar is available to take any order.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (510) 793-2789

Fax Number: (510) 793-2789

Fax: (510) 793-2789

Payment method
mastercard, visa, amex, all major credit cards, discover
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhood
Niles
AKA

Papillion - Fremont

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Categories
French Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Continental Restaurants, Steak Houses, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, French, Steakhouse, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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07/24/2014

Overall
Nice

Hands down one of the best I've been into! Could do some improvements on decoration but other than that, the food is good! Service great! I'm a worker at macy's, so happens this employee from this place always comes along recommending me to go. I have to say I love this place! Great for dates

02/16/2008

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I've had better cafeteria food

This is by far the worst dining experience at a restaurant that is not a Denny's. While the menu looked good, I soon found out why there were no pictures of the food on their website, but let's start at the beginning. Our reservation was at 5:30 and we were the 3rd party there. We were seated 10 minutes later (in an empty restaurant). We were shown the menu along with the specials for the day. When I ordered the appetizer from the specials menu (roasted beet salad), I was informed that it was not available. How is it that the daily special is not available at first seating of a restaurant??? It turns out that they were still roasting the beets and it was going to be an hour before it was ready. We went with the French Onion Soup and I had Oyster's on the half shell instead. 20 minutes later, I get the Oysters. Sadly, the raw Oysters were the best part of the meal. After the Oysters, we sat at drank water for another 30 minutes before the soup showed up. While the Soup was good, having soup 1 hour after we arrived pretty much ruined it. Ironically, I guess I could have waited for the beets because it was about 1 1/2 hours from our reservation time before our food arrived. While my wife's filet was decent, my duck could have passed for cafeteria food. The duck was literally 2 pieces of breast sitting in some watery sauce with some vegetable on the side. I wish I took a picture of it, but think taking 2 chicken breasts out of the freezer, throw in to hot water for 30 minutes, and put on plate. The meat lacked flavor and I had trouble cutting it with the steak knife they provided. We decided to cut our loses and skip the dessert as 2 hours has now passed. I am all for enjoying a long dining experience but it's not much of a dining experience waiting 30 minutes between courses. If you are looking for good food, go elsewhere because this is NOT it. BTW...the decor was pretty horrible too. Think haunted mansion.

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