410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Fax: (408) 247-7812
Le Papillon Restaurant
Good For Groups: Yes
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This is our favorite high-end restaurant in the Bay Area. The menu is first class and service is perfect. It is priced accordingly but, well worth it if those special occasions.
03/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
10/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/19/2004Provided by Citysearch -
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.
01/21/2004Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/04/2003Provided by Citysearch -
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.