Le Papillon’s French fare is unsurpassed. Owner Mike Mashayekh wanted to offer the people of San Jose the best in fine dining. He’s been doing this since 1977 when he first opened this restaurant. As the world around Le Papillon changed with the tech boom that hit Silicon Valley, Mashayekh knew Le Papillon had to change with it. Its contemporary setting and fine food continues to attract upscale diners.
Chef Scott Cooper brings his worldly knowledge of fine cuisine to the tables at Le Papillon. Throughout his travels, he has learned the cooking methods and traditions of many cultures. French cuisine is his passion, and he frequently changes the menu according to the seasons and availability of ingredients. Count on Le Papillon to use ingredients that are both fresh and sustainable.
Prix Fixe Menu and Tasting Menu
When dining from Le Papillon’s prix fixe menu, you may decide between having three or four courses. Start your meal off right with a choice of appetizer such as Linguine and Prawns with Cognac Truffle Cream. Several choices of soups and salads are available for the second course, like Sunchoke and Artichoke Salad that is served with dates, sorrel, and olive. Exceptional main courses consist of items like Noisettes of Red Deer with Huckleberries and Golden Chanterelles or Braised Duck Breast with sour cherry and sage served atop Black Forbidden Rice. A plethora of vegetable main courses are available too. When ordering from the tasting menu, patrons won’t see too many of the same items as on the prix fixe menu, but what is on the menu is equally excellent. Be sure to save room for a dessert of cheese, pudding, torte, or mousse!
Top Tip: The dress code for the restaurant is semiformal or business-casual attire. The restaurant also asks that cell phones not be used inside.