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Papillon Restaurant

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J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 348 A | The Village, Palm - Eagle Beach 00000, Aruba
+297 586 5400
17:00 - 22:30
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Short Hills, New Jersey
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80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant has an early bird special until 7 pm. For $30, you get a soup or quiche starter, steak or fish, and a small dessert and a glass of wine. This is a wonderful deal and the food a this restaurant is good. The meat is fresh. I would suggest the offer salad appetizer so that the meal is... More 

Thank DoveJJ
Saratoga Springs, New York
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food is average in taste and the portions are EXTREMELY small. Two in our party stated they were still hungry and that was after dessert. Staff not very attentive. Presentation was very good but again very large plate and the food took up about one quarter of the plate. Definitely not a good choice especially with children.

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Merrick, New York
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my third visit and my third very very happy visit. The food and staff is great. The atmosphere and the entire restaurant is outstanding.

Thank JANE1119
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an excellent dinner here . Halibut was perfect and the veal chop was delicious! It was our first time and would highly recommend it!

Thank 1961Mil
Maud V, Guest Relations Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear 1961Mil, thank you for writing your review! We hope to see you back at our restaurant to try more of our famous fish and meat dishes! kind regards, the entire team of Papillon More 

Meredith, NH
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

5 trips to the Island, and we have visited this place 3 times. Great food. Easy walk from the Hotels. For a simple, nice dinner out, you can never go wrong with Papillon.

Thank mvachon
Maud V, Guest Relations Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear mvachon, thank you for taking the time write this kind review and of course for your visits to our restaurant! We are easily accessible from almost all major hotels and it is a nice walk pass the vibrant and cozy strip of Aruba. We hope to welcome you back on your 6th visit to this beautiful island! Regards, the... More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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130 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Many of the restaurants in the high-rise area of Aruba offer early bird specials, and we decided to take advantage of Papillon's early evening deal, which offered us a three-course dinner from a small number of choices for about $30 per person, including a glass of house wine. We were brought a basket of some kind of delicious savory bread,... More 

Thank CMichener
Maud V, Guest Relations Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

dear CMichener, what a lovely review of our restaurant! We are glad you enjoyed our Early Bird Special for only 29.95! The pesto you are referring to is actually called Tapenade, which is a local spread made from black olives. Feel free to visit our website and see what else our menu has to offer for your next visit: papillonaruba.com.... More 

Oranjestad, Aruba
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78 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

last month we tried the 8 courses anniversary dinner from Papillon. I went with my colleagues and had a great night. The food was very good, the 8 courses were very tasty and unique. They paired the wines with each dish, we had the feeling that we had more wine than food. The wait staff was very attentive and knowledgable.... More 

Thank Toine S
Maud V, Guest Relations Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Toine, thank you for visiting our restaurant and celebrating our 8 year anniversary with our 8 course dinner! We have chosen the dishes and wine pairing with great caution and we are very happy that you enjoyed it! Do you know that May and June are the months of the Asparagus? Check out our website for the Asparagus menu... More 

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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here previously and enjoyed the food and service. For about $30 per person, you have a glass of wine, appetizer, main course, dessert and coffee, with public parking. We had Dutch white asparagus soup, which was delicious! My husband had filet mignon, and I had grouper with rice and asparagus. Both were delicious.

Thank Debra S
Maud V, Guest Relations Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Debra, thank you for your review and your visit to our restaurant. We are glad you like our Early Bird special. To see the rest of our menu, visit our website: papillonaruba.com. We hope to welcome you again! kind regards, the entire team of Papillon More 

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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading the reviews, looking at the menu, and talking to the hostess, I had my expectations too high for this restaurant. I had the filet mignon and hubby had the grouper. Filet was very bland and did't melt in your mouth like I expect of a good filet. Grouper was overcooked. Atmosphere was nice. Service was OK, but not... More 

Thank Bonnie M
Maud V, Guest Relations Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Bonnie, thank you for your honesty. We always strive to serve the best quality of food and we value your feedback. We are happy that you liked the atmosphere and we are proud to say that we are among the few restaurants in Aruba that have not increased their prices for many years. Regards, the entire team of Papillon More 

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

loved the atmosphere. Our fish was overcooked and had a strange sauce that I would not serve with grouper.

Thank Margaret D
Tina R, Manager at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Margaret, Thank you for finding the time to write a review for us and of course we are even more happy with your visit and your honesty. On your next visit to our restaurant, please feel free to elaborate why the sauce chosen was not to your taste so we can create a sauce to your liking. Our grouper... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$36
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 348 A | The Village, Palm - Eagle Beach 00000, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  Palm - Eagle Beach
  • Phone Number: +297 586 5400
Henri Charrière, one of the world’s most famous prisoners, would surely have had the time of his life at Papillon Restaurant in The Village, across from the Radisson Resort. Nicknamed Papillon because of the butterfly tattoo on his chest, he was the first convict to escape from Devil’s Island. Charrière’s thrilling, gripping autobiography has been the concept behind Papillon Restaurant.Papillon Restaurant’s menu reflects the Frenchman’s arduous journey to freedom: classic French dishes have been dusted with daring Caribbean flair and are a culinary journey for your taste buds. The spacious outside terrace is perfect for casual fine dining or one may enjoy the air-conditioned inside dining space.

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