Papillon Edinburgh

4.4
20 reviews
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Gastro Pub
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  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Lunch
Papillon bar and restaurant on Leith Shore offers diners a modern evening drinks experience through it's cooking, ambience and exceptional waiting staff. Whether you are looking for a dinner place or a place for evening cocktails we can cater for all.

Opening in November 2017 our bartenders are already reknowned for their skill in cocktail creation & celebration! Our cocktails are a mixture of classic, contemporary and innovative – something for everyone.
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c
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good meal, good service, good beer and wine, all at a good price!

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f
Edinburgh
27 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

5 of us went for an early dinner - using a ITISON voucher for 2 courses for 4 people plus a cocktail each for part payment - and very much enjoyed. Craig helpfully phoned at lunchtime to warn us there was a group of 30 people booked in for the same time as us and maybe we would want to arrive half an hour earlier or later, we chose the latter which worked out very well as we had no waiting time to order when we arrived and received very good service. The food was pretty eclectic and enjoyable, atmosphere was informal and relaxed, a good evening and good value overall

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RP
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying in Leith for a week's holiday and found Papillon whilst walking around the neighbourhood. We decided to book a table for our last night and are so pleased that we did.

We were a group of five, three of whom were children aged 9, 12 and 12. From the moment we stepped in the staff were fantastic and immediately showed us to our table. Drinks orders were taken and arrived quickly. Advice about portion sizes and what was good to eat was happily given by our server (unfortunately I cannot remember her name but she was absolutely lovely). I couldn't find an Espresso Martini on the extensive cocktail list but she went off and asked the bar who made one for me and it was one of the best I've had! Also, major bonus the homemade mayonnaise was incredible.

The food was delicious, we were made to feel really welcome and would highly recommend anybody to book in for a meal or just enjoy the atmosphere over a pint.

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M
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere, very friendly staff, the new menu doesn’t have loads of choice but I had the pork ribs and they were so so tasty and the portion (1/2 rack) wasn’t too massive. The cocktails are lovely too.

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SA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us had a mid-week dinner there, great draught beer and good food and wine. We had been there before and previously found it a little noisy, this time the music level was just right. We really enjoyed the evening and we will return.

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CB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very nice great service steak was delicious and will definitely be back.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good and service average. Menu could do with a bit more variety. Lovely decor and good atmosphere.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and great atmosphere with a fantastic drinks menu.

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LG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, cocktails and service - thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the restaurant

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D
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quiet when we arrived but go busier. Decent menu with specials. Lovely service from Roxanne. Atmosphere was lovely with nice music in the background. Everyone happy with their choices especially partner who is a bit of a fish and chips expert and he said it was the best he’d had for a long time. Wonderful batter on fresh fish. Will definitely be back.

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BF
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

When full/busy, it must be noted that this is a very noisy restaurant and not conducive for dining when relaxed conversation is a key feature of the event.

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B
Bath
7 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very pleasant end to a long day's travelling. Great vibe, fantastic food, and attentive service.

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W
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We enjoyed a Friday lunchtime get together at this friendly local restaurant. It deserves to be as busy as its sister, the popular Cafe Tartine.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Been for a drink only once before & had some fries served in a bucket, nothing amazing but generous enough.
Saw a special offer dinner, so thought would try as a local venue & like to support when can.
Unfortunately bit below average - not certain kitchen up to the job as the fire alarm went off due kitchen fire.
I had fish & chips - the chips came in same bucket, but the portion was tiny (as if eke-ing them out), the portion of fish was generous although the ratios of fish to chips was way off. The biggest issue was it was tasteless, it appeared that neither the chips, fish or batter had been seasoned.
My friend had shellfish pasta, again it lacked any seasoning and the pasta was over cooked, although the shellfish was plump & well cooked.
I really wanted to like this place as a local joint to pop out to when don't want to cook, but the prices do not match the quality of the food. At around £15 a mains, I would have been very disappointed if had paid full price. Wine was flabby and uninspiring.
You could see the service was really good, but were overwhelmed.
The whole experience appeared to be that they were out of their depth and certainly need to pull their socks up as have a goldmine, if they can get the formula right.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Papillon was perfect for a dinner for 4 friends and is right beside our office. Great atmosphere, great service and delicious food. Yummy cocktails and wine too!

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AH
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great addition to commercial street, nice decor, great service and good food!

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J
Edinburgh
14 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing experience. This place has the potential to be good but the staff need a lot more customer experience in dealing with diners. We had to wait over an hour before we got our starters as the kitchen was slammed because they were catering for a buffet and then another hour for mains. No one came over to inform us that they were running very behind until we asked how long more it was going to be. There were no apologies offered for the tardiness and we had to send the bill back twice as it was incorrect. Overall, a disappointing experience made worse by the fact the staff are just not experienced enough.

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FW
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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DJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff very friendly.
Food varied different and tasty
Atmosphere pleasant- would be better when busy
Love the mirrors

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great dinner. Warm in the conservatory. Staff very helpful

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