The Elephant Restaurant

4.8
1314 reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
Welcome to The Elephant Restaurant
The Elephant is a bright, informal restaurant which overlooks the beautiful Torbay harbour. It was the first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star which it maintains today. We aim to source all our ingredients locally and sustainably, many from our dedicated farm in Brixham. Please feel free to ask our front of house team about anything you are unsure of.

Run by chef proprietor, Simon Hulstone and his wife Katy. Food is cooked by a talented team of chefs and served by friendly, professional team of staff.

All our dishes change regularly depending on which locally grown and reared (many sourced from our dedicated farm) ingredients are at their best.

A £20 deposit per person is required to secure reservations on special days of the year, our special events, or for tables of 6 or more.

Children's menu is only available at lunch for ages 10 and under.

Tasting menu only available in the evening unless requested via phone in advance.
What 1314 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best food we’ve had in a very long time.

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Graduation
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good, slightly too loud radio, slightly to long waiting to order desserts and slightly dry main courses (belly pork).

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annd
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal. Very tasty.best meal for a long time. Good service and not rushed. Lovely decor.

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Great set menu for lunch and really amazing value. Fantastic service. Wonderful food. Definitely ask for a table away from the toilets and dark bar area for a jollier lunch experience.

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DanielleS
Bath
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic value lovely food will definitely be back, a must to visit !

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ElizabethW
Devon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the food was beautiful
It was the best meal we’ve had at a restaurant and a lovely celebration for my sons success

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DANEF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience right from entering. Lovely, friendly staff whilst being quietly professional. The menu was beautifully put together and very well balanced. The decor and surroundings were sublime with fantastic attention to detail. Every course was beautifully presented and each ingredient could be tasted, lovely.
Would be my first port of call should I find myself in Torquay in the future.
I would highly recommend The Elephant to anyone visiting the town as a 100% go to destination.
Fantastic, thank you.

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RichardM
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant good atmosphere very friendly and attentive staff. Excellent choice of food well cooked and presented.

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Nippy
Shropshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative seasonal and exceptional food and great service . We have visited twice now and will definitely return in the future when in Torquay next to try the taster menu !

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EmmaK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is my partner and I’s first experience at a Michelin star restaurant and we were more than blown away by all the food we had.

We told them it was a meal for a special occasion and thought it was lovely to receive a card and chocolates at the end to celebrate.

We were visitors to the area and would love to return just for a meal here!

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MarkC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the set lunch menu whilst on holiday in Torquay. The food was of exceptional quality as was the overall dining experience.

The waiting staff were efficient and courteous. You simply must visit - this is fine dining of a very high standard in a beautiful dining room.

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IreneA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service could not be faulted , 1st class without being pretentious, which we have found in other restaurants of this level. Nice to see families with children especially as they were quiet and well behaved.

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ClaireW
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I made bold but completely different choices from the menu and everything was cooked and presented perfectly, well done team! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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GaryT
Devon
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. The food was fantastic, perfect service from very attentive staff. Not as expensive as I thought. Great for a special occasion. Will definitely be back.

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CherieM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, Michelin star well-deserved. Excellent service, gorgeous artwork, overall a very enjoyable evening.

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AnthonyS
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff, would definitely recommend

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FranJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic 3 course lunch. Exceptional food and wonderful staff. Thoroughly recommend the restaurant for your special occasion.

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding dining experience! The whole atmosphere was extremely welcoming and the food was superb. We have already booked to go again.

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Pekaye
Devon
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a culinary experience.
The food is delightful and of Michelin Star quality. We eat at restaurants quite often, but I think we would rate this the best

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Carolyne
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal. The staff were attentive and catered to your every need. Fabulous decor and design - especially the ladies toilet wallpaper!

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ARDA
Devon
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing amazing food and affordable for a Michelin star restaurant. Beautiful non pretentious decor and lighting. An absolute pleasure

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ERayner
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a truely fantastic dinner at The Elephant. We ordered the tasting menu and accompanying wine flight for two and were not disappointed. Each course was presented beautifully and perfectly proportioned. The food was delicious, with the scallop course being our favourite. The staff were welcoming and explained each course and wine as we went. Considering the quality, the evening was extremely good value and somewhere we will absolutely be retuning to.

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Natalieg
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service very good. Well worth a visit if your into your food.

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BenP
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in to the moment we left the service was excellent. The food superb and the set lunch very, very good value. All round a great experience. In my opinion it is worth the trip to Torquay just to visit the Elephant.

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DavidO
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great lunch on 17th September. The staff were lovely and professional and as expected the food was very good and for a Michalin restaurant good value. Highlight were the Stone Bass and the Devon cream tea. Book early if you want a Dinner reservation.

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patrickR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food as always and the service was impeccable.
Had the set menus which was fantastic value for money.

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GailM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A real treat. Flavours were delicious. Waitress lovely.

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DanielE
Devon
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to celebrate my partners birthday. We had 3 courses, wine and coffee after. She even got a birthday card and birthday plate. The food and service was excellent. Already looking forward to our next visit

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Zahl
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited The Elephant for our Anniversary, and had a fabulous time. Friendly helpful staff, excellent service and the food was simply delicious. If you’re looking for fine dining in Torquay, this restaurant is a must!

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jennetteT
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience from the warm welcome on arrival to our final goodbyes. The decor was understated but very pleasing on the eye, the use of the large mirrors in the restaurant made it feel like a much bigger venue. The staff were very attentive and made sure each course was explained. We chose the Tasting Menu. Each course was visually pleasing and inviting and every course didn’t disappoint. It was difficult to choose a favourite, though the scallop course just nudged ahead. Oh and the coffee was heaven! I liked that we were offered more bread and butter, the butter was soft and creamy, almost moose like and the little crystals of salt on the top gave little explosions to the palate. Not to be missed.

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NelsonG
Devon
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we went to the elephants fantastic food very friendly staff amazing we will go back again definitely👏🏻👏🏻

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PeterN
Devon
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warm and welcoming, staff very helpful and friendly. Good food selection, meal was delicious, wonderful flavours. Portions good, presentation excellent. Plenty wine choices and reasonable prices.

Would recommend to anybody. Thank you for a lovely, special evening.

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SeraCrow
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the Elephant is not just a meal - it’s an experience. Welcoming and knowledgeable front of the house - they will take care of you and help you with everything around food drinks or even getting a taxi.
Thoughtful interior, beautiful plates, wonderful art and finally the food!
All the best ingredients from fish and veg reach southwest put together in mind blowing combinations of flavour, texture and taste.
I had one of the best food experience in my life! Thank you the Elephant team for being so gorgeous!!!

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Ralph
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a most enjoyable even, food was excellent, service was very good and staff were very polite

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JeffR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Second time in the last few weeks. Did not disappoint. Excellent food.

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LouiseP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Great food at a good value price
Restaurant could maybe look a bit
Smarter (no white tablecloths)
Service good but could be better
No explanation of meal being served and no amuse bouche offered
But worth a visit and would return

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AndrewD
Devon
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the the most fantastic food
Just outstanding what an experience

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SheilaB
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a joy to eat at The Elephant as from the moment you arrive you are welcomed to this beautiful,elegant, recently refurbished restaurant. Service, by the knowledgeable staff is superb and unobtrusive, throughout the meal.
Simon Hulstone, the Chef Patron and his team produce imaginative seasonal menus using local produce. My friends and I ate from the Prix Fixte menu when we visited for lunch on Tuesday this week and found it to be excellent value, exciting and faultless in quality, production, presentation, taste and enjoyment. We all chose fish, scallops to start followed by Hake and finally the most delicious Treacle tart I have ever eaten.
The extensive wine list is excellent value for money too and there is something for all tastes.
In our opinion, there is no finer place to eat in Devon than The Elephant.

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MargaretO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! And the standard of service impeccable. An absolute pleasure.

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PaulineJ
Devon
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set menu was excellent and very good value for money. The staff were very attentive and the whole feel of the restaurant was warm and friendly. We will be back many times I’m sure.

FAQs

The Elephant Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1314 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.