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  1. Distance: 20.94mi
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  3. Distance: 31.64mi
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About The Elephant Restaurant

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.

3 - 4 Beacon Terrace
Torquay, Devon TQ1 2BH
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Modern European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Tuesday to Saturday

Reservations 12.00 – 2.00pm

Dinner

Tuesday to Saturday

Reservations 6.30 – 9.00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01803 200044

Website:
http://www.elephantrestaurant.co.uk/

Public Transport:
Nearest bus stop Victoria Parade

The Elephant Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (69)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Local Ingredients (49)
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Creative Cuisine (45)
Good for a Date (42)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Lunch (36)
Worth the Drive (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Tasting Menu (32)
Romance (28)
Notable Wine List (21)
Business Meals (21)
Waterfront (20)
Casual (17)
Neighbourhood Gem (14)
Cosy (13)
Seasonal (13)
Authentic (12)
Healthy (9)
Scenic View (9)
Group Bookings (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Child Friendly (5)
Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Fun (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 10 November 2017

I've been here 6 or 7 times and it never fails to impress. Very good food and great service. My favourite place to eat.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for a Date
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food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Gloucestershire)·Dined on 9 November 2017

Exceptional lunch menu well presented delicious meal excellent wine list for all tastes and pockets attentive and thoughtful staff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Authentic
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·Dined on 8 November 2017

Booked at short notice, excellent service from all staff who have a good knowledge of their dishes.

Food was excellent, very interesting, might have been nice if we had been offered choice of cheese. Quite happy to change deserts to suit individual tastes.

In summary, very good food & service at a reasonable price for this type of restaurant

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on 2 November 2017

It is a lovely restaurant with excellent service and food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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·Dined on 27 October 2017

We have visited the restaurant many times and the food and service is always excellent. We do not live in Devon but always book a table when we are down. Delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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food5
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value5

 
·Dined on 24 October 2017

A fantastic meal with great quality food and a very reasonable lunch menu

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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ambience4
service5
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·Dined on 17 October 2017

We enjoyed the perfect service and the original tasting menu. The dishes were so perfectly finished and of such originality that we thought that this restaurant deserved a Michelin star. At the end of the meal we realised that Te Elephant actually had a Michelin star. Obviously this place is neither fast food nor a cheap eatery but a high class gastronomic restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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food5
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value5

 
·Dined on 14 October 2017

Excellent food...excellent service...lovely location...warm tracle tart was to die for....only downfall there wasnt enough of it....

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·Dined on 14 October 2017

We spent a rare evening without the children having a three course meal at The Elephant. All the staff were friendly, welcoming, attentive and professional. The tables are nicely laid out and of good size with plenty of space between, so we didn't feel at all crowded. There was no intrusive background music, or at least if there was I can't remember it, which is good. The food was as good as I've had anywhere, and the portion sizes were bigger than I expected or have experienced before in a high end restaurant. We both felt nicely full after the three courses. Emma doesn't normally go in much for fish but chose the plaice for main course and loved it. I had a sirloin steak which was of good size and beautifully cooked the way I had asked it to be. The whole meal was around £130 including a bottle of wine, which felt like good value for this quality of experience. Many thanks.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 12 October 2017

Vey nice lunchtime dining experience. Unfussy décor, great service and excellent food, beautifully presented. The steak from the a la carte menu was perfect, and the desserts irresistible. Dogs are welcome which was a plus for us. The set menu was very reasonably priced but the choices were limited. The a la carte menu was fabulous, and quite expensive, but for a special occasion I would say that this is the best restaurant in Torquay.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Oxford)·Dined on 10 October 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would recommend to anyone else.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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·Dined on 7 October 2017

One of the best meals I have ever had. I cannot wait to return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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service5
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 (Dorset)·Dined on 6 October 2017

The restaurant is situated on the harbour with lovely views. The food was lovely with plenty of choice you also had the option of a taster menu. The staff were very good and friendly. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone who would like somewhere special to go for a meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Gloucestershire)·Dined on 3 October 2017

A lovely evening spent within a great atmosphere. The food was amazing. My husband had a crab dish followed by a lamb main. I had duck terrine to start, followed by hake. Desserts were strawberries for my husband and salted caramel tart for myself. All yummy. A lovely way to celebrate our wedding anniversary

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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service5
value5

 
·Dined on 30 September 2017

Excellent quality food good friendly service a well situated restaurant in a great location . Fantastic fresh local produce at an unbeatable price we paid about half the price of a similar meal at the salutation at Topsham which has no stars !

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic
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food5
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service5
value3

 
·Dined on 28 September 2017

Very nice restaurant and service. We had an amazing sheep curd risotto, possibly the best we've ever had in the UK. Desserts were very well presented. A bit pricey, but worth it.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 27 September 2017

Excellent food in elegant atmosphere. Lunch menu is very good value. Staff are friendly and attentive. We love coming here for a treat.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on 26 September 2017

The Elephant is one of our regular places to enjoy a top class lunch with great wines and friendly service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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food5
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·Dined on 23 September 2017

The food was very good and the personal very nice. We enjoiyed every minute there.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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food5
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service4
value4

 
·Dined on 22 September 2017

Excellent food and imaginative menu with attentive service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 21 September 2017

Relaxed atmosphere, great service, amazing food. Great for a date night or with a group of friends

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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food5
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service4
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 (London)·Dined on 16 September 2017

Had an outstanding meal here a few days ago. Food quality was very good and they have a comprehensive but reasonably priced wine list. Server made a slight mess up with the order but they addressed it quickly and didn't charge us for the course, which was appreciated. Considering the food and wine that we got through I couldn't complain at all about the bill. My only minor gripe is that I would like to see tablecloths, but maybe I'm just old-fashioned.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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value5

 
·Dined on 16 September 2017

Fantastic. Everything was perfect. Excellent service. Superb food. Great ambiance.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 15 September 2017

Excellent service , food and value for money the menu was invention and unexpected for the area but much appreciated

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 7 September 2017

Had a perfect tasting menu. Every course was perfectly executed. The flavour combinations were a delight on my palate. Would highly recommend

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Vegan, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on 6 September 2017

Simple but outstanding quality food with local ingredients. Excellent and friendly service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 6 September 2017

We travelled 50 miles to visit The Elephant. It has been in our sights for several year. So as I parked the car in the car park opposite I started to worry in case we would be disappointed.

But as a special treat for our anniversary it was just perfect. Interesting building with some harbour views, staff who had the balance of attentiveness and absence just right. We had the set lunch and were bold over by the presentation and the flavours. Each dish was a surprise washed down with a glass of champagne (I did have to drive the 50 miles home). Next time we won't wait for a special occasion. Afterwards a walk around Torquay was most pleasant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on 5 September 2017

We were in Devon for a week, staying in Torquay. We're foodies and wanted to treat ourselves on our 2nd wedding anniversary.

We weren't disappointed. Fantastic food, great service and great atmosphere.

Lovely touch from the restaurant to leave us a "Happy Anniversary" card on the table.

Absolutely recommend the Elephant to everyone. Only wish it was on the doorstep!

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 25 August 2017

Me, husband and children celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary after being recommended. Restaurant is faultless would definately book again for an occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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food5
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·Dined on 25 August 2017

Excellent food , beautiful presentation , good menu choice

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 24 August 2017

Our second time at the Elephant, and it just gets better and better, love Simon's food and passion, loved every mouthful, and only wish we had more space to fit in a few more dishes! I guess we will have to come back again very soon!;)

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·Dined on 24 August 2017

Been going for years when we visit Torquay. It is as good if not better than ever.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on 2 August 2017

Brilliant tasting menu with wine flight by John Burton Race - generous, accomplished cooking by a two Michelin starred chef

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on 1 August 2017

The food was beautifully presented and delicious. A real treat for our wedding anniversary.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 29 July 2017

Had read many glowing reviews and wasn't disappointed when our family of four had Saturday evening dinner. Attentive but not over bearing staff, happy to help throughout the evening. Food was high quality and very tasty and the accompanying wine list was short but, again, suitable and at times unusual (enjoyed a lovely robust Lebanese red). Our kids had a good summary - great food but, even though Michelin starred, was really relaxed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 27 July 2017

Wonderful food, fantastic service by a well informed polite team, the perfect venue for that special occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on 21 July 2017

We go every year on our annual trip to Torquay and its always fantastic! Waitress was lovely and ambience really nice.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on 20 July 2017

This was the first time we've dined in a Michelin star restaurant and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere was friendly and the food was outstanding. Every course was beautifully presented and very tasty. The word I used on the night was 'vibrant'. No other restaurant compared during the rest of the week.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 20 July 2017

We had a pre graduation dinner with our two sons. Elephant is a great place the food was excellent and the staff all very accommodating!
My husband asked for a rare steak which when it came was over cooked. We told the waitress who offered a fresh one but my husband said it was fine as he had eaten most of it!
When we came to pay the bill they hadn't charged for one of the steaks! We did say we would pay for it and we only told them it wasn't rare because unless we tell them it's not right they don't know!
That said we would definitely visit again when next in Torquay.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 18 July 2017

We travelled from Exeter for dinner at the Elephant. It was worth the drive. Lovely dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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