The Elephant Restaurant

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570 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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.

On special days of the year and our special events a £20 deposit per person is required to secure reservations.

We do not except dogs other than service dogs with prior notice.

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KR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most fantastic evening was had. The service was lovely and relaxed. Not pretentious at all.
We had the tasting menu. The food was FANTASTIC! We loved having three fish dishes and the beef was super!. All dishes were well seasoned and perfect portion sizes. The matching wines were excellent also and very reasonable. Definitely be back! And we would highly reccomend!!!

VS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time of going here and really enjoyed the food and service. It was our birthdays so the card was a nice touch

LD
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic restaurant, have wanted to visit for a long time and was not disappointed...the food was beautiful (when we finally decided what to have from the delicious sounding menu) the staff friendly but not intrusive and a surprisingly reasonably priced wine list. Just fabulous!!!!!!!

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food, definitely worth a visit

S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was excellent and the place was beautiful. We had an extra course of local oysters which at £3 each seemed expensive for smallish oysters, as did adding £2.50 a head for bread and butter (which on a fixed priced menu lunch also seemed like gouging). The potato cake starter was very good, served on a foamed sauce base, the bowl it came in was way too deep and dark to appreciate it properly. The duck was really nice, I personally would have rendered the fat a little more, crisper would have added a textural interest to the dish, the raisin sauce was perfect, the deep fried sage seemed a little dated and did not add to the dish, I would have used a little baby sorrel instead the lemony bitterness would have been a better counterpoint.
We had lunch to try the place out since we are new to the area, there was only one front of house person working, they managed the tables, greeting, bar and sommelier duties but only just.
All in all, a very nice restaurant, with great food but having a star does not mean people don’t care about cost or service (Or the 10% pre added for it)

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Having chosen to have the taster menu found far to many fish courses. I must admit I did think that the main course would either th fish or the beef not both. Having said that was not asked as to how we would have like the meat (beef) cooked. No palate cleansers served and as for the petite fours a piece of fudge!

G
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very pleasant surprise. We arrived not really knowing what to expect other than nice food in a lovely location but it easily exceeded that.
The food was lovely and would easily match or better a more infamous Michelin restaurant.
To meet Simon too was a bonus. Genuinely seemed a great bloke who clearly follows the restaurant World.
I do not want to undermine the Michelin scene in anyway but the value, taste and sheer enjoyment was the best here I have enjoyed for sometime!
I just wish it was more local to where I live!
I would definitely recommend.

RA
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant providing wonderful food in lovely ambience

k
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It’s the best restaurant in Torbay and would recommend

AS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class service, the meal was well cooked and good presentation, a perfect way to treat my wife on her birthday

MF
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Although we have been to Michelin starred restaurants before, and enjoy fine dining, this was not a good example of either. Nothing was particularly awful , the small piece hake itself was delicious. But, there was so very little food, no explanation that the sardine starter was raw - I've enjoyed ceviche and sushi before - very over priced also.
No option given to change to another choice of food when I explained - politely- that the first course wasn't to my taste. This has happened occasionally in less expensive restaurants and I've immediately been offered something else or a refund. The Venison main could fit onto a desert spoon. All sides are charged as extra, and are also very small.
Overall, not good value, nor of a quality to warrant the price.

PS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. My first experience of Michelin star dining and I thoroughly enjoyed. Recommend the taster menu.

BI
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all round, food was out of this world and incredible value for money

S
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to have good food and wine at the roomy table arrangement. Then, we spent the rich and warm time. We will recommend to fridnds.

G
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening to celebrate two family birthdays. We will certainly be back.

AG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. The flavours were incredible. So delicious and the set lunch menu is really excellent value. Lovely service. Thank you to the Elephant team for a lovely afternoon.

BA
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came down to Torquay to watch Barrow play Torquay at the football but wanted somewhere special to eat before the game. Food was excellent as expected. Service was also very good. We had a great lunch and we will be back. Thanks a lot

L
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely relaxed atmosphere and very nice knowledgable staff.
The food was fabulous and we felt there was enough. Everything was cooked well and the flavours were perfect.
Very good value for money.
I would definitely recommend it

LH
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service as always. Highly recommend.

MR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, great service but very pricey, especially drinks (£9.90 for a white wine is excessive).

AD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, attentive waiting staff and lovely Birthday touches to the dining experience.

RW
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect. First date with an amazing woman needed an amazing venue. The elephant did not disappoint. Great food, great ambiance, great service, great value for the quality of food.

SC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a fabulous meal , excellent service and fillet steak was probably the best we’ve ever had , all 4 of us thought this . Definitely the best place to dine out in torbay .

ST
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening! Incredible taster menu! The usual brilliant service.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favourite restaurants and again, did not disappoint. Menu flowed perfectly, each dish another masterclass in perfect balance and texture.

LL
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We chose The Elephant to celebrate our wedding anniversary during a weeks holiday in Torquay. We have been before and enjoyed it very much.
Sadly this time the ambience was not there, 2 front of house staff who neither engaged or gave help and information about the menu. The food however was outstanding but even with starters and desert we had arrived eaten and left within 1 1/2 hours. Not quite the experience we were looking for!

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good food. Lovely restaurant eaten here before and would definately go back.

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty quality food, with a lovely feel to the restaurant and great staff. Such good value for a Michelin starred restaurant. Would highly recommend.

N
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit to the Elephant for lunch, amazing food, would eat there often if I lived in the area.

TD
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb lunch and such great value. This is consistently one of the best priced and highest quality restaurants we eat in

RL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my visit for my birthday, could not fault anything really, even had a birthday card from the team which unfortunately I left behind.

Will go again if down this way.

Very comfortable and relaxed with great service.

BB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michelin starred dining, refined and relaxed.

The service was of a level expected of expected of this type of establishment. The food equally, what was a surprise was the relaxed nature of it

Some really good food. And an highly enjoyable evening thank you!

CR
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb from begining to end! A faultless performance in terms of food, service and experience.

DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my partner went to the elephant for his birthday and the food did not disappoint, the service was amazing too!

SH
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely experience. Amazing food and very attentive staff. Would definitely come back.

j
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this restaurant has been a favourite of ours since it opened,we have never been disappointed and have already booked our next visit

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

On this occasion we were hoping to impress a friend from Kent and show her that good food did exist outside the south-east.
The service and ambiance were up to the usual high standard, however the food was not such good value as we would have expected. The duck was frankly frugal. When a Pimms was ordered we did not expect the lemonade mixer to be an extra - effectively making this drink double the price of the others.
Overall we came out rather disappointed.

PH
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Elephant, on the recommendation of good friends, to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. It did not disappoint. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. There was even an anniversary card on the table for us, a nice touch.

j
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, ambience understated and not stuffy- we all loved it.

A
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Staff very welcoming and attentive. We will return again next time we visit Torquay