The Elephant Restaurant

4.7
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600 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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CT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meals at The Elephant, went twice in a week and loved it both times. Great service and the lunch menu was amazing value for money.

SD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect restaurant for a special occasion. Food was delicious , staff pleasant , friendly and nothing was too much trouble . Attention to detail was excellent . We will definitely be going back . It made an 18th birthday an evening to remember.

TB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal, with great service too & we're looking forward to coming back again.

DH
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From our welcome to our departure the staff were extremely attentive and friendly. They checked in with us regularly but were not intrusive.
The excellent cuisine did not disappoint, everything was full of flavour and presented beautifully. We ordered from the set lunch menu, which represented good value. The decoration of the restaurant was simple but lacked some style and atmosphere. However, this did not detract from the show-stealing food.
Thank you to your team for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

SD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very tasty and hot, service was attentive and although the restaurant was pretty full it did not feel overcrowded as the tables were well spaced. We shall be going again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked last minute, couldn’t fault anything. Will definitely be back.

WC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, service and ambience. Highly recommended

G
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Elephant Restaurant is amazing this is the second time my husband and I have been. It was for his birthday and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The food is amazing!! I would definitely recommend the Elephant to everyone.

Only slight down side was we had been there about half an hour when a very large group of people arrived that were extremely noisy! If we had been seated next to them I would definitely have had to ask to be moved!! Luckily my husband and I were sat down the bottom on a table for 2 but we could still hear them from where we were sat!

When you are paying a lot of money for a memorable experience you don't want it ruined by people being extremely loud!

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband & I had a lovely meal on Saturday evening, we both had the crab to start and we both had fish for main course followed by the cheesecake. It was all delicious. We would certainly recommend it

LP
Bristol
8 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous visit to Elephant again for lunch. Everything was perfect - as always.

d
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our evening. Just after Christmas, the restaurant was looking very festive and we were given a warm welcome. Service was attentive throughout our meal and the food was excellent. We’ll definitely come again when we return to this area in May.

AW
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent lunch, brilliant food, perfect portion sizes, very attentive service and good value. Highly reccomended.

JP
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the most amazing food. Highly recommend eating here.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal! Even more amazing staff. We had the tasting menu which blew us all away. We can’t wait to come back.

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome, wonderful service, beautiful food.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, just brilliant. Had the set menu at lunch. All courses perfect, service friendly and quietly efficient. Excellent value , would highly recommend.

LB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious - perfectly cooked fish, excellent oysters, generally top quality with interesting tastes and textures. Choice of wines was good, with an excellent dessert wine, perfectly complementing a choice of pudding. Service was attentive but with well judged informality. We were celebrating a birthday - and there was a birthday card for my husband on the table when we arrived. Would certainly re-visit and recommend to others without reservation.

SC
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as always, food cooked to perfection definitely the best place to eat in the bay

c
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, lovely food, friendly & helpful staff. A nice touch was the birthday card for my partner and the chocolate Happy Birthday! Our quibbles would be that we had to pay extra for side dishes on top of an already fully priced main, and the petits fours consisted of one small stick of fudge. Also we might have expected an amuse-bouche at that price. Altogether though it was a very pleasant experience

LP
Bristol
9 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Elephant Restaurant in Torquay. Everything was perfect and faultless - well done Simon and the whole team. Looking forward to enjoying another lovely meal on Christmas Eve.

KW
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place, service and food. The value for money - quality vs price is really very good. The environment is a little noisy - not much in the way of soft furnishings, so other diners noise resonates very easily. I would not let this put you off from trying the Elephant, it is a shame there are not more places like this!

MO
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb meal - a real treat - and such good value for money when you consider the quality of food, environment and service. First rate!

JM
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 10% tip which shouldn't be added unless we decide to do it ourselves turned our lovely meal and celebration night out into a very expensive one with plain water at 4 pound a bottle which was a shame food and service was great but probably wont return as extras you slip on make it not great value

SL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service, had the lunch set menu and it was superb

HW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were absolutely outstanding. Such an amazing place and a beautiful dining experience.

RH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent excellent excellent. Cannot fault this fabulous place. Expensive but so worth it.

H
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is absolutely amazing! And very good value wines too. Unfortunately the service was not so good on this occasion, had to wait a considerable amount of time to order our starters and mains and then desserts also. (Waiter did apologise both times) Or as attentive as I would expect from a michelin star restaurant, with water and wine being topped up, rather than doing it yourself.

SW
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great services and lovely setting, would highly recommend

K
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an absolutely superb meal at the Elephant this week. The tasting menu was divine - so many flavours and all so beautifully cooked and presented. I could not pick a favourite course - I would feel too guilty at choosing one over the others!! They were all fabulous. The accompanying wines were all delicious and so well chosen. Incredible food, excellent service - a wonderful night out. To be repeated as soon as possible!

S
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Overpriced and mediocre food. To pay £80 no more than a posh snack is appalling

KR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
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 on 9 November 2019
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 on 8 November 2019
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 on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food, definitely worth a visit

S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
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 on 7 November 2019
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