The Elephant Restaurant

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549 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.

What 549 People Are Saying
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AD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RW
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

CR
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

j
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

A
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JF
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was very good with excellent service. I would certainly recommend The Elephant and I hope to be able to visit in the future.

AW
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked our evening at the elephant for a special birthday meal and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious and well presented. The service was excellent, we didn’t have to wait long between courses and the staff were quick to notice if we needed anything. The atmosphere was very relaxed and not too noisy, we could hear each other. Thank you for a lovely evening.

AS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening celebrating my daughters 21st Birthday. They gave her a lovely card. The service was brilliant. Thank you for the lovely evening.

RA
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant. From the moment you enter the place you are met by friendly and attentive staff. This continues throughout the visit. In addition the food doesn’t disappoint. Wonderful presentation and beautifully prepared dishes that are truly delicious. Although it has the prestigious Michelin Star, it is not pretentious and is very reasonably priced. If you are in the area this is a must!

LP
Bristol
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always out meal st the Elephant was outstanding; each course was beautifully executed and very much enjoyed. Thanks you to Simon and the Elephant team for another memorable meal.

B
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic food in a calm envioroment with super attentitive staff

n
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went to the restaurant for a friends birthday , service was outstanding as was the food a different flavour
with every mouthful ,would highly recommend and can't wait to go back again

c
London
25 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meals at the Elephant are always outstanding. The dishes are always a special experience, and perfect seasoning.

r
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant Michelin star but very reasonable prices & the food was amazing. Service was impeccable and they even gave my husband a birthday card & special chocolates on a plate decorated with happy birthday lovely touch. Highly recommend thanks for a great evening.

D
Derbyshire
8 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and yet again we had a fantastic meal. Every dish was cooked superbly, service was prompt and friendly. Even though the cost sits in our special meal category, if was definitely money well spent.

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. Been here a few times now and every time is memorable. Everything is perfect

JT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was not as relaxed and friendly as previously enjoyed and the presence of a large noisy party table close by was overpowering and spoilt our own ability to have our own conversation.
We felt the large party could have been seated away from the two diner tables to minimise their noisy impact.
We were pleased on a positive note that our gluten free and shellfish allergies were well catered for.

NP
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant located just off the harbour. Wonderfully attentive and friendly staff welcomed us in and provided us with everything we needed without being pushy. My husband and I have been to a few Michelin restaurants and this one may have just beaten the rest to the top spot. The food was flavourful, delicious and beautifully presented, there was nothing on the 7 course taster menu that I wouldn't happily eat again! When we were asked what our favourite dish was as feedback for the chef we genuinely struggled to choose! Local white wine on the menu was so good we had to buy a bottle when we saw it in a shop the next day! Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates good food and great service.

GM
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely evening at the elephant. Welcome was good and service excellent. The food was tasty and well presented. I guess one shouldn’t anticipate standard portions in a Michelin Star restaurant and we were not disappointed. It was a touch quiet, but it was Tuesday evening after a bank holiday.

Lovely restaurant

CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best ever Duck for my husband and an amazing Strawberry Tart for myself

CM
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Refreshing to see children welcomed and so well looked after in Michelin star restaurant. The food was also really excellent.

OT
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wine and food.

M
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was lovely at the Elephant. Had the tasting menu for my husbands birthday and each course was explained with what was in the dish. The waiters were friendly and constantly checked that we were ok. Highly recommended this restaurant as it was 1 of the best in the bay!

RH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Tasting Menu with the recommended wines, fortunately this was courtesy of a voucher from my son and his girlfriend. we both thought the food was very good and a couple of the courses, the scallops and the fillet of beef, were Stunning.

JM
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall good value for the food quality, but the starter portion size for the Mackerel is a little disappointing, particularly as Mackerel is an inexpensive fish.
Lovely airy and light restaurant

GF
Birmingham
25 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent lunch. Always fresh ingredients with stylish presentation. Professional service. The perfect place for an extra special meal.

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