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The Elephant Restaurant, Torquay, Devon
Award-winning

The Elephant Restaurant

4.9
4.9
2588 Reviews
£41 and over
Modern European
Welcome to The Elephant Restaurant
The Elephant is a bright, informal restaurant which is situated near 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.

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.

Due to the style of cooking we cannot produce dairy free menus & therefore cannot provide vegan options.

A deposit is required to make reservations on special days of the year, on our special events, or for tables of 6 or more. This is paid over the phone by calling 01803 200044.

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.


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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–13:30 Dinner Wed–Sat 18:30–20:30
  • Phone number
    01803 200044
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Simon Hulstone

What 2,588 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Devon

    Best Overall

  • Devon

    Best Food

  • Devon

    Best Service

  • Devon

    Best Ambience

  • Devon

    Best Value

  • Devon

    Innovative

  • Devon

    Great for fine wines

  • Devon

    Romantic

  • Devon

    Good for special occasions

2,588 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointing experience for a Michelin starred restaurant. Food is technically cooked in the correct way, but misses originality and soul, which I would expect from a Michelin star kitchen. Very loud restaurant with more focus on drinking than on eating. When asked for the kind of grapes and background of the wine, the sommelier could not answer this. We ordered an extra plate of bread, which never came.

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  2. OutOnTheTown

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant was great about accommodating our dietary requirements - as a pregnant and pescatarian couple. Food was really lovely and something different - nice mix of flavours.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As soon as we walked in we felt very welcome. The staff couldn't do enough for us and were incredibly friendly. We had the tasting menu with the wine flight. Each course blew us away with the presentation and flavour. A meal we will always remember.

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  4. mercgirl

    Devon

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience as always. Wonderful food, beautifully presented. Staff attentive and knowledgeable. Would thoroughly recommend.

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  5. DavidB

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the tasting menu, outstanding!!! Third time we have been to the restaurant and we have never been disappointed.

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  6. JeanH

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great value set lunch. The Gilthead Bream and Belly Pork main courses were spot on. Excellent Bloody Mary and wines. And great service as always.

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  7. AnthonyPit

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional. Never had any complaints. Would highly recommend.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal, ambience and friendliness were outstanding. A delightful experience all around. 👏👏

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 July 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was great, very attentive. Food presentation was greater than flavour and texture, some dishes were overly complex and hid the main ingredient experience. Style over substance came to mind. Room ambience is loud, it’s a large room with spaced out seating, the room does need some sound treatment, which can help create a more relaxed and intimate dining experience. The price mark for all dishes are high, after seeing the multiple menus I’d expected more substantial to balance the style. It’s like buying a designer sink which looks great but holds very little water.

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  10. chrisr

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m a regular visitor to the Elephant, and are never disappointed, but last Friday lunchtime we had possibly our best meal ever there. Such a delicious variety of complex tastes and textures. Brilliant.

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FAQs

The Elephant Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 2588 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for The Elephant Restaurant

3 - 4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay, Devon TQ1 2BH

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Area
    Torquay
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–13:30 Dinner Wed–Sat 18:30–20:30
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Nearest bus stop Victoria Parade
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Simon Hulstone
  • Additional
    Beer, Wine
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