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.
The children's menu is only available at lunch for ages 10 and under.
The Last Elephant 2015 Stellenbosch-South Africa
A red wine blended from the batches the winery can produce every year. Polished black fruit evident tannins yet supple with a complex palate and a well-integrated modern finish. Evocative on the nose showing blackcurrants, red cherries, cedar wood and cigar box aromas living up to its mystical legacy of the gentle giants that once roamed the mountains of the winelands
Devon Beef Fillet / Hen of the Woods / Cannellini Beans / Sticky Beef / Young Carrot*
Day Boat Monkfish / Lobster & Lemongrass Cream / Thai Inspired Vegetables / Lime Leaf Oil*
The food was incredible and presented beautifully. The matching wines complimented the dishes perfectly. The service was excellent, attentive and relaxed. Would highly recommend and we will be back.
Fabulous dining experience. Exceptional service and food amazing. A real treat in these difficult times. Will definitely be here again.
We visited for a celebratory lunch. We were well looked after by the staff and there was a lovely atmosphere. The food was stunning! We opted for the set menu and all courses were faultless and really interesting choices.
It was a gorgeous piece of luxury and we will definitely be back!
Superb meal, every course was so tasty and great flavour combinations. Friendly efficient service felt relaxed. Lovely setting too.
Lovely place for a celebration dinner. Food is just delicious.
Very warm friendly welcome.
Our starter and mains were delicious duck was cooked to perfection and the steak just melted in your mouth.
Only one thing I would change was a bit more coffee flavour in the dessert.
Thank you everyone for making our Christmas Eve so special .
Will definitely be back.
first class as usually i can fully recommend @@@@@
The quality of Simon Hulston’s is always outstanding. The contrasts between tastes and textures of the different ingredients is exciting and the portions, never large, are more than enough. Excellent, unobtrusive service adds to the experience.
Best food we have eaten. Tasting menu is outstanding! Didn’t like the last two matched wines but still worth what we paid
Great lunch, with lovely atmosphere. Fantastic pre-Christmas treat
Great lunch experience for my wife's birthday.
Food and service was excellent - good food options.
Best meals of 2020!!!
Plus also recognition of my wife's birthday by the restaurant.
Will definitely return in 2021.
Stunning food - best in the South West!! Great service too!
The elephant was excellent as always. Exquisite food, exceptional service and a lovely warm ambiance. The restaurant also worked hard to be as Covid safe as possible.
Excellent food the set menu for lunch is great value
Second time we have been in a few months, both times sampling the tasting menu with matching wine flight, and on both occasions the food and service was exemplary. I cant recommend this restaurant highly enough, if you can get a booking, then go, you wont be disappointed
Always a lovely evening at the elephant.
The food was amazing as was the service.
Highly recommend this restaurant.
Our evening at The Elephant was thoroughly enjoyable.
Attentive service and the food was superb. Atmosphere was quiet but then that's what I would expect under the current restrictions. Will fo back when things 'free up' a bit.
Fantastic lunch at The elephant. Seasonal menu, local fresh ingredients and wonderful service. Will be back
Friendly, attentive staff and fab service. Food is exquisite and the presentation is 1st class also. A relaxed and welcoming ambience. Look forward to eating there again in a few weeks
Difficult to fault, the food was great as was the service. Booking was simple via their web site.
Exquisite food, charming restaurant with impeccable service.... would definitely return
The food is lovely and very tasty lots of flavours. The service is also very good and is definitely the best first class Restaurant in Torquay.
Outstanding service and sublime food. We had the tasting menu and wine flight and it was wonderful.
Wonderful food - prepared and presented in a superb style. The wine flight with the tasting menu set was an amazing accompaniment. Super knowledgeable and attentive (but not overbearing) staff. Thank you
My wife and I enjoyed a first class lunch at The Elephant to celebrate my birthday. We were given a lovely, friendly welcome and a birthday card was waiting for me at our table by the window. This set the exemplary standard for the whole occasion. Food was outstanding, full of taste and presented immaculately. The team were amazing and couldn’t make us feel more comfortable and happy. This was our first visit to The Elephant and we will definitely be making this a regular event. Thank you to everyone.
A great experience during testing times. Felt completely safe in the environment, food was exceptional and well worth the journey. Keep up the excellent work.
Great lunch for a birthday celebration, birthday card on table from the staff a nice touch. Will definitely return and recommend. Fran and Neil.
Excellent venue. Cannot fault anything. Fantastic welcome and made to feel special upon arrival, attentive. It was my husband’s birthday; this was noted and addressed in a subtle and tasteful manner unlike some brash restaurants. Food superb. Enjoyed everything.
A nice calming ambiance. We both went for the fish as the starters. For the main, I stuck with the fish and the side-kick went with the duck. All the dishes were both thought-provoking and delicious. Most memorable was the monkfish with Kerala curry dressing. Mmmm. More please. We’re not pudding folk but adored our dessert.
We’ve decided to be regulars. Enjoy.
Outstanding overall experience will return soon thanks
Ate from set lunch menu and it was amazing. The highlight for me was the lemon tart.
Reason for food not being perfect 5 is too thick pasty on frangipani pudding and poached apricots lacked ‘wow’
Service was generally good but we had to ask twice for extra water and the wrong ice cream was served with pudding.
While our table was good some of the other tables were too close for comfort and certainly not COVID safe
Excellent from start to finish
The food was incredible, the service was outstanding. Amazing meal for my birthday. We Will definitely be going back.
It’s simply one of the best restaurants in the UK. Five stars for everything !
Even with the Covid restrictions the lunch was very good with excellent service.
The Elephant Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 915 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.