The Elephant Restaurant

4.7
488 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Local Ingredients
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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Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice rooms and tables. Not over the top with a calm relaxed ambience.

Great wine selection. Outstanding food. Staff attentive but not in your face.

Best meal I have had for a few years. I would recommend wholeheartedly.

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DR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a newbie at this type of establishment, I was pleasantly surprised. Staff were thorough in their knowledge of the courses and very attentive.

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z
Surrey
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a fabulous meal in Simon Hurston’s The Elephant Restaurant, which has held a Michelin star for 14 years.

Great value fine dining using fresh local ingredients, excellent presentation and friendly efficient service.

We would happily recommend The Elephant to family and friends.

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RK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service, food was amazing. This was a special evening for us and we can not fault anything. Exquisite.

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b
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food cooked with high quality local ingredients. A special meal.

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s
London
23 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food looks beautiful but even better is the clarity and variety of textures and flavours in each dish. The fish is caught across the bay; the vegetables from the chef's farm. The Elephant is not simply worth a detour; I travelled from London to Torquay especially to eat there and it was a splendid evening. I would have gone back the next night but that was a Sunday and it is closed. My only complaint is that it is not closer to London.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food and very reasonably priced .. all seasonal produce and would highly recommend the tasting menu.. not too much food and didn’t leave full but was satisfied.. The wine paring is very generous though !

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GC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

What it says on the proverbial tin. Delivered as expected

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DG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food if there was to be a criticism I could’ve ate more
Quality outstanding

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M
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully presented using the best local ingredients, this place delivers on all levels. They also have a set lunch menu which is excellent value.

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KE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely meal in a good setting. All the staff were efficient and friendly
Enjoyed a special birthday treat

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PC
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We visit roughly yearly when we co e to stay in Torquay
We should have come in evening to have taster menu.
Love the food, amazing dessert, raspberry coulis both refreshing and delucious

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B
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and Excellent service. Lovely for a special occasion mine was a birthday gift, such a lovely treat.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal in a lovely atmosphere The food was very high quality as you would expect but the experience was made perfect by the front of house staff who were so friendly and dealt with lady who we suspect had dementia so kindly
Well done

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JG
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our Golden wedding anniversary meal thankyou.

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RS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food, and the best value Michelin dining experience we have ever had.

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TD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The tasting menu was delicious. My wife and I had different favourite dishes, but all courses were superb. The service was friendly and informative. Tom & Micky both were very amiable, as was the waitress that served us. However, I would suggest that fly screens be fitted to the open external windows. There were several small flies that were 'buzzing' around whilst we were dining, that were slightly distracting. These were not flies associated with hygiene issues, but were outdoor species that had flown in through the open windows. A small inconvenience that fortunately did not spoil the overall experience. We would most certainly recommend the Elephant to all who would like to indulge in a fine dining experience.

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GF
Birmingham
24 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent lunch at our favourite restaurant in Torquay.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully presented plates which tasted delicious, friendly and professional staff - a very good restaurant, would highly recommend!

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting. Amazing service. Beautiful restaurant. Good atmosphere. Food was all very nice but too highly priced.

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MK
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Elephant is a great lunch location in Torquay, as it overlooks the Marina. Our food was cooked perfectly, the dishes arrived at just the right pace and the presentation was really good. Our starters were excellent, as you'd expect, my scallops were just cooked right and my wife was very pleased with her risotto. The best dish for both of us was the main, which was the lamb, cooked to perfection and with a beautiful sauce which complimented the flavour of the lamb. The sweets were beautifully made and presented, and rounded the meal off just right. Very enjoyable total experience.

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C
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an amazing meal at the Elephant Restaurant on Friday night. The food was so very carefully thought about and prepared, and the presentation was faultless. The flavours were wonderful and the food itself perfectly cooked. The service during the meal was good. The only issue was that when we arrived we were left standing for 5 minutes before anyone noticed we had arrived, which was a little uncomfortable, but we soon forgot in the pleasantly relaxed atmosphere.

We shall definitely return.

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MP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service with quality food, great advice from the team if required. You have the table for the evening so no pressure to eat up.
Will definitely be back.

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c
London
25 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For us, this is absolutely the best dining experience in Torquay. All the food, and we usually have the prix fixe lunch menu, is really phenomenal, very imaginative and unique flavours, perfect size portions.
We had the heritage tomato salad/consommé; the taramasalata (not your Greek holiday version); followed by duck breast for my husband, and the hake for me in a lobster foam; dessert was panna cotta with rhubarb, and sorbet.
This is definitely the place to go for consistently delicious food, Michelin star standard.

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OS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fabulous food! Excellent service. Highly recommended.

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food served with knowledge and interest The tasting menu matched with the wine was faultless

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RN
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

How can you complain about the food or the service, or even the ambience at the Elephant? It is all amazing. I had nothing that I didn't like, everything was cooked to perfection and my wine glass was filled by magic every time it was close to being empty.

Would I recommend the Elephant - yes of course, however, it is expensive. I would have liked to have had the tasting menu but at 80 + 35 each for the wine + supplements (I would have had the cheese and the extra wine) it priced it out of the market for us. There was no amuse bouche and no extra's. Our 2 courses with a shared dessert, a bottle of wine and a couple of ports was 150 pound. The Elephant is about the best restaurant that I have been to but I can get the tasting menu for 50 at Jack in the Green, which although it is not quite as good as the Elephant is not 30 GBP off … so value I have to question.

It is hard to be critical but other than very special occasions we would think twice about the Elephant where I would eat once every 4-6 weeks at the Jack in the Green (Exeter)

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AD
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended the Elephant to a friends. Lunçh set menu gives two choices for each course, we tried both each time between us, all very nice. Well presented dishes, well cooked and served, with very friendly and helpful staff.

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P
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Our expectations of a 1*Michelin restaurant was absolutely not forfilled.
We compared it with The Netherlands or Begium 1* restaurant.
Food was good but not special. And why "side dishes" (and pying for) in such a restaurant? No "amuses" which are normal to get. No smiles or any communication from the male waiters. So the ambiance was "zero". At the bill, they also had £10,- overpriced our bottle of wine.
For us absolutely NOT a 1* Michelin quality level!!

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Third visit, delicious food and pleasant service, good value for money, recommended...

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AS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very good food, excellent service. We tried the tasting menu and would recommend to anyone considering. Fabulous experience for a special night out.

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RH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual an outstanding selection of culinary delights that can only be described innovative and a delight to the palette.
In other words - Bloody marvellous

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SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic value lunch menu. Incredible flavours. Wanted to lick our plates ! Should be number 1 restaurant in Torquay.

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LO
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and they made my father in law feel special as they gave him a card for his birthday and wrote HAppy birthday in chocolate

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KW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and a great ambience. Staff were friendly and helpful. Had mentioned when booked that it would be my birthday and every member of wishes my a happy birthday and they even wrote a card for me. Just a lovely touch. Looking forward to returning again

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MT
Stuttgart Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed you attentive and friendly service as well as the food. It was a great experience staying at your nice Restaurant.

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RM
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent service and delicious food. Can’t wait to visit again

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OT
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were all very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and by the chef who delivered such inspirational dishes! The food here was better than quite a few 2 and 3 Michelin star restaurants we have experienced.

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DK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at the elephant. We had the tasting menu, my wife had the vegetarian option. The food was delicious and the service was great. We would highly recommend the place and would definitely go back if we were in the area

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HL
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food. Staff simply amazing.

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