The Elephant Restaurant

4.5
240 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Lunch

Tuesday to Saturday

Reservations 12.00 – 2.00pm

Dinner

Tuesday to Saturday

Reservations 6.30 – 9.00pm
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Phone number
01803 200044
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stop Victoria Parade
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KL
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Lovely lunch with my two daughters. Food was outrageously good.

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SH
5.0Dined 3 days ago

The Elephant was absolutely lovely! I do not know why we haven’t been before, but what a find! A Michelin starred restaurant in Torquay.....?! It was a real treat for my husband’s birthday. Beautiful food, great wine and champagne and delightful staff. Great atmosphere too.
So good to be able to see into the kitchen to watch the talented chefs making the fab food. Starters, main and deserts were creative, interesting and incredibly tasty, giving you a mixture of flavours and textures.
We will be back!

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RT
3.0Dined 5 days ago

Very small portions as you would expect ...The table were very cafe like! cheap and nothing fancy..it just didn't have the ambience for a fancy restaurant it really felt like a cafe!! We knew it wasn't cheap and we were not bothered about the cost £120 for 3 course and a glass of wine and water ..the main for me was tasteless .... sorry i wouldn't recommend to anyone ...i know you can get the same standard of food in other places at half the price.

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T
3.0Dined 5 days ago

One of a handful, in the Bay that is consistent with quality, over a period of 10 years. Minuses: 10% added on the bill for the service, it should be included in the price and same comment apply for the vegetables, they should not be an extra.

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B
5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Couldn't fault it. Attentive (but not too attentive), knowledgeable staff, beautiful food visually and full of flavour. Excellent wine list and the introduction to the non-alcoholic seedip & tonic drink for our driver was inspired. We had the loveliest evening.
We will be recommending to all we meet.

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TF
5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

I object to a review having to be at least 50 characters especially when the star rating explains my views on the restaurant.

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PB
5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Fantastic food as always. WE were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed our lunch date enormously. We will be back.

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AB
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

The Elephant for lunch is a must each time we visit Torquay. The food never fails to please, and we can't wait for our next visit! The location could not be better right by the harbour, and the lunch menu is particularly affordable for such quality food. A place not to be missed.

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CH
4.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Our visit to "The Elephant" was our first ever and was a birthday celebration. Having eaten in many Michelin stared restaurants I could not help but compare the Elephant with other recent visits in Yorkshire and Wiltshire. Our meals here were more imaginative. At the Elephant our dining was simpler but never the less very good. Service was at times a little slow should you be in a hurry.
Our choice of "house wine" by the glass was excellent.
I have no problem recommending the "Elephant" It is what it is - Good food, beautifully cooked and well presented.

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WR
1.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Extremely disappointing experience. No Wine Sommelier or Maitre d` from a supposed Michelin restaurant, service was barely average, had to pour own wine, food about OK. Chairs,tables and cutlery low grade, no linen. Generally very overated.

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5
4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

great food and service as always. never disappoints.

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CB
5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Really attentive staff, great food, would definitely recommend

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GF
5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Great meal with attentive service and can recommend for lunch/dinner

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LF
5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Food was delicious and staff were super friendly and attentive. A very well enjoyable evening

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PB
5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

I booked the elephant for our 25th wedding anniversary and we found all the staff very friendly and helpful, as for the food, well it was absolutely fantastic! I would recommend anyone who is visiting Torquay and looking for a good evening out, to give the elephant a go...

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JH
5.0Dined on 20 June 2018

I have eaten at quite a few Michelin Restaurants, I can quite honestly say that the food here was as good as The 2* Michelin Hand & Flowers in Marlow & much better than the 1* Le George in the George V Paris!!

The texture & presentation of the Hand Dived Scallops were the best I have ever tasted of a comparable Scallop dish!!

The Beef Fillet was cooked to perfection & the meat just melted in my mouth!! Again such fantastic presentation!!

The dessert was lovely & refreshing, just a shame presentation wise the elderflower foam swamped the dish, but fantastic flavours!!

The total meal just blew me away & I havn’t Had such a good meal that ticked so many boxes in a long time!!

Thankyou Simon & your team, fantastic cooking & brilliant presentation, cheers
Jonathan Ham

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TC
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Excellent food with all menu choices using at least some local/home grown produce. Our party of four had three differnet starters and mains and all were excellent

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SB
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Awesome meal, the fresh crab starter was sublime, the Hake main course was also outstanding. And great value for the quality of food and service.

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CB
3.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Although the food was good the service was not where you expect from a 1star Mich restaurant . No attention to table during meal not noticing drinks need replenishment also they forgot olives and before we could catch the attention of staff the starters arrived.

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PP
5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

We will definitely be going back and having the tasting menu with all fish.

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j
5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

We have been going since it opened and have never been disappointed.

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BH
5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Went for wife's Birthday, card left on table,& "Happy Birthday" written on plate.Brill food

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OT
5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

We love dining at The Elephant and it's our immediate choice for a special occasion. This time it was for our wedding anniversary.
We chose the taster menu, which was exceptionally good. Our complements to Simon on a superb menu!
Thank you for a wonderful evening - we'll be back soon.

Michele and Steve
Torquay

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CG
5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Excellent food and very tasty and we'll presented. Service was excellent as well. Nice atmosphere. Will come again.

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I
3.0Dined on 7 June 2018

We ate here a couple of years ago, so booked a table, hoping for sea view dining. The ambience had changed immensely. No upstairs, sea view dining. seated in an obscure table positioned above a telephone and computer. Music playing was certainly not suitable for dining, possibly no more than a radio station. Staff were not welcoming or attentive. A waitress was wearing a skirt that hardly covered her underwear.
Once our bottle of wine reached the table, the waiter did not serve this with 'the ritual' style.
Although i noticed other diners were being served correctly.
Our starters were equisite, and tasteful. But the pork loin i ordered was served in my opinion very under cooked, & chewy. After sending this back to the kitchen, it was a little more edible, but definetly flavourless, and not a good choice on my part. The dessert appeared nothing more than tinned fruit, with foam. This meal was very disappointing. There are certainly better restaurants in Torquay. The elephant needs to go 'back to the drawing board' with a rethink on so many aspects, if striving for repeat business.

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JD
5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Exceptional food in a lovely well run restaurant, but for special occasions in the evening. Its not cheap - but you won't be disappointed - They really do know how to cook! Very enjoyable evening with friends.

I have been lunch time and they have a very good lunch menu too!

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CH
4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Excellent food, however the range of choice was not as good as it has been in past visits.

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JS
5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Fantastic venue - delicious food & wide choices of food & wines. Always have a very warm welcome & made to feel special -& also loved the birthday card they gave! A perfect, much loved restaurant!

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GF
5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

We enjoyed lunch as always. The food was excellent and the service friendly and professional. Great choice of dishes on the lunch menu.

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AB
5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Always a great meal at The Elephant. The scallops were fantastic!

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JA
4.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Excellent front of house service. Friendly but discrete. My wife was most taken with the birthday card on the table. Good selection of choice of food, and what we had was delicious.

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KD
5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Beautiful tasting menu with wine. A real treat, worth every penny. Friendly service, a lovely relaxing evening that couldn’t be bettered

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V
5.0Dined on 17 May 2018

As usual the food was excellent and the service fantastic

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DM
5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

A very pleasant setting in a tasteful environment.

The service was excellent. It is rare these days to receive top quality service where the staff are attentive without hovering over you.

The delicious food was presented perfectly and in a timely fashion, with rushing you but allowing a comfortable time between each course.

Would I return, absolutely, was it good value, absolutely, was it a great dining experience, absolutely!

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TH
5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Went for our anniversary, best value in the bay in my opinion, cooking is very precise, flavours and ingredients excellent some locally sourced. Service is attentive but not overbearing,be lovely lunch experience.

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P
5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

We were child free for the first evening in nearly 2 years. And what a great way to enjoy it. The food was stunning. I don’t eat fish at all. But decided on the scallop starter. It was amazing and tasted great. I would recommend the elephant to anybody visiting Torquay.

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JG
4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

First visit, nice warm welcome , friendly staff, always a good start. Really enjoyed our starters of particular mention was the Brixham crab really delicious and mains superb also, desserts didn’t come up to expectation but nonetheless they were nice. Limited wine list and it is a very informal restaurant . Very reasonable prices for a Michelin starred restaurant. About £135 for two with 2 G & T’s and bottle of wine.

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SH
1.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Not good I'm afraid. Far too pricy just for 2 cod fillets and a few potatoes £62 inc 2 lagers Potatoes we had to pay extra unbelievable Avoid unless you want to be ripped off.food we had was good and the service is good but will not be returning

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PI
4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Lovely decor, light and airy interior.very nice staff . The menu choices were fantastic we enjoyed duck parfait and a vegetarian hummus and couscous dish followed by Hake and a duck Brest, all cooked outstandingly . Great wine list .lovely touch a birthday card on the table .
We will definitely go back maybe for dinner next time

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LH
5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Fantastic evening at The Elephant! Food was amazing with great flavours & service was exceptional! Highly recommend.

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