The Elephant Restaurant

4.5
329 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • 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
What 329 People Are Saying
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f
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional, the service exemplary and the ambiance awesome. Love this place.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning food, definitely be returning soon

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C
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant that I’ve eaten in in at least three years. I really hope it is still there the next time I visit Torquay.

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PC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing can't wait to go back. And the staff are great

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GJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Over priced for the quality of the food very average

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r
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinarily good food amazing service great value for money no hesitation in recommending the elephant

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T
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent for celebrating wedding anniversary. Good food and good service. Good location.

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CA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with amazing food. Ambiance is perfect for a date night, special occasion, etc.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional tasting menu and very reasonably priced wine flight. Service was very efficient, professional and friendly. We look forward to visiting this delightful restaurant again.

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PB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect evening to be enjoyed whilst on a short holiday break

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JS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding food, wine and service. Had my favourite champagne Gosset which was a great treat.

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MC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely evening here great food and wonderful service. We will definitely be going back again

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience and great service . Food totally delicious and great wine

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AP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at the Elephant celebrating my son’s birthday. The staff were polite and attentive, but not over bearing, the atmosphere was relaxed and the food was amazing. I would highly recommend for a special family occasion

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GD
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service. One suggestion: on the menu (or verbally) be more clear that most main course dishes come with garnish only, and that all veg, potatoes etc are classified as side orders.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

If you go to this not knowing it has a Michelin star you will be satisfied - although I don’t know how it compares to other restaurant prices in the area.
If you go knowing it has a Michelin star expectations you will be sorely underwhelmed...tho the price is fair for what you get.

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MK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed a midweek meal for six celebrating a special birthday. Food and service were excellent.

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GF
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent lunch as always. Beautifully prepared and presented with excellent service. Looking forward to our next visit.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the set lunch menu it would have been nice to have a meat option for main course

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VN
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We all had the tasting menu and paired wines. Quite simply one of the best meals I've ever experienced. Delicious, imaginative and delivered with excellent service. Only criticism would be the dodgy music soundtrack which was more fitting for a pub than a fine dining establishment.

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TS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at The Elephant restaurant was first class. We had the tasting menu and the food was wonderfully presented and all courses had an individual and fantastic taste. The chef was very accommodating by making minor amendments to some courses due to food allergies. The front of house team were excellent, very welcoming and knowledgeable about the food on the menu.
The décor of the restaurant was very tasteful with large mirrors giving the restaurant a bigger feel.
I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant if you want great tasting and well presented food, and a welcoming atmosphere.

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RM
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food ,service and ambiance.very enjoyable experience.

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AC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal as usual and outstanding value. Flavour combinations are innovative and interesting. Main course fish a little salty but otherwise delicious and fabulous desserts.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and experience. Would deifinatly return.

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V
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a fantastic venue to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Unbelievable food supported by attentive top quality service. A must if you are wanting a fine dining experience in Torquay.

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CB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent food combination and good wine list with freindly but not intrusive service

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AN
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice food, well prepared, we often frequent The Elephant.

Friendly amiable staff.

Dislike obligatory “Discretionary service charge” included in total bill.

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Top quality. My wife and I have dined at several Michelin starred restaurants in the past two years. The food at The Elephant was up there with the best we’ve eaten. The time between courses could have been shorter, but that’s being picky. We had a wonderful evening eating wonderful food

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j
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am fortunate to eat in many high quality restaurants around the World. The Elephant is one of the finest restaurants. The quality of the produce the food the taste and the presentation is outstanding. Congratulations for consistently maintaining such a high standard.

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RK
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

the Elephant had been recommended so for a birthday celebration
experience we decided to 'have a go'. We were not disappointed
and give the restaurant full marks. A bit surprised that a table booked
for 1830 meant we could not enter the premises until that time: what if
it had been raining? Pleased to note some wines at reasonable prices
considering the Michelin rating and what it normally represents!

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JO
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a truly outstanding lunch with amazing attention to detail. The staff were informative attentive but never overpowering
Will return

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MH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food excellent - staff seemed a bit distracted - food superb - don't like the 10% service charge added to fixed price lunch - did I mention that I liked the food a lot.
I really enjoyed my birthday lunch - thank you.

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GF
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Seacoast feast lunch menu very much indeed lovely fresh fish

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JJ
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular meal again. Attentive service and a lovely atmosphere.

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RD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Like all previous visits to the Elephant the experience was fantastic with fabulous food that never fails to live up to its wonderful reputation.

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T
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant and it is always good. On this occasion, the starters were amazing but the main courses were less than hot and the fish a little over cooked. It didn’t detract from the experience however!

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CM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable meal with relatives from New Zealand. I was given a special Vegan menu and we all enjoyed the lovely bread. My husband and cousin had fish and our friend venison. All the dishes were beautifully cooked and well presented.

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P
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good meal, but noise created by the arrival of a hen party spoilt the peaceful ambience, as any large party, birthday or otherwise would.

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OT
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall good, but atmosphere a little stuffy. The food very good but flavors in dishes, such as the scallop, were muddled by the sauce.

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MB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding food and not overly expensive at around £50 per head including wine and an aperitif. The service, whilst very good initially tailed off and became positively poor, which was a great shame as we were having a lovely evening. We waited 20 minutes after requesting the bill and ended up standing by the till, even then I had to go and find someone to take our money! Having said this I can't praise the food enough and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates fine cuisine.

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