The Elephant Restaurant

4.6
359 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • 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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Neighbourhood
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stop Victoria Parade
What 359 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal very good price for quality

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AJ
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a family lunch at the Elephant and it was perfect. The staff were very friendly and attentive. We food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious, and we enjoyed all the different flavours that made up each course. We liked the fact that the portions were not too large, which particularly suited the elderly members of our party with small appetites. We had the two and also three course lunch menu and I think it was very good value for the quality of the restaurant. It was lovely that we could park nearby and then enjoy a walk along the seafront after the meal.

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JB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Disappointingly uneven, with evidence of real skills in the kitchen let down by some clumsiness; most disappointing was the failure to deliver what the menu suggested on some items. This was a second visit, where we had given them the benefit of the doubt first time round (we're all entitled to off days) but the repetition of the same problems and the lack of interest in our feedback left us feeling that no-one really cared and contrasted with the welcome given to both positive and negative feedback at other restaurants at this level. The wine list is also very disappointing for a restaurant offering food of this general standard/price level - it was hard to find an interesting and drinkable bottle.

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SC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent taster menu and wine pairing, great service.

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb front of house greeting, excellent champagne, the food is delicious, the wine is fabulous and the atmosphere calm, and pleasant.
We went for a special occasion, thoroughly enjoyed it and will be visiting again and again!

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C
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had the tasting menu accompanied with wine and was absolutely delicious.

The only critique is that there were too many courses so by the time the meat and dessert arrived we were quite full. Although the lamb was delicious! but the accompanying red wine had a little too much tanin and was quite heavy overwhelming the delicate, delicious flavours and would have preferred something lighter.

The atmosphere/amiance was great, and would definately go again, but for the A la Carte menu and the service was impeccable.

Just a suggestion ... for this calibre of restaurant it would have been nice to have seen more English wines on the list, but in fairness I say this to every dining establishment I visit.

So for anyone considering a visit - worth every penny and hightly recommend for that special occasion :-)

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KT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly greeting and seating. Menu explained and drinks taken and delivered perfectly. Fabulous ingredients and presentation. Always a pleasure to enjoy your food at your pace, with interesting combinations of food all perfectly balanced with taste. Can’t wait until the next visit.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a fantastic meal with friends to celebrate Christmas early. The food and service were outstanding. So great to have a restaurant like this close to home. Not too many Michelin Star restaurants in Devon! Will definitely go again.

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LB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely beautiful food, quite often with Michelin star restaurants they can be a little stuffy but this place is lovely. Food excellent wine selection excellent and staff were lovely. So look forward to returning in 2019

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CO
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible pre-Christmas meal. Catered well for our large group with excellent service, incredible food and overall a perfect evening. Thank you!

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C
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food very good service.

My only one area of dissatisfaction is the service charge of 10% I would prefer to have this discretionary.

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TH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First visit to the Elephant since recently moving to Torbay and we were very impressed with the location, food and service. This is now our favourite restaurant. Delicious seasonal food cooked to a very high standard with excellent service in a non pretentious environment. Now I can see exactly why we were recommended The Elephant from those on the know.

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j
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we have visited many times and never tire of it.The seafood is particularly good.

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. The service is incredible. They definitely deserve there Michelin star. Great wine list as well

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, attentive staff and a great wine list, what’s not to like?

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b
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

as a retired RHM catering advisor and general chef,my wife and I were extremely pleased with the total package and the main thing being the innovative food,The staff were exceptional from start to finish.
we will certainly be returning,when the finances allow.

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GF
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

No doubt in our minds that this is the best restaurant in Torbay with fine food and friendly service.

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T
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We have been here several times. This was our first visit for lunch and we had the set menu. Starters and desserts were exquisite but main course a bit dull. We all chose the ballotine of turkey, which was a very thick round plain slice of turkey, very little seasoning or sauces. Accompaniments were all lovely .. dauphinois especially.
We took a 3 year old, great child menu.

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RF
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

A very disappointing visit to what is difficult to believe is a Michelin starred restaurant. The staff were surly and had little in the way of communication skills. We decided to keep our spend to a minimum and to have the fixed price lunch without wine. No description of what should have been food prepared with a degree of technical skill was provided by the staff. A ballotine of turkey main course arrived as a large chunk of flavourless, chewy meat. The atmosphere was not helped by trashy-sounding Christmas music.

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TT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Really lovely food with great little touches and flavour contrasts. We did the lunch fixed menu which is good value for money for the quality of the food although a few sides are needed if you're greedy like me.

There's some cheaper wine offers too if you want to keep the bill sensible.

We will definitely return and try the a la carte soon.

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KL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. Excellent service. A real gem. So lucky to have this restaurant within walking distance.

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TM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, quality service. Could not recommend more, they exceeded expectations in every way.

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D
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Whether it was due to the meal, or whether it was not, I was very ill approximately an hour after leaving the restaurant... !

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MN
London
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Superb lunch in every respect. Value that is unheard of at starred level. Flavour, seasoning, texture and balance of a degree not often found.

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GF
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always enjoy our visits to The Elephant and have recommended it to plenty of people over the years. As we tell them it’s the only consistently excellent restaurant in Torbay. That’s the reason why we return.

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SC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impeccable Food, first class service and the birthday touches from the restaurant were excellent.
I will 100% be going back. Thanks for a great evening.

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HG
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing birthday meal. Food was excellent, staff were attentive and friendly. A unique dining experience in Torquay . Thank you team Elephant!

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AL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our second visit with many more to come. The food service and attention to detail were second to none. Thank you for writing Happy Birthday on my desert plate. We would like to Wish you All A Merry Christmas as unfortunately we will be unable to pay another visit before Christmas.

Many thanks once again

Angela

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KP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Best meal we've ever had. Highly recommend.

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j
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top quality lunch ata very reasonable price. The serv ice was fast, efficient and courteous and the ambience of the restaurant is sophisticated and relaxed

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f
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely stunning food, definitely be returning soon

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C
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 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 November 6, 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 November 3, 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 November 3, 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 November 3, 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 November 2, 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 November 2, 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
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Perfect evening to be enjoyed whilst on a short holiday break

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