The Elephant Restaurant

4.7
510 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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GF
Birmingham
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another excellent lunch. Always fresh ingredients with stylish presentation. Professional service. The perfect place for an extra special meal.

JC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food at the Elephant was excellent - service was not quite as good as we hoped, we were left to ourselves for a while between courses, but the staff were very friendly and helpful.

r
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding- innovative and perfectly cooked and presented. The ambience was serene, the staff were warm, welcoming and attentive to every detail. A card was left for my partner who’s birthday it was. We will definitely come back. My favourite restaurant in Devon.

DK
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Good value lunch for a restaurant of this quality and tasty fish dishes on the set menu. The service was not very friendly and the guy serving seemed inexperienced. He didn’t make eye contact, tell us what was on the plate nor did he ask if we had enjoyed our food. The woman server was rather brusque and lacking in warmth. It felt as if she was going through the motions of customer service. We would still recommend the restaurant to friends as the food was what we had gone for.

RP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, brilliant service and friendly staff. A relaxed feel that wasn't intimidating. The duck leg was absolutely flawless and the olive oil sponge was amazing. Overall an incredible meal.

SN
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food and great value compared with similar standard in the South East. We had the tasting menu and it was delicious in every way, the wine pairing was also excellent and very cleverly matched to the food.

SB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really lovely to go to a high end restaurant and feel so welcome with children.
Really super food and very welcoming staff.

CD
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have eaten here on a number of occasions over the last three years and the standard has been maintained consistently.
We rate it as one if the best restaurants in the southwest.

P
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I took my husband here for a birthday lunch. We had a voucher and planned to use it for the tasting menu. Did not realise that at lunchtime you need to let them know in advance if you want the tasting menu - fortunately they were able to accommodate us without notice. The food was beautiful and worth a revisit but let down slightly by the uninformed staff. We expected the staff to know about the menu and be passionate about the food - not so here. Nevertheless, we will give this restaurant another go.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our wedding anniversary. The staff made the effort to place a card on our table congratulating us which was a nice touch. The staff were friendly and very professional. The food was excellent and we will definitely be returning.

M
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Excellent food but the serviced left a little to be desired. We were left waiting nearly 25 minutes before anyone took our food order. To their credit the restaurant recognised this and waived the service charge that would automatically have been added to the bill. Otherwise no complaints. |The locally sourced fish dishes were excellent.

AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Very good food , good priced wine .Atmosphere a little lacking and bland

BC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Unbelievably good value on the lunch set menu for top quality good. A gem of a find right on the Torquay harbour. Will be back.

B
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, well seasoned, good value lunch set menu.

KM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was by far the best food we had in Torquay while on holiday. The only complaint, its not open on Sunday night as we would have booked again before we left for home.

If you're in Torquay do yourself a favour and book, you'll not get in at night if you don't, a table and enjoy true fine dining at normal prices.

10 out of 10 for everything.

F
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here is unbelievably good and the service is excellent!

PT
London
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our “special treat” whilst away on holiday! Been on the list for a while so couldn’t wait to tick it off the list! The Chocolate Sphere replaced a similar dessert I’d had at The Hand and Flowers as the best dessert I’ve ever had! Absolutely outstanding! The entire meal was flawless! We’ll be coming back next time we’re back in the area!

TD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary - nice personal touches made the night special .

CG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Thanks to the Chef Owner writing The Local Heroes article in the Daily Telegraph I found out that there was a Michelin Star Restaurent in Torquay. We went with some friends & had a very enjoyable evening the food was great - the service was very good & it was good value. We will be coming again my only observation was my surprise that you provided special sharp knives for the Duck & Beef Fillet dishes the meat was so tender you could cut it with the normal knives.

GP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first time and we really enjoyed it, especially the Sharpham cheese!

SA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Over the moon and out of this world! The service was better than perfect, the food sublime, there is not a single thing I would chsnge! One of my best restaurant experiences ever.

PH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Outstanding fine food and excellent wine, best so far

AT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
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.

DR
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
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.

z
Surrey
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
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.

RK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

b
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

s
London
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 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.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 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 !

GC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

What it says on the proverbial tin. Delivered as expected

DG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

M
1 review
Dined on July 4, 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.

KE
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 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

PC
Wales
1 review
Dined on June 29, 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

B
1 review
Dined on June 29, 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.

RH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 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

JG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed our Golden wedding anniversary meal thankyou.

RS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

TD
1 review
Dined on June 27, 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.

GF
Birmingham
26 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another excellent lunch at our favourite restaurant in Torquay.

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