The Elephant Restaurant

4.5
290 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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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Nearest bus stop Victoria Parade
What 290 People Are Saying
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139 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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JF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent time and good food
Very good service
Wines not over priced
But....
Each dish should have its own veg. At least veg shouldn’t be charged for.
We felt a bit rushed until Mentioned it
A between course cleanser would have been good.

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GF
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As regular diners over the years we went with friends and had a lovely lunch. The food was excellent and the staff friendly and efficient as always. This has to be our favourite lunch venue in Torbay.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was lovely.atmophere was very nice, friendly staff.will definitely go again

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S
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I had not been for some time but we found that it was one of the best dining experience we had enjoyed for a very long time. We have eaten in some wonderful places around the country but this has shown itself to be as good with excellent service, a second time around, whereas other well known restaurants have been disappointing after the first visit. We shall definitely be back for my birthday 🎂 in November.

Sam&Bob Wingell

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JM
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was faultless. A relaxing lunch with no fuss or pretension, just delicious food served efficiently and unobtrusively. We look forward to another visit. Thanks to all.

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AR
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Elephant never fails to disappoint. Superb lunch menu, fantastic service.

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TW
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service will definitely come back

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D
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Elephant was recommended to us, and we will definitely recommend it too!
Food - amazing
Service - brilliant - very warm and friendly and professional
Lovely touches - happy anniversary card on our reserved table and written in chocolate on our desert plate.

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D
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We like to plan a little bit of our eating out for when we are on holiday, especially if there are fine dining options. The Elephant was the only place in Torquay we actually thought we would really like to eat at and I am pleased to say we weren't disappointed. Each dish on all three courses was sublime. We were both still talking about the flavours the next day. We even had a decent bottle of wine we had never tried which for a restaurant, was moderately priced. If ever in Torquay again, we will definitely be booking.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a really lovely evening! Food was great as was service! We enjoyed the attention we got due to it being our anniversary!

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R
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The Elephant is great place to have lunch or dinner its food is lovely and the service is very good. Definitely one of the best restaurants in the area.

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PT
14 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As good as always. Great to meet with friends.
what makes things special is when the chef leaves the kitchen to talk to his diners, makes you feel special and completes the experience.

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DV
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

First visit. Thought it would be more formal but it's a moderately noisy brasserie and not what we expected or hoped for for circa £90 a head. 'Nibbles' unattractive and more like pub food. Mains and desserts up to standard thank goodness! Maybe a mint with the coffee? Just lacked the polish we were expecting for a Michelin star restaurant. Maybe I've been watching to much Professional Master Chef!!

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JO
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a fantastic meal here for a first date, food is excellent and the service was great as well. Perfect place if you want to take someone out for a special meal.

Location was right by the harbor with underground parking available right across the road and easy walking distance for all of the nightlife Torquay has to offer.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As ever, a quality meal with excellent touches from a top rate chef

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c
24 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! This is a gem in Devon. Michelin starred and great food from local producers and fresh, fresh fresh! My wife had dined here many times over the years and have ALWAYS enjoyed our meals. Very Impressive variety and unusual presentations to please the eye and palette. The 3 course luncheon menu is fantastic. Hard to choose off the main menu as well.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, fantastic service, would definitely return!

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FG
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely Fabulous

Food exquisite and sustainably sourced very enjoyable birthday celebration

We were all well looked after even our 11 year old daughter

Our favourite restaurant in Torquay always a treat!

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m
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Excellent food as expected, scallops, beef & dessert all fabulously tasty. Service was good but didn't seem to be many working on a Sunday evening, waited longer than expected for replacement drinks & for dishes to be cleared away. However waiting staff friendly & knowledgeable except for manager who wasn't at all friendly or welcoming towards us. Recommended for food but if you look slightly out of the norn expect manager to frown upon you.

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N
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

What a fabulous restaurant, love fine dining and this is in my top 5.
I think this was lovely, I did ask for one item to not be with dish but no replacement was offered by waiting staff but it still all worked perfectly.
I will definitely return on my next visit to Torquay.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Had a truly lovely evening, very good cooking and wine pairings unique and bang on. Even converted the wife to be a scallop lover!
If I want to be purist I would say the only negative was that the level of service dropped off a bit as things got busier, Either there was little time to discuss the course and accompanying wine or lack of knowledge? But that is a very small negative. Will be back

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DM
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyable meal , great staff. Would recommend.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant - delicious food & wines,& very friendly attentive service! Love the personal touches - like a phone call to cinfirm booking & especially the birthday card on the table! Can.t wait til next time!

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T
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food but diminuitive portions . Outstanding service especially from Tom and M(N)icky , and a blonde girl whose name we did not get . A Michelin star restaurant ,yes, but we are talking Torquay here on the English Rustyera not Cannes or Riccione , on the continental riviera equivalents , so a less extravagant pricing policy would be appreciated - unless , of course , the wheel-heeled of Plymouth and Exeter risk the drunk and drugged to drive their high-class SUVs to park in Torbay Road .

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j
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Starter of black pudding and bantom egg, plus the maincourse of duck breast both excellent. The pomme dauphinoise bang on only the baked courgettes let the side down being tasteless. Touch of fresh margoram or oregano would of helped lift a bland vegatable out of the duldrums perhaps. We dont drink bottles of wine with our meal any more but the wine by glass ie red rioja was pretty poor maybe the bottle had been open for some time; so maybe will not bother any more. Did not find any half bottles listed. But all in an excellent meal and will certainly look forward to dining there again.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was amazing- so full of flavour. It was our anniversary and The Elephant made it a wonderful evening to remember - would highly recommend

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B
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

My wife and I chose from the a la carte menu and with hindsight the set lunch may have been a better choice (as well as cheaper). The food was ok but not as good as we have found it on previous occasions. Personally I thought there were too many ingredients on each plate (so that individual elements did not shine out) and my wife thought that her scallop starter had been spoiled by an excess of onions. It was as if a la carte at lunchtime was an afterthought and consequently had been prepped using some ingredients that had been made for the dinner service the night before (eg the brown crab meat was dry and heavy going). Also, why is it currently fashionable to serve whipped butter with bread when the local butter is so tasty? I should also mention the staff who were attentive, friendly and nice. Overall we like The Elephant, have been a number of times and will certainly go back. Hopefully we can go in the evening when it will be interesting to see if the food then is of a different standard.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb food, welcoming atmosphere, highly professional. Range of people eating there when we went for lunch, from a lone woman diner, to couples of different ages, business people and small family groups. All were treated equally well and with real, calm attention. We were asked about allergies when booking and this was checked on arrival. I went for the vegetarian options because they were really interesting. The beetroot 'samosas' are stunning visually and taste-wise. Highly recommended.

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GF
17 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely creative lunch menu and delicious wines it’s our favourite.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

No fault with anything about this restaurant. An excellent dining experience. All courses were delightful.

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LM
27 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience, earned its Michelin star and then some. Not at all pretentious but brilliant food, great service (fast but not rushed), and beautiful presentation. My deck main was brilliant as were the side green beans and courgettes, fresh from the chef’s garden. Highly recommended.

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D
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Worth visiting Torquay just to go to the Elephant. We have had several great lunches and dinners here, and it is always reliably great food. Not cheap, but good value for the standard of the food and service.

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S
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Das Essen war sehr lecker und ansprechend angerichtet. Das Ambiente ist zweckmäßig. Der Service wirkt distanziert.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was stunning and the set menu was incredible value.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A Michelin star restaurant. So our expectations were high. My starter was forgettable, arancini I recall. The fish mains were divine, although the courgette spaghetti left a watery residue after a while. The sweet was superb, baked custard... just wonderful. Fab service, maybe we will try an evening a la carte. :-)

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DE
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

fantastic food. highly recommend
great chefs, prompt timing on delivering dishes.
polite and friendly staff

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PM
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We had a great evening. Food was excellent. We had a table by the window which was right opposite the car park so wasn't brilliant. Would definitely come again may be a lunchtime.

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D
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first meal at the Elephant and as regular visitors to this calibre of restaurant we thought it was up there with the best in its category. We took the tasting menu which is a great way to sample several of the house dishes. The wine flight is also worth trying to complement the food. Thoroughly recommend trying this place if you're on holiday in Torquay and want a special treat.

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