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White Elephant Thai Cuisine

#142 of 2,874 Restaurants in Calgary
#148 of 3,188 Places to Eat in Calgary
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Northeast Calgary
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1808 - 19 Street N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 4Y3, Canada
+1 403-457-1172
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5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Dinner only Monday 5 PM-8.30 PM Closed every Sunday

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  • 117
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 20
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  • 10
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Authentic Thai for a very good price.

Just left the White Elephant and carried lots of left overs out after a 3 course dinner consisting of Prawn Pa Nang, Fried Chicken with Cashew nuts and a Yellow Curry Chicken that met our taste for curry heat to perfection. A perfect meal before resting up for a early morning flight. Cash... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 8, 2015
Dennis S
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Fairmont Hot Springs, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

This is an unusual restaurant: - Small - Open only 3 hours a day - Located in a budget hotel - Does not take reservations Nobody would imagine, from the parameters above, how good the food is. It is fresh, bright, tasty and very well priced. I would recommend White Elephant any time!

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Thank TD_Voyager
Fairmont Hot Springs, Canada
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Just left the White Elephant and carried lots of left overs out after a 3 course dinner consisting of Prawn Pa Nang, Fried Chicken with Cashew nuts and a Yellow Curry Chicken that met our taste for curry heat to perfection. A perfect meal before resting up for a early morning flight. Cash only and bring a healthy appetite.

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Thank Dennis S
Edmonton, Canada
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176 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

White Elephant is a tiny, cash-only, Thai eatery inside the Airport Traveller's Inn, a 2-star hotel in Calgary. It is run by a husband and wife team from Thailand, and the husband is an Air Canada pilot. The restaurant opens Monday to Saturday for only 3.5 hours a day, 5 - 8:30 pm. We were there on a Saturday evening,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I used to love this restaurant, my fav, now I don't. Sure it was extremely tight, loud, no bathrooms, wait times, cash only, but it had 2 things - good authentic quality and great portions. In other words it had value for food. I guess they thought they could cut the portions in half and nobody would notice. I did.... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Went to the White Elephant. I had mixed thoughts walking into the hallway, towards the restaurant. When we turned the corner there was a line up, LUCKY we were the 3rd couple in line. Doors opened at 5pm and are closed by 7pm. Food was amazing, and the best Thai restaurant in Calgary. Service was as good as the food... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Food was good...but I think they used a lot of MSG, because my friend and I had to down litres of water the rest of night. What really made me mad was the service we got at the end. 10 minutes after we got the bill, the waiter came and said "CAN YOU LEAVE?! We are really busy and there... More 

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Nikaworld, Owner at White Elephant Thai Cuisine, responded to this review

I thinks you are misunderstood what i had told you. One thing that you do not know us very well.we are busied all the time and many guests are waiting outside of the restaurant .mostly of my guests they know their time very well.I think you are just first experienced here then you know now and also I am not... More 

Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We have been going to this restaurant for the last 3 years and by far it is one of the best thai restaurants in Calgary. The food is delicious and is cooked by the owners of the restaurant. The service is fast and friendly.

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Thank Saddiq K
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

As usual all of us were so satisfied with the food we ordered. The special of the day mango salad were awesome. We ordered chicken Phad Thai, Spicy Noodles in Prawns, Beef in yellow curry as well as the Thai Iced Tea. We were welcomed pleasantly by the owner which allow our friends to appreciate and enjoy our dinner very... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

This restaurant is located in the Travellers Inn, just walk though the lobby. As you might imagine for a somewhat run-down hotel, this place looks a little run-down as well. However, the service is very good, the food is fresh and tasty, and the price can't be beaten. Actually, I'd say the food compares well to other much more expensive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

Amazing food and great service. We came for a take out, and we did not have enough cash.. They still gave us our order and even added complimentary rice. The food was as spicy as it comes - though we asked for it - so the rice was in place ;) Note that they take cash only.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1808 - 19 Street N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 4Y3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Northeast Calgary
  • Neighborhood: Northeast Calgary
  • Phone Number: +1 403-457-1172

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 15
  • Cuisine: Asian, Thai

Description

Dinner only Monday 5 PM-8.30 PM Closed every Sunday
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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