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The Elephant

3 & 4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
+44 (0)1803 200044
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Ranked #16 of 251 restaurants in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $42 - $338
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Torquay, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Had the pleasure of a meal at The Elephant with some business associates, two of whom are from Boston, USA. We all had the tasting menu (apart from one in our party who is allergic to fish and fowl - the staff couldn't have been more helpful in dovetailing dishes from the Brasserie menu). Some of the group had the... More

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was a meal with 2 of my colleagues in mid - June on a trip to the area from London. We had booked in advance and were seated immediately on arrival however it lacked any ambience and although the waitress was nice she did not show any smile or additional service. It was more like lets just run through... More

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ElephantRestaurant, Owner at The Elephant, responded to this review

Many thanks for the review and feedback which I will look into , if you could send me the date you dined I can check staff rotas and feed back to the Waitress on duty. Just so you are aware we have 2 restaurants within the Elephant our Brasserie on the ground floor serving simple but modern dishes and our... More

Torquay, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We all enjoyed our meals here, but the portions were not the largest for the men! Lovely presentation and interesting view of the kitchen!

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ElephantRestaurant, Owner at The Elephant, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review. I will pass the portion size comments onto the team and we will look into them for the future. Kindest wishes Simon More

channel islands
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I love this restaurant.- whether for the set lunch or dinner - and always leave wishing it were closer to home. The staff are well trained, interested in the cliental and passionate about their work. The food is sublime. Situated in a terrace of Regency houses which climb a hill out of Torquay the restaurant is bright and airy with... More

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ElephantRestaurant, Owner at The Elephant, responded to this review

Many thanks for a detailed and clear review. I am pleased we succeeded in giving you a great visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes Simon More

Devon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great food as always, but your head waiter, would be more suited in a funeral parlour. A smile and nice greeting costs nothing, I shuddered at the way he spoke to people entering the restaurant. Waitress was very pleasant. Please take time and train the staff to greet and make small talk. Atmosphere was dire. I hope the graturaties go... More

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ElephantRestaurant, Owner at The Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and I am upset that you didn't get the service we always pride ourselves on, If you could email the date you dined I can look at which member of staff was working as I can then investigate further. I hope it doesn't stop you visiting again soon. Kind regards Simon info@elephantrestaurant.co.uk More

Dartmouth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The great thing about the Elephant is that dinner is superb as well as the set lunch. Having experienced both in the past few weeks, I cannot fault either. Lunch is at a "budget" price, if one can apply this word to the Elephant, but compared with a three course meal in so called gastro pubs in the locality, its... More

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ElephantRestaurant, Owner at The Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words. I am glad you have experienced both rooms in our Restaurant . I hope we get to cook for you again very soon Regards Simon More

Torquay, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Elephant is simply the best restaurant in Torquay. I have enjoyed both lunch and dinner in The Room - as well as Christmas Day here and can't think of anywhere else locally if you were wanting to celebrate a special occasion. I find the service attentive yet relaxed and the food stunning. You'll find yourself wanting to photograph each... More

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ElephantRestaurant, Owner at The Elephant, responded to this review

HI Rob, Many thanks for taking the time to write , its always a pleasure to have you in the Elephant and we hope to see you again very soon. Best wishes Simon More

Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My partner and I visited the Elephant for our anniversary not knowing what to expect but wanting to treat ourselves because of this special occasion. We had a lovely warm greeting and were shown to our table. We ordered a bottle of wine to share which was kept cold for us and I rarely had to pour myself or my... More

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ElephantRestaurant, Manager at The Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you Jenny its great you had a brilliant anniversary and I am so happy the front of house staff made you feel so special. Look forward to seeing you soon Kind regards Simon More

Somerset, England
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We hadn't booked, but got a great welcome at this fab restaurant. Everything was faultless and beautifully served. The staff were attentive without being too much. We had respectively mussels and scallops, both of which were lovely. We then had lobster, and a steak. Much of the food is locally produced and it shows. The lobster was good, the steak... More

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ElephantRestaurant, Owner at The Elephant, responded to this review

Great to hear, we except walk ins most days but always best to book just to be sure don't want to ruin an hours drive. Look forward to welcoming you again soon Best wishes Simon More

Torquay, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My partner and I visited here on a rare evening off work together. Opted to have the taster menu upstairs in "the room". Well what can I say "wow" what a amazing experience!! Rather pricey to have this option and with a added bottle of bubbly, added cheese option and a cocktail each was over £200. However would defiantly go... More

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ElephantRestaurant, Owner at The Elephant, responded to this review

Glad you had a great evening and I understand too a lot of people we seem expensive but we also have our brasserie downstairs for guests looking for something a bit more casual and lunch starts at £14.50 for 2 courses . We are so happy you took the decision to try us out and I look forward to seeing... More

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