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Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant

237 Parnell Road | Parnell, Auckland Central, New Zealand
+64 9 358 3095
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Ranked #4 of 1,108 restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $9 - $26
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Thai, Vegetarian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Auckland's latest taste sensation in a warm cosy atmosphere with great service. Whether for a romantic dinner, a catch up with friends or family or for business entertainment, we can cater for your needs. With seating capacity maxing out at around 40 to 50 (depending on seating arrangements), it is advisable to make a telephone reservation. The restaurant also offers great wines, cocktails, beers and a nice selection of premium teas. We also have a nice outdoor area.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Auckland's latest taste sensation in a warm cosy atmosphere with great service. Whether for a romantic dinner, a catch up with friends or family or for business entertainment, we can cater for your needs. With seating capacity maxing out at around 40 to 50 (depending on seating arrangements), it is advisable to make a telephone reservation. The restaurant also offers great wines, cocktails, beers and a nice selection of premium teas. We also have a nice outdoor area.
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Perth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My family love Asian foods and made an attempt to find several Asian restaurants in Auckland to pay our cravingness of Asian halal foods. We found this small restaurant among AUT buildings in front of AUT Design Studio and next to Auckland University student apartment. The owner is Chinese Malaysian family, so the menus are not only Malaysian laksa, satay... More

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Lyon, France
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Been to Blue Elephant for a first date and it was so good we are still together and going back on a regular basis. The food is just amazing, service is very nice and prices are very reasonable. Definitely recommended.

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Ahipara, New Zealand
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Ok so went here purely because of trip advisor. Was not disappointed. Charming decor with subtle ambiance. Beautiful attentive staff without being overpowering. The good was different than your standard Thai, all beautifully seasoned. Congratulations on providing a lovely dining experience. When in auckland we will return.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

On a business trip to Auckland my colleague and I went to the Blue Elephant based solely on Tripadviser reviews. The reviews we'd read were extremely complimentary, and we certainly were not disappointed. In fact, it was so good that we went back the following night with a client. The restaurant is in a lovely courtyard away from the main... More

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Alhambra, California, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Cute little restaurant set back from the street. Really excellent quality basic Thai food and some dishes we've never heard of as well. Delicious food and great service. Worth the trip out of the city center.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Incredible Thai food and experience. Best in Auckland. Having spent time in Thailand and taken cooking courses there I can safely say that this restaurant is of the highest quality and represents Thai cuisine absolutely perfectly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Friendly staff, nice quiet location. Had a meal with my wife. Was hoping for something special as we don't get out that much and we're very happy with our choice. The food was fantastic. We both had a chiefs special dish and we're given the option to share. Both meals were so different and tasted so good. I couldn't eat... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Excellent food and service - from the traditional Thai greeting to the heated face-cloth after dinner. I especially recommend the Blue Elephant Friends dish - this is a chicken dish with lovely moist fillets crusted in crunchy almonds. Big meal for one and could be shared, but if you aare hungry and like the sound of it, have one all... More

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milo55
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Ate at the Blue Elephant whilst visiting my son in NZ,he lives in Parnell & the restaurant has a good reputation in Auckland & had a great time.The atmosphere is really good,busy when we ate & booking essential,the service was particularly good,the staff in traditional dress were very friendly & couldn't do enough for us.The food was excellent,very authentic Thai,in... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The restaurant was clean and tidy. Service was good but very slow and it was not busy at all. Food was hot and fresh. Portions borderline teeny tiny. The flavours were good but the same as your average thai place down the road. The cost was definitely above the average for thai which was disappointing. Over all this is a... More

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