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Ode to the Elephants

Carr 413 km 3.3, Rincon 00677, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #14 of 64 restaurants in Rincon
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $4 - $21
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Ode to the Elephants offers authentic Thai flavors prepared by Chef Kevin Ngowusan. The restaurant overlooks Sandy Beach in Barrio Puntas, Rincon. A definite MUST dining experience in Puerto Rico.
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81% Recommend
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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Odd to have such delicious Thai food in Puerto Rico, and in such a beautiful location!! One of the most beautiful views from a restaurant I've ever seen. We are huge Thai food fans and this was absolutely delicious. The drinks were also very tasty! Our waiter was amazing, attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, and gave us great recommendations! Definitely recommend this... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Elephants is always a stop when I'm in Rincon, and while I'm not a full time resident I do have a place here and spend about 6 weeks a year here. I have been a fan since they opened and continue to recommend them to friends and family who are visiting. The garlic chicken is a must have. I suggest... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I was so immediately enamored of the place that I was hoping to go there every night. The location was incredible; the view was amazing. The wait staff was highly professional and really personable (perhaps the best in Rincon). But if you know Thai food, the quality really fell short. Imo, if Ode could steal the chef from La Copa... More

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Katy, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The food at this restaurant was quite delicious. I was so excited to get Thai food in Puerto Rico! However, My husband and I were a little disappointed when the power went out and they had to close down the place early. We didn't get to have dessert because, by that time, they had already packed up the kitchen. Eating... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I had to try this restaurant so many people had spoken to me about! Upon arriving the staff was so kind and really helpful with giving wonderful suggestions! The martinis are absolutely so delicious. The food could not have been more perfect, the serving size was right on. I cannot say enough positive things about this restaurant and the wonderful... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This was a new place for us on this trip. It is tucked away but once you climb a few flight of stairs, the view is amazing. Too add to that the food is unbelievable.

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Ocean City, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Sweet little place in Rincon situated at the top of a hill. Arrive before dark to really take advantage of the awesome view. Indoor & outdoor seating, simple Thai menu with reasonable prices, excellent martinis (some for $5), and a friendly, helpful staff. I have to eat gluten free and someone from the kitchen staff came out to talk to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

As a New Yorker I tend to be very picky and critical. This restaurant far exceeded my expectations. The waiter was attentive and courteous. He checked up on our table constantly and told us details about all the foods. The other staff were friendly and diligent servers. The food is delicious, you can select how spicy you want your food.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

PROS: Great views, cool atmosphere and fun live music on Sunday nights. CONS: Slow, inattentive service (as in they need to hire more people, not that the staff is incompetent). Took 30 minutes to have anyone acknowledge we were there. Took 40 minutes standing at the bar to get a mediocre, overhyped drink. Took 60 minutes after we ordered two... More

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Dallas, Texas
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

We are from Texas. A lot of Asian Cuisine around there. Saying that I will tell you that this place is very good. Great affordable food. Very friendly and helpful staff. I was surprised with the taste of the food and even asked our waiter about the Chef. Very comfy place with great atmosphere. Great view. I have been there... More

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