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Elan

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Seafood, International, Pacific Rim
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Wharf Road (Drive past the cruise ship wharf and follow road up round to the left, just past the Dream Cove gates on the left) | Palm Cove/Ifira Point, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
+678 25526
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Elan is a unique dining experience in Vanuatu. A restaurant purpose built...
Elan is a unique dining experience in Vanuatu. A restaurant purpose built by the owners to offer elegant island style dining. The restaurant is situated on the beach overlooking beautiful aqua waters and enjoys the best sunsets in Port Vila. Elans fresh and authentic menus are inspired by the classics - French, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean and the flavors' of the Pacific. We pride ourselves on sourcing as much of the freshest locally grown produce as possible, including we believe and our customers agree the best free range grass fed beef in the world. Elan was chosen to host the only Royal Dinner for HRH Princess Anne's visit to Vanuatu in October 2014. Open: 5pm Wednesday to Saturdays.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Everything was perfection

Fantastic location right on the water, even better service! Get there before sunset for beautiful photos. The food is amazing!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Outback_traveller86
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Bourke, New South Wales, Australia
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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English first
Bourke, New South Wales, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Fantastic location right on the water, even better service! Get there before sunset for beautiful photos. The food is amazing!!!

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Elan is by far our favourite restaurant in Port Vila. We were regular diners before Cyclone Pam. My friends and I really miss your delicious food and hospitality. Hope to see you open again soon.

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Elan R, Owner at Elan, responded to this review

Hello Chris, Thank you for your review. Its lovely to hear you enjoyed dining with us, We have actually leased/rented the restaurant. Its time for Darryl and I to do something new in Vanuatu. The new Manager will be opening 1st May. The restaurant will not be elan anymore, we will now just be the landlords. It will be called... More 

Greater Newcastle, Australia
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

You will need to get a taxi to get there. Great restaurant. Book ahead and ask to sit on the verandah. Service was fantastic as was the food. Definitely the best restaurant in Port Vila

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I found restaurants in Vanuatu overall to be pricey. Elan was actually a bit cheaper than the waterfront Grill in port villa for example AND it had a way better view and the food was better. I had a lovely fish dish cooked in a banana leaf and a lime cheesecake. Delicious. And you really can't beat the front table... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

After reading reviews on Trip Advisor went to this restaurant expecting great things. Lovely staff and view. Overpriced (as everything in Vanuatu is) and food was very ordinary, my local prawns I could not even eat. I suspect they were frozen. Ate several times at lesser expense and had nicer food. Also is out of town so cost of Taxi... More 

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Elan R, Owner at Elan, responded to this review

In response to your review: Your review is very suspicious!! Firstly our prices are very average for Vanuatu. Produce is expensive here and we know we offer good value for money. We only serve the best local Teoma Prawns which are delivered each week and NEVER FROZEN!! If you had felt there was something wrong with your meal I am... More 

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful spots I have eaten, literally right on the water. The restaurant is modern with a stunning menu and wine list to match. I loved the paella it was beautiful and I highly recommend it. A must visit when in Port Vila, make sure you get there to watch the sun set!

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Fiji
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The Elan is a short ride (about 8 minutes) out of town and set on the water's edge. Gorgeous views and lovely, peaceful environment. Joined a group for dinner, the appetisers and dessert were lovely. We missed out on the lobster, but I had the fish with a delightful pinot noir. A great spot with a business cocktail/dinner or even... More 

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Noosa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We found this restaurant to be one of our favourites in Port Vila. We live in Noosa and eat out regularly so are quite fussy and have high expectations. The food was exceptional, location beautiful and both staff and managers so friendly and welcoming. We sat outside and watched the magnificent sunset whilst enjoying a pre-dinner drink. My partner had... More 

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Bonegilla, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We went here for dinner one night with high expectations, fantastic spot with beautiful views, fantastic local staff who were well presented, friendly, polite, helpful and very efficient. Our entrees were fabulous as with all restaurants but our mains just lacked wow factor. I was sorely let down, I ordered Seafood Paella and was very much looking forward to this... More 

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Elan R, Owner at Elan, responded to this review

In response to your review: I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy your main meals. The Seafood Paella is EXACTLY how it is described on the menu. It is made with as much local seafood as we can source, cooked with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, onions and dash of chilli. We serve the rice and baguette on the... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We returned home 9 days ago. The food at Elan was amazing. We had the lobster stack and peking duck rolls and a bottle of Sav Blanc to enjoy with the food, I cannot understand how this restaurant could possibly receive negative reviews. We had a beautifully positioned table overlooking the ocean for 2 people, watched the sun go down... More 

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Additional Information about Elan

Address: Wharf Road (Drive past the cruise ship wharf and follow road up round to the left, just past the Dream Cove gates on the left) | Palm Cove/Ifira Point, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Phone Number: +678 25526
Location: South Pacific  >  Vanuatu  >  Efate  >  Port Vila
Open Hours:
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 27
Cuisine: Seafood, International, Pacific Rim

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Wharf Road (Drive past the cruise ship wharf and follow road up round to the left, just past the Dream Cove gates on the left) | Palm Cove/Ifira Point, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Vanuatu  >  Efate  >  Port Vila
  • Phone Number: +678 25526

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 27
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Seafood, International, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Romantic

Description

Elan is a unique dining experience in Vanuatu. A restaurant purpose built by the owners to offer elegant island style dining. The restaurant is situated on the beach overlooking beautiful aqua waters and enjoys the best sunsets in Port Vila. Elans fresh and authentic menus are inspired by the classics - French, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean and the flavors' of the Pacific. We pride ourselves on sourcing as much of the freshest locally grown produce as possible, including we believe and our customers agree the best free range grass fed beef in the world. Elan was chosen to host the only Royal Dinner for HRH Princess Anne's visit to Vanuatu in October 2014. Open: 5pm Wednesday to Saturdays.
Open Hours
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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