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elEFANTE Happy Restaurant & Bar

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Former French Concession
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DongHu Road 20 | Near to Huai Hai Road, Shanghai 200031, China
+86 21 5404 8085
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Today
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good choice

Excellent food, very nice location and details, and also high level service. The bill is very expensive (even for shanghai) but for sure its a very good choice!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Castelfidardo, Italy
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  • Special occasions
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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Castelfidardo, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Excellent food, very nice location and details, and also high level service. The bill is very expensive (even for shanghai) but for sure its a very good choice!

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Innovative dishes alongside excellent classical food such as Jamon. Nice garden when weather allows.

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taipei
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Trying to be too clever for its own good. I have no idea why this restaurant is so highly rated, if our Saturday brunch is anything to go by. A real confusion of flavours and poor basic ingredients plus arrogant service meant we left halfway through the deal. Where the idea of a hot dog on a brunch comes from... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015 via mobile

Tapas bites are a bit too fancy, resulting in high prices compared to quality of the food. The garden is nice, however quite some noise as a result of construction works adjacent to the garden.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Our hotel recommended this & it was a sound choice in the French Concession area clearly frequented by local expats. Space is great, some nice greenery & plenty of room between tables. There were about 10 of us & all were content with dishes from Spanish to Italian. There starters were tapas & antipasto. I had a memorable pork with... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This restaurant used to be El Willies (which moved) and this place is now called Elefante. The menu might have changed but amazing food I must say. We picked a few items of the menu one better than the other. Picked a wine which was one of the cheaper ones, but amazingly good. The portions are not small considering they... More 

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Shanghai, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

We went to El Willy sister restaurant Elephante on Donghu Lu on Sunday for brunch. We haven't eat at El Willy since it has moved to the Bund, but I remember it was good in terms of food and ambience. So when we have friends came for visit, we thought of it again. Bearing the name of El Willy, we... More 

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Guilin, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I have been here many times. It's recommended in any season; in summer you can take a table outside to enjoy the cozy backyard in the center of Shanghai. Enjoy the Spanish cuisine, wine and lovely background music. The place is closed on Mondays.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Please be aware that following a lunchtime visit to " elefante", my friend and I were violently sick the following day. We ate the set menu including smoked chicken - we think that the chicken was to blame. Please be warned. We intend to report the episode to the relevant authorities.

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Shanghai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

After 5 o 6 times, we found that the dishes are always surprising in the brunch. We asked to the Chef and he say that they don t repeat menu. Only after 6 month they can repeat a dish. They are adapting to the different seasons so i really recommend it to the TripAdvisor readers.

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Additional Information about elEFANTE Happy Restaurant & Bar

Address: DongHu Road 20 | Near to Huai Hai Road, Shanghai 200031, China
Phone Number: +86 21 5404 8085
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 to 50
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: DongHu Road 20 | Near to Huai Hai Road, Shanghai 200031, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: +86 21 5404 8085

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 to 50
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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Staying in Former French Concession

Neighborhood Profile
Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.