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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
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 44
    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
A good place for good food with friends and family

A well decorated place tucked away from the incessant honking of Shanghai mindless drivers, this is a huge plus. The food is very good (?), maybe coz we paid RMB400/each without drinks. Better to make dinner reservation, it is that popular.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Spikester66
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Shanghai Region, China
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

elEfante is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in Shanghai. The Sangria alone is worth the trip. The food is always tasty, and it is super for set lunch or dinner with a big group. Since the menu is tapas-style, the more folks you have the more you can all try. And it is all a treat!

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Shanghai Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

A well decorated place tucked away from the incessant honking of Shanghai mindless drivers, this is a huge plus. The food is very good (?), maybe coz we paid RMB400/each without drinks. Better to make dinner reservation, it is that popular.

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Shanghai Region, China
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We were invited there for a big group dinner and we were shocked that we did not know this place earlier. It is hidden from the street so you need to know about it. We were so happy we went there soon after to give it another try. First time it was very hot and we were sitting inside, second... More 

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Castelfidardo, Italy
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48 restaurant reviews
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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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3 restaurant reviews
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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211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 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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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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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 - 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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.