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elEFANTE Happy Restaurant & Deli

XuHui District DongHu Road 20, Shanghai 200031, China
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Ranked #192 of 12,433 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: elEFANTE is a new Restaurant & Deli that our sexy chef Willy Trullás has based in the Mediterranean, finding his way to have a broader range of creative expression than just with the Spanish cuisine at el Willy, his beloved flagship restaurant. A mixing-up of “el colmado”, “el bistro” and “la trattoria” with the eclectic, creative and funky style of Willy.At elEFANTE we can FEEL the colours and aromas of the “Mediterraneo”. The menu is a trip, based only on quality products, where Spain and its neighboring countries take a special role allowing you to experience a great variety of flavors, coming from a common past. A natural charcoal grill is the essential secret for many dishes and it will carry our guests to the heart of the Mediterranean cuisine.
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

El Efante was recommended by a friend and truly lived up to the expectations. The restaurant looks great inside, the terrace outside was perfect since the weather was very gentle. We ended up sharing eight courses and all were very good, as the first course we had oysters and they are great. The other dishes had some very interesting combinations... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Tastes were good specially meloso rice and the cream caramel with icecream was really amazing. Rest of dishes were quite correct,may be a little price. Anyway definitely is a good place in Shanghai for Mediterranean food.

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Ningbo, China
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89 reviews 89 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

excellent food, good tapas, just ane advice if they tell you one paella is for 3-4, except if you are on a diet dont buy it. PAella is so delicious that 2 people will finish it easy. At the end nice place, in my opinion a little bit overpriced. But probably the best Paella in town

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Macau, China
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The restaurant is amazing with a outside area. It was to hot so we stay inside for dinner. We could be anywhere in Europe. Service perfect with great tapas but I am here to say please order the Paella and the burrata cheese. With the Paella on the table you understand that you are in a Spanish restaurant. If in... More

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Shanghai, China
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Came across this place by chance. As it's set back from the street it could be missed. Thankfully we saw it and were able to enjoy a lovely tapas lunch on a hot Shanghai afternoon. Lots of outdoor seating but would need to reserve to ensure a seat. We had to sit indoors but that was no hardship, in fact... More

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Shanghai, China
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66 reviews 66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Just visited for the 2nd time in 3 months El Elefante and decided that my first impression is not a one-off. Adding to Todd's review I will note that the customer service is improved and although this type of restaurant attracts difficult clients the team seems to manage very well. The patio / terrace area is well balanced and you... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Love the tapas and the Beef main course(gd for 2, as per menu but could serve 4 small eaters) Love the bone marrow, tuna with Lime sorbet, scallop n a fish in coconut milk. I never enjoy coconut milk but this is out of the world. Must go restaurant. Waitress taking order was so fluent. Comprehensive wine list too. Pls... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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74 reviews 74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I have been coming to this location since this was El Willy. Each time I have been here I have been very happy with my experience on all levels. Back on my first visit I expected a let down with the change from El Willy which was probably my favorite Shanghai restaurant for many years. Far from a letdown. In... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I've been to elEfante quite a few times for dinner and have never been terribly impressed. The food is decent but the prices are pretty steep and I've never been convinced that the food warrants the price. This is not the case at lunchtime where the 128rmb set lunch is a total steal. Starter, main, dessert and soft drink are... More

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Hadn't been in Shanghai for 2 years and in this trip both visited the new el willy Bund location & the old location where elefante is now. Similar style to el willy's cuisine, but slightly more home style cooking with a more mediterranean feel. Loved the renovation of the old house and truly enjoyed delicious tapas and a very tasty... More

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