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elEFANTE Happy Restaurant & Deli

XuHui District DongHu Road 20, Shanghai 200031, China
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Ranked #197 of 12,499 restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
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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80% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Was one of my favs even after El Willy moved to the Bund but our meal yesterday was just poor. Even service isn't up to scratch (grumpy waiter). Couple that with a decidedly iffy tummy next day - I'll put that down to intolerance of something rather than hygiene. I really hate to see this happening and truly hope these... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Visited on a day that was too fresh to sit in the courtyard! So very happy that reservation was inside. Our waiter was excellent and looked after our table throughout. Menu a tad confusing, since it moved from specials to appetisers to tapas, so it took little to work out what to order. Once we had ordered the croquettes stuffed... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Firstly I don't want to slate the restaurant. I was there yesterday for their "Feria de Abril" celebration. For anyone who hasn't been the restaurant turns into a festival type environment with a bunch of stalls where they sell different types of wines and foods, all supposedly run by the restaurant. The environment was really fantastic and the price of... More

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