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Elephant Bar

Japanese, Contemporary
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105 South Las Posas Road, San Marcos, CA 92078
760 736-2200
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Decent food but service was not so great

The food was decent but nothing extraordinarily good. Service was another story. It seemed as though we did not exist. I can understand not checking in with the table if the place was busy but it was not. We constantly had to ask for refills and ask for items such as steak sauce. Even when we did... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Roger I
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San Marcos, California
via mobile
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San Marcos, California
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7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

The food was decent but nothing extraordinarily good. Service was another story. It seemed as though we did not exist. I can understand not checking in with the table if the place was busy but it was not. We constantly had to ask for refills and ask for items such as steak sauce. Even when we did request items the... More 

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san marcos
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This place is good for the 30's crowd.....too noisy for me in the dining area. Nice bar and appetizers, nice atmosphere and good service with a smile. Typical chain restaurant food with too many preservatives....good French Onion soup...Restaurant Row in San Marcos is a couple of blocks away.

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New York City, New York
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248 reviews 248 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Our daughter selected this chain restaurant, but I'll never submit to going there again. CA law requires that chains post calorie count for their food, and looking at this place's menu, there's barely an entree under 1,000 calories. One of the lowest was pot roast with mashed potatoes at just under 700 calories, and we didn't believe that. We think... More 

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Ramona, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is a fun place with great food. Really noisy. It looks a little tired, but food was outstanding and the bloody Mary's were the best.

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Lansing, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Elephant Bar is a fun place with great food and drinks! I nice roomy restaurant to meet friends for lunch, dinner or just drinks!

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Vancouver, Washington
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145 reviews 145 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The atmosphere and location of this restaurant lends itself to tremendous potential, unfortunately, there is a lot to be desired here. The food was not bad, but just okay. Service was lackluster at best, with very little concern as to the experience of the customer. I would give it another shot, as there seems to be plenty of potential, but... More 

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Vista, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I have heard so much about the Elephant Bar Restaurants and finally decided to check it out! We were pleasantly surprised and the great food and attentive staff. We enjoyed our evening and would recommend it to anyone looking for a NICE meal in a very pleasant environment, as mentioned above.

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San Marcos, California
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292 reviews 292 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Been here a couple of times. The most recent occasion I had an ahi salad. It wasn't very good. Service was slow. It took quite awhile for someone to come over and even longer to receive our drinks.

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san marcos, ca
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Wow, Beer AND @1/3 lb. burger w/fries or salad FOR CHEAP! $6.00 ?! How do they even make money on this? Delish too.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My husband took me here for a date night. He has been to the Elephant Bar before and swears that its good. The ambience was great. We came early on a Sunday night so fortunately we didn't wait to be seated (we didn't call for reservation). The ambience was perfect. They have great menu selection. So we ordered the garlic... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 105 South Las Posas Road, San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: 760 736-2200

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Contemporary
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?