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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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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Good Food and Relaxed Atmosphere

The dining area is large and decorated to fit the restaurant theme, and the menu is limited to the theme as well. (Spicy seasonings used in several dishes). The experience was good, although not quite memorable. Would have liked some better lighting but no real complaints here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
KayMarieBee
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San Marcos, California
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San Marcos, California
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173 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I gave this place 1 star only because of the service, which was prompt, efficient and good. Okay. It's a bar. There's going to be bar food, but...the onion rings: Six large, tasty looking rings on the plate, but two of them included onion SKIN rings. And, the oil was obviously not hot enough because they were dripping with grease.... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The only low: A bit pricey -- but in line with the quality of food, beverage, service, and ambience. The highs: Excellent service despite our party of over a dozen; very good food across the board; an appealing environment in the bar, despite the noise that one would expect. I will certainly return here on future visits to San Marcos

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Bishop, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We have been going to this restaurant since it open its door the first time. Have experience all the changes with the food and staff. if you want to go some where and relax after a long day this is the place. The manager Steve , we feel is the back bone of this location. He makes sure all the... More 

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San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The dining area is large and decorated to fit the restaurant theme, and the menu is limited to the theme as well. (Spicy seasonings used in several dishes). The experience was good, although not quite memorable. Would have liked some better lighting but no real complaints here.

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San Marcos, California
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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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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?