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The Elephant Walk

#162 of 2,676 Restaurants in Boston
#173 of 2,889 Places to Eat in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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French, Cambodian
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1415 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
Accessible by the Saint Mary's T-stop on the Green Line "C" Branch
+1 617-247-1500
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Today
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Wed 4:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Elephant Walk serves Award-Winning Cambodian and French cuisine with...
The Elephant Walk serves Award-Winning Cambodian and French cuisine with extensive vegetarian and gluten-free selections. Cambodian cooking is beautiful and delicious, but still rare in America. Less hot and sweet than Thai, richer and more complex than Vietnamese, the complex spice pastes that are the foundation of many Cambodian dishes reflect Cambodia's Indian ancestry (but use fresh rather than dried spices). Our Cambodian and French selections encompass both traditional and original dishes created by our Chef Nadsa de Monteiro, who was raised in Phnom Penh speaking both Cambodian and French and subsequently lived in France for many years. Our Cambodian-and-French theme is an authentic reflection of our roots!
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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 81
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Quite good Cambodian/French fusion cuisine

My daughter who was visiting me spent a year in Phnom Penh, so we decided to try some of the local Cambodian fare. This place was actually quite good. The ambience is very elegant. I can highly recommend the tasting menus. By all means try the nyoum sarai, somlah machou and meesiem. The pork... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Orso52
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
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214 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
West Bloomfield, Michigan
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful. Very memorable meal. Quality. One of my favorite memories from my time in Boston. My best friend and I ventured the city of Boston always looking for an amazing meal. This was the first restaurant we went together. They were offering three and five course meals at the time and we opted for the five course. It was truly... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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70 reviews 70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

First visited Elephant Walk in Cambridge and was so happy to hear about their new location in the South End. A friend and I stopped by for a quick lunch and couple cocktails, had a great time, and loved the cocktails and menu options. With it's French and Cambodian menu options, it really offers you a different restaurant experience than... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A great place to dine on Washington St. in Boston's South End. Exceptional servers are always quick to offer suggestions, explain the menu, and take the time to make sure your needs are met - without being overbearing. The food is fresh and the street-adjacent seats are a nice place to enjoy brunch. We've had dinner and brunch here, and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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431 reviews 431 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

My daughter who was visiting me spent a year in Phnom Penh, so we decided to try some of the local Cambodian fare. This place was actually quite good. The ambience is very elegant. I can highly recommend the tasting menus. By all means try the nyoum sarai, somlah machou and meesiem. The pork rouleaux are a standout, as is... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Had dinner in the Mass Ave location. Efficient service and there were some wine choices by the glass. Choosing the rolls from the 3 course menu meant that a person got 2 rolls instead of the usual 4! There's no good reason to do that! This was a 3 course, not a 7 course menu after all. Polenta with pork... More 

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Boston, MA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Had the spring rolls for brunch. Tasted great! Had about dozen rotted bean sprouts which was not appetizing. The crepe was nice filled with duck but was warm not hot. The see miem I think it's called was bland. Sorry. I just was not impressed. South end location

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San Francisco, California
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206 reviews 206 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We used to love going to the Elephant Walk on Beacon Street in Brookline. We were just married and it was a treat to walk there once in a while and enjoy the food, atmosphere and service. That place is gone. On our first night, during this short visit, we went to the Cambridge branch of Elephant Walk. The food... More 

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Erding, Germany
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

To keep a long evening short: Interior design: - pretty average + many nice elephants around Staff: + owner very nice and helpful + owner's mother in law - waiters only avarage Food: + somewhat special +- tasty but a bit too mild and westernized for my taste ++ vast selection of whole leaf teas and infusions + sufficient veggie... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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160 reviews 160 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I know. I know. One is suppose to eat seafood in Boston and there is no shortage of excellent places to do that. But Elephant Walk well, it's just really good and unless you are Cambodian, probably different than anything else you've eaten lately. It's an unusual blend of flavors, think pan-Asian crossed with French. Very flavorful, not spicey. Lots... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I travel to Boston regularly and consider myself a foodie. I have many friends and clients in Boston. I can't believe it took me 3+ years of travel to find out about this wonderful establishment. What a terrific find in Beantown. This restaurant has been going strong for 16-17 years. So, it is not really a well-kept secret. Our meal... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1415 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
  • Public Transportation: Accessible by the Saint Mary's T-stop on the Green Line "C" Branch
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: +1 617-247-1500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: French, Cambodian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, Dining on a budget

Description

The Elephant Walk serves Award-Winning Cambodian and French cuisine with extensive vegetarian and gluten-free selections. Cambodian cooking is beautiful and delicious, but still rare in America. Less hot and sweet than Thai, richer and more complex than Vietnamese, the complex spice pastes that are the foundation of many Cambodian dishes reflect Cambodia's Indian ancestry (but use fresh rather than dried spices). Our Cambodian and French selections encompass both traditional and original dishes created by our Chef Nadsa de Monteiro, who was raised in Phnom Penh speaking both Cambodian and French and subsequently lived in France for many years. Our Cambodian-and-French theme is an authentic reflection of our roots!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
4:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
4:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
4:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?