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The Elephant Walk

#185 of 2,703 Restaurants in Boston
#201 of 2,916 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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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, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 94
    Excellent
  • 85
    Very good
  • 35
    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
Good food, but noisy atmosphere

I liked the food however, it was not so outstanding that I cannot wait to go back. The bartender was not very friendly and seemed to rush through everyone's order. The space was also a bit congested.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
mpuffs9
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New Haven
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Having spent a lot of time in Cambodia, I am familiar with both the food and the culture. I have also had the pleasure of dining in both the Elephant Walk restaurants in Cambridge as well as the former Brookline location. Both, especially the Cambridge location, feel authentically Cambodian in service as well as food. The new South End location,... More 

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New Haven
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I liked the food however, it was not so outstanding that I cannot wait to go back. The bartender was not very friendly and seemed to rush through everyone's order. The space was also a bit congested.

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

1st time having this cuisine. This restaurant is Cambodian and French. But, they do offer many traditional Cambodian dishes. I believe the appetizers were a bit more Asian fusion, but no complaints here...they were tasty and seemed all authentically Cambodian. We had the toasted rice cakes with the peanut curry sauce that included bits of ground meat. Delicious and texture... More 

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boston, ma, usa
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137 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

with three restaurants in greater boston, you can find an elephant walk in every direction. great food, well prepared, superb use of fresh spices and ingredients, good wines and beers. always a good meal at elephant walk (boston, cambridge and waltham).

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Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We always have a good meal at The Elephant Walk. The food is fresh and well-prepared and we enjoy the restaurant's distinctive menu.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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116 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The South End restaurant moved into the old Boma space and it seems they didn’t really do much with the restaurant layout. I noticed a bit of a décor change and some booths added but not really much to write about. Definitely not a wow ambience. We were seated close to the bar area at a high top table in... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This location is fun, filling and just overall fantastic! The food is delicious and the staff is quite frankly some of the best!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I was hopeful about the recent addition of the Elephant Walk in the South End. The restaurant occupies a space that has been occupied by previous restaurants across from the Cathedral. It appears that no substantive changes were made from the last restaurant that operated here (BOMA) and the decor is kind of warehouse/steampunk but not particularly warm or sophisticatedly... More 

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Tequesta, Florida, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I was introduced to The Elephant Walk by some friends on my last trip to Boston. I was so happy. The wines by the glass were quite nice and our server very knowledgeable. I thought the food was wonderful. I will be going back.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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Additional Information about The Elephant Walk

Address: 1415 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
Phone Number: +1 617-247-1500
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
Cuisine: French, Cambodian

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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: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine

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?