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The Elephant Walk

#174 of 2,564 Restaurants in Boston
#202 of 2,993 Places to Eat in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Fenway / Kenmore
Asian, 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: Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 39
    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
Excellent cocktails

It was a quiet night but we were pleasantly surprised with both good and service, loved the cocktail names, I had an elegant whippet, which was strong but good and my companion loved her espresso cocktail so much she had two, I highly recommend the catfish, it was delicious

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
etherkay
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london
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london
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

It was a quiet night but we were pleasantly surprised with both good and service, loved the cocktail names, I had an elegant whippet, which was strong but good and my companion loved her espresso cocktail so much she had two, I highly recommend the catfish, it was delicious

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Thank etherkay
Cleveland, Ohio
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45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A wonderful meal. You can't go wrong here. We went to the original Elephant Walk over 30 years ago, and are happy to see that nothing has changed!!

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Thank pling_13710
Deming, NM
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

We selected this venue because they could provide both vegan and gluten-free options. All 6 of us appreciated the flavorful food! The dining experience started well, but deteriorated over our stay. Initially our server was chipper and helpful. However, as the restaurant filled, we saw less and less of him. We had to flag the manager at one point because... More 

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Thank reedbarb
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

I had the great privilege of living a block from this restaurant for four years. This little place is always packed and draws people from town and particularly professors and students from the surrounding colleges. It's a bit bohemian in that way and the atmosphere is buzzing. The food is always superb and one of the best restaurants in Boston,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The Elephant Walk moved from its long time home in Brookline to the South End - just across from The Cathedral. The food is still the focus of this restaurant with eclectic offerings. The Rouleaux is definitely a must! The weekend brunch offers a great selection of traditional and non-traditional plates.

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Thank Eileen W
Brookline, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We really like this place, and I must tell you that we're fussy. The food is very good, the servers do a great job, and the ambiance is friendly. We've been there numerous times, and the experience is consistent. And I absolutely love the rouleaux -- both the meat and meatless version.

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Thank ScoutMolly
Galilee
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Our party of 5 thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. The menu is interesting, with something for everyone and the service was both friendly and professional.

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Thank tammyb051
Saint Nom la Breteche
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351 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

In the middle of nowhere and even the map loication propvided by TripAdvisor leads to a Mexican restaurant in another middle of nowhere far from where I wanted to go. The place is nearly empty at 8pm...and I am asked if I have a reservation...The place was evenb more empty when I left 45mn after. The food is what you... More 

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Thank terrefort44
London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The food was tasty enough but although the dishes has new names the taste offered nothing new. This was very average for above average prices.

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Thank Liznis
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Freindly staff and good atmosphere.we ordered from the cambodian side of the menu. The dishes were very good exept for the tophu. If you want to eat a little different this is a good place to go.

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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>  > Fenway / Kenmore
  • Neighborhood: Fenway / Kenmore
  • Phone Number: +1 617-247-1500

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, 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?

Staying in Fenway / Kenmore

Neighborhood Profile
Fenway / Kenmore
The Curse of the Bambino may have ended years ago, but loyal Red Sox fans will continue to infiltrate this home to historic Fenway Park, where you can find victory banners, people yelling in stereotypical Boston accents, and lots of sports bars. Located within Kenmore Square, the old gas station Citgo sign is another Boston skyline classic seen throughout the city. In addition to a hectic and diehard sports mentality, this neighborhood is also home to some of Boston’s many universities. Move from Boston University territory to that of Northeastern, and spend time at the famous Museum of Fine Arts. For more culture, check out the smaller but equally beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Continue off the beaten path and check out the green space in the Back Bay Fens, a pretty community garden. This diverse neighborhood has a mix of universities, sports, culture, and more residential green space.