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The Elephant Walk

#195 of 2,720 Restaurants in Boston
#214 of 2,934 Places to Eat in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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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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, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 96
    Excellent
  • 85
    Very good
  • 37
    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
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New Haven
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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English first
Boston
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We have been to these restaurants many times. Now this newest one is right down the street from us. With the South End full of good and excellent restaurants, it is one of many dozens of possibilities for us. We were a party of three - walked in and got seated at a tiny table for two with clearly not... More 

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New York Mills, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Great escape from granma's cooking at Cambridge. Servers are very helpful with the menu. Everything we tried was delicious. Strongly recommend the Somlah Machou soup, loc lac beef and sayko ribs... Do not miss this spot

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Great lunch, weird music. Nicki Minaj at a Cambodian French restaurant with family = bad for digestion. But the food was amazing. Fun and you'll likely get to try a couple new things! Great for young couples! :D

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Definitely catered towards vegetarians. I ordered a quinoa bake and the cheese was almost solid. I lifted it off to get to my quinoa. My vegetarian friends seemed to know what to order and enjoyed their meals. Unfortunately, I wasn't at the same page by the end of dinner :-(

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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 8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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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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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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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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: Doing business, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions

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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