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White Elephant Thai Cuisine

Northeast Calgary
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1808 - 19 Street N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 4Y3, Canada
+1 403-457-1172
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Calgary, Alberta
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best Thai food I have found in Calgary. The coconut rice is simply amazing. The only draw back is it is deep in the bowels of a sketchy hotel.

Thank baldspice1
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, here's a restaurant that is open for only 3 hours per day for 6 days a week, 5-8pm. And you better be there at 5pm unless you don't mind waiting. It's worth the wait if you have to. The food here is absolutely delicious. The Panaang Curry is the best. The Tom Ka Kia soup is amazing. We love... More 

Thank Williz
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

This place is so well hidden that I had was on foot, asking for directions to it, while standing right beside it! It's in the middle of an economy hotel with just a small sign outside the door. Worth the effort though. We had a yellow Thai curry, a pad Thai & a coconut rice that was served in a... More 

Thank YourTypicalTourist
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

AMAZING FOOD AND PORTION SIZE!!!! We went to dinner with a group of 3 in the evening. The restaurant was service was absolutely the worst. They don't come to check on you. We had to call our server to our table after a 20 min wait to take our order. Our server seemed very annoyed whenever we asked him questions.... More 

Thank Saron Y
Calgary, Canada
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

The food is okay, I have had a lot better, but the service is terrible and the owner is beyond rude. I have never dealt with anyone as arrogant as him. We made the mistake of letting our server know that one of our dishes was incorrect, he was taking it back to the kitchen when the owner brought it... More 

1 Thank Kerengerlach
Calgary, Canada
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

After travelling different times in Thailand north,south, east and west and trying a variety of foods in varying places I think White Elephant prepares the food as close to Thailand as any restaurant in Calgary. I have sampled a variety of dishes here, and there are a nice mixture of flavours whether it is appetizers, soups, or curries. The service... More 

Thank chrisakennedy
Airdrie, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

This restaurant bucks the common wisdom of how to promote a business; they are hard to find, open for only a few hours and only accept cash (recently changed - they now also take debit). Despite their accessibility issues, they are packed every time I go. I wouldn't recommend taking young children. We ordered soup and a main dish each... More 

Thank SamplerMan
Calgary, Canada
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Good Thai food that I ate so far in town and the service is good. The location is a bit hard to find. The sign of the restaurant is not obvious, only a small sign on the wall of the hotel where it locates. They only serve dinner Monday to Saturday.

Thank klcat
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85 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Tough to find in a sketchy hotel, this hole in the wall is worth the hunt. Tasty fresh food, authentic flavors- can't wait to go back! The decor isn't great but the food is so good you won't care. They don't take credit cards, just cash and debit.

Thank SkynSea4me
Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

We have been to The White Elephant about 8 times and WITH OUT FAIL the food is superb, the service very good and so FRESH. As there are no reservations go early and line up. It is always fun to take people for their first time as they are apprehensive about the location, walking down the dim hotel hallway and... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $16
Asian, Thai
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1808 - 19 Street N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 4Y3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Northeast Calgary
  • Neighborhood: Northeast Calgary
  • Phone Number: +1 403-457-1172
Dinner only Monday 5 PM-8.30 PM Closed every Sunday

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?