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elEFANTE Happy Restaurant & Bar

#148 of 13,909 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Former French Concession
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20 Donghu Road | Near to Huai Hai Road, Shanghai 200031, China
Name/address in local language
+86 21 5404 8085
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I liked almost everything there from the backyard outdoor terrace to the indoor hacienda type of structure the restaurant is made like: small areas, cozy feeling that make you enjoy the food even more. The cocktails are nice and out of the ordinary lists you can usually order. The food is tasty and simple. Nothing pretentious in the menu and... More 

Thank Fabrice P
Shanghai, China
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall a nice experience, especially because the place is nice. In the Summer, if not too hot, I like sitting outdoor in the silent patio, in a courtyard of the French Concession. I have been several times in this restaurant and twice the last two weeks. These last two weeks, I had the same tapas set menu but very different... More 

Thank E V
Frankfurt, Germany
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103 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

We went to elEFANTE with a group of moms and babies. It was a nice clean air and sunny day and the restaurant reserved a table for us outside. There was enough space for all the strollers and in the beginning the staff was quite responsive and fast. The lunch special was yummy, though the portion is not big. However,... More 

Thank Em and Phil K
Shanghai, China
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39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Went there last weekend and I must say things have gone downhill. I've been here a few times but the last trip left nothing to be desired. Food was not inspiring. 6 of us went with vary good previous experience. But no one left feeling it was a good dinner. Let's just say I can't really remember what I ate.... More 

Thank damonology
Paris, France
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The patio is really enjoyable, nice place, calm, you feel like you're out of Shanghai while in the centre of the french concession. We only tried tapas and salad: aspargus, beef pita, veal carpaccio, spicy pepper stuffed with ratatouille and mushroom salad. I can't say it was not good but I can say it was prepared with poorly fresh ingredients... More 

Thank Elodie K
County Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Absolutely loved this restaurant. Location was ideal, restaurant was beautifully decorated with a laid back Mediterranean vibe, the food was simply delicious and the staff were super friendly. I will definetly be coming back next time i am in shanghai and would highly recommend to anyone visiting!

Thank susan o
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Hidden away off the road, this Spanish tapas bar is worth a visit. The food is excellent, not necessarily the cheapest but we had a very good meal. You can even go and just sit at the bar for a drink. There are also a couple of dining rooms for groups.

Thank Sophie H
Shanghai Region, China
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49 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Have been here a couple of times, for work and pleasure. Head chef Julio is very good and makes a point of coming out to say hello, ask what we enjoyed the most, and talk through any questions on the dishes. The patatas bravas are well worth a try, they're a different take on the usual (possibly better IMHO.) It's... More 

Thank naomiam
Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016 via mobile

Especially compared to how inexpensive you can eat in Shanghai, this will not be a low-budget meal.. But I loved every bit! We really enjoyed sharing many tapas style dishes and the unique flavor a at this fusion restaurant. The Octopus was great, as well as the Sangria. The staff was attentive and very helpful navigating the menu. Plus, it's... More 

Thank emily2792
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57 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

I have been to Elefante twice now and absolutely recommend it to anyone visiting Shanghai. The mussels are particularly good. Will be back!

Thank Daniel T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $50
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Donghu Road | Near to Huai Hai Road, Shanghai 200031, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighborhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: +86 21 5404 8085

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Former French Concession

Neighborhood Profile
Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.