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opened in Nashville this year
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Asian, Thai
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you get out of your vehicle the smells coming from the kitchen are so inviting. We were seated immediately and while the place isn’t fancy everything was clean and neat. Started with a Veggie and a Pork & Black Mushroom Steamed Dumpling. The wrapping...was nice and “al-dente” while the inside held the flavor of the stuffing. I love Tom Kha (Coconut Soup) so I tried a cup and WOW! Incredible flavors with a bit of heat to let you know this soup has life. The veggies in the soup were just right and really complimented the soup. If you dine here…this is one of those “must have” appetizers or get a large bowl and make it a meal! On a side note, I also soaked some of the Jasmine Rice in a spoon of the soup along with some of the ginger chicken…the broth is that good. We had an order of Pad Kra Pao/Spicy Minced Pork over Jasmine Rice and the heat on this dish was a bit high…but good. What was impressive is when our waitress stopped to check on us and we indicated the Pad Kra Pao was really spicy, she offered to remake the dish with less spice (we declined). The Ginger Chicken served with Jasmine Rice and steamed veggies was delicious, loved the mix of sliced black mushrooms and ginger. While there was no heat to this dish, it was delicious. Overall…this is some of the best Thai food I’ve experienced in the Nashville area and the service was excellent. Based on our interaction with our waitress…if you need less heat in a dish they will accommodate you.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 2, 2020 via mobile

I was in the mood for spiced food. I went with Chicken Satay with its medley of spices. A barrage of flavors. Very interesting. Good service.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed November 19, 2020

The Smiling Elephant is quaint restaurant that offers authentic Thai food. They have a different type of curry each day of the week. We when on Green Curry day and the veggie curry was outstanding. Also, try the steam vegetables with peanut sauce. Exceptionally friendly...staff and quick service. The only drawback they have is parking. If no space is available in the front there is parking in the back.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 23, 2020 via mobile

Are supper there several times and it was great, ate lunch today and it was horrible, no flavor no spices, dryer than the desert, was like no Thai food I’ve ever had, horrible

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 20, 2020

Super fast service, exceptionally friendly staff and excellent, authentic Tia food! We were thrilled. A+++

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed March 13, 2020

This is a great little Thai restaurant. They have only one curry daily was it’s fresh, and ours was fresh. The pad Thai was great also. We also tried the chicken Steamed dumpling, and bbq pork roll, which were great. The atmosphere in the house...was pine wood. Note on parking, small upper lot to the right, lower lot via the right driveway.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 10, 2020

quaint, simple location with great Thai food. There is a "Curry of the Day" and our curry dish was great!!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 8, 2020 via mobile

My husband and I ate here during our trip to Nashville because we wanted to get something we can't eat often at home. This place had good reviews and was close to where we were. It has a great homey feel with limited seated and...authentic decor. Our server was attentive but abrasive. It says repeatedly on the menu to let your server know of allergies and when I informed her I needed my entree gluten free, she snapped "it already is" in a sharp tone. I ordered the pad thai which they are known for. The flavor was good, but the texture of the rice noodles was the same as rubber bands. My husband ordered the daily curry which he didn't care for. Tried it to say with all of the other otlptions in Nashville we will be dining elsewhere.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 25, 2020

What a treat this was on our first visit. Could have sat there all day just taking in the aroma coming from the kitchen. The daily curry was awesome! Owner Sam is the best! Give your taste buds a treat and head down here ASAP!

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 7, 2019

With relatives in town recently before Thanksgiving from areas where there are no ethnic eating options, they like to sample food they cannot eat at home. I took them to The Smiling Elephant this time, because they heard about the nutritional aspect of the establishment...and that their owner has a masters of science in nutrition from Columbia U. Science aside, they ordered three different dishes and all three had a different sauce. The meals weren't cheap, but the amount of food in each meal was enough for two meals for all three, where they traded lunches the following day. All three said that they would come back to this place every week if they lived in Nashville, because the food was so fresh, so tasty, so not overcooked. One of my cousins was so impressed that she spent three minutes talking to her daughter about her experience when her daughter called from Manhattan. If you are into Thai food and want it served in a nutritious manner, then you will be quite satisfied (and quite satiated) if you go to the Smiling Elephant.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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January 19, 2019|
Response from JRM37204 | Reviewed this property |
No - drink some before and after the meal - they don’t seem to be alcohol friendly but the food is awesome. Extremely casual spot...
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