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Smiling Elephant

2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2205
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“thai food” (46 reviews)
“curry” (17 reviews)
“cashew chicken” (14 reviews)
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Asian, Thai, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2205
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wow! Stumbled upon Smiling Elephant after a long day at a music festival. The food came out fast, was piping hot and packed full of flavor. Steam Bao and dumplings were the perfect start to our meal. The Satay Chicken entree was delicious! Service was...More

Thank Caitlin J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sometimes, I just need a Thai fix. So, after asking a few people, the Thai consensus led me to Smiling Elephant. Lunch provided traditional Thai options like Tom Yum, Pad Thai and larb. I opted for medium spicy which provide a hearty kick of spice....More

Thank TraceyCamille
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was visiting my sister who moved close by. I had never had Thai before and am hooked!! It was so good that we ate the leftovers immediately. Can’t wait for my next visit!

Thank Foodie171632
Reviewed July 24, 2018

I love Thai food and there are plenty of Thai restaurants in the Nashville area these days. I finally went to the Smiling Elephant and was completely blown away - the food was highly authentic and extremely fresh. In fact, it was by far the...More

Thank JRM37027
Reviewed June 28, 2018

Had a very nice lunch here with the family. We eat Thai food all the time so we were happy to find an authentic thai restaurant in a country music town. From the appetizer dumplings to the curry main dishes, everything was delicious and well...More

Thank Manny A
Reviewed June 27, 2018

We eat Thai food all over the world including Thailand and this restaurant is the real deal. It is a small and causal venue with excellent food. We had the Pad Thai, Pad Kra Pao and the Larb. We ordered all Thai spicy and it...More

Thank Gail G
Reviewed May 7, 2018

I'd been told this is the best Thai in Nashville and I'd have to agree. It is AUTHENTIC (I've been to Thailand). The staff are super friendly. The menu isn't huge, but it has the Thai classics and they usually have a daily special as...More

Thank bucks17
Reviewed May 2, 2018

Some of the best Thai food I have ever had. Subtle tastes exploded in my mouth. This place is not for those expecting atmosphere, but only excellent food. There is no liquor or beer served, so I don't understand the comments about the drinks being...More

Thank wjmmedipro
Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Wow! Had a wonderful lunch. The food was so good. Had Tom Yum soup and masaman. The atmosphere is fun and the wait staff is professional and friendly. Will definitely be back. It's worth the 45 minute drive.

Thank Linda P
Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

Had the pad Thai. It was ok. The two people who came in after me got theirs 10 minutes before I did, the waitress forgot my rice paper rolls and when I asked her about them she asked ‘do you still want them?’ She seemed...More

Thank Josdaughter
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2205
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Davidson County  >  Nashville
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opened in Nashville this year
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