2500 30th Street, Suite 101
Boulder, CO 80301Neighborhood:
ThaiPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.elephanthut.com/
- Phone: 3039911899
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:00am-2:00pm (Mon-Thu); 11:00am-3:00pm (Fri-Sat); Dinner: 5:00pm-9:00pm (Mon-Thu); 5:00pm-10:00pm (Fri-Sat).
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Thai
- Executive Chef: Pi Kasemsant
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Elephant Hut plans to offer off-site catering in summer 2009. At this time, high-volume takeout and delivery orders may be placed or scheduled in advance online at www.elephanthut.com.
- Private Party Contact: Pi Kasemsant 3039911899
- Entertainment: Gallery of paintings done by skilled Thai elephants, Thai art installations, and more than 500 Thai silk orchids.
- Cross Street: Steelyards Place
- Public Transit: RTD Local Route "BOUND" stops in front of the restaurant at 2500 30th Street between Pearl St. and Valmont Rd.
- Parking: Public Lot
- Parking Details: Public parking lot is located in the rear of restaurant at Steelyards Place and is accessible from 30th Street.
A word from Elephant Hut
Elephant Hut is named after a herd of elephants that King Mongkut of Thailand offered to President Lincoln during the Civil War. The restaurant presents a modern but authentic approach to royal Thai cuisine, served in an art gallery of paintings done by skilled Thai elephants. The menu is inspired by culinary wisdom found along Thailand’s Floating Markets, rivers and canals, where farmers and merchants sell produce and prepare foods from small wooden boats. The dishes are prepared with royal, street and boat recipes dating back to 18th century Bangkok. Picture an abundant farmer's market filled with home-made foods, vibrant flowers, and exotic fruits," said chef and owner Pi Kasemsant, who is a descendant of King Mongkut of the musical "The King and I" and the film "Anna and The King."Continued
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Elephant Hut reviews from OpenTable diners
- We went to the Elephant HutOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 11/2/2012We went to the Elephant Hut for dinner and on a Friday night at 6:30pm. They were out of half their menu. The food was not flavorful and was just ok.
- Food was good, especiallyOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/8/2011Food was good, especially the soup and the yellow curry. Way overpriced even though portions were generous. I just don't think the overall experience would tempt me back.
- Skip Elephant HutOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 5/27/2011We were very excited to try Elephant Hut, but were terribly disappointed by the experience. First and foremost, the service is just awful. Throughout our entire meal, our drinks were not refilled. The cuisine was, at best, good, but nothing to write home about. Most certainly not worth the $15 an entree price. And then there was the fact that we were told by the owner that even though we had a reservation, he needed us to finish our dinner within the next hour as he had another party coming in and wanted to seat them at our table. We will not be returning to Elephant Hut.
- Authentic Thai food--the bestOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/7/2011Authentic Thai food--the best coconut/lemongrass soup I have had anywhere.Special Features:
- Light and airy feel to theEater123VIPDined on 5/4/2011Light and airy feel to the restaurant - love the glass with inlay dividers between tables. Food was light, fresh, and flavorful. Tom Ka soup was great as was the Taste of Greens. Service was fast and he was very helpful in making menu selections. I will definitely return.
- Once is EnoughOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/12/2011For Thai restaurant, they had surprisingly few gluten-free options and only one salad dressing, which had peanuts in it. I should give them credit for trying, as they made a salad dressing without the peanuts/gluten. Not good. :( Only one waiter on a Saturday night and he didn't seem to know much about the menu. If you have food allergies I'd stay away.
- The food is very good, I comeOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 1/20/2011The food is very good, I come here for lunch at least once per month. The service can be a bit inconsistent, for example sometimes the waiter has forgotten to bring us our drinks. In spite of the service, I like the food, the decor and the ambiance so I continue to go back to this restaurnt. I would recommend it to others. My favorite dishes are the currys and the pad thai.Special Features:
- Had been meaning to try ElephantOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 12/31/2010Had been meaning to try Elephant Hut for some time now; it's kind of out of the way for me. The owners have invested quite a bit in the restaurant, which has lovely, clean decor. The service was excellent. The food was very good, although muted for the American palate, presumably. I really enjoy spicy Thai dishes. The entree I ordered was marked as spicy, but the heat was not really noticeable. I will go back nonetheless. Quite an enjoyable experience.Special Features:
- Unusual dishes. ExcellentMikeDVIPDined on 12/14/2010Unusual dishes. Excellent service. New place. Try it out.Special Features:
- It was so sad to be at a restaurantLisaHVIPDined on 11/20/2010It was so sad to be at a restaurant on a Saturday night and be the ONLY people in the place! Their food is SO good, everyone should head there! Maybe it's their off the beat location? There's so little GOOD thai in Boulder....we have to get this restaurant more support!
- Very good food with detailedOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 11/18/2010Very good food with detailed presentation. Tables were a bit small. Attentive service. Oddly enough, I noticed that the floor of the restaurant was looking the worse for wear - first time I've noticed it after a number of visits.Special Features:
- Is there anything more perfectOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 11/13/2010Is there anything more perfect than the orange curry at Elephant Hut?
- I'm reviewing for a partyOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/10/2010I'm reviewing for a party of 20. Our group had a wonderful time. Your food was excellent, and the flourless chocolate cake that came with mango sorbet was too die for. Service was on the slow side, but overall we had a great time. The best Thai restaurant our company has visited in Colorado. Thank you.Special Features:
- This was an excellent restaurantAnitaDined on 9/28/2010This was an excellent restaurant with welcoming Asian decor and unbelievable food. One of the best Thai restaurants I have eaten at.Special Features:
- This was my fourth visit toOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/27/2010This was my fourth visit to Elephant Hut and I have always had uniformly excellent food, including some preparations not found in typical Thai restaurants; the soups, for instance, are exceptional. However, the service on this visit was so substandard, that had I experienced it on my first visit I would not have returned. After waiting more than a half hour for soup to arrrive, I inquired and was told that there was only one chef on duty to feed the full restaurant; but now that a second had arrived, service would speed up. A few minutes later the soup arrived (not particularly hot) and then, a few minutes after that (long before we had finished our soup) the main courses arrived. May the quality of service rise to that of the food!
- In a word "Superb!" I am fromOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/24/2010In a word "Superb!" I am from New York City, where there is an abundance of good Thai restaurants. Elephant Hut in Boulder is on a par or better than the finest NY has to offer.Special Features:
- What a pleasant surprise!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/21/2010What a pleasant surprise! Lovely artistic atmostsphere, tastey food and good service. I love it that the chicken is free range and the food had a nice, fresh flavor, with an artful presentation. We'll be back soon!Special Features:
- This was my second visit.OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 3/6/2010This was my second visit. The food was not quite as freshly prepared, but still very tasty. The broccoli was obviously cooked in advance and added to the dishes after we ordered them. Broccoli suffers particularly. My entree was quite hot/spicy which was not noted on the menu, but the waiter quickly whisked it away and it came back promptly without that problem. There was a new menu with a number of imaginative dishes. Everything we tried was very tasty, from appetizer to dessert.
- The food was wonderful asOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/14/2010The food was wonderful as I have come to expect from the Elephant Hut. My wife and I dined there on Valentine's Day and it was a great experience. But we made note that the staff was a pretty slow that night. Maybe it was because you were short staffed that night. Otherwise a good experience.Special Features:
- Took my wife here on the SatOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/13/2010Took my wife here on the Sat before Valentine's Day, it was early so it wasn't that crowded. The interiors had some interesting details and art work painted by an elephant (there was a video of this playing over the bar that I kept staring at because I've never seen an artistic elephant before). Our server was OK, maybe had too many tables?? or something but didn't notice that our drinks were empty. After trying to make eye contact for a while I gave up on beer #2. Another server delivered the food and I should have maybe asked him. Wife loves Thai and it was good so we will probably add it to our Boulder rotation. When I asked server where the IPA came from (just said Colorado IPA on list) he said "I think India".. It was actually OdellSpecial Features:
- Very good fod, excellent service,OldNYerVIPDined on 1/3/2010Very good fod, excellent service, although it could have been slowed down a bit. Problem with Open table: OT said no reservations were available for 6:30 so I put in 6:45 and that was ok. However, when we arrived at the restaurant, there were only 3 other tables occupied.Special Features:
- The staff gave the impressionOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 12/31/2009The staff gave the impression that they really cared about the food they served. Perhaps a little on the pricey side but the overall experience was worth it. The place was thoughtfully decorated. Service was OK, a little tardy at times but the restaurant was very busy. I'd return there to eat, just to confirm my initial positive impressions.Special Features:
- very surprised by the eleganceLisaHVIPDined on 12/5/2009very surprised by the elegance of the restaurant...artwork is just gorgeous, lots of touches of artistic flair, menu is delicious, VERY busy when we arrived, by 7:30 it completely emptied out. Hope it sticks around...so hard to find good thai in Boulder...beer and wine list is also impressive~Special Features:
- Very friendly staff. BasedOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/20/2009Very friendly staff. Based on other reviews, we ordered the Drunken Noodles. Also ordered the crab wontons and Ultimate Red Curry. Spiciness was perfect. The curry sauce was excellent but overall the Drunken Noodles was the best. The wontons seemed burnt - would not order those again.Special Features:
- Interesting, beautiful decorOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/12/2009Interesting, beautiful decor unlike other restaurants. We reserved a table for 12 and were seated in a nice corner and served promptly. The management rearranged the sliding dividers to cover both ends of our table, making it private (very thoughtful). The food was delicious as well as pleases the eye, and the wine/beer list was decent, however not comparable to Frasca, Flagstaff, or the Kitchen. (Every bottle was offered by the glass and as much as I had seen, Elephant Hut does offer a better selection than all Asian restaurants in town.) The management seemed to focus on food and service, and while both were excellent, I felt that a more complete beverage selection would seal the deal, making this place "the" Thai restaurant to be.Special Features:
- Serive was a little slow -OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 9/10/2009Serive was a little slow - but very knowledgable, food was quite good.Special Features:
- All six of us had variousOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/7/2009All six of us had various noodle dishes and they were great. Hands down, the best Thai in town. P.S. Don't go to Siamese Plate; it was one of the worst dining experiences I've had in recent memory.Special Features:
- My husband and I have dinedOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/20/2009My husband and I have dined at the Elephant Hut twice since it opened. Both times we found the food to be tremendous. While the menu appears small, there is, in fact, a wealth of choice and every dish we have sampled has led us to feel that this is the best Thai restaurant we have dined at in years. The authenticity of the spicing offers the entire medley of Thai flavoring - which it is famous for. And, we must say that we feel the $ value of the menu - that is, the pricing is very reasonable. This is simply superb Thai cuisine, in a delightful environment, artfully presented and quietly served. We just hope the restaurant can survive its off the beat location and the economy. We heartily recommend the Elephant Hut to all.Special Features:
- Our party went to the elephantOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 7/18/2009Our party went to the elephant hut for birthday celebration and everything was excellent. Despite some minor language barriers, the female Thai waitress was very attentive and hospitable. The chef sent out a special candle-lit Thai dessert and we learned from our waitress that the owner and chef is in his 20s. The menu here was somewhat limited in comparison to other Thai restaurants, but every dish was unique and colorful. The curries were fantastic and the appetizers were delicious and fun. There was a huge orchid arrangement at the restaurant and the fried wontons were shaped like orchid flowers. The Thai flourless layer cake was so delicate that we could peel each layer off. This place is definitely different, in a very good way.Special Features:
- too expensive for Thai food.bestbirthdayVIPDined on 7/16/2009too expensive for Thai food. One appetizer and 2 entrees. No drinks. Almost $40.Special Features:
- Food is very good, althoughOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 6/22/2009Food is very good, although I would not consider it very authentic. The plates are served in an attractive layout and the decor and ambiance are modern. It's somewhat unique when compared to other Thai restaurants in Boulder. Definitely worth trying.Special Features:
- We went for a Fathers' DayOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/20/2009We went for a Fathers' Day celebration (on a Saturday) and had a great time. The decor is wonderful and so is the food and the flatware (made in Vietnam). For a Saturday, it was not at all busy (three tables taken), which is sad because this place deserves more patrons, but it was nice too because it felt like our own private place.Special Features:
- Simply one of the best andOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 5/8/2009Simply one of the best and the cleanest Thai restaurants around. Our group was vegetarian and the restaurant's vegetarian selections were excellent - no broccoli or carrot here, as the chef told us he preferred authentic Thai veggies. We really enjoyed our evening. Order the chive pancakes, veggie eggroll, and we forgot the name but there's one mild curry dish with briased potato and raisins and another spicier curry dish with tiny Thai eggplants, they're awesome.Special Features:
- Elephant Hut is far and awayOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 5/2/2009Elephant Hut is far and away the best Thai food I've had in Colorado. The flavors are remarkable and nuanced, the atmosphere -- replete with many paintings done by elephants -- is both beautiful and relaxing and the service is spot on. The care that's taken in producing each dish is very evident, many are plated on dishes the shape of an artist's palette. Check it out; you won't be disappointed!Special Features:
- Excellence in Thai food andOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 4/25/2009Excellence in Thai food and hospitality. You're the definition of casual and elegant.Special Features: