Elephant Walk, The - Cambridge
Elephant Walk, The - Cambridge

Elephant Walk, The - Cambridge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elephantwalk.com/
  • Phone: 6174926900
  • Hours of Operation:
    BRUNCH: Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm ---

    LUNCH: Monday-Friday 11:30am-4:00pm ---
    DINNER: Monday-Friday 4:00pm-10:00pm; Saturday-Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Cambodian, French
  • Executive Chef: Nadsa DeMontero
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Porter Square on the Red Line
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Elephant Walk, The - Cambridge
The Elephant Walk serves Award-Winning Cambodian and French cuisine. We also feature strong VEGETARIAN and GLUTEN-FREE menus! With so much depth and breadth to our menus, both exotic and familiar, we have something for just about everyone. Cambodian cooking is beautiful and delicious, but still rare in America. Less hot and sweet than Thai, richer and more complex than Vietnamese, the complex spice pastes that are the foundation of many Cambodian dishes reflect Cambodia’s Indian ancestry. Our Cambodian menu features both traditional Cambodian dishes and originals created by our Chef/Owners Longteine and Nadsa de Monteiro, a Cambodian mother-daughter team born and raised in Phnom Penh. Why French too? Cambodia was a French colony for a century, ending in the 1950s. Consequently, our chef-owners were French-educated and grew up speaking French and enjoying French cuisine too. In other words, our Cambodian-and-French theme is an authentic reflection of…us!
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Elephant Walk, The - Cambridge reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (59)neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (34)good for groups (27)romantic (17)notable wine list (13)great for lunch (11)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Amazing food and great service
    KellyIVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I stopped in late after a delayed flight and the service was fast and very attentive. The food was amazing and the flavors were very fresh and different.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • azgeolgirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were seated in a basement dining room that was much noisier than the other dining rooms in the restaurant, even though there was plenty of seating upstairs. The table next to us sported a toddler who screamed out entire meal...of course this is not the restaurant's fault, but certainly was extremely distracting from our experience (and they could have seated us upstairs!). Our server took 15min to take our drink order and 30min to bring bread. We had to forcibly flag him down in order to pay and get out of there! The food was ok...but we were not especially impressed for the price and up-scale ambiance. All in all, it was not a very pleasant experience and we are unlikely to come back.
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  • Fantastic, as always
    EvelynVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I really love The Elephant Walk. I used to always go to the Brookline location, but having recently discovered the Cambridge one, it's quickly becoming my favourite, because of its lower noise-level and a more inspired menu. As someone who loves vegetarian dishes, I am constantly delighted by the variety of choice and wealth of flavours in vegetarian dishes offered here. There's a huge difference between a meat-less dish and a vegetarian one (and only a vegetarian would appreciate the distinction), and The Elephant Walk makes inspired vegetarian dishes, full of spice and flavour. Coming here is always a delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as last time
    NoName
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our second visit to this restaurant. The first time was excellent. I had a boneless chicken breast dish that was accompanied with lots of very fresh, not over cooked vegetables (very healthy). This time I had another boneless chicken breast dish that the waitress also said came with a lot of veges. The chicken was supposed to be sliced--it was more chunks--tasted like it had been cooked or simmered in the veges and was dry and not particularly tender. The veges were not distinct one from another; apparently cooked all together again, I suppose with the chicken. I expect chicken to be tender and veges flavorful and not over cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food is amazing every time. Always consistent and delicious.Service was slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic food
    emmmmm
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    really delicious food all around. great options for flavor and vibrant colors combined
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Night out with Friends
    AandAinActon
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I were joined by two other couples for a night out. Four of the six of us chose from a (restaurant week) prix fixe menu while two decided to order from the standard menu. We all had in common that our meals were excellent. Service was attentive and cheerful and it was a really nice enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Great!
    LaGourmande
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My sister and I had dinner at Elephant walk on Saturday night. I go there often because you can always count on the food - exotic, great combinations that I wouldn't have come up with but that are mouth-watering, healthy portions (both in size and content). We had two salads and were impressed by both, plus probably the best spring rolls I've had in a long time and the cod (it's gingery!). Everything was delicious! We felt well taken care of. I'd go back on a moment's notice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week
    MoMoBo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I went with my significant other for restaurant week and we had an excellent experience. They have a large RW menu & with the service and turnaround times they did not make it feel like that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service was good, but everything except that was just ok. Food, location, ambience... I went there with high expectations but left with disappointment.
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  • Great deal during restaurant week
    CherrypieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Took advantage of the four course offer during restaurant week. The food is fantastic, more asian than french. Had a late sitting and ended up being the last people in the restarant and were tucked away in the corner - think the serving staff forgot about us for a bit as we had to ask again for desert and took a while to pay the check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, slow service
    KaleLover
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was great, had the fried pork spring rolls, the beet and soba noodle salads, the tofu-veggie green curry, and catfish in spicy tomato sauce, and the mango sorbet and tea to finish. Was all excellent. Really good food. We were out on the patio, was a little noisy as it is right next to the street, but that is to be expected. While our waitress was very polite, the service was very slow (it was packed inside, and we were on the patio...), dinner took 3 hours. I was catching up with a friend, so it was actually nice to have the extra time, but I think it would have felt long otherwise. Would definitely recommend, but maybe sit inside.
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  • As always, delicious
    Blueman
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Elephant Walk is one of our favorite places to eat. It's reasonably priced and the food is always prepared with care. We find the food to be consistently delicious. Service can be a bit slow, but the wait staff is attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    Doodles
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We always enjoy Elephant Walk. We tried the Poulet a la Citronnelle (sliced chicken breast with veggies in lemongrass sauce), one of my favorites, the Crevettes Kep sur Mer (shrimp sauteed in lemongrass, coconut milk, and lime), and Gratin de Quinoa aux Légumes (prepared with cauliflower, eggplant, zucchini, onion, and Grueyer cheese). Each was prepared beautifully and the taste was excellent. The sauces are delicate and flavorfull. We shared the best Creme Brulee I have every had anywhere. There is nothing not to like at EW. It is small and does get a bit noisy. That shouldn't stop you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Blackbonanza
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went there twice in less than 10 days. It was that good. We loved the French style cuisine and loved the Cambodian dishes as well. Great wine selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good bur Limited
    Flash
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The dishes that my wife & I had were good to very, but we found the menu limited compared to previous time we have dined there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, as always.
    Harrison
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have been to Elephant Walk many times and I have never walked away disappointed. The food is always great (though it sounds unusual at first glance) and they have a nice variety of items, including the option to make many dishes vegan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Flavors
    Yumbo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Loved Elephant Walk. There were so many different spices and tastes. The mussels were amazing and loaded with flavor. The price fixed menu is a great deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu has changed
    bostonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was looking forward to some old and familiar items but it feels like the food quality has gone way down and the menu has changed. It is way over priced for what it is, and the food really lacked flavors. it's too bad.
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  • Great Food if You Eat Meat
    larabug
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I've always been impressed with the quality and creativity of the food at Elephant Walk, so I was disappointed to find that their vegetarian food did not live up to their high standards. While the vegetarian spring rolls were great, both the Gratin De Quinoa Aux Legumes and the Vegan Mee Siem that we ordered were mediocre at best. I realize that neither French nor Cambodian cuisines are traditionally vegetarian friendly, but such a great restaurant should simply not allow such bland boring food to sully their menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    CambridgeCanal
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have dined at Elephant Walk a number of times and the quality of the food is consistently good. Whether you choose, French, Cambodian or a combination, the preparation will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, ok service/ambiance
    FrequentBostonDiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    30 minutes from the time we sat down until somebody took our order. We weren't in any hurry so we were not pushing for service - nevertheless, 30 minutes without a waiter acknowledging a table is pretty bad. We preferred to sit outside because the air conditioning inside was a bit too cold for our liking. Outside was nice except that, with a bus stop nearby, every now & then a loud bus would accelerate right past us. Food was excellent but our waiter did nothing other than take our orders and then bring the check, even though we hadn't even asked for it. I think the sub-par experience related directly to the specific server we had and not to the restaurant itself.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We are long time Elephant Walk diners. The menu change was interesting though the new shrimp dish was decent - we both missed the curry crevetes dish which is a more flavorful selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Cambodian Cuisine
    Cantabrigian10
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wonderful, exotic flavors compliment fresh ingredients.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service Great Food
    Marcy
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This is a local gem in every respect: setting, service and food. The setting is open and quietly "classy" but unpretentious. The staff greets you and is focused on making sure that you are comfortable and well served. But, they do not hover which is a blessing. The food is wonderful. There is a good selection of Cambodian, French and Cambodian-French dishes that should meet demands of all including carnivores, vegans and gluten free diners. Dishes are beautifully presented and serving sizes are ample for every appetite. We had the mussels with garlic, shrimp with jasmine rice and chicken with jasmine rice. For dessert we had the mango sorbet. This was at the suggestion of our waiter and it was a perfect finish. Definitely a place to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Service was very good, good was interesting beautiful and well prepared. The seared tuna could have been a bit warmer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre food and poor service
    Opentablepoints
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food was very bland tasting and the dessert (chocolate caramel tart) tasted artificial. My entree had very few shrimp. Service was so slow and was overcharged on the bill. Even though I used a Groupon, I still feel like I overpaid.
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  • How do I keep forgetting?
    Dan4th
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I've never had a bad experience at the Elephant Walk, but I still only seem to make it there every five years or so. It's ridiculously convenient to my house, and the food and service are consistently spectacular, but I seem to keep forgetting to go. Note to self: make more time to visit the Elephant Walk.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Proper amount of spices
    CharnedVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Liberal use of lemongrass, parsley, scallion, and tamarind were duly noted and much appreciated in the Cambodian dishes. Service was a little haphazard, but the food (the smells, the plating, and most importantly the taste) were well worth the visit. I'll be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great thai french fusion
    wineguyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Have eaten at the Elephant Walk many times. Sadly, Waltham location gone which was much closer so now only make it to Cambridge occasionally. Interesting mix of Thai and French cooking offering options for lots of different palates. Many vegetarian and vegan dishes. Not heavy but always tasty. Cambridge location has a downstairs as in windowless room which is surprisingly festive. Outside dining available but right on Mass. Ave. Worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • The gem of Porter Square
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Have been to both this location and the one in Boston many times, and have never been disappointed. Came here this time with relatives visiting from NYC. We were seated quickly and food, wine and ambience all were excellent. Not the sort of place you'd expect to find in the suburbs, and surprisingly affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious as always
    EvelynVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Elephant Walk - both of them - as always, proves itself to be a reliable and delicious choice. Perfect for vegetarians in our party, as any dish can be made vegan by replacement of meat or seafood with organic tofu (or mushrooms), the restaurant serves inspired French, Cambodian, or fusion dishes (the quinoa 'risotto' was amazing!), steeped loose-leaf tea (no teabags!), and has a nice selection of draught beers for any taste (from IPA to stout). Early Sunday evening, the restaurant was quiet (music at a respectful background level), and service fast and attentive. The baguette was crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, and almost ruined our meal (it was utterly impossible to stop eating it!). A meal here is always a winner.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch
    JrocksVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We had a great, affordable and filling prix-fixe lunch on a rainy Thursday afternoon. The food really hit the spot and the server was absolutely fantastic. Really happy to discover this little neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • always a winner
    hulawitch
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We chose to eat at the Elephant Walk following our son's graduation this week. The food, as always, was very good, the service attentive, the ambiance lovely. The restaurant was very accommodating as well, as we kept calling them to let them know we would be later and later after the graduation went late and then we couldn't get out of the parking lot for 45 minutes. They couldn't have been nicer and more reassuring that we would still have a table waiting for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great 4 vegans & nonvegan friends!
    Jackie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went for the vegan fare - many delicious options, husband was thrilled to have non vegan options ! Win - win and excellent bartender. Cool retro bar. We were in the downstairs room, which was fine, but if upstairs would have given higher rating for ambience .
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow service
    yisforyeti
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Everything I and those in my group ordered was delicious. However, our server disappeared for long periods of time and it took a very long time to get the check. Perhaps this was not a concern for them because they add 18% gratuity for large groups?
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything but the entrees
    blepcake
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My wife and I went here for dinner the other night. The appetizers---mussels, chilled avocado soup, and soba-noodle salad---and aperitifs were wonderful, out waiter was great, the noise level was perfect. All was good *but* the entrees were a disappointment. Mine, salmon, was okay but nothing special. Hers, cassoulet, was soup-like, and in this soup was a 1-inch cube of gelatinous pig fat. You should have seen her face! That said, I still really enjoy this place. I'd just recommend ordering a few apps and leave it at that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food!
    Jeri
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Lovely restaurant with good food, although the downstairs room was not as pleasant as upstairs.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 64 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1097 reviews are from the Elephant Walk, The - Cambridge reviews archive.
  • It never disappoints!
    SweetbizkitVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Everything was delicious and exotic as always but this time the crème brulée was not well cooked (maybe cooked to fast, too high heat). Kindly enough they gave us a complementary Port wine. I highly recommend it
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Encore, encore!
    LaGourmande
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I can always count on Elephant Walk to deliver as promised. The blend of French and Cambodian is just exotic enough to lure me to new dishes I have not yet tried, and I am never disappointed. I went with a gluten conscious diner, and she was able to navigate the menu easily. The waitress was cordial and attentive. The food delicious. It's a real neighborhood treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic