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

Elephant Walk, The - Cambridge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elephantwalk.com
  • Phone: (617) 492-6900
  • 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: French, Cambodian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • 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!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Wonderful, exotic flavors compliment fresh ingredients."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Service was very good, good was interesting beautiful and well prepared. The seared tuna could have been a bit warmer."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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 . "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant with good food, although the downstairs room was not as pleasant as upstairs."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal on Saturday night with very friendly service. We enjoyed a delicious bottle of Carmenere. Our meals - a Cambodian shrimp dish and a French tuna dish - were absolutely delicious! Our only slight complaint was that the special mussels appetizer was lacking in the flavor department. But our incredibly tasty main courses more than made up for it!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Wonderful specials enlarged the familiar, tasty menu. Good veggie choices, lots of delicious variety for everyone else. Nice wait staff, very uncrowded for an early (6:30 pm) dinner, but still had some tables upstairs at 8:30 pm when we left. Satisfying, tasty, warm room, great night with friends."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Went for pre theater Mother's Day brunch and had 3 course prix fixe menu for about 30 dollars including aperitif. Everything was perfect and very innovative. Service was very good as well. One small caveat is that you may need to navigate through Harvard square to get where you are going after, and on Sunday this will take a long time. Try to go around. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "From the outside, the place didn't look like much. However, we were very happy with everything we ordered. We had the Nataing, Crepe Au Canard as starters and proceeded to have the Crevettes Kep Su Mer and the Amok Royal. Servings were just right (not overwhelming). We even had space for dessert ! Worth trying!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We brought friends who had not eaten at Elephant Walk in nearly a decade; for them it was like going to a new restaurant. The food was very good. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I came with a friend and we both selected the Pre Fixe dinner option. Every course was fantastic. My friend loved the soup and the restaurant manager printed a copy of the recipe for him. Excellent service!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014