Elephant Bar Restaurant - Arden

3.5
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$30 and under
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Global, International
Elephant Bar Restaurant is a scratch-kitchen specializing in globally-inspired dishes and traditional, American fare. Our food is all made from scratch using the best, locally-sourced ingredients available. All of our cocktails are made fresh when you order, handcrafted in-house by our mixologists.

Brunch is offered on weekends 10am-3pm with brunch cocktails, patio dining, and delicious specialty brunch entrees.
Karaoke with Happy Hour Prices - Every Monday 7-9 PM!
Live Event Trivia - Every Tuesday 7-8:15 in the bar with all day Happy Hour!

We’ve kept the same, great Elephant Bar Restaurant exclusives you’ve come to love…but made them better, using only made-from- scratch methods and high-quality ingredients. Better menu items, new craft cocktails, new wine list, and new brunch cocktails. We’ve completely evolved. We can't wait to see you soon!
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3.5based on recent ratings
3.5
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3.8
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3.2
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46% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I have gone to this restaurant for years, and unfortunately it seems to be going downhill. It wasn't as clean as it used to be. The menu has changed to being very generic, and it seems quality and freshness have gone away. I ordered a crab louie and it was greens and canned crab - that's it. No eggs, no other salad veggies, and the crab looked like it had been ground up... gray and tasteless. I had to order bread on the side. $25.00! The salad dressing however was good. This was a real dissapointment especially since this used to be my sure-fire go to restaurant for occassions or a guarantee of a good meal when i was in the area. Fortunately the service was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience2

Pretty sure the waiter said that a decision had been made to close the restaurant permanently. A lot of staff didn’t show up for work and the staff that was present was understandably lethargic. Our server was excellent even though the rest of the experience was well below par. One of the members of our party never received the food that was actually ordered, because they were out of everything. Several others didn’t receive the correct side dishes for similar reasons. Food was cold and steak was on its way to the charcoal briquette factory.

TL
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Poor staff at Arden Elephant Bar on Christmas Day. They were slammed and lots of people were impatient and nasty. Staff did their best to take care of energy one. They were the only place in the area open. That being said, the manager could have handled the situation better by keeping his staff’s spirits up. Ben our server and bartender was great. Overall an uneven experience but outside the norm and Ben made it a nice Christmas despite the challenges. Everyone who worked that day should get a bonus.

WB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good but service was slow.
We shared the lettuce wraps and ordered individual dishes for lunch. I liked the shrimp and salmon noodle soup. My daughter’s Japanese noodles were bland. Son’s Thai chicken salad lacked variety.

S
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The seats had duct tape as it was torn. Water leak from the ceiling with a bucket to catch the water. The carpet stuck to my shoes when walking. DIdnt bring outthe correct food order but once received the food was flavorful

MH
Birmingham
32 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Place was not only worn out , tables, carpet etc , it was also disgustingly filthy dirty. No excuse for the condition of this place - service was ok, food ok, won’t be back

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service very slow

A
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the $12 pick-two lunch option. Would have liked a few more choices, but I was able to stay within my calorie and carb goals. I had the garden salad and chicken tortilla soup, my friend had the French onion soup and a sandwich.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was slow. Food presentation horrible. Came for my birthday. Yelp check in had a free dessert.

MB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It has been 10 years or so since I have been to this restaurant. Last time I was here it was packed and when I went recently it was on a Sunday but it was very slow. The carpet was sticky and if you stood too long in one spot you would stick to it. Had a glossy shine where the majority of people walked. For it being slow we didn't get our food for a long time. The server was nice but never refilled the glasses on my side of the table. I used to love this place. I know that a lot of other Elephant Bar's closed down. I wish they would put more effort in the ones that remain open,.. for now. The food was OK. I don't know if I would ever come back here again.

JS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

very nice experience. I'd definitely recommend to a friend -- and come again myself. thanks!

TH
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Toughest steak I never ate- oh, I tried but it was like chewing shoe leather.

GP
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My sister ordered med rare on her ribeye and it came out more medium🥴!
My ribs were good, a few were a little tough!

L
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I have been to E Bars in Henderson Fish Taco had Bay Shrimp and minimal taste; Chicken in the Caesar Salad was over cooked no need to go through the remaining dishes=you get the message. Mentioned it was a birthday occasion; no response. Can’t imagine we will return. Shocking because we hosted 20+ at Burlingame a year or so ago and service & Food was noteworthy!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was ok and the food was ok but there were nets flying around and a lot of little things that made the experience just ok -
With a lot of new restaurants in town now - just seems kind of antiquated. Loved the chicken cracklings

P
Sacramento
62 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The menu had changed, prices increased and drinks were not even listed on the menu! The server had to tell us what was available. Favorite drinks (from former menu) are no longer prepared... The menu is BiG and confusing. I wanted fish and ordered Aoi and had no idea it is prepared raw. I asked for the cook to grill it and was told he would prepare a new entree and when it arrived, it was raw. Had I known, I would have ordered a different menu item. Overall, we were not impressed.

C
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The calamari appetizer was sparse and not very tasty, however the shrimp and the potato skins were great (we shared a 3 selection appetizer plate). The server was VERY slow in refilling our drinks!

CH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE had an excellent waiter and service was outstanding. Food was exceptional.

C
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of seven. Had a reservation but had to wait for them to set up a table. Food great. Server great!. Especially appreciated the large menu items available at lunch. No one left hungry.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun had a good date waiter was friendly had a great time always do when I go there

GP
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was super nice

N
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Server Steve was very helpful and patient. The appetizers happy hour prices not bad.

DS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was awesome. Only issue we had was our meals came out before our appetizers but they kept them in back until we were ready. Place was very quiet.

JP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had an early reservation before an event at cal-expo. I believe I must have confused staff with the number in my party and the time of the reservation because I was repeatedly asked how many of us. We took a scenic tour of an empty restaurant to find the correct booth. Service was slow, and the food was average at best. A request for normal lemonade resulted in a lemon drop. I think this is a great place for happy hour, as their drinks were the best part. However there was no consistency with the alcohol or flavor of the drinks ordered. If your looking to spend money on restaurant roulette this is your place!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed. They ruined my date. Never back again here.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed due to electric problems. Thus it was hard to write a review.

PS
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my goddaughters birthday

All good ✅

S
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! Very friendly staff.

C
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the lamb shanks they serve. It's difficult to find lamb shanks and elephant bar makes the best ever. I highly recommend.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from out of town visiting and working
The food and the service was amazing
The mashed potatoes need some work but everything else was awesome

CM
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were seated next to a large party .. it was very loud. Food was not that great...

JM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

According to our server, THEY ARE CLOSING THIS RESTAURANT!! Just when we discover a GREAT FAMILY restaurant, close to home, with a varied menu ! EVERY TYPE OF FOOD IS THERE ! Everyone can choose just EXACTLY what they want to eat....From Pasta to Pizza, Steak, Sea Food, light salads, hearty soups ! The desserts are FABULOUS! Please don’t close this place, it’s soo hard to find a restaurant like this...it’s why we don’t eat out a lot ! We will be eating there twice a week, until they close, as it’s too hot to cook...

RP
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Our server was excellent! We will definitely return very soon.

T
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

If it wasn’t for our waiter we would have left! We ordered their top sirloin and it was all fat and chewy and couldn’t even cut it!!

B
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lamb shanks, I was told was very good. The chicken citrus salad could have had the dressing on the whole salad and pistachios were hard to find! The chicken was not flavorful at all and had a strange texture. I love this place, but they need to get consistent food quality!

JW
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Kitchen was backed so all our meals didn't come out at the same time, but other that was a good experience, server was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food could be more creative. Not really anything special. Got order wrong.

RM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Everything was wonderful. Great food and service. We will be coming back soon.

BL
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and great happy hour bar.

DN
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The server was fantastic. The food was so delicious, too. I had chicken parmeson.
I was on a business trip, had never been to this chain, but I would go again.