Elephant Bar Restaurant - Hayward

3.5
89 reviews
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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-2pm with brunch cocktails, patio dining, and delicious specialty brunch entrees.

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!
What 89 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good meal and service 😊

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Made it in and told the person who greeted us (not a host) and he said Okay and walked to the kitchen area to tell someone that I had a reservation. After waiting for 5 minutes someone came to greet us and asked if I had a reservation. It appeared he was looking for my reservation. I didn’t want to wait anymore and they place has several of tables available so I said “forget it I just want to sit down” Service was extremely slow. She put in the wrong order. Forgot to the sweetener I asked for. After 10 minutes of waiting I had to ask a good runner to help us out and get us a sweetener. The food was okay. Lamb chop is as tasty no complaints.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Every. Thing was very good and asome decorations the only thing was the mc&cheese not cheese made with quesadilla cheese not good other than that great

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great but the service not so much. Never pre bussed our table so we had to sit with bunch of dishes and empty glasses on table. Mentioned it was my daughters birthday but got nothing.

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MD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good experience, a little loud, but it did not effect conversations

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KP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Waitress was great . Food not so good . Drinks on the pricey side .

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RP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nothing to shout about but good menu to pick from.

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g
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sandra was my waitress and she was wonderful she was prompt she was courteous she was efficient it was a nice birthday lunch for me. The atmosphere is very nice the variety of food is very nice well-prepared and delicious

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service even when it’s empty!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

took a long time to take our order, I had to get up twice to ask to place an order.
the food was OK

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KH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was an early dinner (5:30 pm) and there weren't many people. Our waiter did not seem busy however, it took some time to get a glass of water and then a refill. There was a delay with dessert not sure why. Another couple was placed behind us and we tend to be a little noisy. Perhaps staging customers while there are open tables might have been a better choice. You never know who is loud or not.

The food was good.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food all around!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

We had brunch here. The brunch menu is very light, we ordered the French toast with eggs, bacon, and potatoes. The French toast is pretty sweet. One order of eggs were cooked well while the other order was runny and not presented well at all. The bacon tasted like precooked bacon that they reheated. The service was great but the food was not so great.

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SG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Having been seated, we were not assigned a server yet after 30 minutes. Our orders for a party of 5 took about 45 minutes. Our service was very poor as we were seated in a corner sometimes thinking if they forgot about us. Our server was very busy that day but, food came out very late. This time, we did not like the service at all. I dont think we will be returning again.

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RM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fast and courteous. The food was delicious. My husband loved his Moscow Mule - believes that they use real ginger beer, not a substitute (live he thinks black angus uses!). It wasn’t horribly noisy like some restaurants. I would definitely go back.

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RC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I've summited my feedback about the bad service and food that was not to my family's liking, however nothing was done about it when we brought it up to the waiter's attention.

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LF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our recent visit was to the Hayward restaurant for lunch. The wonderful menu options, many of which we have tried at other Elephant Bar locations, were numerous. We were celebrating a family member's 75th birthday. The entire meal experience was excellent.

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CE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

I'm having a difficult time reviewing this restaurant. I decided to meet a friend there for lunch as we live on opposite sides of the bay and it seemed like a easy place to get together. As we were finishing our lunch we were asked if any of us owned a particular car in the parking lot. My friend did and we were told that it had had the windows broken out. THis was in the daytime and situated between a Applebees and a Panera. A fairly busy area. They smashed and grabbed a bag of clothes. The restaurant employees told us it happens all of the time. The police refused to come to the restaurant but mall security did. Southland Mall. It seems to me that if they would like people to come back to their restaurant and feel safe they ( and the surrounding restaurants) should hire a private patrol. I will not be returning.

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f
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service was great today.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Servers were excellent, but skip it if you're looking for a good meal.

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! Miso salmon, Napa valley cob salad, and strawberry cheesecake. Abience and service excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

i would not go again

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WG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Food quality has dropped dramatically. Over salted entrees, flavorless food, what a disappointment. Never coming back to this place again.

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y
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had not been to the Elephant Bar in a long time. I found the food to be good enough but seem to remember having dinner there with friends when it first opened and it was much better..
Please take time to reassess the fare offered periodically to make sure that there is consistent
quality.

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was outstanding, food was amazing, comfortable atmosphere.

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Meal quality has gone down. My husband and I we ordered ribeye steak we were very disappointment. This was my graduation I wanted to eat a ribeye steak and I few I was ripped off. Normally ribeye steak is pretty juicy because Of fat and we like that. Steak was tough, dry and I would like to believe they what we were served was not ribeye. The baked potato was stale, hard and cold. My husband had mushed potato and they were cold and tasted stale. Our vegetables were cold. Appetizer calamari was tough and parmesan string beans were good but were not enough. I asked the server if I should order two orders and she said no it would be enough unfortunately not. My family was very disappointed.

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d
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleased as always and not hurried in anyway..our server April did a great job and checked often but was very good at not being over attentive..special thanks to all from welcome staff to meal very good..

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PA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Bad service, wilted greens

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MP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We arrived during happy hour and was seated in the restaurant, advised that happy hour only is for the bar area but there was a happy hour menu given to us at the table. Did they want me to get up from the table and go into the bar. Should have been told at seating time that happy hour was not available in the seated restaurant area and there should not be a happy our menu in the restaurant table area. Menu was not like the old Elephant Bar but the beef sliders were very good for the price.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Food was cold and obviously sat waiting in the kitchen, my friends meal was the wrong one, after dinner coffee was barely warm and the service wasn't much better. The only good part of the meal was the dessert.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow. We gave the waitress two credit cards to split the bill. Only one was charged and the other was dropped on the floor. They had to look for it.

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E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far the best Elephant Bar we have been to. The restaurant decor is very nice and the restroom is very clean. Although this location may not have the breath taking scenic view, the service, attention, and food quality makes up for everything. The waitstaff very personable. We ordered the salmon entree. Food came on a hot plate and was a very good portion. Well worth the money. It was cooked to perfection - tender on the inside and hot and crisp on the outside. The chicken cobb salad was also very delicious and enough for the two of us to share. We would definitely return back when we're in the neighborhood. Highly recommend! :)

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was horrible, looks horrible taste horrible, we ordered a burger with rare but it came not only burnt, it taste so blend, have to use water to wash it down. Also ordered chicken shrimp jambalaya, we could cook it better at home, this will be the last time would ever visit elephant bar

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JT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice although the food was not special.

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D
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

My daughter and I dined at the Elephant Bar while I was visiting her. We were seated right away, but there was confusion about whether or not we actually had a reservation (which we did through Open Table). We received our drinks and then waited quite a while before placing our order. The food came at an appropriate time, but we had to flag down the waitress to get our bill. The restaurant was not crowded so I am not sure why we had such a long wait.

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s
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Positive:
We were sat right away with no wait
Three people of seven enjoyed their meal

Negative:
Two people ordered Macau Noodle soup. Was bland - no seasoning and very cold
One person ordered kids hamburger. It was absolutely torched, and inedible.
One person ordered braised short ribs. They were cold and unseasoned.
Service took 20 minutes to acknowledge our presence as there was confusion who was our server.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Loved the food and our server by the bar area BUT did not enjoy waiting 40 minutes past my reservation time.I understand it was V day but they should not have over book d or accepted so many walk ins if the reservations were not going to be honored.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place can get packed on weekends, I advised to make a reservation in advance.

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CM
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s 17th Birthday Party....Had a wonderful time, your wait staff was great!

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