Elephant Bar Restaurant - Hayward

3.4
83 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 83 People Are Saying
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KP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

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

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g
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 31, 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 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service even when it’s empty!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 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 29, 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 12, 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 11, 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 10, 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
19 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service was great today.

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OT
Washington DC
4 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 17, 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 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

i would not go again

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WG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 17, 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 3, 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 26, 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
14 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 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Bad service, wilted greens

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MP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 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 15, 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 8, 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 2, 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 29, 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 24, 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 23, 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 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Ribs very fatty, ordered a full rack and over half was inedible due to all fat, mash potatoes very runny too much water used, service poor waitress rarely came to table had to ask another server for the check after waiting

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MB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always our go to spot. It never fails to deliver and that's hard to find in Hayward.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for brunch to celebrate my mother's birthday. Brunch is something new for Elephant Bar and they seem to still be working on the details. They don't seem to have promoted it as much as they might and the crowd was very small. The selections were limited and they were unable to offer substitutions. Nevertheless, the food was very good, the portions were ample, and the prices were lower than we might have expected. We had a very good time. I wish them well on this new endeavor.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Staff was friendly and attentive. Appetizers were good. Meals were subpar. One was brought out cold. The other rice was as hard and crunchy as serval day old rice. Just not good.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We’re abandoned by the waiter several times. Waits were long and food only mediocre. Not worth the moderate price

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a fabulous time on a family dinner night. Love the open kitchen, and great decor, food options and bar options did not disappoint. The toddler ate EVERYTHING offered to him, including all the things he never usually eats. I drank my first strawberry daiquiri here 15 years ago and had another great one this time!

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