Elephant Walk South End

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Cambodian
The Elephant Walk serves Award-Winning Cambodian and French cuisine with extensive vegetarian and gluten-free selections. 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 (but use fresh rather than dried spices). Our Cambodian and French selections encompass both traditional and original dishes created by our Chef Nadsa de Monteiro, who was raised in Phnom Penh speaking both Cambodian and French and subsequently lived in France for many years. Our Cambodian-and-French theme is an authentic reflection of our roots!
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d
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is eclectic - and delicious! Environment is lively, but you can carry on a conversation easily.

MI
New England
44 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great food-just like I remember from 20 years ago-wish there was still one in Brookline.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Sylvain amazing and also Mike at the bar. Delicious food, great vibe!

NT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is just SO good! An awesome vegan options!

C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome food - great fresh ingredients- you will not be disappointed

AC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

New Years Eve had special menu which was very good

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was excellent

SM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great old standby. Great food. No gimmicks.

DS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit in 3 years as we were visiting Boston for an overnight getaway.
The food was great as well as the service!

CD
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The music was all wrong for the room. David Bowie is not what I want to hear in a French/Cambodian restaurant. The food was good, but not too flavorful. We left saying it was good, but there is no need to return.

B
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is spectacular! Ambiance is great! I love this place. Our primary server was terrific and helpful recommending dishes, that were all spot on. There was one other server person who poured water and delivered some dishes who seemed angry about being there and who almost literally flung our plates onto our table. This person brought our dessert and plunked it down so violently that it actually almost scared me. Anyone can have a bad day, but geeza louisa! The bad mood was so dramatically over the top that it was almost...funny. Anyway, go there for the amazing food and ambiance at reasonable prices. And you might even be treated to some unexpected "dinner theater"! :0

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Not a good place for vegetarian options (contrary to what is written elsewhere) not a good value

f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in, we knew we'd be glad we found this place. We were in Boston on business, and wanted something besides hotel food.
We were welcomed so warmly, and the staff made as feel like regulars.
The cocktails were amazing, the wine, too.
And the food....oh, the food. Every bite was amazing. We ordered The Amok Royal and the lamb curry specials. So perfect.
A member of our party has celiac and the restaurant was very accommodating.
I've already recommended this restaurant to my husband for his business trips to Boston.
I hope to go back soon.

DD
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

One bad meal - I hope.

I've been dining at Elephant Walk for many years and my favorite dish is their Loc Lac. Last Saturday night, the meat was so dry, that I literally almost choked swallowing it. What a disappointment! I certainly hope that is a total exception and that it won't happen again. Also, whenever I make a reservation, I have requested a table towards the front/window and it has always been given. This time, our table was all the way at the back, near the bathroom door and to make matters worse, every time the front door opened, we got a real blast of cold air straight to our table. So the ambience was certainly not pleasant either. Please, please fix these issues!

KD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent--flavorful, fresh, and attractively presented. Portions were right-sized. Our server was attentive and efficient despite the full house.

R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! The food was delicious. The server was knowledgeable. I will return!

EW
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

love the food here. they also have vegan and vegetarian options that are so good!

JM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious blends of French and Cambodian dishes. An appetizer with a salad and main entree was the perfect amount of food for a date night.

BO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and fantastic, interesting food. The tuna and avocado spring roll might have been the best app I’ve ever had!

CG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favorite spots in Boston—great gluten-free options with lots of great, nuanced flavors. It’s cozy and tasty and has a great cocktail list. My top choice for a special occasion meal.

EA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite for over 2 decades!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, great food & service. Will return when in Boston !

L
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A welcoming environment. Its nice to find a place that caters to vegans without needing special requests. Service was friendly, helpful, and prompt. The grilled tofu with squash and portabello dish was heavenly. Highly recommend.

BB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taking my College Daughter out for Dinner and we found this gem in Beantown. Great experience. Staff was very attentive and the meal was very memorable. If you are looking for a change from the typical New England Lobster or Great Italian in the North End head to The Elephant Walk for a delicious asian meal. Will definitely be back.

DG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This was one of the weirdest dining experiences ever. I'm a LONG time patron of The elephant Walk. (Like nearly 20 years). I was taking 3 people out for lunch. After our order was taken, two young women came to our table saying that they were collecting $ to help cover their nephew's funeral. I figured they were part of the restaurant (why else would they be there?) so we gave them cash. About 5-7 minutes later, the mgr asked them to leave. Why did it take that long to notice this? Then when I went to pay, I had a gift certificate for The Elephant Walk. I gave it to our waiter (who was quite disinterested in serving us the entire time). About 5 minutes later the mgr came over and said, "We can't accept this. We're totally different institutions." So the logo is the same, the name is the same, and the menu is the same but you're totally different institutions. OK. Right. Last time ever going here.

KP
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great restaurant for its interesting menu and quiet ambiance. The entrees were uneven this time, although they have not been in the past. Desserts were all excellent.

D
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My spouse and I have been patrons of Elephant Walk for decades, and we were excited to visit the last remaining restaurant. In fact, we even have the cookbooks so this visit was a bit special in that we hoped to relive some of those memorable recipes from the past.

On the balance the food was good. We found the appetizers were spot on - namely the Rouleaux and the Soupe Phnom-Penh. The Avocat Kanthor (tuna & avocado) salad was a bit heavy on the fish soy. While certainly tasty, the main dishes we selected didn't taste Cambodian as we remembered. I had the Khar Saiko Kroeung (beef short ribs) and my spouse had the Trey Tuk Peng Pah (crispy catfish). Again, they were good but not standout. We'll go back again and try the other standby dishes like Poulet À La Citronnelle.

Desert was good with the Le Péché Au Chocolat, which is alway delicious.

We'll go back. Nice ambience and the service was really good. Just hoping for more of the Cambodian flavors in the mains next time.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was terrific. Food was fresh and tasty.

MC
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used to love the original Elephant Walk on Beacon Street but then it disappeared. We were delighted to find out that it had actually moved to the South End.
It looks very different now, modern, millennial appearance not like the one I remember with elephants and Cambodian artifacts. We came for a late lunch and the restaurant was quite empty. The service was great. The server told us that most of the staff, including the chef had worked in the previous restaurant and that the menu was very similar. We truly enjoyed our meal though we ordered from the more limited lunch menu. The food is delicious. The desert, out of this world.
We will certainly go back.

S
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service in a low key environment.

b
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

THE DINE OUT MENU WAS QUITE NICE. THE FOOD WAS EXCEPTIONAL FOR THE PRICE. THE WINE LIST THOUGH MODERATE IN SIZE HAD SOME UNUSUAL OFFERINGS AT MODERATE PRICES.

p
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food taste good, but portions are small. Overall it is still a good experience for trying something new.

MW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. I used to go to Brooklyn spot and thanks to Dine Out Boston, I found you in the South End. I will be back!

Z
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fabulous time having dinner here during Boston Restaurant week. Nice low key quiet ambience and very efficient service made for a relaxing evening. Dined from the special menu for Restaurant Week. Ample choices. Food for all 3 courses was very complementary mix of Asian sauces and spices with traditional ingredients. All 3 courses for the 3 of us who were dining were very good.....not one complaint as we tried each other's appetizers and desserts. All 3 had the short rib entree -- very good! Definitely want to go back to try other menu items.

J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, ambiance were all outstanding. Will definitely return.

AB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love it here! Always delicious,our food and waiter were fabulous. Our out of town guests found the food and menu unique as well as delectable.

e
Pittsburgh
34 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicous. Atmosphere was interesting and the service was spot on.

KI
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Love the Elephant Walk cookbook and food was as expected... perhaps the atmosphere deficient.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was lovely. They accommodated for additional guests and had no issues with kids.

NT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great vegan options!! The citrus avocado soup is amazing !!