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Élephante, Santa Monica, CA

Élephante

4.6
4.6
680 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Channeling the spirit and cuisine of coastal southern Italy, Élephante aims to transport guests from Los Angeles to the Southern Mediterranean with stunning ocean views and dramatic sunsets, all whilst staying in the heart of Santa Monica.

Three bars on the property offer a variety of delicious, hand-crafted cocktails, as well as an extensive wine list. Élephante Beach House is full of custom furniture and design touches that surround the guests with natural wood and stone, copper finishes and design pieces from Northern Africa and Southern Italy.

With stunning ocean views and dramatic sunsets, guests are reminded of favorite summer vacations past, where a tranquil afternoon drink can turn into a memorable dinner or a late-night dance.

Please note for parties up to 4 guests will have the tables for an hour and half. Parties larger than 4 guest you will have the table for up to two hours.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 249 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 10:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 9:00 am–1:00 am Sun 9:00 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (424) 722-8647
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    https://www.elephantela.com/private-events/
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (424) 320-2384
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    We are located on 2nd street, between Santa Monica and Arizona
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 680 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Most Booked

  • Westside

    Hot spot

  • Westside

    Most Booked

680 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My reservation seat was very bad, and always no server around.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Élephante. It was so good! Great hospitality from the employees. Will definitely dine here again!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The two tops are horrible to sit at, way to close to the next customer. I saw several couples complain and were resat. I made reservations 30 days in advance and hoped for a better sitting . My fault should have bitched and asked to be resat. Then I forgot our leftovers and within 30 seconds the table was cleaned and my leftovers were gone. Also the elevator was out enjoy the walk up three flights. Yes, the eggplant dip is great but the other food was ordinary. I’m done w/ Élephante. Overrated

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  4. SylviaP

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about it. Atmosphere, food, views, service. Definitely a spot to go back and enjoy. Be sure to know there are separate dining spaces, with views and without but all still beautiful

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  5. Jesse

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server( Nick) was great. Whipped Eggplant appetizer with freshly baked bread was delicious. Shrimp Rosa was ok, a little too spicy for our tastes. The spaghetti vongole was very tasty and the scallops were great. We sat on the outdoor interface and enjoyed a nice view of the ocean. Definitely a restaurant I will return to.

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  6. SherryB

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely room, good service, food came out quickly. I love how the honey was served in a small glass, and diluted a bit to make it extra easy to mix! But the star of the show was the food: do not miss the Green Eggs! Sublime!!!!!

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  7. RamonA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Def get the meatballs and the sopressata pizza!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff are rude, the seating cramped, and the food is not as good as it once was.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great staff, and great location. Fully recommend!

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  10. GlennR

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Tuna Tartar which was so good, that as soon as we finished it we ordered another. We then shared the Squid Ink Gemelli Pasta with Crab, which was fantastic, and the Branzino, which was almost as great as the pasta dish, and the Broccolini side dish which complemented everything. We had their Matcha Latte's, which were delightful and beautiful, and for desert we got the Chocolate Torta, which was a great ending to a great meal (next time, though, I'll ask to have the Caramel Sauce on the side since it was a little too sweet for our taste). Each waiter was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and helpful, but there seemed to be no organization to the service, and as someone who had worked in restaurants for over twenty-five years I put that completely on management. But the dining area is really beautiful and the food is so good, that we didn't mind having to flag down someone, we probably had at least five people servicing our table, every time we needed anything. And that is 100% on management.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    honestly the whole experience was up to par! the ambience and atmosphere was so cute and the food was amazing and every single dish we got was tasty and the prices were reasonable

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Make sure to ask for subset room seating or seat at the bar! It makes the whole experience!

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  13. Mhj2

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first opportunity to visit Elefante having read wonderful reviews, and the restaurant’s food and service did not disappoint. In fact, were it not for a terrible table located near the kitchen and rest room it would have been a perfect evening! My advice to the owner would be to remove that table as it truly detracts from the experience for diners. That said, even with having the worst seat in the restaurant, the food and service were exceptional and made up for the disappointing table. Also is a very energetic environment and difficult to have a conversation at times but very fun and festive ambience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Was great service for Mother’s Day It was just loud but I think that is just the building

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server engaged with us four times: 1. Provided water. 2. Took our order. 3. Towards the end, inquired about dessert. 4. Presented our check. However, there were issues with our coffee order; despite requesting regular creamer twice, it was not provided. Despite assurances from passing employees, the creamer never arrived, leading to disappointment by the end of our meal.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The whole experience felt pretentious. The waiter was rude and greeted us with “I’ll be waiter and I’ll be gone awhile.” He took our order and then disappeared. The food was just okay. Not worth the hype.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jordan was our main server but at least 2 other staff members came to our table to help out - we never felt neglected despite the restaurant being busy on the Saturday before Mothers Day. Forgot about this gem of a place but will be back!

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  18. ShariDale

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the express lunch and it was great. Jordan was very accommodating.

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  19. LillyC

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was delicious. The service was ok, somewhat slow and disorganized. The top floor view room was very noisy and we had to shout to hear each other.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant exactly what I was looking for for my birthday. Food was great, prices were good, ambiance was lively with beautiful view highly recommend

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Terrible staff, they think they're running a nightclub

    1 person found this helpful

  22. Kristina

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is great! The food is really good. I recommend the brussel sprout salad and a pizza.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We are in a group of 6 people, 2 of whom are elderly. We arrived before the scheduled time, they wanted to seat us at a low table. We asked to exchange. They kept us waiting longer. The front desk service was slow and did not care about our needs. I found it disrespectful.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. KurtK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Although the restaurant was not busy, the service was awful. 30 minutes to get a glass of wine after we were seated. Multiple servers standing around chatting. I think this tourist focused restaurant has no real focus for repeat customers. The .5% carbon offset fee is a joke in that it is the customers paying for the restaurant’s carbon neutral claim. The whole experience was lousy. We are locals and will never go back. We suggest you stay away

    1 person found this helpful

  25. DarcyC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great, our server was low key rude but the pasta made up for it. She had minimal interactions with us, but it was probably for the best as the little interaction we did have was dismissive.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic atmosphere, food, view, and vibe! Make reservations, well worth it!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Foods nothing to rave about considering the price. The Japanese Penicillin on the other hand was fantastic. Major kudos to whoever the bartender was making my drinks that night.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had great drinks with my wife and with an amazing view!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing! Loved it all. Service was ok, waiter wasn’t very nice but it was also a couple of different people who came to my table to bring food and drinks and not all of them were very nice. They were indifferent in most instances. I don’t appreciate that.

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  30. Stacey

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a great experience. The host was awesome! Wanted to see more of waiter but it was busy. I’d go back for sure. Great meal.

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  31. JayG

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy day but the staff was stellar! Will definitely be back.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Nothing great. Won’t be back. Good service but the food was nothing better than ok.
    ÉlephanteResponded on May 7, 2024
    Hi, thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Élephante. We're sorry to hear that your visit didn't meet your expectations. We always aim to deliver a great experience, and we're disappointed when we don't meet those expectations. We hope that you'll consider giving us another chance in the future. We'd love to have the opportunity to show you that we can do better.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. HungryWriter

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Elephante, but got weird energy from our server. Maybe he was having a bad day. He took forever to come to our table. Then, the back half of our 2+ hour stay with plenty food and drinks, he checked on us too frequently and it felt like we were being pressed to leave already. I don't know. Not the usual chill vibes from servers in the past. Won't stop us from coming back either. Ambiance, food and drinks are A+

    1 person found this helpful

  34. ShayP

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience!! We had the best time and were seated with a view 😍 highly recommend! Also you have to get the pita with eggplant dip!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing- except service was good not great

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  36. YashM

    Austin

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Elephante as always. The service is good and the views and vibes are great. We went for the first time in a year and up until that point we were going there at least twice a year for many years. However, the food did not meet expectations this time. Overall, the food is really good, but we have higher expectations from this place since they usually knock it out of the park. This won’t stop us from coming but I do hope that Elephante just had an off day. I highly recommend the vodka sauce pasta and the whipped eggplant.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brunch menu was excellent with their variety of flavors, portions, and presentation. We enjoyed the whipped eggplant and bread! The staff provided my father a blanket as he was not prepared for the cold, but the view of the ocean and palm trees was great. Every seat in this restaurant would be enjoyable in my opinion. Thank you for the fantastic service!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved this reaturaunt . Haven’t stopped thinking about the black squid pasta & the brussel sprout salad . SO GOOD . really cute resturaunt but just be aware the seating is shared ? some tables for parties of 2 are jointed together . otherwise, I LOVE .

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, ambience, and staff are always superb. A little pricey for some items but the quality is top notch.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we got a great table! the food was superb :) come for sunset

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FAQs

Élephante is rated 4.6 stars by 680 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 249 times today
Google Map for Élephante

1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    We are located on 2nd street, between Santa Monica and Arizona
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 10:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 9:00 am–1:00 am Sun 9:00 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (424) 722-8647
  • Private party facilities
    https://www.elephantela.com/private-events/
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (424) 320-2384
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