The Elephant Restaurant

4.9
915 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
Welcome to The Elephant Restaurant
The Elephant is a bright, informal restaurant which overlooks the beautiful Torbay harbour. It was the first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star which it maintains today. We aim to source all our ingredients locally and sustainably, many from our dedicated farm in Brixham. Please feel free to ask our front of house team about anything you are unsure of.

Run by chef proprietor, Simon Hulstone and his wife Katy. Food is cooked by a talented team of chefs and served by friendly, professional team of staff.

All our dishes change regularly depending on which locally grown and reared (many sourced from our dedicated farm) ingredients are at their best.

On special days of the year and our special events a £20 deposit per person is required to secure reservations.

We do not except dogs other than service dogs with prior notice.

The children's menu is only available at lunch for ages 10 and under.

What 915 people are saying
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Lauren
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and presented beautifully. The matching wines complimented the dishes perfectly. The service was excellent, attentive and relaxed. Would highly recommend and we will be back.

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LindaT
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience. Exceptional service and food amazing. A real treat in these difficult times. Will definitely be here again.

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TraceyC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for a celebratory lunch. We were well looked after by the staff and there was a lovely atmosphere. The food was stunning! We opted for the set menu and all courses were faultless and really interesting choices.
It was a gorgeous piece of luxury and we will definitely be back!

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DaleT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Superb meal, every course was so tasty and great flavour combinations. Friendly efficient service felt relaxed. Lovely setting too.

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AnnJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for a celebration dinner. Food is just delicious.

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Pep3si
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very warm friendly welcome.
Our starter and mains were delicious duck was cooked to perfection and the steak just melted in your mouth.
Only one thing I would change was a bit more coffee flavour in the dessert.
Thank you everyone for making our Christmas Eve so special .
Will definitely be back.

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Rusty
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

first class as usually i can fully recommend @@@@@

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ChrisA
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of Simon Hulston’s is always outstanding. The contrasts between tastes and textures of the different ingredients is exciting and the portions, never large, are more than enough. Excellent, unobtrusive service adds to the experience.

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JordanB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food we have eaten. Tasting menu is outstanding! Didn’t like the last two matched wines but still worth what we paid

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Mousse
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatt!!
Delicious!!
Amazing!!
Fantastic!!
Lovely!!

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AnnaO
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch, with lovely atmosphere. Fantastic pre-Christmas treat

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PaulT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch experience for my wife's birthday.

Food and service was excellent - good food options.

Best meals of 2020!!!

Plus also recognition of my wife's birthday by the restaurant.

Will definitely return in 2021.

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RosemaryP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food - best in the South West!! Great service too!

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TessaD
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The elephant was excellent as always. Exquisite food, exceptional service and a lovely warm ambiance. The restaurant also worked hard to be as Covid safe as possible.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional

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Jess
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food the set menu for lunch is great value

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Karlos
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time we have been in a few months, both times sampling the tasting menu with matching wine flight, and on both occasions the food and service was exemplary. I cant recommend this restaurant highly enough, if you can get a booking, then go, you wont be disappointed

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JackieH
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely evening at the elephant.
The food was amazing as was the service.
Highly recommend this restaurant.

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GeoffA
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at The Elephant was thoroughly enjoyable.

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SteveD
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive service and the food was superb. Atmosphere was quiet but then that's what I would expect under the current restrictions. Will fo back when things 'free up' a bit.

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JessicaD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch at The elephant. Seasonal menu, local fresh ingredients and wonderful service. Will be back

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KyriK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, attentive staff and fab service. Food is exquisite and the presentation is 1st class also. A relaxed and welcoming ambience. Look forward to eating there again in a few weeks

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MickK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Difficult to fault, the food was great as was the service. Booking was simple via their web site.

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SusanM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food, charming restaurant with impeccable service.... would definitely return

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Lidders
Manchester
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is lovely and very tasty lots of flavours. The service is also very good and is definitely the best first class Restaurant in Torquay.

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LucieB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and sublime food. We had the tasting menu and wine flight and it was wonderful.

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CharlesR
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food - prepared and presented in a superb style. The wine flight with the tasting menu set was an amazing accompaniment. Super knowledgeable and attentive (but not overbearing) staff. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a first class lunch at The Elephant to celebrate my birthday. We were given a lovely, friendly welcome and a birthday card was waiting for me at our table by the window. This set the exemplary standard for the whole occasion. Food was outstanding, full of taste and presented immaculately. The team were amazing and couldn’t make us feel more comfortable and happy. This was our first visit to The Elephant and we will definitely be making this a regular event. Thank you to everyone.

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NickJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience during testing times. Felt completely safe in the environment, food was exceptional and well worth the journey. Keep up the excellent work.

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NandF12
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch for a birthday celebration, birthday card on table from the staff a nice touch. Will definitely return and recommend. Fran and Neil.

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carolinew
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue. Cannot fault anything. Fantastic welcome and made to feel special upon arrival, attentive. It was my husband’s birthday; this was noted and addressed in a subtle and tasteful manner unlike some brash restaurants. Food superb. Enjoyed everything.

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Bishop
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice calming ambiance. We both went for the fish as the starters. For the main, I stuck with the fish and the side-kick went with the duck. All the dishes were both thought-provoking and delicious. Most memorable was the monkfish with Kerala curry dressing. Mmmm. More please. We’re not pudding folk but adored our dessert.

We’ve decided to be regulars. Enjoy.

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jackiep
London
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding overall experience will return soon thanks

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PamG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate from set lunch menu and it was amazing. The highlight for me was the lemon tart.

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NigelK
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Reason for food not being perfect 5 is too thick pasty on frangipani pudding and poached apricots lacked ‘wow’
Service was generally good but we had to ask twice for extra water and the wrong ice cream was served with pudding.
While our table was good some of the other tables were too close for comfort and certainly not COVID safe

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from start to finish

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EmmaR
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, the service was outstanding. Amazing meal for my birthday. We Will definitely be going back.

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vipFred
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s simply one of the best restaurants in the UK. Five stars for everything !

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MichaelO
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even with the Covid restrictions the lunch was very good with excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent throughout.

FAQs

The Elephant Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 915 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.