The Elephant Restaurant

4.8
1297 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.

A £20 deposit per person is required to secure reservations on special days of the year, our special events, or for tables of 6 or more.

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

Tasting menu only available in the evening unless requested via phone in advance.
What 1297 people are saying
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AnthonyS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff, would definitely recommend

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RobertG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding dining experience! The whole atmosphere was extremely welcoming and the food was superb. We have already booked to go again.

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FranJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic 3 course lunch. Exceptional food and wonderful staff. Thoroughly recommend the restaurant for your special occasion.

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Pekaye
Cornwall
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a culinary experience.
The food is delightful and of Michelin Star quality. We eat at restaurants quite often, but I think we would rate this the best

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Carolyne
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal. The staff were attentive and catered to your every need. Fabulous decor and design - especially the ladies toilet wallpaper!

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ARDA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing amazing food and affordable for a Michelin star restaurant. Beautiful non pretentious decor and lighting. An absolute pleasure

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ERayner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a truely fantastic dinner at The Elephant. We ordered the tasting menu and accompanying wine flight for two and were not disappointed. Each course was presented beautifully and perfectly proportioned. The food was delicious, with the scallop course being our favourite. The staff were welcoming and explained each course and wine as we went. Considering the quality, the evening was extremely good value and somewhere we will absolutely be retuning to.

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Natalieg
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service very good. Well worth a visit if your into your food.

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BenP
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in to the moment we left the service was excellent. The food superb and the set lunch very, very good value. All round a great experience. In my opinion it is worth the trip to Torquay just to visit the Elephant.

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DavidO
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great lunch on 17th September. The staff were lovely and professional and as expected the food was very good and for a Michalin restaurant good value. Highlight were the Stone Bass and the Devon cream tea. Book early if you want a Dinner reservation.

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patrickR
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food as always and the service was impeccable.
Had the set menus which was fantastic value for money.

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GailM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A real treat. Flavours were delicious. Waitress lovely.

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DanielE
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to celebrate my partners birthday. We had 3 courses, wine and coffee after. She even got a birthday card and birthday plate. The food and service was excellent. Already looking forward to our next visit

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Zahl
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited The Elephant for our Anniversary, and had a fabulous time. Friendly helpful staff, excellent service and the food was simply delicious. If you’re looking for fine dining in Torquay, this restaurant is a must!

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jennetteT
West Sussex
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience from the warm welcome on arrival to our final goodbyes. The decor was understated but very pleasing on the eye, the use of the large mirrors in the restaurant made it feel like a much bigger venue. The staff were very attentive and made sure each course was explained. We chose the Tasting Menu. Each course was visually pleasing and inviting and every course didn’t disappoint. It was difficult to choose a favourite, though the scallop course just nudged ahead. Oh and the coffee was heaven! I liked that we were offered more bread and butter, the butter was soft and creamy, almost moose like and the little crystals of salt on the top gave little explosions to the palate. Not to be missed.

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NelsonG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we went to the elephants fantastic food very friendly staff amazing we will go back again definitely👏🏻👏🏻

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PeterN
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warm and welcoming, staff very helpful and friendly. Good food selection, meal was delicious, wonderful flavours. Portions good, presentation excellent. Plenty wine choices and reasonable prices.

Would recommend to anybody. Thank you for a lovely, special evening.

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SeraCrow
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the Elephant is not just a meal - it’s an experience. Welcoming and knowledgeable front of the house - they will take care of you and help you with everything around food drinks or even getting a taxi.
Thoughtful interior, beautiful plates, wonderful art and finally the food!
All the best ingredients from fish and veg reach southwest put together in mind blowing combinations of flavour, texture and taste.
I had one of the best food experience in my life! Thank you the Elephant team for being so gorgeous!!!

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Ralph
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a most enjoyable even, food was excellent, service was very good and staff were very polite

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JeffR
Kent
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Second time in the last few weeks. Did not disappoint. Excellent food.

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vipLouiseP
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Great food at a good value price
Restaurant could maybe look a bit
Smarter (no white tablecloths)
Service good but could be better
No explanation of meal being served and no amuse bouche offered
But worth a visit and would return

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AndrewD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the the most fantastic food
Just outstanding what an experience

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SheilaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a joy to eat at The Elephant as from the moment you arrive you are welcomed to this beautiful,elegant, recently refurbished restaurant. Service, by the knowledgeable staff is superb and unobtrusive, throughout the meal.
Simon Hulstone, the Chef Patron and his team produce imaginative seasonal menus using local produce. My friends and I ate from the Prix Fixte menu when we visited for lunch on Tuesday this week and found it to be excellent value, exciting and faultless in quality, production, presentation, taste and enjoyment. We all chose fish, scallops to start followed by Hake and finally the most delicious Treacle tart I have ever eaten.
The extensive wine list is excellent value for money too and there is something for all tastes.
In our opinion, there is no finer place to eat in Devon than The Elephant.

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MargaretO
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! And the standard of service impeccable. An absolute pleasure.

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PaulineJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set menu was excellent and very good value for money. The staff were very attentive and the whole feel of the restaurant was warm and friendly. We will be back many times I’m sure.

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JamesA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a fantastic visit with my wife, 2 year old and 7 week old. Staff were very accommodating. Kids menu was unexpected but the 2 year old vaccuumed it up and felt it added to him being involved. He was even fairly quiet as a result.
Food was really good for the adults too. I particularly enjoyed the Hake. Would definitely book again next time I'm in the area

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Rocky
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was incredibly friendly and helpful and the food was just wow! Amazing taster menu can’t fault anything about this experience definitely the place to celebrate a special occasion.

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RickieS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed for my partners birthday and we both had the lamb. Was absolutely delicious an melted in the mouth. We ate every last mouthful and will definetly be returning! Outstanding food and service and you can definitely see why they have a michelin star. Staff were helpful and great as was the food. 5 star.

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JustinR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely place to eat out in Torquay and with very attentive staff,
food was amazing and a lovely atmosphere.
Thanking all the staff by making our evening so very special with those little touches!
Will definitely be returning.

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KarenH
London
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are visiting Torquay or a resident you must visit the Elephant. We went for lunch and it was glorious . The food absolutely top notch with presentation that just made each dish even better . I had a starter of Brixham crab it was divine , my husband the scallop ( he’s recently had one at Northcote Manor ) he said that this was just a tad above the other . Mains mine was plaice my favourite fish to eat not disappointed at all , husband the lamb he was in awe . On all dishes we wanted to lick the plates clean that’s how good they were . For dessert I had the cream tea it was amazing other half doesn’t do desserts but had seen a slice of treacle tart going to the next table and that’s what he had he ate it all which is a testament of how outstanding it all was . Everything about the Elephant was superb well done to Chef Simon and his fantastic team . it’s great you can experience an afternoon like this one . We hope to be back soon .

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely building with parking right opposite. Inside the decor and ambience were good for a Saturday lunchtime. The service was not quite what I'd expect in a Michelin starred restaurant with plates placed in front of us with little ceremony and no description of what we were eating and conversations interrupted.
We are vegetarian which meant just one option for starter or main. The food was beautifully presented but whilst tasty was not exceptional.

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SylviaK
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautifully cooked and presented food, but not Michelin star in taste. I would say very good beautiful food, but just below par.

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NaomiC
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Really excellent food and wine. Charming staff, though a little informal and quite a few tattoos.

Interior though was a little unsophisticated and didn't match the excellence of the food, which was a triumph of flavour, refinement and elegance.

Quite a few obese diners too. Not the restaurant's fault at all, and we are very sadly seeing this revolting disease everywhere. So much for I "heart" the NHS!

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Anon
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food & service in a great setting. Thank you for a great meal & experience

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SueC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had high expectations, given that this is a Michelin star establishment, and they were met in every way.

The set lunch menu was very reasonably priced and the slightly higher priced options in the al a carte were worth every penny. Wine prices were also 'sensible' and the range was good.

Staff were well presented, cheerful, efficient and helpful. The overall experience was therefore excellent and we will definitely be back.

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GiselleL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, fabulous staff. Wonderfull evening

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish you will not be disappointed!!! The food is amazing, staff are extremely friendly and give fantastic service. I have yet to find anywhere quite like The Elephant

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johng
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always an excellent meal, we have been going since it opened and have never been disappointed.

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KeithG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We found that the plates and food was not very hot and the noise was unacceptable for this type of
The second time at this restaurant and a bit disappointed both times.

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Phil
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant lovely food and lovely staff and service😁

FAQs

The Elephant Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1297 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.