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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.4
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4.6
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3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The staff were very friendly, the atmosphere was beautiful but the food was less than impressive. Service was very slow for a night with few diners. Think there a better options in Baltimore for a night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Baltimore. Great for any occasion. The Elephant never disappoints. Have an awesome experience EVERY time!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service, and the atmosphere were all quite impressive. Personable and attentive, this was a favorite meal.

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JavanaR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, exquisite cuisine, and respectable staff! I truly enjoyed my dining experience!

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CarolyneA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have waited two years to get to The Elephant and it was worth the wait! The service was excellent and personal and the food by Chef Mallory was superb. I highly recommend this restaurant for an enjoyable, relaxing evening!

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eviem
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Elephant truly is one of the most delightful and charming foodie experiences in Baltimore. For one, you feel like you're in a museum with Tiffany Glass and original wood carvings and brass sconces from India. Restaurant co-owner Steve Rivalis is always gracious. Food is inventive and delicious. We would bring any of our friends here. Experience? A magical 10 stars out of 5. Thank you, Elephant.

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Frank
Baltimore
60 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and wonderful service

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vipShannonS
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Elephant is our favorite place in the Mt. Vernon area. Food is always superb, and the historic charm is unparalleled.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners. Steve and Mallory, go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was ok. The food was decent but not particularly interesting. Pretty eclectic menu without thematic consistency. Some things were good. Some were quite awful. So, uneven.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was sad alot of items they were out of and they had only been open for 1 hour. The good was great however small portions for the price. The waitress was sociable and nice however everything moving very slow. I loved to eat by the window and I like the eclectic amd diverse feel.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Service moved at a glacial pace. No host at the host stand. Food was mediocre and forgettable. At the table next to us the people who came after we had ordered received their food long before we received our appetizers. The building was very beautiful though.

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vipjohn
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have loved this location for a long time and it is great that it is back. The menu was a little different that what we expected and the food was OK. We will go back and will definitely get friends to go on Thursday night for Jazz!

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StephenS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere and the wait service was very nice. Kitchen seemed a bit slow. Glad to here they are not closing.

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VictoriaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice and interesting. Nice street views, food and decor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were doted on and entertained all nite. The food and drinks were excellent. The decor and structure of the building are magnificent. We were given a tour and it was well worth it. There are many dining options here including a chef’s table to an inviting upstairs bar and billiards room. This restaurant has something for everyone. It is a diamond in the ruff! Thanks to Hope, Steve, Mallory, Sam and Jacob (the card magician!) for a truly memorable night.

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vipDiane
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great, love the setting and story. I wasn’t thrilled with the food, it just wasn’t as interesting as I expected. Loved the magician!

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Alex
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! It was a very romantic place to celebrate an anniversary too. The interior is stunning and gorgeous. It is a little expensive but this is fine dining. It is okay to splurge every so often. The staff were great and made us feel special for our event. The food was fantastic. Diverse and unique menu and very veg friendly. Their menu does differ than the online menu just fyi. But definitely recommend! 5/5

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NeilS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ... well, I never expected to be able to play a few racks of after-dinner billiards in an upstairs room, off of the top floor bar, as interesting architecturally as the rest of the restaurant. My niece and I had an incredibly great experience at The Elephant, at least until my niece ran the table on me...

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whirl
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was warm, casual, attentive. Stopped in for quick bite this time, mainly dessert and drinks after a busy weekend. Out of the lovely fresh juice blends menu, but will give them a pass on that one this time. On my prior visit, we enjoyed a table full of small bites ( ordered many of them ) , well- executed and innovative cocktails, and delicious, whimsical and fun S'mores ( homemade shortbread, spiced chocolate and pillow-y fresh marshmallows). Came back for the S'mores specifically and tried a few other items as well. Definitely a fan.

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vipBarryS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Steak came prepared incorrectly. Ordered it “rare” and came “medium well “.

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AmyP
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The carbonara was the best I've had since Rome (truly homemade) and the dumplings were ridiculously delicious. The wait staff was friendly, attentive, and actually a lot of fun (we loved Hope). Steven, one of the owners was right there in the trenches with the servers, making sure every diner was having a 5 star experience. The is the best of Baltimore.

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vipMelissaB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. If you book and have an event to attend after please give yourself 2+ hours for dining.

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vipGratefulDave
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great official last night for The Elephant, at least for now. The staff and owners rose to the occasion. Sad to see it go just when it was hitting its stride. The Building and Sacha's are open. Food, service, and the beautifjl building all came together for a wonderful time.

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Rick
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

A live and lovely crowd. Interesting people, extraordinary environment; overall a wonderful dining experience.

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MichaelF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and presented very artfully presented . Our waitress was outstanding I didn't catch her name. But we left a very generous tip.

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LeonardH
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We need the Elephant in Baltimore! We hope the current closure will be temporary!

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vipCocoamom
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this restaurant, so sorry it is closing.

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LisaD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a gem this restaurant is - the food and the historic building could not be better, the service is incredibly personal. Here is hoping that something can be worked out (like a loan or a new agreement with the investors) that will reopen the doors of this important Baltimore institution.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food really sad that we only just had our first visit! Everything we had was fantastic but the samoas were the best.

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KevinJ
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am going to miss this venue terribly. Such a shame to see it go.

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vipJody
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really lovely time at this restaurant. Great attentiveness by the wait staff and a visit from the manager/owner (?) made us feel very taken care of. It’s a little too pricey to frequent super often, but for a special occasion it’s really a wonderful dining experience.

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ishmaels
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, great food, and cool location. Would highly recommend.

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vipRuzi
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Haven't been to this restaurant since about 35 years ago! It is still so beautiful.. Although I wish they hadn't painted the bar area upstairs black. It detracts from the ornate walls and makes it look odd. I also did not like the director's chairs at the bar or the painting of bar specials on the mirrors behind the bar. This area would be better suited to straight up classical beauty rather than a low down bar like area. There is nothing low down about this exquisite building. Why not keep the walls a classic white paint replete with classic furnishings?

As far as the restaurant goes it was ok. I mean, it was good enough but not amazing. My husband enjoyed his more - but he had more options bc I am gluten free and there were not many options for that. Our waitress, however, was great and very personable. And the price was reasonable. This building is a piece of living history and I am glad its still around and has not been split up into apartments. However, I think it could look even better and the food could be better too. But that would take quite an investment.

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vipWorldTravelerFoodie
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Before the BSO concert- perfect!

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Leslie
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our food was excellent, but don't come here hungry unless you want to spend a bundle and a half. The helpings are small, which is fine; we did not leave stuffed. However, the prices are inappropriate for the size of the helpings.

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lizlaurel
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here early prior to a show at the Lyric - the building itself is beautiful - staff was very attentive while not hovering - turns out that our server, Hope, was the one who had called me to confirm we were coming - when she came to our table she remembered that I'd told her over the phone about our time issue - so props there - she also was very helpful in suggesting half-portions when she thought that was appropriate for the whole meal - the restaurant got a bit busy after we'd started eating, and yet she came right by when two in our party had gotten their meals and the others had not - made sure that was rectified.
Food was delicious - the richer items come in half-portions if you like - Hope explained every dish but not in a pretentious way - of course we had dessert - all portion sizes were very appropriate.

We would def go back.

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OhSoGood
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned to the Brass Elephant (now just Elephant) 25 years after holding our wedding reception there. All of the beautiful carved wood is still there, and the food is wonderful.

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vipCecilF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roddy and Anthony worked their magic as usual in the kitchen , service excellence by Lexi and owners presence and engagement made for another great dining experience at The Elephant.

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SamT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a classy atmosphere great service! And the bang bang shrimp is a must have! I will definitely be back!

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The Elephant is rated 4.3 stars by 613 OpenTable diners.