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The Elephant

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3 & 4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
+44 1803 200044
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
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Exeter, Devon, UK.
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128 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a Christmas Present treat from my sister and it really was a treat! The service was the perfect mix of friendliness without being too intrusive. The tables are wonderfully arranged in this spacious restaurant, 10 out of 10 as our pet hate is the tables all very close together! The food was truly excellent, my starter of gravlax... More 

Thank Barbarasnell
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Enjoyable lunch with my wife and young daughter. The set menu wasn't grabbing me so went for the carte (in fairness, I usually do) and didn't regret it; the scallop starter was absolutely top draw followed by a very good venison dish although the apple tart tatin to finish wasn't quite on the same level flavour wise as what had... More 

Thank Astuteboy
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371 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can probably tell from my previous reviews that we enjoy coming here. The set lunch is without doubt the best in the bay. I have added some photos of our lunch dishes to the photo section for the restaurant. The staff are always very friendly and the food quality excellent and combined with the set menu pricing offers great... More 

Thank Clive F
Exeter, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful birthday lunch. Beautiful food, good value and a lovely relaxed environment. Would highly recommend!

Thank Nicola R
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149 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great cod dish and as always lovely sides of delicious vegetables. Highlight for me were the carrots with gingerbread, simple but effective. Set lunch offers good value, but the rest is fair as well. Nice wines by the glass

Thank Keith Makepeace
Torquay, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited in February for a birthday celebration and the food was excellent. The service was spot on and just the right balance between attentive but not intrusive. A nice touch with the birthday card and chocolate message on the dessert plate.

Thank Coopes63
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend and I had the most wonderful meal here. For us eating out is the whole experience, good food, wine, presentation and service. We tried the tasting menu with accompanying wine, which worked about £100/head, We had not planned to do the tasting menu until we arrived but given the proximity to mans nightmare day of the year.... V..... More 

Thank Alexis H
Hastings, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff were all very friendly and the food was beautifully presented. The wine list was good. Overall a good meal.

Thank LuxuriousNomad_com
Poole, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm rating The Elephant a strong 4.5 out of 5, so very good indeed but not quite excellent. The menu, food and quality of the wine was top-drawer, The cost is appropriate to the quality so expect to pay a fairy large amount for an evening out - We had a starter and main each and then shared a desert.... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely atmosphere. Friendly staff. We had the tasting menu. The food was cooked and presented beautifully. All locally sourced. Will definitely return. One thing I'd change is that I'm not the designated driver so I can enjoy the wine that was paired with the menu!!

Thank Charlco

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, View, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 & 4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay TQ1 2BH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 200044
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. Diners can enjoy a delicious à la carte menu and set menus featuring local and sustainable fish, meat and vegetables, sourced from the surrounding area, in an informal and attractive setting. For an extra special culinary treat opt for the tasting menu. Expect friendly and knowledegable service without the formalities. All our dishes change regularly depending on which locally grown and reared (many sourced from our dedicated farm) ingredients are at their best.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?