We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

White Elephant Thai Cuisine

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
50 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA
11:00 - 21:30
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 29: English reviews
Level Contributor
26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Ok. This is not the worst Thai food. Close. BUT. How hard is it to cook Pad Thai noodles? ? AND if you have issues MSG like me, STAY AWAY. They should be light and fluffy and flavorful whether you like coconut milk or peanut flavor or not. The noodles I was served were gluggy and heavy and actually flavorless.... More 

Thank mike h
Level Contributor
162 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Stopped here on the way to Big Sur and loved the food, decor, prices, and the friendly conversation with the owner. Right on the way to Big Sur of scenic drive on 1. Great presentation and flavor.

Panama City, Panama
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Best Thai I've had in years! Wonderful personnel, great service and prices are reasonable. The hostess/waitress/cook was amazingly efficient. She added a little of her style of cooking to each dish making them unique.

Thank Karen D
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
71 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

The food was just OK. Service was friendly. I probably wouldn't go back though. There seemed to be quite a few people ordering take-out, so maybe I just had a bland dish.

Thank AtlKev
Columbia, South Carolina
Level Contributor
18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

I almost always order Pad Thai and this was excellent and spicy. What makes the experience unique is that we were served by the owner/chef. I enjoyed speaking with her, and she spoke with each table thruout our meal. My wife tho found her smothering. The coconut ice cream was a real treat.

Thank Herb1953
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

One of my favorite restaurants on the west coast. Have to come here every time I am around. Pam is so down to earth and such a great owner. The food is awesome, especially the coconut custard dessert. I usually get a couple to bring back home.

Thank Nazar D
Level Contributor
49 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Being from the South East Asia region, I am very familiar with Thai food. In my travels I usually look for Thai restaurants. I stumbled upon this restaurant driving to Half Moon Bay. We were a party of 6, ranging from Thai food lovers to new to Thai food. I met the owner, Pam and she was very accommodating. Dishes... More 

Thank Sue Y
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

Having had experiences amazing Thai food else where. It's upsetting to move to a small town with 3 Thai places and so far 2 out of the 3 have sucked. The Phai Thai here was gross. Tasted like water downed spaghetti noodles with some spices. Our table was broken. Our cups were dirty. Our service sucked. Heart broken over trying... More 

Thank Jesscali89
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2016

We have eaten here several times and have always had excellent food. The owner also grown her own herbs and will often have hand-crafted tea available. It's delicious. We look forward to returning.

Thank Teisha H
Half Moon Bay, California
Level Contributor
147 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2015

I say "puzzlingly" because I saw several bad reviews for this restaurant. I brought a group of eight of us there, and it was delightful. The food tasted excellent. They were very accommodating to prepare several gluten free dishes. The staff was friendly and attentive. We were there early (about 6pm) and it wasn't very crowded. We had a very... More 


Travellers who viewed White Elephant Thai Cuisine also viewed

Half Moon Bay, CA
Half Moon Bay, CA
Half Moon Bay, CA
Half Moon Bay, CA

Been to White Elephant Thai Cuisine? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
Brand new restaurant -- opened 12/17/2010. In the Safeway plaza in Half Moon Bay, CA. 650-726-6610

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from White Elephant Thai Cuisine staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?