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Smiling Elephant

2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2205
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“thai food” (45 reviews)
“curry” (14 reviews)
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Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2205
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service here was very good. We loved that this is not a chain (so hard to find here). It felt authentic, and the Pad Thai was excellent. Unfortunately the curry had dry (over cooked) pork and a bit too much cucumber.

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like everything I've eaten there. But if you do not usually eat desserts, try the sticky rice in a banana leaf, especially if they have fresh mango to serve with it. Pad Kra Pao and Pad Thai are my favorites. The food is fresh,...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious! So glad I had a local with me otherwise I doubt I would have found this spot. I will be back and soon!

Thank Christiana H
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Good food. A tad high in price but the meal was filling (not left hungry.) Parking is awful and wait time can be rather long. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there but if you're in the neighborhood it's a good place...More

Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Out of the 5 different courses that we ordered I could find one that deserved a 3/5 stars. The drink as well where just awful. I can't believe this place has such a high rating.

Thank Francesco M
SmilingElephant, General Manager at Smiling Elephant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

We apologize for the experience that you had at our restaurant. If you will let me know directly (thaifood@thesmilingelephant.com) about the experience you had at the restaurant, I will speak with our staff to see how we can improve. Thank you!

Reviewed 13 July 2017

If this place had a better building/parking situation it would be a 5 all day, but parking is rough. A few spots up front and then more down a hill to the back that only has room for 1 car to fit in and out...More

Thank Wolfie913
Reviewed 27 June 2017

We eat here every opportunity we have. The owners are very nice and the wait staff and cooks are helpful and efficient. The Thai food is the best I've had since I visited Thailand itself long ago. We live 90 miles away but this place...More

Thank travelinggrandm0m
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Stopped here after reading good reviews. Delicious, authentic Pad Thai. The steamed chicken dumplings are not to be missed. Great staff and service. Limited seating. Went early and didn't have to wait. Will be back next time we are in Nashville!!!

Thank Beth G
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

I love the food here. The pad Thai is what I think of for traditional pad Thai. It is not the sweet type most places have. I had the spring rolls - great, lettuce wraps - great and pad Thai - great. I wish parking...More

Thank Phillip P
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Not a fancy place to eat but the food was very good and the prices very reasonable. I was not impressed with the desert menu

Thank ALAN C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2205
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Davidson County  >  Nashville
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opened in Nashville this year
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