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Smiling Elephant

#107 of 1,676 Restaurants in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
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2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2205
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
Open now
All hours
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Denver, Colorado
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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We are new to Nashville, so one of our first questions was to ask where we could find the best Thai food. From several different circles we heard, "The Smiling Elephant, hands down." My husband and kindergartner and I headed there one evening and were not disappointed. The staff was short that night, but the food did not disappoint, whatsoever.... More 

Thank AdrienneGraves
Nashville, Tennessee
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This small restaurant is a gem, both food and service. I love curry dishes so selected their daily curry (they offer a different curry flavor each day) and it was Karee Curry. I've not had it before and loved the light, almost citrusy flavor. I'm looking forward to returning soon to try something else new! Only downside is the size... More 

Thank sallyntn
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On my two visits to Nashville, I found it worthwhile to drive extra miles to dine at the Smiling Elephant! Great soup and Pad Kee Mow.

Thank Don H
Owatonna Minnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Authentic Thai food. The owners took the time to chat with us. Even went so far as to bring a plate of veggies in the shape of a smiley face for our 3 year old grandson. The daily curry special is spot on. The place is small and personal. Parking isn't the best. Off hours dining is your best bet... More 

Thank Maroon141
Little Rock, Arkansas
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43 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Started off with the basil peanut rolls based on other reviewers - was not disappointed. Very fresh and tasty. Also had the chicken dumplings appetizer. Also excellent. I got the chicken pad Thai with rice noodles. It was very flavorful and not too spicy. So good. Husband got the daily special - panang curry. The waitress said it would be... More 

Thank qwert12341
beamsville, ON
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We had dinner here after spending the day touring Nashville. Great place for Thai food, place was busy but we were seated right away. Good menu at a good price. Loved the Curry

Thank eezydivr
Pensacola, Florida
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We ate here on a busy weekend, so had a short wait. It was pleasant outside and many other groups were laughing and talking. We were able to look at menus and decide on our favorites. Once seated, service was fast and efficient and the food was excellent. We loved the daily curry chicken and pad thai. The curry was... More 

Thank Stephen K
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Authentic Thai in easy atmosphere. Nice vibe, good eats and enjoyable night. It is bustling so expect a bit of a wait for a table.

Thank kashbach2016
Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Hands down the best Thai food I have had in a couple of years!! Veggie Rolls and Dumplings were some of the best, ever. Must go kinda place!

Thank Aaron A
Nashville, Tennessee
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252 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

I stopped by for lunch on a whim, although I'd been meaning to go for months. The staff are incredibly friendly and my food came out very quickly. I started with the steamed vegetable dumplings, loved them. I ordered the chicken Pad Kee Mao with the green bean noodles. The noodles were good, but are a little harder to eat... More 

Thank greengirl68

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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)  >  Nashville
opened in Nashville this year

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