Elephant Walk, The - Cambridge

★★★☆☆
  • 2067 Massachusetts Ave

    Cambridge, MA 02140

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  • 617-492-6900

About Elephant Walk, The - Cambridge

Hours
Sun 5pm-9:45pm; Mon 5pm-9:45pm; Tue 5pm-9:45pm; Wed 5pm-9:45pm; Thu 5pm-9:45pm; Fri 5pm-9:45pm; Sat 5pm-9:45pm
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The food at the Elephant Walk's Waltham location is twice the price of the one in Cambridge. Fascinating. It's definitely just as tasty, though. To pretend you have your own private bar (a good spot to woo your honey), sit downstairs. I have a favorite bartender there - he introduced us to a very nice fernet and limoncello cocktail. (The limoncello totally transforms that liquor! Amazing!)

For food, try the avocat canthor (raw tuna, avocado, lemongrass) and the nataing (pork simmered in coconut milk with jasmine rice). The food isn't great all across the board, but the standouts and their unique flavors make up for it. Definitely try it before you judge.

I have never had to wait at this location, and the service was always very good.

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★★★★☆

The food at the Elephant Walk's Waltham location is twice the price of the one in Cambridge. Fascinating. It's definitely just as tasty, though. To pretend you have your own private bar (a good spot to woo your honey), sit downstairs. I have a favorite bartender there - he introduced us to a very nice fernet and limoncello cocktail. (The limoncello totally transforms that liquor! Amazing!)

For food, try the avocat canthor (raw tuna, avocado, lemongrass) and the nataing (pork simmered in coconut milk with jasmine rice). The food isn't great all across the board, but the standouts and their unique flavors make up for it. Definitely try it before you judge.

I have never had to wait at this location, and the service was always very good.

Pros: great menu, vegetarian, gluten free

Cons: occasionally uneven quality of food

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For some reason we had a difficult time finding vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants in Boston, and even in Cambridge. Went here after seeing a variety of tofu dishes on the menu. Honestly, most items were only on par with what you could find in any Thai restaurant--nothing special.

3
★★★☆☆

For some reason we had a difficult time finding vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants in Boston, and even in Cambridge. Went here after seeing a variety of tofu dishes on the menu. Honestly, most items were only on par with what you could find in any Thai restaurant--nothing special.

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My husband and I have dined at the Elephant Walk three times and each experience was worse than the last. The food is decent, though not at the calibur that the menu prices would suggest. While the menu is a Cambodian-French fusion, neither cuisine pops out and the "fusion" is good at best.

The service is terrible. Twice we encountered wait staff that was brusque and once we were served by an angry and foul-mouthed server who complained within earshot with explitives that would make your grandmother blush.

The restaurant itself is clean and has a nice atmosphere. It also has a decent wine list. But those two things don't make a restaurant. Friends of ours love The Elephant Walk, but to be honest, I don't know that they've experienced the other fine restaurants that Cambridge has to offer.

We have no plans to rush back anytime soon.

2
★★☆☆☆

My husband and I have dined at the Elephant Walk three times and each experience was worse than the last. The food is decent, though not at the calibur that the menu prices would suggest. While the menu is a Cambodian-French fusion, neither cuisine pops out and the "fusion" is good at best.

The service is terrible. Twice we encountered wait staff that was brusque and once we were served by an angry and foul-mouthed server who complained within earshot with explitives that would make your grandmother blush.

The restaurant itself is clean and has a nice atmosphere. It also has a decent wine list. But those two things don't make a restaurant. Friends of ours love The Elephant Walk, but to be honest, I don't know that they've experienced the other fine restaurants that Cambridge has to offer.

We have no plans to rush back anytime soon.

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A bit pricey, but happiness all around! A taste treat and also good atmosphere (but hard to park, of course). Varied and unique menu, with several choices. Ask the waitstaff for explanations of unfamiliar foods. Great experience!

5
★★★★★

A bit pricey, but happiness all around! A taste treat and also good atmosphere (but hard to park, of course). Varied and unique menu, with several choices. Ask the waitstaff for explanations of unfamiliar foods. Great experience!

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This restaurant offers French Cambodian Fare. Don't let this scare you, there are plenty of things to offer. I was nervous about what to order, but I found pleny of offerings to choose from. Expect to pay a little more for this fine restaurant with great service.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant offers French Cambodian Fare. Don't let this scare you, there are plenty of things to offer. I was nervous about what to order, but I found pleny of offerings to choose from. Expect to pay a little more for this fine restaurant with great service.

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This restaurant offers French Cambodian Fare. Don't let this scare you, there are plenty of things to offer. I was nervous about what to order, but I found pleny of offerings to choose from. Expect to pay a little more for this fine restaurant with great service.

4
★★★★☆

This restaurant offers French Cambodian Fare. Don't let this scare you, there are plenty of things to offer. I was nervous about what to order, but I found pleny of offerings to choose from. Expect to pay a little more for this fine restaurant with great service.

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I went to the Boston location and was let down. I had the three course prix fixe, and the fresh tomato salad first course was delicious, but then the same dish was served as a side with my lamb chops. I wish the waitress would have told me this so I could have tried a different first course. My lamb was fatty and chewy. Not a single bite was enjoyable. My boyfriend's breaded tuna steak should have been called "chicken-fried tuna." Saving grace: the wine pairing was lovely as was the chocolate cake. I had heard such good things, so I was really disappointed. I wouldn't go back.

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★★☆☆☆

I went to the Boston location and was let down. I had the three course prix fixe, and the fresh tomato salad first course was delicious, but then the same dish was served as a side with my lamb chops. I wish the waitress would have told me this so I could have tried a different first course. My lamb was fatty and chewy. Not a single bite was enjoyable. My boyfriend's breaded tuna steak should have been called "chicken-fried tuna." Saving grace: the wine pairing was lovely as was the chocolate cake. I had heard such good things, so I was really disappointed. I wouldn't go back.

Pros: Margaritas at Sol Azteca a few doors down

Cons: Mediocre service, bad lamb

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Great food, but NOT worth the wait of 45 minutes. People around us came and got fed well before we did...I should have left after 30 mins, it was unacceptable!! This was my first place in 27 years where I waited this long for food. We didn't receive an apology or anything during our wait, maybe a drink or additional dish would have been nice. A friend of mine said he has a similar experience at this location, so beware if you are hungry!

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★★☆☆☆

Great food, but NOT worth the wait of 45 minutes. People around us came and got fed well before we did...I should have left after 30 mins, it was unacceptable!! This was my first place in 27 years where I waited this long for food. We didn't receive an apology or anything during our wait, maybe a drink or additional dish would have been nice. A friend of mine said he has a similar experience at this location, so beware if you are hungry!

Pros: ambience, nice large windows, food

Cons: expensive, service

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The combination of French and Camdobian works!!! Tried a similar restuaurant in NYC, but this is much better!! It was pretty busy the night I went, but the service was quick and efficient.

2
★★★★☆

The combination of French and Camdobian works!!! Tried a similar restuaurant in NYC, but this is much better!! It was pretty busy the night I went, but the service was quick and efficient.

Pros: Good Portions, flavorful food!

Cons: Street Parking, lot in rear is really dark

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What used to be fine food and attentive service in a friendly and professional restaurant has turned into a production system designed to get you in and get you out as quickly as possible. The food was cold, poorly prepared, bland and uninteresting (the appetisers were tasteless). The wait staff did not ask me what I wanted to order - I actually had to remind her to do so. The dinner was over in 50 minutes and the check was promptly placed in the middle of the table. The reservation I had made was not recognised and the meal cost $85 for 2 entrees and one appetiser plus 2 glasses of wine. I noticed two other tables returning their food. Don't go there!

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★☆☆☆☆

What used to be fine food and attentive service in a friendly and professional restaurant has turned into a production system designed to get you in and get you out as quickly as possible. The food was cold, poorly prepared, bland and uninteresting (the appetisers were tasteless). The wait staff did not ask me what I wanted to order - I actually had to remind her to do so. The dinner was over in 50 minutes and the check was promptly placed in the middle of the table. The reservation I had made was not recognised and the meal cost $85 for 2 entrees and one appetiser plus 2 glasses of wine. I noticed two other tables returning their food. Don't go there!

Pros: nice decor, good location, friendly people

Cons: bad food, poor service, impersonal

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In general, this restaurant was uneven. Our service was lackluster, but the food was interesting. The pork rolls and tuna timbale was tasty; so was the black cod. Unfortunately, the duck curry came out cold, with a few stray pieces of duck and raw, underripe cabbage, the heel part of the cabbage you normally save for soup -- hardly worth $16. The chocolate truffle cake was more sugar than chocolate, the texture fudgey.

1
★★★☆☆

In general, this restaurant was uneven. Our service was lackluster, but the food was interesting. The pork rolls and tuna timbale was tasty; so was the black cod. Unfortunately, the duck curry came out cold, with a few stray pieces of duck and raw, underripe cabbage, the heel part of the cabbage you normally save for soup -- hardly worth $16. The chocolate truffle cake was more sugar than chocolate, the texture fudgey.

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After reading the reviews I almost changed our reservations but I am glad that I didn't! The food was great: creative, flavorful, good combinations. We recommend the duck with pears and the cambodian seafood custard dish. Also, get dessert, it was perfect! The wine was another story. The $35 bottle wasn't worth the import taxes!

As for service, it was not bad as other reviewers imply. It is simply continental. They expect you to come in before you are hungry and stay for a couple of hours going through the different courses, tasting the food. They didn't rush us or drop the bill on the table before we indicated that we were ready to go. We really appreciated our waitress who was attentive but not hovering.

We will go here again (though, being students, we may not be able to afford it for awhile).

2
★★★★☆

After reading the reviews I almost changed our reservations but I am glad that I didn't! The food was great: creative, flavorful, good combinations. We recommend the duck with pears and the cambodian seafood custard dish. Also, get dessert, it was perfect! The wine was another story. The $35 bottle wasn't worth the import taxes!

As for service, it was not bad as other reviewers imply. It is simply continental. They expect you to come in before you are hungry and stay for a couple of hours going through the different courses, tasting the food. They didn't rush us or drop the bill on the table before we indicated that we were ready to go. We really appreciated our waitress who was attentive but not hovering.

We will go here again (though, being students, we may not be able to afford it for awhile).

Pros: Food, Dessert, Ambience

Cons: Expensive, Bad Wine

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Here I expereinced the absolute WORST service of my life. It was a busy holiday so I didn't even mind waiting 30 min. after our reservations to be seated. I tried to be understanding of our server who clearly had too many tables. I wasn't even looking for exceptional service, I only wanted my food! Instead, we waited nearly 2 hours to receive any food at all. The room was almost 80 degrees (sat next to thermostat) and NO ONE served us water. It was noisy and hot, and the ambience downstairs was poor. It was absolutely terrible. The manager was "too busy" to see us! We felt completely ripped off at the end of the evening. We would have gotten better service at the Taco Bell across the street - at least we would have eaten before 10:30!

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★☆☆☆☆

Here I expereinced the absolute WORST service of my life. It was a busy holiday so I didn't even mind waiting 30 min. after our reservations to be seated. I tried to be understanding of our server who clearly had too many tables. I wasn't even looking for exceptional service, I only wanted my food! Instead, we waited nearly 2 hours to receive any food at all. The room was almost 80 degrees (sat next to thermostat) and NO ONE served us water. It was noisy and hot, and the ambience downstairs was poor. It was absolutely terrible. The manager was "too busy" to see us! We felt completely ripped off at the end of the evening. We would have gotten better service at the Taco Bell across the street - at least we would have eaten before 10:30!

Pros: tasty food

Cons: poor service, poor management, overpriced

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We had reservations and still waited for over an hour to be seated. When we asked why we were not being seated before others, who clearly arrived later than we did, the hostess tritely said, "we are busy." Although the manager apparently was aware of our situation, he seemed to avoid us and never appologized for the poor service we had received. Our waitress did a fine job, but the food was just average. You can eat much better food and get much better service elsewhere in Boston. Since our visit, several friends and coworkers have described similar experiences. This is by far the most overrated restaurant on citysearch!!!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

We had reservations and still waited for over an hour to be seated. When we asked why we were not being seated before others, who clearly arrived later than we did, the hostess tritely said, "we are busy." Although the manager apparently was aware of our situation, he seemed to avoid us and never appologized for the poor service we had received. Our waitress did a fine job, but the food was just average. You can eat much better food and get much better service elsewhere in Boston. Since our visit, several friends and coworkers have described similar experiences. This is by far the most overrated restaurant on citysearch!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Waitress was OK

Cons: reservations useless, mediocre food, poor service overall

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What a big disappointment. Besides the 5 elephant statues on top of the mantle in the main dining area nothing else about the place was Cambodian. The waiter had no knowledge of anything on the menu. Other than the time when I asked him the questions and when he asked us if we were ready to order, he did not speak to us at all. I ordered Lok Lak, it was gross. Maybe it was the French influence but its not authentic Cambodian cusine, the sauce wasnt even right for it. The noodle soup taste and look like it was instant noodle. The eggrolls were not fresh, it taste like it was defrosted and reheated for us. Dinner for two was $70, for that price youre better of driving to Lowell where the real authentic Cambodian restaurants are.

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★★☆☆☆

What a big disappointment. Besides the 5 elephant statues on top of the mantle in the main dining area nothing else about the place was Cambodian. The waiter had no knowledge of anything on the menu. Other than the time when I asked him the questions and when he asked us if we were ready to order, he did not speak to us at all. I ordered Lok Lak, it was gross. Maybe it was the French influence but its not authentic Cambodian cusine, the sauce wasnt even right for it. The noodle soup taste and look like it was instant noodle. The eggrolls were not fresh, it taste like it was defrosted and reheated for us. Dinner for two was $70, for that price youre better of driving to Lowell where the real authentic Cambodian restaurants are.

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If you like good Thai food, you'll like Elephant Walk. My friend and I had never had Cambodiene cuisine before until we tried Elephant Walk. It was delightful. Everything was delicious, including their cocktails. I would come again any time.

2
★★★★☆

If you like good Thai food, you'll like Elephant Walk. My friend and I had never had Cambodiene cuisine before until we tried Elephant Walk. It was delightful. Everything was delicious, including their cocktails. I would come again any time.

Pros: Food, Service

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Though Elephant Walk likes to bill itself as French-Cambodian, the hyphen probably should be replaced by an explanation: that this home-run hitting trio of restaurants actually offers not fusion cuisine but two wholly different menus, both…

 

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