Elephant Walk

★★★★☆
  • 1415 Washington St

    Boston, MA 02118

    Cross street: At Park Dr, Kenmore Square To Brookline

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  • 617-247-1500

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We had a wonderful dinner, absolutely marvelous, and the manager was great, he accepted our Restaurant dot com coupon even though we weren't supposed to use it on a Saturday. However, we had the absolutely worst waitress ever. Very unfriendly, sour personality, and extremely slow. She never refilled our drinks, never asked how the meal was, and we had to flag down someone else to take our credit card because we were late for a movie, and she hadn't been by the table in more than 20 minutes.

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★★★★☆

We had a wonderful dinner, absolutely marvelous, and the manager was great, he accepted our Restaurant dot com coupon even though we weren't supposed to use it on a Saturday. However, we had the absolutely worst waitress ever. Very unfriendly, sour personality, and extremely slow. She never refilled our drinks, never asked how the meal was, and we had to flag down someone else to take our credit card because we were late for a movie, and she hadn't been by the table in more than 20 minutes.

Pros: Best food ever

Cons: Worst waitress ever.

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Great Food, nice and cozy environment. A good choice for the romantic dinner

2
★★★★★

Great Food, nice and cozy environment. A good choice for the romantic dinner

Pros: Great Food!

Cons: ...

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We went to the Beacon Elephant Walk after hearing generally positive things, but the only thing memorable was how absolutely horrible an experience we had. The food itself was boring but not awful. What did leave a bad taste in our mouths, however, was the atrocious service. I know this is Boston, where customer service isn't a top priority, but our server was either having an off night or should get out of the business of working with people. She was plain rude from the beginning of the meal to the end, never once introduced herself, smiled or did anything to make us feel appreciated. She bossed around the busser when she didn't like what he was doing, skipped over our table for 15 minutes when it was clear we had finished our meals and remained an absolutely miserable person throughout the evening. It was hands down the worst service I have ever received at any restaurant. Unless you enjoy feeling dejected and unworthy, I'd suggest steering clear.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to the Beacon Elephant Walk after hearing generally positive things, but the only thing memorable was how absolutely horrible an experience we had. The food itself was boring but not awful. What did leave a bad taste in our mouths, however, was the atrocious service. I know this is Boston, where customer service isn't a top priority, but our server was either having an off night or should get out of the business of working with people. She was plain rude from the beginning of the meal to the end, never once introduced herself, smiled or did anything to make us feel appreciated. She bossed around the busser when she didn't like what he was doing, skipped over our table for 15 minutes when it was clear we had finished our meals and remained an absolutely miserable person throughout the evening. It was hands down the worst service I have ever received at any restaurant. Unless you enjoy feeling dejected and unworthy, I'd suggest steering clear.

Pros: Got to leave when finished with meal

Cons: Miserable unfriendly service

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Dined here at the Boston location the other night for the first time. Everything on the menu looked great and it was a difficult decision. Although they say the cuisine is a "fusion" of Cambodian and French, the two are clearly separated on the menu. Although I really wanted to try an authenic Cambodian dish, I was tempted by the French rare, pan-seared tuna loin encrusted with bread crumbs; sliced over spiced red and green chili cream sauces with crisped pear and scallion ravioli. And yes, it tasted as good as it sounds. The tuna was cooked perfectly and the sweetness of the pear ravioli complemented the spicy chili sauces perfectly.

Highly recommended for people who are not afraid to step outside the box and try something different!

2
★★★★☆

Dined here at the Boston location the other night for the first time. Everything on the menu looked great and it was a difficult decision. Although they say the cuisine is a "fusion" of Cambodian and French, the two are clearly separated on the menu. Although I really wanted to try an authenic Cambodian dish, I was tempted by the French rare, pan-seared tuna loin encrusted with bread crumbs; sliced over spiced red and green chili cream sauces with crisped pear and scallion ravioli. And yes, it tasted as good as it sounds. The tuna was cooked perfectly and the sweetness of the pear ravioli complemented the spicy chili sauces perfectly.

Highly recommended for people who are not afraid to step outside the box and try something different!

Pros: Delicious

Cons: Parking tough, but valet was only $7

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The staff was fairly friendly, and the food was alright, but a bit pricey for the quality. I've been here four times so far, and they have been getting better each time. If your girlfriend likes chocolate, their chocolate torte is like foreplay for her.

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★★★☆☆

The staff was fairly friendly, and the food was alright, but a bit pricey for the quality. I've been here four times so far, and they have been getting better each time. If your girlfriend likes chocolate, their chocolate torte is like foreplay for her.

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I actually took a cooking class at Elephant Walk and it was really interesting. The French-Cambodian cuisine has some atypical ingredients but the chef explained each one along with its nutritional value to us all beforehand. Then we went into the kitchen and started cooking... and we actually got to do it ourselves and use their equipment! It was a lot of fun, I'd suggest gong in a group, and afterwards you get to eat the delicious meal you just prepared.

5
★★★★★

I actually took a cooking class at Elephant Walk and it was really interesting. The French-Cambodian cuisine has some atypical ingredients but the chef explained each one along with its nutritional value to us all beforehand. Then we went into the kitchen and started cooking... and we actually got to do it ourselves and use their equipment! It was a lot of fun, I'd suggest gong in a group, and afterwards you get to eat the delicious meal you just prepared.

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When it comes to French-Cambodian cuisine, there are very few restaurants names in Boston that come to mind besides the Elephant Walk restaurants in the back bay and Cambridge. With this in mind, we went specifically for the change in palate, and what a surprisingly nice dinner it was. The back bay restaurant is discretely located on the East end of the BU campus- not too flashy from the outside, but upon entering- the ambience is pleasantly fancy. It accommodates to a wide variety of clientele- business partners. first dates, girls' parties, family dinners and local restauranteurs. We went on the night of a big Patriots game; yet it was rather packed! The staff was friendly, attentive- yet not overly in-your-face. As for food- the menu consists of cambodian and french cuisine- which was actually to our surprise since we'd expected the trendy 'fusion-cuisine.' Both of us went with cambodian- starting with spring rolls and a raw tuna/avocado salad- both of which was quickly yet delicately prepared- not too salty but flavorful, and furthermore: unusually generous in portions! For entrees- we went with the traditional braised/steamed seafood stew and the sea scallops- both of which were nothing like what we could've ever imagined! Delicious, not too salty (which is unfortunately the case for many restaurants!), delicate balance of different flavors, well-portioned, and beautifully presented. The mashed edamame that came with the scallops was particularly memorable! We indulged so much in the appetizers and entrees that had no room for dessert ! This restaurant comes well-recommended. Another note: for the food quality, service and ambience- this restaurant is not over-the-top in prices!

2
★★★★☆

When it comes to French-Cambodian cuisine, there are very few restaurants names in Boston that come to mind besides the Elephant Walk restaurants in the back bay and Cambridge. With this in mind, we went specifically for the change in palate, and what a surprisingly nice dinner it was. The back bay restaurant is discretely located on the East end of the BU campus- not too flashy from the outside, but upon entering- the ambience is pleasantly fancy. It accommodates to a wide variety of clientele- business partners. first dates, girls' parties, family dinners and local restauranteurs. We went on the night of a big Patriots game; yet it was rather packed! The staff was friendly, attentive- yet not overly in-your-face. As for food- the menu consists of cambodian and french cuisine- which was actually to our surprise since we'd expected the trendy 'fusion-cuisine.' Both of us went with cambodian- starting with spring rolls and a raw tuna/avocado salad- both of which was quickly yet delicately prepared- not too salty but flavorful, and furthermore: unusually generous in portions! For entrees- we went with the traditional braised/steamed seafood stew and the sea scallops- both of which were nothing like what we could've ever imagined! Delicious, not too salty (which is unfortunately the case for many restaurants!), delicate balance of different flavors, well-portioned, and beautifully presented. The mashed edamame that came with the scallops was particularly memorable! We indulged so much in the appetizers and entrees that had no room for dessert ! This restaurant comes well-recommended. Another note: for the food quality, service and ambience- this restaurant is not over-the-top in prices!

Pros: Ambience, Service, Unique cuisine

Cons: You might need to make a reservation!

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After waiting a long time to find the time to go to this highly recommended restaurant, we were utterly disappointed. Service was ok at best with the waitress not being knowledgeable of any menu items to recommend. My dish was described as "Signature Cambodian dish", but fell short of being even close to average. The seafood was overly fishy and the flavors were unpleasantly pungent. My bf's lamb was ordered medium rare and came out borderline medium-well done. Prices were insanely overpriced and the authenticity of Cambodian food was far from met. We have had a lot of great, authentic Cambodian food in Long Beach, California for half the price, which leads us to ascertain that Elephant Walk is an overly hyped, overly priced, mediocre restaurant claiming to creatively infuse French with Cambodian food with absolutely no success. Perhaps they should try to master Cambodian food and French food individually before attempting to infuse the two together.
I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

After waiting a long time to find the time to go to this highly recommended restaurant, we were utterly disappointed. Service was ok at best with the waitress not being knowledgeable of any menu items to recommend. My dish was described as "Signature Cambodian dish", but fell short of being even close to average. The seafood was overly fishy and the flavors were unpleasantly pungent. My bf's lamb was ordered medium rare and came out borderline medium-well done. Prices were insanely overpriced and the authenticity of Cambodian food was far from met. We have had a lot of great, authentic Cambodian food in Long Beach, California for half the price, which leads us to ascertain that Elephant Walk is an overly hyped, overly priced, mediocre restaurant claiming to creatively infuse French with Cambodian food with absolutely no success. Perhaps they should try to master Cambodian food and French food individually before attempting to infuse the two together.
I would not recommend this place to anyone.

Pros: easily accessible

Cons: pricey, overrated, mediocre unauthentic food.

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I have been to this resturant many times when I have been in Boston on business and LOVED IT! Have always had great food and service. We recently moved to Boston and I was excited to bring my husband to one of my favorite resturants to much disappointment. Great atmosphere, however our waiter was the most incompetant person that I have ever experienced at a resturant. He took too long to bring our drinks (martinis not so cold) and the appetizer was also cold. The only good thing about the meal was the delicious wild boar that my husband ordered.

The service was so poor that our empty drink glasses sat at the table as the wine was poured and we ate our main course. It was impossible to get the waiter's attention. When we did get his attention it was like we were asking for his first born or something.

I will come back one more time, however I will make sure to request a more experienced waiter!

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★★★☆☆

I have been to this resturant many times when I have been in Boston on business and LOVED IT! Have always had great food and service. We recently moved to Boston and I was excited to bring my husband to one of my favorite resturants to much disappointment. Great atmosphere, however our waiter was the most incompetant person that I have ever experienced at a resturant. He took too long to bring our drinks (martinis not so cold) and the appetizer was also cold. The only good thing about the meal was the delicious wild boar that my husband ordered.

The service was so poor that our empty drink glasses sat at the table as the wine was poured and we ate our main course. It was impossible to get the waiter's attention. When we did get his attention it was like we were asking for his first born or something.

I will come back one more time, however I will make sure to request a more experienced waiter!

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All I have to say is that the staff was more than courteous and the let us stay a little past when they should have because we were so involved in our conversation. Food was excellent, and one last thing... LETTUCE WRAPS. Get 'em if you can....

2
★★★★★

All I have to say is that the staff was more than courteous and the let us stay a little past when they should have because we were so involved in our conversation. Food was excellent, and one last thing... LETTUCE WRAPS. Get 'em if you can....

Pros: Service, food

Cons: We ran out of time! Next time we know to make an earlier reservation.

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Having always walked in front of the Elephant Walk I had never even paid much attention to this restaurant. It wasn't until someone recommended it that I decided to try it out with my boyfriend. The idea of a Cambodian-French cuisine could sound like an particular mix but we were really pleasantly surprised. The appetizer was wonderful and so were our entrees (we had one french and one cambodian, both extremely tasty and original) and then ended with a typical french chocolate layer cake. With two glasses of wine it came out to about 90 dollars but it was absolutely worth it! the waiter was also extremely nice and helpful! great for dates and for anyone wanting to try something new!

2
★★★★★

Having always walked in front of the Elephant Walk I had never even paid much attention to this restaurant. It wasn't until someone recommended it that I decided to try it out with my boyfriend. The idea of a Cambodian-French cuisine could sound like an particular mix but we were really pleasantly surprised. The appetizer was wonderful and so were our entrees (we had one french and one cambodian, both extremely tasty and original) and then ended with a typical french chocolate layer cake. With two glasses of wine it came out to about 90 dollars but it was absolutely worth it! the waiter was also extremely nice and helpful! great for dates and for anyone wanting to try something new!

Pros: ambience, vegetarian/vegan friendly, service

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My friend and I made reservations so we could find out what a mixture of French and Cambodian cuisine would taste like. I ordered the duck and she ordered the lamb. We also had the cheese appetizer which was delicious! The waitstaff catered to our every need and were very friendly. The hardest part about eating at this restaurant is deciding which of the delectable entrees to order. The food and service were both perfect, but the atmosphere would probably be better suited to a couple on a date. Food this good is usually a lot more expensive, too!

2
★★★★★

My friend and I made reservations so we could find out what a mixture of French and Cambodian cuisine would taste like. I ordered the duck and she ordered the lamb. We also had the cheese appetizer which was delicious! The waitstaff catered to our every need and were very friendly. The hardest part about eating at this restaurant is deciding which of the delectable entrees to order. The food and service were both perfect, but the atmosphere would probably be better suited to a couple on a date. Food this good is usually a lot more expensive, too!

Pros: Exquisite Entrees

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We had a wonderful server who really made this a great dinner for the birthday guest of honor. Our reservation was honored with a prepared table set up with many pitchers of water. Our waitress was great; she was attentive and always polite despite our constant mind changing! The food was all unique and tasty - both french and cambodian. I loved my pomegranate margarita. My partner loved his french game hen. And we all loved each and every dessert.

2
★★★★☆

We had a wonderful server who really made this a great dinner for the birthday guest of honor. Our reservation was honored with a prepared table set up with many pitchers of water. Our waitress was great; she was attentive and always polite despite our constant mind changing! The food was all unique and tasty - both french and cambodian. I loved my pomegranate margarita. My partner loved his french game hen. And we all loved each and every dessert.

Pros: Tasty food, good server, yummy drinks

Cons: Pricey

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Ive been quite a few times now and I absolutely love this restaurant, the food is great! I love being able to switch from a cambodian soup to a french dinner. The tuna and filet mignon are so tasty! I have never had a bad experience here and im shocked to see so many unhappy reviews. The service is better than most restaurants in boston, but i guess it always depends on who you get as a server, I have my favorites :) It is a little pricy but it is a great place for a date. Me and my boyfriend love to go here. The food list and wine list are huge too. You can always find something that you would like. Definitely recommended

2
★★★★★

Ive been quite a few times now and I absolutely love this restaurant, the food is great! I love being able to switch from a cambodian soup to a french dinner. The tuna and filet mignon are so tasty! I have never had a bad experience here and im shocked to see so many unhappy reviews. The service is better than most restaurants in boston, but i guess it always depends on who you get as a server, I have my favorites :) It is a little pricy but it is a great place for a date. Me and my boyfriend love to go here. The food list and wine list are huge too. You can always find something that you would like. Definitely recommended

Pros: Service, Food, Valet Parking

Cons: Little Pricy

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This place is awesome for a date or with a group. They have a great eclectic menu and a great wine list. The service is also great. The waiter I had knew a great deal about the menu and wines. Try to go early for dinner and you won't wait very long.

2
★★★★★

This place is awesome for a date or with a group. They have a great eclectic menu and a great wine list. The service is also great. The waiter I had knew a great deal about the menu and wines. Try to go early for dinner and you won't wait very long.

Pros: good parking, great menu and wine

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The mouan kroeung was flavorless and the filet de saumon pane au gratin de choux-fleur was bland. My husband ordered the crevettes kep-sur-mer which was very flavorful. Our friend ordered the grilled baby back ribs with shanghai noodle which was very tasty. The service was slow from the get-go. We had to ask for her several times. At least she left the water pitcher so that we didn't have to keep asking for more. Very slow service. We won't return because of the slow service.

2
★★★★☆

The mouan kroeung was flavorless and the filet de saumon pane au gratin de choux-fleur was bland. My husband ordered the crevettes kep-sur-mer which was very flavorful. Our friend ordered the grilled baby back ribs with shanghai noodle which was very tasty. The service was slow from the get-go. We had to ask for her several times. At least she left the water pitcher so that we didn't have to keep asking for more. Very slow service. We won't return because of the slow service.

Pros: Parking is good, Quick seating, good bread

Cons: poor service, Bland food, Inattentive staff

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I loved the creative menu. The service was professional and the ambience is nice. I would go again for sure. The sauce on the steak was out of this world.

2
★★★★★

I loved the creative menu. The service was professional and the ambience is nice. I would go again for sure. The sauce on the steak was out of this world.

Pros: Wait staff, Value, Menu

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This restaurant offers fusion French-Cambodian cuisine. But don't be scared off by that! There are plenty of familiar dishes here. Some of the food resembles Thai. The restaurant isn't cheap, but it has a great atmosphere and excellent food. Their lunch menu is much cheaper, so if you're on a budget you might want to consider going at lunchtime. The service has is friendly and prompt.

PROS: Great food, exotic dishes, excellent service and atmosphere.
CONS: On the expensive side.

5
★★★★★

This restaurant offers fusion French-Cambodian cuisine. But don't be scared off by that! There are plenty of familiar dishes here. Some of the food resembles Thai. The restaurant isn't cheap, but it has a great atmosphere and excellent food. Their lunch menu is much cheaper, so if you're on a budget you might want to consider going at lunchtime. The service has is friendly and prompt.

PROS: Great food, exotic dishes, excellent service and atmosphere.
CONS: On the expensive side.

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Went in evening. Party of 4 well behaved adults ages 16-49. Despite a prior reservation a young female hostess looked perplexed/soure faced...let us wait 10 minutes although the place was not full. Had a male waiter with an obvious attitute...answered quetions about menue in a sarcastic/condscending grim. Noisy. Very average food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went in evening. Party of 4 well behaved adults ages 16-49. Despite a prior reservation a young female hostess looked perplexed/soure faced...let us wait 10 minutes although the place was not full. Had a male waiter with an obvious attitute...answered quetions about menue in a sarcastic/condscending grim. Noisy. Very average food.

Pros: good vale parking

Cons: service, overpriced

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This restaurant was really hyped up, but was overrated. The food was good, but very pricey. It is typical fusion food with some southeast asian flavors added in. The ambience is good, but again, you can find many other restaurants in Boston that are better.

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant was really hyped up, but was overrated. The food was good, but very pricey. It is typical fusion food with some southeast asian flavors added in. The ambience is good, but again, you can find many other restaurants in Boston that are better.

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This place is awesome. Both my date and I loved it.
I made reservations ahead of time, which i would suggest anyone to do. Our waitress was fantastic. We started with oysters (extremely fresh), and naitang (must try). We both ordered from the Cambodian selecions of the menu. Although i can't recall the names, they were both authentic, original, and extremely flavorful. We finished the meal by spliting the strawbery and banana crepes. You will not be dissapointed!!!!

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★★★★★

This place is awesome. Both my date and I loved it.
I made reservations ahead of time, which i would suggest anyone to do. Our waitress was fantastic. We started with oysters (extremely fresh), and naitang (must try). We both ordered from the Cambodian selecions of the menu. Although i can't recall the names, they were both authentic, original, and extremely flavorful. We finished the meal by spliting the strawbery and banana crepes. You will not be dissapointed!!!!

Pros: Great Food, Correct Portions, Atmosphere

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When you need a restaurant to impress someone with your worldliness, good taste and sense of adventure without breaking the bank, The Elephant Walk is the place to go! They have both French and Cambodian dishes so you can bring your boss or aunt, and they'll find something they like while you try the more exotic Cambodian food. And wait 'til you try it! Its like nothing else. Soooo good. And who is the handsome manager that walks around in the cool suits on the weekends? I love this place. Kudos to the owners and the staff!

2
★★★★★

When you need a restaurant to impress someone with your worldliness, good taste and sense of adventure without breaking the bank, The Elephant Walk is the place to go! They have both French and Cambodian dishes so you can bring your boss or aunt, and they'll find something they like while you try the more exotic Cambodian food. And wait 'til you try it! Its like nothing else. Soooo good. And who is the handsome manager that walks around in the cool suits on the weekends? I love this place. Kudos to the owners and the staff!

Pros: nice staff, NEW Food, Good Value

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Elephant Walk is always a reliable place to take someone that you want to impress. The service is always really great, the drinks/bar is excellent. The wine list is first rate.

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★★★★★

Elephant Walk is always a reliable place to take someone that you want to impress. The service is always really great, the drinks/bar is excellent. The wine list is first rate.

Pros: convenient location

Cons: must make reservation

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This is an excellent, lively restaurant featuring terrific food that blends Cambodian and French traditions. Everything tates great! Service is prompt and with a smile. It's particularly a cool place because you can go there early in the evening for a fun family meal with the wife and kids or late at night for a romantic rendevous with the girlfriend (not that you should have both). Enjoy!

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★★★★★

This is an excellent, lively restaurant featuring terrific food that blends Cambodian and French traditions. Everything tates great! Service is prompt and with a smile. It's particularly a cool place because you can go there early in the evening for a fun family meal with the wife and kids or late at night for a romantic rendevous with the girlfriend (not that you should have both). Enjoy!

Pros: valet parking

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Whenever I am taking new friends out to a restaurant, I always take them to Elephant Walk. The reason? Because they always have great food, very reasonably priced, with terrific service from the hostess to the waiters to the manager. Make sure you try the chumalaya when you're there next. What a great drink!

2
★★★★★

Whenever I am taking new friends out to a restaurant, I always take them to Elephant Walk. The reason? Because they always have great food, very reasonably priced, with terrific service from the hostess to the waiters to the manager. Make sure you try the chumalaya when you're there next. What a great drink!

Pros: Great Food, Reasonably Priced, Valet Parking

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The place is nice. The waitstaff is pleasant, but we waited a looong time for our entrees. They did give us dessert on the house for that faux pas, however, which more than compensated. They have this option on some entrees, small or large portions - get the large if you're hungry. The food was pretty good, no complaints, but nothing to rave about.

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★★★☆☆

The place is nice. The waitstaff is pleasant, but we waited a looong time for our entrees. They did give us dessert on the house for that faux pas, however, which more than compensated. They have this option on some entrees, small or large portions - get the large if you're hungry. The food was pretty good, no complaints, but nothing to rave about.

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I first experienced the food here 6 years ago-and have returned many times since. The food is always wonderful and the decor is simple and smart. I have taken friends and relatives, never fearing that they will be dissapointed-and they never are.

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★★★★★

I first experienced the food here 6 years ago-and have returned many times since. The food is always wonderful and the decor is simple and smart. I have taken friends and relatives, never fearing that they will be dissapointed-and they never are.

Pros: valet, great food, good for groups

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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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