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elEFANTE Happy Restaurant & Bar

#178 of 15,925 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
Former French Concession
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DongHu Road 20 | Near to Huai Hai Road, Shanghai 200031, China
Name/address in local language
+86 21 5404 8085
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
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China
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for dinner on Xmas day and it was absolutely fantastic. The chef Carlos es exceptional and the dishes are simply delicious. We enjoyed the cannelloni and the dessert with different sort of melted chocolates and turron (spanish speciliaty) was amazing. I recommend booking in advance though we were lucky, Elefante is usually full. We will definitely come back!

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Thank Laura J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere great service,,delicious,, pretty expensive , but every body there is helpful and smiling

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Went out on a Fridaynight just 'the two of us' and decided to go to Elifante. We had high expectations because we really like El Will and Tomatito which are from the same 'chain'. It was Fridaynight, we made a reservation which wasn't necessary because the restaurant was nearly empty! We ordered a bottle of wine and a cold platter.... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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117 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

I was there on a Friday night. The area has now become a trendy spot with several bars around. Place was busy, and on outdoor terrace they also added a bar/truck . Compared to previous dinner I had there (I would say almost two years ago)..... I would say I preferred before. Service is a bit messy; manager is good,... More 

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Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

I liked almost everything there from the backyard outdoor terrace to the indoor hacienda type of structure the restaurant is made like: small areas, cozy feeling that make you enjoy the food even more. The cocktails are nice and out of the ordinary lists you can usually order. The food is tasty and simple. Nothing pretentious in the menu and... More 

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Overall a nice experience, especially because the place is nice. In the Summer, if not too hot, I like sitting outdoor in the silent patio, in a courtyard of the French Concession. I have been several times in this restaurant and twice the last two weeks. These last two weeks, I had the same tapas set menu but very different... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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120 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

We went to elEFANTE with a group of moms and babies. It was a nice clean air and sunny day and the restaurant reserved a table for us outside. There was enough space for all the strollers and in the beginning the staff was quite responsive and fast. The lunch special was yummy, though the portion is not big. However,... More 

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Went there last weekend and I must say things have gone downhill. I've been here a few times but the last trip left nothing to be desired. Food was not inspiring. 6 of us went with vary good previous experience. But no one left feeling it was a good dinner. Let's just say I can't really remember what I ate.... More 

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

The patio is really enjoyable, nice place, calm, you feel like you're out of Shanghai while in the centre of the french concession. We only tried tapas and salad: aspargus, beef pita, veal carpaccio, spicy pepper stuffed with ratatouille and mushroom salad. I can't say it was not good but I can say it was prepared with poorly fresh ingredients... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Absolutely loved this restaurant. Location was ideal, restaurant was beautifully decorated with a laid back Mediterranean vibe, the food was simply delicious and the staff were super friendly. I will definetly be coming back next time i am in shanghai and would highly recommend to anyone visiting!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 50
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: DongHu Road 20 | Near to Huai Hai Road, Shanghai 200031, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Former French Concession
  • Neighbourhood: Former French Concession
  • Phone Number: +86 21 5404 8085

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet, tree-lined avenues, French-style villas, interesting boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes that are not typical of China. All of these mix and mingle with local life as Chinese markets and lanehouse communities are peppered throughout. Denizens of the Former French Concession can spectate a mahjong game on the street or get their bike checked at a tiny bike repair store on the way to their refurbished apartment tucked away among Chinese family homes.
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