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Smiling Elephant

#109 of 1,697 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
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Nolensville, TN
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129 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was very crowded, but well worth the wait. Service was friendly and helpful. Thai food choices were broad and interesting and all very tasty. Large portions to share or take home.

Thank 2CanStan
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

I love Thai food!!! This place mentioned they had the best Pad Thai, I believe I've had better. I could be wrong! But I did not like the noodles. The cashew chicken was good but the Jasmine rice is served under the chicken and all the sauce so lost the special flavor since it was all drained in sauce. Servings... More 

Thank Stephanie M
United States
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Arrived before 11AM for lunch after finding this place online while searching for low-key places that are very good. There was plenty of parking at opening time, but the tables and parking spaces started filling up pretty quickly. The place is not very big. The food was excellent. I had the Pad Kra Pao with chicken (had them make it... More 

Thank gothaimviii
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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353 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Be prepared this place is packed for lunch.. but it's truly the best Thai in Nashville. I've been to Thailand, and their pad thai noodles were excellent along with the coconut soup. The waitress couldn't have been more helpful and was a sweetie.. I def recommend this as the best Thai restaurant in Nashville.. and in fact anywhere.. Also, they... More 

Thank susan s
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

After my visit to Thailand last year I became a Thai food fan. I order the pad Thai since is a classic in Thailand. It was good. I also order the sweet sticky rice but I wasn't impressed, I had better. Good ambiance to have dinner with friends. I fully recommend it.

Thank Arnold C
Nashville, Tennessee
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178 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The is one of the a great option for Thai in Nashville. Pad Thai is the best dish on the menu, out of this world.

Thank JMasonNashville
Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
153 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I was surprised at this place. I have heard good things, but I never fully believe others. however, this place is legit. The food is the start without a doubt. It is great, just amount of heat, and perfectly cooked. The staff is great, Very attentive to needs and perfectly happy, which makes you happy. The service is fast, and... More 

Thank georgeg844
Allendale, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Came back here a year after a first visit a year ago, and were not disappointed. Although the restaurant is always busy and the menu is limited, the food is excellent and the service comes with a smile.

Thank CEMike
Swansea, Illinois
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I passed this little gem as I was leaving Nashville and decided to stop in for lunch - jackpot! The building looked rather eclectic from the outside and the parking lot was a little small, but I am so glad I turned around and gave it a shot. This was some of the tastiest Thai I've ever had, and I've... More 

Thank AGQQD1
Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Fantastic experience. The service was friendly and informative. The food was prepared quickly and delicious with each bite. Very nice portion and affordable. Definitely would recommend anyone who wants a great Thai experience, to try the Smiling Elephant at least once.

Thank TrustM e

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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
opened in Nashville this year

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