The Smiling Elephant

Thai Restaurant
2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, United States
Open until 9:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–2:30 PM
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–2:30 PM
    • 4:30 PM–9:30 PM
  • Sat
    • 4:30 PM–9:30 PM
  • Sun
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
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Outdoor Seating:

Based on 138 votes

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  • What you need to know
    "Pad kra paw is awesome, but spicy"(3 Tips)
    David S.
    "Just had the Cashew chicken and it was amazing!! Highly recommend!"(4 Tips)
    Scott F.
    "Pad Thai and Red Curry are both outstanding"(7 Tips)
    Chris A.
    "Lemongrass soup = awesome."(2 Tips)
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  • Thai food
  • pad kra
  • pad Thai
  • cashew chicken
  • curry
  • tea
  • great value
  • authentic
  • lettuce wraps
  • Thai fried rice
  • dumplings
  • good for dates
  • free green tea
  • good service
  • casual
  • gourmet burgers
  • pomegranate juice
  • soup
  • cozy
  • comfort food
  • Sherie S.

    Pad thai is delicious. When you walk in you are hit with the aromas of genuine Thai cuisine.

    Sherie Swerdlow · 3 weeks ago
  • Simon G.

    It really is the best Thai food in Nashville -- unassuming and excellent.

    Simon Gideon · August 31
  • Grace's Chopsticks

    Red curry is on Friday!

    Grace's Chopsticks · February 18
  • Lucius P.

    The Pad Kra Pao is fantastic.

    Lucius Patenaude · November 18, 2014
  • Jake H.

    Their iced teas are delicious.

    Jake Handy · November 5, 2014
  • Elena S.

    BEST PAD THAI EVER. seriously. I wanted to snap a picture but as soon as it hit my table, the aromas overtook me.

    Elena Sanchez · November 4, 2014
  • Matthew R.

    Thursday & Friday, they have Khoa Ka Moo and it will be the best $14 bucks you ever spend in thai food. Big enough to serve 2. This dish is 5 stars!

    Matthew Rogers · October 17, 2014
  • Cory L.

    Pad Thai unreal!

    Cory Levinson · October 10, 2014
  • helenrae

    Charming, authentic Thai food in an old auto repair shop--a place you used to bring your beat-up old Volvo or Mercedes--now one of the only places in town for a decent Thai curry. Get the ginger tea!

    helenrae · September 5, 2014
  • Design*Sponge

    Some of my favorite Thai food in town. The pineapple cashew chicken is absolutely delicious. The drink options are limited, but they serve a different delicious curry every day. Read more

    Design*Sponge · August 3, 2014
  • Krissy R.

    Great service & food!

    Krissy R-Harris · June 28, 2014
  • Emily H.

    The coconut custard is one of the most delicious dishes I have EVER had. Definitely try it!!

    Emily Hannon · June 27, 2014
  • Corey S.

    You can order without cilantro! I had a curry rice entree gluten free and with no cilantro. Very fresh and unique taste; I am a fan!

    Corey Springer · June 19, 2014
  • James W.

    Cashew Tofu Thai Hot

    James Walker · May 27, 2014
  • Scott F.

    Pad Thai and Red Curry are both outstanding

    Scott Fortune · May 9, 2014
  • Yuvaraj S.

    Best thai fried rice

    Yuvaraj Sampath · February 9, 2014
  • theDr0ux

    Ive tried almost everything on the menu and never been disappointed. If you want a light lunch try larb lettuce wraps. Gai Jee is my favorite and the Pad Thai will make you never get it anywhere else.

    theDr0ux · February 4, 2014
  • Min K.

    Everything guuuud:-)

    Min Kim · December 27, 2013
  • Liz S.

    The Spring Rolls are great. Just get them.

    Liz Stanton · December 7, 2013
  • Nancy V.

    Get there early - by noon there is a 30 min wait.

    Nancy VanReece · November 25, 2013
  • Chris L.

    This is the best Thai I've had in Nashville this far

    Chris Long · November 7, 2013
  • Connie

    They don't serve booze

    Connie · October 19, 2013
  • theDr0ux

    Gai Yang and cashew chicken are my favorites followed by pad kra pow. Steamed veggie w/peanut sauce app is great.

    theDr0ux · July 3, 2013
  • Caleb B.

    The Lemongrass soup is an absolute must.

    Caleb Binkley · June 30, 2013
  • David S.

    Just had the Cashew chicken and it was amazing!! Highly recommend!

    David S · June 3, 2013
  • Catharine W.

    Come see Christina and Khan they're almost as awesome as the food!

    Catharine Watson · April 10, 2013
  • Jerry L.

    Get the "Dinner Set" the Coconut soup is AMAZING! Also, the curry is top notch!

    Jerry Lee · April 5, 2013
  • Andrea F.

    New Chicken Satay entree is delicious!

    Andrea Farr · March 27, 2013
  • City Saver

    Use your Nashville City Saver coupons to receive 50% off any lunch or dinner entrée (up to $5.45 value), or a free green tea or jasmine tea with the purchase of any entrée.

    City Saver · March 1, 2013
  • Makaili H.

    Definitely overrated... one note flavor. I would not recommend it.

    Makaili Hodge · December 27, 2012
  • Chris A.

    Lemongrass soup = awesome.

    Chris A · November 26, 2012
  • Meredith M.

    Cashew chicken dish is the BEST!

    Meredith McNeill · September 14, 2012
  • Raymond L.

    They don't take reservations so come early because they're popular!

    Raymond Liu · May 6, 2012
  • Luna N.

    We love this place:) Come try us for lunch or dinner if you like Gourmet Burgers and Fresh Fries and comfort food. We make it fresh daily:) Eat*Live*Love*Luna

    Luna Nashville · March 31, 2012
  • Wendy M.

    The owner grows his own bean sprouts. He'll give you a handful to try if you say you love bean sprouts (at least it worked for me:)

    Wendy Monday · March 14, 2012
  • Schuylar

    If you really want hot, tell them you want the hottest with more side hot. So good. So hot

    Schuylar · February 16, 2012
  • Wendy M.

    The small soup is $3.95, but the large is $10.95. You've been warned.

    Wendy Monday · January 4, 2012
  • Scott R.

    It's green curry tonight! Red is the best but Green is a tight 2nd.

    Scott Rouse · December 31, 2011
  • Schuylar

    Pad kra paw is awesome, but spicy

    Schuylar · December 5, 2011
  • kiran R.

    No Amex or discover here

    kiran Reddy · November 27, 2011
  • Tristan S.

    Everyone is always raving about this place so I tried it. Not impressed! The food is just hot... No flavor. My favorite thing about Thai food is the balance of all 4 flavors. Do not recommend

    Tristan Snyder · November 11, 2011
  • Mitch Grissim & Associates

    Get in early for dinner; the restaurant's seating capacity is fairly small. Lunch portions are the same as dinner portions, but a bit less expensive-- consider picking up your takeout dinner at lunch.

    Mitch Grissim & Associates · November 9, 2011
  • Logan B.

    They don't take AMEX so be prepared!

    Logan Bosemer · November 4, 2011
  • Tammy F.

    Try the fresh rolls, they are great.

    Tammy Free · November 2, 2011
  • Whitney R.

    Amazing lettuce wraps and dumplings!

    Whitney Reid · October 17, 2011
  • Nathan W.

    Don't expect great service, but get ready for amazing food. You won't be disappointed.

    Nathan Weinberg · August 27, 2011
  • T-Bone C.

    Get the Pomegranate Juice!!! So good!

    T-Bone Campbell · August 2, 2011
  • Grey G.

    The soup is awesome. It's a huge bowl so it's nice and filling. Get it with the lemongrass broth.

    Grey Garner · May 3, 2011
  • Daniel R.

    Love the curry here

    Daniel Rutherford · April 25, 2011
  • Meghana

    Best Thai food! Try the Curry w/ Fried Rice!

    Meghana · April 10, 2011

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