The Smiling Elephant

Thai Restaurant$$$$
Nashville
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  • Schuylar
    "Pad kra paw is awesome, but spicy"(3 Tips)
    Scott F.
    "Pad Thai and Red Curry are both outstanding"(11 Tips)
    David S.
    "Just had the Cashew chicken and it was amazing!! Highly recommend!"(5 Tips)
    Grey G.
    "I always order the daily curry and it's awesome every time."(2 Tips)
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  • Riding B.
    Riding BeanJune 10, 2016
    Pad Thai is all had time for passing through Nashville. One thing for sure they met my heat requirement. Have to special ask for above the hottest they offer. The red pepper was Crimson to dark brown.
  • helenrae
    helenraeSeptember 5, 2014
    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!
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RogersOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • theDr0ux
    theDr0uxFebruary 4, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Luna N.
    Luna NashvilleMarch 31, 2012
    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
  • Zach G.
    Zach GibsonOctober 19, 2016
    I was concerned with the authentic Chicken Pad Thai at first because I usually eat “Americanized” Asian food, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was super good!
  • Corey
    CoreyJune 19, 2014
    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!
  • Sherie S.
    Sherie SwerdlowSeptember 18, 2015
    Pad thai is delicious. When you walk in you are hit with the aromas of genuine Thai cuisine.
  • Wendy M.
    Wendy MondayMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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:)
  • 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.
  • City Saver
    City SaverMarch 1, 2013
    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.
  • Paolo B.
    Paolo BaroneAugust 4
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food! Definitely and by far the best Thai I found around Nashville. Highly recommended
  • theDr0ux
    theDr0uxJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Gai Yang and cashew chicken are my favorites followed by pad kra pow. Steamed veggie w/peanut sauce app is great.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HannonJune 27, 2014
    The coconut custard is one of the most delicious dishes I have EVER had. Definitely try it!!
  • Elena S.
    Elena SanchezNovember 4, 2014
    BEST PAD THAI EVER. seriously. I wanted to snap a picture but as soon as it hit my table, the aromas overtook me.
  • Jerry L.
    Jerry LeeApril 5, 2013
    Get the "Dinner Set" the Coconut soup is AMAZING! Also, the curry is top notch!
  • Moe D.
    Moe DexlerOctober 10, 2016
    Different curry everyday. If you have a favorite, make sure you get here on the correct day.
  • Simon G.
    Simon GideonAugust 31, 2015
    It really is the best Thai food in Nashville -- unassuming and excellent.
  • Schuylar
    SchuylarFebruary 16, 2012
    If you really want hot, tell them you want the hottest with more side hot. So good. So hot
  • Beth L.
    Beth LawrenceOctober 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pad Thai here is soooo good, and I don't even like Pad Thai! This is the best Thai restaurant in the city!
  • Grey G.
    Grey GarnerMay 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The soup is awesome. It's a huge bowl so it's nice and filling. Get it with the lemongrass broth.
  • Caleb B.
    Caleb BinkleyJune 30, 2013
    The Lemongrass soup is an absolute must.
  • Joy J.
    Best Pad Thai in town. Order the chicken instead of the shrimp.
  • Scott F.
    Scott FortuneMay 9, 2014
    Pad Thai and Red Curry are both outstanding
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Lauren
    LaurenSeptember 27
    Love the red curry. It's a shame it's only on Fridays. The tea here is the best.
  • Grey G.
    Grey GarnerFebruary 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I always order the daily curry and it's awesome every time. Highly recommended.
  • Nancy V.
    Nancy VanReeceNovember 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early - by noon there is a 30 min wait.
  • David S.
    David SJune 3, 2013
    Just had the Cashew chicken and it was amazing!! Highly recommend!
  • Liz S.
    Liz StantonDecember 7, 2013
    The Spring Rolls are great. Just get them.
  • Lucia P.
    Lucia PricocoJuly 28
    Been here 5+ times
    I loved the pad Thai not sweet and sticky at all
  • Catharine W.
    Catharine WatsonApril 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come see Christina and Khan they're almost as awesome as the food!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WeinbergAugust 27, 2011
    Don't expect great service, but get ready for amazing food. You won't be disappointed.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RouseDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    It's green curry tonight! Red is the best but Green is a tight 2nd.
  • Raymond L.
    Raymond LiuMay 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They don't take reservations so come early because they're popular!
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FarrMarch 27, 2013
    New Chicken Satay entree is delicious!
  • Andrew Y.
    Andrew YeeSeptember 30, 2016
    Everything my group of 4 had was incredible. Go with your gut. Don't skip dessert.
  • Lucius
    LuciusNovember 18, 2014
    The Pad Kra Pao is fantastic.
  • Meghana
    MeghanaApril 10, 2011
    Best Thai food! Try the Curry w/ Fried Rice!
  • Jake H.
    Jake HandyNovember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Their iced teas are delicious.
  • Tristan S.
    Tristan SnyderNovember 11, 2011
    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
  • Rose P.
    Rose PerezJuly 20
    The veggie dumplings on point.
  • Becca L.
    Becca LynneOctober 26, 2015
    Curry of the day. Any day. Yum!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LongNovember 7, 2013
    This is the best Thai I've had in Nashville this far
  • Michael A.
    Michael AshbyMay 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Always ask about the curry special of the day. Panang is my favorite.
  • T-Bone C.
    T-Bone CampbellAugust 2, 2011
    Get the Pomegranate Juice!!! So good!
  • Tammy F.
    Tammy FreeNovember 2, 2011
    Try the fresh rolls, they are great.
  • Meredith M.
    Meredith McNeillSeptember 14, 2012
    Cashew chicken dish is the BEST!
  • David G.
    David GrayDecember 19, 2015
    Daily curry. It's all good.
  • Grace's Chopsticks
    Grace's ChopsticksFebruary 18, 2015
    Red curry is on Friday!
  • Pedro T.
    Pedro TDecember 23, 2016
    Everything
  • Scott L.
    Cashew Chicken was amazing!
  • Chris A.
    Chris ANovember 26, 2012
    Lemongrass soup = awesome.
  • Whitney R.
    Whitney ReidOctober 17, 2011
    Amazing lettuce wraps and dumplings!
  • Wendy M.
    Wendy MondayJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The small soup is $3.95, but the large is $10.95. You've been warned.
  • James W.
    James WalkerMay 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Cashew Tofu Thai Hot
  • Logan B.
    Logan BozNovember 4, 2011
    They don't take AMEX so be prepared!
  • Krissy R.
    Krissy R-HarrisJune 28, 2014
    Great service & food!
  • Schuylar
    SchuylarDecember 5, 2011
    Pad kra paw is awesome, but spicy
  • Cory L.
    Cory LevinsonOctober 10, 2014
    Pad Thai unreal!
  • Yuvaraj S.
    Yuvaraj SampathFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best thai fried rice
  • Min K.
    Min KimDecember 27, 2013
    Everything guuuud:-)
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 19, 2011
    Try the Massaman Curry
  • Cristina D.
    Cristina DordasJuly 13, 2016
    Not so good as one would expect after reading all reviews. Too expensive.
  • Bob K.
    Bob KnestrickFebruary 21, 2016
    The special
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RutherfordApril 25, 2011
    Love the curry here
  • Dave D.
    Dave DelaneyMarch 24, 2011
    Extra parking around back.
  • Beth D.
    Beth DowneyJuly 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Thai restaurant in Nashville!
  • kiran R.
    kiran ReddyNovember 27, 2011
    No Amex or discover here
  • Emily P.
    Emily PulisJuly 2, 2010
    Hibiscus honey tea. Delicious.
  • Connie
    ConnieOctober 19, 2013
    They don't serve booze
  • Henry N.
    Henry NicholsMarch 24, 2010
    BEST Thai food in the city!
  • Makaili H.
    Makaili HodgeDecember 27, 2012
    Definitely overrated... one note flavor. I would not recommend it.
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