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Smiling Elephant

2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2205
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“thai food” (46 reviews)
“cashew chicken” (14 reviews)
“curry” (14 reviews)
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Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2205
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I tried the Pad Thai that they’re supposed to be famous for but I was disappointed. I’ve had better especially coming from Chicago area which is a “foodie” city. The place also has very poor parking accessibility which they need to improve.

Thank Shirley M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is a good deal (price, taste, location, and food!). I bought the chicken satay, and I say OMG !! For sure that I will come back!

Thank Oscar S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a busy place in what appears to be a converted home. Different rooms to sit in, kitchen open to see what's being cooked and a quaint atmosphere (to me anyway). Friendly staff with prompt refills on drinks. I came here with co-workers on a...More

Thank nittanydave
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is NOT the "Best Thai food in Nashville"! Not even close. The chicken was dry like it was from the day before. There was no spice, even though I ordered it medium spice. I know my Thai food, having worked in Thailand and this...More

Thank fizzy1991
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

The service here was very good. We loved that this is not a chain (so hard to find here). It felt authentic, and the Pad Thai was excellent. Unfortunately the curry had dry (over cooked) pork and a bit too much cucumber.

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I like everything I've eaten there. But if you do not usually eat desserts, try the sticky rice in a banana leaf, especially if they have fresh mango to serve with it. Pad Kra Pao and Pad Thai are my favorites. The food is fresh,...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Delicious! So glad I had a local with me otherwise I doubt I would have found this spot. I will be back and soon!

Thank Christiana H
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Good food. A tad high in price but the meal was filling (not left hungry.) Parking is awful and wait time can be rather long. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there but if you're in the neighborhood it's a good place...More

Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Out of the 5 different courses that we ordered I could find one that deserved a 3/5 stars. The drink as well where just awful. I can't believe this place has such a high rating.

Thank Francesco M
SmilingElephant, General Manager at Smiling Elephant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

We apologize for the experience that you had at our restaurant. If you will let me know directly (thaifood@thesmilingelephant.com) about the experience you had at the restaurant, I will speak with our staff to see how we can improve. Thank you!

Reviewed 12 July 2017

If this place had a better building/parking situation it would be a 5 all day, but parking is rough. A few spots up front and then more down a hill to the back that only has room for 1 car to fit in and out...More

Thank Wolfie913
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
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opened in Nashville this year
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