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Red Elephant Restaurant

4 star rating 16 reviews

Telephone 03-377 1122

5 Pilgrim Place
Near Hoyts, Off Moorhouse Avenue
Christchurch Central

Thai, Family, Asian, Health Food
Lunch: Mon - Sat 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner: Mon - Sun 5pm - 10pm
Provided by business


Red Elephant Thai Restaurant offers a mixture of Authentic Thai cuisine and culture from Sukhothai, Thailand. ~~ UNIQUE, TRADITIONAL KANTOK SEATING AREA: Aside from the usual table & chairs throughout our large restaurant, we also offer traditional style dining in our Kantok area which is great fun to try for a different style of dining. (Cushions for seating, around low tables). ~~ KARAOKE FUN: Red Elephant is continuing its popular Karaoke tradition on Friday and Saturday nights. About 9 to 9:30pm, after diners have finished eating, microphones are quietly turned on, and the karaoke books start to circulate the room. Entertainment plus! As the night goes on, the fun continues as dining patrons typically get into the swing of it… it’s quite a party by the end of each night! ~~ NEW FOCUS ON EXCELLENT SERVICE: With the arrival of Red Elephant’s new management in Spring 2013, the team is now dedicated to having staff provide an excellent experience for you. ~~ GREAT FOR GROUPS Due to the large size of our beautiful restaurant; our excellent Authentic Thai cuisine; and a focus on hosting people to have a wonderful time, we happily welcome large groups to dine with us. ~~ Bookings are recommended for Friday and Saturday nights.


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More Information

Bar & Brasseries, Bistros, Restaurants, Takeaway / Fast Food
Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
BYO, Corkage Charge
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
Meals Served:
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Red Elephant Restaurant

4 star rating
by Eleanor W.
16th May 2014

We Love this place and visit most times when we go ten pin bowling. Fabulous atmosphere, wonderful food, polite staff, clean loo’s, really great Karaoke. Nights to remember.

4 star rating
by Saffron Y.
2nd February 2014

Love this place pretty good and pretty cheap and survive was ok

3 star rating
by Lloyd G.
31st January 2014

Went here with a birthday group.

Food is what you would expect from most hole in the wall kiwi Thai restaurants. If small pieces of meat etc in a bowl of sauce/curry spins your wheels, tuck in!

Service was attentive and friendly.

Environment was traditional Thai.

Standout of the evening and a great point of difference was the karaoke that started later in the evening. Even the owner did a cameo… a real blast.

2 star rating
by Heidi H.
19th January 2014

This place had been recommended to me by a friend, so when I was invited there for another friends birthday I was looking forward to a great experience. However I got the exact opposite, all orders are taken with a name, I hadn’t got my meal 20 minutes after the last person was served, I asked how much longer it would be, turns out my meal had been totally left off! I got my meal 30 minutes after the last person and most by this stage were finishing up. They were not busy and although they apologized I was charged full price! I was incredibly annoyed by this and will not return. The food however was good.

5 star rating
by Mike B.
3rd November 2013

We have been going to the Red Elephant for many years and have had nothing but fantastic food and service every time we go. This is without doubt the best Thai food in the city. The hot sizzling dishes are especially good. They do try new dishes and flavours and you can set your own hotness levels e.g Thai hot and kiwi hot etc but surely that is why you go to ethnic restaurants. We love family restaurants and once the big groups go they love talking about home and family with customers. Cool as.

5 star rating
by hakusama8
2nd July 2013

visited my friend at Christchurch and they brought me to have Thai food here. My first time to try Thai food. It was delicious! I ordered king prawn cashew nut. My friend ordered black pepper and garlic. It was also nice. Great food and friendly staff!

Definitely back here again when I visit Christchurch.

3 star rating
by Stephanie G.
1st February 2013

Good food but the service is terrible. They first forgot our table (after an hour and a half of waiting) then only bought 3/5 dishes out, forgetting 2 people again!!! They reluctantly after a heated discussion gave us a 50% discount which was appreciated. Subsequent visits after have been better. I would go again but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

5 star rating
by Dave B.
17th January 2013

Four of us dined here recently on a quiet Tuesday evening. It was the first time that we had used the Red Elephant for a number of months and we were all delighted to find that the standard of food was, if anything, better than we had come to expect from previous visits. We ordered fresh spring rolls (which were delicious), followed by tom yum soup which was as good as we have ever had and better than most. Main courses were: pork larb, duck curry and a beef and holy basil dish. We asked for the meals to be kiwi hot and were delighted at the spiciness that was presented. All meals were excellent in taste with fresh flavours. A truly enjoyable experience.

1 star rating
by Jodie M.
2nd October 2012

We went for a birthday dinner, there were 14 altogether, we had to ask three times for wine glasses and waited 40 mins for the menus to be dumped on the table. When the food came we sent 3 plates back because they were cold. They came back half an hour later still cold and with some missing of their plate. my duck was really beautiful but the service was terrible, we won’t be back

1 star rating
by Michael
22nd August 2011

What a terrible experience, the food was very average with not a lot of taste at all, the chicken was extremely difficult to find, the Red Elephant has certainly had better days, the area outside the front could be nice if it was tidied up and some decent chairs and tables were put there, half of the plants were dead!!!

What has happened, has their been a change of ownership? the Red Elephant should smarten up its act if it wants to stay open!!

5 star rating
by Aye D.
29th June 2011

I went there last week. Love Phai Thai, Tom Yum Soup and awesome whole of fish with lime sauce It’s not too spicy. I had a great time with kareoke. If you like to sing a song. Don’t miss RED ELEPHANT. That’s fantastic Thai food and good service. Let’s have a beautiful dinner!!!!!

5 star rating
by Leith M.
21st June 2010

This is possibly my favourite restaurant in Christchurch! I hate noisy places with polished floors, this is not- carpet, low acoustic tiled ceiling and plenty of space. The music is not too loud, in fact the most noise is usually from other (Kiwi) diners.
I have always found the service excellent, efficient and attentive without being a bother. There is rarely much of a wait, but I do like to order an entree to begin with in case it is a busy night.

The staff quickly begin to recognise you if you return, and greet you with much pleasure. The food is cooked by Thai chefs and is beautifully fresh, never overdone. I would warn about the fish with lime, however, It is VERY hot, even when “toned down”!

My absolute favourite is the “garlic and chilli” combination with chicken, beef or pork.
Red Elephant rice is to die for, very tasty and moreish. I always ask for Jasmine Tea to go with my meal. I have noticed a slight tendency to seat the Thai people away from the windows and I actually prefer to be on that side as the diners are quieter!
The restaurant can cater for quite large numbers but do book in as even on a “quiet” night they may be hosting a party. Karaoke from 9pm on Friday and Saturday.

3 star rating
by Sharon
2nd December 2009

I’ve been there on several occassions. Be prepared for a little wait but the food is fantastic.

Service is a bit slow.

5 star rating
by Robin D.
4th November 2009

Had a great meal here with four friends.
The food was very good – both with quantity and flavour! Our entrees were good but the selection of individual dishes was excellent and served hot in temperature a well as ‘spicyness’ – which is exactly what we requested.
The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was served at an excellent pace.
Highly recommended. We will return. Thoroughly recommended.

4 star rating
by Em
27th June 2008

We went there quite often to have original Thai food. Very friendly staff there. May have to wait for a while on their busy night, better to ask for a set menu when you do a reservation.

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