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Good Elephant Bistro

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59 Main St, Chester, CT 06412-1311
+1 860-526-5301
Sun 17:00 - 19:30
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Went once and the food was so-so. Gave it another try and was very good. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for. I must say they did have the best Hot and Sour soup I've ever had.

Thank Karl K
1 review
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Burgers Night is always a treat. Always enjoy the weekly special burger or their standards with a glass of wine or beer.

Thank Bruce W
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158 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Conn! Consistently always great! A prize for the great town of Chester and a prize for Conn.

Thank charles m
Cleveland, Ohio
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We have been going to the Good Elephant for three years now since we moved to the area, and always love it. We have had fabulous French and fabulous Vietnamese dishes. I LOVE the Ducky Duck especially, but it is all always delicious. Linda couldn't be a more attentive or gracious hostess, and we love many of the staff that... More 

Thank Kippie H
Killingworth, Connecticut
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

My husband and I went there last night to celebrate my birthday and, as usual, the food was superb. My husband had scalllops and found them to be the best prepared ones he had ever had. I did what I often do, namely order 2 appetizers rather than one entree, and picked a rice and peekytoe crabcake from the French... More 

Thank NewEnglandlover99
Essex, United States
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70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Love, Love, Love this place. Wonderful food, great service in a cozy surroundings. This is the place to go for something a little different and very tasty. We love Chef Joe!

Thank Antonio R
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

Had dinner hear after a Sunday matinee at Goodspeed. Food was great, but a little weird that we were the only ones there from 5 pm to after 7 pm. We had the calamari and rabbit carbonara as appetizers. Great flavors with the calamari, but the carbonara was the real hit: flavorful from the bacon, light cream sauce with a... More 

Thank Xjuiceman
Madison, Connecticut
1 review
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I recently went to noodle night at The Good Elephant and it was fantastic. I'm a vegetarian and was excited to see that the noodle night menu offered a vegetarian option. The food was delicious, and the price was so reasonable. The meal came with a noodle bowl, a vegetarian egg roll, and a (surprisingly huge) glass of beer, all... More 

Thank KatieOlivia10
Clinton, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

My husband and I ate at The Good Elephant last night for my birthday dinner, and I couldn't be happier with our choice of places to celebrate. The food was nothing short of spectacular -- I literally came home and raved to my daughter about how wonderful our experience was. For appetizers we ordered the Imperial Roll--light, crispy, and with... More 

2 Thank ClintonCouple
Essex, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We are new to the area and saw the great reviews so were excited to try this place. I had the red snapper and my husband had the ribs and we ordered the fried rice for our son. The snapper was inedible. It was difficult to cut with a knife, was gummy and had a very odd texture and taste.... More 

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linda r, Owner at Good Elephant Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We wish you had said something to us as well, as we would have welcomed the opportunity to prepare you another piece of fish or any thing else you would have liked. We always appreciate a guest letting us know if a dish is not as it should be. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$36
French, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 59 Main St, Chester, CT 06412-1311
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +1 860-526-5301
Restaruant L&E and the Good elephant have merged to become the Good Elphant Bistro. Good Elephant is a Celebration of the melding of French and Vietnamese Cuisines that began in the early twentieth century, the vibrant Asian flavors, reliance on fresh vegetables and the yin and yang of the sauces, all compliment French culinary sensibilities Downstairs in the Bistro our chefs will continue to serve some of the Contemporary French fare that made L&E a top pick among restaurant reviewers, but the new bistro's expanded menu will add the French Vietnamese inspired dishes, which won The Good Elephant its rave reviews.Upstairs you will find a cozy garret style dining room and downstairs the mood and decor reflect a romantic Indochine style. The change is part of our constant pursuit to respond to your culinary wishes by bringing you both classic and innovative cuisine, cocktails and our fine selection of wines. The menu will, as always, change with the seasons to incorporate local produce, meat, fish, and fowl as well as the popular Roberto Farms duck eggs. But also be prepared for some new and exotic ingredients! In the warm weather dine outside in our French Courtyard or Upstairs on our garden roof deck.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?