Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar

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    ( 21 reviews )
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35 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, 03801

Its 2nd location, opened Sept 2015. Serves Pan Asian vegetarian cuisine in a bright space with plenty of seating. Open Mon-Wed 11:30am-10:00pm, Thu-Sat 11:30am-1:00am, Sun 11:30am-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Asian, Pan Asian

21 Reviews

First Review by suzycourage

Love it here! - Edit

A totally vegetarian restaurant with lots of vegan and gluten free options on the menu. If a dish is vegetarian and is able to be made gluten free or vegan they notate it on the menu. Almost all the dishes can be made vegan. I have loved everything I've tried here. Bonus points for a nicely decorated and relaxing atmosphere!

Pros: relaxing atmosphere, attentive wait staff, lots of vegan options

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Delicious - Edit

The food at this place is excellent. We made a point to stop in on a long drive from South Coast Massachusetts to mid-coast Maine on our anniversary and we were both very pleased with our experience.

The atmosphere is classy yet casual and very..bohemian? The menus are inside a wooden bamboo booklet and there is a wooden elephant on the wall. Lovely decor and great music playing; not too busy.

So many vegan options! Basically, there are a couple vegetarian options that involve egg, but 75% of the choices are vegan, including dessert. We got the vegetable dumplings to share for an appetizer and I got the Green Elephant drink (vodka, coconut water, Thai basil, lime, rocks). I also got some Asian vegetable soup, which tasted and smelled like Portuguese kale soup except the green is bok choy instead of kale. Then I got the Thai green coconut curry heat level 3 (if you like spice like me, 3 is okay, but I should have gotten 4) for my main dish. We shared the fried bananas and coconut ice cream with chocolate drizzle for dessert (we asked to add the drizzle).

This date night came out to about $90, so we went all out. There were a couple of pricier items, but not more than maybe $15, which isn't unusual for me. There are definitely dishes in the $12 range though.

Overall, I'd HIGHLY recommend and look forward to trying again!

Pros: Tons of vegan options Classy

Cons: Can be pricy if you're on a budget

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All around great! - Edit

The green elephant is my favorite restaurant! The atmosphere is so wonderful, you can get dressed up you can be dressed down and no one cares. I have loved all the food I've gotten there! The pad Thai is super delicious and you can add your own spice level to every dish. The staff is very accommodating and friendly, the drinks have always been good and there are gender neutral bathrooms. The past few times I've gone I've opted to sit at the bar and it is still a lovely experience!

Pros: the food, the atmosphere, the staff is so friendly

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excellent ambiance, service, and food - Edit

I have eaten many times at the Green Elephant in Portland, ME, and finally had the chance to try this location in Portsmouth. I love the large, open floor plan, the full bar, and the familiar quality vegetarian menu. I would be here all the time if I lived in Portsmouth! I ate the basil fried rice for lunch, it was the perfect spice and combination of vegetables and tofu for a satisfying and tasty meal. I passed the location a few times, as I missed the sign and did not realize the restaurant is in the same building as the Hilton Hotel on the corner.

Pros: beautiful dining and bar areas, quality menu, friendly service

Cons: parking can be tricky for location

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Service, Drinks and Food- ALL FIVE STAR - Edit

Fantastic selection of Thai vegetarian cuisine from sweet to super spicy. Amazing teas and cocktails. Take advantage of half price appetizers during happy hour! Always happy servers and good vibes.

Pros: Fantastic Service, Good Portions, Flavorful Tofu

Cons: Overwhelming Menu

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Rich and satisfying vegan dining - Edit

We had a great meal at this location with great service. We sampled the appetizers, entrees and dessert. I ate a spare rib dessert, another group in our party had a tofu entry, yet another enjoyed a banana-cashew dessert.
Service was excellent. It's a great location, away from the hubbub of Main Street Portsmouth, on the main floor of a hotel complex.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-21

Pros: Many vegan choices, Great Service, Diversity in fresh food ingredients used

Cons: No negatives in this experience.

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Our Favorite!! - Edit

My friends and I love this place! The staff is always friendly and the atmosphere is great. The food has an amazing, bold flavor. So good!

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Good location

Cons: Sometimes on a long wait , Can be expensive

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Fabulous vegan food! - Edit

Great food, totally vegetarian restaurant with many vegan options, and nice atmosphere!

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fantastic! - Edit

Some of the best vegan Thai food anywhere! The roti appetizer was really good. Will be visiting again the next time we are in town.

Pros: almost everything is vegan.

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Great Food and Service - Edit

I had the Larb Gai Jay Salad which was amazing. The samosa app was not that great because the filling lacked flavor. My friend had the garlic green bean app, which was a special. So delicious! Overall, great food and service. Also, there are fun shops nearby making this a great stop on a road trip. I had visited their Portland location when driving north and decided to try the Portsmouth location as I headed back south. Wish I had a Green Elephant at home!

Pros: food, service, location

Cons: none

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Flavorless - Edit

I only come here when a family friend buys us a gift card. I want to support this restaurant, I really do. But I am sadly disappointed with the flavorless, unseasoned food EVERY SINGLE TIME. And I know people staying at the hotel nearby come here, and I just cringe thinking this may be their first and only experience of "vegetarian" fare.
The cocktails are decent though.

Pros: Cocktails , Large menu for vegans, Decor/Ambience

Cons: Flavor

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10 out of a 10! - Edit

The atmosphere, the service and food were a 10! My food was so delicious! Lots of vegan/gf options!

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-03

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AMAZING - Edit

The nicest looking restaurant around. I ordered a curry dish with seitan that was fantastic. Anyone would love it here....so many great options

Pros: the staff was super friendly!!!

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Outstanding - Edit

Most of the menu is vegan! Yummy food. Favorite dish is the vegan pad Thai with an order of peanut sauce. They have a friend banana dessert that is also to die for. Nice setting. Highly recommend!

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Highly Collectible - Edit

I would drive even 100 miles to just eat here. This is vegetarian heaven.. Just have a look at the exhaustive menu and triple your expectations, that's what the taste you get in Green Elephant. Most of the dishes are vegan and lip snacking good.. Service and ambience is A++. At peak time you might see yourself waiting (say 10-20min) but that wait is totally worth it.. Finding a park spot in the town can b a little tricky.. If you can't find metered parking on the streets, public parking spots are very reasonable (say around $1.5 an hour). All their cutlery is either glass or steel, so go green (they even use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins to keep it eco-friendly).. We tried samosas, dumplings, tofu tikka masala, eggplant stir fry, Rad Na, Asian Stew and all were out of this world and distinct in flavors.. Yes it is a little pricey, but totally worth every penny for the quality of dish they deliver..

Pros: Flavors are very unique and distinct, Very clean, eco-friendly dining, Superb service, ambience and neighborhood

Cons: Table accomodation is small

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A-Must Visit - Edit

such a cute atmosphere with wonderful decor. ate here and got the coconut curry tempeh & veggies. a little too spicy but absolutely amazing. vegan wine as well!! my mom highly recommends the vegan tikka masala (and she's not even vegan)

Pros: amazing food and tea , hotness scale is up to you, classy, clean restaurant

Cons: hard to find directions wise

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Fantastic! - Edit

Great vegan Thai food and excellent vegan desserts (save room!). The chili sauce on the Crispy Wontons makes me want to lick the plate!

Pros: Flavorful Thai food, Vegan dessert options, Friendly staff and excellent service

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Plenty of vegetables - Edit

Lots of healthy choices of real food with tasty sauces. Not a lot of options for vegan food nearby. So glad this was available.

Pros: vegan selections CLEARLY marked, decent prices, excellent quality food

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Best in the area - Edit

Most items are vegan, everything can be made vegan. Great food and bar.

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love this place - Edit

This is literally the place that convinced my husband eating meat free is the way to go! The food is amazing. Portion sizes are ample. Atmosphere, mixed drinks and staff are on point. I absolutely love this place. If I didn't live 45 minutes away I'd be there often.
Updated from previous review on Friday April 29, 2016

Pros: delicious creative vegan options , portion sizes , staff and atmosphere

Cons: I hate city street parking but it's worth it.

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Vegan/Vegetarian in Portsmouth,NH finally ! - Edit

Vegan Asian Selections are tasty, ample and available daily. The fried spring-rolls are the best vegan anywhere. Green Elephant is the only full vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Southern New Hampshire and we need more vegan restaurant choices. More vegan places, like California's "Veggie Grill" or "Native Foods" or "Gratitude" is in desperate need in New Hampshire, and Maine and for all New England !

Pros: vegan tasty

Cons: entrees pricey

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