Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro

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    ( 65 reviews )
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608 Congress St, Portland, Maine, USA, 04101

Pan Asian cuisine restaurant est. 2007. Offers a concise lunch menu and a more expanded dinner menu. Sample items such as crispy wonton, spicy green leaves salad, tofu and vegetable teriyaki, watercress veggie-duck. Uses vegetarian soy meats. Opened another location in Portsmouth in 2015. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:30pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Thai, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Asian, Fusion, Pan Asian

65 Reviews

First Review by csbench

Best Asian Restaurant in Portland, Maine - Edit

Quite possibly the best vegan restaurant food I've ever eaten. They don't take reservations, and the wait for a table on the weekend can be long, but it's well worth the wait. I haven't tried any dish at The Green Elephant I didn't love!

Pros: Superior food, Friendly service , Reasonably priced

Cons: They don't take reseverations, Often a long wait for tables on th

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Amazing Pan-Asian Food - Edit

Tons of vegan options, and all of it is vegetarian. The food was of such wonderful quality and presentation. Varied menu in terms of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Staff was friendly and service was perfect. My omni dinner guests said if they could cook vegan food that tasted like that, they would absolutely go fully vegan which is a high compliment from these people :)

Pros: tasty food, great service, many vegan options

Cons: no designated parking

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Yummy in my tummy! - Edit

Everything about this place is fabulous and lives upto the expectations created from all the reviews! It has a nice, friendly and calm feel to it. The staff is amazingly nice and friendly. The food is delicious! And the dessert! Oh my my - do yourself a favor and get the orange chocolate mousse or the tapioca pudding - both are so good. I wish I lived in Maine so that I could eat here more often.

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$$$ - Edit

Pretty delicious, but pretty expensive... green tea noodles & local mushroom bowl are so good! If you're looking for a fancier dinner place with great veg/ vegan options this is it.

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Just perfect. - Edit

We had the samosas, green curry, tofu cutlet, and the fried banana and orange chocolate mousse desserts. Oh, and french press coffee. Everything was brilliant. Cooked perfectly, flavorful. Abundant vegan options. Service was good, ambiance was trendy.

Parking was a pain, though -- try the garage just past the Westin on High Street, if you can't find street parking and don't mind paying to park.

Pros: diverse vegan options, wonderful food

Cons: hard to find parking

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So Many Options! - Edit

The staff is patient and sweet.
You'll never have a bad time here. We go as frequently as I can get my boyfriend to bring me. He is a meat eater but has enjoyed quite a few dishes from here. The Panag Curry is out of this world ! It is by far my favorite with Siamese Dream Curry noodles not far behind.

Pros: lots of vegan options, meat eaters will enjoy, tas

Cons: inconsistent portion size

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Delicious - Edit

Went here with my whole (non-vegan) family and everybody loved it, such a wide variety of dishes - especially recommend the Roti Chanoi starter and the mango sticky rice dessert!

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Good Food,but pricy - Edit

Went there for lunch at around 1pm. Not many people, good for us. We had pad Thai and Panang curry and Roti Canai (appertizer), it was $37 before tips. Pad Thai and roti canai were really good, the curry so-so. The portion was small in consider to the price. i think the pad Thai was 13$ and the portion was really just ok for one person. Service and ambient were good. The restaurant is very near to Children's Museum.

Pros: Food, Ambient, Service

Cons: Price, Portion

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Not bad - Edit

I went here one time and got take out.
Therea a few vegan options.
The people were really nice.
The food was pretty good but kinda pricey.

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take out - Edit

Due to time constraints we ordered a take out. It was excellent. Choices for vegans-plentiful and creative. True high quality homely Thai style cooking! All 6 dishes tasted good. Even tempura after 10min transportation remained in a top nick. Highly recommend!

Pros: great food

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Pleasantly surprised - Edit

My meat-eating wife and I walked in without really knowing what kind of food they served, but knowing it had vegan options. We looked at the menu and got very nervous, we don't usually eat asian food. We both really enjoyed everything we ordered and ended up being pleasantly surprised. Great service as well.

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Delightful - Edit

Most satisfying experience. Clean and well run with well trained staff. Many vegetarian and vegan options. Food was fresh and tasty. A must stop for Portland.

Pros: Large tasty and varied menu, Well trained staff, Mellow atmosphere

Cons: None for me.

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Delicious and family friendly - Edit

Worth noting: 2dinein.com will deliver Green Elephant to the greater Portland area for a small fee (and it's good to tip your driver). We've had it delivered to Scarborough on several occasions and it's such an incredible and wonderful indulgence.

Great place to bring non-veg friends; our GF relative was easily able to find options because there were many rice dishes, and the noodle bowls are all so satisfying and crowd friendly.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-08

Pros: Omnivore Friendly, Fresh, Friendly staff

Cons: Slightly dark, casual atmosphere

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Great Food and Service - Edit

Stopped here for lunch while driving to Acadia National Park. Had the coconut soup and drumstick appetizer. Both were great, and the restaurant has funky shops around it to explore. Perfect place to stop on road trips to eat and stretch your legs a bit!

Pros: food, service, location

Cons: none

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I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT! - Edit

This is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the US. I do travel quite a bit for work and have eaten in so so many bad ones. I look forward to my travels to Portland and always make the time to stop in at the Green Elephant.

I order too much food and create my own personal buffet with leftovers for the road. MMM MMM good.

Favorites:
Chive dumplings- Ok I had 2 orders last week
Singapore noodles
samosas
pad thai
brussel sprouts
everything

The staff is great and go early or late lunch to avoid the crowds. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough.

Pros: Delicious, Great service, Not a limited menu

Cons: Parking

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great restaurant - Edit

My family and i love this place. We come here whenever we are in the area or for special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, ect). The food is always good and so is the service.

Pros: Lots of vegan options (and most vegetarian dishes

Cons: Expensive. Doesn't take reservations.

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the best - Edit

I ate at the Green Elephant three times and picked up takeout another time while in Portland for a week. While the dishes may seem simple as the previous reviewer suggested, the quality of ingredients, preparations, and recipes was insurpassable. Each meal was delicious. filling and healthy. The service was always impeccable- friendly, prompt, and accommodating. The specials were truly special, and I could order off the regular menu forever and remain happy.

Pros: Healthy, delicious, satisfying, Friendly service, positive atmosphere, Not too expensive

Cons: Can be busy- but that's because its so good

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good food good service - Edit

They have a lot of vegan options. I ordered the Garlic and Ginger Tofu. It came out super fast. I thought it was just alright. The portions were great. I just wasn't very impressed with the taste or quality. I could have gotten similar results from a microwave asian dinner. I decided to try out their dessert and got the Chocolate Orange Mousse Pie (pricey $8). Oh My Goodness. It was so good, but super super rich. If you want the pie, order a light entrée.

Pros: a lot of vegan choices, good portions, friendly staff

Cons: average quality of ingredients and taste, pricey

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My favorite resturant! - Edit

Serves all vegan & vegatarian food! It's so good even my non-vegetarian family members love it!

Pros: all vegetarian and vegan, amazing food, great service

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A Portland favorite - Edit

Delicious food, good presentation, and friendly staff.

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great vegan food - Edit

Great looking place with great atmosphere, ok prices and tons of vegan options on the menu. Also super delicious. Total recommendation!

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Great - Edit

Not much to add (what other folks said) - great food, good atmosphere, friendly staff. There may be a bit of a wait (especially Sat dinner). Most of the menu is vegan, but a few items are not.

Pros: Great/many vegan options, Good location/atmosphere, Friendly

Cons: Not all vegan, Popular (wait time)

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Excellent place - Edit

I came here a few weeks back with a friend and we each had the Tofu Tikka Masala! The combination of the beans in with the sauce and rice paired well. I would come back again just for that dish! It was that great, and the perfect portion size.

Pros: All Vege/ Vegan options, Delicious food , Easy to find

Cons: Parking, Small, Not that many options

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Amazing Food - Edit

This place has great, fresh tasting food and good service. It is very easy to get vegan substitutions.

Pros: wonderful taste , packed with veggies, not to sugary

Cons: should be more acurite with spice level

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Great Atmosphere - Edit

While visiting Boston we chose to take a detour up to Portland. We were so glad to find Green Elephant while we were visiting. We stepped out of the cold into a warm cute vegetarian restaurant. The menu is truly impressive and they have moderate GF options. My only complaint would be on any dish with mint. They don't skimp on it, it's overpowering. I had the Stir-fry Asian Vegetables & Tofu, it was slightly greasy however it was lovely. My husband had the Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Breaded Soy Filet and absolutely loved it!

Pros: Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Large Variety

Cons: Greasy / Minty

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Ummmm... fine. - Edit

Green Elephant was... fine. I had a spicy vegetable stir fry, and spring rolls, and a local draft beer. It was all... fine. Not amazing, not terrible.

The restaurant was hopping on a Friday evening. It's a pretty space, with very friendly and efficient staff.

The quality of the food was okay, the space was nice. I guess I'd go again, but it's a slightly higher price point than either Pom's Thai, or Sabieng, both of which have just as good of Thai / "pan Asian" food.

Pros: tasty, nice space, friendly staff

Cons: slightly spendy, nothing especially special about it

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Vegetarian food inspired by Thai cuisine - Edit

This restaurant is a vegetarian restaurant. It screams that very loudly. It is a stretch to say it is Thai, even if one considers how americanized Thai restaurants tend to be.

The food here is vegetarian, yes, but only about half is vegan. It's nice that the menu marks what is vegan, but then it seems pretty surprising how many dishes use dairy and/or eggs. At least it's marked! I guess I'm biased, but for Thai style food, I feel that if it's vegetarian, it should easily be veganized - this is not true for all vegetarian food, but for Thai? Yes. So, that is my disappointment.

The choices are varied and many if you are vegetarian. If you are vegan, eh, you have some decent choices. If you are gluten-free, eh, you have a few choices. They do use tamari if requested, so that's nice. Many noodle and rice dishes have rice as the grain, so, that's nice.

There is so much tofu though, so much soy, and tons of sodium/ tamari/ soy/ salt. It was overwhelming. Maybe I would've liked the food better but the salt overdose is out of control.

They try to source local produce, which is nice.

If you don't mind the salt, opt for the noodle dishes. Although not authentic, they do look quite beautiful and have good flavor if you can figure out the flavor after the salt. The rice is brown, so, that means tough to pick up with your chopsticks or fork, especially if you have a lot of liquidy-watery sauce on your plate.

Nice idea. Enter restaurant expecting vegetarian food and you will be fine, as long as you don't mind waiting for a seat. This place is packed! There is no other vegetarian restaurant in the area, so it makes sense it's super busy.

Pros: Vegetarian, Local produce, Vegan marked menu

Cons: Wait time, Salt overdose

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