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Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant

5 star rating 51 reviews

Telephone 09 358 3095

237 Parnell Rd
Elephant House Building
Auckland City

Thai, Seafood, Asian
Mon 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Sat - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Provided by business


If you wish to try the best in Thai dining in a relaxing warm atmosphere then check out Blue Elephant’s innovative authentic Thai cuisine in the heart of Parnell, Auckland. You won’t be disappointed. Our Features • Dining in or Take Away Available • Fully Licensed with great wine list • Payment accepted : Visa, Master Card, AMEX, JCB, Diners and EFTPOS. Make a booking to ensure your seats by contacting on telephone 09 358 3095. Should you be connected to the answering machine, please leave your details so we can get back to you.


Photo of Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant
Main: Ribs
Main: Prawns Salad
Main: Choo Chee Salmon
Entress: Aroy Dee Thai Herb Wraps
Main: Prawns Green Curry

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Restaurants, Wine Bars, Takeaway / Fast Food
Pay & Display, Free On-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
Takes Reservations:
Meals Served:
Dinner, Lunch
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant

5 star rating
by Larik
8th June 2014

Dined in a few times, outstanding!!!!

The service was fantastic and the food delicious.

My favorite dish was the pork ribs, but everything we have had was delicious.

My mouth is watering as I write :)

We would definitely go back!!!

5 star rating
by Kyle P.
26th May 2014

Recommended by a well traveled work mate. He was over and suggested to go here. Quite frankly, this would be one of the best Thai restaurants I have ever been to. The food, amazing and the service to match. Highly recommend and will return again soon.

5 star rating
by Jason
7th April 2014

Excellent food , excellent service, excellent atmosphere.
Been this restaurant 3 times already but always consistent…food wise n service wise also..never ever disappointed us…went there first 4 of us n 6 of us lately…all of us thoroughly enjoyed all of elements….well done

5 star rating
by Roshnee P.
5th February 2014

Awesome service.. definitely made us feel welcome and were always asking if everything was ok. Love it and will definitely bring my freinds. Keep it up!! The food was delicious and im vegetarian and there was many options to choose from lovely and spicy as intended and i cant say how much i loved the service such a freindly bunch .. very welcoming and proud of thier culture

5 star rating
by Kyle K.
29th January 2014

We just visited for a special occasion (our last night in NZ after living here for a year) and could not be happier with our experience. The service was absolutely top notch and the food was excellent. Our waitress was so helpful and courteous, making us feel at home and even bringing us a free entree so that we could try one of their most popular dishes (Aroy Dee Thai Herb Wrap), which was delicious. For our mains we tried several dishes with prawns, chicken, scallops and beef. We were impressed by the incredibly tender cooking of the seafood/meats and the level of flavor and spice that was brought to every dish. Even the dishes we ordered “as-is” had a fair level of spice, while the “thai-spicy” curries we ordered were by far the most flavorful and intensely spiced dishes we have tasted in the country over the past year (warning: their “thai-spice” level of heat is definitely not appropriate for the kiwi palette). I would highly recommend this restaurant just based on the food, but the attention to detail and service put it over the top. 10/10.

5 star rating
by William L.
17th December 2013

I went here with high hopes for my birthday dinner. it is a cute cosy location with great atmosphere. it is not too loud and the music was fitting. we were met by 3 immaculately dressed waitresses. The best dish is all of them. they gave us towels at the end to wipe our hands with. Very professional. best Thai restaurant in Auckland.

5 star rating
by NeepZ
4th August 2013

Went for the first time after reading brilliant reviews and i must say i was not disappointed one bit. Food was great and some unique ingredients on one of my dishes but the chefs made it work perfectly =D.
Service was fantastic, my table was wobbly but i didn’t really care, then the waitress from nowhere comes over and fixes it without me having to ask. Friendly staff that know how to treat customers.
Would happily recommend this restaurant to all my friends

5 star rating
by Samik P.
21st April 2013

We have been going to this little yet amazing Thai restaurant. Blue Elephant is our favorite restaurant for Thai food. To develop the taste of Thai food, was this and only restaurant which gave us the start for liking Thai food and now it has become our top favorite. We are Vegetarians but there is no difference in the taste and the flavour in their meals, specially the curries or starters with Mock meats is amazing, we have never had this option of mock meat in any other Thai restaurants. From soups to mains or noodles, it’s aromatic and mouth watering…. The staff there is so hospitable, friendly and caring. Also the ambience is very traditional yet very romantic. What else do you need to become a regular customer of a restaurant ? We love Blue Elephant, what would we do without you for Thai food :):)

4 star rating
by Suzie M.
3rd April 2013

Quite a lovely Thai restaurant, great atmosphere. I would agree that it wasn’t authentic Thai food, but it was very nice.

3 star rating
by Pete
6th March 2013

We ate here 2 weeks ago. The food was ok, we think was not really authentic Thai food. Adapted for western taste, service was fine. Not too happy with a grumpy waiting staff face. She should stay home if not happy to come to work on a busy night !!!

5 star rating
by Emma G.
15th February 2013

Absolute best Thai food I’ve had in Auckland. Tucked away in a cozy little restaurant with a very authentic feel, we were greeted with smiles. The duck and crispy pork we ordered was amazingly good. The waitresses were very attentive, and the owner even checked to make sure we were enjoying our food. A nice touch. At the end of the night, we received hot lemon-scented towels to wipe our hands and two free chocolate hearts. (It was Valentine’s Day) We will definitely be back.

4 star rating
by Anke R.
28th January 2013

If I had reviewed the Bue Elephant after going the first time before Christmas it would have been a straight 5 stars. We had the duck curry with the grapes and the fried almond coated chicken. It was quite different from what you get at typical Thai restaurant and very good. This time we had the Mussaman curry and the crispy pork. Unfortunately the taste of the curry was dominated by cinnamon, which made it very off balance in my opinion given that would normally been a range of spices and flavours in such a curry, such as cardamoms, lemon grass etc. Unless you really love cinnamon don’t go for this one. The crispy pork was good but nothing special. The starters were really nice both times and I would recommend the herb wraps and fish cakes in particular. The staff are very attentive and friendly, knowledgeable about the dishes. The restaurant is in a very nice little nook tucked away in a back alley in Parnell and it’s nice and small. If going with more people I would definitely book.

5 star rating
by Kirsten
23rd December 2012

This Blue Elephant is hidden away down a small cobblestone drive way off Parnell road. As my parter and I reached the bottom we were met by an immaculately dressed Thai hostess who showed us to our table. The restaurant is lovely and open with dulcet tones of traditional relaxing music playing throughout it.

For a place not to far away from the main road I found The Blue Elephant very charming and quiet. A wonderful escape.
The atmosphere was not in any way let down by the cuisine. We ate the Fresh spring roles and the Aroy Dee Thai Herb Wraps for our entrees. It has to be said that our wonderfully charming & witty waitress Shelley really made our night that little bit extra special. She was very willing to tell us how to eat the Aroy dee Thai wraps, what was in each dish and was happy to cater to all our requests. My partner loves spice, I don’t take it too well, this is the first time any restaurant has offered fresh chilli on the side so we can both enjoy the dishes to our own tastes.

The fresh spring rolls were so delicious with the gorgeous mint really cleansing the palate whilst the Aroy dee Thai herb wraps were fun to eat and was a real burst of flavour. It all tasted so incredibly fresh.

The word to describe our mains is divine. We had the crispy pork dish and duck with cashews. The sauce for the duck was so incredibly tasty, you really could pick up the delicate flavours and the fresh ingredients were just beautiful. The pork actually smelt so good the couple at the table next to us actually asked what the dish was so they could order the same thing,

Having a Thai step mother and my partner spending a few months in Thailand i would like to think we were good judges of thai food. So don’t take this review lightly- The Blue Elephant deserves 5 stars +.

All in all with the romantic atmosphere, presentable traditionally dressed waitresses with amazing customer services and to top it off absolutely delicious food -you’d be silly not to give The Blue Elephant a try. I was very impressed and I will definitely be back again.

4 star rating
by Diiya M.
12th December 2012

We have a fab night at the blue elephant. The service was great. Most of our food was tasty and up to expectations. I do have one complaint and that is the delay in food. We were a party of 10 and received our entrees and some mains(individual orders) at very staggered times. We have 6 ppl get their entrees and were done by the time the other 4 arrived and it was not different items. And same with mains with the delay being long enough that 2 ppl were left eating on their own at the end. The rice situation is a bit stingy especially since its being charged separately. It was a very small serving offered each time and charged every time whereas other places offer rice for 2 dollars and I’ve never had to ask for more. Anyway it was a nice place and everything but the prawns were great. The service was very friendly albeit a bit delayed.

5 star rating
by Gavin S.
3rd December 2012

Four of us ate here last week after reading all the good reviews and we were not disappointed! Everything was fresh and tasty and the service was friendly and attentive. Presentation of each dish is done with great care and it’s part of what makes this place really special for me. I have eaten a lot of Thai food – both here in NZ and in Thailand – so I do feel like I know good Thai food when I taste it. What a pity that Andrea C (25/10) did not understand about the mixed seafood curry with egg in it. I had to work hard to persuade the staff to make this for me as they are thinking of pulling it from the menu because of the bad review. What a pity that would be! This is a wonderful traditional Thai dish and it was perfect.
I’ll be back :)

3 star rating
by Andrea C.
25th October 2012

I went to the Blue Elephant last night for dinner. We ordered two entrees and two mains. The Pad Thai was really tasty as were the entrees. Unfortunately our mixed seafood curry arrived with the sauce (coconut cream) split, i.e not creamy but liquid with congealed bits in it. I asked the young waitress about it and an older more senior waitress came over and told us it was meant to look like that as it had egg in it!! I have been to many Thai restaurants and had many fish curries that have not looked like this. She offered to redo it if we didn’t like the taste. It tasted ok as it was not the flavour that was at fault. I am always reluctant to send food back to the kitchen if having to complain. It is a shame they didn’t take the time to re-do the dish before sending out to us as I will not recommend this restaurant or go back in the future. The young waitresses were very attentive and the decor pleasant.

5 star rating
by Cam W.
10th October 2012

Awesome awesome awesome, especially the Blue Elephant Curry and Massaman Lamb Curry. The Blue Elephant Curry is out of this world, never tried anything like it. Service was excellent too. Strange that the waitress served the rice from a “communal” bowl (when you needed more you had to ask) but everything else was top notch.

5 star rating
by Rachel
12th September 2012

The best thai food I have ever had!!! Amazing and original, the food has the real thai spices. Tom yam soup is my favourite thai meal and I can say I have tried quite a several around Auckland and have never tried anything like this!!! The spicy scallops were just heaven to try!!! The dishes are well presented and we didnt have to wait long for the food. The service was great, staff helpful and attentive. Well done!!!

4 star rating
by Roger H.
6th September 2012

Wife and self dined at Blue Elephant hidden down the lane next to the ANZ in Parnell. It was worth the hunt. Food excellent, staff charming and attentive. Would recommend for that plus excellent value for money.

5 star rating
by Melissa
1st September 2012

Yummy!!! We went with a group of 6 and we all very much enjoyed our meals.
Fantastic service, setting and food.
The best thai I have had in Auckland, we will definitely go back and would highly recommend!

5 star rating
by Tim G.
3rd July 2012

Fantastic, authentic Thai food, wide variety on the menu. If you like fish try the “Chubby young blue elephant” – delicious! Attentive and super friendly service with reasonable prices. There is a reason this place has so many good reviews… We’re definitely going back!

5 star rating
by Tania M.
24th June 2012

WOW!!! Pure pleasure…the best Thai food I have ever had. Karen and Wayne are fantastic hosts and have created a first class intimate Thai dining experience. I would highly recommend the Blue Elephant in Parnell.
Thai Food as good as it gets!!!

3 star rating
by David
28th April 2012

The portion was big (for me and my girlfriend), and the ambient was great. However the taste of the food was only above average. There are better Thai food in the area. Great services by the waiting staff – gave us a good explanation on the menu items. Would go there again for the atmosphere rather than the food.

5 star rating
by Karen S.
16th April 2012

the best Thai food we’ve ever had!! This restaurant is amazing! there were so many flavors in each bite of our meal ~ The prices are very reasonable, the menu extensive, and the owner, Karen, is a sweetheart! Great wine, too! We’ll definitely return, on our next trip to New Zealand!!

5 star rating
by Praveen
5th April 2012

All three of us gave this lovely, charming restaurant full marks.
-Love the menu which had some unique offerings, in particular the herb parcels which were just divine and just completely different to what we’ve ever had in a thai restaurant.
-Food was well prepared but also beautifully presented, spiced just right and delicious
-The location was quaint, surrounded my greenery in the heart of Parnell.
-The actual place was charming, tastefully decorated with music appropriate to its theme
-The hostess was warm and ensured we were happy and comfortable.
-Fully recommend for both couples and small groups as it was a lovely, intimate setting.

4 star rating
by Chris
31st March 2012

We went here tonight after reading the great reviews on this site. It was REALLY delicous! We eat Thai at least once a week, and we will be going back for sure. Can’t believe I haven’t found it before now – YUM

5 star rating
by Arsene L.
28th March 2012

Nice and friendly environment. The staff and the food are superb. Our children loved the presentation of the carrot flowers and the chance to have a try by themselves as well.
I can write pages here about their high quality service and delicious food but it must try it. I only had the same feeling at Carinthia that I’m the most honoured GUEST here and the food and the staff is for my satisfaction.

Since our first visit we often visit the Blue Elephant and always really satisfied with everything such as food quality and taste, hospitality… HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

4 star rating
by Paeterasp V.
23rd March 2012

Excellent food, specially their prawns were ultra delicious. The banana dessert was extremely wonderful too. Went for my wife’s birthday there. will go back again.

5 star rating
by Donna
17th March 2012

We don’t venture into the city often for food (traffic, parking, ugg). But when we do we often eat here. Time after time the food is excellent and consistent. The service is great; attentive and genuine. Thank you Blue Elephant for making the trek worthwhile!
Donna and Alan

4 star rating
by Ross
17th February 2012

Consistently great food, friendly, efficient service and reasonably priced. Add the fact that it is a BYO and blue elephant is a perfect venue for any occasion. Highly recommended.

5 star rating
by Letitia
3rd October 2011

Fantastic food awesome atmosphere, fab staff, would recommend to anyone wanting a nice relaxing night out with friends, you can’t go wrong. Their Chubby Young Blue Elephant (Hapuka with stir fried vegetables) and the chicken cashew nuts are a firm favourite, I would highly recommend you try them.
I travel from West Auckland even for takeaways. A++++

5 star rating
by Grant H.
9th August 2011

Our last meal in New Zealand was at the Blue Elephant, and what a fantastic memory to leave NZ with. The Blue Elephant is hidden away in Parnell Rd and is a perfect setting for such a lovely little Thai restaurant.
The menu is exciting to read, and our host explained all the dishes in such a friendly manner that we felt as though we were dining and an old favourite. We had the Mixed Entree which was superb, followed by Massamam Lamb Curry and Blue Elephant Spicy Crispy Pork.
The meals were generous and the flavours were magical. The Crispy Pork unlike anything I have ever tasted before.
The service is first class and friendly; also probably the cleanest restaraunt I have ever eaten in (look at the cutlery, glassware and furnishings!)
Our only regret was we couldn’t try the ‘Chubby Young Blue Elephant’ or any of the other fabulous dishes on offer.

5 star rating
by Paul M.
9th August 2011

This is the best Thai food I have ever eaten. In fact, it is better than Thai food. It should have its own distinct category, ‘Blue Elephant Food’. The menu offers a blend of traditional dishes and slightly more exquisite creations that will surprise any seasoned Thai goer. The service from the owners and the intimate dimly lit surroundings are equally genuine and lovely. I just can’t rate this place too highly.

5 star rating
by Craig J.
8th August 2011

I heard about this place from this web site. We were celebrating a family members birthday and we didn’t really want to visit the city – after all – we do have a fair choice of good Thai restaurants in the Eastern suburbs. It was my decision to try the Blue Elephant and I’m glad I did. From a very genuine welcome from the owners we were shown to our table. I had already checked out their menu so had an idea of what I wanted to order. Trouble was – there was too many I wanted to try! We were a party of 5 with 1 fussy eater (no seafood or chicken!). We ordered 8 entrees between us so we got to taste quite a few of what was on offer. Presentation of the entrees was fantastic and the various flavours were … well words fail me but the word “fresh” comes to mind. The mains were also excellent but again we had over ordered. The servings are probably a little larger than what we are used to from a Thai restaurant – but even so .. we over ordered!!! It’s so hard to choose what you aren’t going to choose here. We all liked the way the menu was structured. Simple enough to pick your style and then pick which meat you want done that way. The service was attentive without being over bearing. The owners, Wayne & Karen, took an interest in us and chatted informally. I felt like we were regulars even though this was our first visit … won’t be our last though!!! Karen & the staff very kindly took away what we couldn’t eat & packaged it up nicely for another meal the next day. She then arranged a small (thank goodness!!)desert complete with 2 candles for the birthday girl …. complimentary. A very kind & generous gesture. Even our ‘fussy’ eater was impressed. We love Thai food and have tried many very good places up & down the country. If this isn’t the best it sure is in the top echelon. Try it. You will be impressed. Thank you Wayne & Karen & staff for a great night.
P.S. beware of the extra hot chilli king prawns ordered by another table .. the fumes even had Wayne coughing!!!

5 star rating
by Tony M.
5th July 2011

What an amazing journey for your taste buds.

Truly the best Thai Cuisine I have ever tasted.

The decor and the service is also amazing, a delightful find in Parnell.

Well done Thai Blue Elephant

5 star rating
by Rob F.
1st July 2011

My absolute favorite Thai restaurant in Auckland. The food, service and atmosphere are consistently excellent.

The atmosphere is tranquil, the food is generously served, beautifully presented and delicately flavored.

Highly recommended!

5 star rating
by David A.
25th June 2011

Simply the best Thai food I have ever eaten, friendly service with a lovely ambiance.

All dishes ordered were cooked to perfection, the crispy pork, red duck curry are to die for.

Will definitely be frequenting on a more regular basis.

5 star rating
by Tony D.
12th June 2011

Undoubtedly the finest Thai restaurant in Auckland.
From the warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere to the luscious, exquisite, tantalizing food, the Blue Elephant is a hidden gem. Well done guys.

PS. Try the spicy crispy pork! Mmmmmmmm

5 star rating
by Darryl &.
25th April 2011

We found the Blue Elephant from a deals site and we challenge anyone who say this is not the best Thai restaurant in Auckland. That is why we have been back 4 times since December 2010. The food is totally authentic as Sopida can testify since she is Thai. The service is very friendly and efficient. Thanks to Karen, Wayne and Kwang. We really love this place and been telling as many people as possible.

5 star rating
by Tanna
5th March 2011

Wonderful restaurant, a great dine out experience. Place is dimmed with lovely fittings lit by candle lights. It is atmospherically romantic with great service, food was delicious, highly recommend to all! Because of Blue Elephant, I’ve fallen in love with Thai food!

5 star rating
by Damian B.
29th January 2011

Absolutely superb. Each dish was fresh and each had an exquisite characteristic flavour.
better than most Thai restaurants in Auckland, which tend to have a “uniform” taste for every dish.
Definitely going again.

5 star rating
by Justin F.
16th January 2011

Blue Elephant serves up some of the best Thai I’ve ever had. Always fresh ingredients and clean presentation you wont be disappointed here.
If I lived in Parnell I’d be eating here every night

5 star rating
by Ralph B.
16th January 2011

We had dinner there for the second time last night,we have eaten at nearly every major Thai restaurant in Auckland and again it was by far THE BEST and most exquisite meal we have ever had, from entree to desert the meal was faultless, this restaurant has to become the top Thai dining experience in Auckland.
Highly highly recommend

5 star rating
by Carolina T.
11th January 2011

just been there for dinner with my partner and I have to say that is probably the best Thai restaurant we´ve ever been here in Auckland (and we´ve been to a few)

The flavour was just incredible, and the sticky rice!! since we came back from Asia 2 year ago we haven´t been able to find places that serve this kind of northen east Thai style. JUST GREAT!
the service and the atmosphere was fantastic.

Thanks so much for everything! we´ll be coming back certainly!

By the way, the entrance to the restaurant and the portions are huge and well balanced!… maybe the people from the review by Orly was really oversized…;P

5 star rating
by Donna
19th November 2010

Had the best time here. Great service. considering it was really interesting, delicious, freshly cooked food, we were served promptly – arrived 8pm and were waddling out the door by 9.30. The hosts went the extra mile for us. No complaints at all. Excited to hear they are open for lunch too. Even though parking is a challenge in Parnell, we needed the walk!

3 star rating
by Sam
21st October 2010

We dined here on Friday night and the place was packed – maybe the promtional voucher which gave us $50 worth for just $20? Parking was a nightmare but what would one expect in Parnell on a Friday? After several circuits we found a space a short walk away. Ambience was ok, tables very close together meant no privacy of conversation, and I didn’t really like the cheesy piano-by-candlelight music which seemed a bit at odds with Thai decor. The food was fairly standard tasty Thai fare, perhaps could have been hotter, servings were HUGE, and we took away doggie bags willingly offered, and with fresh rice added compliments of the establishment. Service was friendly and professional. Good value, especially with the discount voucher.

5 star rating
by Gregory O.
17th October 2010

My partner and I arrived the restaurant after 9pm since we couldn’t find a parking. Even though we were late for our reservation, the staff(later we realised the lady was the owner “Karen”) was welcomed us -It was a great start. We ordered the whole snapper dish which was moist and tasty -actually the size of the fish was much bigger than we expected so we were struggle to finish it though it was delectable;) Another dish called “Crispy Pork” was just superb!
We thought the way they treated customers was warm and equally friendly to anyone. The ambience was perfect too! Although we’ve been to many Thai restaurants, the experience at the Blue Elephant was so far the best. Definitely we would go back again! Thanks to you all.

5 star rating
by Natalie
14th October 2010

I dined here on the weekend after buying a voucher deal. The service was amazing, Karen and Wayne were great hosts and made us feel extremely welcome. The food was delicious – one of the best Thai restaurants I’ve eaten at in a long time. Will definitely be back!!!!

5 star rating
by Ashley K.
10th October 2010

We first went to Blue Elephant as we had purchased a voucher deal. Our first experience was lovely. We were seated and assisted quickly with very friendly service (possibly one of the owners). Everything from the moment we sat down until the moment we left was absolutely marvelous. The food was by far the best Thai food in Auckland, let alone NZ. Being from the US, we have been looking for an authentic Thai restaurant and are so happy that we finally found it! The food was delicious and the experience was even better. We have since been back and it was yet again wonderful. This is the only Thai restaurant to eat at in Auckland unless you are looking for non-authentic, rush you out the door service. Can’t wait to go back this week!

5 star rating
by Joel
20th August 2010

We regularly go to the Blue Elephant, the food is fresh and delicious, and the service is excellent. Highly recommended!

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