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Cuisine: Gastro Pub Food, New Zealand, Share Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30

Say g’day to this larger than life local, bustling in the heart of Takapuna with an outdoor courtyard to boot. Aptly named after a lively bloke who first arrived to Auckland’s North Shore in 1912, head along and enjoy a down to earth hospitality experience with an expansive selection of crafty beverages and food that’s undeniably kiwi.

Graze away on the small plates section while you sip on your choice of beverage to match, grab your mates and get social with a sharing board or keep things classic as you tuck into a pub favourite such as a Thai Beef Salad or mouth-watering burger.

If you’re into Asian fusion food, the ‘dragon babies’ menu is going to blow your socks off.

Feeling thirsty? Whet your whistle with a selection of tap and bottled beers from NZ and beyond, or toast the good times with a quirky cocktail. The Betty Boop is a tasty combination of gin, peach nectar and fluffy egg whites that is sure to get the party started.

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The Elephant Wrestler
138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna
Auckland 0622

Open Hours:
Sun - Wed 12pm - 10.30pm
Thu - Sat 12pm - 1am

Phone: 09 489 8030

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The Elephant Wrestler
Location: Takapuna
Cuisine: Gastro Pub Food, New Zealand, Share Plates
Mains: $15 - $30

Reviews

Chassy Holden

The food here is magnificent and creative. Thanks to the suggestions from our wonderful waitress, we made great selections. They have a great selection of wines and beers on tap as well as excellent cocktails. The best meal and the best service we have had in a very long time. And at a very reasonable price. We highly recommend the Elephant Wrestler and can't wait to go back

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Kristen Kotuhi

As always AMAZING !! Food well priced and well worth it and came out promptly. Service amazing , our waitress was so lovely and helpful Drinks were ordered off the special cocktail menu and were all delicious, this place is such a gem that I’d recommend to anyone over the summer period.

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walid waked

Took my 2 young kids for dinner and had a great time! The service was amazing! The waitresses were absolutely fantastic with my kids. They provided neat booklets which had various puzzles and coloring options. The food came fairly quickly and was yummy.
Overall, we had a very pleasant experience and great value for what we paid. Would definitely go again!

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Margaret Hooker

Great food, great service. Will be back

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Fantastic food and atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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food was good, price really good, good evening had by all!!

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Superb dining. Recommending Elephant Wrestler an ideal place to eat out. Great atmosphere and great food.

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The food was amazing. The staff were accomodation and lovely. Would definitely come back.

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Food and serive were good, I would go back.

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Kelly Page

Great Lunch, Platter was amazing!

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What a pleasure it was dining at The Elephant Wrestler! The food is delicious and there is a great variety on the menu! We shared a number of plates, each one leaving us impressed! Annabel gave us spectacular service and made our visit that extra bit more special! We will definitely be back and highly recommend!

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Great selection to choose from on the menu. Loved the relaxed atmosphere and the food of course was delicious. Very prompt

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We ordered ribs, chicken wings, squid and pizza. The food are great and the portions are big to share.

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Emma Howell-Matthes

The Elephant Wrestler is a really great place to go for good food and a great atmosphere. The waitress who serves us was so friendly, bubbly and fun, she really made the experience a great one for us! The food was delicious and very filling. The only tiny note was that the corn that came with the ribs was a bit cold, but still tasty. Would have been really yummy piping hot. Desserts were loads of fun and really delicious but a total sugar overload so be prepared! Thanks Elephant Wrestler, we'll be back soon!

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Had an amazing time, our host of the night was very quick, attentive and also helpful. She gave us little activity booklets for our daughters which really came in handy, her conversation also felt very genuine which was nice. We ordered a lot of food and it all came out very very quick and was all delicious. Loved the atmosphere and was easy to find a park aswell. Would definitely return

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Food was average. We order the chicken entree which was overcooked and dry. Pork bites and dumplings were good. Service was pleasant.

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Arash Pir

Should be honest... one of the best restaurants/Bars around North Shore...

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Samara Strugnell

Had a lovely dinner, wanted to try the dessert too but we were too full from starter and main. Would eat there again

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Sam Smith

Came here for dinner last night, was an amazing dinner, took a little long to get our order taken but the restaurant was quite full. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will definitely be back to eat here again in the future, high recommend, the outside dining area will be perfect for summer

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Melissa Free

Excellent food and service. Just what we needed on a wet Tuesday afternoon!

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Great service and yummy food! Would recommend!

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Sara Grace

Great service, awesome sharing plate! Very busy but cool atmosphere :)

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Excellent venue, great service - great food - all in all a good dining experience.

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Mark Claydon

What a revelation The Elephant Wrestler !
Venue is superb, Staff are awesome , Food range is outstanding but most of the generous serves are absolutely delicious , will be back for sure , Highly recommend

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Food are excellent! I love elephant wrestler.

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Tayla Wiehahn

Great experience all together. Food came out quick and the waitresses were often checking on us and really friendly :) Delicious food and yum cocktails!

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James McCaig

Perfect!

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The platters are fantastic, definately coming back with friends to sample the 4 person meat platter.
Great to see a fresh take on dessets - my wife tried the burger and fries- Ice cream sandwiched in feshy baked cookies (the burger) and churros (the fries) with chocolate dipping sauce. Highly recomend

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We love dining at The Elephant Wrestler! I would definitely recommend the Ribs, their Squid and the Chicken Wings. Everything was delicious! Don't hesitate to go order your drink top-ups at the bar yourself as it can get very busy at times and you might wait a while for a waitress to get to you. Otherwise, speedy service once the food has been ordered and we've never waited long for our food. We'll be back as always.

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Vanessa Nonoa

Highly recommend The Elephant Wrestler, we celebrated Fathers Day a little early and it was just perfect, the atmosphere, food was amazing and the service was just awesome! We ordered a sharing board and the meats were so tender, we were so impressed, staff were super friendly and helpful with our little girl we are definitely going to be returning regular diners!

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Great food and service and a solid wine list!

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Sarah Moore

We had a great experience at the Elephant Wrestler! It was a busy Friday night, but the service was impeccable and we were seated in a prime booth for our dinner.

There were two of us (with big appetites). We ordered the Elephant sharing platter with a side of fries and Asian greens. Everything was delicious, cooked to perfection and plenty of food for two. If you had to pick just two I would recommend the pork belly bites and the Asian greens. Each dish came with a sauce which matched perfectly.

Great relaxed atmosphere with a cool vibe, and trendy decor.

Thanks Elephant Wrestler! We will definitely be back.

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We had lunch at the sunny courtyard yesterday which was awesome. The waitress (forgot to ask for her name) is great, we thought our dining experience wouldn't have been the same without her!

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Deb Harris

A mouthwatering start to the weekend!
Seated quickly, didn’t have to wait long for drinks, fast, friendly service and the FOOD!... best steamed buns I’ve ever tasted, yummy dumplings and my husband cleaned his steak plate.
Thanks team for a great feed, we’ll be back soon :)

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Delicious food, another bar/restaurant hybrid. Would be lovely on a warm day in Takapuna. A big menu that is really accommodating for any dietary requirements. Food came quickly and servers were helpful. The pork belly was a highlight, loved the Asian twist on the menu! Plenty more dishes I would love to try.

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Angel Guanlao-Abes

The Elephant Wrestler offers a range of meals to choose from which are so tasty and pleasantly presented on a plate. Aside from the food, their customer service is impeccable. We had lunch there to celebrate my mum’s birthday and the staff at Elephant Wrestler made our dessert extra special for my mum. This place has a great ambiance suitable for any occassions or if you’re just after a good night out. Its right in the heart of Takapuna, great location with plenty of parking around.

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Service was prompt and staff were good and friendly. Food was amazing, especially the pork belly bites. Enjoyed every bite of it.

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Awesome food and great vibes, will be back

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We had a lovely evening here. The food was excellent and the service we very efficient. We will be back.

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Wonderful experience, food was absolutely divine and the staff very friendly. Even though we live on the other side of the harbour bridge, we will definitely be returning!

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Tania Matthews

Excellent service from the staff at The Elephant Wrestler. We were very well looked after and received our food very quickly. The Buttermilk chicken burger was amazing, loved the slaw that came with it, and the steak was so juicy and tender! Kids had the cheeseburger meal and a cheese pizza, both of which were a generous serving. Will definitely be back.

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Careesha Russell

Elephant Wrestler, you are by far one the most amazing venues I have ever had the pleasure of eating at. Something had happened throughout the day which made our booking disappear on their system but they instantly cleared a table for us and prioritised us to which we were very impressed.

Our waiter was absolutely awesome. We ordered our entree exactly at the time we decided on what we wanted. There was not a long waiting time on the food or drinks even though it was an extremely busy evening. Our waiter was like the Flash, he was constantly on the go but had such friendly easy going approach and made sure he checked up on us frequently enough. We weren’t just impressed by the service we received but I saw how the staff were with other customers and their service was bubbly and on to it. The other ladies working approached us to check up on us which we appreciated too. Our waiter also had the courtesy to let us know the waiting list was quite long for food and asked if we’d like to order our main while we were having our entree, so we wouldn’t be waiting too long. Our main arrived in less than 20 minutes after ordering and it was lovely.

The atmosphere, the service, the wait time and the food was great. Even the music was great! We will definitely visit again. A huge thanks to the staff for catering to our booking even though it had disappeared off of their schedule. For a busy venue, you’re service was amazing. Cheers Elephant Wrestler- 5 stars :)

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Annabelle Rose

Delicious and great service. We ordered the Elephant Platter and the Madras Curry and both were AMAZING. But we ordered far to much for the two of us and the lovely Angela boxed up all our left overs to take home. Will definitely be going again. The outdoor blankets are a bonus and Angela is fantastic!

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Nicola Sharp

Had a great afternoon, the food was great and the service was exceptional!

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Meet up with a friend for lunch, and the food and service couldn't be better. The food was served fast and the attentive waiter was very great. It was a sunny afternoon and the semi-outdoor area was a great choice to enjoy the breeze while enjoying some awesome food.

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Clare Wagstaff-Mcmichael

Such a lovely dinner, extremely generous servings, couldnt eat all on my plate. Can't wait to go back and try some more.

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Kindly, friendly, delicious, nice atmosphere all gooooood!!!!

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Jodie Smith

Delicious meals and attentive service, would definitely recommend to friends.

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Kate N Greg Westwood

Great wee restaurant, food was good and staff knowledgeable on specials and what to order.
Yes we’d return!

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Great service

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Nicola Brambley

Great good and service

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Excellent

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Robert Cooper

Great place to catch up with friends. Service was great and sharing platter had great range of meats and choice of sides

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Rachel Durrant

Was a great experience really friendly staff very quick even though place was very busy and attentive!

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Kirstin Turner

Well worth a visit. Generous portions of food that is a cut above the standard pub fare.

Service was a real standout, cheerful, relaxed but also attentive. The atmosphere on a Friday evening was busy and buzzing.

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We really enjoyed our meal at the Elephant Wrestler. We had a nine year old who was thoroughly entertained by the activity booklet given to her and the waitress tried to help me get a break from my 4 month old so I could eat by providing a high chair but my baby was too small for it. The waitress recommended meals and we ended up ordering an adult meal for our 9 year old. The meals were beautiful and we ordered the steak, pasta and chicken burger along with desserts. The waitress was very friendly and was always on hand to order drinks. I would definitely go there again. Parking was not far off and Takapuna is great for the family. We walked down to the playground and took photos on the beach. It was a great experience!!

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Chassy Holden

We dined at Elephant Wrestler for the second time. Both times the food was delicious. Really lovely relaxing restaurant and staff were serene & welcoming. Will be back.

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Nikki Rogers

Great experience! Fast service, delicious food (we had a platter and a pizza). Family friendly - they had little activity books which the kids loved. Will be back!

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We were there for lunch. First impression on arrival was good. We were greeted with smiling faces. Food was good overall except for the ribs which were a bit dry and tough. Service was impeccable. Will definitely go back again

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Excellent service. Both the girls were really amazing. The Loaded Sundae was really good choice. The Roast Chicken was a pretty dry though. Good ambiance altogether.

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Chassy Holden

The food here is magnificent and creative. Thanks to the suggestions from our wonderful waitress, we made great selections. They have a great selection of wines and beers on tap as well as excellent cocktails. The best meal and the best service we have had in a very long time. And at a very reasonable price. We highly recommend the Elephant Wrestler and can't wait to go back

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Nina Gailer

Great food, especially the crispy pork belly, and amazing service, very friendly staff. Would recommend

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A perfect place for hanging out with friends. Good food and service. Worth to go again!

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We had a great family Sunday lunch at the Elephant Wrestler. At the start we were greeted by a friendly staff with a big smile explaining how first table work finishing saying “lucky you :-)”. We chose to sit outside under the shed of the umbrella since it was a sunny and beautiful day. The waiter kindly suggested to use sunscreen which the restaurant provided should we wanted some. We ordered drinks that came cold and very quickly. The menu was amazing and lots to choose from. Again it didn’t take long after ordering to get our lunch and was just beautiful. Every plate had it is own amazing flavour and it was huge.
We will definitely go back to Elephant Wrestler.

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Excellent food, great atmosphere - waitress was attentitive with lovely red lipstick to brighten the day.

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Josh Picard

A fantastic experience! The service was impeccable, and the food was next level! Just what I felt like! Yum!

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I had the cauliflower and corgette which was delicious
My husband had the massa man curry which he enjoyed
My sister had twice cooked pork belly on cauliflower puree which was disappointing. The puree was cold
The pork was dry .
2 out of 3 were good

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Absolutely wonderful! Will be back :)

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We had a nice enjoyable lunch, and will be back again.

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Loved the food, great customer services

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Lily Norriss

We got the meat platter, it was heaps of food and really well cooked. Everything was delicious.
The service was great as well, only issue was the fact they didn’t have payWave, so I couldn’t pay and had to get the person I was dining with to pay.

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It was the Friday before Xmas and the place was busy, but our service was spot on!!
"The Ring" Sharing Board was a feast we'll be heading back for.

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Kristen Kotuhi

As always AMAZING !! Food well priced and well worth it and came out promptly. Service amazing , our waitress was so lovely and helpful Drinks were ordered off the special cocktail menu and were all delicious, this place is such a gem that I’d recommend to anyone over the summer period.

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Melanie Wilcock

Great food, great service. One of our favourite dinner spots!

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food was good; only problem was indoor/outdoor space allows smokers, not many but only takes a couple

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Top notch service and top notch fried chicken!

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walid waked

Took my 2 young kids for dinner and had a great time! The service was amazing! The waitresses were absolutely fantastic with my kids. They provided neat booklets which had various puzzles and coloring options. The food came fairly quickly and was yummy.
Overall, we had a very pleasant experience and great value for what we paid. Would definitely go again!

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Emily Vale

Fantastic as always.

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We had an amazing dinner last night. The service was very efficient and comfortable. I forgot to mention elephant wrestlers atmosphere itself, there were pretty lanterns and lights outside. Would come back again :)

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Margaret Hooker

Great food, great service. Will be back

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Fantastic food and atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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The food is amazing. Would be great if the sharing boards came as serve 2 or serve 4 options

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food was good, price really good, good evening had by all!!

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Superb dining. Recommending Elephant Wrestler an ideal place to eat out. Great atmosphere and great food.

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Laura Nicholls

Fantastic food and the best service I have ever come across at a restaurant! Our waitress Alex was amazing!! Would highly recommend and I will be coming back soon!

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The food was amazing. The staff were accomodation and lovely. Would definitely come back.

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Food and serive were good, I would go back.

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Kelly Page

Great Lunch, Platter was amazing!

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What a pleasure it was dining at The Elephant Wrestler! The food is delicious and there is a great variety on the menu! We shared a number of plates, each one leaving us impressed! Annabel gave us spectacular service and made our visit that extra bit more special! We will definitely be back and highly recommend!

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Great selection to choose from on the menu. Loved the relaxed atmosphere and the food of course was delicious. Very prompt

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Got the smallest platter for lunch was amazing! have been back since and love everything I have tried :) Really nice location for a walk to beach to walk it off after!

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We ordered ribs, chicken wings, squid and pizza. The food are great and the portions are big to share.

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Emma Howell-Matthes

The Elephant Wrestler is a really great place to go for good food and a great atmosphere. The waitress who serves us was so friendly, bubbly and fun, she really made the experience a great one for us! The food was delicious and very filling. The only tiny note was that the corn that came with the ribs was a bit cold, but still tasty. Would have been really yummy piping hot. Desserts were loads of fun and really delicious but a total sugar overload so be prepared! Thanks Elephant Wrestler, we'll be back soon!

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