History of the Elephant Bar
The Elephant Bar is known as much for its distinctive décor as it is for its fabulous food. Leopard spots and zebra stripes abound as do giant models of giraffes and, of course, elephants. Diners may feel as though they are eating out on a safari in the middle of Africa. Many of the restaurants also have outdoor seating areas, with charming patios and heat lamps, for patrons who prefer to dine al fresco.
The restaurant chain began with just one location opened in 1980 by father and son team, David and Chris Nancarrow, who had envisaged a unique, yet casual, dining atmosphere. Today, nearly 30 years later, the Elephant Bar has a whole chain of locations to its name. Most of the restaurants are scattered throughout Northern California and Southern California, but there are Elephant Bars to be found in nine other states too, including Florida and Arizona.
The Elephant Bar’s specialties
The restaurant’s menu isn’t just “fusion”; it represents the best of “global fusion”, with strong European and Asian influences evident in many of the dishes. The restaurant offers a wide range of items from burgers to Vietnamese shrimp spring rolls.
Other popular favorites include appetizers such as wok “fired” chicken and lettuce wrap, quick seared ahi tuna with ponzu sauce, and niu-niu coconut fried shrimp skewers. After their appetites have been whetted, guests can choose entrees from the salad and soup section of the menu, or peruse sandwiches and burgers, or choose from a variety of global or fish dishes.
Healthy eaters may want to pick something from the “lite 700” section, where all dishes weigh in at 700 calories or less. In fact, nutritional information provided at the back of the menu lists the fat, sodium, sugar, carb and calorie content for every single dish the restaurant serves. Now diners know exactly how much they have consumed, they have no excuse not to sample the delicious and decadent deserts, such as the hot apple, blueberry and walnut cobbler with vanilla ice cream, or the fresh baked red velvet chocolate cupcake sundae.
Most of the chain’s restaurants are situated in California. Within the Southern area of the state, there are 18 locations, including the popular Burbank restaurant on First Street, which also offers party platter deliveries, as well as dine-in and takeout service. The Irvine, Laguna Hills, Rancho Bernardino, Riverside, and San Bernardino locations also provide the party platter service.
There are 14 Elephant Bars in Northern California, including sites in Fremont, Sacramento and Fresno. The chain also has a few locations in Arizona, Colorado, and Florida and has one restaurant in New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Ohio respectively.
The Elephant Bar is an ideal place to celebrate a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary. The restaurant is also open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, although it is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
How to Find Discounts, Promotional Deals, and Coupon Codes for the Elephant Bar
If you log on to the Elephant Bar’s website, www.elephantbar.com, sign up to become a member of the “Passport Club” and you’ll receive a coupon to print out which will give you $5 off your meal. Seniors get an even better deal; if they sign up for the “Senior Explorer” card, they are entitled to 20% off their meal every time they dine at the restaurant, excluding all drinks.
The Elephant Bar’s website focuses on special promotions rather than offering print-out coupons, but there are certainly great deals to be had. For example, the chain is currently offering happy hour prices (drinks start from as low as $2) from 3pm – 7pm, Monday through Friday, in addition to a new late night happy hour from 9pm until closing time, seven days a week. However, the branches in Hayward and Oklahoma City are not participating in that particular promotion.