1600 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA | Directions 9401037.599546 -122.366875
Dining Room: Sun - Thu, 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat, 11am - 11pm. Bar: Sun - Thu, 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat, 11am - midnight
Food was just okay. Atmosphere was great. Staff WILL STEAL your items if you're not careful! – I went here with a close friend for dinner. The atmosphere was fantastic as you could clearly see the bay from the large windows. The food was just okay. Not anything different than your average Chinese buffet. The worst part was that I left the table for about 10 minutes, realized I had left my expensive Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, rushed back to the table to see that the table had been cleared and the sunglasses were GONE. Over the next few days I repeatedly inquired about them only to get an "I'm sorry". I was like "Do you realize one of your staff STOLE your customer's property?" The manager said he'd post a note on the bulletin board. Not a very good reflection of the establishment at all. I won't be going back. Food was just way too average, wait was too long, and I don't feel like getting robbed (literally) again.
Great food and value!!! – I'm often amused by reviews that complain about long waits and sub-par take-out. Long waits generally mean either a great restaurant or 7pm dining.... and what food IS 100% after 1/2 hour in styrofoam!?!? I like E-Bar because you set the price!!! At lunch I often have one of 5 or 6 specials (stirfry/jambalaya/ BLT/Burrito/Cobb) and ice tea or soda for under $10!!! (you can hardly get that at Subway anymore). Yes it starts to add up with an App ($6-8) cktl ($6) Dessert ($4-6)... etc. But bottom line... if you want to splurge to can, if you are on a tight budget, you can meet that too!! New Daly City location doesn't have the view but it is closer to shopping (Serremonte Center by Mervyns).
Disappointing take out food – The food quality we brought home fell way below the value, $48.63, needless to say it was disappointing. The restaurant, we understand is busy, is not trained to handle take out orders. We ordered the lettuce and chicken wrap, kona bbq ribs, jambalaya, cobbler, and fudge brownie. First off, the server (not the hostess, she was pleasant and nice) forgot to include the desserts. So when I alerted her to it, there was no apology and no explanation. The dessert quantity was really piddly because they were in such a hurry to get it together. Mind you they said the food would be ready at 7:20 PM, I got there at 7:30 PM. The kona bbq ribs was supposed to include apple cinnamons, but did not. The jambalaya's rice was dry and clumpy while the chicken was tough and dry.
View and Food Make Up for The Wait......!! – O.K....so everybody knows that you have to wait to get a table in this place. Since you have to wait anyway, I strongly recommend requesting a window table, as the wait is about the same. The atmosphere is lively, light and fun. I would not recommend taking impatient children, seniors or trying to have a "quiet"romantic dinner here. I think the food, which is always served, fresh, hot , tasty and plentiful deserves way more credit than the reviews here give it. Order someting fresh from the grill (i.e. burgers or freshly grilled seafood) and you will not be disappointed. The view is beyond compare, and I now know the manager by first name, who was/is always accomodating to our needs (probably for not a huge salary, either). My only complaint is the noise. This is a party place, so come in a party mood...you'll love it!!!
The Pictures are Prettier – We chose the Elephant because most restaurants in Burlingame close after 9PM. Decor is certainly fun with a lively younger crowd. The circular bar's neat but after the bartender mixed some weak margaritas, he seemed to ignore me when I wanted to pay up so I could get to our table. Food is OK, definitely not as pretty as the pictures on the menu. My lamb shanks were a very good value but undercooked and chewy-I took the second shank home, braised it another 2 hours the following night and it was much better. My girlfriends teriyaki chicken was dry and minced too small, looked nothing like the plump pieces in the pictures. Ditto for the seafood combo platter. I dont want to totally rip on the place because the prices are almost comparable to Dennys for dinner so its not a bad alternative for a little variety and atmosphere.
A great View – I just wanted to add that the reason for the long wait is that the view is spectacular. You are looking right at the water located behind SFO Airport.
Pretty good, but nothing special – The menu does have a variety of entrees, but the portions turn out to be average and the food just decent. The pretty decor of the place heightens your expectations a little, but the food definitely doesn't live up to them. I agree with the TGI Fridays comparison. A friend of mine says that this place has lost its lustre. If you want a nice & unique setting with good food, try the Rainforest Cafe instead.
Long Wait, Average Food – The food here is good but nothing exciting. But it's priced fairly so you get what you pay for. They do make some good drinks and the atmosphere is nice. The only real negative is the horrendous wait to get in. It is usually an hour wait, which is not worth it in my opinion. If there is no wait it is worth dining here but don't waste an hour of your life for this food. It's the same calibre of food as TGI Friday.
Good place – This is a great place to get a full belly. Portions are large, so if you are on a diet, stay away. The atmosphere is cozy and kids are welcome. Let this place be in a parents top 10.
Great Value, Nice atmosphere – The Elephant Bar is a great place for lunch, as they have some great lunch deals (under $6-7). The service is above par, and the theme adds something a bit different to the whole experience.
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