Decided to try out one of newest places in Tallahassee with friends this afternoon. The Red Elephant, located in the Betton area on Thomasville Road, has a good atomosphere and tons of seating. It falls into the category of family style dining. The menu offers pizzas, main-dish salads, burgers, sandwiches, wine and beer. We sampled the house salad, chicken and mahi sandwiches, a burger, and pizza. All of the food was very good and plentiful. Although the house salad skimped on all of the expected elements aside from the iceburg lettuce which was abundant. The pizza was especially tasty.
Service was a particular concern. Example: Slow to approach the table and take drink orders, didn't know the soup of the day, food was not delivered at the same time, was not certain if the complete order had been written down after some items were not delivered, etc. Paying for the meal became a drawn out nightmare as we wanted separate checks (yes, I know - I hate that). The wrong amounts were put on the wrong credit cards, the waitress kept disappearing, a real headache when you're due back at the office. Paying the bill alone took close to half an hour. Perhaps the proprietor should consider allowing patrons to pay at the door.
Hopefully, the kinks in service will work themselves out and the Red Elephant will trump several family style dining options such as Village - home of deafening eastern European music and no soap in the bathrooms - Pizza, and Barnaby's - no thanks, I just won't eat- Family Inn.
The Red Elephant is several rungs higher than either of the afore mentioned establishments and is a welcomed addition to the Tallahassee dining scene.