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Element Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elementstl.com
  • Phone: (314) 241-1674
  • Hours of Operation:

    Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Brian Hardesty
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private dining room capable of seating 8 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Restaurant Manager (314) 348-3242

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dillon Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered during dinner hours. Public parking available anytime.
A word from Element
Welcome to Element restaurant and lounge. We offer seasonal, local American food and our menu changes often. Our dining room is located on the second floor of the power plant building. Our lounge is located on the 3rd floor.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our first time at Element and we can't wait to come back. Sat outside and the patio was lovely. Server was excellent - she was very attentive but not obtrusive. Food was excellent. We ordered pork belly and sweet breads for apps, and walleye and pork chop for entrees. I would recommend everything we ordered. Bread plate was a great compliment too. Have recommended this place to friends and coworkers already and we will be back soon. Can't wait to try out the lounge upstairs too!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Awesome find. Could not be more pleased with Element."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The meal was delicious! We started with drinks and small plates - the Grilled Figs and a salmon salad. Both were excellent, with many textures and flavors! I thought I would like the fig better, but the salmon had such a great flavor that I prefered that. For dinner, we shared the Pork Chop. I usually don't order pork chops while out to eat, but this was by far the best pork chop I have ever eaten. The pork was flavorful and the side of the goat cheese, bacon, potato, and broccoli mixture was so delicious! I would definitely order that again!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Service was excellent but this is not a place quell your appetite. Portions are scant. A double portion of there salad consisted of a small to medium tomato cut into 6 wedges with a small squash cut into 4. You can have all of this (and a zuchini spiral) for $22. If you go for the regualr portion (half), it's only $11. Flavor and portion size were lacking in both the Walleye and Beef Fillet. The dining area is extremely small and with the kitchen being in open view for all to see their food being prepared there is no escape from the noise. You are forced to speak loudly which all of the patrons did. Count on getting to know more about your neighbors lives than necessary."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Ambience is fun, with great outdoor space. Food is close to great but just lacking that little something special."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • " The food was good. Seated us at a table where the chair backs to the stairs, then on asked my husband to more his chair numerous times so that could get to the table in the corner. Very annoying."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Dining at Element was good. THe food was okay and the service was okay. Nothing spectacular. A little on the high end for the food that we got. I would definitely give it another shot."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Element Restaurant was a dining adventure with it's interesting interior that has an open kitchen. The roof top areas looked inviting except the weather was prohibiting it the evening we dined. The food provided a one of kind combination of flavors that were savory and enjoyable. When looking for something a little different keep an open mind and try this dining adventure."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went to Element believing that it was a good restaurant and left believing it was outstanding. The space is marvelous and the food presentation like works of art. Oh, and the food scrumptious. So we will return to see if the experience can be duplicated."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed Element. The food had different pairings which worked well together. The building itself is very interesting and the outdoor dining view of the local neighborhood was great to see. My only issue was I felt that the service rushed. We hadn't finished our appetizers (or small plate as Element calls it) and all of a sudden our entrees (or large plate) appeared. This caused me to rush through the small plate so that my large plate would not get cold. I think it's just a matter of the staff taking notice when a diner is finished with the small plate and is ready for the large plate. I felt as though the staff was rushing us through dinner. Overall, the staff was knowledgeable and courteous."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service, cool patio. Everything we ordered was great - figs, pork belly, pork chop, veal chop, Arctic char, lemon curd. Staff were friendly, accommodating, and patient. When one piece of char was slightly under-cooked, it was immediately and apologetically sent back to the kitchen for touch-up and re-plating. I will definitely return and highly recommend Element."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Cool spot my second time For a food spot with a very small menu 10 apps and 10 entries or so they ran out of both fish items. our reservation was at 8 am. the waiter was o well// not really wanting the other items .. although they where good. wine was good however serviced in tiny glasses like a ball room setting. seems like they would have the correct glass for the wine selection. If they are going to be releveant for this type of spot they need to think about the details.."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "menu is very shallow. Food is trendy and a bit oversalted. The Pork chop was really good. Food is expensive. Just don't think there is something worth going back for as the menu is too small. Dessert was the best part of the meal; but that is not a reason to come back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Attractive place and fun outdoor area. However 3 items printed on (somewhat limited) menu not available. Order was not accurate. Food not hot.... no decafe coffee in upstairs outside bar..... Presentation of food nice. Pork chop was excellent."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "A really nice experience! A small, but appropriate big plate selection, and a wonderful offering of small plates, which is the way we went. We had a party of five, and we all split the cheese board and bread service( a good idea if you're doing small plates), and two of us split three small plates and one dessert. Good pacing, great service and an intriguing menu. Put on your "must try" list!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "From the moment you enter the restored historic Power Plant building and see the rocking climbing venue, you know things will be different. I quick elevator ride to the second floor, brings you to the main dinning area with exposed brick and steel works with an sophisticated urban vibe. The wait staff was very attentive and professional, able to answer all our many questions, given the very creative menu options, that help great promise. Once the food began to arrive, our expectations of excellent food was fulfilled! We chose the special bread plate, which was fantastic, moved onto small plates of Duck HAM and Grilled Fig Salad, then to large plates of grilled fish, pork chop, and chicken which everyone agreed were all fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My friend and I each had a small plate, an entree, and desert--all were excellent--I could've ordered another round; smaller portions than most restaurants but probably the other restaurants cater to our obesity rate. Pork chop was great as was the beef filet. Veggie sides were scrumptious (difficult to share the creamed potato chunks with sauteed broccoli tops). The two small plates, fig salad and duck ham were tasty too. Our waiter, Nate, was very good--helpful, attentive without hovering, and very friendly. My only issue was that it was expensive--hope this restaurant is rated with $$$ or more--for two of us without adding drinks, tip, or tax, it was $92.00. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This was our first time at Element. We went because I bought Living Social deal. Excellent dinner (try the pig's ear - really). Great service. Save the calories and skip the desserts - ours was nothing special. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The restaurant was selected by a physician for a one on one business meeting. While the menu was somewhat short in selection the meal was fantastic. The salad had smoked cherries, i'm not a fan of anything other than plain cherries from the tree but these were exquisite. I'm a regular smoker of meats and fish at home and can't wait to try this out for myself. Service was timely and knowledgeable. I highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing outdoor dining, with a great view of downtown and the Arch. Such a cool vibe inside, with a view of the rock climbing gym located in the same building. Lots of exposed brick, with an elegant industrial feel. Just had appetizers, which were unique and tasty. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Great space. Loved the decor and atmosphere. Outdoor rooftop is wonderful on a beautiful evening. Food was presented beautifully, and tasted fine....but definitely not amazing, thus quite overpriced for the quality, IMHO."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We arrived at the end of lunch but one couldn't tell. There was no rushing us out, still got great service. Lunch is very inexpensive. Daughter and I both liked the tongue. Sounds terrible but tastes like beef with a softer texture. The brisket was soft and a large sandwich. The lemonade sorbet was fantastic; I would go back for that alone."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Two of the entrees and first courses I tried were delicious. The veal chop special and the watermelon salad, specifically. However, my halibut course was one of my greatest dining disappointments ever. It was a cold, limp, flavorless piece of fish whose only flavor was the overpowering gastrique. The traditional succulent flavor of halibut was completely obliterated by an olive oil poach followed by an utter lack of seasoning and follow through. I had zero desire to continue beyond the first two bites. The first bite I thought was surely a fluke, but the sad truth was revealed in the second bite. Waste of money. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Some entrees are much larger than others. The pork chop was huge, and the sides (goat cheese and bacon sauced potatoes and roasted broccoli) fairly generous and filling, with rich flavors. The chick pea entree was barely bigger than an appetizer, smaller than a lot of restaurants' small plates, and was bland, with tasteless, unseasoned mushrooms and unseasoned tiny cauliflower florets, yet too salty, as if salt were the only seasoning available. Desserts are too "foodie" so I couldn't fill up on that: pickled green strawberries in the strawberry shortcake? Really? I left hungry after sharing a small plate and eating my entree. I don't like troughs of food, but I don't like leaving hungry after spending $75+ tip for 2 people. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening here. We enjoyed the food and watching all that goes on in the kitchen. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It was so nice to be able to watch the food being prepared in the open kitchen. And it was delicious. I wish the special (soft shelled crab) was more flavorful though. The strip steak was fantastic and the desserts were sublime. I love the blend of blueberry and lemon."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The place is a mix of an old industrial feel with modern touches. The open kitchen is a neat look and feel. The servers were knowledgeable about the menu but struggled with organization a bit (we waited over 15 min to be greeted by a server and had to ask if we had one amongst some other little glitches.) We ordered one small plate and two large. The small was a grilled fig salad with goat cheese...delicious! The two large were both pork in different forms....best pork chop we have ever tasted. It melted in your mouth like butter! And speaking of butter, they have homemade bread and butter which was amazing. The downside was they charge for it and we didn't know that until after the fact. Some of the best food we've had!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Element. My daughter took us out as a thank you, and she couldn't have picked a nicer place. It was fun seeing the historic setting, and the great views. We had wonderful service. Wait staff was very friendly and efficient. Waiters seemed to be very familiar with the menu. I always appreciate that. Food was beautifully served and very delicious. We ate inside, but took time to look at the wonderful outdoor seating, in both the dining area and in the bar area. Views were lovely. There was greenery the surroundings. I thought it was interesting that the planting boxes were filled with herbs. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I realize pork belly and such is the new craze but the menu was all about it. Really limited choices. A little pigs ear goes along way. Halibut was cold with little flavor. Salads were ok. Service was good and view is great."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We celebrated out 16th anniversary at Element. The staff went out of their way to make the night special. The food was amazing. The beef tongue was simply delicious. The rabbit was fun and clever. Who could ask for anything more. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The environment was nice, but the menu definitely needs more vegetarian options. We had 2 options, a salad and an entree. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Menu constantly changing. Delicious watemelon salad to start, perfect steak. Chickpea dinner with delicious mushrooms and cauliflower! Chocolate dessert to die for'"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great food! Wonderful dining experience. Restaurant isn't huge so noise level is low. Kitchen is in sight of diners making it fun to watch. However, the conversations between the chefs and other kitchen staff does not interfere with the dining experience. Food was cooked perfectly. Adequate wine list. Small plates are really small. My party consisted of 3. We ordered frog legs to share. Plate consisted of 2 legs on a black bean sauce. The sauce was delicious and complimented the frog legs well. For a main course, we had strip steak, chicken and pork chop. All of our dishes were cooked perfectly. Wait staff was attentive, but not obtrusive. There is a parking lot across the street with adequate parking. I will return."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Menu needs more explanation of items. Very confusing. Salads? Defined as small plates? Really?"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I had the lamb ribs, which were fabulous, and the spring vegetable plate which was surprisingly yummy. My three dining companions really enjoyed their dinners as well. The service, however, was quite amateurish. Our waitress was VERY DRAMATIC and full of herself. It took forever for our first drink orders to arrive (one at a time over about 15 minutes). For the type of restaurant that it aspires to be Element needs to invest in an experienced manager for the front of the house. Also, the beautiful rooftop patio was closed for a private party. This happens often I have heard which further decreases my interest in returning."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Good food, interesting menu, interesting wine list. But it took us 30 minutes to be seated; however, we were served a complimentary cheese plate because of this inconvenience. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a large group for lunch and it took forever to get our food. When it did arrive, orders were incomplete and we had to send back an entree for a guest because it was severly undercooked. After waiting over 50 minutes just to receive our entrees, and then having to send back an entree while the other guests ate, we didn't even receive a visit from the manager or compensation for the guest who didn't get to eat lunch with the group due to the timing of the corrected entree. Disappointed to say the least - the only way I would go back is to visit the bartenders at the Lounge."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Excellent food, great view, cool scene. Would recommend to couples looking for a romantic spot."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Probably the best STL outdoor dining experience we've ever had (and we're old). The setting is wonderful. Service was good. Only problem was my wife's first glass of wine was served in a glass that was sticky to the touch on the outside and looked like it was washed in Mississippi River water. Fortunately you could FEEL it before taking a drink and it was corrected with apologies. Food was excellent in preparation and presentation. There is also a rooftop area for the bar on the third level."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Impeccable service, beautiful decor, friendly staff, & seating with a view of the chefs & kitchen staff preparing meals, which at times appeared choreographed, set the stage for our visit. The gentleman who took care of our table was entertaining & attentive w/o being intrusive. His recommendations for our table were perfect. The timing between the arrival of our small & large plates was just right, allowing us to fully appreciate both. The food was beautifully presented, perfectly prepared, & the flavors & textures were out of this world. We weren't hungry for dessert, but b/c it was a celebration, indulged anyway & were not disappointed. Once again, beautifully presented & sinfully delicious ... The perfect end to our experience!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014