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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
  • "I love element. the food is amazing. service needs to be improved asap."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Food and service was first rate. Decibel noise level high which is understandable given brick, mortar and steel. Menu change every 3 weeks a plus."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food is really different but really good. We had the Pork Steak, the breads on special, and the Mushroom Tofu dish. Loved the patio too!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Element was as good as I had heard! We started in the 3rd floor bar on the patio and it was lovely. Smooth, helpful service, dynamic decor and last but definately not least, great, interesting food. The panna cotta with balsmic fig reduction and almond brittle was delectable!!! All around, a great evening."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food and the service were good. Not the best food but up there with some of the restaurants I've been to in Saint Louis. Server did a fair job, she forgot a few things we asked her but otherwise had a pretty good knowledge of the food, wine, beer and cocktail lists. The outdoor patio is phenomenal. Maybe one of the best I've been too. The view is great the atmosphere outside is fantastic. I'll be going back there at least for drinks. A bit expensive but that's ok, you pay for what you get."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food was very good but the portions were small (expected) and offensively priced, i.e. the bacon small plate contained 3 small pieces of bacon and was $15. A vodka/basil cocktail was the size of a cordial and was $10. Will not return but would recommend to food-loving friends after advising of cost."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We loved sitting by the kitchen and being able to see and hear what was going on. Great teamwork in there!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Our first time there was certainly more successful than our most recent visit. I was glad to see the dinner wasn't served on boards that allowed all the juices to drip off the sides. That and not a greatly stocked bar. Several drinks we asked for were not available. Okay, so we decided to go back. This time, two of us asked for vodka drinks. The pours could not have been skimpier. The server told us in a seemingly well rehearsed response, "We pour 1-1/2 ounces. That is a standard pour." OK, well, quit measuring and filling up the glass with ice! Than there was the undercooked veal chop and the lack of decaf coffee. The latter led to another rehearsed response about locally sourced organic coffee and it's not sold by supplier!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We ordered from the small plate menu and two desserts - everything was great! The sweet breads were amazing! Also, the cocktails were very good."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The cocktails were beautiful and delicious. We tarted off with a cheese board and braised bacon(i think thats what it was called) small plate...the bacon was a small portion but it was one of the best pork based items i have ever had. The large plates were well presented and tasted even better...we had the beef filet and the veal chop. Not only were the main items flavorful and cooked to perfection, the accompanying sides were superb as well. Service was top notch, multiple staff seemed to pitch in even if it wasn't 'their table' and all were friendly and helpful. A great dinner experience!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This was our second time for dinner at Element and we really had a great time. Menu choices were much more interesting and proved to be wonderful. Loved the new appetizer - the Tasting Board with 5 different items and accompanying cocktails. Very fun and the bacon funnel cake was a winner! The chocolate silk pie was a hit to finish it all off. While we didn't get to sit outside due to a rainy evening - they have lovely outside areas too."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience at Element last week. The service was outstanding, well trained, knowledgeable and attentive! The food we had was excellent and wht I saw being served around me looked good as well. The patio was perfect on a cool summer evening. I recommend Element and we will return."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Tried this place because we found a Groupon, and I'm glad we did! Sat outside on the patio (3rd floor) - great view. Service was friendly, food was delicious. I was curious about the sweetbread...the server recommended it...and it was incredible. The walleye was delicious and done perfectly. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "It was good but very limited selections for both wine and food selections. I think it was pricey since you have to order both a small course and a large course to have a full meal. The food was excellent, I like the open kitchen. We did not go outside but appeared to have a nice outdoor area we could see the lights from below."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This hidden gem was recreated in an old power plant The interior is a comfortable combination of the original building and modern industrial design. The layout is well spaced so you don't feel cramped by other diners. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was fresh and well cooked and presented."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We went to Element because we live in the neighborhood. The menu seemed appealing. The fact that they use local products was a plus. So we sat down, received our water, it was warm and no ice. The wine prices were completely outrageous. We settled with 1 glass for our dinner. The Cured salmon was a joke. There was only 3 slivers and a ton of pea shoots. No bread offered! The pork chop was completely bland and the roasted chicken was literally Crusted in salt. The bill was $90. That is ridiculous for the quality or lack there of. This place didn't even offer salad. If they were so FarmtoTable, were the heck was the local resourced lettuce!!!? We came to this place expecting to pay good money and that was fine but nothing here was worth it."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Element. I'm surprised that this place is not busier. The food is interesting and it is a very cool atmosphere. The walleye was outstanding and the bread and cheese board were great. The fillet was perfectly cooked but needed a little more of a sauce but was a nice size for the price. The outdoor patio is really nice and the upstairs bar is a fun place for a drink before or after dinner."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our first time at Element and ww will definitely be going back. The small plates were creative and tasty. The bacon jam was over the top! We tried several entrees (pork chop, filet, & walleye) and the filet won out! Amazing deserts and cocktail menu as well. Ambiance was fun and staff was all friendly. Element is a true gem!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our server, Lindsey was wonderful. At first, we were seated at a table with a view of the dishwasher and couldn't talk over the clang of dishes. We moved to a booth and it was a whole new experience. The small played were really small but the large plates were plentiful. We had the filet and the pork chop. Went to lounge after dinner. It is a great roof top. It would have nice with a one man band. Great views."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went there with my boyfriend to try it out. The food was amazing (I recommend the Walleye) and our server was very attentive and knowledgeable with the entire menu. We will definitely be going back in the near future."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The service at Element was wonderful. The food and sangria were amazing. I will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Fun venue. The upstairs lounge was very cool. Our service was excellent as were our appetizers. The bacon watermelon small plate special and the beet & kale small plate were excellent. Our entrees were well prepared but uninspired and kind of bland. I had the beef and my husband had the haddock. I think if we went back it would be for drinks, maybe appetizers but for $25 entree I expect more flavor."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had dinner with friends on the patio on a great night with a gentle breeze then after dinner we went up a level and has an after dinner drink while gazing at the super moon"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food, very creative unique menu. Loved the atmosphere, view of the kitchen, and energy of the chefs. Patio would be good for groups or more private dinner, but obviously doesn't over the unique experience of watching the kitchen in action. Service was the only area for improvement. Diners were served food at different times and silverware was brought several minutes after entrees served, which is a major faux pas for a high end restaurant. Bread was not offered or served, yet we saw it served at other tables. Waitress was great, but probably doing too much. Oh yes, great cocktails and desserts too. Definitely will go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Element has become my nneighborhood favorite! Not only is it within walking dstance from my home, but the food is amazing. The wait staff are always kind, generous, and helpful. THIS IS a keeper!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • " 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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