Element

Element

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elementstl.com/
  • Phone: 3142411674x
  • Hours of Operation:


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

    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • 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 3143483242x

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
Element reviews from OpenTable diners
187 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (135)great for outdoor dining (103)special occasion (98)scenic view (76)neighborhood gem (68)romantic (67)vibrant bar scene (48)hot spot (41)good for groups (35)late-night find (24)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Two great places in one
    KatherineG
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Lounge on 3rd floor and restaurant on 2nd floor are very distinct and unique- but both are great! Cant wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Welcome Surprise
    BraseGigantiVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I don't know why it took us so long to try Element, but after our first visit, we smacked ourselves for not having gone there sooner. The space is great and very reminiscent of far-downtown Manhattan, having taken up the 2nd/3rd floors of the old City Hospital's power plant building. The 3rd floor bar is spacious and welcoming, and the bartenders are both friendly AND extremely knowledgeable. As for dinner, we both opted for the braised ox-tail entree, and it was spectacular: deep flavors with a few surprising touches. The sole mediocre note was a very dry bread pudding that was borderline inedible. Go for the drinks, appetizers, and main courses -- they are WELL worth your time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had never been here before, so went early to visit the bar before our dinner reservations at 6:30pm. Beautiful place, chairs a little too far apart in the lounge for conversation, we had to sit on the edges to hear each other even though the bar was empty. The reason the service is rated 4 stars instead of five is that the service in the bar was super slow. We were the only people there! Took forever to get our four drinks and then the tab while three waitresses were hanging out at the bar. The service downstairs was FABULOUS! Our waitress was fantastic. The chicken was crispy, yet moist. The rib eye was delicious. The fish I must say was a disappointment, overcooked with not a lot of flavor. Desserts were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dee111
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We ate dinner here and it was great, we just moved into the Georgian and will be regular customers!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday boy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday with lunch and it was very good - with champagne. The salads were fresh and the cheeses were delicious. The dessert choices were not what we wanted for a birthday, but the fig sorbet was excellent - and a birthday treat. We visited the upstairs lounge and saw that the view was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique flavor combinations!
    VizartsVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The plate was small but the flavor was big on the braised pigs ear....yum! A unique presentation to be sure. My braised oxtail was also packed with flavor but my husbands halibut...not so much. We also we're not impressed with the chocolate dessert...just ok & the fact that they didn't have cappuccino or espresso to go with it & the bar choices were limited which is disappointing since the vibe is great & we would've loved to hang after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovefoodandwine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant was just OK. The wine was not good at all--seemed very young. The decor and staff were excellent. The roasted chicken was smothered in some sauce covering the taste of chicken. It didn't taste bad, just not much chicken flavor. The fish choices were cooked well, but eh haddock had no real flavor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • underwhelmed
    wannabechef
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had heard good things about Element so I was excited to try it, unfortunately it left me underwhelmed. The food was good, but just that--nothing was spectacular or worth writing home about. The drinks were the same--good but nothing special. The service was friendly but a little rushed and invasive, not the nice relaxed atmosphere that you would like for a Saturday night dinner. Overall it was overpriced for the meal we got. I have had much better meals for less elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth going once.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was reasonably good but not extra special. The food was expensive. The service was reasonably good but not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food is unique and delicious except for the bread-pudding ice cream.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Let's eat!
    Suppertime
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was awesome but service needs to kick it up a notch. The veal was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time here
    sjg540
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I went here for my birthday and it was a great experience. Both my wife and I really enjoyed the food and I especially loved the atmosphere and decor. My only complaint was that the menu on the website did not reflect what was on the actual menu. The chef switches things up, which is fine, but my wife was set on the filet, but they didn't have it anymore. Overall we would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but too noisy
    JoyceDel
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I should have looked at the menu before going, really wasn't interested in food like pig's ears on the menu. It would have been such a nicer dinner if the noise level was better. Sitting at a table right next to the open kitchen made it difficult to hear my table mates and the server describe the food. I loved the lounge and the outdoor spaces though and everyone was very nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Element has awesome space. Unfortunately the restaurant is letting it down. My wife and I went there for her birthday. We started at the bar before dinner for a drink. There were 2 bartenders and the bar 1/3 full. We had to wait at least 10 min to be served - at the bar. Not a hello or other greeting. Both bartenders seemed very unhappy. And we didn't get a check. Ultimately I put some cash down and assumed they would find us if needed. At dinner we ordered a bottle of wine. Turns out the wine menu was new and the server knew nothing about the wine. We ordered a white that, despite being on the menu, was not chilled. We waited half way through the meal for the wine. Food was mediocre. The waitress, at least, was great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    caremoVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very interesting and tasty food. The bacon appetizer was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    DonG
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Interesting, no bread and no salt and pepper. Neither needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great meal
    CHRIS
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    great service and a great meal.I had meat and cheese tray with bbq ribs both were great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing time
    JillBF
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary at Element. Neither one of us had been there before. I originally had found a voucher on Living Social for $60 worth of food and drinks for $30. The whole experience was more than I had expected! The building was beautiful inside and out! The staff were all very knowledgable and friendly. We we're served complimentary champagne which was extra special and unexpected! Wonderful and memorable !!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We loved everything. Food was full of flavor and eclectic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to deliver
    howarc1
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food is always consistent at Element. Eat in the lounge area for nice ambiance. Service was a bit slow, but ok. The roasted chicken was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ffoo
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I love element. the food is amazing. service needs to be improved asap.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dave1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    LishaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As good as I heard!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good & service were good view great
    Addhawkins
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elsa
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open kitchen was cool
    MoDawg
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We loved sitting by the kitchen and being able to see and hear what was going on. Great teamwork in there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    ambivalentVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot
    cheezboardz
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening and great food!
    dancinqueen
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    chefgpz
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hebes
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MERoth
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great night with friends
    seattlediner
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just not worth it
    ALH35
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
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  • Nice Meal at Element
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must do!
    Jlcoman
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening at Element
    Date940
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wondeful!
    Food101
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate