Elements Restaurant
Elements Restaurant

Elements Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elementsprinceton.com/
  • Phone: 6099240078
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 - 2pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Anderson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Entertain your guests in style; whether it be for a business, family, or social event, we have menus & packages to fit every budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Beth 6099240078

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Leigh Avenue
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit to Princeton Station, once arrived, an additional 1.5 mile walk or 3 minute cab ride.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have an on site parking lot, accessible off of Bayard Lane(rt 206)and Leigh Avenue, as well as additional parking at the Bank of Princeton (next door).
A word from Elements Restaurant
Executive Chef Scott Anderson chose the name "elements" for the restaurant because he is passionate about sourcing fresh, local, organic ingredients and sustainably raised meats and seafood. He wants the very elements of your meal to play a major role in the taste of it. Then he and his team work to reveal the complementary flavor dimensions inherent in the elements by skillfully combining them—often in edgy new ways. Restaurant menus change constantly here, making this the dinner restaurant that is excitingly different every time you return.

If you're a foodie, you want to know where—and how--your food grew. It's fascinating, it's a good health practice and it provides extra pleasure from everyday experiences, like a meal with friends. elements is the American restaurant serving local steak and seafood, but with global influences in seasoning and cooking methods. A true culinary adventure!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Elements Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (27)fit for foodies (22)notable wine list (18)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (9)hot spot (3)great for brunch (1)good for groups (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Outstanding!
    MadameX
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband I had the pleasure of enjoying the 6-course tasting menu designed for their last day in the present location. As expected, it was inventive, beautifully presented and of course, delicious. Add the wonderful service and a delightful staff and you have the recipe for a fabulous dining experience. We look forward to their new location in downtown Princeton in 2015.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    fantastic
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Fantastic, great food, service and ambience. Excited to see the new place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good!
    Patti
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The restaurant is expensive but we enjoyed the food very much!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fine dining experience
    Willtellthetrue
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The place is pristine. The service was very good with only a couple of too long waiting for a glass of wine and water, nothing too bad though to ruin anything. The food was outstanding! It is pricey, but that we knew in advance. They had a nice surprise at the end when the waiter brought us a plate with 2 chocolates and written was " Anniversary"
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Max1950VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was pretty good, but on a value basis, I found it not so great. It was expensive for the level of quality, and the fact of the matter is, you can do much better in Manhattan and other places in NJ for less or equivalent money. On the other hand, the wine list was quite well priced. We walked in on Friday and despite the fact that the place was virtually empty, they told us the table was not ready and that there was a five minute wait. I assume that was just to get us to the bar, and I find that tactic particularly irritating.
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  • luv2dine
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food was very tasty, clean, and well presented. The service was almost too good. We lost count of how many people came to our table to ask us if everything was okay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Elements Delivers Again
    Bassman
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our third time and once again the staff at Elements delivered a world class meal We started with a sampling of five cheeses the best of which was a Spanish bleu called Valdeon She had Muscovy Duck which was a mind blowing dish in every sense while I had vegetarian Pad Thai which was also wonderfully prepared. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was great, the service was slow. Dinner started at 7:45pm got desert at 10:30pm. Way too long. Dinner and a movie not possible.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    All aspects of the meal were stellar. A star was taken away because the price point is just a bit higher than I would expect for the area and because I think the food should speak for itself and the creative displays came across as gimmicky. Overall, excellent experience with wonderful service and delicious food. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Very disappointing
    CRSW
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We were very disappointed with Elements. The staff was great and very attentive, but the quality and preparation of the food, especially when considering the cost, was not at all acceptable. We were there for a graduation dinner, so the menu was limited, but not a single dish lived up to our expectations. Salads were mediocre, the scallop dish was overpowered by a way too spicy accompaniment, the special beef was NOT special (especially considering the supplemental cost), and the curry ice cream accompanying the chocolate dessert was so strong that it was unappetizing. Definitely not the perfect ending to a special day.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • YolyOVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    First time dining here was absolutely incredible. We had the 6 course with beverage pairing. Every single thing brought to our table was not only delicious, but beautifully and artfully prepared. Yes, these are nyc prices, but just having the opportunity to experience fine dining in nyc style is enough to keep us going back for more to this Princeton gem. Valet parking is an added plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Very pretentious approach to food which, unfortunately, does not translate into tasty dishes - just a bunch of greens randomly thrown together. Slow, inattentive service was capped by a live, wriggling worm found in my entrée. Unfazed waiter laughed it off and dismissed it as being from their "garden" and didn't bother offering a compensating dessert, drink, or at least taking the entrée off the tab. Too bad, because their décor is very attractive and makes a good impression upon first entering. But forget about good food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Doesn't live up
    Diner1560
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Although we are not "avid foodies" we due try to hit some of the top restaurants in southern and central NJ every other week. I must say that this night out was a disappointment. The food was average, unseasoned wait staff, overpriced, and the crowd was not one of ease of even elegance. We came home praising each other for not falling for the Emperor's New Clothes. If you are saving up for this night out, go elsewhere as you will have wasted a pretty penny.
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  • Tink
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Elements was a great place! The resturant was very accomodating with our reservations and it was a perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. The staff was superp. The food and dessert was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food outshines ambience
    a2reviewVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Our first time. No question, the food was excellent. But given for the price, we would normally expect less noise, better table spacing and not a shared "wall bench," better background music. The service met our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going back for more
    Foodie1
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Reserved a chef table for me and my husband in August for our 25th anniversary
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, except when you spend much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a starter and an entree; at about 50-60 dollars per person; and were still hungry after that. The food is well prepared and fresh (though not michelin-star quality) but the portion are small, miniscule ...
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    special occasion
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  • Good but not great.
    finedyner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Service was very good. Food was good but Un remarkable.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding, as always!
    MarjD
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Perfect Mother's Day dinner experience. I have been to Elements three times and the menu (always changing to include innovative ideas and local ingredients) and service never disappoint!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Service and food was good
    Minniemin
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Bit pricey as I spend the same amount in NYC and Philly fine dining for two. Food was bit salty even though I mentioned low sodium diet for my Morher but she enjoyed the whole dining experience and that's all that matters.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Natural Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Went here for my husband's 40th birthday- he loves to eat organic, natural and clean food. This place was perfect. Dishes were unique and had a wide array of flavors on one plate. My husband had the 48 hour short rib. He enjoyed it, but really took to the dumplings, puree and bock choy (short rib was a bit fatty, and did not fall apart as he had hoped). Really appreciated the extras from the chef, and really appreciated the acknowledgement of husband's birthday w/special treat. Matt, our waiter was GREAT- he was very knowledgeable, and was very patient with my husband's inquiries. Definitely recommend if wanting to try REAL food. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1250 reviews are from the Elements Restaurant reviews archive.
  • PattyVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We celebrated a family birthday at Elements and it couldn't have been a better experience. There were out of town foodies in the group who were totally impressed. The service was impeccable and the little extra attention to it being a birthday celebration was lovely and appreciated. Never disappointed at Elements.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best restaurant in Princeton
    Cattooth
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Strongly recommend, if you look for an exceptional fine dining experience !
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    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food and wine!
    HeatherL
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We has a great evening. The food and wine were exceptional and well presented, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night at Elements
    Princetonian
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I took my girlfriend to Elements to for a celebration. It was our first time at this restaurant. And we didn't get disappointed by it at all! Elements is a gem among restaurants in Princeton. In fact, it's one of the nicest restaurants I've visited in the States, with a bit of a European ambience. It's trendy, and official/upper classy, but still relaxed. It's expensive, but not too crazy ($200-250 for a three-course dinner for two). The food was excellent and original, the waiters were quick to serve but nice and helpful, not pushy. It's not super spacious, but not crowded at all. Great place for a special dinner!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Essential Elements
    juleezee
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was not our first visit, one of many in the past and many more to come. It is our preferred restaurant for special events and it should be yours too. Everything about Elements is unique: the service, the amazing food and the overall experience. If you've never eaten there, the food is a genius combination of fresh, local ingredients, modern interpretation and superb presentation. Not only that, the friendly and professional staff will explain any dish to the smallest detail and will accommodate special requests if possible. My Pad Thai was very far from the noodle dish you'd get in a Thai restaurant (it was built completely of vegetables, including some delicious ramps), yet tasted like the familiar favorite. Go, you'll love it!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievably great!
    Steve
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Due to my job, I have been very fortunate to eat in many high end restaurants in many US and European cities. This was easily the best culinary experience of my life. It's not cheap, and should be reserved for special occasions, but it is worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Disappointed!
    Jgraydon
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Again we had a wonderful meal at Elements in Princeton. While not downtown certainly worth the trip. Service was excellent as were both meals. The portions were ample and the chef's treats are worthy of mention especially the beet soup!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Slight Let Down
    FoodieMcGee
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My original review was too long apparently, so here is my condensed version: Decor - Lovely. Lots of attention to detail, a beautiful restaurant inside and out. Service - Very good. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, as was the sommelier who assisted us with our wine selections. Food - Lacking. I was really looking forward to dining here, but I was extremely disappointed. I felt like perhaps the Chef was trying a little too hard to be edgy and different. Flavor combinations did not always work, grains/nuts felt like they were afterthoughts, and 5 out of our 6 entrees came to the table luke-warm to cold - maybe a backup at the expediting table? It just fell a bit short for a restaurant of this caliber/reputation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over-priced and lacking atmosphere
    Toulouse
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    If you're looking for an unusual dining experience with an adventurous menu, Mistral (same owners) in Princeton is a far better bet. Elements takes itself too seriously and the food, while interesting, was not as exciting as expected (for the price). The service was rather awkward, and atmosphere, on a Friday night, was non-existent. No music, chilly temperature and terrible lighting. Mistral, on the other hand, is vibrant, energetic with much better ambiance, and there is magic being made in the kitchen. Elements is disappointing.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Elements 28MAR14
    28MAR14
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    4th or 5th time to elements and as always amazing food. This is the first time we let the bar creat some surprise cocktails - result: I'd rather drink what the bartenders can make then pay almost twice as much for small glasses of wine. But their wine selection is great if wine is your only interest. Desert was different this time. While they are good it's more like the chief is trying to challenge you to what is actually a desert. Bottom line go with an ice-cream if you need something light.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous culinary treats from
    Foodie123
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Fabulous culinary treats from start to finish! The bar bites are a great addition and the creative cocktails are delicious! HIghly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food -
    weluvsteakVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Really great food - only negatives: wine list is limited and 2 top tables are too close to each other for a special occasion restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and extensive wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Thank you for a wonderful meal! The service was excellent, and they were more than happy to accommodate our gluten free guest. Not to mention the food was delicious. :) Also, what a wine list!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elemental
    Elemental
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Overall Very impressed with this restaurant. Ordered the hallibit and rabbit sausage which were both tasty. What topped it off was the little desserts that accompanied the large check which eased the suffering a little bit :) If I had more time would have liked to try the tasting menu. Maybe next time.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to detail
    Chuck
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Food was prepared,served and displayed perfectly. Waitstaff was ever present and very helpful but not over bearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Princeton's best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Best food in Princeton for those special nights. I have had many good meals there but I hadn't been there for a year. the food and presentation seemed even better than I remembered. We got the 6 course tasting menu, which they were able to serve in 1.5 hrs and let us get to our 8pm show!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting Journey
    Bassman
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This was our second tasting menu foray and the staff at Elements did not disappoint. Each course was a wonderful blend of flavors and textures supported by a very friendly and attentive staff. Rather than go through each course I'll describe a few highlights. The langoustine with quince purée and a slice of truffle was exquisite. Another gem was roasted sun chokes and maitaki mushrooms served with an aronia berry purée. We somehow made room for desert which was a chocolate ganache and pistachio cake topped with house made brittle and buckwheat ice cream which was a perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but...
    NJfoodie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Soon as we'd payed the $300 bill we were asked to vacate the table because others were waiting (we'd not even finished our drinks)!
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  • Have been there several times
    Diner
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Have been there several times and this was the best. Service and food were truly outstanding. Creative blends without being bizarre or ostentatious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.