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Elements Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elementsofchapelhill.com
  • Phone: (919) 537-8780
  • Hours of Operation: Elements is BACK OPEN!

    Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

    Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    CLOSED Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Chuong
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Executive Chef Michael Chuong and team will design a custom tantalizing menu that you and your guests will be sure to enjoy.
  • Private Party Facilities: Elements Offers 2 Private Dining Spaces for groups 8 up to 30 guests. We are available for Restaurant Buyouts for larger groups for Corporate Events, Weddings, and other Special Occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Van Chuong (919) 537-8780
  • Special Events & Promotions: Elements promises to deliver our guests an exquisite and unique dining experience. Birthdays, anniversaries, corporate dinners, rehearsal dinners, and special occasions will have Chef customized menus featuring the most fresh and seasonal products on the market, paired with unique wines, and complimented by an exquisite wait staff. Contact Van Chuong, ourprivate events coordinator for your next special event. van@elementsofchapelhill.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Raleigh Road
  • Public Transit: Accessible via the Chapel Hill Transit on east 54.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: East 54 Plaza provides parking lot, garage parking, as well as complimentary valet parking for all guests.
A word from Elements
Elements Wine Bar NOW OPEN!
We welcome guests to socialize and sample wines in one of our luxurious leather seats surrounded by modern and sleek decor. Our Custom Wine List is comprised of high quality yet
affordable wines from around the world. Full Menu Available.

From the moment you walk in to the last delicious morsel you will taste, we promise to deliver a unique and exquisite dining experience. Our cuisine combines classical as well as modern Asian and European cooking techniques to enhance the flavors of local and sustainable ingredients. Our menu changes often to capitalize on the freshest and most seasonal fare. We believe George Barnard Shaw said it best when he said, "There is no love sincerer than the love of food." We couldn't agree more. From fork to mouth, we wish you good eats.
Chef Michael and the Elements' Team
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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Diner Reviews
  • "Only frustration is lack of a truly quiet area to have business discussions over dinner!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Fabulous Asian fusion that takes advantage of the southern ingredients available. Delicious appetizers, I loved the tempura asparagus. Filet mignon melted in your mouth. The Pacific Rim Pan roast was loaded with local seafood and in a broth that resonates comfort food! The attentive service from beginning to end was sensational. I was not that blown away with desserts. I loved the new twists in the meal, but prefer traditional sweets. Not crazy about basil flavored pannacotta. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Elements and we were delighted with the meal!. The food was delicious. The fish taco appetizer was outstanding. The service was excellent and the staff very friendly. Although we were very full after our meal we decided to go for dessert hearing that there was an in-house pastry chef who was touted as excellent. The desserts were phenominal and we were so glad we went for it! WE will DEFINITELY return!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Inside, quite noisy. We ate outside which was lovely. Salad, outstanding. Entree, excellent. Dessert, overpriced and mediocre."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "To write a review of Elements without being repetative, one needs a thesaurus of superlatives. The staff were attentive without being cloying, and knew their menu offerings as well as the subtleties of their wine list. service was prompt, but never rushed, The ambience created was gracious and relaxing, a fine accompaniment of the splendid food.It would be easy to become attached to some of the menu favorites. The meal was an artistic as well as a gastronomic treat."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "1st visit to Elements - nicely laid out, friendly staff, unique and very good food. We'll be back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We hadn't been here since the new menu and renovations, but the food was terrific--no weak spots to be seen. I started with a great Elements Salad with blue cheese and my entree was Saigon Noodles. The salad was big and I only made it through half of the noodles but they were great the next day, too. My husband ordered several starters: one selection of sashimi, Imperial rolls, tuna tartare, and Vietnamese wedding soup. All were very fresh and delicious. My ginger mojito was a perfect accompaniment on a warm summer evening on the patio. We'll be going back soon."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Everyone was pleased with their appetizers, entres, and desserts (and cocktails). We all had seafood and it was fabulous."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Missed you will you had to be closed. So glad you are back going strong. As always so enjoyed sharing Elements with my out of town guests."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We have visited Elements twice now and were very, very pleased on both occasions. The waitstaff is polite, knowledgeable and professional. They truly enjoyed helping us. Everyone in our party ordered different dishes and were impressed by the presentation as well as the taste. We ordered the special which was prepared table side and delicious. All around dining favorite for our family."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Mimi and I have been here many times. Elements is by far, our favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill. I can only recall three restaurants in the United States that we rate as "OUTSTANDING". The soft shell crab appetizer was the best I have ever eaten. Menu dishes are uniquely flavored with exceptional presentation. The service matches the food, just outstanding! The owner and chef along with his daughters are great hosts. This was our anniversary which I mentioned in my reservation. We were greeted with "Happy Anniversary" and given 'the table' in the far corner."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten at Elements twice and both times were top-notch. My wife liked her cucumber-jalapeno sour drink, her tuna "flight", and her shrimp & sweet potato fritters. I had a nice Asheville IPA, the Vietnamese wedding soup ((excellent!) and the calamari. We added two desserts -- a creme brulee (good) and a light peach cheesecake (excellent). The decaf coffee was a bit on the weak side for our tastes, unfortunately. But overall we left feeling that we had gotten an excellent meal at a fair (not cheap) price. Our waiter was helpful but a bit too enthusiastic at times (for our tastes); others would probably find him entertaining. He did his job well."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Highly recommend this place...very unique food and delish cocktails!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Elements offers a varied menu of intriguing dishes with an Asian twist. The signature shrimp dish contrasts crispy with smooth bathed in a delightful sauce. The Viet rolls were a fine appetizer to share as was the soft shell crab sushi rolls --a seasonal dish. We liked the " lamb two ways" as a perfect dish to split. Loved the bento box as a great vegetarian presentation--beautiful , varied and delicious. I always recommend Elements to friends for a grand dining experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We are so glad that elements is back on line. Dinner was very good, as usual; and the restaurant was nicely busy for a Wednesday evening."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We went to Elements for our anniversary. We had lemon chicken rolls as an appetizer, which were rubbery and tasteless except for the satay sauce. The scallops had good flavor, but the duck was disappointing. It had very little taste or flair and I did not enjoy it. By this time it was 8:00 and the noise level was becoming distracting. We were having a good conversation and enjoying the remains of our wine. However, shortly after our plates were cleared, the hostess asked us to leave or move to the bar. We felt like we were being thrown out, on our anniversary no less. It seemed rude and uncalled for and we were very offended. With indifferent food, uncomfortable atmosphere, and poor hospitality, we will not be going back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We came to Elements from Charlotte and it was surely worth the drive! I had a great beet salad and my husband participated in "Lobsterfest": the lobster was cooked perfectly! We sat in the new wine bar, which was quiet and private. Our server was attentive and friendly. She recommended wines to go with our dishes. We give Elements 5 stars!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "food has been excellent 4 out of 4 visits. most in our group had the lobster special which everyone enjoyed. I had the duck which was perfectly cooked and overall an excellent dish."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a wonderful lunch. The food and service were fabulous."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We returned to Elements once again as my wife enjoyed it last time. The food is fair, but nothing more. The duck is so overly sauced and cloyingly sweet that I had to scrape the blueberry sauce off and pour soy sauce over it just to regain some semblance of balance. None of the four of us thought our meals were better than average (and we each tried a different entre, in addition to our appetizers). Similarly the service is acceptable at best. The waiter was inattentive and hard to find. The tables are small and barely fit four adults with our dishes. Considering the price of the meal, this was on the whole a rather disappointing dinner. Elaine's on Franklin Street is head and shoulders better, for the same price (or less)."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have been here before and had a better expereince. This place has a wonderful atmosphere and a high level of noise but acceptable. However food and service is variable. At times it has been one of the best and other times moderate like this time. We had a waiter who I suppose was new but it was annoying to not be able to get his attention. On several occasions he was looking at me and I called him over but he turned around and walked away. In terms of food the calamari and tuna tacos were very good. The soft shell crab was greasy."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We impatiently waited for the restaurant to reopen from water damage and were absolutely delighted with returning to this culinary gem. The tuna tacos were out of this world. It was the best fish tacos that we've ever had. The Vietnamese Wedding Soup was full of fresh shrimp, gigantic pieces of white asparagus, a quail egg which created a wonderful blend of flavors. For the main course, we ordered the soft-shell crabs, which were huge and meaty, and perfectly prepared. The wine bar with the prepaid card is a lot of fun and a smart choice as it allowed us to taste several different wines over the course of dinner. The coconut layered cake rounded off the meal perfectly. We are going back this Friday! Chef Chuong is a true talent!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Outstanding food and great service. Perfect spot for business lunch."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I dined at Elements for lunch on Wednesday and it was AMAZING! I had the bento box special featuring fried catfish with a red curry sauce, rice, fresh fruit, tuna roll with a peanut sauce and greens. It was the best thing I've ever eaten!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Two of us had the Walnut Prawns, the other two had the Bento Box special. Both were excellent. For dessert we ordered the Six Layer Coconut Cake and the Peach Chutney Cheesecake. These people know how to do dessert as well. Positively delicious!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This was a very good experience. The menu was interesting. The food was very good. The waiter was casual yet professional. My only issue was that it took longer than expected to get the food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I am from New York and have been to so many wonderful restaurants. From the wine selection, appetizer, entree to dessert, each item was more delicious than the next. My friend cancelled but I wanted to have a chance to dine again. I had the tuna flight which was a wonderful sampling of different kinds of tuna. My main course was a stir fry Filet Mignon with wonderful accompaniments of a delicious blue cheese salad and truffle fries. I had a glass of Riesling and the Finale was the best Coconut Cake. So good but I could only eat half. Van, the owner is also a delight and makes you feel at home. Make reservations- you will love it!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is probably the finest restaurant in Chapel Hill and surroundings. The food is just wonderful and the service was top rate."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We ordered halibut; it was overcooked (too dry) and a little too expensive. The service was good. When we and the other couple with us paid our credit card bills, they had accidentally switched our credit cards and we didn't notice. This required us to meet the next day to exchange cards; this was a waste of time. Also, the restaurant management, for some reason, had fired some of the waitstaff that we really liked; this was also disappointing."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "good service…..really great food. We did the 3-course for restaurant week……and may actually repeat it tomorrow night since it was so delicious."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We keep on coming back and they now have a wine bar right next to the restaurant that you can walk through to. We tried that first before we had our dinner. The tastings of the wine were a wonderful way to start the night."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This has become my new favorite local restaurant. I have never had a bad experience - either in food or service. I went on Friday with a friend who had never been - and she too loved it. I am always happy to bring a new person here because I know it will be a good experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Elements aims for urban sophistication with inventive flavor combinations and attractive presentation in a small plates format. But a very large floor staff in a half-full dining room somehow couldn't keep up with water refills or clearing empty plates. At one point, a second glass of wine was delayed because "there weren't any dry glasses, because we're so busy." Service needs some training and better communication. Chef could stand to ease up on the salt too -- my lamb chops were as salty as Fritoes."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We dined at Elements during Restaurant Week. We enjoyed everything, and thought it was one of the best dinners we have had in a long time. The food is so creative and well executed, with a very friendly wait staff."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food tastes bad. It was horrible. Too salty and Too sugary."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Nice setting. Expensive. Interesting menu. Food looks better than it tastes."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This was our first time eating at Elements. The service was great, it did take a few minutes for the server to get to us but once we ordered the service was great. We ordered the Calamari as an appetizer, the sauce was different, usually i have a remoulade sauce, but it was good, we also had the beet salad, both were good and we both ordered the scallops with creamed corn. very good, the scallops were good size and very good, cooked just right and i will have to say the creamed corn was the best that i have had. weird i know but just had to put that in. will definitely eat here again. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "dessert was disappointing; Cheese covered by honey glaze!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Everything was fine as usual except the inexperience of our server, who didn't ask what order we wanted small plates served in relation to the large plate one of us had. He brought out one small plate and then waited until it was finished before he put in the order for the entree. That left my partner with nothing to eat for the longest time! There was also a bouche that was never cleared away until I asked him to do so, much later in the meal. I don't think he should be fired. Just trained better."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is our fourth trip to Elements. Four of us went this time. The food and service were excellent. I can recommend the Viet rolls, the duck two-ways, and the honey-walnut prawns (esp. the honey-walnut prawns). The beignets for dessert are also excellent. The food is Asian fusion, the atmosphere is busy but quiet enough to talk easily, and service and food have been consistently good. We'll be back. Highly recommended. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014