Elements
Elements

Elements

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elementsofchapelhill.com/
  • Phone: 9195378780x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

    Dinner
    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 9195378780x
  • Special Events: 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: Public Lot
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.
PURCHASE WINES TO TAKE HOME- BOTTLES 30% OFF!

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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Elements reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (108)special occasion (74)neighborhood gem (65)notable wine list (55)great for outdoor dining (39)great for lunch (37)romantic (35)good for groups (31)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Everyone enjoyed their wine, appetizers and entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food well prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Dinner was excellent. Fresh ingredients prepared well with just the right amount of seasoning to bring out the natural flavors of the food. I had the viet rolls and the Pacific Rim Pan Roast. Both were excellent! The one disappointment was dessert - a very dense coconut cake. I was expecting a light more intensely coconut flavored dessert. Other than dessert it was a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grevinVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    There is only one word to describe this restaurant... AWESOME!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chapel Hill Gem
    chapelhillian
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Another wonderful meal -- Jujube Duck (not named for the restaurant across the street) was excellent, as was the Beef Wellington special -- followed by an exquisite 7-layer coconut cake. Great wine to accompany the beef. Ended up buying a bottle to go, at 30% off. another memorable evening! Thank you, Chef Chuong!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing first visit
    FairOnFare
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our first visit, which came highly recommended from friends. Wine was delicious and the waitstaff very courteous. Unfortunately, the food was a disappointment, especially for the price: for example, the duck I ordered was extremely tough - it was difficult to cut (even using steak knife provided), harder to chew and I ended up having to leave over half of it on my plate. Our server noticed the plate and offered to explain to the chef about the duck. I think the bigger disappointment was the chef's response - that he prepared the duck appropriately. Period. No remedy offered. No acknowledgement that this particular duck was tough. Both dessert and coffee that followed were old. This meal for 2 was over $100 & overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elements
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    What this restaurant lacks in ambience it makes up for in taste. Everything on the menu is unique and delicious. The inside of the restaurant always seems noisy (no rugs or sound barriers) and always seems chilly. The lighting is nice but the inside decorations need a little more updating. There is a new outside area to grab a glass of wine and sit around a fire - not sure how warm it will be in the winter if you are at a table without a heater. Like the first line said, taste buds will be excited but the eyes will be lacking in excitement and make sure you have nothing serious to discuss due to the noise level. I would still go back (and have) because the menu changes every season and their chef is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a pleasure!
    DineamicDuo
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    From A to D (appetizers to desserts), everything was beautifully prepared and presented. Even the cocktails were fun and flavorful! My wife and I shared each of the plates we ordered, and from the first to the last, things just got better and better. From the Small Dishes, we shared the tempura asparagus, Viet rolls, beet salad, and pumpkin bisque. Our one entree was the walnut prawns. For dessert, we had the coconut cake and the pumpkin bread pudding -- a great finish to a great meal! Every bit as enjoyable was the service! Elizabeth was warm and friendly and very attentive, as were all who served us that evening (my water glass was never empty!). We will gladly make the drive to Chapel Hill again... and again! Thank you, Elements!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grevinVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    WOW!!!!! Another wonderful meal and evening. Truly, this restaurant is one of the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hope you have a lot of time
    louie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    no review. I do not have a review. I will not write a review. This is so silly. I just want to send a message to the restaurant. II do not need to tell the world about my complaint. Are you satisfied now? This is the most ridiculous review I have ever encountered. You can't submit any helpful information without wasting a whole lot of time. Are you people nuts or what> I have submitted everything. Why won't you let me submit? Why are you holding me hostage?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grevinVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I wish there was a 6th star I could give them! The food and service are impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed the complete Elements experience - the food, the wine, the atmosphere. It was a truly special evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice plave to wine and dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nice wine bar area, perfect for a night out with friends. The food is an extra bonus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expectatations not met
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The restaurant was extremely loud. At times very difficult to carry on a conversation with the person sitting across the table. We asked the waiter for a few minutes to review the menu before placing our order. He disappeared for about 30 minutes. After placing our food order it was 45 minutes before we sere served. While waiting for food we requested a second bottle of wine from the waiter and had to remind him after a long wait of our request. The biggest cause of my dissatisfaction was the 22 oz Black Angus steak special. It was specifically stated to be 22 oz. What came out was 10-12 oz of bone and the remainder a very fatty piece of meat. Overall not a very pleasant dining experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AnotherElaine
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Absolutely wonderful in all aspects!! Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious elegant exciting
    NCVFD253
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The refurbished, since the flood, dining area is beautiful. The service was really over the top in its caring and as usual the eclectic but very satisfying menu proved terrific to our return visit and to those we brought here for the first time. A tad pricy for every week dining but great for the quarterly dinner experience in addition to any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, fair service
    Foodiehusband
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food we ordered was very good except for the baby back ribs we ordered as an appetizer. They were tasty but not very tender at all. My wife ordered a dumpling dish that tasted fantastic and I had filet tips that were very good as well. Our waitress seemed new and unfamiliar with the dishes. Service was slow, but we were not in a hurry so this did not bother us too much. We sat outside and vehicle noise was a slight distraction, but otherwise pleasant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, but over priced!
    carteblanche
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is my second time at Elements and ordered the same dish, which I really enjoyed. My husband got the steak special which was $50! We wished we would have asked the price. The steak did not have great flavor. In the future we'll stick to the more Asian items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable visit
    C1H2
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We were a party of four celebrating a birthday and our visit proved to be very enjoyable. We very much liked the layout and the ambiance of the restaurant. The menu was sufficiently diverse so that everyone could find dishes to their taste and the food was very good. Service was initially very good but follow up was variable; however, we were in no hurry and the restaurant was very busy. Certainly worth a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grevinVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    What an awesome find.... I had no idea that this was the original chef from An in Cary. This is truly a place you want to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VJC
    foodforall2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    OUTSTANDING SERVICE. GREAT FOOD, REASONABLE PRICES.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Silver
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Quality food with a creative flair. Unique and special-- my personal favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tiger37
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our waitress was outstanding. The food was interesting--we especially appreciate the small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely lunch with a friend
    RoadwarriorVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Inventive menu, with interesting use of local items. Our server was FABULOUS. Had a marvelous salad. The asparagus appetizer was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First-rate lunch
    EBBr
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Four friends and I gathered for lunch at Elements this past week. We had very good service and the server did not balk at producing five checks. My fried oyster salad was excellent in both visual appeal and taste; the dressing was light but had a nice zing to it. The oysters were still hot when the salad reached the table. Others at the table had the Pad Thai, the salmon caesar salad, and the Cobb salad -- all enjoyed their meals. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remarkable
    RoganVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    If it weren't for the noise level I would have given this restaurant a 5 across the board.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous
    elained
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    How delightful to find that Elements lives up to our expectations. From the first minute, our experience was a pleasure. The food is amazing, and true 'foodies' would find even more to love than we did, as we are just amateurs. The service was impeccable, the wait staff flexible and relaxed, but very professional. We are going back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite in the neighborhood
    mlh100WOWVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have never had anything but an excellent experience at Elements. The food, the service, the ambiance are really outstanding. I love this place for special occasions - or not! Meeting friends for lunch or dinner here becomes a special occasion. The walnut prawns seem to be everyone's favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUR 1ST LUNCH HERE
    RICKVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Took my son for his first time; he loved the food. As always, excellent friendly service and tasty entrees. A relaxing time with great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jmmdownhil
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have been to Elements several times and always enjoy the excellent food and dining experience. For this meal we had the soft shell crab special, and the clay pot(with crab & shrimp) special. Both were excellent, as was the server. Next time we will check out the new wine bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, small gripe
    BobJVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The menu is varied and it is very easy to find many interesting and delicious choices. The portions were larger than expected. We shared an order of Imperial Rolls as an appetizer and they were excellent. My wife had the soft shell crab special and I had the Saigon Noodles, both very good to excellent and plentiful. The bread was delicious and we did not have room for dessert which people at the next table were raving about. Our gripe: even though the wine list was extensive, we were not sure of the wine we wanted and when I suggested to the waitress that I would appreciated a small taste of a wine served by the glass, she informed us that "we do not do that anymore." We did not have wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very creative chef
    HopaF
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My Argentinian shrimp flambeed at the table were spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • business discussions over dinner.
    RickyBVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Only frustration is lack of a truly quiet area to have business discussions over dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A reason to make the drive from TX!
    Goodeats
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This was our last dinner before handing our daughter to Duke. We love to eat well and followed the Open Table suggestion. What a pleasant surprise! Loved every bite. The waitress (Elena?) provided exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finickyfoodie
    FinickyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dinner!
    visitingdiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit
    Nclarry
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Inside, quite noisy. We ate outside which was lovely. Salad, outstanding. Entree, excellent. Dessert, overpriced and mediocre.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mellow
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, friendly service
    MikeLVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    1st visit to Elements - nicely laid out, friendly staff, unique and very good food. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great take on Asian cuisine
    Chapelhillian
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative chef, beautiful decor
    HopaF
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Everyone was pleased with their appetizers, entres, and desserts (and cocktails). We all had seafood and it was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet