Elements
Elements

Elements

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elementsofchapelhill.com/
  • Phone: 9195378780x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Elements is BACK OPEN!

    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: 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.
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
120 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)special occasion (68)neighborhood gem (59)notable wine list (48)great for lunch (38)great for outdoor dining (37)romantic (33)good for groups (26)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Nice plave to wine and dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
  • 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.
  • Excellent, but over priced!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
  • 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
    Rogan
    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
  • Glad you are back
    Pooky
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All around hit
    foodiefamily
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUR CHAPEL HILL FAVORITE!
    RICKVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great evening
    EBBr
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME AND UNIQUE
    ralfoodyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Highly recommend this place...very unique food and delish cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining destination
    durhamfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice dinner!
    dinaround
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't recommend it
    zero
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    tyjh9
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food outstanding
    Teebee
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Golfer
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch. The food and service were fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience good, food moderate
    Ralph
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    CaryDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    Lunch
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Outstanding food and great service. Perfect spot for business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.