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About Alchemy - Elements

Local Restaurateurs Chef Michael Matassa and his pastry chef/sommelier wife
Debi, are finally returning to their hometown of Harford County with the opening of their new restaurant Alchemy Elements in Bel Air Town Center. With a passion for fusion and a flair for molecular cooking, Debi and Chef Michael are bringing a unique dining experience to Bel Air. Both owners agree Alchemy Elements is not a white table cloth restaurant, it's just fabulous space with delicious food and they want people to have fun. -Harford Style Magazine

528 Baltimore Pike
Bel Air, MD 21014
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm;
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - close
Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm - close

Cross Street:
Veterans Memorial Highway

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(443) 371-7513

Website:
http://www.alchemyelements.com/

Entertainment:
Two televisions in the bar area

Catering:
Alchemy specializes in assisting our corporate, social, wedding and special event clients in creating a unique culinary experience.

Parking Details:
There is plenty of parking in the plaza that the restaurant is located in.

Executive Chef:
Michael Matassa

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Alchemy - Elements Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Special Occasion (30)
Creative Cuisine (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Romantic (18)
Casual (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Authentic (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Business Meals (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Fun (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Cozy (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Seasonal (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Healthy (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great Beer (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and awesome service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

I have been here before and the food was excellent. I guess the kitchen was having an off night.
The food was okay and cold. I will however give it another try. The wine was good and service was excellent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

1st Bad experience here...Specials never told to us, had to ask...Appetizers: grilled romaine salad and shrimp and grits… Shrimp and grits were delicious… Romain salad seemed wilted and not grilled and was actually not enjoyed… Main courses were steak alchemy which was ordered medium… Steak was served exceptionally rare almost purple... I asked server what came with the steak, were there potatoes(garlic smash) or not… Said all sides were Ala-Carte, so I ordered potatoes on the side… Guess what? Potatoes were underneath my raw steak , so I had 2 orders of potato’s...My wife’s Snapper seemed like it came out of the microwave…It tasted very bland.... first time for everything… I’m sure it was a busy night… Hopefully it’s a blip...

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·Dined 4 days ago

The good was mediocre. I had French onion soup and the crab dip. The crab dip was so rich, and the French onion was not good at all. My husband said his steak was good. Other than that was a nicee spot, but I would not go back based on the food.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

We went early on Valentine’s Day to avoid the rush. My husband ordered Crab Bisque followed by Seafood Carbonara. I ordered Caramelized Avocado & Baby Greens Salad followed by Pecan Crusted Lamb Chops. Everything was delicious. We took home carrot cake for dessert later. Love this place.

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·Dined 5 days ago

As always the meal and service were superb!
I get the Cauliflower Bites every time I’m at Alchemy Elements. I could overdose on them. 😉I had the vegetable ramen for my entree which was a delicious vegetarian option. They always have an excellent vegetarian entree which varies with each season.
Dessert was the brownie with caramel sauce which was the perfect sweet ending to a memorable culinary delight.
Thank you AE!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

We had excellent service and the food was very good. The bar tender was also very friendly. One issue. We were celebrating our elderly mother’s a birthday on a Sunday evening and was told that they would not put a candle in her dessert. The hostess told me the owner does not like to do so ??? Do not go for a birthday.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

The pan seared scallops with beet risotto was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Overall, and excellent eating experience. The service was prompt and professional and never was obtrusive. Whenever we needed anything, our server was right there almost as if she anticipated our needs.
Highly recommended!!
French onion soup stayed hot the whole time we were eating it. Just the right amount of crunchiness on the cheese.
This will be a regular restaurant on our rotation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Stopped by for restaurant week on Sunday; had a great lunch! Had the Onion Soup and the TBLT sandwich. Small portion on the soup but the sandwich was full size. My understanding is that the regular portion for the soup is much larger. Had great cocktails at the bar!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My wife and I had a wonderful experience. The service was incredible and the food was delicious.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was very good, unfortunately I am rating "good" because all our soup/gumbo ordered was barley warm.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We got together with our adult children for Restaurant Week. We each ordered something different and passed it around. That way we could get a taste of various foods. We all thought everything was delicious. I wish I could remember the name of our server because she was excellent and a lot of fun!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always amazing. Great food great drinks. Great wine selection

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Went for my wife’s birthday. I don’t remember our servers name, but she was outstanding. She was there whenever we needed something, but didn’t hover over the table. She brought over a toast of champagne for my wife for her birthday which was a nice touch. I had the Indian chicken entree and my wife had the pork belly ramen. Both were very good and nice portion size. We would like to go back to try other dishes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was amazing! My girlfriend and I both had the pork belly with ramen and it was delicious. Everything was fresh and flavorful. Can't wait to go there again !

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Was not that comfortable sitting in a booth. Table is very close to the booth.
It was a busy Sunday. Service was very slow. Not much options for vegetarians.
My friends were OK with food. As a vegetarian/Vegan, I would not prefer to go to Alchemy.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Really good food, mimosas were fantastic, reasonably priced, variety of choices!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The waiter was very attentive and good at recommending choices. The menu had a good selection of seasonal dishes to please every palate and the main courses are presented well. The booths are a little uncomfortable with a stiff “L” shape, but I would recommend the venu for any occasion. We have been here many times and have always had a good meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Have been to alchemy many times but was very disappointed in the red snapper. Deep fried n dry. My roasted salad was a disappointment too. However, my dining companion was very pleased with his bisque and carbonara dish. We were early 6pm and got in before the crowd therefore can’t blame them on being busy. Will try again as I’m hoping the chef just had an off night.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Seasonal, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Our overall experience was good. There were just two things we weren't satisfied with.

Cons:
1) The cauliflower appetizer was sickeningly lemony. We considered asking for another dish but decided not to.
2) the side salads were very dry and consisted of mostly leaves) The $12 avocado salad we bought had 4 slices of avocado and the bulk of the rest were leafy greens with barely any vinaigrette.

Pros:
1) service was great
2) A nice romantic atmosphere
3) Our main dish was great! (A specialty not listed on the online menu: squash with quinoa/veggie filling.)
4) It wasn't too noisy

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent menu. Very attentive wait and bar staff. The food tasted excellent. We were seated right at our reservation time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Saturday w the family brunch waitress was good my only concern is the inability to adapt the menu choices for instance my mother does not like onions and the potatoes included onions so she requested to get grits but they could not substitute even though grits were on the menu

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Alchemy Elements was a real surprise. The food was creative, flavorful, unexpected, and delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a great dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Best restaurant in Bel Air. Was good when it opened and just keeps growing. Nice atmosphere, good cocktails, nice wine list with Debbie the sommelier with nice surprises always. Michael the chef is very talented with diverse cuisine. Not many restaurants downtown worth driving to. A+.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Fantastic beef dishes. Our waiter was very attentive and had great recommendations. Dessert was fantastic as well!

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I had lunch at Alchemy with three other women. The service was great, Guy was our guy waiter. He gave recommendations when asked and was right on. Food was wonderful, ample portions and delicious. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great everything was delicious.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We brought in the New Year with our fantastic dinner at Alchemy Elements Restaurant.
The food was delicious, great recommendations by our Server, Guy, who recommended
a great wine to compliment our meal. His service is outstanding. We look forward to
returning to Alchemy Elements for another wonderful meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Chris our waiter was excellent. Scallops delicious

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Unique flavors and menu items. Would recommend for a night out with spouse and friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing food, atmosphere, and service

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

First time at AE and it was rather delicious. The burrata appetizer was one of the best we've had and perfectly sized for two people to share. The drinks were all amazing and quite diverse- something for everyone. I had the short-rib entree special which was good, but didn't pack the most powerful flavor punch. My girlfriend had the grouper which was delicious and flavorful, but came out somewhat cold. AE is definitely a nice option in Bel Air, whether for a family gathering or a night out with friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wife's birthday. Ordered just a couple of apps and a salad, but three items of excellent food were more than the two of us could eat! Waitress brought out a champagne flute with a candle as a b-day surprise. Great time.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Kudo’s to Josh our Bartender/server

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Typically enjoy my meals at Alchemy but this time everything seemed off. Our server is usually very good, attentive/informative. This time it just seemed like she needed to get our orders and keep things moving. It took way too long to get our cocktails. We received out appetizer before our initial drink order. All of the food was very average..everything lacked flavor and needed salt. We were with a group of 6 (our family from out of town) so regardless of where we went we would have had a good time. It was just disappointing because my husband and i have been there several times for brunch and lunch and were always pleased. Maybe it was just an off night, but nonetheless disappointing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Had the charcuterie as an app, and the short rib special and the steak. Everything was great. The charcuterie was huge for 2 people, would be nice if they had an option for 1/2 the size

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Disappointed compared to last years Christmas Eve meal. Didn’t care for the menu. Three out of five of us had the Indian chicken francais. One wouldn’t eat much of it, and the other two complained it had very little spice in it. The rice was dry also. And $3.75 for a glass of ice tea was kind of high. Best part of the meal were the 2 appetizers we ordered. The dessert menu was lacking also . All the desserts were very heavy. Nothing for someone wanting a light dessert. You were out of sorbet, disappointing for a lactose intolerant child. Probably won’t be back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wow! Dinner was excellent and our server was attentive and responsive. Charcuterie board was well thought out as our app. Smashed potato serving was huge and tasty. The Brussels were presented well with a creamy texture.

Dessert serving was a take home size with the peanut butter fudge cake as a slab size for four!

This is a return visit and will return

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Another stellar meal
Lamb chops
Seafood carbonara
Kudos to Michael and the kitchen staff!

Great dinner service - Dan

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