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Alchemy - Elements

4.5
541 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic
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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
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Phone number
(443) 371-7513
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Matassa
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Catering
Alchemy specializes in assisting our corporate, social, wedding and special event clients in creating a unique culinary experience.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Veterans Memorial Highway
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Parking details
There is plenty of parking in the plaza that the restaurant is located in.
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Entertainment
Two televisions in the bar area
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 541 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Dined graciouly on de-boned trout with whole sage inside. Delightful. Katrina took good care of us and allowed business to be conducted throughout the meal service. AE is a gem.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always the best of Harford county.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

This little restaurant has an amazing atmosphere, friendly staff, and exceptional food. Attention to detail, clean and overall a fantastic place to dine.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had reservations for 3 for an early Easter dinner and had requested a booth, which we were seated at. My son and husband each ordered an Independent brewed IPA beer which they both enjoyed and my glass of Zinfandel was very good. Our waiter was friendly and very helpful in describing the specials and in providing insight into our choices. My son had a cup of cream of crab soup which he indicated was very tasty. He also ordered the fish special which came with a few sauces which were very flavorful. My husband and I both had the veggie ramen with grilled chicken and it was delicious. We followed up the meal with a brownie sundae and chocolate peanut butter cake. The vanilla ice cream was really creamy, the brownie moist, and the hazelnut topping was excellent. The portion of the cake was huge, our waiter was right, and we brought home 1/2 of it. It was a very enjoyable meal. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Party of 3 for Easter dinner, noise level was manageable and our server, Mike, was attentive . Steak Alchemy was tender and a solid hit , crab cake was excellent Minor disappointment that there was not an Easter type selection.

This is our fourth visit to Alchemy and the experiences do not disappoint. Not an inexpensive choice, dinner for three without dessert was 180.00

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter breakfast and it was my first time there. The place was nice and the food was good. We were disappointed when we were told we couldn’t modify the farm omelet or have the traditional eggs made into an omelet.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

One of my favorites in Bel Air, but was disappointed they did not have any specials or even a special menu for Easter brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food and great service as always! Definitely our favorite place for brunch!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything was lovely, as always.
Alchemy Elements is a favorite date night destination for my husband and me. Wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. Food was prepared perfectly and as expected.
Can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Chris was a wonderful server. It was our first time eating at Alchemy and we were so incredibly impressed with the food. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Service was great! Love the ambiance and how the place is decorated. Really good cocktails.Food was kind of blah.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Service was top notch. The Alchemy Steak was fantastic. The lamb that my date ordered was perfect. Great drinks, great food and a very nice ambience.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Service was awesome. John was very attentive and knew his products. We had the taco special which was ok and the cauliflower bites were excellent . I plan to return for your brunch and burger nights.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Recently dined with my wife - thoroughly enjoyed the "Lump Day" crab cake special - great deal! Brussel sprouts side is fantastic. Crab bisque soup was very tasty and did not scrimp in the lump crab. The only drawback of the evening is that I had to ask our server for some bread - which is excellent. We enjoy Alchemy every time we go and hope that they keep offering the crab cake special!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Awesome Crab cakes and seasoned fries! We had Excellent service and the restaurant was very clean and tidy!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This is the second time that we had a meal at this restaurant and both times were very good. The breakfast menu is not over the top with exotic choices, however what is there is very well done. We loved the seafood omelet.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were very thankful on a busy Saturday night, there was room for two on a last minute reservation. Seated immediately. Awesome atmosphere. Delicious food!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Truly enjoyed a great meal. Got the steak and crab cake which was cooked perfect. I would recommend it to anyway and the shrimp with grits. Very tasty

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We’ve eaten here a few times before and enjoy the restaurant very much. The food was very, very good (we had mussels, crab mac& cheese, steak, and pork belly ramen) and the service was excellent. The only issue we had was the octopus app which our friends ordered. It was a very small portion for a pretty steep price of $14, and was tough, not cooked as well as they hoped.
The restaurant is a bit on the pricey side (and the martinis a little small) but the food and service are always very good. We will return again.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This is my 4th time eating here, probably last. I received a voicemail to call back to confirm reservation, when I did and spoke to the exact person asking me to do so, she reacted like what the heck was I doing calling her, certainly no thank you very much.
Arrived at restaurant on time and the hostesses could care less that we were there.
Ordered wine, a rose that the server recommended, never told us it was carbonated, or asked if we might want a taste first.
Food was solid, nothing that I would rave about, just good, but for the prices that are charged, they should be fantastic, not just good.
Server never came back to the table to refill waters. When he did come back to list the desserts, he left and when he came back to what we thought was to take the dessert order, he once again listed the desserts like he had never been to our table before.
If this restaurant was 1/3 less expensive, my expectations would be much lower, but for what is charged, and the location, in my opinion, the value is just not there.
I sent the exact above critique directly to the restaurant, I have not heard back.
Based on other reviews YMMV, but why chance it, look elsewhere.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This was our second time visiting Alchemy Elements and will most likely be the last. When we arrived, the hostess was extremely scattered and didn't seem prepared for the day. The party before us wasn't all there, but she continued to go set a table with a line forming, but the first person to the party stated she should seat us until the rest arrived. She sat us at the table she prepped, not remembering we were a separate party, didn't bring us menus and seemed utterly confused once the rest of the group arrived. It took us 5 minutes to get menus once seated. Though we ordered before 2 tables seated after us, we got our food about 30 minutes after ordering. My husband's over medium eggs were fried, we paid nearly $5 for 2 pieces of barely cooked bacon, and chocolate chip pancakes that were terribly plated and so dry that they fell apart, even with syrup trying to hold them together, and served practically in pieces. The child kicking the bench behind us during our entire meal was not necessarily in control of the restaurant, but with so many open seats, we wish they could have sat elsewhere. Neadless to say... it was a very unfortunate experience and will not return nor recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Thanks Chris for a lovely experience and meal!
We enjoyed everything and you were very helpful with my needs for vegan and gluten free items!

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Have dined at this restaurant many times. Appetizer was dry as if it had been sitting under the heat lamps too long. Dinner entree was terrible and was drenched in sauce. There was no time between appetizer, salad and entree delivery, which is very frustrating for a restaurant with this price point. Server asked if he could wrap up the entree and after telling him it wasn't good, he didn't even offer to bring something else or take it off the check. He didn't even apologize for its poor taste/quality. This restaurant is sub-par and not much better than going to an Outback Steakhouse type of establishment.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Specialty burger was best one so far!! Always enjoy BBB night!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

While our food was very good and served hot our service lacked in several ways. To get a water refill we had to stop another server to get our glasses filled. Our server neglected to tell us about the very good wine specials until after we had ordered a $40 bottle of wine. Fortunately, they were out of the wine we ordered and she then remembered to tell us saving us $29. We could never get her attention between ordering and leaving.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I love the food here. It is creative and different. I also love that I can charge my electric vehicle at the charging station.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Everything I’ve eaten here has been exceptional. I had both of the chef’s specials the last time I was there, a fried green tomato starter with crab salsa and the cobia, and they were fantastic. I always enjoy their craft cocktails too.

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I prefer this location for lunch. The menu and prices for dinner are too high.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our server Chris was great. Most of the food was under seasoned, underwhelming & overpriced. First & last visit, too many other great restaurants to waste time & money going there!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Birthday dinner was sophisticated and wonderful. Excellent service, lovely ambiance, all with excellent food.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Everything is always good. Just very expensive. But I love me some bottomless mimosas!

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Had heard good things and chose this location for a special occasion, but was very dissatisfied with the experience. The greeting at the front door was harsh and the evening went down hill from there.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food and service excellent. Not a fan of sitting in middle, but that's just real estate.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The food was delicious, and our server, Guy, was warm, affable, and entertaining. Food was prepared quickly and expertly, and we loved the music and overall restaurant vibe. Honestly, we loved it so much we lost track of time and had people waiting for the table. I'll be back again soon, if not at the restaurant, at the bar. Well done, Alchemy team!

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1.0Dined on February 21, 2018

I was expecting more from this restaurant. The food was over priced and quality was poor. Generally the food was heavy and greasy.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Highly recommend the cauliflower appetizer. Had the Indian chicken dish - creative and fresh ingredients. Always find something new here and the bar staff is top-shelf.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Thank you. We had a lovely lunch celebrating a birthday. The server did not rush us. The food was delicious. We had a nice time. The birthday candle with a glass of champagne was a nice treat.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food and awesome service.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Anniversary

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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