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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

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (28)
Creative Cuisine (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Romantic (17)
Great for Brunch (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Authentic (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Business Meals (11)
Casual (10)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Seasonal (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Cozy (6)
Great Beer (5)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined a day ago

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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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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 14, 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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·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 7, 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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·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 January 1, 2018

Great everything was delicious.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Chris our waiter was excellent. Scallops delicious

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 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 31, 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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·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 23, 2017

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

Great dinner service - Dan

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food is always great and tonight’s dinner was no exception. The burrata appetizer was fantastic. We had the snapper, stuffed acorn squash, and the Indian chicken and all of it was wonderful. The drinks are well crafted. The service was exceptional - ask for Chris - he is very attentive and personable and makes the whole dining experience enjoyable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I don’t think they anticipated a Thursday night being so busy, they only had one bartender so we had to wait for our drinks at our brake. Food was good, our mac and cheese came out fast, but we waited for our main course. Our waiter was attentive and kept apologizing for the delays.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our first trip to Alchemy Elements was to celebrate family birthdays. No one in our group of 4 was disappointed. Service was exceptional. We were well tended to, and we never felt rushed. Each of us in our party raved about our choice of drink and main dish as we shared a taste with one another. It's a new local favorite for us.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 14, 2017

It was fine. Table a little small. Food good but a bit pricey.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The Service was amazing, on par with many Michelin star restaurants.
Portions were adequate to large. The drinks were first rate.

This place is a gem in Bel Air, make time to go.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent food and outstanding service! Always an enjoyable time when we eat at Alchemy.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We don't live anywhere near this restaurant as it is in MD and we are in PA but if we are even close to it we make it a point to go. We love everything about it. The atmosphere, the dishes and glassware and the most delicious and interesting food around. We just wished we lived closer as this would be on our calendar for at least once a week!

Great job in everything that you do.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food, drinks & service were excellent. We were not expecting the large serving size. Our preference is small plates. $$$ not $$.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

A perfect evening! Drinks, Appetizers, entrees through desserts and coffee were phenomenal. Our server, Guy, was fantastic. Nice atmosphere. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Daniel our server was excellent. Very attentive and explained menu very well. Cocktails were expensive but very good. The food was very bland. Crab bisque didn't have much flavor and main courses did not either. May return for a cocktail but not for food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We got our usual cream of crab and French onion soup and they were as delicious as ever! The new take on the steak was a bit iffy to us. We each got it. They were done perfectly and the mushroom sauce was absolutely delicious! I just wasn't sure about the scalloped potato duo. It was a mix of white and sweet potatoes. It was overpowered by a spice we didn't care fit and the mushroom gravy was on top of the potatoes too. We didn't care for it. The delightful bread an oil to start and the additional mixed vegetables were appreciated as always.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food as always. Servers are friendly, prompt and helpful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

The only thing good was the steak. Which I have to say was perfect. However, the potato and sweet potato gratin had no flavor as it needed some salt at least. The Maryland crab soup was nothing special as the crab meat was minimal and fair quality. I went around 545 which was not at all busy and was first told I could not have a booth bc it was going to get crowded. I think the guy who seated me could tell I was a little upset bc he did move me. The famous carrot cake was dry and rather bland and I had to wait at least 25 minutes for it to arrive. Slow service, medicore food. This was my 3rd visit and I'm probably not going back as the first two visits weren't this bad, but not great. Very disappointed bc I really wanted to love this place.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Alchemy is consistantly between very good and outstanding. The scone flight was wonderful and warm. Bottomless mimosas are always welcome. The toast on my sandwich was cold but my daughter's Benedict was perfect. The host and waiter were very accommodating. Chris is my favorite!!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were promptly seated at a nice booth. server was great. food was not to my liking especially for what i paid. sorry

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This was my third visit to Alchemy and will be my last. I knew the service was slow, and that is fine to a degree. We arrived at 6:15 for a 6:30 reservation. The water was finally brought to the table at 6:40. a small piece of bread was delivered with an apology for the wait (should have been delivered with the water.I ordered a glass of wine. that arrived at about 7. We ordered crab dip to share and it arrived with my soup. I kept the soup until my companion's salad arrived at about 7:15. Entrees arrived at 7:20. and we had to move the other food to accommodate the entrees. I specified several times that I wanted Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio. when the bill came I was charged for another wine at $2 more. A complaint brought only an apology that theta was what the waiter had put into the computer, no adjustment to the bill--- my mistake your money.
After such a disaster of an evening, it would have been appropriate to take one of the glasses of wine off the check as an apology for the poor service. I simply reduced an already minimal (15%) tip by $4 (the difference between what I should have paid and what was charged. There were several apologies in the evening because the kitchen was not running well. however other diners were eating as we waited. We left after 8 PM.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was good, service the day we were there was poor!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Had a dinner for 2 this past Tuesday. When we arrived, even though the restaurant was not very busy, we were not immediately greeted. It took about 4 minutes beforethe host took us to our table. The waitress was friendly. We ordered 2 specialty martinis. Both were not super cold, even though i asked for the glass to be chilled. Our appetizers were good. We ordered the Crab Mac and Cheese which arrived only warm, not hot, but the Shrimp and grits was hot and very good. Upon ordering wine, my first 6 selections were not available. Not a very good sign and a bit frustrating. After finding a selection that they actually had, the waitress said that the manager had located my first selection, which was "The Prisoner". That said, our entrees were excellent. Both the Lamb chops as well as the Double Pork Chop was flavorful and hot. Overall, this restaurant has some issues. Further, the manager on staff should have recognized the situation and been more attentive. That said, not a horrible experience, just not polished. Management needs to update the wine list and have a full selection of wines and a bar that listens to guest request.

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