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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

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
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Good for Birthdays (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Romantic (11)
Authentic (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great Beer (6)
Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
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Seasonal (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had an okay dinner the other night. The crab cake was a little dry and the onion soup and crab bisque were in the smallest crocks I've seen, and good but not great.The lamb chops were fair. We generally love Alchemy but were disappointed Monday night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Dined on a recent week night and thoroughly enjoyed the crab cake special. Please offer this on a more regular basis! The brussel sprout side is fantastic. Bread was very tasty also. Crab bisque soup was a hit too.

Can't wait to return!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Creative menu and served piping hot!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Best lamb dish ever! Great food, wide selection of drinks, and always have wonderful specials.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Drinks were good, food was delicious and service was friendly and accomandating. We always have a good time here. And never leave hungry. A little pricey but usually worth the price. I do wish they would have specials on the weekends just to change up the menu a little bit.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We celebrated our 5 year Anniversary here, this evening. My wife's steak and potatoes dish was amazing, as was my pork belly thai soup. We started w some delicious crab dip and ended the night with 2 glasses of unprompted champagne, courtesy of our AMAZING waitress, Shannon. She has now been dubbed "slammin Shannon." Go see her! We will!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Celebrated a birthday dinner there and as always, great service and excellent food. Our waiter Chris was very friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The mussels appetizer was delicious, as was the steak, perfectly cooked.
The bowl of fresh seasonal veggies was a nice touch as well.
If you aren't very hungry, the list of apps and small plates is really nice and a few of those with a nice glass of wine would satisfy you too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our waiter was inattentive. Table wasn't cleared after courses. No bread was offered or sent to the table. He seemed disappointed that we were not ordering alcohol.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was good and great service. Perfect for a date night.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I have only had two meals (Brunch with family and Dinner with friends). Had been a bit reluctant to make reservations because of previous negative feedback (too expensive and food not living up to monetary expectations). Both Brunch (for 4 people -each having something different- was excellent) and Dinner (3 people - each choosing a different entre- was excellent). All of us felt that quality equaled price. Our wait person for the Brunch was also the bartender that day; we received excellent service and he was very knowledgeable regarding our choices (answered all questions--was not afraid to say "will ask the chef" and did so). Our wait person for dinner, albeit very friendly and efficient, was unable to answer specific questions regarding our choices--which would have been ok but she made no effort to ask the chef so that we could have been enlightened. Nevertheless, I would not hesitate to go back.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always great service and great food. If I lived closer I'd go much more often

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We have eaten at Alchemy Elements many times, but this meal was by far the best yet.
Our Server, Guy, is exceptional. A must try.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Alchemy is a great spot for brunch or dinner. I had The seafood omelet and was very pleased. The brussel sprouts are very good too. The staff were very friendly, especially the bartender. The decor is very stylishly done to create an inviting atmosphere. This is definitely a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our food was excellent. Enjoyed our dining there. There was one thing that bothered my husband and I. The young lady who greeted us when we arrived, excused herself to
set up our table. We had already made our reservations so the wait was a little too long. As we were standing waiting for her to return......two more couples came in behind us. There isn't much room for that many people to stand and wait. At one point....a family arrived with an elderly lady in a wheel chair. I had to go back further into the dining room to stand. The following day we came for brunch and as we sat at our table, there were more people waiting too long and there were empty tables. That young lady/greeter was also running back and forth
with parties waiting too long.

Tags: Great Beer, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great seafood dishes - the snapper and scallops were terrific with very interesting veg accompaniments.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I had requested that a dessert with a candle be delivered to the table on my open table special request. However, that was not done for my friend's birthday. Everything else was great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I was there for dinner @7:45 was seated on time . Drinks took to long and this is the first time we did not receive any bread at the table . We had to wait for the appetizer to get there to have some thing to munch on . I really love your restaurant but little disappointed this time .

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Awesome food and service every time! Great recommendations from our sever as well!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

I would give my experience 5 stars except the hostess spilled water all over the table and my lap. No compensation was given , nor did the manager apologize. Disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Kids meals arrived 45 minutes ahead of adult main courses. Server neglected to refill soft drinks--- did not even ask! One entree arrived 20 minutes after everything else! Bread pudding was microwaved and rubbery. Apple cobbler was a few apples inside a floury paste. And finally, tenderloin steaks were undercooked! So very disappointing.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wait staff very attentive. Guy was excellent. Wife had Pecan Crusted Lamb Chops - phenomenal dish. Atmosphere was not pretentious. We enjoyed the dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great crab cakes good farm to table restaurant

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Food and service were both excellent. Can’t ask for more than that.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food was amazing!!!
Chris was fabulous!!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great chef love eating on the patio enjoy the different and creative specials each day of the week.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Food was very expensive for what is served. Service was terrible. Staff needs training including the hostess who never helped out the waitress or checked on our table.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Nice relaxed atmosphere. Attentive, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Good selection.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was delicious as usual, service was good. A bit pricey, but about on par with other restaurants like it. Love this place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food was fabulous. There was an additional menu for Harford County restaurant week. I did not order from that menu. We will be going back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The service was excellent and the food delicious. We enjoyed it very much!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great dinner tonight celebrating a friend's birthday. We did restaurant week menu. The food was delicious. But the portion of grits was very small. Would have liked to see more grits in the dish. Overall great experience and service!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

I have dined here several times. The food was great although a little on the high side of expense for the portion side. Should have more veggies to be able to share.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 21, 2017

So happy to find this restaurant on Open Table! We heard a couple of positive testimonials via word-of-mouth and decided to give it a try. It's a great place and we thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, delicious food, and the service was super, from the hostess and bartender to our server. We'll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent service and amazing food!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent food, great service. Will go back again!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 16, 2017

When on a first date here. The staff was super respectful of our space, very nice and accomodating. The best part was that they weren't pushy. The food and drink was great as per usual. The live music was nice but a touch too loud as we found eaxh other having to amost yell at reach other to talk. All around a very pleasant experience.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Food was very good during previous visits (a year ago) but this time very mediocre. Not worth the price but the atmosphere and service were good.

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