Element

4.5
423 reviews
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Mediterranean
A Modern Mediterranean Grill encapsulating the best and most unique elements of world class dining.
Hand-cut steaks grilled or seared to perfection. Delicate salads of foraged mushrooms and seasonal ingredients. House made pasta dishes with elegant hand crafted sauces. Daily selections of cheese and charcuterie… just a few things to look forward to in the dining room of element, Sarasota’s hottest restaurant! We also provide complimentary covered valet and shuttle service in case you don't feel like driving. (three mile radius) Shuttle service should be scheduled one day in advance, by calling 641.374.3996
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JW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the restaurant was relatively empty when we arrived, out table was not ready so the Hostess had to set the table. We were promptly seated a few minutes later. The waiter quickly came over with greetings and started taking out drink orders. He also discussed our options for brunch.

Overall food and service was exceptional and we’ll look to dine in the restaurant again in the future.

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JP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the service was outstanding. Excellent menu with a lot of variety. Although it was an expensive evening, it was a special occasion and totally worth the splurge. Food presentation was exceptional and the smoked corinthian leather cocktail was especially unique.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, Jamie, For the 5 stars (!) and for the "outstanding" praise of element. We are pleased to have been a part of your special evening out, and look forward to many more visits.

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L
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Told them it was my husbands birthday.... they did nothing... buy liked the restaurant and food

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SH
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love bring first timers to Element! We had great drinks before dinner with expertly crafted cocktails and sipping Tequila. Then our food was served and it was amazing as it always is. The swordfish and mussels coupled with Sambuca shrimp made for a fun shareable meal! We were all so happy and everyone will be back! Thank you for helping to make our ladies night out perfect!

Element
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, Sandra, Thank you for your kind review of element, and for sharing your love of our restaurant with your friends. It is so kind of you to spreads the word! We are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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RG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were seated in the dining room for our reservation but was not afforded the happy hour rate for our drinks. We were told because we were not seated at the bar or outside, we were not eligible. I find this business model without rationale. We were paying premium prices for a dinner but are penalized for it because we are sitting. To their detriment, I ordered 1 drink where I would have ordered more at happy hour rates. Totally disappointed.

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d
New England
44 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed all aspects of our visit to element. The setting was fun and the chef's table unique.

Element
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your 5 star review of element! We are pleased that we met or exceeded your expectations, as is our goal, and we love to hear when we do. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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L
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This was a restaurant that did not quite work. The decor was lovely but they seated us next to the very busy bar with very loud patrons. The menu was not exceptional. The wait staff was fine as would be expected at the prices charged. The food was uneven. One of the entrees was quite good and the other uneatable. They did credit the poor entree. I doubt that we would go again as there are too may other wonderful restaurants in Sarasota.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Our friends had seafood, which they loved, particularly the chef's special of the day. My husband had a steak and I had the pasta. We all cleaned our plates - nothing to take home. Service was attentive, charming and professional. The restaurant was busy, but we had no trouble hearing each other, which is very nice on a Saturday night. Highly recommended.

Element
Responded on April 16, 2019

Hello, James, Thank you for your 5 star rating of element, and all the very nice comments. It is a pleasure to know that we served you well, as is our goal. We hope that you visit us again soon.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was fabulous. We had a marvelous server, Rendell, who was so knowledgeable about the menu and made every dish sound fabulous. Our party of 4 had a wonderful time and we will definitely return on our next visit to Sarasota.

Element
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review of element, and of Rendell's excellent customer service.. We are pleased that we met or exceeded your expectations, as is our goal. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again when you next return to Sarasota.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Very unprofessional service. Tried to clear plate while we had fork and knife in hand. Talked to next table with her 'life story' while we waited and waited for parmesan cheese for pasta already served to us and getting cold.

Element
Responded on April 11, 2019

Please accept my personal apologies for your unacceptable dining experience at element. Please call me, Carole, as I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. Thank you! Best regards, Mani Gonzalez, General Manager 941-724-8585

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s
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comfortable to be in a restaurant with courteous service, good food and wine and
MINIMAL noise. But you pay for it.

Element
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review of element. We are pleased that we met or exceeded your expectations. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again.

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J
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the welcome thru receiving the check--- it was a delight. Our server even volunteered to take our photo without our asking... and the food was delicious--- Sunday brunch-- Eggs Benedict and Duck Confit with two eggs over easy!

Element
Responded on April 9, 2019

Hello, Debra, Thank you for your kind review of brunch at element, and for the 5 star rating. We strive to meet or exceed the expectations of our guests, and we enjoy hearing when we achieve our goal. Please be sure to visit us again.

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

First I want to make clear that our previous experience at Element was wonderful. We had a lovely table in the main dining room, which is beautiful. Our food and service on that visit were perfect. Unfortunately, upon arrival on Saturday night, we were seated at a table for two in the private dining room, next to two large and very loud parties. My husband and I were seated directly across from one another but had to raise our voices in order to carry on a conversation. It was difficult to get our server’s attention although she tried her best. We waited quite a long time to see a wine list. Our food was excellent. I had scallops and my husband had the New York strip, which he said was perfectly cooked. We also waited quite a while for our check, and when the server dropped it off there was no bill inside the folder. We waited again to get her attention. So the ratings I am giving Element reflect this latest visit. We will not accept a table in this area again as it is very loud and lacks atmosphere. We will give this restaurant another chance based on our previous experience, but we will hope to have a much nicer table and quieter environment.

Element
Responded on April 9, 2019

Hello, Please accept my apologies for your unacceptable experience at element Saturday night. While you enjoyed your food, we agree that a great restaurant experience is more than just that. If you would be so kind to call me, I would like to discuss this with you and offer my personal apologies. I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Mani Gonzalez, General Manager 941-724-8585

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CP
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We enjoy dining there. Been numerous times. But this time portions were small and inadequate. This applied to chicken, swordfish and pasta.
Very disappointed.

Element
Responded on April 11, 2019

Hello, Cookie, Please accept my personal apologies for your disappointing visit to element. As you know, that is not the restaurant we aspire to be. If you would be kind enough to call me, I would like the opportunity to discuss this with you. Thank you! Best regards, Mani Gonzalez, General Manager 941-724-8585

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O
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The presentation of the food enhanced the flavors. Even the temperature of the restaurant was perfect, not icy cold like too many southern restaurants. Zach was friendly and helpful without being intrusive.

Element
Responded on April 9, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star review of element. It's nice to know that we met or exceeded your expectations of our restaurant, and that you were completely satisfied. Please visit us again soon.

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L
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, sophisticated atmosphere, great cocktails (particularly the smoked bourbon!), creative food, carefully prepared and beautifully presented. Professional yet fun staff.

Element
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star rating of element! We are pleased to have met or exceeded your expectations of our restaurant, which is our goal. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

One dish was inedible. The ravioli with duck confit. Duck very dry and tasteless. Over complicated and not good dish
Pork chop was good not great

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S
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service with good advice and suggestions. Food prepared well. Mushroom side dish which waiter recommended for that evening was excellent. We split a Ceasar which was on par with a lot of restaurants. Will try some of the other sales next time. Valet parking worth it in season.

Element
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you, Steve, for your 5 star rating of element! We are pleased to have met or exceeded your expectations of our restaurant, which is our goal. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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S
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fabulous. Service was very good. A little pricey.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food that was thoughtfully prepared. The only downside was the time it took to receive this delicious fare. It was a slowish Thursday evening, late-ish, and it took way to long between courses. Now granted it was noticed by our waiter and apologized for, but it still was also noticed by my wife and I. Very well done food can always trump a small miscue and this was no exception. The prices were a little steep as well but it’s not like you don’t know that going in. Another small miscue in my opinion, was the so called black and blue option for the filet I ordered. The black was nice, but the blue was just a cold rectangle of blue cheese laid on top of the steak. Not melted in or even room temperature. Anyway this is just nit picking as the overall was really top notch. Would highly recommend.

Element
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you, Shawn, for your review and your very helpful comments. We can bring these concerns to the attention of our Chef, and address them. It was kind of you to alert us. We look forward to the possibility of serving you again at element.

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DM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High end restaurant with great food & service. Nice atmosphere. Also very good brunch.

Element
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hello, Doug, We are pleased that you enjoyed element, and thank you for the 5 star review. We are looking forward to serving you again soon.

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D
Tampa
181 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took some out of town guests for dinner and they loved it. Salmon, steak and pasta were all perfect. Service was professional and not pushy. Cocktails were delicious and wine list is more than adequate. Great spot for a top notch experience.

Element
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hello, It pleases us to know that you enjoyed your experience at element. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We look forward to serving you again.

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LB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the triple tail- outstanding!!!

Element
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you, Lauren, for rating your element experience 5 stars. That is very kind of you. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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DD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had never been to Element, but decided to try it based on its Peoples Choice award. What a pleasant surprise! Smart & very hip decor. Loved the white table cloths & up-scale ambiance. The wait staff (Zack) was engaging, knowledgeable & attentive. The food was very good- great boulegnese, homemade bread, nice wine list & the best brussel sprouts in town. We'll be back.

Element
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hello, We are pleased that you enjoyed your first visit to element. Thank you for reviewing us, and letting others know about our restaurant. We hope to serve you again soon.

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DK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great waitress, she out did herself

Element
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you, David, for complimenting your server, and rating your visit to element 4 stars. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service by Todd !

Element
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star rating of element and your kind comment about Todd's great service. We are pleased to have met or exceeded your expectations of our restaurant, which is our goal. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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CB
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance! Loved the easy valet parking. Great location in Sarasota. Two of our four had the roasted duck breast and the other two had salmon. Both were very, very good. We would all happily return here again. Best meal of our winter season this year!

Element
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hello, Connie, Thank you so much for the very generous praise of element, and the 5 star rating. We are so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your experience. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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C
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely time. We were tourists in Sarasota, so knew little about the place. Knowledgeable and very accommodating of our gluten allergy needs. Terrific food, with fun, unique, distinguishing touches. And top notch service from the entire staff. Wine list is broad, with many interesting off-the-beaten-path selections. Highly recommended.

Element
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you for your inspiring comments about your recent experience at element. We are please to have met or exceeded your expectations about our restaurant, which is our goal. Hopefully, when you next visit Sarasota, you will visit us again as well.

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Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing and our waiter Ryan was fabulous. Such a pleasant experience, definitely coming back :)

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Greetings, Thank you for your 5 star rating of element and for the compliments, including your mention of Ryan's fabulous service. We are happy that we met or exceeded your expectations. We are looking forward to the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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CR
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

our party of 6 was seated promptly at 6:30. Our meal was not served until 8:30. We were told by the manager that there was a problem with two of the meals and they did not want to serve the meals until everyone's meal was ready. We told them to serve whatever was ready. The two remaining meals were served 10 minutes later. However, we waited 2 hours to receive our meals.
Element did comp our meals but we were very disappointed in the service.

Element
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hello, Clare, I am glad to have had the opportunity to discuss our error with you while you were in our restaurant. I agree, our timing was way off and I apologize that your element experience was not as you had hoped it would be. I am hoping that we will have the opportunity to serve you again, and in the proper element style. Best regards, Mani Gonzalez, General Manager 941-724-8585

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Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch before going to the Lion King. It was very quiet when we got there, were given a great table (we had a baby and a wheelchair) and the staff were amazing. Professional, but friendly. The menu had some nice touches - warm apple bread, eggs benny with proscuitto, delicious mocktails.

We will definitely be back!

Element
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review of element! We are very happy that you were so pleased with your experience. We hope to see you again soon.

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

What a disappointment! To start, three drinks for $40 is way over priced. My husband chose the 1/2 chicken, my son had the pasta with veal and I had pasta with garlic. Nothing special or flavorful with any dish. Actually both pasta dishes were dry. Our server was knowledgeable but I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. Way too many great restaurants in Sarasota to waste your time and money at Element.

Element
Responded on March 26, 2019

Hello, I am truly sorry that you did not enjoy dining with us at element. We strive to meet or exceed the expectations of all our guests, as was not the case at your table. I hope you can find the time to reach out to me personally. I'd like to hear your thoughts personally, and hopefully make amends. Best regards, Mani Gonzalez, General Manager 941-724-8585

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n
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. Octopus, salad and tuna starters. Main dishes were plentiful and nicely spiced/sauced. A lovely amous boush was served and a sorbet palate cleanser between courses. A very reasonable wine list that isn’t like reading War of the Worlds! I did appreciate that. A few comments on service, it was spotty. Our appetizers arrived in about 5 minutes after we ordered, way too early. Didn’t have time to sip our drinks. Dinner arrived before the staff removed our sorbet dishes. We felt totally rushed through dinner. Plus, our bottle of wine took way too long to be delivered. Two of us took home our meals but were given the others meal instead. I’m not sure what to make of the place??

Element
Responded on March 25, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your review of element, and for bringing our slip-ups to our attention. This is how we can improve and better meet our goal of meeting or exceeding our guests' expectations. We thank you for your candor. If you'd like to discuss your experience with me personally, please feel free to reach me. Best regards, Mani Gonzalez, General Manager 941-724-8585

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SH
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Element is such a unique dining experience - like having a piece of NYC right here in Sarasota. The entrees and mixology combined with great service by the friendly staff members makes for a great, consistent dining experience! Add the convenient valet parking behind the restaurant with easy access entry and you have all the ingredients for a perfect night out!

Element
Responded on March 25, 2019

Hello, Sandra, How nice of you to offer a 5 star rating for element, and for your kind words regarding our food, mixology and service. We aim to meet or exceed the expectations of all our guests, and we love to hear when we do. We are looking forward to serving you again soon.

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V
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

More Cajun than Mediterranean. Over-priced. Long, unexplained wait between courses.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very helpful service and good food. Not the best value in price

Element
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you, Keith, for your review of element, and for your compliments about our food and service. We are disappointed that we did not completely meet or exceed your expectations. I am available to discuss your thoughts with you, if you desire. I hope to hear from you. Best regards, Mani Gonzalez, General Manager 941-724-8585

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Naples
20 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful place, inside and out, with very high ceilings and great decor. There's even a changing wall art to watch. The food is hard to describe but easy to eat - part Mediterranean and part seafood, both varied and unique. The server was extremely helpful and welcoming. Too bad we live in Naples (hope they open a new branch).

Element
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you, Alan, for the 5 star review of element. We are happy that we met or exceeded your expectations, as that is our goal. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never write reviews. But my experience tonight at Element was so delightful and delicious I thought I should take a moment to express my gratitude. The staff was terrific. Michelle, Todd and Jeremiah could not have been better. The food was fantastic. Tasty from start to finish. And the ambience was beautiful. So what’s to complain about? Here, absolutely nothing.

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1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great meal!

Element
Responded on March 21, 2019

Thank you for the highly complimentary rating of your experience at element. We are pleased that you enjoyed our restaurant, and hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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