Elements Restaurant

4.8
1618 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
Executive Chef Scott Anderson chose the name "elements" for the restaurant because he is passionate about sourcing fresh, local, organic ingredients and sustainably raised meats and seafood. He wants the very elements of your meal to play a major role in the taste of it. Then he and his team work to reveal the complementary flavor dimensions inherent in the elements by skillfully combining them—often in edgy new ways. Restaurant menus change constantly here, making this the dinner restaurant that is excitingly different every time you return.

If you're a foodie, you want to know where—and how--your food grew. It's fascinating, it's a good health practice and it provides extra pleasure from everyday experiences, like a meal with friends. elements is the American restaurant serving local steak and seafood, but with global influences in seasoning and cooking methods. A true culinary adventure!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner Only
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
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Phone number
(609) 924-0078
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Anderson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Hulfish St. & Paul Robeson Pl.
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Parking details
We recommend parking in either the Hulfish street or Spring Street garage .
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Public transit
NJ Transit to Princeton Station, once arrived, an additional 1.5 mile walk or 3 minute cab ride.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Five Course Tasting Menu (choice of two items per course) priced at $99 per person. Only menu available. Please notate allergies/dietary restrictions. Optional wine pairings. 48 hour cancellation policy - reservations cancelled within this period are subject to full charge per person.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

First Seating: 5pm-6pm $125 Five Course Tasting Menu.
Second Seating: 8:30pm-10:30pm $185 Chef's Tasting Menu.
Only menus available. Optional wine pairings. Please notate allergies/restrictions. 48 hour cancellation policy. Reservations cancelled within this period subject to full charge per person.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1618 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal. The chefs brought out each dish. The wait staff and the chefs even signed a birthday card for my boyfriend, which was a nice touch.

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BR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was fantastic. Certainly best dining in Princeton. Had the 4course menu and both of us were very pleased with our choices. Certainly an event dining experience

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E
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did not know what to expect. We had never been there. We wanted something different. So we decided to be adventuresome on our 52nd anniversary. So happy we did. Met by manager Steve, ushered into an elevator, we entered a tastefully furnished dining room, lighting romantic, were seated at a window table with a Princeton view. What followed was unexpected, a four-course dinner, equal to or above New York’s finest, beautifully presented and served. Our bottle of Cabernet paired with cerviche, foie gras, pasta, and scallops and sirloin. A luscious chocolate cheese cake was a perfect finish.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to dine at Elements, for some time now....
Having the collaboration with Justin Cogley was the perfect opportunity for us to visit this jewel of a restaurant located in Princeton New Jersey.
Thanks to all that made the experience Pure Pleasure

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AH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Every course of a special visiting chef weekend tasting menu was artfully presented and flavorful.

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RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had. The food was unique and delicious. The wines in the wine pairing were equally special. The staff could not have been better. They were professional, kind, and wonderfully engaging. I already told friends and family that they must go. It is definitely worth the trip. I'm looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wives birthday

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fine dining. Pricy wine list and small portions.

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e
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another amazing meal at Elements last night! This was the restaurant that started our culinary awakening and we were so glad to be able to celebrate their 10th Anniversary with Chefs Scott, Mike, and the entire team! If you have never tried a tasting menu before we highly recommend going to one of NJ’s top restaurants: Elements! It will change your life!

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F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 1 year anniversary this past Saturday and all I can say is it was absolutely incredible. We order the grand tasting menu and I seriously haven’t had anything like it since my time in France.

Ever course was brought by the chef, explained, and even given description of the type of food.

It was worth the time and money to feel special the way they all did included a personal menu to take with us and a card signed by the staff wishing a happy anniversary.

I want to say thank you again for making the night of our lives in year one.

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Food moderately good.. to much use of smoked foods (2 courses) , wine excellent. Service variable. Waited ages to be given menus. But overall value terrible. 740 dollars for 4 people and a "cheap" wine. I can eat much better in a Michelin starred restaurant in London for 300 dollars.

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NJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Resiculoualy expensive, and... worth every penny. Food is creative and delicious. Service is perfect. Somelier wine selections were interesting... in a good way. A great evening.

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W
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience I've had in Princeton. Creative menu along with presentation and exceptional service. My daughter and I went with the 9 course menu and had the best 3 1/2 hours we've had together in years. It was paced perfectly and each course was locally sourced and explained by the stable of exceptional chefs.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing!!!!!!!!

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AS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! The smoked quail eggs are to die for, and the cheese ice cream was a pleasant surprise.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was magnificent, down to the last detail...

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NY
London
39 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elements is likely the best restaurant in NJ and on a par with some of the world’s best. The menu showcases locally grown/foraged foods and each dish is interesting, innovative, often surprising, and always delicious.

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P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was flawless, a real culinary adventure. My third visit, I find the foods mostly transformed to a unique epicurean delight. Last evenings quibble, I enjoyed the mushroom however it was merely a
Mushroom, not nearly as delightful as past choices. A wonderful evening, Elements is an EVENT!

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P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It's very, very expensive, but the food you get is mouthwatering. It is expertly considered and crafted. We had the 5 course tasting menu and each bite built on the last.

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FN
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot! Elements never fails to please with food that sets a new standard for gourmet, with wine that is beyond what I have had at other top restaurants in an intimate and modern setting with views of the kitchen. The service is absolutely exceptional. Sommelier is warm, professional and very knowledgeable. All the servers who work in the open kitchen wish away empty plates and deliver tantalizing courses explaining the preparation.

I love this restaurant. Can't wait to go back!

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F
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I have been to by far. I normally go to NYC but now prefer to make a reservation at Elements.

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K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

You must leave a credit card number to get a reservation. If you cancel within 48 hours of the scheduled dining time you will be charged. We had the four course menu. The quail eggs in the bird’s nest was adorable and tasty. Cheapest glass of wine is $16 for a short pour. There are only about 30 seats and this place is very expensive for very small entree portions. The beef entree ($59 if ala carte) was essentially two tablespoons of mashed potatoes with beef the size of one slice of london broil topped with a teaspoon of delicious mushrooms in a lovely sauce. My friend came home and made hotdogs. Very plain atmosphere. Bar is downstairs at Mistral. Service is very good and you won’t be rushed— quite the opposite. I think they forgot to offer us coffee. We were done with dessert and had asked for the check when they remembered. Check to see if your tip is included.

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KH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazingly wonderful culinary experience for my husband and I! We were celebrating our 8 year anniversary! We loved every dish brought to us! The flavors and textures of the food were very pleasing to our palates! We love that local ingredients were used for the dishes! The wine pairings with the chef’s tasting menu were amazing! The service from everyone was absolutely enjoyable!

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M
London
61 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a dinner! Amazing experience, the food was exceptional, we opted for the 9 dishes chef menu (+3 amuses bouche!) and the ‘standard’ wine pairing. Difficult to pick a favorite among all the small dishes. Presentation and food were incredible, served by the chef and cooking staff, a pricey but well worth it experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal, creative food.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, not an every day meal but very good. Presentation was great, taste, you could taste all the ingredients as I kept chewing, again excellent. Staff was attentive and gracious. Had a most memorable time with my Love.

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KA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outstanding service was outdone only by the perfectly incredible food! It is not cheap, but you get beyond what you pay for in professional, friendly, attentive service and an exquisite selection of seasonal ingredients combined into some of the best plates I've ever eaten.

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AS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful and service as well, but pricey. Highly recommend.

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LD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic from start to finish!

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AA
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous from start to finish—incredible presentation and delicious tastes! Only negative was that the meal had to end!

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W
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable and very special meal. The 4 course dinner with wine pairing was perfect. Every single bite, including the bread and butter and the after dinner Home made “peppermint pattie”, was sublime. The wines paired perfectly. The fresh local ingredients really shine. Original, unusual dishes served in an elegant and comfortable setting. The open kitchen is amazing to watch but not at all distracting. Everything was so delicious, it’s difficult to single out dishes, but do not miss the local chanterelles or local rasperry dessert.

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J
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, awesome service. A WONDERFUL experience. I let them know, when I made the reservations, that we were celebrating my husband's birthday. Everyone that came by, wished him happy birthday and they even gave him a card signed by the staff.
Not inexpensive, but worth the price!!!

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WD
New York Area
916 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team at Elements continues to take food to a very high art form. The tasting menu, with a couple of glasses of wine that I preferred, was perfect for me. After trying the best places in Mercer, Somerset, Morris and Hunterdon counties, this place is unique and despite some seriously good completion, must be at the top of my list for New Jersey.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good but you can get so much more for the price point if you know where to go.

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RS
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, and the space combine to lift the diner to a place where nature and craft combine to satisfy, entertain, edify, and educate. I think of the meticulously executed amuse bouche, smoked quail eggs presented in a nest. Spring peas. Surf clam. Sea bass sashimi. Sea trout. Each course was intelligently conceived, well executed, and perfectly presented. Great cocktail, outstanding wine pairings. Just wow. But the best part -- we had fun. Thanks!

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R
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. By far the best restaurant in the entire NJ.

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D
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great rose event with multiple well produced and presented dishes. Wine selections were well chosen and diverse including a Croatian sparkler.

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A
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a memorable meal! It is difficult to express how unique the dining experience is at Elements. The presentation of food, the tastes, the service- everything! We had the 5 course tasting menu and could barely walk out the door! It is expensive but in my mind worth every penny! One of my best ever meals!! Btw- it was our anniversary and at the end of the meal they brought us a card in a wax sealed envelope signed by the whole staff!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! This experience was fabulous! So happy we made the trip out there!

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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food served by a professional extremely educated staff, a true dinning experience!!

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