Elements Restaurant

4.9
1823 Reviews
$50 and over
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!

Support Elements Restaurant during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Five Course Tasting Menu - $125 per person

    $125.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    We are currently offering a $125 Five Course Tasting Menu. We will happily accommodate allergies/dietary restrictions with advanced notice. Optional wine pairing priced at $69 per person. Please notate allergies/dietary restrictions.
  • $79 Three Course Brunch Menu

    $79.00 per person

    May 9, 2021 only

    We will be offering a $79 three course brunch menu on Mother's Day. Drinks, tax and tip additional.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1823 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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RonD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a foodies paradise with a great view of hustle and bustle of downtown princeton. The food is sublime and the service is attentive. For our visit we did a 5-6 course tasting menu (with two bonus amuse bouche).

The menu consisted of wallfleet oysters and ponzu, madai prepared 4 ways, scallop and fennel, monkfish with leek, wagyu ribeye smoked over hickory, and a honey lemon tart with goat cheese ice cream and cranberry puree.

Everything was so delicious. Our favorite was the Madai which showed just how versatile and delicious the fish could be. A close second would have to be the perfectly cooked wagyu ribeye.

We highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion (special or not)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional.. a foodies must!

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vipDedicated
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to be back after more than a year of darkness. Great cooking and service. Let’s move forward!

TK
TK81
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food. We did the five course tasting menu but we did the vegetarian version. I think the price should have been lower than the tasting menu including fish and premium beef cuts. Each course we novel and tasty. The dessert was our favorite - vanilla ice cream with a sweet cheese and honeycomb. We felt highly overdressed in a suit and summer dress with heels.

I would return but prefer to do a la carte especially if there are any dietary restrictions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was amazing! Every course was unique and delicious. Honestly, it was a lot of food and much more than we were expecting. We went home full and happy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were fantastic

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winifreda
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was excellent. Had the tasting menu. Unique experience. Best oysters i have ever had. Service was excellent . All COVID-19 protocols were adhered to. Had the quarantine drink; wasn’t my favorite but definitely got my money’s worth. Overall great experience. Will definitely go back again.

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vipFlemming
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Job done to perfection, we will be back!

NK
vipNatashaK
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly special place. The food and service are outstanding. The atmosphere is enchanting. We both loved it. Anniversary dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff. Food met every expectation and more! Delicious and diverse!

RD
RonD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular and the service was sublime.

TM
TatyanaM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Romantic, special, great for celebration of a special occasions.

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vipTucker
Philadelphia
258 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to covid and cold weather we had not had the pleasure of dining at Elements in approximately 4 months. Previously, we had enjoyed eating at their improvised outdoor tables several times. Accordingly, we were uncertain if it would be as impressive with everything that's gone down since. Now vaccinated, we felt safe to return to an inside table. Our joint verdict was that the current tasting menu, plus the amuse bouche, was maybe the best meal we've ever experienced at Elements -- and over the years we have had many that were phenomenal. The creativity, the maxed out flavors, the overall skill in the kitchen, the wine list (and innovative cocktails), and the flawless service make this New Jersey's best restaurant.

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MilaE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is great, the chef is excellent! The service was outstanding! We tried a fixed menu, with wine pairing, some of the wines were outstanding, but some not. You may choose to order your own wine to best fit your taste. A lovely place, highly recommend the food and chef!

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vipAshleyS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) it was very romantic and you did not leave hungry at all! Everything was outstanding. My favorite was the caviar, and all the seafood, fish and even the steak to finish. The deserts were rich and delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience overall from the food to the staff.

MG
vipMichaelG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, wine pairing was great, and service and staff were once again so wonderful!! Look forward to being back soon.

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AlexisS
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the wait staff was on top of everything. As soon as our water glasses were low they would be over to fill it up. Everyone was very pleasant and kind. I loved the open kitchen concept and the chefs were super chill and relaxed which is different from most hectic, loud, and crazy busy kitchens. My favorite part was the dessert, but I’m super biased because I love sweets. Overall it was a great experience and amazing food.

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Caro
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I actually felt like I was in the Netflix series, The Chef's Table. The experience was worth every penny. We did the 5 course meal and we got way more food than we expected. It was hard not to try the bread even though we wanted to save room. Everything from start to finish was prepared and looked like artwork. My absolute favorite was the Wagyu beef dish and the blueberry dessert as seen in the pictures. Kudos to the staff and servers who made the experience flawless.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food

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danurp
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time dining at elements and it was just as great as I remembered. We had the 5 course tasting menu with the wine pairing and it was delightful from start to finish. Easily one of the best restaurants in all of NJ.

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LisaC
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foodie fabulous. The chef creates not just palate pleasure but works of art. May be on the pricey side but worth every penny as it’s not just dining; it’s an experience.

MC
vipMirnaC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claudia and the staff took exceptional care of us this evening. I always marvel at the fact that Chef Anderson is able to accommodate my vegan lifestyle. I appreciate that more than words can say. The food is always amazing and the service is bar non.

Thank you as always for a fabulous meal.

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ralphwaldo
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As tasting menus go, the one we had at Elements was conservative--even the wine pairings, while uniformly consonant with their respective courses, and wonderfully varied and creatively chosen, were culinarily far more in unison with the foods' flavors than in harmony with them. Creating a tasting menu in a pandemic would be especially stressful, as Elements' nine tables were 2/3 empty throughout our three-hour Saturday-night dinner: it's an act of immense courage and food-love that they've continued in the face of all of the hardships. Several courses were marvelous; neither of us found any of them transporting. But we plan to return, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do WHEN the pandemic is just a memory....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from start to finish. The wine pairing is a must.

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Kamal
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely experience. Food and service was impeccable.

PH
vipPaulusHook
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals that I can remember, and I travel the globe for great restaurants. Originality, care, freshness - and the wine pairings were exceptional. I felt a very special sense of being spiritually nourished, the way you feel when you behold great art.

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AmyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had dinner at Elements on a Saturday evening in October in their outdoor seating. The service team did an great job of creating a safe space to eat (they were masked/gloved and tables spaced far enough apart). They did a good job of trying to create a special atmosphere while essentially eating in Witherspoon St (privacy screens, painted the concrete barricades, plants). As always, the food was outstanding. There was a long delay between two of the courses and as the night went on, the staff seemed to disappear a bit, though I think they were also serving the seating indoors. You could tell they were hustling to help everyone. We were celebrating our recent wedding and the staff gave us a card - a thoughtful touch. My only suggestion is to see if the restaurant can figure out a way to have some heat under the tent if possible. It was cold toward the back half of our meal. All in all, another fantastic meal at Elements and they made the best of the unusual circumstances!

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vipNewtownFoodie
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I’ve really enjoyed Elements over the years, beginning at the opening of the original location. A friend and I wanted to go to provide a bit of support in this difficult time. We had the chef’s tasting menu with a couple of offered upgrades. Started with cocktails and then had a bottle of wine. Three dishes arrived at once. Hardly Michelin-style service. They were fine, maybe a little better than fine, but the simultaneous delivery meant we consumed them much differently than chef had intended. Then nothing. For 40 minutes. We were enjoying a decent $160 bottle of wine suggested by one of our servers. Our meal came to a close after 3 hours and 30 minutes. It was a long meal and not in a great way. The check was $700 - a real eye opener for sure. We added the tip and then realized 20% was already included. Hadn’t noticed since the usual detailed sheet wasn’t provided. Thankfully I questioned the total with my dining partner and we found it. Honestly, even with patience and understanding from covid, I don’t think I’ll be back. Lots of places in Princeton where a great meal with cocktail and wine is $125 per person. Elements just isn’t worth that big gap.

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Bill
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Elements is excellent. The food, the chef service all very good.

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Preeya
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great. We did wine paring as well. One of the guys who served us wine, was very good and seem to love what he's doing. The food were great with nice presentation. We would prefer the food come out a little faster. We did let our server know. But, it was not working for them I guess. We were sitting outside. It was very cold that night and very uncomfortable for us. I wish there were some outdoor heaters that day. Well, it's late Summer/beginning of Fall. So, we do understand why they didn't put out the outdoor heaters, just yet. Overall it was fine night for us!

One little thing though, we were there to celebrate our third anniversary. There was a lady called me prior to the date to confirm our reservation and asked us about the occasion for this dinner. I told her, it's our anniversary and told her my husband's name and my name. I thought we would receive a note/card or they would put our names & occasion on the menu or something. But there was none. We had the similar dinner like this before, all over the country. One of the cool thing for me is to capture the wording like this on the menu or little card as a part of my souvenir.

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4747ca
Singapore
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food overall accept a poor dessert. Attentive staff. Would return

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vipOpentable85
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in NJ for fine dining

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing social distancing with dividers between tables for the outdoor dining and there weren’t people walking between or around the tables. All servers were masked and gloved. This was a belated Mother’s Day for my mother in law - she is more comfortable speaking Spanish so they had a waitress who spoke Spanish for our table! This was very sweet and we really appreciated it. The food was incredible and it’s one of the restaurants we have felt safest in during the pandemic.

NJ
vipNJCheapskate
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have dined at this restaurant countless times since it initially opened on Bayard Lane years ago. The service continues to be exceptional and its the closest you can come to a NYC level fine dining experience in the downtown Princeton area. However, I'm just not sure its worth the high cost of admission anymore.

On the plus side, we applaud the kitchen's embrace of spicier notes which were historically lacking (Japanese Squid and the Scallops) and the Farmer's Cheese Ice Cream with Melon was delicious. The Ribeye (main and final dish pre-dessert) was a bit under for our palate and on the cold side.

On the minus side, we wish they could have honored the outside dining request we made for our anniversary and re-confirmed in advance. Unexpectedly being a guinea pig the first weekend of indoor dining post covid quarantine took away from the experience (though the interior conditions were impeccable, spacing well done and staff impeccable as always). Add to that an almost 3 hour grind to get through just 5 courses overall (did I mention they forgot the oyster supplement we ordered, thank goodness). Our most memorable tastings (both here and away) involved eager anticipation for each course but we were left wondering how long it was going to take to get to the next one. Also, there is something about the ambiance of the interior that has never quite matched up to the original Bayard Lane location (the music doesn't fit the space and it comes off a bit cold overall).

For the exorbitant cost, you want to walk away elated (which I suppose will happen if you embark on the wine pairing) but the last few times we just walked away just feeling ok.

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Moops
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Had 2 servers. One was very good, the other was difficult. She didn't seem to know the menu and was trying to force us to eat the 5-course meal....

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Julius
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonderfully planned menu. The amuse-bouches were a fantastic way to start the meal. Tempo lagged a little bit transitioning from the starters to the main courses, however the dishes were all really well composed and complete, an absolute delight. Bread that was made in house with a 60 day aged butter topped with maldon was so delicious they checked with the back of house and let us buy a loaf for breakfast the following morning. Really well curated beverage program as well. Highly recommend to anyone in the area.

JL
vipJerseyL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Elements continues to be Princeton's foodie choice. It is an outstanding, but pricey, restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Prior to our meal I was told the birthday girl would receive a special card and that did not happen. Food was fine. We were happy with the seating, wine tasting, and accommodations for non mushroom eaters.

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vipDedicated
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In these circumstances Elements has done an amazing job of high class delivery of food. The menu provides one vegetarian and two other choices and includes an appetizer course, typically a dip with crudités, a salad course, bread with rich butter, vegetable seasoned and cooked perfectly, the main course with one or two accompaniments, and followed by dessert. Everything is packaged appropriately for heating or serving. This varied, expertly prepared menu is a bargain at $49, or $39 for vegetarian option. Several add ons are offered, including home made pasta with a choice of sauces, breads, and 2-3 side dishes. Having tried everything on the menu, any choice will be a good one. I hope and pray that the delivery business will soon transform to the old full service sit down service, but until then, the menu must be experienced repeatedly. Very highly recommended.

FAQs

Elements Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 924-0078.

Elements Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1823 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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