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About Elements Restaurant

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!

66 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

Cross Street:
Between Hulfish St. & Paul Robeson Pl.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 924-0078

Website:
http://www.elementsprinceton.com/

Parking Details:
We recommend parking in either the Hulfish street or Spring Street garage .

Public Transit:
NJ Transit to Princeton Station, once arrived, an additional 1.5 mile walk or 3 minute cab ride.

Executive Chef:
Scott Anderson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Elements Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.9

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4.8

value

4.3

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92% would recommend it to a friend

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Tasting Menu (11)
Seasonal (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Cozy (5)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Authentic (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Business Meals (3)
Scenic View (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing service, fantastic food! very knowledgeable staff who take great pride in their work and in creating a great customer experience. The wine pairing is a must! overall an amazing experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

A great meal with personalized service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We did the Chef's Menu tonight and it was great! All the staff were friendly from the moment we got in. The hostess mentioned a special request I had for a table w a view and they delivered. The food were superb. Every dish and the wine brought to us were explained and that makes it more special. Everyone was great and I am very appreciative for the anniversary card they all signed. Thank you for a great experience!! You guys are awesome and I'm recommending your restaurant to my friends

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The ambiance and service are always impeccable, but it is really the chefs who seem to outdo themselves each time we visit. We recently enjoyed a citrus tasting menu that (once again) raised the bar for winter menus and the sommelier-paired wines were simply exquisite.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

A unique citrus-themed dinner. The Yuzu dessert was probably my best dessert in the last 12 months.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Overall it was a very nice experience. The food creativity is really outstanding and the staff is fully educated on all aspects of the menu. I have to say that it was a very good. However, the price will prevent multiple revisits.

In no way am I suggesting the restaurant change. I see and understand why things are priced the way they are. With that said repeat visits will be difficult and I do not see us returning soon

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food, even better service but a bit overpriced

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic. New Years Eve. Flawless service. Food very creative and imaginative, and beautiful quality. And quiet!
It was a memorable evening.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Elements is by far the BEST restaurant I know of. The food is absolutely fantastic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The restaurants atmosphere is amazing. The food was delicious, creative, and original. We ate there for Christmas Eve and thanks to the team at elements we had a awesome time so thanks again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had the tasting menu on Christmas Eve and the 5 course meal with wine pairing was selected. Two selected the regular wine pairing, two selected the premium. Only one or two selections for each course but every one was superb. The presentations were very inventive including quail eggs presented in a "nest" and a menu item with a shagbark hickory reduction presented on the wood. Not even one minor complaint about any of the items from any of the diners. Dropped a star because at the end of the evening we were astonished not to be offered a coffee , the bill was dropped on the table with a comment that the service charge was included. No inquiry if we had enjoyed the evening. It is a very expensive restaurant with food and wine to match, the service needs to measure up to that level.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

It was okay. I was expecting something different. Give it a try, and judge for yourself.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food didn't meet the expectation....the wine selections were excellent but the food didn't blow me away

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We did the chef’s tasting menu and loved it. Very interesting combinations and presentations. Everything was outstanding. We will surely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Phenomenal! The food was spectacular! The service was impeccable! The wines were perfect accompaniments to the menu selections! We can’t wait to go back!! Our compliments to the chefs and the sommelier!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This place is fabulous from service to restaurant design to the food. I am really impressed that an unpretentious fine dine dinning establishment of this caliber is in tiny Princeton. As good as any top nyc foodie restaurant and i have been to them all and many around the globe. The $100 tag for the 5 course is a bargain by comparison to other similar quality restaurants as is the chefs tasting menu. Blissfully happy that Elements is in my town.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Spectacular. Of course. I'd argue it's a veritable bargain in this way: it's such an exciting cross cultural dive in a 5 senses kind of way....thus way cheaper and easier than hopping on a plane or in a car for the weekend to have a hoped for thrilling new experience. We're sophisticated foodies, and we kept exclaiming. For a combo Christmas/birthday gift for all 5 of them, I'll send my 21 and 27 year old sons with their 15, 18, and 25 year old cousins here for dinner without the parents. What an unforgettable experience for them to share together. In the end, so worth the $100-$200 a head. At first they'll be like "wtf?" and by the middle of the tasting menu they will totally get it and be in thrall. I'm sure of it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday and had a wonderful night. Staff were attentive but not intrusive and food was outstanding (4 course menu). We chose the wine pairing which was an excellent add. Atmosphere was cozy and comfortable. Not inexpensive but well worth it!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Enjoyed their delicious and creative tasting menu! Wine were spectacular and generous pour.
We had a memorable evening celebrating our son's 21st :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This was my second visit to Elements and it did not disappoint. The special event Japanese seafood tasting menu was excellent! And I loved the sparkling apple cider they current have on the menu because it is so dry and sophisticated; perfect fit for the personality of the restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food didn’t march up with the reporting. Too salty. Too earthy. Not enough variety in flavor profiles

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

Definitely a great experience... service was phenomenal, food was delicious and well presented, love the ambience and all the small details of the place. Excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We called to confirm if there was an Ala Carte menu and were told yes. There wasn't. We brought guests who were in from London and were embarrassed by the food portions and simply no menu choice. The portions were extremely small and we all left hungry. My wife had to give her meat portion to my son so that he ate something. Service was good and the food was tasty but we spent a lot of money to leave hungry.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was a bit precious, but wine pairing and sommelier were fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Dinner for 4 and we did the chef's tasting menu with standard wine pairing. Every course great and the 3 off menu surprises from the chef all terrific. Service as good as it gets. Wines were unusual and perfect with every course. A true fine dining experience without any pretense or attitude

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing date night! The most unique and exciting meal I have ever had, that's for sure. Definitely going back - The sommelier seemed to have known me from another life - he was just spot on with the wine pairing! Love love love

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Had an excellent experience at Elements. This was my first time dining there. It is very different to any restaurant in New Jersey in that the kitchen is a few feet away from where your standing, they forage for their own food, and, just like at Noma or some Michelin star places, the cooks serve the dish and explain it to you instead of servers which I loved and thought it was interesting and enjoyable. Flavors compared to other restaurants were very bizarre but still excellent. Service is pretty quick and attentive since it is a very small restaurant. Atmosphere and ambiance is nice except it can get a little dark which is a con for me since I like to see and take pictures of my food. One of the best restaurants in New Jersey I have tried so far though!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

I went to Elements for my birthday. I had an amazing, full, and well rounded culinary experience! The food was very good and forced me to try new dishes I'd never thought to try. Very fun!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Absolutely top notch experience in every aspect. They even presented us with a signed card for our anniversary. Spectacular and exciting food prepared impeccably, phenomenal service, I can't say enough about Elements; it was an experience I will not soon forget.

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

Fantastic food with smaller portions but did not leave hungry. All restaurants should serve like that. The chefs brought out the food and the kitchen was visible from all seats. A marvelous experience. Just expect to pay for it

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Our experience at Elements was fantastic. Not only was the food world class, but the service as phenomenal. We went for my girlfriend's birthday and the kitchen staff wrote and signed a card wishing her a happy birthday. Fantastic place, highly recommended.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Very unassuming friendly restaurant with amazing food. The Maitake mushrooms were just out of this world and they had a great wine list. Even the wine by the glass was good. We were just in Princeton off chance and so happy we stumbled on this through the internet reviews.
Pitty I can't get back there again soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Finding your Elements
Located on the 2nd floor at 66 Witherspoon Street in the heart of charming Princeton, Elements provided us with a sense of a dinner as a wondrous gathering of people, the craft of cooking, superlative flavors and tasting menus of impeccable taste and elan.
Imagine soft-boiled quail eggs wrapped in leaves which have been gently smoked. Now add a glass of Domaine Daniel Dugois, a Chardonnay from Arbois France and the food and drink wonders commence. Worth every cent from a skilled team including all the chefs who quietly bring their dish to your table. Voilá and enjoy!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Difficult to find and at this level of fine dining, no table cloth is quite unusual. Our waiter did not communicate well and several pieces of information he provided were inaccurate, e.g. when I asked for the menu of the evening, he explained that menu changed on a daily basis and he wouldn't know what would be served. Fair enough, I then asked for the menu to be printed at the end of the evening, which he agreed. Barely five minutes later, an exquisitely printed and beautifully illustrated menu was given to us ! Eh? They don't talk to each other?

As for the food, we pre-booked the grand tasting menu of nearly 20 courses . Some worked better than the others, overall it's verged too much towards experimental and quite a hit-and-miss. At this price level, I would expect something more sure-footed.

Restaurant was very empty on a Thursday evening in downtown Princeton. We were the last table to finish and the sous-chefs did not hesitate to change into casual clothes before we had dessert and the waiters also closed shop early. Main chef who served us did not show a smile all evening. He looked tired and disinterested in serving us. Not a good sign.

I won't return and if you have not tried, don't bother

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

From Hostess to Service to The Food, AMAZING! The Chefs Tasting menu was a lovely way to celebrate my husband's birthday. Perfectly portioned to be able to enjoy each course without feeling uncomfortable afterward. The wine pairings were lovely and professionally presented. They add the gratuity for you which I appreciated, less math for me to do after enjoying my meal. The dining room is lovely, the music is kept low and unobtrusive, you can actually carry-on a conversation at your table. The open kitchen is incredibly fine tuned and Zen-like. I can't say enough good things about this experience. It's definitely in my top 5 tasting menus.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Had tasting menu-each course was mouthwatering !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food overall was great except for the wagyu that was prepared was a bit on the salty side. There were also a few dishes that were too salty. Excellent service for sure. Staff were very helpful and attentive. Overall value for food is okay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Good food, inventive menu. Attractive decor but stiff atmosphere. Server was not helpful or pleasant and, at times, verged on rude. There should be a better balance between superior food and commensurate service. Third time we have visited, consistently unimpressed by the service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We attended the special BBQ dinner and all three of us agreed that it was among the best meals we've ever had in a Philadelphia area restaurant (none in our party reside in or near Princeton). To our surprise, the menu was actually more seafood-centric than meat driven. In fact, the only traditional BBQ'd meat was a wonderfully moist and flavorful piece of brisket. The sophistication of the menu and the artistic presentations were reminiscent of what you see in Barcelona. And at Elements, it's not just about the food. Whether you know a lot or really nothing about wine, the wine/beverage pairings offered are varied and very impressive in several contexts. Without exception, in our experience, the sommelier at Elements is the best of his profession in the Philadelphia region. Overall, Elements has evolved into one of the best restaurants in the country -- see for yourself!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We went there for my husbands birthday. The food and service was outstanding. If you are a foodie and enjoy sampling menu this is the place

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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