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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!
Princeton, NJ 08542
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Between Hulfish St. & Paul Robeson Pl.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We recommend parking in either the Hulfish street or Spring Street garage .
NJ Transit to Princeton Station, once arrived, an additional 1.5 mile walk or 3 minute cab ride.
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Elements Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
Dining at Elements was a such a pleasure! The menu is creative and filled with interesting, locally sourced ingredients; the staff is impeccable; and the food and hand-crafted cocktails are absolutely delicious and beautiful. Every course was a work of art! We visited on a Wednesday and chose the four-course, prix fixe menu option. Everything was fantastic, but the highlights for me were the scallop second course and the chocolate dessert with cajeta. The staff signed a card for my brother, who was celebrating a birthday, and gave him an autographed copy of the menu as well. So thoughtful! I hope to return soon!
We enjoyed a fine meal to celebrate my wife's birthday. The three of us had the four course menu. The meal began with the terrific smoked quail eggs. We all had fluke sashimi to start, very tasty. Then two of us had the Aji, which was a bit bland after the sashimi. The only slightly off note of the evening. My wife had the Peakey Toe crab which was first rate. For mains we had black bass, chicken, and rib eye steak. All were excellent. For dessert we had strawberries, chocolate, and honey pie. All very fine. Service is great, the presentation of dishes very well done. The sommelier is very helpful. We had a bottle of champagne through the meal. We look forward to the next special occasion to visit again.
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