Elements Restaurant

4.9
1625 reviews
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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!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We will be offering a Five Course Tasting Menu priced at $125 per person. Only menu available. Optional wine pairings. Please notate dietary restrictions. 48 hour cancellation policy - reservations cancelled within 48 hours subject to full charge per person.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 1625 People Are Saying
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JS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing night at Elements. Very special place to celebrate with a loved one. Food was presented in such a unique way & was absolutely delicious. I have had lots of tasting menus, but this one was extra special. It is alittle pricey, but well worth it if you are celebrating a special occasion. I hope to go back in the near future.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Everything was amazing but where we were seated, at the front of the restaurant by the window it was very very cold, there was a couple on a table next to us that also commented on how cold it was by the windows.. we asked that the heat be turned on which they kindly did but it was still chilly..

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MR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single dish that came out of the kitchen was amazing. I tried foods that I never would have ordered for myself with their tasting menu and I will absolutely be returning!

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DE
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal, not a place to go every evening but nice for a special occasion.

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N
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, great experience. Just make sure you make a reservation in the front of the restaurant where the kitchen is visible. We were tucked in a small back room that hurt the atmosphere. But great experience non the less.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, Elements was spectacular. I went there with my wife and we got the chef’s tasting with the premium wine pairing. While it was not inexpensive, it was worth every cent.

Each course was perfectly complemented by a wine pairing and each was better than the next. With out going into detail on all the courses, a few that stuck out from our experience was the cuttlefish, smoked quail egg and the Waygu ribeye.

Each of the deserts were amazing and the coffee was excellent of course.

Presentation, service, taste were all amazing.

The experience is comparable to Latour at the Grand Cascades Lodge but with a slightly less stuffy/more modern ambiance.

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j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were given a gift Certificate to elements. We enjoyed the experience and food very much and would definitely go again. It is awkward when you walk in initially. We walked in a door that said elements yet it was a bar of a different name. We had to ask a few people until we were directed to the reception desk and then taken upstairs. Overall, we liked it very much

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S
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
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
15 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
25 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
New York Area
40 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
934 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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