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Elements Restaurant

4.8
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1798 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!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Weekly Takeout Menu

Takeaway
Starting Sep 29, 2020·Sun 16:30-18:00, Wed-Sat 16:30-18:00

You are reserving a pick up time for our weekly take out dinner. A la carte takeout menu or $125 Five Course Tasting Menu available for to go. Order details can be entered after confirming reservation. Our staff will call or email to confirm order details and curbside pick up instructions.

$125 Five Course Tasting Menu

Dine in
Starting Sep 15, 2020·Sun 18:15-18:30 19:00-20:15, Wed-Sat 18:15-18:30 19:00-20:15

We are currently offering a Five Course Tasting Menu priced at $125 per person for in house dining. See website for current menu. We will happily accommodate any allergies or dietary restrictions with advanced notice. We kindly ask that guests show up promptly at their reservation time.

What 1798 People Are Saying
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vipPrincetonNJ
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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4747ca
Singapore
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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vipOpentable85
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in NJ for fine dining

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 6 September 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 5 September 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 22 August 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 22 August 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.

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vipJerseyL
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 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 1 August 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
146 reviews
Dined on 25 July 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.

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josephf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good presentation nice. Their wine is real good but a bit pricey. Service was respectful

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vipDebbraN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect. We will return over and over again. Thank you Chef Scott and everyone who made our experience over the top incredible.

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vipLuv2eat
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We returned for the second time to this Princeton gem. They handle the outdoor dinning mandate superbly. We had a privately tented table for 4. The food, related wine pairing and service was excellent. We will definitely return in the future.

AJ
vipArthurJacob
New York Area
337 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

still doing great takeout. The review format, however, needs tweaking since I can’t post a review without rating service and ambience etc when it’s takeout..... but a nice treat after a few months of our own pandemic cooking!

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RouPoi7
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The restaurant has done a tremendous job in light of the current pandemic. Given the limitations and requirements to ensure appropriate safety precautions were in place the ambience was appropriate. Everything else was perfect.

AJ
vipArthurJacob
New York Area
337 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve been looking forward to this every week! Thanks Elements!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for our Anniversary and they really made it special. The ambiance, the food, the wine and the service was amazing. For Father’s Day we ordered the pre-cooked bbq dinner for 4 it was superb. All we did was follow the chef’s written instructions basically warm on the grill. If you are looking for a superb fine dining experience I highly recommend Elements in Princeton.

AJ
vipArthurJacob
New York Area
337 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent yet again. But this was pick up curbside dinner for four. Open Table needs to modify their software because one cannot submit a review without clicking on service, ambience and loudness which are, obviously, currently irrelevant. But five stars for the food!

AJ
vipArthurJacob
New York Area
337 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elements “to go” for the pandemic went quite well. We were delightfully surprised and will do it again. A spurge, to be sure, but when you are tired of your own cooking and want something delicious, healthy and comforting.... Elements hit a home run. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elements never disappoints! Really enjoyed the food and service!

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vipDedicated
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Take out of great cuisine well executed. Clearly a second choice for those who have dined in the restaurant, but considering the current situation, a blessing for residents of Princeton. Hope that better times and normalcy returns soon, but meanwhile enjoy this option, hopefully every weekend. Highly recommended.

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vipLisaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Hi, some of those ratings don't apply for takeout but you have to rate them all. The meal was wonderful and your service was terrific. I hope you'll keep doing it!

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vipDedicated
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience1

In these dire days, a meal from Elements gives hope that better days are ahead. The ambiance and conviviality was missed as too the formality but the food was cooked perfectly and the standbys like the distinctive bread and butter and the decorated salad and greens served as a memento of times past and a harbinger of good tines to come. Bravo to Chef Scott and his colleagues. Let’s be safe, content and grateful.

CM
ClaireM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the 5 course tasting menu and loved it! An awesome evening amazing food atmosphere and staff!

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WSCOTTC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elements was great! I went here with my partner to celebrate our anniversary, and they gave us this thoughtful card, signed by the staff. We went with the chef's choice. Each dish tasted amazing. The unique preparations of the scallops and steaks made this a great dining experience.

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Wednesday
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a most lovely evening catching up with a family member who was visiting; I love the rhythm of the tasting menu, that provides some superb "interruption" of food ever so often, alternating with excellent wines, and perfect time for good conversation; kitchen and service are all outstanding!

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vipMF01
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best tasting meal we have had this year. Professional service with each course fitting with the others.
Elements is as good as a 3 star Michelin restaurant!

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Justine
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. Each dish was unique (not to mention delicious), the service was fantastic, and the restaurant's space is beautiful. Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and wine pairings. Exceptional service and great atmosphere.

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deirdreb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have a wonderful night. The food and service was incredible! High recommend this restaurant. We will return regularly!

CJ
vipCaroleJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

We had a dinner for the Valentine’s Day!
At first we waited 30 minutes in front of the elevator. They didn’t propose any drinks or seats for waiting. It was in an entrance and it was very cold.
The menu looked like good but only two plat (Tuna and dessert) were good and on the right level of this restaurant.
The service was poor and we waited until 20 minutes between two plats. We waited for the wine also and nobody took care of us.
The quality was completely bad and not like a fine restaurant.
We were completely disappointed by this place and we don’t recommend it. It was very expensive and our foreign card didn’t work!!! Impossible to compare it as a fine and big restaurant!!!!

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every course was amazing and was cooked/tasted better than I could have imagined! The cocktails were also extremely yummy! Just plan on spending some romantic time at the restaurant - as the pace is a little slower. You will not be rushed! I am sure to be back!

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vipIlhanU
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant in Princeton. We enjoy it every time we dine there, it’s never repetitive .

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vipJasonA
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For a Birthday. Everything was awesome. Japanese Wagyu Beef was definitely the best ever. There’s really nothing much else to say than Elements is always a phenomenal experience every time we go.

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vipWednesday
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

this is my favorite place to bring out of town guests, even the most culinary inclined and experienced; Elements always satisfies and impresses; what a great place to have in Princeton!

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SherwoodT
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If the staff is reading this, thank you for a great experience. We will be back

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vipSoup
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best experience. We love spending our special occasions with elements.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant! Really enjoyed the night

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love every single aspect of elements and feel very fortunate to have them in Princeton. Outstanding in every way.

FAQs

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

Elements Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1798 OpenTable diners.

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