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Element Bistro

275 River Rd, Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 998-7045
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Ranked #8 of 284 restaurants in Salinas
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- May 5, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
Salinas, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

When one generous reviewer writes that "locals like it too" I wonder "local to where?". Perhaps there was a drastic change in menu and its execution before my family and I went. The staff were fantastic on my two visits there. But the food?!? Low-quality ingredients that were poorly prepared for our dishes. The interior smelled musty in a not-very-appealing... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The staff here is very nice, and they have a good wine selection. But I have eaten food from here three times, and each time varied from underwhelming to poor. The first time, I ate at the restaurant and the food was ok. Nothing special. However, it is less than 5 minutes from my parents' house, so they ordered takeout... More

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SFBAY
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Element Bistro made a great pizza and is very handy to the Vision Quest Ranch. We appreciated the comfortable atmosphere and very friendly service. We even got a special birthday sundae. If we are back in the area, we'll return.

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Benicia, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Very quaint restaurant that serves Italian fare with a great basic hearty steak too. Very friendly staff. Beer and wine, locals like it too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Enjoyed the meal, Loved the coconut bread pudding. Glad to see them busy. Stopped in one way and they were totally booked up so we had to go elsewhere. Like the atmosphere also.

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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

The restaurant was completely packed when we were there. I was nervous given other reviews about service & friendliness. However, the staff was AMAZING. They were super friendly & our waitress was absolutely on top of everything, despite the fact that the restaurant was filled with huge groups of people celebrating Xmas. The waitress even brought us a basket of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

The place looks very romantic and intimate, the food was very good although the prime rib was a bit cold. The service was also good. Will definitely come back! Recommended!!

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DIVA013ANDRB
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

They definitely need more help. The food was great and servers were nice but a they had a huge party and no extra help for the night!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This is a tricky place to find. Google Maps had us very confused. We were driving for miles in the middle of nowhere and my hubby was certain we were heading the wrong way. Suddenly, it appeared . It is in a small multi-business building surrounded by ....crops . We are talking remote! Know that they are closed on Mondays!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

Do not miss out on Elements Bistro! The staff is friendly, the food is great, and the wine selection tops off a perfect night! It is hard to find, but turn at the Shell station, or u-turn to get there...it truly is worth it! The staff was very friendly, the locals that frequent the bar are so cordial you will... More

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