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206 S Royal Ave, First Floor, Front Royal, VA 22630-3206
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sanford, Maine
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were on vacation and looking for a god place to eat. Several places were recommended by the hotel staff, but we weren't too excited about any of the places. We decided to drive to one of the recommendations, but walk around to see if anyplace else looked promising. We discovered Element. We had seen it online, but menus weren't... More 

Thank kckmk
florence KY
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visiting Virginia as I do yearly to get wine. We prefer to eat in non chain restaurants or the hotel We were staying in Front Royal and went into town and came upon this restaurant which I found out later had just recently opened. It was excellent, nice decor, good wine, excellent service and GREAT food. We ate there twice... More 

Thank bothenjs
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent the night in Front Royal and happened on Element by chance. It was an attractive space, and we were pleased to have found it. It had innovative cocktails, a nice wine list, and a great menu. We settled on a Caesar salad--the croutons were little cubes of fried polenta--fun! We had filets, which were delicious, with garlic smashed... More 

Thank Carol R
Front Royal, Virginia
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took friends to the Element for dinner. We shared the special appetizer which was more than enough for the four of us...and perfectly flavored. Brandon was a fine waiter and Deborah talked to us for a while and talked about some of the events they host. 2 had the seared scallops, perfectly prepared and presented. 1 had the quail... More 

Thank Lee R
Pacific, Missouri
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here thinking there was not much Front Royal had to offer, and were we Pleasantly Surprised! An innovative menu that offered a range of dishes and styles. The quail was not your standard preparation and done quite well, my wife had scallops and although prefers them very well done despite chef's wishes they came out just as she... More 

Thank David E
Linden, Virginia
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41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

This was our first and long overdue visit. It just recently relocated and was closed for weeks of renovation. Upon arrival we were immediately greeted by a very cheerful hostess who sat us immediately. Our waiter arrived promptly and took our order. He also was very attentive throughout the meal. The food quality was the best we've found in Front... More 

Thank Roy K
Linden, Virginia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Dined for the first time tonight and I can't wait to go back. Pleasant thoughtful service by Brandon (his dessert recommendation was over the top, Pavlova with caramelized bacon) Entrees were cooked and seasoned to perfection, we shared Scallops and Quail. The restaurant was clean, well lit, the music was fun. Much more than I expected in Front Royal but... More 

Thank hospitlaityguru101
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

We went to the Element for dinner last week for our anniversary. The atmosphere was great and the way it was decorated was very welcoming. We were a bit disappointed that the dinner menu only had about 6 or 7 entrees on it and they were a bit pricey. We each ordered the corn chowder as an appetizer. Our total... More 

Thank Serenity7191
Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Everything was delicious, especially tomato crab soup and desserts! Beware, buffalo wings are really spicy. Service was great.

Thank Serge C
Front Royal, Virginia
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

The New location on Main St. is Great, with plenty of room, very nice décor, nice separate Bar area and Great Food !!! A Must is the Crab Dill Soup, some of the best if not the very best soup I have ever had...

Thank Rick K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $40
American, International, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 206 S Royal Ave, First Floor, Front Royal, VA 22630-3206
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Front Royal
  • Phone Number: 15406369293
The endless creativity of Chef-Owners David and Stacy Gedney has produced an excellent bistro alternative to the commitment of fine dining restaurants and to the ennui of the countless chain restaurants. Element offers a variety of sapid dishes for lunch and dinner in a relaxed and modern atmosphere, augmented by a full bar, beers on draft and an elegant wine list. We adjust the menu regularly to keep our ingredients fresh and our choices interesting.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?