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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
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had one night in Front Royal and went to the Element for dinner. It has recently been renovated. The food was very good and we would recommend it if visiting Front Royal.

Thank Lisa G
Browntown, Virginia, United States
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at element twice about 6 years ago, and it was delicious, so we were excited for their new larger location on Main Street. But we were very disappointed. I mean, how can you ruin a Caesar salad? Old tired romaine with too much (tasteless) dressing. Service was so-so. One of our party had the quail and liked it,... More 

Thank Carole T
Fairfax, Virginia
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

The new location on Main Street is beautiful and well decorated. Lovely, Background sounds were not loud and conversation was possible. Bathrooms were clean. Our party of 5 each ordered differently from the lunch menu. The chowder seemed to be the hit of of the served dishes. The other dishes were great disappointments. I selected fish & chips - the... More 

Thank NoWork4Me
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

The coconut encrusted snapper was awesome. The waitress was a bit rough around the edges but the food made up for her lack of attention.

Thank Guinnevere
Front Royal, Virginia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Having recently moved from Delaware where we ate at some wonderful, unusual restaurants, we didn't expect to find anything comparable here. The Element took us by surprise. We had no reservation for a Saturday evening, but still had a very short wait. None, actually. Since there were no empty tables in the main area, we sat in the bar section... More 

Thank M F
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We have been fans of Element since it opened at it's original site. But it is better since it's move to Main Street. It's menu has expanded to offer more variety. The menu offers variety in price points also, so, just about everyone can feel comfortable eating there. And the tastes are fit for foodies. We've had experiences at 5... More 

Thank FRBird
Middletown, Virginia
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107 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

We really thought it would be better. The layout is odd. You would think the owners would know better and make it more comfortable. From our seats, we gazed upon cleaning products in the hostess stand; men entering,exiting and using the restroom, and activity at the service station for the bar. Really unappealing but it at least gave us some... More 

Thank VADogLovers
Front Royal, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

For the 11 years we have been going to the fine chefs of Element that they opened as a companion to their upscale J's Gourmet. Element is affordable and the food is every bit as excellent. The new location on Main Street is trendy and elegant and comfortable all at the same time. Best bonus: their new place has a... More 

Thank FroRoK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Went here with friends from work during lunch, I'm a bartender / server so I am not a needy person because I know how it is. However the first thing I ordered was water then a glass of wine. Got the wine but no water. We ordered the nachos app and it was great, until our food came out 3... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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97 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Very reasonably priced given the atmosphere and quality of food. Mussels were a bit disappointing but the roast chicken was excellent. Service was stellar. In fact, if not for the mussels (which were good, just not great) would have given a 5. An excellent value.

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?