Alchemy - Elements

4.5
740 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

About

Local Restaurateurs Chef Michael Matassa and his pastry chef/sommelier wife
Debi, are finally returning to their hometown of Harford County with the opening of their new restaurant Alchemy Elements in Bel Air Town Center. With a passion for fusion and a flair for molecular cooking, Debi and Chef Michael are bringing a unique dining experience to Bel Air. Both owners agree Alchemy Elements is not a white table cloth restaurant, it's just fabulous space with delicious food and they want people to have fun. -Harford Style Magazine
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JeanetteM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ususl our dining experience was fabulous at alchemy Elements. We had the pleasure of having Justin be our server. It was his first night serving at the restaurant. You would never know! He was attentive and gave great menu Advice. The restaurant may be small, but very chic. The food is fresh snd unique. We have dined 7 times in a 9 week period. My new favorite restaurant. Thank you. Justin and to the chef fir a delightful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service seemed slow, but the food was excellent!

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ChristineC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is always good with good food and good ambience. I never get disappointed.

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BertC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Certainly doesn't have the charm of the Hampden location.

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JeanetteM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT FOOD, VERY UNIQUE MENU. SERVICE AS ALWAYS WAS RIGHT ON POINT. WE HAD THE RIB EYE AND GRITS ARE FABULOUS .MY FRIEND HAD THE GROUPER, SO FRESH AND COOKED PERFECTLY. IVE BEEN TO THIS RESTAURANT FIVE TIMES IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS, VERY UPSCALE DINING. MY NEW FAVORITE PLACE.

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WhitneyJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love bringing out of town guests here because we can always count on the food being delicious and the service being amazing. Will recommend again and again and again!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, especially the Roasted Red Snapper! John was the perfect server AND bartender. Busier than we thought it would be on a Monday night. We will be back!

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SamH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

3rd visit, definitely will go back but had a couple issues. Mistake with the order should have been handled differently by removing from the check instead of BOGO coupon. Appetizer plates are useless. Should not have to ask for water refills. Food is good but there were some definite attention to detail issues that impacted this visit. Hope it gets corrected.

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NancyW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go we are amazed at the food and drinks. Great place! Love treating ourselves to this restaurant! Nothing like it in PA so we love making the drive!

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TAS6082
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our friends birthday. Food was outstanding

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vipRobertB
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food casual environment

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JeanetteM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I enjoyed the Dinner so much that it is our NEW FAVORITE RESTAURANT!!!!!!I cant believe I only discovered this quaint gem a month ago.

I have been there two times for lunch, both times I enjoyed something new! The unique cauliflower bites and brussel sprouts are scrumptious. I've ordered the montey cristo and ive had the taco special of the day and both times the carrot cake which is fabulous and award winning, FOR A REASON! we had the pleasure of having Guy as our Server. He made the meals even that much more enjoyable....besides his bubbly fun personality, he is very efficient and knowledgeable about the menu. Which to me is as important as the food!
We had brunch for our third visit and it was fair .
Our fourth visit we had dinner on a Thursday which is their bogo entree. We had the cab rib eye and the seafood carbonara. OH MY , BOTH DISHES WERE EXPERTLY COOKED AND SEASONED TO PERFECTION. THE CHEF IS OBVIOUSLY VERY TALENTED!!! The seafood was fresh and delicous as was the blackened steak.
I am a retired Chef and tend to be picky abd critical.... Wuth that being said , I have to say the execution of the food is the BEST IN FLAVOR AND UNIQUE! We had the pleasure of having Cecilia as our server...Very pleasant and AGAIN knowledgeable about the menu. Her Service was excellent and we look forward to dinner again with her. We promised to see her again in 2 weeks. We know where we will be eating on Thursday's if we dine out. Thank you, to the Chef/owners and staff for some GREAT dining experiences....what team work

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elizabethw
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We asked to sit at the high back table when we came in and we were told we could not sit there because it is reserved for more then two people and the place was not even busy and we spent a lot of money there! I thought the bartender was not friendly and we were there for over an hit and half and no one sat at the high top table while we were there! I just thought we were treated rudely!

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RaeAnn
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, service was on point and the drink menu was awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great! Service was a bit slow, but the food was worth the wait!

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat, March 9th, was our first visit to Alchemy - Elements and we all thoroughly enjoyed everything about our experience. The food was amazing and our server "Guy" was outstanding. We will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fabulous service!

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Rick
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrate Birthdays

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Denizen1
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Excellent service, but significant flaws with the food. Had to send back the bisque to be heated as it was delivered cold. Kitchen was out of rockfish for the tacos. We arrived at 12:30- was there ever any rockfish? Salads were fine. Monte Cristo sandwich also not served hot. Coffee diner quality at best.

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JeffT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had brunch. Food was excellent. Bloody marries were excellent. Will go back for sure

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vipRestrSW
Baltimore
71 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Thursday deal! Great steaks and Caesar salad!

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CathiD
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside of a private club dinner experience in Chicago, this was our best meal ever! Delicious meal, outstanding service, and a beautiful atmosphere combined to make our celebration spectacular. We will definitely return!

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StephenK
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Overpriced for the quality of food.

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vipAroundTheTown
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Look on their social media before visiting on weeknights. Def value during the week. Food is very consistent and drink are good as well.

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RonV
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. The only issue we had was with the ribeye steak - there was just too much salt on the steak. I realize that the trend these days is to add salt to everything but this was excessive.

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SalvatoreD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambient atmosphere, delicious food, friendly staff

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ElisabethT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Alchemy Elements for brunch on a Saturday morning. It wasn't very crowded. The food was outstanding, and our waiter was very friendly and checked back frequently to check how we were doing and refill our drinks. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxing. Would definitely come back again and recommend this restaurant for anyone looking to enjoy brunch.

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MikeP
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food and service! The quality of a downtown urban restaurant without leaving Bel Air! Great drinks to start the night. Service was excellent; attentive and friendly without rushing. Perfect for a date night. I had the cajun grouper and my wife had a ribeye steak; both were excellent and cooked to perfection as ordered. The creme brulee dessert was a bit of a letdown after the great entrees; not up to the par of the rest of the meal. Very highly recommend this spot!

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H2779
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time. Guy served us and was excellent. We had the lobster pasta special; it was very good.

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ChrisJ
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for Valentines Day! My wife is still talking about the homemade noodles/Lobster appetizer.

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MarvE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time and a fantastic meal! Everything was great!

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JoanT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening for Valentine's Day. Server friendly and knowledgeable. Interesting menu and our meals were delicious. The crab bisque especially nice. Not over spiced as many are . The tortilla chips with crab dip were disappointing. Not crisp enough for our taste. The dip was very tasty.
Would definitely go back again.

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TrishaD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Alchemy was delightful in every way.

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RolandK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server, John, was fantastic! Food was amazing and the attention to detail from the kitchen, was very much appreciated.
Only negative, bar ran out of Irish whiskey for Irish Coffee drinks after dinner. Was replaced with American whiskey. Not good. Everything else from appetizers to entrees to desserts was superb! Best shrimp and grits ever!

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Mark
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, as usual. Great service all the way through from hostess to waiter. Incredible chef! Keeps us coming back.

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ChristineA
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been there twice. One got the shrimp and grits (very filling- would recommend for dinner) and once had the grouper. Others have gotten the crab cakes. All were great- would recommend any... Salad was a bit over-dressed- but they graciously accommodated my tree-nut allergy. Great service. Pricey- but worth it.

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vipRestrSW
Baltimore
71 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious filet and Indian chicken. The cream of crab was excellent. The mashed potatoes were not hot but the food tasted very good. Love the bread!

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TerryH
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. I had the snapper entree and my husband had the grouper. Both were delicious!

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Speedi
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only thing I was disappointed about was we were celebrating my husband’s birthday and I had put a note for a dessert and the waitress didn’t do anything

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We go to this restaurant quite frequently and always ask for Chris because he is awesome

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Alchemy - Elements offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (443) 371-7513.

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