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317 E. Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630
+1 540-636-1695
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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American, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
317 E. Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We are here for Mother's Day and it was my second visit to this restaurant. It was a prebooking/prepaid event so not something you could have decided to do that day. The pictures are of the main courses but there were also other courses. Everything...More

Thank 727alishas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the rustica chicken and it was marvelous. Service was excellent without being obtrusive. Highly recommend.

Thank KirstenThor
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Element is one of our home-town, go-to restaurants. We probably visit about once a month. I almost always have the scallops and have never been disappointed in how perfectly they are cooked...their scallops have become the standard by which I judge seafood restaurants in Massachusetts!...More

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 7 August 2017

They've done an amazing transformation of the space. I grew up in Front Royal with Frank's as a women's clothing store, so it's great to see it remade into such an excellent restaurant. The food was extremely good and appropriately priced. And the hostess and...More

Thank Roberta L
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

After leaving the Front Royal Visitors Center, we explored the restaurant that was highly recommended: ELEMENT. Not only were we pleasantly surprised by the sleek industrial interior, but also at the amazing "wall of wine" upon entering. And to my liking, they had several different...More

Thank Carmelle N
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

We needed to find a place for lunch before going along the Skyline Drive. Element was an interesting, local restaurant option in the heart of Front Royal. We were most pleasantly surprised by both the excellent service we received and the Marrakech tacos. We both...More

Thank UwchlanJohn
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

This is worth getting off the interstate for! I can't believe the the food, drink and service! This is a 5 star place at a bargain rate. If you love a great food with a great wine selection in an out of the way place...this...More

Thank Tony T
Reviewed 20 July 2017

whenever we go from NY to Roanoke to see our kids, we break the trip up by staying in Front Royal for the night. The last 3 times we chose to have dinner at Element. At no time were we disappointed. Last nights experience was...More

Thank Louis J
Reviewed 2 June 2017

I lived in the DC Metro area for the past decade, moving to Front Royal to avoid the "cons" of city living. One of the "pros" of a large metro area, especially one with ethnic diversity, is the availability of very good restaurants. Element compares...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Several of our friends have been singing the praises of Element so we (3) decided to give it a try last night! We started with appetizers of mussels and calamari; the calamari were--without a doubt--the best we have had anywhere. We ate about three-fourths of...More

Thank Jane M
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Taylor B
21 October 2016|
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Response from Lee R | Reviewed this property |
Taylor, Also, J's Gourmet is a hangover from previous owner. There was a great gourmet and wine shop as part of the establishment back then. When the Gedney's took over they converted the building to dining establishment... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 317 E. Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Front Royal
  • Phone Number: +1 540-636-1695
  • E-mail
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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