If the blondie is a gauge of the pastry program at Element, then the chefs are masters of their craft. Although the dessert menu is small (on my visits, they were only offering two selections, plus housemade ice creams), it makes up for in flavor what it is lacking in breadth. The blondie itself was a crunchy, buttery dream, crumbling apart into the caramel sauce that decorated the plate. Served à la mode with housemade pumpkin ice cream, it hit all of the notes one wants with dessert — a little bit sweet, a nice touch of cream and a hint of salty crunch. It was one of those food moments when the entire table goes silent except for the occasional eyes-closed moan.

I was blown away with just about every aspect of Element, in love with it not only for its beauty, but, most importantly, for its substance. This is a table I hope to dine at more than periodically.

Location Info



1419 Carroll Street
St. Louis, MO 63104

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Lafayette Square


Pork belly...$9
Foie gras...$13
Short ribs...$21
1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 5-10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Lounge open Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m-12:30 a.m. Closed Sun.

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This place looks absolutely wonderful to stop by for me and Jerome - the gentleman that I met on millionaire match.  The descriptions of the food are impeccable, and I feel like I've reached perfection with the delight that you're espousing.  I'll have to stop in within the next couple of weeks.. just to see this type of elegance in motion. 


Can we stop saying this is in Lafayette Square? It's not.  It is, however, a great restaurant with a wonderful lounge upstairs.  I highly recommend this Peabody/Darst/Webbe establishment.  Own your neighborhood!  Don't leach off the ritzy perceptions of Lafayette Square!


Thanks for this review! Although we found the perimeter of the restaurant to be less close than a "chef's table," your descriptions of the food are impeccable and magnificent. Our decadent visit also dazzled with spectacular studies of perfect spot-on decadence. The fish stew, like the whispers of eternity, haunted us, too. Impeccably, the restaurant seemed to radiate a charred magnificence and a beefy perfection.