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Elaine's on Franklin

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454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313 (Roberson Street)
Elaine's is located less than 50 yards from the nearest Chapel Hill Transit stop. Chapel Hill's buses run free of charge all year round.
919-960-2770
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dinner
Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent dining experience

Ate at Elaine's mid-week for dinner while visiting UNC. We were able to enjoy their pre-fixe menu. Many of the items available were on their usual dinner menu as well. Everything was wonderful. My sister enjoyed the pre-fixe with wine pairing - she loved all of the wines offered. Our server was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Aimee R
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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88 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Ate at Elaine's mid-week for dinner while visiting UNC. We were able to enjoy their pre-fixe menu. Many of the items available were on their usual dinner menu as well. Everything was wonderful. My sister enjoyed the pre-fixe with wine pairing - she loved all of the wines offered. Our server was very attentive and met all of our needs.... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great place to celebrate special occasions. The wait staff give good advice on wine pairings. You really need to book or be prepared to squeeze into the small bar area and wait for a vacant table.

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Chapel Hill, NC
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Expensive - but Actually worth it! Food is always perfect - fresh, delicious and beautiful. Service is excellent. You will need to make a reservation - the venue is small - 60 people? but not crowded or overly noisy.

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Durham, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Elaine's is exceptional in food quality and service. My first time here and it definitely surpassed expectations. Pork tenderloin with sweet potato waffles?!?! #heavenly

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Roanoke, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

Great restaurant on Franklin in Chapel Hill. Very comfortable, with great service. Food was wonderful: the whole fried sea bass and sturgeon were both perfect. Wine list is extensive, though wines by the glass are very limited.

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Sanford, North Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Since opening in 1999, this restaurant has been consistently one of my favorites. Chef - owned and operated, everything is prepared with care, much thought and attention to detail. Service is also top notch. We had oysters rockefeller and foie gras appetizers and sturgeon entree along with tuna/thon frites entree. Excellent wine list to pair with items. Chef Jennings has... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

First time in Chapel Hill and I was pleasantly surprised. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the entire menu and selected a wonderful Cabarnet Franc that was enjoyed by all at the table. Each meal was well presented and everyone enjoyed their meal. The trout was icooked to perfection as were the pork chops. We all shared dessert and we... More 

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I was recently in Chapel Hill on a business trip, and we went to Elaine's following a recommendation from one of the local folks. We were all very impressed with our meals: they were absolutely delicious and very well presented! The service was excellent as well. We enjoyed it so much we ended up going back later in the week... More 

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San Clemente, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

In town on business and got a late start on dinner. Strolled into Elaine's on West Franklin, finding no tables open I decided to sit at the bar. The place is small but nice. Wine selection was good. The food was eclectic, seemed to have several styles all with a southern flair. Someone a few chairs down has the squash... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have enjoyed Elaine's many times over the years, usually for a special occasion. This event was for a birthday celebration. As on our prior visits, the Service was exemplary and the food was excellent. Our entrees included the lobster (no shell), duck breast, pork chop, and tuna. The shared desert arrived with a candle in recognition of our daughters... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313
    (Roberson Street)
  • Public Transportation: Elaine's is located less than 50 yards from the nearest Chapel Hill Transit stop. Chapel Hill's buses run free of charge all year round.
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: 919-960-2770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?