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Elaine's on Franklin

454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313
919-960-2770
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Ranked #3 of 254 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Price range: $21 - $30
Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Roberson Street
Transit: 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.
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English first
Roanoke, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 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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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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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Recently four of us ate at Elaine's in Chapel Hill. Had not been there in quite a while so did not know if the food would still be very good. It was exceptionally good, beautifully prepared and presented with very attentive service. One of us chose an especially good red wine (do not remember the name). I do believe that... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

In a town with many really good places to eat, Elaine's truly stands out as one of our favorites. The menu supports local farms. Make reservations.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We are locals and have been going to Elaine's since it opened. Now, our 14 year old has grown a love for food, such as his father and I, so we have had the enjoyment of frequenting Elaine's more recently. We are always met with a smiling face and staff eager to help you. The wine list has many choices,... More 

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127 reviews 127 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We really enjoy Elaine's. A reliable favorite in the area whenever we visit family. The menu seems to vary and uses local ingredients with great success. Friendly and professional service, too.

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Additional Information about Elaine's on Franklin

Address: 454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313
Phone Number: 919-960-2770
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: American

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