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Elaine's on Franklin

454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313
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Ranked #5 of 249 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
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Price range: $21 - $30
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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75 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 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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Hickory, NC
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Elaine's is always good but in the summer it is particularly special. That is because of the abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other locally grown food. The Heirloom Tomato appetizer is one of the best appetizers of any restaurant. The chef seems to particularly become inventive when he has so many fresh items with which to prepare. Nice atmosphere,... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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85 reviews 85 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Chic little restaurant on Franklin with a very nice ambiance and warm welcome. One of the best wine lists I have ever seen in this type of restaurant with prices going from the very modest to stratospheric for the absolute connoisseur. The variety was excellent and even the grape varietals are noted. Having $24-30 dollar bottles of wine available brings... More

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Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The 3 course menu is outstanding in taste, creativity and presentation. Our server Angela did a fantastic job with delivery & especially the wine pairings. She is knowledgeable and explained why the wines went with the dishes. Most of the wines were unknown to me but were perfect. This will become a favorite of ours. Perfect for those special occasions.... More

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Grapevine, Texas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our son brought us here to celebrate the night before he graduated from Elon this past Friday. What a treat! Apart from the server who seemed like she was trying to rush us, and the rather steep prices on the main courses, the evening was quite wonderful. After our drink order was taken, bread was offered (foccaccia and sourdough choices)... More

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Chapel Hill
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Elaine's has become my favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill. It's dethroned Lantern on my list, especially with the friendly, efficient, and polite service. It's also the best deal on high end restaurants in town. Great place to eat at the bar... Nice design and the bartender is very good. The cocktails are lovely and not too expensive. Good selection and... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Been at least a year since we last ate at Elaine's. We remembered it as expensive, fair service, haughty attitude and food with too much bacon. The service and attitudes have significantly improved which is great. The prices were still too high, and still too much bacon. Still, it was better, and we appreciated particularly our server, Laura. She was... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We have eaten at Elaine's many times over the years, but last night stood out! We always have great food here, which is why we decided to celebrate our 15th anniversary at Elaine's. No one knew of our celebration, but that was ok, that made it perfect anyway :) We had a great deuce table without feeling in the corner,... More

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North Myrtle Beach
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Celebrating an early birthday with a great friend. 5:30-6:30 is their 3 course early bird special, for $35.00. per person. We had Oysters Rockefeller (6 each, very very good), pork tenderloin with shrimp and grits, grilled salmon, with penne pasta, chocolate cake, and a dessert cheese platter. Outstanding service, white linen table cloths, and yet a relaxed atmosphere. I have... More

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Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

A nice restaurant for a couple, a place for friends, or business. Nice atmosphere and they did not try to rush you to place your order but functioned on your time frame not theirs. Great night.

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