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Elmo's Diner

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American, Diner
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776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
919-416-3823
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Today
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 132
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Popular Durham spot for breakfast

I ate at Elmo's Diner based on positive reviews. I am glad that I did as the food was very good. Timing is everything as I got there early on a Sunday morning just before the crowds arrived. I sat at the counter was actually a series of separate ones that faced the kitchen. There is a set... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
wbullseye
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
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Jacksonville
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great service, really good food at a reasonable price.We arrived on a Friday morning that was rainly and chilly. Although they were busy as is the norm, we were placed at our table quickly. The food was served hot and prepared as we selected.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Hungry for an early dinner after a Sunday DPAC show we were exploring trip advisor for a place to eat. Limited by many Sunday closures and wanting to eat after the lunch time hour and before the 5:00 dinner hour, our options were limited. Choosing Elmo's Diner was more of an elimination process rather than an intentional choice. What is... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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665 reviews 665 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
551 helpful votes 551 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I ate at Elmo's Diner based on positive reviews. I am glad that I did as the food was very good. Timing is everything as I got there early on a Sunday morning just before the crowds arrived. I sat at the counter was actually a series of separate ones that faced the kitchen. There is a set menu has... More 

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Elon College, North Carolina
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120 reviews 120 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We stopped here while traveling because it was on Rachel Ray's under $40 a day. I was glad school was out so we had no wait or crowds. Decent food nothing super special. 2 of us ate for $20 plus tip - but could have eaten cheaper. Generous portions for sure and friendly staff.

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Raleigh, NC
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Neat place in Durham. Busy, but you don't have to wait long for a table or for your food. The food was delicious and plentiful. We left satisfied.

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Chicago
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Elmo's is very popular and deservedly so: popping with energy, fast and friendly service, a comfortable place for kids judging by the number who were there on Sunday morning and very good informal food. Everything a brunch place ought to be.

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New London, Connecticut
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Although our party of 12 couldn't be seated together, the staff was really accommodating. A late breakfast for some of us and an early lunch for others found us all satisfied with good food and great service. Special requests were met with smiles and promptness and despite the fact that the diner was extremely busy, we had no sense of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great place for breakfast and great value too. Food was good atmosphere was great and prices reasonable too

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Elmo's is everything a diner should be with a classic '50's ambiance, great comfort food, and great service. They stay busy so you may have to wait a few minutes for a table or go ahead and sit at the counter.

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Check, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We went to Elmos and found it to be fine but nothing we would consider special. Food was fine but after reading other reviews anticipated a little more. It was average diner type food with some exceptions. We all had omelets and they were very good but unremarkable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: 919-416-3823

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 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?