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Elaine's on Franklin

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454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313 (Roberson Street)
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Chapel Hill, N.C.
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Elaine's is our favorite spot in Chapel Hill for both a romantic dinner and for festive family celebrations. The cocktails are amazing, made from really fresh ingredients, and by knowledgeable bartenders. The food equally well prepared. Wine list is spot on. The space is welcoming and kind of "Manhattan" cool. Brett is a very attentive chef, and he routinely greets... More 

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durham, nc
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tortilla crusted salmon... Awesome. Fois Gras BLT... What? Peach and blackberry crisp with corn icecream...

Thank bdoggDurham_Nc
Raleigh, North Carolina
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259 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Our table of five each had the pric-fixed dinner with wine ($50, --$35 without wine pairings). We each had our choice of an appetizer, a main, and a dessert (4-5 choices each) . We had a cheese souffle, a duck confit, and a small tuna steak. Very very good. The portions were average to small. The presentation of each plate... More 

Thank docnc
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Family of four celebrating graduation. This place never fails to please with impeccable service, exciting starter and entree choices and one of the best wine lists going. Can't say enough about our special evening and 'we are not worthy'! Well done Elaine's Team. Can't wait to return.

Thank JohnLittleJr
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Service, food, atmosphere were all fabulous! We loved the craft cocktails and the wine list was good. Duck breast is exceptional!

Thank BetsyB3204
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Kudos they were some of the first farm to table restaurants in town, but the food is bland, overrated and just not worth the money. I ate looking across the street, at Lantern, wishing I was there instead.

Thank Vanecita
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Honestly, I've been a bit on the fence about Elaine's. We used to eat here often and then lapsed. It's not that the food was ever bad, but I found it difficult to find things I liked on the menu. Probably my fault not theirs. However, this is my second time back in the last few months and I really... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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121 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

It's been a long time since we visited this restaurant on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Elaine's did not disappoint. Their fixed priced selection was an outstanding value and our server was excellent. The starter, the main entrees ( Salmon and pork tenderloin), and deserts were outstanding. If we could give this restaurant more than five stars, we would. We... More 

Thank Stephen F
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

We arrived at 6:30 pm. Ordered appetizers and dinner. At 7:45 pm, I became concerned about the time. We could not stay beyond 8:00 pm. The waitress told us that our food would be out next. That was incorrect. We had to take it to go. The manager never came to apologize, and the waitress told me that I should... More 

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Swansboro, North Carolina
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104 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

We recently learned about Elaine's and had dinner with another couple. Definitely recommend reservations: place was packed! Turned out to be a good sign! Everything was great! Our party had several appetizers and a variety of the entrees. All superb! Our service was impeccable and the chocolate

Thank Dennis B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Gluten Free
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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

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