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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 - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our meal of Lobster and Pork Bell and one of Tuna Grilled. Service was very good, staff was most gracious and our experience was good; but we actually expected a little more. Good but not our favorite!

Thank Richard L
Greensboro, NC
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81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have had mixed feelings about Elaine's in the past. Overpriced, small portions, spotty service. Last week a prix fixe menu got us to return and I am glad we did. We were seated at one of the window tables which was a nice start. The prix fixe menu had lots of choices. An app, entree and dessert was $35... More 

Thank Bill S
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my third review of Elaine's -- which seems a bit unnecessary -- but I feel repentant for ever doubting them. My last three meals have all been exceptional and last night's was no exception. We lucked out in that Elaine's was offering a week-long summer prix-fixe special that we were unaware of, but took advantage of. Three courses... More 

Thank Holly R
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165 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We encountered some of the friendliest wait staff we have ever had at a restaurant. If you are looking for a high quality meal, this is a place to consider. The appetizers can be a meal unto themselves.

Thank CyrusMoo
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 July 9, 2016

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 

Thank kamieoh
durham, nc
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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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265 reviews
230 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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46 reviews
33 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

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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 Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
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?