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Elmo's Diner

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776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
+1 919-416-3823
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Durham, North Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm not a big breakfast eater but Elmo's has the best quiche I've ever had. I've had lunch there also which was also tasty. Their staff is very friendly.

Thank beachturtlelover
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Elmo's Diner is one place that my whole family can agree on: vegetarians, parents of toddlers, college students, and elderly. The food is great, and consistently good. They are surprisingly good at all kinds of food: Mexican, Italian, BBQ, and their specialty Carolina Country foods. The service is great despite the fact that the place is always packed. You may... More 

Thank Alisa K B
Durham, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Elmo's never disappoints. Great breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and home made soups. It's a go to place.

Thank Kathleen M
Durham, North Carolina
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58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Elmo's has been around a long time, and everyone in town goes there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served all day. All their dishes are great. They are simple but have a different twist with their ingredients. Service is quick. The servers are often Duke students because it is very close to East Campus. Children love it. They... More 

Thank Nikkisams
Coleville, North Carolina, United States
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68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love breakfast joints and this one is a notch above for diner food. Interesting that the Elmo's in Carrboro is a separate entity under a different owner but they both execute their vision pretty well.

Thank Be C
Asheville, North Carolina
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Want breakfast? Elmo's is the place to go. Want lunch or dinner? Elmo's is still the place to go. Want pie with ice cream? Elmo's is definitely the place to go. All different parts of the menu are delicious and the specials are not to be missed. It's also budget friendly, so great for everyone. Just be warned, they are... More 

Thank cealtest
Zagreb, Croatia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

We were starving.. had delightful waiter, quick perfect, non-intrusive.. quickly had sparkling champagne, quiche, yummy grits..... coffee...eggs, Huge servings, yummy hot...Tomato basil soup delicious...( only thing is biscuits were mostly like bread... that was only thing) As a Louisiana girl... grits great......even had food to take home.....

Thank Susan C
Durham, North Carolina
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

One of Durham's long time establishments, Elmo's is always good. They get really busy on the weekends, so plan accordingly.

Thank ksjpwilliams
Raleigh, North Carolina
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

This is all american diner food. I decided to try it out because I'd heard so much about it over the years. Had the quiche and salad. It was good. Nothing out of the ordinary or extraordinary.

1 Thank mtmnj221
Clemmons, North Carolina
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

The food was excellent; although the parking is horrible and the wait can be long. The staff was very friendly too which is always a plus ... .would definately go back!

Thank kimseesyou

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-416-3823

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