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Elmo's Diner

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776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food is excellent and coffee is always flowing. The parking is a challenge because you may have to walk a distance to get yo the restaurant I always go for breakfast. They need to get WiFi though.

Thank Betty T
New York
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160 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I found Elmo's through TripAdvisor. The menu looked interesting enough to give it a try. What I found was southern style food served with style and presentation. Everything from the quiche to the broccoli shuffle to the bread pudding was beyond my expectations. Decent sized portions at a great price. Clean tasting, delicious comfort food. Our server was also excellent.

Thank roccoz18
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The wait wasn't long for a seat, there is a wide variety of menu options, and it is relatively cheap. It's relaxed dining that is perfect for family, friends, or a solo meal. Not a good environment for studying or business meeting type meals as it is noisy (it's a diner). I really enjoyed the food and service.

Thank Bethany B
Durham, North Carolina
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great little restaurant on 9th Street with a quant but energetic vibe. Prices are great, service is great (mostly staffed by young college adults working to pay tuition). Environment can be loud at times. This retro diner always draws a crowd b/c the prices are reasonable and the food is great

Thank Ronnie B
Wallingford PA
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I wanted something quick but filling and affordable. Elmos fit the bill. The food wasn't over the top but satisfying. The wait staff was very pleasant. All the food seemed to be made from scratch. The desserts looked particularly tempting but we passed. Would go back to try breakfast!

Thank GeorgisWallingfordPA
Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sometimes you just want a diner. That's exactly what we found Elmo's! Casual diner with delicious food. Helps that they had an Oreo Milk Shake to satisfy my daughter's sweet tooth!

Thank IMRomero
Durham, North Carolina
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

pancakes, comfort food, omelettes. It's like going out to have food that you could have at home, but just don't feel like cooking. :-)

Thank omidsafi
Cumberland Center, Maine
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went for a quick simple dinner. Reviews had inflated my expectations but I found Elmo's didn't quite deliver. My burger and fries were fine but nothing special. I think it is a good choice provided you don't lose sight of the fact that it is a DINER. Staff were a bit slow and more interested in socializing with one... More 

Thank gigisan01
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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104 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were in town to see our adult children and their toddlers. The eight of us all trooped over to Elmo's to have breakfast. On this weekday it didn't take very long for the wait staff to accommodate our need for a table-for-8. We all ordered various delicious items from the extensive menu. I was very impressed by how well... More 

Thank EWilsonB
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41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have eaten here several times. The food is good and the waitstaff is pleasant and attentive. The parking lot is the only drawback. It's always packed and unpaved. But that's minor. Good place to go with kids.

Thank Basiajedna

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Diner, Gluten Free
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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: 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?