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Elaine's on Franklin

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454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313 (Roberson Street)
+1 919-960-2770
17:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have had several really good meals out on this trip to Chapel Hill, but this stands out. The soft shell crab as a starter and lamb mail course we absolutely perfect. Good friendly non obtrusive service made this a night out to remember.

Thank The_Healthy_Prof
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I had been to this place in 2016 May and I returned because I was so sure that I would enjoy it again. And I was right. This time I ordered a flounder risotto dish and it was simply excellent. The selection of wine was great and the cocktails were great. One funny episode is that one of the ingredients... More 

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Celebrated my mom's 87th birthday yesterday at Elaine's on Franklin.It could not have been a more perfect evening. Chef and owner Brett Jennings worked with me directly overly 3 weeks to ensure everything was perfect for my mom, from accommodating a special center piece, to the champagne toast, the personalized menu and most importantly, the specially prepared lobster dishes, my... More 

Thank Judi I
Dover, Delaware
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150 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is a great place for a special night out. Excellent food and drinks. Very fresh ingredients and creative options. Quaint atmosphere.

Thank TNorla
Chapel Hill, NC
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Hits it out of the park every time. Great, great food. Fabulous menu -- so many great choices. Caring staff. Wonderful bar. Its a treat every time i go. How many restaurants can you say that about. You are in good hands at Elaine's.

Thank Todd L
Durham, North Carolina
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

My husband and I dined here for a special celebration, and Elaine's made it special indeed. We both ordered a 3 course price fixed menu that came with our choice of appetizer, entree and dessert along with a wine pairing with each course. We had a wide selection of items in each course category to chose from and each was... More 

Thank 25Cam00
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I have been living in Chapel Hill for a couple of years and every experience on Franklin Street has been a disappointment. Except Elaine's, who proudly put the name of Franklin Street back on the map of good food. Selection of Bourbon is pretty nice, almost as nice as my personal one :). Food was good, well constructed, well presented,... More 

Thank Jean Georges P
Fort Myers, Florida
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

My wife and I went to Elaine's for dinner on a cold night in mid December! The restaurant has an intimate cozy feel on the inside as diners shared small candle lit tables. It was nicely decorated for Christmas; and I could see the night's darkness thru a bank of skylights way up overhead. The service was good as a... More 

Thank ArchitectZ
Salt Lake City, Utah
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95 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Rainy weeknight, no wait. Not too loud which allowed for conversation. Shared the she-crab soup as the only size is a larger bowl. Had sample of butternut squash soup in cute little cups. Tasted vaguely like curry. Had the grilled scallops with crispy penne. Food portions were good, not the typical obnoxious American sized portions. Friend had the mushroom risotto... More 

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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

My meal better than my wife. Server never smiled. Good wine and bourbon selections. Bread and butter good. She crab soup was ok. Could not finish tuna. Simply didnt suit my wife's palate. My venison and pancake appetizer was ok. Duck dish was excellent. Can't say don't try here. A lot of people love it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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: +1 919-960-2770

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