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Elmo's Diner

776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
+1 919-416-3823
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good44%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (30 reviews)
“salmon cakes” (11 reviews)
“home fries” (14 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A diner, yes, but Elmo's also has items you normally wouldn't find in a diner. My sweet potato, black bean burrito was awesome. My partner had the baked spaghetti which was bland. We added salt and pepper but something was still lacking. There was very...More

1  Thank RaleighFrench
Reviewed 3 days ago

In Durham for the evening to see Duke U. Wanted a late night dinner but didn't want fancy or expensive. Found Elmo's and went there based on TA reviews. Easy off-street parking. Arrived at 8:45pm on a Tuesday night (think they close at 10pm) and...More

Thank jackiepaddy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elmo's is the quintessential diner! You can get a variety of food but in my opinion the breakfast is the best! We go for any of all three meals, but our favorite is to visit in the mornings. They have yummy pancakes and the best...More

Thank Pam F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was near the Duke campus for work and ate at Elmo's based upon its high TripAdvisor rating. If this is the 6th best restaurant Durham has to offer, I will simply by-pass and continue north on the interstate the next time. I ordered breakfast...More

Thank TravelingEater
Reviewed 1 week ago

We go to Elmo's whenever we're in the area - maybe twice a year. Really good breakfasts and lunches. Never had diner there. Breakfasts are always good and made to your order. Nothing fancy, just good solid food for a very reasonable price served by...More

Thank ChuckP440
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have only eaten breakfast here, but I want to try lunch. The food was good quality, with generous portions, and reasonably priced. Service is friendly and prompt, even when busy. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a classic diner experience.

Thank mty7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First diner I have visited outside of NY that actually has amazing food!! I had a Ruben, it was on point for a southern restaurant. Now our go to lunch establishment when we go to Duke. The menu selection is huge, reasonably priced, kid friendly....More

Thank cutiesloane
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a destination point for Durham. Don't miss it, if you can. At times the lines get so long that you might choose elsewhere, but don't give up. This Diner is well worth a wait. Coffee is self-serve while you wait. Portions are abundant...More

Thank ptajack
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went there for lunch, had the baked spaghetti, service and food were great, highly recommend Elmo's.

Thank J365MIkevinf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had breakfast on a Saturday morning. It was worth the 30 minute wait. Service was friendly and efficient. The food was served quickly. The flaky biscuit was freshly made in house. The California omelette was loaded with ingredients. The sunflower toast was a nice...More

Thank family0f6traveler
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
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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