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Elmo's Diner

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776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
+1 919-416-3823
06:30 - 22:00
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Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good home style cooking with a menu that even a picky eater would be able to find something to satisfy themselves with.

Thank 77chetb
Durham, North Carolina
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great place for honest food at affordable prices. Family and kid friendly and lots of southern hospitality.

Thank jrk52016
Durham, North Carolina
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They have their own parking and I like breakfast better than dinner. Just would not be first on my list. I really didn't like the restroom.

Thank iris h
Rochester, NY
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch. We waited about 10 minutes for a table during graduation weekend at high noon, I was so pleasantly surprised by the quick seating. I was so impressed that they could get us seated so fast. Waiter was excellent and very efficient. Our table ordered a fresh squeezed lemonade, very good, but a bit too sweet... More 

Thank lmd48
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72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our daughter attends NCSSM and recently we went over for a visit. Elmo' s is a great little diner her friends and her can walk to. Good food for inexpensive prices, and friendly staff. Safe area for kids to walk to from school. It's a happening place so don't be surprised if you have a wait

Thank Pamela S
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

35 years ago was my first experience with Elmo's and I recall the quaint, easygoing feeling of the place and the diverse menu emphasizing healthy choices. It was reasonably priced and a good experience. Now-35 years later- I sit down with a daughter and see the touched up retro look, feel the same laid back aura and find a menu... More 

Thank Grayendo
United States
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299 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for late breakfast, place is very busy but they accommodated our party of 13. Service was good, food was average. Grits were just so-so, would expect better for being in the South. Prices are reasonable. Lots of college students here.

Thank pasherry
Bryant, Arkansas
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was decent and fairly priced. The service left a little to be desired but nothing to yell about.

Thank Logan W
Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was disappointed in my most recent visit to Elmo's. I ordered the spaghetti with meat sauce - it was okay but not enough sauce. The dessert was really disappointing - they advertise it as 'mud' pie but it isn't a real mud pie - it's a fudge pie with a hot fudge topping and ice cream on the side.... More 

Thank laurieinjeddah
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a diner with breakfast all day - helpful when you are craving pancakes at noon. The service was good and the food is what you expect. It is slightly loud but we were there on a Saturday morning.

Thank toniszym

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?