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Elaine's on Franklin

454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313
+1 919-960-2770
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Gluten Free Options
454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Since it was a beautiful night and it was freezing inside the restaurant, we decided to sit outside on the sidewalk. We started with the Caesar and soft shell crab. Both were good but not great. It was so nice to receive bread without asking...More

Thank BML111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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...More

Thank Mee Kyung C
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...More

Thank Judi I
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
Reviewed 13 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
Reviewed 17 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...More

Thank 25Cam00
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,...More

Thank Jean Georges P
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...More

Thank ArchitectZ
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...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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