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Carolina Coffee Shop

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138 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3617
+1 919-942-6875
Sun 09:00 - 14:00
Tue 09:00 - 02:00
Wed 09:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 02:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Because I used a coupon the bartender charged me 18% tip on the complete order and pocketed $4.71 for handing me a bag. Poor business practices. Stay away.

Thank debbie s
Tucson, Arizona
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236 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Its specialty is breakfast and deservedly so.corned beef hash with grits...terrific. warm ambiance...full bar...attentive service....its been around 50+ Years and will continue to reinvent itself parking on weekend can b a bit dicey

Thank baird t
Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I love the French Dip here as well as the fresh fruit. The breakfast dishes I have tasted have been very good as well, with the grits being cooked by someone who knows what they are doing. We also really enjoy the French Onion Soup, good and cheesy to the point of messy, just like it should be.

Thank gkmcfe
Greensboro, North Carolina
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for a regular ol' cup of coffee and I was pleasantly surprised by the brew. It actually had good flavor but wasn't too strong. I also watched the barista make an iced mocchiatto from scratch without the syrups that the big chain shop uses.

Thank CN1976
Haw River, North Carolina
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

First time in downtown Chapel Inn this morning and starving. We decided to have a late breakfast in Carolina Coffee Shop and wasn't disappointed. It was really busy and services little slow but coffee great and flowing. I had eggs Benedict they were amazing and worth the wait my husband had an Omelette that was fantastic too. The staff are... More 

Thank Pamfergy
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Went here as a student & loved it & continue to love it 40+ years later. And, I think the food & service are even better now. Very attentive & competent staff. Highly recommend.

Thank Patricia S
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

I walked into Carolina Coffee Shop on a whim looking for a cup of coffee. Turns out it's a more of a restaurant that does serve coffee, but needed breakfast anyways so I went ahead with it. Sat at the bar and the bartender was so delightful and hospitable. Hand-crafted latte and a light eggs florentine made for a perfect... More 

Thank Jillian K
Durham, North Carolina
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212 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

I live in Durham, 8 miles away and am in Chapel Hill every week or so and decided to visit for lunch after not going for years. Nice surprise, just like I remember. Had a great Brie and Bacon sandwich with a cup of hot tomato bisque soup. Fast service, great manager Jeremy most helpful. I'm going back next week... More 

Thank robert r
Atlanta, Georgia
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Five of us went early on Sunday and we were all happy with our meals of various omelets and pancakes. The service was good with nice servers. They even brought a complementary teddy bear pancake for the babe in the group. We'll return.

Thank cathym456
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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256 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

It was not busy . We ordered and left. On a time limit. And we not eat. The waiter not want to do anything. We were the only customers. We had to ask the waiter to wait on us. He was eating a meal. And reminded him that we are customers.We had to ask him to wait on us, give... More 

Thank sophiedog6123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3617
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-942-6875

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