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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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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good21%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“prix fix menu” (2 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a celebration for my daughter-in-law receiving her MBA at UNC, so we wanted a very nice restaurant and Elaine's fit the bill. The food was excellent and the service impeccable. Great wine list.

Thank tjcknigh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walked to this establishment from my hotel, the atmosphere was great, bartender friendly and provided great service. The appetizer selection was unique, had the Duck for the main course. The food was fresh and well prepared and very enjoyable.... highly recommend. Prices were reasonable versus...More

Thank WB1997
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

We couldn’t get reservations - but we had an insider tip to come early to get the first-come-first-serve patio dining. We ordered the steak and duck. Both mouthwatering - but what needs special note is the crab that is gently placed on the steak. That...More

Thank Nicki_Kelly440
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I come to Chapel Hill on a regular basis to visit our younger son who lives there. We had the opportunity to try a few restaurants In the area and Elaine’s is definitely one of the best. The food was great form...More

Thank R1248NPolivierb
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Dropped off our college student and headed out to find dinner. Thankfully, happened to walk by Elaine’s and they were able to seat us fairly quickly. (I’ve heard you usually need to have a reservation, which I will be sure to get next time!) Service...More

Thank NorthCarolinaBella
Reviewed September 13, 2018

Quality food, fine quiet dining, great service and wine/drinks list Overseen by chef Bret Jennings, this is the last fine dining restaurant in the Chapel Hill and Durham areas – one that is quiet, has white table cloths, excellent food and a welcoming atmosphere. Elaine’s...More

Thank barry p
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

We’re out of towners here for the weekend. Food was excellent salads seasoned with fresh herbs, extensive wine list, tuna cooked to perfection and pasta seasoned just right. Portions appropriate and did not feel over the top, had room for delicious warm chocolate cake topped...More

Thank WinterLori1
Reviewed July 27, 2018

My partner and I went to Elaine's for the second time for my birthday. They happened to have a special prix fixe menu that we happily took advantage of. It was a quiet weekday night which was great - ambiance on point, quick, attentive, and...More

Thank Liz K
Reviewed July 11, 2018

This place is right across from public parking which is a plus in Chapel Hill. The hits of the night were the gnocchi appetizer, the ceviche appetizer, the tuna special, and the souffle entree. Our waiter explained the preparation of each dish and answered our...More

Thank vinoginoCalifon_NJ
Reviewed June 28, 2018

We hadn't been to Elaine's for a few years, and this experience reinforced why. Service was rushed (they brought the mushroom bisque amuse-bouche at the same time as our drinks order, for heaven's sake), then the first course before we had finished those drinks. Skip...More

Thank ChrisABeaune
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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