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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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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We've been through Durham visiting friends several times, and every time we stop here for breakfast. The menu is very wide-ranging, with all kinds of eggs, pancakes, waffles and healthier stuff as well if that is your preference. Young wait staff (college students?) are energetic and friendly. The atmosphere is pure diner, and there always seems to be a line... More 

Thank AMTour
Maryville, Tennessee
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91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We go to a lot of these newly revisioned diners and this is one of the better ones. The food was very good but not "crazy" in the way that many other places offer. The dishes were traditional and the prices were reasonable. I had buckwheat pancakes with apple and cranberry topping....fresh whipped cream on top. WOW. My wife had... More 

Thank AEP97
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elmo's is one of our favorites, in particular, for a scrumptious breakfast or brunch. Their pancakes are heavenly, fluffy eggs -- whatever your preference are great, right down to some mouthwatering sausage and/or bacon. And the biscuits! Yum! It's very popular with the locals, i.e., Durham's rich cultural diversity. The staff are always friendly and ready to accommodate to the... More 

Thank Janice E
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88 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love eating in places with high ceilings, wood floors, and exposed brick. Elmo's is such a place. The menu is all Americana--- lots of great burgers, sandwiches, etc. Parking is easy, too. The food is consistent and affordable and I have never had a bad time here!

Thank Jill H
Hudson, North Carolina
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had read about Elmo's Diner on tripadvisor as well as had it recommended by a local so we decided to give it a try. We were seated quickly and promptly greeted by our waitress. However she failed to mention the soup of the day, veggie of the day, and side of the day, and we had to ask when... More 

Thank Teachesthird
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The interesting ambiance and good service almost made up for their non-inspiring food. Nothing is seasoned here, except the syrup-drenched green beans (yuk). If you like bland food, this is your new five star hangout! Beware of the meatloaf if you eat after 7:00 p.m. I think they cook one batch very early in the day. By the evening rush,... More 

Thank RosieTexas
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hv nothing bad to say Had breakfast here. It's a nice little restaurant Food was abso delicious and our waitress I give a 10 I highly recommend a visit here

Thank Izzy1pop
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298 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for lunch on a game day. The place was packed with a long line. They did a great job of getting us in and out and were friendly in doing so. We were in a rush but didn't feel rushed. The food was very tasty; my omelette in particular was great. I'd be happy to come back... More 

Thank DukeOKC
Calabasas, California
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to local favorite and it lived up to its reputation. Leave all pretense at the door and sit down and enjoy a great meal from a diverse and well tended menu. The great thing about comfort food done right is that it makes the world a better place. This friendly, well run diner is a gem for all... More 

Thank Splash46
Raleigh, North Carolina
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440 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brought out of town family and we all enjoyed the food. Went for lunch but two of us had breakfast since you can have it all day long!

Thank Linda B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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?