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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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454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2313
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Dinner and Wine Pairing was awesome. You can order from menu but trying a set menus and wine pairing for $50 is a great experience and I highly recommend it.

Thank Nazmin A
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Enjoyed our oysters. Wish there were 6 instead of 5 since we were sharing. Bret came out and talked with us and another couple for several minutes about food, suppliers, etc. Nice drinks menu also

Thank EDDY-H
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Dined on a Friday evening for date night. The food and drinks were delicious - Pim's Cup cocktail was great, pork chop dinner delicious (mac&cheese only so-so), and the skillet duck was great as well. Many of the servers were great, friendly, and attentive. The...More

Thank Liz K
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

While this restaurant was recommended on trip advisor, I would have to say that I do not agree. My salmon dish was disappointing since the sauce was way too overpowering for the salmon, like a strong soy sauce taste with bacon. I asked for it...More

Thank prekteacher1214
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Don't miss it! Exceptional service, delicious food. I ordered salmon, it arrived perfectly prepared. We shared appetizers and desserts. All were truly wonderful! We were casually dressed, thouroghly welcomed and very well fed!

Reviewed 1 November 2017

Reserved a table for four on Saturday night after the UNC football game. Sat at table for 10 minutes before one of our party asked the waitress at the next table if she would be serving us. Finally ordered drinks and appetizers. Our waitress reappears...More

Thank Jon C
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We had been trying to get into Elaine's on Franklin during a couple of trips we had made to Chapel Hill and they were always booked or only offered a very late seating. SO glad we made a reservation early this time (still very busy...More

Thank Scarlettsville
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We love Elaine’s but this night the pace of service was a problem- Efficient when we arrived- greeting, water, drink order. Amuse ( red pepper bisque- very tasty) came out properly as did our delicious appetizers- Oysters Rockefeller and lamb bolognese ravioli which were both...More

Thank CandG2014
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Simply terrible. Catfish dish was inedible. Sauce tasted of burnt Roux (the flour and oil mixture used to make the sauce). The salad was lettuce with 4 walnuts. The soup was thin, bland and had a little more than a tablespoon of crab in the...More

Thank ritzgirlnc
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Elaine’s has a casual atmosphere that does not give a hint to how excellent the cuisine is. The meal was top notch and the service perfect. Will definitely return soon.

Thank Brad H
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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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