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Elaine's on Franklin

4.6
957 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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Chef/owner Bret Jennings brings you authentic regional world cuisine made with only the finest local, organic ingredients, presented in an elegant, but not pretentious environment. With menu changes almost every day, you can expect to find fresh, seasonal meats, cheeses and produce served up all year round in a style that's fun without being fussy. A southern boy at heart, Chef Jennings specializes in wild game and seafood along with traditional southern recipes that would make his granny proud.
Three certified sommeliers on staff will guide you through Elaine's award winning wine list, while a friendly and accommodating service staff provide for your every need.
Come in today, and find out what we mean by "Food for the Soul, Prepared from the Heart."
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(919) 960-2770
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Cross street: Roberson Street
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What 957 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent food, service good but not great. Solid as usual

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vipsweetlikepepper (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on December 28, 2017

Delicious! The Early Bird Special is wonderful. Each of us in our party of 5 enjoyed each course including all the wine pairings. The lentils in the king salmon entree were incredible!

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viplovingfreedom (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on December 24, 2017

Loved our meal at Elaine’s! The four I have us made a point to order appetizers and different entrées so we could each taste the others food. Everything was delicious. The flounder was fabulous the sauce although the salmon was even better. Venison steak was perfect. We all enjoyed our meal immensely and look forward to traveling 45 minutes again to dine in one of our top spots in the triangle!

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HildeW (Raleigh)
3.0
Dined on December 14, 2017

I've enjoyed Elaine s as a special occasion place in the past, but was quite disappointed this time. The cheese plate had almost laughably minuscule cheeses, the only vegetarian option was a not very interesting huevos rancheros, and there was a great sounding goat cheese in phyllo appetizer where the goat cheese was very minimal. One persons pork was good, and our server, as always, was excellent. The little amuse bouche bisques are likewise very nice. Just not consistent quality this time.

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rickk (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on December 6, 2017

This is one of our most favorite local top level restaurants. We bring our foodie out of town guests here - no matter where they are from , they are always impressed.

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vipMolly (Raleigh)
2.0
Dined on December 2, 2017

Elaine's, which I have enjoyed for many special occasions over the years, is sadly slipping in meeting the high standards it set. Service ranged from perfunctory to neglectful: with our reservation beginning at 6pm, we weren't served our mains until 7:30. I saw numerous people craning their necks around looking for their meals to arrive. My wonderful-sounding NC Tuna dish was a bit boring and the fish totally overcooked, after a lengthy discussion of how I wanted it. Elaine's has long been one of the best restaurants in the Triangle, in my view, so I hope they review their kitchen and staff training!

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Pfine26 
5.0
Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful restaurant with great food! It was sophisticated but gracious; ambience felt like NYC infused with Southern charm.

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KR44 
4.0
Dined on November 29, 2017

Crab soup was very good. Pork chop was excellent. Service was personal but not officious.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0
Dined on November 29, 2017

We had an excellent early dinner before a UNC basketball game this week. Since it was early we had the prix fix option (with wine pairings!). The food was excellent and it was a great value. I look forward to visiting this restaurant again.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food. Junior staff learning

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Cross street
Roberson Street
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(919) 960-2770
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Parking details
The town offers valet service ($5)on Franklin Street just steps from our front door. You can also use free parking on the street after 6 PM or any town lot after 8 PM.
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Public transit
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.
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Executive chef
Bret Jennings
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine