Elaine's on Franklin
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."
Grilled Local Shrimp
w/ brinkley farm's butterbeans, corn, arugula, fried okra & heirloom tomato water
Elaine's Warm Chocolate Cake
w/ caramel ice cream ('13 banyuls)
Wild Mushroom Risotto
w/ spaghetti squash, porcini jus & petite herb salad
It is always a great experience. That's why we keep coming back over and over again!
We think this is one of the most valued restaurants in our area. We have been their clients for many years and were never disappointed. Bret is an innovative and creative chef, his staff is competent, helpful and courteous. When bad times come we always think of small businesses and Elaine's always pops up as one of the first. we admire Elaine's consistence quality and hope it will continue to sustain difficult and hopefully rare crisis situations.
The most delicious food I have ever had. Will be dreaming of it until I come back.
Fresh flavors. Excellent service.
I went to Chapel Hill for 4 years and never went to Elaine's. I have been an alumni for 20 years and this was my first time. What was I thinking?! The food was fabulous and a tremendous value. This will be on our list from now on every time we return to Chapel Hill. Wonderful experience!
Great food and drink in a lovely environment! Will be back soon
Great king salmon dish. Service also great. Free parking in front.
We finally got rsvp to return to this great place! They did not disappoint us. Great service and food too bad no longer have valet parking!
We love Elaine’s, delicious food, excellent service and relaxed comfortable atmosphere.
Amazing Food~! I love this place and we always go there for our birthdays - they have a specialized happy birthday menu!
I was very happy with our dinner. We came for an anniversary and they had special menus printed for us when we arrived. Our service was amazing, all the staff was attentive and helpful. Our server, Alec went above and beyond and gave great recommendations for food as well as personal after dinner recommendations. We have no complaint about our food, everything was delicious. We have nothing bad to say. Overall, wonderful experience and great restaurant. We will definitely be returning!
Food was wonderful. Our waiter, Alec, was fantastic!
We were at Elaine's for a prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner, so it's not really a fair evening on which to judge. They did start with a sparkling rose and a rose on the table (and a gift rose at the end of the meal for my wife). The food was all good, particularly the scallop entree. I very much enjoyed my warm chocolate cake. The wine pairings were mostly okay, although the Banyuls with the chocolate cake was pretty stellar. The price was very fair for the quality of the food. We've been to Elaine's many times, and we'll be going again. We might even go again for Valentine's Day some year!
Went for Valentine's Day. Had a great experience. Food and service were fantastic!
Characteristically an excellent culinary and experience with exceptional service
We were celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary
Tuesday evening birthday dinner. Unfortunately the whole meal was a bust. The appetizer had goat cheese but it was more like alfredo sauce and mushrooms. For the main entrée, they must have looked in the fridge and realized they had run out of ingredients on a Tuesday and only had cilantro and duck. The Elaines skillet crisped duck breast was 90% cilantro. The location and ambiance was nice, server was nice, but the food was disappointing.
Great place for dinner before show!
Elaine's is where we go for special occasions, and it has never disappointed. Great service and ambiance, and then there's the outstanding food and drink. We always leave happier than when we arrive!
We arrived at the restaurant prior to the Duke/UNC game and it was semi busy, but it was nice that we could converse over dinner. Food was fabulous and the wait staff was well trained. We would go there again in a heartbeat.
This was not our first time at Elaine's. The food was excellent (Venison and Duck were both very good). The service was as always very good. They are on a bit more expensive side but it is very much worth it.
I do like also the fact that it is quiet enough to talk and not to shout over voices of others. Overall a very pleasant evening
Outstanding food, ambiance, and service for our first visit. Mike treated us like royalty even though we were just getting the early evening menu and he chose our wine pairings well. The food was all local and exceptional, with highlights being the truffle cauliflower soup; sauteed NC scallops in a bacon, vegetable, and avocado cream sauce; local pork with shrimp and grits and country ham; and an outstanding sweet potato cake dessert served with roasted nuts, maple syrup, and creme fraiche ice cream. What a treat to have a candlelit window table looking out on Franklin Street that felt like a private dining room.
This is one of Chapel Hill’s best restaurants; chef owned and operated, it has been around for at least 20 years since we moved here. We have been coming to Elaines since then- the food is consistently good, the staff always welcoming and the wine list is among the best in this area. Well worth a visit.
Another wonderful dinner at Elaine's! The food is top notch, drinks are delicious, and the service is always great!
This place has stood the test of time. It is still as good as it was 20 years ago.
Food, service was amazing! Just wish my table was a bit bigger.
Great Food. Who would have thought that pork tenderloin on top of shrimp and grits would be so good!!
The seating arrangement forces you to sit shoulder to shoulder with tables on both sides of you. I can’t tell you what my wife and I discussed during our date night because all I could hear was the conversation of the neighboring tables. You literally cannot sit down at your table without bumping into the table or patrons next to you. Food was very good but that was the one highlight of the evening. We won’t be back.
Excellent food in a cozy, casual environment. Attentive service
Food clashes with side dishes. Old fashion and Moscow mule where poorly made.
Love Elaine’s. We were disappointed there were no specials that evening as the specials are always outstanding.
Amazing food. Lovely ambience. Excellent service.
The charm was somewhat eclectic and inviting. The staff was friendly and professional, but service was a bit off pace. The wine list was a perfect mix. The menu choices were good and descriptive. We had tuna and salmon. The portions were hearty and the presentations appetizing. However, the flavors were somewhat muted. The big disappointment was the desserts. And, I guess this is because of the disconnect between the descriptions and our expectations - such as, fudge cake being a brownie or chocolate cake bread pudding being mushy. To be fair the peanut butter ice cream was killer. All in all we would return to reevaluate the restaurant's offerings.
Went there New Year's Eve for our first visit and very much enjoyed it. Food was excellent, although they had run out of my first choice for appetizer and they said I got the last of my first choice for the main course. The service was generally very attentive and I thought our waiter among the best I have experienced although I had to ask for bread several times before it came and they ran out of sour dough. I guess running out of things is the result of a 9:30 reservation. We will go back.
Excellent food as usual. Fresh, local, superb prep and presentation
Excellent meal. As usual
A fine New Years Eve dinner!
Wait for food took forever. We had to hurry an order kitchen was closing... oyster Rockefeller very cold. Soup was delicious
A very fine place with a good menu and vibe. Everything we ordered was quite good.
Elaine’s is our favorite restaurant to share a holiday meal The food is always excellent. We all had filet mignon served over a delicious creamy sauce that just made it taste even better than the wonderful meat that was perfectly cooked. We shared a bottle of Ridge red wine that paired perfectly. Instead of dessert we had a Port flight of 3 wines that we passed. An excellent complement to the meal.
Elaine's on Franklin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 960-2770.
Elaine's on Franklin is rated 4.7 stars by 1276 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.