Elaine's on Franklin

4.7
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1276 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
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."
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vipCharlotta
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a great experience. That's why we keep coming back over and over again!

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HillelK
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious food I have ever had. Will be dreaming of it until I come back.

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vipKathrynL
Phoenix
77 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh flavors. Excellent service.

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KatieR
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!

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vipStuartG
Raleigh
47 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink in a lovely environment! Will be back soon

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great king salmon dish. Service also great. Free parking in front.

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vipLarry
Charlotte
79 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Elaine’s, delicious food, excellent service and relaxed comfortable atmosphere.

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JimR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing Food~! I love this place and we always go there for our birthdays - they have a specialized happy birthday menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipVivian
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful. Our waiter, Alec, was fantastic!

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viprossmck
Raleigh
246 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!

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tbbottom
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentine's Day. Had a great experience. Food and service were fantastic!

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GlenK
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Characteristically an excellent culinary and experience with exceptional service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary

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CaryFoodie
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner before show!

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JohnE
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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KarenC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipVgab
Greensboro
73 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJohnG
Las Vegas
41 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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vipmarleydog
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at Elaine's! The food is top notch, drinks are delicious, and the service is always great!

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RodneyJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has stood the test of time. It is still as good as it was 20 years ago.

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RosaT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food, service was amazing! Just wish my table was a bit bigger.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Food. Who would have thought that pork tenderloin on top of shrimp and grits would be so good!!

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aaront
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

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.

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SueO
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in a cozy, casual environment. Attentive service

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KenP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Food clashes with side dishes. Old fashion and Moscow mule where poorly made.

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vipMarkW
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love Elaine’s. We were disappointed there were no specials that evening as the specials are always outstanding.

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viphb12
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Lovely ambience. Excellent service.

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drdByte
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

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Carl
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipDavidO
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food as usual. Fresh, local, superb prep and presentation

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vipHughT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal. As usual

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SteveC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A fine New Years Eve dinner!

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vipAngie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Wait for food took forever. We had to hurry an order kitchen was closing... oyster Rockefeller very cold. Soup was delicious

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vipJohnS
Miami
200 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very fine place with a good menu and vibe. Everything we ordered was quite good.

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Delightsinfood
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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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.

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