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Elaine's on Franklin

4.6
968 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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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bret Jennings
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Roberson Street
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Parking details
You can 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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 968 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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lemon (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined a day ago

We dined the other night for our adult niece's birthday with a 6:30 reservation. I wrote that we were celebrating a birthday, and the restaurant had menus at our table that said "Happy birthday!" at the top. Our waitress was excellent--she was able to select a wine that pleased the table. She was present when we needed her without being obtrusive. My husband I had the pork tenderloin with the shrimp & grits and we both thought it was excellent--perfectly cooked with an interesting variety of flavors. They even put a little candle on our niece's dessert plate. Our whole experience was lovely, and we would certainly go back.

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JaredS (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Valentines Day dinner. We ate from the Prix Fixe tasting menu. The food was fantastic and the service was great.

They offered a variety of locally sourced ingredients which I found to be wonderful.

The atmosphere was cozy and friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area.

Further I had questions and reached out to the restaurant via email and phone. They replied in a timely manner with accurate information.

I will be going back in the future.

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Goodeats (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great dining experience! The food was delicious and loved the atmosphere for a great date night!

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Charlie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We have been dining here since the restaurant started and have never been disappointed. It is excellent for a business dinner to a romantic date night. A long menu with vegetarian options that routine rotates through dishes as the seasons change. Bret is one of the best chefs in Triangle, if not the best.

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JimT (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Food cold, terrible Monk Fish, dined here before Carolina -Duke game, soup butternut squash bad/ cold, would never recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Elaine’s never disappoints! Our dinner was delicious, the service is friendly and well executed and the atmosphere is very comfortable. Great job, Elaine’s!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Great! Beat Dook!

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Carlie (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Wonderful meal, lovely setting, good service.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I like Elaine's and chose it for my birthday dinner. My two disappointments were that the lighting in the booths was so bad we needed our phone flashlight to read the menu and that of the 4 choices for entree on the fixed price menu, 3 of them were fish. The 4th was pork tenderloin. No vegetarian, no beef, no chicken, no other seafood. Just...fish. Seems like an easy problem to address. Still, the food was good.

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arnie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent meal-My wife had short ribs and I had the grilled trout...both excellent. Service was smooth and they catered to our requests very well. The desserts were to die for: peanut butter ice cream on chocolate. cake and apple crisp w cognac ice cream. Wine list was comprehensive and the choices by the glass were good.

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flavorseeker (Greensboro)
2.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Unfortunately, my experience was not what I expected given the rating that Elaine's has. I was driving in from Greensboro to eat there because I had a business meeting and also was missing some dishes from when I lived in Europe so had called ahead to check that they had what I wanted from the menu on-line. I was told the menu had changed but was assured they did have a different item I chose. When I arrived at the restaurant, I immediately asked to order that item and was told they had sold out. I had a 7:30 reservation so I felt if the restaurant knew they were running short on the dish, they could have asked if I wanted to reserve it ahead of time. Unfortunately, our waiter was not even gracious about it, or particularly friendly in general. Overall, a rather disappointing experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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KR44 (Raleigh)
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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Davidson (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Delightful evening with great food. The bench seats along the walls are a bit uncomfortable. Back cushions would help

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vipStacy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent service and food. Prix fine menu was outstanding and with wine pairing - exceptional

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vipchapelhillian (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

Elaine's is my favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill or Durham. I've always had great meals there, and the staff are very friendly. It never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

We have been to Elaine's several times, though not recently. The food and service were outstnading

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Clap5118 (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

We have been to Elaine’s many times and always enjoyed it, but they were decidedly below their standard this time. Service was snail slow, w.ith our empty plates waiting 10 minutes between courses for the waiter. We ordered the selection of three wines, a.nd the waiter never presented the choices, just made the decision for us. Food was uninspired by Elaine’s standards, ok but not superior. Note Elaine’s no longer validates parking.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

We ate outdoors and the wait staff was friendly and accomodating. Food was delicious ( pork chop and steak) excellently prepared and presented.
Would definitely return and recommend!

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vipBayArea (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

My 2nd time at this place. Both times the food was amazing and presented beautifully.
The service was friendly and professional.
Will definitely visit again when we are back in town

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

A great experience in a great location. I didn't know what to expect as this restaurant was on Franklin Street; but I was surprised. Good food, great wine and good service. The atmosphere was a bit noisy, but I blame that on the patrons, not the staff.

I took a girl here on a date, she was impressed. Would go again.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

An excellent meal served by a knowledgeable and friendly waitress.

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