We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
173 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
+1 919-929-9192
07:00 - 13:30
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 13:30
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 14:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 71: English reviews
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 April 2017

A very standard American breakfast. The staff have always been pleasant and wonderful. It's a Chapel Hill classic, as it's been around for decades and has a routine clientele. If you're looking for a good, straightforward American breakfast in Chapel Hill and want something simple and old school, a pretty good place to go. Nothing special about their food, but... More 

Thank Joe C
Walkertown, North Carolina
Level Contributor
21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Charming little diner style restaurant. Excellent omelets and waffles. Found while traveling through on vacation. Highly recommend.

Thank Tanwilltravel
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
96 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

At the advice of some others on TA, we were steered here for breakfast while visiting University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. I expected the typical college breakfast haunt but I guess had higher expectations than what was delivered. Can't say it was a bad choice; just sort of nondescript. For those thinking this might be a restaurant, it's more a... More 

Thank Anne S
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We come here regularly and the food is consistently good. The staff are so nice. The owner is even there most weekends. We bring all of our out of town guests here. Yum!

Thank Natalie G
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I brought my daughter here for a family breakfast and was highly disappointed. I would like to say that it's a little better then "the Waffle House" but that would be a bold faced lie. The waffles are flat and the greasy hash browns were partially cooked. Plus the manager was absolutely clueless... By the way, I told the waiter... More 

Thank APhiA1906
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Ye Olde has good breakfast basics. Nothing too fancy, but a nicer diner than a Waffle House. The omelets are particularly good. I was recently surprised to see that their prices had risen fairly dramatically with no change to menu. They are even charging for milk to put in coffee (creamer still included)! I don't appreciate feeling nickel and dimed,... More 

Thank sc2nc
1 review
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Great food , service , and my wife wanted to keep going back for the coffee. Similar menu to Waffle House , just better in every way !

Thank Greg C
Haymarket, Virginia
Level Contributor
95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Stopped in while at UNC to p/u my daughter and her friends from a sports camp and was told they needed pancakes for lunch, so YOWS was our destination and we were not disappointed! We sampled their pancakes, plain & M&M (amazing), waffles, french toast and I opted for their Turkey Club. All very good. Great smells and small college... More 

Thank Jon M
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level Contributor
17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

If you want a classic diner experience on Franklin Street, check this out. Sit at the counter, in the booths or in the back-. Sunday lunch during school can mean a line after church lets out but its well worth the wait.

Thank MarkPeifer
Level Contributor
29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

I have been here about five times, as this is always my family's choice in breakfast. The m&m pancakes are amazing, the biscuits are amazing, the sausage is amazing. Eat here, you won't regret it!

Thank sam21avery

Travellers who viewed Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe also viewed

Chapel Hill, NC

Been to Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 13:30
07:00 - 13:30
07:00 - 13:30
07:00 - 13:30
07:00 - 13:30
08:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 173 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-929-9192

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?