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Carolina Coffee Shop

138 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3617
+1 919-942-6875
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good43%
  • Average25%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pot roast” (3 reviews)
“french dip” (2 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (3 reviews)
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138 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3617
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Our granddaughter, a junior at UNC, arranged to meet us for lunch at The Coffee Shop in between her classes. My wife and granddaughter ordered BLT’s with egg and avocado, while I ordered a western omelet. Both orders were very good. In fact, as we...More

Thank john s
Reviewed 1 week ago

There was a time when a trip to Chapel Hill was not complete without a visit to The Carolina Coffee Shop. Not only did it remind me of my days there as a student, but it embraced a certain spirit. Unfortunately, this was not my...More

Thank eladd82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only the fried eggs were not room temp. Toast, bacon (frozen), and potatoes were. All mediocre. The one part that was gross is when the young, blond server put here hand on my bacon to keep it from sliding off my plate. Not good! Coffee...More

Thank 68travelingjeff68
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Dang everyone here is so nice! Food was ok, more of a staple place to get grub. I had the corned beef hash with grits! Probably the best thing on the menu. Husband had a basic breakfast of scrambled eggs bacon and hash browns and...More

Thank 227kellien
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Because I used a coupon the bartender charged me 18% tip on the complete order and pocketed $4.71 for handing me a bag. Poor business practices. Stay away.

Thank debbie s
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Its specialty is breakfast and deservedly so.corned beef hash with grits...terrific. warm ambiance...full bar...attentive service....its been around 50+ Years and will continue to reinvent itself parking on weekend can b a bit dicey

Thank baird t
Reviewed 19 September 2016

I love the French Dip here as well as the fresh fruit. The breakfast dishes I have tasted have been very good as well, with the grits being cooked by someone who knows what they are doing. We also really enjoy the French Onion Soup,...More

Thank gkmcfe
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for a regular ol' cup of coffee and I was pleasantly surprised by the brew. It actually had good flavor but wasn't too strong. I also watched the barista make an iced mocchiatto from scratch without the syrups that...More

1  Thank CN1976
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

First time in downtown Chapel Inn this morning and starving. We decided to have a late breakfast in Carolina Coffee Shop and wasn't disappointed. It was really busy and services little slow but coffee great and flowing. I had eggs Benedict they were amazing and...More

Thank Pamfergy
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Went here as a student & loved it & continue to love it 40+ years later. And, I think the food & service are even better now. Very attentive & competent staff. Highly recommend.

Thank Patricia S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3617
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-942-6875
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