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Elmo's Diner

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
+1 919-416-3823
06:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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Asheville, North Carolina
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Want breakfast? Elmo's is the place to go. Want lunch or dinner? Elmo's is still the place to go. Want pie with ice cream? Elmo's is definitely the place to go. All different parts of the menu are delicious and the specials are not to be missed. It's also budget friendly, so great for everyone. Just be warned, they are... More 

Thank cealtest
Zagreb, Croatia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were starving.. had delightful waiter, quick perfect, non-intrusive.. quickly had sparkling champagne, quiche, yummy grits..... coffee...eggs, Huge servings, yummy hot...Tomato basil soup delicious...( only thing is biscuits were mostly like bread... that was only thing) As a Louisiana girl... grits great......even had food to take home.....

Thank Susan C
Durham, North Carolina
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of Durham's long time establishments, Elmo's is always good. They get really busy on the weekends, so plan accordingly.

Thank ksjpwilliams
Raleigh, North Carolina
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is all american diner food. I decided to try it out because I'd heard so much about it over the years. Had the quiche and salad. It was good. Nothing out of the ordinary or extraordinary.

1 Thank mtmnj221
Clemmons, North Carolina
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was excellent; although the parking is horrible and the wait can be long. The staff was very friendly too which is always a plus ... .would definately go back!

Thank kimseesyou
Hendersonville, NC
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had lunch here on Thursday right before Christmas and am glad we stopped. They were busy but the staff was very efficient and friendly. We ordered two items off their daily special list, and food came very quickly. Nice variety of items on the menu, from breakfast to salads and sandwiches to full meals. Portions were generous, food was well-prepared.... More 

Thank James B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a Duke Grad from many decades ago, I can attest that today's students are very lucky to have this place in town. Whenever we visit it's a must for breakfast, a ritual that often involves waiting in line as, like many good local places, this is not a secret. Huge portions of well cooked breakfast fare; gluten free options,... More 

Thank Scott B
Ashburn, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had several dinner meals here while visiting my Dad in Duke Hospital. This is a great diner with great diner food. We were so impressed we returned for another dinner. All of the entries we had were very good and very reasonably priced. The peach cobbler was amazing.

Thank Beth M
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

+it has a parking lot +the menu is huge and you can get a variety of food to satisfy a broad range of interests +great vegetarian options +awesome hummus sandwich --macaroni and cheese was just eh

Thank Ruchi P
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really family friendly local diner. Food is great and comes out quickly and the staff is super friendly. Don't go here for dinner during the week if you're expecting a quiet atmosphere as it is a popular spot for family dinners.

Thank Amanda B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-416-3823

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?