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Elmo's Diner

776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
+1 919-416-3823
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good41%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (31 reviews)
“salmon cakes” (12 reviews)
“home fries” (16 reviews)
Open Now
6:30 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
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1 - 10 of 693 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went for a late lunch. Had the shrimp and avocado quiche. Wouldn't recommend it as it was very dry and only 3 small pieces of shrimp in it. The salad was good. My husband loved the burger and fries. The waiter Garrett was very friendly....More

Thank theholidaywife
Reviewed 5 days ago

We ate here 2 times while staying in the area! The service was great each time. Young folks with great serving skills- checked on us several times, filled glasses without asking but didn't interrupt our meal. We got a sandwich both times and fries. The...More

Thank Bloobak6263
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting our Granddaughter that is at Duke U and she took us here for lunch. It is a great place to go. Very friendly servers, good menu variety, seating not crowded. Had a burger and it was great. The granddaughter eats there frequently...More

Thank Honeoye14471
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been going to this Durham food ‘institution’ for years. It’s one of they few places we’ve found that offers enough variety to appeal to all 3 of our kids’ changing palates. Always very accommodating staff, always kid-friendly. They also have rotating homemade dessert...More

Thank donaldbV8250AD
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a down-home, family style restaurant in an in-town residential neighborhood. The menu is expansive by family restaurant standards,, but falls short for "Diner" standards. It's not Southern (We're from Metro Atlanta), and it's certainly not the diner-fare that i experience in the Northeast...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favorite place for breakfast any time if the day. Traditional diner food but more. Service is friendly and food is good.

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having not been there in quite a while, Doris and I decided to go back to an old haunt, an honest-to-goodness diner in Carrboro's own Carr Mill Mall. The mall's history as a mill is evident every inch of the way, with the wood floors...More

Thank ArkansasTraveler68
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m not sure how people rate this place. The omelette was tasteless, the potatoes burned and the pancakes were the most flat I’ve ever seen. Any place has better pancakes than this place. the waiter asked if I wanted a box I said no thank...More

1  Thank foodie1440
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place screams Durham and fun atmosphere, with a great perch for watching Durhamites wander up and down 9th St while you eat. Service was good, with a diner feel. Not overly warm and welcoming, but not expected in that setting. They were attentive, friendly,...More

Thank ckassotis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped in after a visit at the Duke clinic... And so did everyone else! From students, to doctors, to patients, you can tell this place is a favorite among people that know about it. Glad I asked someone at the clinic...More

Thank bornredprincess
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Gordon C
21 October 2017|
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Response from ptajack | Reviewed this property |
The food is fantastic and if you're not happy the staff is always there to correct any unforeseen issues. Sit back and enjoy a home cooked meal without a care in the world
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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