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Elmo's Diner

776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
+1 919-416-3823
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (39 reviews)
“pancakes” (43 reviews)
Open Now
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Diner, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered the meatloaf with brown gravy and mushrooms; it was tasty but I like the meatloaf at cheesecake factory better. It was lukewarm versus hot. It came with two sides and I picked mash potatoes and brocolli casserole; again...likewarm and average. Elmers speciiality is...More

Thank 513gloriaf
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not laden with Greek deletes, this is a Southern style diner. They take pride in their dishes, There is a wide variety of food types on special each day, and many of the foods are made from scratch. The help is attentive without being solicitous,...More

Thank Alice M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten at Elmo's several times without disappointment. Good food, good service. That sometimes have "charity" days where proceeds go to a local school or charity. Check ahead because that generates a crowd.

Thank David J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Elmo's Diner was recommended by our hotel's front desk staff. Elmo's is big and bright, the staff were friendly, and the food was great. Just what we needed before a long day of meetings.

Thank Patricia L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elmo’s Ninth St. restaurant in Durham, NC has become a favorite over several years. I’ve eaten the with multiple family members, alone & with my teenage son. Everyone enjoys returning. The food is fresh and well-prepared, the service is good and there are both well-recognized...More

Thank StMyH
Reviewed 1 week ago

Found Elmo's Diner after a gentleman pointed us to it saying he had been eating there for thirty years. It was just what we were looking for after a long drive. Traditional style, good food, friendly staff. Ideal.

Thank Nigel R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Modern large diner with varied menu, standard breakfast fare with large array of creative brunch specials. Pancakes and waffles are top notch. Western omelet was average. Accompanying side of home fries were good, wheat toast much like what you would make at home.

Thank Travelleramundo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Still being an out of towner for some 8 months, still has it's surprises. Like ELMO'S for one. Had a meeting around 10:30 on Hillsborough and nearby found this eatery. Crowded for a midmorning Tuesday, however we got a table. Menu for breakfast was varied,...More

Thank George C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Granddaughter in tow, wanting something low key with good food and not just the usual, Elmo's appears on our radar. Perfect. Staff are consistently and genuinely happy to see you. Service is par excellence. Variety of options - including vegan. Everyone went home happy.

Thank Gypsy D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We usually patronise Elmo's for breakfast and it is always satisfying. I had the salmon and eggs and my spouse had the standard breakfast eggs, bacon, and biscuit. The eggs were all cooked to order, the biscuits are good, and the salmon patties were standard...More

Thank William S
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Beverly M
14 June 2018|
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Response from shawstein | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have a great kids menu for Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Gordon C
21 October 2017|
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Response from SCwinegirl | Reviewed this property |
Great! Had breakfast, lunch and dinner. My husband and I had different meals and all were great.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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