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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” (42 reviews)
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you love home cooking, good service..>(GREAT service), Elmo's is the place for you. Consistent on everything. I have been eating here for over 20 years and have never had a bad meal or bad experience and we come multiple times a week. It's easier...More

Thank shawstein
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don’t know how this restaurant gets such good reviews especially with the competition of truly amazing nearby restaurants. We have tried to go here several times. Breakfast was decent but lunch and dinner was awful. No seasoning and just all around bland food.

Thank Denise T
Reviewed April 12, 2018

This is definitely a great place to meet up with friends and or family. I have always experienced good service and food. As a diner, you will not get a 4-star experience but you will get quality at a reasonable price.

Thank debbiekubiet1
Reviewed April 11, 2018

Elmo's is located just off Duke's East campus. I've eaten there four times, and it has been packed every time. However, don't be deterred by the crowds because the tables turn quickly. You might have to wait half an hour at most. Elmo's has a...More

Thank klcary
Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

This diner is alway, I mean always crowded. You know why? They have great food and great service for a small price. Must I say more?

1  Thank Patti2
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Elmo’s is a good standby when you need a quick breakfast place but I’m picky about ingredients. I’m not your “Mickey D’s” customer reviewer so click next if you are. I like real ingredients and Elmo’s uses margerine. They will give you butter if you...More

Thank KikiDeMarco
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

For breakfast, lunch or dinner, Elmo’s has food you—and everyone who comes with you—will love. Eggs, pancakes, burgers, blue plates, salads, all of the diner classics. My family goes every week, and we always leave happy.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

Elmo's atmosphere has the classic vibe that every diner should have. The sweet potato pancakes reminded me of Thanksgiving. Try to beat the weekend/lunch rush by getting there early. Also, decent prices.

Thank Tyler S
Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

The food comes out fast. Great selection and really good food. Even if there is a wait they keep the tables moving. The staff is friendly and the value is fantastic.

Thank Ken K
Reviewed March 22, 2018

Nothing fancy, just good comfort food at a reasonable price in a homey atmosphere. Definitely recommend it for breakfast, or anytime. The only downside is the limited parking in their lot.

Thank GeneZiel
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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, Local cuisine, Kids, 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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