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American, Diner
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hostess was great and seated me at the bar immediately. Dante is such a good server he could work anywhere Bacon and eggs were cooked to order perfectly. No one can make biscuits and gravy like my wife so no comparison can be made. It...was a great milk gravy though. Homefries are quite crispy and best with some ketchup. This place had EXTRA wait staff when many places are currently closing early, etc. They seem to all be nice and care about each other like a family. So excited to find an inexpensive great place to eat.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This diner is amazing. Let's start with Anna, our server, who was absolutely wonderful. Quick service and charming. She outdid herself with our order and the whole staff worked as a team to take care of all customers what a pleasure to watch. Now the...food, delicious. I had the omelets which was cooked perfectly and I really enjoyed the cinnamon apples on the side. We also had the salmon and eggs which was, in my husband's words, was scrumptious.. this experience as a whole put a smile on my heart for the rest of the day. Not many diners can say that.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 13 July 2021

Lots of options, great wait staff, and light and airy dining room. Perfect place to start the day. I had the Mexican omelette and it did not disappoint. Lots of parking to boot!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 June 2021

We just made in time for their 2:30 PM closing on Sunday. The salmon salad was served over a salad and cooked just right. My wife had a bacon avocado burger that had was so high she removed some of the avocado so she could...eat. We both ordered iced coffee which was good. The staff was attentive, prices were reasonable and we did not feel rushed even though the staff was busy getting doing their closing routine.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

Good All American food at a reasonable price. Our party all at from the lunch items. Wife had the chicken salad that she said was a little dry and bland. Son had the BBQ chicken sandwich which he rated 3 stars. I went the bacon...cheeseburger which was tasty on the fresh bun. We also had an order of cheese fries which would have better with bacon along with the sour cream and chives. Our biggest complaint is the lack of handicapped parking (only ONE space) and the fact the parking lot is unpaved. This makes it very difficult for patrons like our son-in-law a wheelchair to access the diner easily. Bottom line, it would be worthwhile for Elmo’s to pave their parking lotMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 26 May 2021 via mobile

Just a nice solid restaurant offering a good breakfast. Was very busy but service was good. Food was above average but not spectacular.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 12 May 2021

We eat here every time we are in town!! This is our absolute favorite breakfast stop!!! This is worth every bite!!!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 28 April 2021 via mobile

Elmo is a treasure and tradition in Durham. Basically a diner, they have an extensive menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner options available all day. Service is always pleasant and accurate. Food good quality with some innovative spins. There is not pretense here. Just a...tasty solid meal at a fair price. Elmos was the first place we went back to eating inside during Covid. They are committed to safety. We have been interested to note that in all the times we’ve been to Elmos we have never been able to figure out who the manager is - everyone works as a team and the results show.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 8 February 2021

We stopped at Elmo's Diner for lunch. They were busy but efficient in handling the crowd. They had social distancing and protections in place. Service was great the hostess she made sure we knew where to strand and was very helpful. Our server was pleasant...and quick. The food was great and reasonably priced. They have parking available on site which is not easy in a city environment. Elmo's is very close to the Duke campus. We will be back.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 3 November 2020

Had an order missing when we got home from a curbside pick up. They offered to deliver it to us, made it fresh and really went above and beyond making us feel taken care of. These people are amazing and the food is great too!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Beverly M
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Response from shawstein | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have a great kids menu for Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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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Yes, Elmo's Diner offers takeout services.

Elmo's Diner is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4