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Elmo's Diner


776 9th St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 416-3823
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Photo of Lisa & Wes Williams Lisa & Wes Williams
Sep 25, 2022 5

So very sorry no pictures of the menu.. it is what you would expect from a top tier diner. They have it all. We were a large group (9) for lunch, they were quick to find a place for us, food was served hot and fast. We all got so many different things and everyone enjoyed it! This is a Durham icon and a positive part of the amazing city of Durham.

Photo of Francisco Cappai Francisco Cappai
Aug 16, 2022 5

The menu has a great variety of tasty foods. The service was really good, everything was homemade, the dishes presentations were beautiful, prices were very accessible, the whole place is clean and quiet. I would definitely come back.

Photo of Paul in his travels Paul in his travels
Aug 8, 2022 5

Elmo's has always been a great breakfast experience for me. Servers are always top notch, courteous, and attentive, and the food is reliably good. The place truly has and old-time diner feel, in and old historic building (not a generic strip mall or fast food place feel). The only downside is if you go during peak breakfast time, there will be a wait, a testament to how desirable it is to eat there!

Photo of Ricky “InfinityDrop” Ricky “InfinityDrop”
Aug 3, 2022 5

My daughter and I love this place! We make special trips here from Apex for dates we go on. The service is amazing, just like the food. Prices are very reasonable. We get seated pretty quickly, but it tends to be a busy place. The only thing we wish is for them to bring back the cereal. That was my daughter's favorite thing on the menu.

Photo of Toby Toby
Jul 25, 2022 5

Very kind staff! And the food was REALLY good. They have your standard eggs and sausage platters, tons of pancakes, waffles and french toast, and even some unique things like salmon balls which was great. Our waittress was very attentive and friendly as well and was happy to get us egg whites for my partner who was allergic to yolk, and they also offer soy sausage as a meat/side alternative :)

Photo of Ken Ray (mrkenray) Ken Ray (mrkenray)
Jul 20, 2022 5

Named after a character in an eighties movie. Delicious American fare with breakfast on tap all day long. Enjoy coloring in one of the kids cards and make sure they put your art on the wall. Mask optional in July 2022.

Photo of DivaCounselor DivaCounselor
Jul 13, 2022 5

Ate here for the first time with a friend and the food was amazing. I had an omelett with a side of cinnamon apples. The wait time to get our food was short and the food was fresh. They were very busy because we went around lunch time but the customer service was good. The menu is huge and has something for everyone! The parking lot is small but I will definitely be going back.

Photo of FlipperGames FlipperGames
Jun 2, 2022 5

Got a friend who works there along with his excellent co-workers and managers. They bring me awesome food I requested. Food is great as usual. Guys you just earned yourselves an excellent rating, good job!

Photo of Jeffrey S Jeffrey S
May 30, 2022 5

Had a wonderful lunch here over the weekend. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious! Very good menu with unique selections. We will be back!

Photo of Team 7 Channel Team 7 Channel
May 15, 2022 5

I went here for Mothers Day and it was really good food. I go here probably once every like 2 months and it’s very affordable and highly underrated. I’ve gone here since I was 3 and now I’m 16. I got the pancakes and it was very good and it was only like $7 and it’s an awesome place to eat.

Photo of Jamie Kasierski Jamie Kasierski
Mar 30, 2022 5

Being from N.E., we were excited to go here having heard so much about it. It was 11am on a Saturday. Had a 15 minute wait and it was SO worth it! Excellent service. Very good breakfast. I ordered the gravy and biscuits because, again, being from N.E. it's darn near impossible to get a decent plate of sausage gravy lol. The atmosphere is nice. A little tight on the seating but that's expected at a popular restaurant making the most of the spaces they have to work with. I've heard the waits to get a seat can be much longer and you know what? I'd GLADLY wait! KUDOS!

Photo of Carlee D Carlee D
Mar 24, 2022 5

Love this place! In town visiting friends and we grabbed breakfast here - food came out super fast and was literally AMAZING! Would highly recommend, great price for the quality, taste, wish I lived here so I could try other dishes.

Photo of Megan Pagel Megan Pagel
Feb 14, 2022 5

The diner was so warm and inviting. It looks like something out of a Hallmark movie. The food was absolutely delicious. Even my one year old cleaned her plate. You can tell the food is made fresh and with care. The waiter was super kind and did a great job serving us. We will definitely be returning again!

Photo of Auguste Auguste
Feb 1, 2022 5

While traveling to Georgia we stopped at Elmo's Diner for breakfast. The atmosphere is cozy and warm making you feel right at home. The staff is very friendly and engaging. Our breakfasts were hot, fresh and made to order. The coffee was excellent! We will definitely be back if we are in the area.