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Elmo's Diner


776 9th St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 416-3823
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Photo of Dr Lady Smith Dr Lady Smith
Jun 10, 2019 4

This is the first time I've ordered an omelette plate from this eatery. The omelette had spinach, bacon, onions and cheddar cheese. I also had a side of home fries and an English muffin with jelly. This plate was generous for the $10 I paid. The manager, Scott, was extremely nice and helpful. I would visit again, whenever I'm on this side of town.

Photo of Matt Piontkowski Matt Piontkowski
May 19, 2019 5

The best breakfast spot in Bull City. Hands down. They have something for everyone, and it's all good. The customer service is top notch. The food is amazing. The place is very clean. And the line moves quick.

Photo of Zach Boyd Zach Boyd
Jun 4, 2019 5

Got the biscuits and gravy. Very good but I’m picky with my biscuits. Service was great and interior was clean and well decorated. Much different than what I was expecting. Lots of locals present which is always a good sign.

Photo of Jennifer Duvroux Jennifer Duvroux
Jun 11, 2019 3

Service was good. Its a nice diner. Good ambiance. I ordered the special shrimp and avacodo quiche and soup. My husband had the blue cheese burger. The food was okay...just okay...Its wasn't great or special. I had high expectations from all the good things I hear about this place but sadly I was not impressed enough to return.

Photo of Craig Shapiro Craig Shapiro
Apr 17, 2019 5

Elmo's is a diner with great, consistent food and service. I have always had a very good experience there. They also have soy sausage, which is nice if you don't eat meat. Though I cannot recall her name, my server yesterday, April 16 around noon in the elevated seating area, was wonderful.

Photo of Victoria Grice Victoria Grice
Jun 30, 2019 5

We love Elmo's! Good food and lots of options. Waitstaff are all really great. This location is our favorite but we also like the Carrboro location. Prices are reasonable and when it's not too busy, it's a great place to relax with family and friends.

Photo of Matt Kollman Matt Kollman
Jun 25, 2019 5

Elmo's Diner somehow defies the old saying "speed, cost, quality: pick two". I don't understand how food that good comes out that fast and at a great price, but I'm not complaining. I usually get the vegetarian breakfast burrito, which I bet would silence meat eaters who complain of veg food not being filling. This past time I got blueberry pancakes with a side of soy sausage. They make their pancakes thinner than I usually like but they were some of the best I've ever had. I regret only getting two.

Photo of Laura Jenkins Laura Jenkins
Jun 25, 2019 5

Loved the feel of this place! The gumbo special with the cornbread (YUM) was great! They had coloring for the kids and the restaurant has a pleasant background talking noise that helped me feel comfortable being there with them.

Photo of Roy Schneider Roy Schneider
Sep 21, 2019 5

I really appreciate the resurgence of the diner. Elmo's is true to modern form. Delicious breakfast served anytime. Super friendly staff despite it being very busy. Lots of young families there. Very worthy of a visit.

Photo of Marcy Bilgrav Marcy Bilgrav
Aug 24, 2019 5

This diner was very well managed. The food was delicious! The waitress was on top of things and had a great personality. The place was packed but they got you in and out fast. It was a great experience.

Photo of Brian Pelton Brian Pelton
Aug 15, 2019 4

This place is a real diner. Big menu, breakfast all day, delicious specials, with fast and friendly service. Good for groups and families (with kids). There aren't very many true diners in the Triangle area so Elmo's is special. My family likes this place a lot and we go fairly often. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jamie Baldwin Jamie Baldwin
Sep 22, 2019 3

The salmon cake is always delicious and the dill sauce is yummy. But, my English muffin was burnt and hard as a rock. I have been there many times and enjoy it usually.

Photo of Dave Chen Dave Chen
Sep 16, 2019 4

the breakfast is as advertised and meets the reputation. tasty and ample. every possible item and they are super accommodating. the staff is excellent. fast and efficient.

Photo of Gina Boone Gina Boone
Oct 17, 2019 5

Great food and service! Depending on when you go there can be a significant wait time, but it's worth it. Good diner options.

Photo of Gerald Triplett Gerald Triplett
Nov 5, 2019 4

This was a great experience. The food was pretty good. I didn't really like the Mac n cheese, but the chicken and dumplings was awesome! The peach cobbler was also wonderful.

Photo of Nicole Ellis Nicole Ellis
Oct 27, 2019 5

Absolutely delicious!! Prices were very reasonable for how much food you get! We got the baked french toast with eggs and the homemade soy sausage!! It was so so good not to mention a lovely atmosphere and great service!

Photo of Nickie Nickie
Sep 29, 2019 4

I’ve been wanting to come here and finally got the chance, love it. Food was very good, Service was too. Great location. I had the Omelet and my friend had the meatloaf both were delicious.

Photo of Stephanie Kendziorski Stephanie Kendziorski
Nov 10, 2019 4

The food is always very good here. It is usually extremely busy for weekend breakfast but they do an awesome job of moving people pretty quickly. The kids menu has quite a few options compared to other eateries.

Photo of Dana Corriere Dana Corriere
Nov 23, 2019 5

Elmo’s diner served the kind of breakfast I thought only existed in dreams. It was beyond exceptional. Go Eat here. Friendly and efficient staff. Fun atmosphere.

Photo of Montserrat Santerbás Montserrat Santerbás
Dec 7, 2019 5

Best Diner ever. Super family friendly, food is awesome with great portions and even greater prices. Our go-to place for all around a good meal. No photos 'cause I eat it all before remembering. Servers are super friendly!

Photo of Jason Mckinney Jason Mckinney
Dec 18, 2019 5

The best way to describe my breakfast is WOW!!! It was awesome, I got the Biscuit and gravy deal and I'm really glad I did. The staff was very friendly and attentive. I also really enjoyed the coffee, I drink my coffee black so it has to be really good for me to enjoy it. I will definitely be going back the minute I get a chance!

Photo of chanelle goodman chanelle goodman
Dec 16, 2019 5

Definitely one of the best restaurants in Durham. The food is always delicious, friendly and timely service, and everything is reasonably priced. I love it!!

Photo of William Branham William Branham
Dec 27, 2019 4

One of our favorite places. There are two Elmos but the first one we went to is in Durham, so we like it better due to the memory. Everything is always good. Good service, food comes out hot and quickly. Breakfast is our favorite. Always had good waitresses. Parking can be tight.

Photo of Matthew Baker Matthew Baker
Dec 28, 2019 5

Been going here for a few years and usually just got their waffles. I tried their Western omlet last time I went and goodness it was delicious! Service was good and so was the food! Highly recommend

Photo of Wilmer Gregg Wilmer Gregg
Jan 17, 2020 5

Amazing Wednesday special to bask in the restaurant's ambience. Once I found out about this special, I have been coming back once - twice a month. On Wednesday nights, Print Works provides free live entertainment for their guests to enjoy. What's even better is, to accompany the singers, they also provide a discounted wine menu!

Photo of Kevin Keithley Kevin Keithley
Feb 8, 2020 5

Glad I found this place on the Food Network! Breakfast lunch and dinner all delicious with some fun twists. I wish I had enough room for their desserts (milkshakes and cheesecake!)

Photo of Cheryl Bueck Cheryl Bueck
Feb 21, 2020 5

Consistently excellent food as well as service. We frequent Elmo’s often especially when we have appointments at either Duke or the VA. Good ‘ole simple but great meals. Desserts are home made and very tasty.

Photo of Ashwini Setlur Ashwini Setlur
Mar 1, 2020 5

Wonderful diner with attentive staff. Though the place was crowded for a Sunday morning brunch time, the wait time wasn't too long. The food was absolutely amazing. Best Apple Cinammon pancakes that I've ever had!

Photo of Tommy Thompson Tommy Thompson
Dec 27, 2019 5

Love this place. Great food and friendly staff.

Photo of Richard Powell Richard Powell
Jun 29, 2019 5

Good food and efficient service. We'll be returning! The breakfast items with Mexican flair are good choices.

Photo of GB Crush GB Crush
Apr 17, 2019 5

OMG, if ever I have a weakness its diner food--breakfast most especially. And at Elmo's, I found a diner breakfast done right. Large portions. Fluffy pancakes that are just the right amount of sweet. Over easy eggs that are to die for and big, flavorful home-fries to soak up all the yolk. Top it off with a thick and tasty chocolate malt and I was much too full to have the peach cobbler. Oh well, I know I'm headed back again. All you Jersey transplants. If you're missing some good diner food, this is it. Come on down!

Photo of Bilal Muhamad Bilal Muhamad
Jun 13, 2020 4

Food and pick up service was great, I can't wait until these useless social distancing mumbo jumbo ends... Needing a mask to enter restaurants is ridiculous!