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Elmo's Diner


776 9th St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 416-3823
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Photo of Himani Vejandla Himani Vejandla
Apr 14, 2023 5

Our first time at Elmo’s and didn’t disappoint. The place was packed on a Thursday afternoon but our wait time was 2min and food came in less than five. Our favorites were onion rings. Fries can use a bit more seasoning for our palates. Waffle was hearty and I loved the blueberry compote.

Photo of Dame Wilkerson Dame Wilkerson
Mar 19, 2023 3

Howdy guys! While in the area, we were craving breakfast and decided to give this place a try. Firstly, let me say this place is the truth with moving folks in and out! We were told it would be a 15-25 min wait, we probably waited all of 10 mins that’s a plus!!!! Secondly the vibe/atmosphere here is great, staffing very friendly and knowledgeable. Only reason for the two star deduction, my salmon patties were fried a little hard and very bland. In addition, my home fries were also fried very hard. Long story short, I’d give this place another shot. probably not around rush hour, but for sure worth another visit. Now let me no what you think, JUST GO &. GIVE THEM A SHOT! Thank me later ✌🏽

Photo of Tiauna Wilson Tiauna Wilson
Jan 25, 2023 5

The food here was very good! My mom had the Santa Fe special which was delicious! My waffle was blueberry compote was really good as well along with a Mexican omlete. I say this place is a must try! On a side note it seemed the restaurant was a bit short staffed so it took a little bit to place an order but the server was very friendly and accommodating!

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.