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Elmo's Diner


776 9th St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 416-3823
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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 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.

Photo of Coco Wander Coco Wander
Nov 21, 2021 5

This place is a new staple. The staff are so kind and attentive even with a full house. The food was amazing classic dinner food. Even the coffee was delicious and never ending. Come here and be proud of Durhams dinning

Photo of Colleen Noonan Colleen Noonan
Oct 21, 2021 5

Had the salmon cake breakfast meal. Everything was fantastic. Salmon cake was delicious. Home fries were awesome and my poached eggs were fantastic. The best part of the entire visit was Megan, my waitress. That girl was on point the entire time I was there, not only with me but everybody else at the counter.

Photo of Karessa Wiley Karessa Wiley
Oct 2, 2021 4

Very nice place. service is fast and friendly, menu has a good selection and we enjoyed our food, no complaints.(not gonna say it was the best food I ever had but it was good like what you expect diner food to be) some of the dishes shown online are only served on certain days so maybe call before you go. I don't live close but if I did I probably make it one of my regular stops for a quick bite for sure.

Photo of Kelliann Whitney Kelliann Whitney
Oct 9, 2021 5

Saturday mid-morning, Elmo's is a popular place. Wait was only 15 minutes, and once seated, waitress was right there to get a drink order while we perused the menu. Started with s slice of their pumpkin-apple bread, warm and truly the taste of the season. I ordered the baked french toast with hot apple cinnamon and whipped creme topping, scrambled eggs and bacon. My companion had the California Omelette with avocado, bacon and cheddar cheese instead of the jack cheese, hash browns and a biscuit. Cooked to order, very filling and exceptionally yummy. When in Durham, this is a must!

Photo of Thomas Beckman Thomas Beckman
Sep 14, 2021 5

Best breakfast I ever had. Te place is terrific. The staff did an outstanding job and they were kind and efficient. The food was done right, especially the omelets and baked apples. Everything about this diner said professional and warm. We enjoyed it and will return.

Photo of Dennis Law Dennis Law
Jun 24, 2021 4

Great little place in Durham. Local favorite. Greatest oatmeal I ever ate... better than my own at home. Great staff, friendly, timely (except during lunch) Duke Univ. and Veteran' Hospital staff keep it jumping during lunch.

Photo of Scott Kozloff Scott Kozloff
Jul 20, 2021 4

We are in the Durham area every 2 to 3 weeks and saw great reviews for Elmo's Diner. We had breakfast, and I must say that they're specials and their omelets are fantastic. My wife and I both had excellent service from our server, the food was prepared well, and we would recommend to anyone looking for a decent breakfast if you are in this area. Can't complain when both service and food are fabulous.

Photo of Jonathan Redaelly Jonathan Redaelly
Jul 4, 2021 5

This place was just awesome. From the food to the service everything was spectacular. The servers were very helpful both making food and town recommendations. The food was tasty and filling. This place is also priced adequately, so what more could you need to pay them a visit?

Photo of Eric Strausz Eric Strausz
Jun 19, 2021 4

I have visited Elmo's for many years. Always wonderful Service. Had an issue today with Blueberry Pancakes that were unappetizing. They substituted the dish with a better dish. No charge on the previous dish. We gave a nice tip for the service. My dish : Reuben (NO THOUSAND ISLAND--Really!) They butter and bake the bread before putting the sauerkraut on (Perfect). They provide 4 slices of Kosher Dill pickles, Homemade Coleslaw ( which is GOOD) and my favorite HOME FRIES!! Some sweet Tea to wash it down! Awesome!

Photo of Queen Ampleness Queen Ampleness
May 5, 2021 5

My daughter followed suit on ordering the same thing I ordered with a few different sides. We ordered the Grilled Chicken with Swiss Cheese & Mushrooms, Mash Potatoes with Roast Beef Gravy. 🤤🤤🤤 I had the biscuit while my daughter had the cornbread. Elmo's split the biscuit, buttered it, & grilled it. I have never had that & it was scrumptious! I had the cabbage while my daughter had the pinto beans. For my baby girl, I ordered the Spaghetti. She ate it all! We've tried giving baby girl spaghetti from different places & she would not eat it. She would only eat my spaghetti. This is surprising! ☺☺☺ That Blueberry - Peach Cobbler was on the 💰 💰 💰 money! 🤤🤤🤤 We were good & full as a tick about to pop when we finished eating. It was all sooo delicious. Amy, the manager gave fantastic customer service. I give Elmo's 5 ⭐ Stars.

Photo of Beth Henderson Beth Henderson
Jul 7, 2021 5

One of Durham's hidden treasures. Very inviting in it's appearance. Very clean gives you a nice city yet southern feel. Food was hot and tasty. Waitress was very attentive and friendly. Chrissy you rock!!! Great place to invite family or friends to if their passing through Durham. We will definitely be returning.

Photo of Tammi Lennox Tammi Lennox
Jun 22, 2021 5

Always have a great experience at Elmo's! Staff is kind and attentive. The food is delicious. Their kids menu has many options, my kids will not eat meat, so having options like PB&J and grilled cheese was awesome! Thank you so much!

Photo of Brianna Joines Brianna Joines
May 29, 2021 5

I've been coming here for years and have always had excellent service. Today, they went above and beyond when I mentioned that my son had some food allergies. They made sure everything in his order was safe and even brought out the bread they were using so I could check the ingredients. Amazing! I've never had any restaurant show that much care and concern for my son's allergies. Amazing food AND staff!

Photo of Jeremie Miller Jeremie Miller
May 11, 2021 4

Classic diner food with a little of the classic design. Their omelets really hit the spot, without packing in all the oil that some diner food sports. If they have the sunflower toast, I highly recommend it. If you're more a skillet person, create your own and go ahead and get that tripple bacon topping you always want. Note, when they say large OJ, there is no BS in that statement, it's a lot of juice!

Photo of Michael Empey Michael Empey
Apr 6, 2021 5

I ordered the Santa Fe bowl and it was delicious. So much flavor and full of healthy, fiber foods - black beans, avocados, and sweet potato. I was recommended to go to Elmo's by my daughter and get the Chile Quille. I forgot about that, I'm glad I did as this Santa Fe bowl was fantastic!

Photo of Nyambura Braxton Nyambura Braxton
Apr 5, 2021 5

Came here for the first time after reading the reviews, EVERY WORD IS TRUE! Had the breakfast burrito, spicy nachos and Santa Fe for breakfast. Everything was phenomenal. The nachos and lettuce was fresh. Everything came out within seconds. Marcus, our waiter, was an amazing waiter! Atmosphere was amazing, loved the classic 70's/80's music. Everything was worth it! 100/10 going to come again!

Photo of Hayden VanAuken Hayden VanAuken
Mar 29, 2021 5

I loved the Greek Grilled Cheese, it was amazing. I totally recommend this to anyone wanting to try something new. Oh, and the milk shakes. I loved them, they were extraordinary.

Photo of Vee Calaio Vee Calaio
Mar 24, 2021 5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere! They also had fantastic service dog etiquette. They have signs everywhere about their pandemic policies, and I appreciate them taking safety seriously. Highly recommend!

Photo of Ashlyn Whiteside Ashlyn Whiteside
Mar 14, 2021 5

I loved breakfast here! It's hard to find traditional diner food that's good quality. Elmos does that but also adds a little something to make it better! I ordered the Cranberry apple granola pancakes which i LOVED! The compote was so good and I love how they didn't skimp on the whipped cream. It was unique and delicious.

Photo of christina warren christina warren
Feb 13, 2021 4

Great service. Good at social distancing. Breakfast specials are good. However, I ordered tea and an extra tea bag was $2.00. A little surprised. I have never been charged before.

Photo of Hayes Bradsher Hayes Bradsher
Feb 2, 2021 5

I take my mom here after her doctor's appointments every time we come through Durham. Because of the limited ingredients she is able to have, Elmo's is the perfect breakfast or lunch spot for us. The food is amazing every time with exceptional customer service to go along with it.

Photo of Crystal Richardson Crystal Richardson
Nov 8, 2020 4

I went to Elmo's with a long time friend of mine who suggested this after mentioning that I wanted breakfast food in the evening. lol Everything was great. The waitress was patient while we made our selection. We both got the spicy breakfast special with cornbread fritters, chilaquiles sauce and sweet mashed potatoes (among other things). We both also got pancakes. I got the blueberry pancakes and she got the pumpkin spice pancakes. Everything was delicious. I was here for business but if I should ever return to Durham, I will definitely come back. I highly recommend Elmo's!

Photo of Shera Osborne Shera Osborne
Jan 29, 2021 5

All I can say is YUM! The wait time tells you how popular this place is-and that is because of the food! Great regular dinner breakfast/lunch items but LOTS of more unusual options. On this visit I had Chilaquiles for breakfast-saucy chips, black beans and pico with the most fluffy scrambled eggs ever. Absolutely delicious!

Photo of Blaze Blaze
Jan 15, 2021 4

A very nice staff waiting to help you with plenty of delicious food options to pick from. I have been going here since I was young and it is a great place to take your family for some time out.

Photo of Jea Hyun Kim Jea Hyun Kim
Jan 5, 2021 4

Had their salmon cakes and 2 eggs for breakfast. Salmon cake was a bit on the salty side, but I liked how its flavor balanced with tomatoes, green onions, and eggs. I would've liked it better if they added more veggies (tomatoes etc) as I added an additional salmon cake, but it was okay overall. Also liked how they promptly brought the food out for the curbside pickup.

Photo of Walker Garrett Walker Garrett
Dec 16, 2020 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Durham, my hometown. The coffee is simple yet delicious and the array of pancakes and waffles offered makes for the perfect family outing.

Photo of Amia Briscoe Amia Briscoe
Jan 1, 2021 5

Elmo’s was awesome! The customer service and food was amazing. The shrimp and grits was a Hit. I’m in from out of town but will be back.

Photo of Matthew Trn Matthew Trn
Jan 1, 2021 5

It's a local staple. All the usual diner fare you would expect. The best part is they now do curbside takeaway. Call in, place your order, show up and someone brings it right out to your car. Great if you are trying to social distance and still want pancakes.

Photo of Shelby Westbrook Shelby Westbrook
Sep 10, 2020 5

Excellent variety of food with good wait staff and nice atmosphere. There is bar, table, and booth seating and you can get a spot with a good view of the street. Lovely.

Photo of Paul Langan Paul Langan
Feb 21, 2020 4

Great breakfast and lunch choices. Very generous portions. Excellent veggie and real meat burgers. Breakfast anytime is nice. Wait staff is friendly and super efficient.

Photo of kevin upadhaya kevin upadhaya
Sep 26, 2020 5

Great job keeping things sanitized and keeping everyone socially distant. Food was fantastic as always. The california omelette is my favorite.

Photo of Beth Caporaso Beth Caporaso
May 12, 2019 5

Delicious, fast, friendly, and reasonably priced! The shrimp and grits looked so good that I took my other food to go so I could order some of my own!

Photo of Ioannis Raptis Ioannis Raptis
Sep 12, 2020 5

Very nice breakfast/lunch place. They are also very considerate of the social distancing and covid protection guidelines. The staff are very friendly

Photo of jason edick jason edick
Sep 1, 2020 4

Food was good, not great. There was a monsoon happening and they still had someone delivering food to cars which was above and beyond in my opinion.

Photo of Mundi Broda Mundi Broda
Aug 16, 2020 5

Super fast and efficient with excellent affordable options! Never noticed this place before, but I'll be back soon! PS: the baked French toast is not what you would expect, but amazing either way!

Photo of Clinton Parsons Jr Clinton Parsons Jr
Aug 10, 2020 4

Local town diner scene that is clean and spaced out. Friendly and attentive waitress. Good size menu with options. Salmon cakes where a big hit as the where good sized and the salmon came through and not hidden. The meatloaf was good not great as far as the meat the spicy red sauce was really good. Prices in line for what you get with good portion and above average diner quality. Would go again.

Photo of dmt0709 dmt0709
Aug 4, 2020 5

While staying in Durham for medical treatment, I asked my hotel desk clerk to recommend a good local place for brunch. I'm so glad she suggested Elmo's. The food was delicious. The service was friendly. The ambience is local, but they welcomed a stranger and made me feel like family. It was such an enjoyable experience that I bought their tee shirt as a memory.

Photo of Tiani Schifano Tiani Schifano
Aug 9, 2020 5

Decided to be brave and come during COVID-19 times. I felt super confident in eating here and feeling safe. They absolutely took every minuscule precaution you wouldn’t normally think about to make sure everyone was safe (including asking exact amounts of sugar and creamers needed as not to waste but also to not reuse packets) and prepackaged hot sauce etc. plus. The food is always on point and the service is always exceptional!

Photo of Norberto Bonilla Norberto Bonilla
Jul 20, 2020 5

Amazing dinner I went for breakfast and the place was very organized very clean and friendly servers and they're taking all the precautions ensuring no one gets sick with the virus 👍

Photo of Richard Parker Richard Parker
Jul 19, 2020 5

Great food! Good prices! Excellent service! I’ve enjoyed eating here while visiting my wife at Duke Hospital. Very close to hospital. Very clean establishment. Will be back again!

Photo of Carl Irish Carl Irish
Jul 15, 2020 5

Quaint little diner, with lots of charm. Very friendly and helpful staff. Food was excellent. (Get the California omelette if it's on the special menu. ) All appropriate precautions are being taken during COVID pandemic. Definitely want to check this place out. I'll be back next time I'm in the area.

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!

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 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 Tommy Thompson Tommy Thompson
Dec 27, 2019 5

Love this place. Great food and friendly staff.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!