454 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751635.910698 -79.062535
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Thu., Sun. 5:30pm - 9:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 5:30pm - 10pm
Good spot for special dinner – This small restaurant surprised us. It had a NYC feel to the southern charm. They had a good wine list for the area. The food presentation and quality was very good. The service was also top notch.
Best restaurant in town! – I LOVED my experience at Elaine's - I'm still dreaming of the meal I had there. For dinner: roast pork loin on top of a sweet potato waffle, with wilted greens topped with pecans and a sweet balsamic dressing. For dessert: triple chocolate mousse. Great service, great atmosphere, affordable as far as fine dining goes...I'll definitely be back!
Very nice experience – Tables are a bit close and if you are at a 2-top next to the wall separating dining from the bar, you will be hitting your elbow on it. Not a good spot for a quiet, intimate, romantic interlude. Those are the negative aspects. The menu is small but inventive, changing frequently. Portions are just right... not giant pig-outs, but satisfying. Our appetizers were spectacular, my foie gras on an apple tart tatin was unbeatable. Service was pleasant, prompt, and attentive. Very good food, professional competence demonstrated everywhere. A very nice evening and worth the upscale prices.
Spectacular! – Finally went to Elaine's after hearing about it from friends for a long time and it definitely lived up to all the accolades. True, it was a bit noisy, but who says that upscale dining has to be like a wake? It was fun, the service was wonderful - knowledgeable and friendly, and the food was amazing. I had an appetizer of venison and corn pudding and only wished it would have been an entree. Elaine's is certain to become our new favorite!
A enjoyable dining experience – Elaine's provides an eclectic, enjoyable dining experience. Our server was wonderful -- prompt, well-versed in the menu and matching the appropriate wine, attentive, but unobtrusive. The food was excellent, using fresh ingredients and the right amount of seasoning. The portions were moderate, and not the usual "quantity over quality."
While the prices are a bit higher than some restaurants in Chapel Hill, they are actually very reasonable for the quality of food.
The Best – After 4 years, and what seems like hundreds of restaurants ranging from Hector's to the Fearrington, Elaine's is by far the best. The service (Thad - sorry if I spelled it wrong, Audrey, and Bret especially) make the whole experience a treat. Comparatively, Elaines is inexpensive with entrees sometimes as low as $15 and never exceeding $25, no matter the delicacy. The wine list is superb with great bottles starting in the upper $20s. The ever-changing foie gras is unsurpassed and an excellent variety of creative meats, fish and pasta are always available. I promise youll be back.
Elaine's is a great treat – I went to Elaine's with some friends and I really like it. I had the scallops and the roasted chicken and both were wonderful. The bread is also wonderful and fresh. They have a great drink menu and when I ordered a drink I didn't like, they took it back at no charge. The only thing I wasn't that happy with was the chocolate cake. I had read so many great things about it that I was really looking forward to it and it did nothing for me. The atmopshere was fun and I liked the table we sat at in the window. The service started out a little slow, but got much better.
Chapel Hill's Finest – The food is always delicious. I'm from Chicago and Elaine's could easily compete with the Windy City's finest restaurants. The wine selection is extensive and the wait staff is wonderful at pairing -- they have yet to steer me wrong. And whatever you do, don't forget dessert.
Elegant dining in Chapel Hill – My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary by dining at Elaine's, and we weren't disappointed! The menu offered a wide selection of creative entrees, and the wine list was extensive and wide-ranging in regard to both taste and price. Although our server's attitude was somewhat distant and reserved, all other staff members were terrific - we were congratulated on our anniversary several times. One week later, we received a thank you postcard from the management, expressing their honor at our decision to celebrate with them! How's that for customer service? We definitely plan to return for our next anniversary!
Great food, great service – I love the food at Elaine's, and the bar and service are also both the best I've seen. The atmosphere is hip and trendy, and that's not my favorite. It's also really loud and crowded. But if you like that sort of thing, then you'll get great food on top of it! Very polished menu and presentation -- everything is top shelf.
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