Elmo's Diner

★★★★☆
  • 776 Ninth St

    Durham, NC 27705

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  • 919-416-3823

About Elmo's Diner

Hours
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 6:30am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 6:30am - 11pm

Food

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This place is horrible, the food is at best, old. The waitstaff were friendly but that did not make up for spoiled food. Someone should monitor the expiration dates on the products which you are selling, thank God myself and my friends

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★★★★★

This place is horrible, the food is at best, old. The waitstaff were friendly but that did not make up for spoiled food. Someone should monitor the expiration dates on the products which you are selling, thank God myself and my friends

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My family and I have been coming to Elmos for the bad 2 years. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if that had been a choice. It usually decent food. I have had some great meals and I have had some horrible meals here. I come back because thet are very kid friendly and the staff is always nice. I also think it is a good value (if the meal was good) for the money. Usually you cannot go wrong with breakfast fare.

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★★★★☆

My family and I have been coming to Elmos for the bad 2 years. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if that had been a choice. It usually decent food. I have had some great meals and I have had some horrible meals here. I come back because thet are very kid friendly and the staff is always nice. I also think it is a good value (if the meal was good) for the money. Usually you cannot go wrong with breakfast fare.

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This is a nice diner to enjoy a quick, easy meal. It is kid friendly and the menu prices are great! Definitely good to try if you enjoy all things scrumptious and delicious.

3
★★★☆☆

This is a nice diner to enjoy a quick, easy meal. It is kid friendly and the menu prices are great! Definitely good to try if you enjoy all things scrumptious and delicious.

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If you are looking for a no frills but tasty meal Elmo's is your place. They are kid friendly and the wait for a table is usually not to long. I highly recommend trying one of their soups or quiches, they are delcious.

Remember, this is not a fast food restaurant, so if you have a large group be prepared to wait a while.

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★★★★☆

If you are looking for a no frills but tasty meal Elmo's is your place. They are kid friendly and the wait for a table is usually not to long. I highly recommend trying one of their soups or quiches, they are delcious.

Remember, this is not a fast food restaurant, so if you have a large group be prepared to wait a while.

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Elmo's is a great place for Sunday Brunch and if you get there a little late and find yourself waiting, you can have a cup of coffee and read the paper. The prices are good and the food is better.

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★★★★☆

Elmo's is a great place for Sunday Brunch and if you get there a little late and find yourself waiting, you can have a cup of coffee and read the paper. The prices are good and the food is better.

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I have eaten at Elmo's a few times and the food is average. I do like the wait staff, they are very friendly. If you like breakfast all day, this place is right for you.

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★★★☆☆

I have eaten at Elmo's a few times and the food is average. I do like the wait staff, they are very friendly. If you like breakfast all day, this place is right for you.

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We used to go to Elmo's all the time, the atmosphere is very cute, and the staff is quite friendly. The food though, never really stood out for us though. It was always somewhat bland, sometimes undercooked, and often took forever to get.

I know everyone loves Elmo's, and like I said it is very cute, and has become an institution in Durham (we still take friends there when they visit from out of town) but there are a lot of places that have better food in town though...without the lines out the door.

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★★★☆☆

We used to go to Elmo's all the time, the atmosphere is very cute, and the staff is quite friendly. The food though, never really stood out for us though. It was always somewhat bland, sometimes undercooked, and often took forever to get.

I know everyone loves Elmo's, and like I said it is very cute, and has become an institution in Durham (we still take friends there when they visit from out of town) but there are a lot of places that have better food in town though...without the lines out the door.

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Service was great! Food on the other hand was bad, so fare as the portions sizes. It's a diner not Burger King. After me and my family spent 30.00 dollars plus a good tip for the great service. We went and had to get something to eat at the local Cook Out. Which we was thinking, we should have just gone there all along. We would have spent half the money and would have been more satisfied none the less. The Kids Meal, if that is what you want to call it that. We order burger and applesauce, and oone with carrots. That was a big joke as well. Burger dry , nothing on it. Carrots dry no dipping sauce. Like I said good service bad food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Service was great! Food on the other hand was bad, so fare as the portions sizes. It's a diner not Burger King. After me and my family spent 30.00 dollars plus a good tip for the great service. We went and had to get something to eat at the local Cook Out. Which we was thinking, we should have just gone there all along. We would have spent half the money and would have been more satisfied none the less. The Kids Meal, if that is what you want to call it that. We order burger and applesauce, and oone with carrots. That was a big joke as well. Burger dry , nothing on it. Carrots dry no dipping sauce. Like I said good service bad food.

Pros: None

Cons: Service was great!

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solid diner; pretty inexpensive for the amount of food you get. it is a diner so the food is pretty fresh. you can get breakfast anytime really. the pancakes are very good

3
★★★☆☆

solid diner; pretty inexpensive for the amount of food you get. it is a diner so the food is pretty fresh. you can get breakfast anytime really. the pancakes are very good

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This is what a good old family restaurant is all about. They've got a huge menu, ranging from a turkey dinner with stuffing and mashed potatoes to breakfast anytime. I love this place. I wouldn't park in their dirt lot--just park down the street and walk a block or so. Also, don't expect to sit down right away, especially for breakfast on the weekends.

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★★★★★

This is what a good old family restaurant is all about. They've got a huge menu, ranging from a turkey dinner with stuffing and mashed potatoes to breakfast anytime. I love this place. I wouldn't park in their dirt lot--just park down the street and walk a block or so. Also, don't expect to sit down right away, especially for breakfast on the weekends.

Pros: Solid food, huge selection, great service

Cons: It's so popular, expect to wait a while at peak times

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This restaurant is wonderful. I was a skeptic at first but my friend took me there and changed my mind completely. Great food, Great service and Great prices. What more could you want for a cheap excellent lunch.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant is wonderful. I was a skeptic at first but my friend took me there and changed my mind completely. Great food, Great service and Great prices. What more could you want for a cheap excellent lunch.

Pros: Cheap good eats

Cons: Parking-plan to get there before the regulars do for lunch

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I just move from Atlanta and had a hard time finding good LOCAL places to eat before Elmo's I had been stuck with chain restaurants and fast food. Elmo's has great breakfast with a friendly staff and relax atmosfera. I have been 2 times and everything had been excelent. So far my favorite place to get breakfast. I recomend the grits, the blueberry panckages are delicious and their omelets to die for.

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★★★★★

I just move from Atlanta and had a hard time finding good LOCAL places to eat before Elmo's I had been stuck with chain restaurants and fast food. Elmo's has great breakfast with a friendly staff and relax atmosfera. I have been 2 times and everything had been excelent. So far my favorite place to get breakfast. I recomend the grits, the blueberry panckages are delicious and their omelets to die for.

Pros: Great Food, friendly Staff

Cons: none

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Good all-around diner food. There's something on the menu for everyone and the food isn't greasy or stale.

2
★★★★★

Good all-around diner food. There's something on the menu for everyone and the food isn't greasy or stale.

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My favorite place for brunch. The Chicken and Dumplings are fabulous!

2
★★★★★

My favorite place for brunch. The Chicken and Dumplings are fabulous!

Pros: Great food

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The ambience of Elmo's is pretty much a modern, suburban diner with counter space and lots of tables. The menu is pretty standard, and the food is good, though not outstanding. However, it's great given the low prices, as well as the excellent service. The waitstaff are very friendly and give you just the right amount of attention. I've been here for breakfast several times, and really enjoy the breakfast burrito - a deal at $5.50 with homefries and beans. The only time they ever got my order wrong, they cheerfully rectified the mistake at no charge. While I find the food average, I'm happy to be a repeat customer given the prices and the good service.

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★★★★☆

The ambience of Elmo's is pretty much a modern, suburban diner with counter space and lots of tables. The menu is pretty standard, and the food is good, though not outstanding. However, it's great given the low prices, as well as the excellent service. The waitstaff are very friendly and give you just the right amount of attention. I've been here for breakfast several times, and really enjoy the breakfast burrito - a deal at $5.50 with homefries and beans. The only time they ever got my order wrong, they cheerfully rectified the mistake at no charge. While I find the food average, I'm happy to be a repeat customer given the prices and the good service.

Pros: Prices, Service

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I keep finding an excuse to come back to eat at Elmo's! Whether it is for the Vegi-Chili, the Trifecta, the incredible vegi-burger, the hamburgers or any one of their breakfasts... it doesn't matter. I've eaten there seven days a week for two weeks once and I could still find something new on the menu. Elmo's I love you and I am spreading the love across the U.S.A.!

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★★★★★

I keep finding an excuse to come back to eat at Elmo's! Whether it is for the Vegi-Chili, the Trifecta, the incredible vegi-burger, the hamburgers or any one of their breakfasts... it doesn't matter. I've eaten there seven days a week for two weeks once and I could still find something new on the menu. Elmo's I love you and I am spreading the love across the U.S.A.!

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Great place to go for Sunday brunch or any time for that matter! Service is always good and fast! Selection is wonderful.

2
★★★★★

Great place to go for Sunday brunch or any time for that matter! Service is always good and fast! Selection is wonderful.

Pros: Cheap, Fast, Location

Cons: Parking

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Elmo's is the greatest place to go for eggs and grits. The shrimp & grits special is particularly good. I've always gotten friendly service, and the prices are very reasonable. I also love being able to get breakfast all day. It can get busy at certain peak times, but Sunday brunch is the only time I just wouldn't go.

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★★★★★

Elmo's is the greatest place to go for eggs and grits. The shrimp & grits special is particularly good. I've always gotten friendly service, and the prices are very reasonable. I also love being able to get breakfast all day. It can get busy at certain peak times, but Sunday brunch is the only time I just wouldn't go.

Pros: delicious, inexpensive, open late

Cons: crowds at peak times

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I don't know what the deal is with this place. When we moved here this summer, people told us we had to go here with our kids because the food was great and it was family-friendly. Yes, they provided crayons and an Elmo coloring page, but the food was sub-standard. What I thought was going to be a twist on diner food was pretty much run-of-the mill diner fare. None of us in our lunch party (my husband and his parents) raved about our food and in fact we thought it was pretty blah.

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★★☆☆☆

I don't know what the deal is with this place. When we moved here this summer, people told us we had to go here with our kids because the food was great and it was family-friendly. Yes, they provided crayons and an Elmo coloring page, but the food was sub-standard. What I thought was going to be a twist on diner food was pretty much run-of-the mill diner fare. None of us in our lunch party (my husband and his parents) raved about our food and in fact we thought it was pretty blah.

Pros: family-friendly

Cons: , long wait at times

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Good diner food at a pretty good price. The menu has good variety, but you will never go wrong with ordinary diner food. Strikes a good balance between niceness and informality. A good place to talk.

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★★★★★

Good diner food at a pretty good price. The menu has good variety, but you will never go wrong with ordinary diner food. Strikes a good balance between niceness and informality. A good place to talk.

Pros: Good, Pleasant, Inexpensive

Cons: Can get busy

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Elmo's is very inexpensive and is always reliable. Great coffee, fast and efficient service. A real attribute for Durham! We go here often and are seldom disappointed.

My recommendation: pancakes or huevos rancheros, and coffee, of course.

2
★★★★★

Elmo's is very inexpensive and is always reliable. Great coffee, fast and efficient service. A real attribute for Durham! We go here often and are seldom disappointed.

My recommendation: pancakes or huevos rancheros, and coffee, of course.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good coffee, Fast

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Great place for an inexpensive breakfast if you dont mind a diner. The service is very quick.

2
★★★★★

Great place for an inexpensive breakfast if you dont mind a diner. The service is very quick.

Pros: cheap, good food

Cons: busy on wknd mornings

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elmo's is a good diner... nothing highly original or innovative on the menu but food is consistently good. excellent place to bring kids as their tolerance is high. not a standout among it's peers however. Best thing to have is their breakfast omelets. only drawback is the parking which can be painful to find.

2
★★★★☆

elmo's is a good diner... nothing highly original or innovative on the menu but food is consistently good. excellent place to bring kids as their tolerance is high. not a standout among it's peers however. Best thing to have is their breakfast omelets. only drawback is the parking which can be painful to find.

Pros: consistent, good for kids

Cons: can be boring, parking

 

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