bold flavors. classical preparation. local ingredients.

Elaine’s on Franklin serves unique regional American cuisine in a cozy, romantic atmosphere in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. Chef/owner Bret Jennings fuses bold flavors and classical preparations in his revolving menus focused on the finest local ingredients available. Elaine’s on Franklin’s delightful food is matched by their Wine Spectator award-winning wine and popular cocktail list.  The restaurant features a three-course, early dinner prix fixe for $35 nightly from 5:30-6:30pm, perfect for a pre-theatre or post-meeting meal. Elaine’s on Franklin was awarded a Silver Medal for Best Restaurants of 2012 in the News & Observer and has received rave reviews in Southern Living and Delta’s Sky Magazine. Jennings has cooked at the James Beard House in New York City and was a finalist for Best Chef in the Independent Weekly’s Best of the Triangle 2012.

Independent Weekly Best of the Triangle 2012, Finalist for Best Chef: Bret Jennings

Raleigh News & Observer, Silver Medal: Best Restaurants of 2013, 2012, 2011

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Winner

“It’s like eating in the big city, but better because it’s here. Refined without being snooty. Totally cool, dark and romantic, full of beautiful people…”
-Sky Magazine, Delta Airlines


Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays


Reservations Recommended
Call 919.960.2770
Online Reservations
Walk-ins Welcome
For parties of more than 8, please call the restaurant to check for availability.

Valentine’s Day

Make your Valentine's weekend reservations today! We're offering a romantic Valentine's Day prix-fixe dinner for $69 per person. Add a wine pairing with each course for $99. Click here to preview the menu and call us for reservations!