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.
Raleigh News & Observer, Silver Medal: Best Restaurants of 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Independent Weekly Best of the Triangle, Finalist for Best Chef: Bret Jennings
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