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 2016 in the News & Observer and has received rave reviews in Southern Living and Chapel Hill 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.
Raleigh News & Observer, Silver Medal:
Best Restaurants of 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Indy Week 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