Cooking from the Heart

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.


5:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday & Saturday:
5:30pm – 10:00pm

Closed Sundays and Mondays


Reservations Recommended.
Walk-ins Welcome.

Call 919.960.2770
or Reserve Online

For parties of more than 8, please call the restaurant to check for availability.


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3 courses for $35 May 29-June 2

Get Your Elaine’s Fixe!

We’ll be serving our early Prix Fixe menu all night long the week of May 29-June 2 ! That’s 3 courses for $35. Add a wine pairing with each course for $50. This is a fantastic deal and a great way to explore our summer menu.

Awards & Accolades

The 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