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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5:30 – 6:30PM Nightly

$35 Three Course Dinner

We offer a special three course $35 prix fixe menu from 5:30-6:30pm every night. A perfect pre-theater or post-work dinner, or if you simply want to try several different items on our menu at a fantastic price. You can add a wine pairing with each course for $50 total.

Awards & Accolades

The News & Observer Medal Winner:
Best Restaurants of

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012…

Indy Week Best of the Triangle
Finalist for Best Chef: Bret Jennings

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Winner