Elmo's Diner

Durham NC


OPEN DAILY 6:30 am - 10:00 pm

Temporarily closed due to Governor’s orders regarding Coronavirus. Stay safe and stay tuned!

776 9th Street
Durham NC 27705

(Near Duke East Campus)

About Elmo’s Diner

Elmo’s Diner has been a local Durham favorite for more than twenty years, with the vast majority of our business being repeat customers. You are our friends and our neighbors, and we want you to feel good about eating at Elmo’s. We pride ourselves on giving friendly, efficient service and on serving fresh, delicious food – like you would make at home if you had the time! We don’t use mixes or “instant” meals. Desserts and soups are made from scratch too–some folks even call on a regular basis to find out if their favorite cobbler is the special that day!

Like a true family diner, we have comfy booths, but also tables and lots of boosters and high chairs for your little ones. We have raised a lot of our young regular customers (and even some employees) from scratch too! When your family comes to town, we want you to be excited to bring them to YOUR local diner. You don’t have to be “a regular” to eat at Elmo’s, but we will try hard to make you one!


The Indy Weekly

2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

  • Best Breakfast
  • Best Kid-Friendly


  • Best Place to Pick Up an Indy


  • Finalist for Best Veggie Burger


  • Finalist for Best Sunday Brunch


  • Best Wait Staff in Durham County
  • Best Breakfast in the Triangle
  • Best Kid’s Menu in a Local Restaurant

Durham Magazine

2019, 2018

  • Platinum for Best Breakfast/Brunch
  • Platinum for Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

  • Platinum for Best Breakfast/Brunch


  • GOLD for Best Breakfast/Brunch

The Herald-Sun

2017, 2016, 2015, 2011

  • Best Breakfast/Brunch


  • Finalist for Best Breakfast/Brunch


  • 2nd Place in Best/Breakfast Brunch in Durham

Durham Public Schools First Tuesday

We’re a community restaurant both in the sense that we are a local favorite and in the sense that we strive to be good neighbors and give back to our community. With this in mind, on the First Tuesday of each month we do a fundraiser for a Durham Public School PTA. On each First Tuesday, ten percent of our sales from that day goes to a specific goal of a selected PTA. We feel this is a great way to help a broad cross-section of the community that supports us. All customers are encouraged to come out on these Tuesdays and help support our schools. Please see our list of upcoming dates.

If you are volunteering for a local DPS PTA and are interested in applying for a First Tuesday date, please know that applications usually go out in April for the following school year. You can use the CONTACT link on this website to let us know of your interest. Please also note that due to intense interest our 10% fundraisers are limited to Durham Public schools.

Please contact us with your questions, comments, compliments or concerns. If you wish to place a to-go order, please call us at (919) 416-3823. We do not take to-go orders online.