Is it necessary to use a noun (home/house/place/restaurant) after the word "uncle's" in this sentence?

Tomorrow, we shall dine at our uncle's.

Isn't it correct?

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    It's perfectly acceptable in casual form unless there is a reason to believe the reader might be confused by ambiguity. For instance, if you wrote "My uncle has a lovely house and owns his own restaurant. Tomorrow we shall dine at my uncle's." – RaceYouAnytime Jul 4 '17 at 16:03
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    The listener is going to presume the speaker is referring to his uncle's home. If instead dinner is being held in a private jet plane then it's best to add that relevant information. – Mari-Lou A Jul 4 '17 at 18:25

It is perfectly fine to use the possessive when referring informally to a person's home.
For example

We all had dinner at Brad's (house).
We watched the game at David's (apartment).
We spent the night at Sally's (flat).

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