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Cholanad

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308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (Mallette St)
+1 800-246-5262
Today
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Durham, NC and have been to Cholanad many times since it opened several years ago. I had not been there for several months and decided to go back with a few friends. I could immediately tell that the food was different, and not of the high quality that I had come to expect. I also noticed that... More 

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Thank Roger M
Salem, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my few visits to an Indian restaurant, so was I was unsure about whether I would like it. I needn't have worried. The food was excellent and made for a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.

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Thank Jim C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My first time here and it is great. So many different flavors and great vegetarian options. Wonderful service and authentic Indian flavors you won't find at a lot of Indian restaurants

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Thank Paul S
Nairobi, Kenya
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Cholanad is a standby every time I'm in Chapel Hill, and a place that I always recommend to others. Their food is familiar Indian dishes but always with a unique twist that makes it interesting. The samosa chat is super tasty and a meal in itself. The only thing I don't understand is why they don't serve chai of any... More 

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Thank L Y
Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Dinner while visiting family. Had a craving for good Indian food, and Cholanad had everything we wanted. Food was delicious, and service was very good. Atmosphere was comfortable and we all enjoyed ourselves.

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1 Thank PattyD67
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Decided to go to Cholanad for brunch today (Sunday); We arrived by 1.50p and sat outside; order our food and specifically asked if the chicken used in the curry is white meat - we were assured it was and that 'they only use white meat, except for in the wings'. After about 15 mins, we were served luke warm water... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Nice environment. Nice food. Good service. Not much crowd on a Saturday afternoon but we were served quickly. Toilet could have been cleaner. Suggestion: CholaNadu is something to do with South India and Tanjavur where the world famous Brahadeeswara Temple is situated. The advertisement in the hotel shows Jaipur HawaMahal and may I suggest to use the Temple picture instead.... More 

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Thank SriCethar
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Incredible curry and other dishes. Full of flavor and imaginary presentation. A nice ambiance and building make this a place to go visit and enjoy Superb

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Thank John A
Boston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

When visiting friends in Chapel Hill, they took us to Cholanad for dinner, knowing that we love Indian food. We started with a couple of appetizers and then ordered 3 dinners plus a garlic naan. We are not new to Indian food, having been to India multiple times, and developing a love for the spices, fascinating blends of vegetables and... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We loved this when it first opened but recently have been disappointed. On our last visit the food was delayed, the appetizer came out last and the manchurian cauliflower dish appeared to have been reheated. Something happened here and it is no longer the special place that it was.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    (Mallette St)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 800-246-5262

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?