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Chai Pani

22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
+1 828-254-4003
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“thali” (132 reviews)
“butter chicken” (52 reviews)
“samosas” (42 reviews)
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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A positive experience all around- excellent service, food was deliciously prepared and well presented. It’s a popular dinner spot and we greatly appreciated their pagers so that we could get on the wait list, but could wander around the area and shop while waiting for...More

Thank LilCharlestonSC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chai Pani has a daily thali plate if you're familiar with Indian food and are looking for favorite dish, but it changes every day so you may not find it. But their street style dishes steal the show for me every time anyway. The tandori...More

Thank Athene_Rose
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate for lunch and enjoyed chai as well as the mango lassi. Service was very good and the food well prepared. Interesting menu with something for everyone to try. Go hungry.

Thank Katy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our second visit. Had lunch. The lamb sliders are excellent. The chicken and paneer tikka rolls were good too. A little hectic at the lunch hour, but a nice place for a light meal.

Thank WildWonderfulWV304
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We both got the butter chicken special which was highly recommended by the waiter, and we both were amazed at the flavor, and the amount of chicken that was in the the dish. We also opted for a side order of some garlic Naan bread,...More

Thank Riboild
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have wanted to try this restaurant ever since we saw it on a show. Definitely lived up to the hype! The food was delicious and the service was great. Plus it’s in downtown Asheville. Need I say more?!?! Can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend!

Thank alopez7784
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch on a Sunday afternoon was perfection! I sat at the bar as I was alone, and the servers were so accommodating and super friendly! I ordered a crispy masala fish roll, and pineapple turmeric soda! Delicious!

1  Thank Rachel D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place came highly recommended by our bed and breakfast host. While I often have reservations about Indian food in small, predominantly white towns, this place did not disappoint! We had the special sweet potato saag and chicken pakora. The saag was delicious but the...More

Thank Ben D
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Excellent downtown location. Relaxed, simple atmosphere, personable servers and excellent food. Our local hosts recommended this place and we were very pleased.

Thank MrTrips2014
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We love Indian food, and we noticed this place always had a line waiting for dinner, so we figured it must be good....and it was! We only had to wait about 5 minutes for our tiny table, and the service was superb. The saag paneer...More

Thank SewManyDolls
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20 November 2017|
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Response from ZenHealer7 | Reviewed this property |
When you say "you", you mean the restaurant. "You" need to pose that question to the restaurant, not here.
29 March 2016|
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Response from ChaiPani | Property representative |
We do indeed have many gluten-free options--please ask for our "Super Duper Mega Secret Awesome Special Diets Menu," and our servers will be able to walk you through all your options. Hope to see you here soon!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-254-4003
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Innovative, fun, affordable, delicious, mind blasting Indian Cuisine featuring "chaat" - crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks and "Thalis" - traditional family meals highlighting India's amazing culinary diversity. Recommended by the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetite, Food & Wine and GQ Magazine.
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