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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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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
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Reviewed 21 October 2015

The taste of food is very good. I love food from India, and this place was very tasty. Clean restaurant, with a friendly staff. The selections were diverse and prepared very well.

Thank jlantern3
Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner experience with great recommendations from the wait staff. Very different from the Indian restaurants we've visited back home. Some standard dishes plus the very interesting "street" food options.

Thank Otis96
Reviewed 14 October 2015

Visiting from London on vacation we were so impressed and delighted with the food here we went a second time. Not had such good authentic Indian food since The Mandeer in Hanway Place in London in 70/80s, frequented by The Beatles and the site now...More

Thank Will b
Reviewed 12 October 2015

We came here for a late lunch on a Saturday. We were seated right away. This was a good move since there was a wait once they reopened at 5:00. We shared the Okra fries, Kale Pakoras and the vegetarian thalis. Everything was flavorful and...More

Thank bfam123
Reviewed 12 October 2015

I love Indian food, but this was the first time my wife had tried it. The somoa we had as an appetizer was very good. I had the curry chicken which was excellent and my wife had the vegetarian curry which was also very good....More

Thank svenway
Reviewed 10 October 2015

Quite Simply the "Best Indian Food in US". I have tasted Indian food in at least 25 American cities including the likes of New York, SFO, LA, Dallas, Houston .. but nothing comes close to beating Chai Paani. Mindblowingly awesome. And not just the food,...More

Thank gautam2311
Reviewed 10 October 2015

We searched out this Indian restaurant based on an article in Bon Appetit mag. It was worth it - very good dinner specials - sag paneer and a good choice of local brews.

Thank Alice G
Reviewed 8 October 2015

This is not your traditional Indian fare, this is street food, and it is amazing. The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced as much as possible, and the dishes are prepared in new and interesting ways. My husband and I went on a Friday night....More

Thank Shelly W
Reviewed 29 September 2015

We had a nice dinner which we enjoyed at an outside table. These tables are great for people watching. Our food was very flavorful and not too spicy. The service was prompt and courteous.

Thank Don B
Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

I'm used to extraordinarily heavy Indian food when dining out that is, frankly, overpriced for what you get. Chai Pani was a refreshing departure from that model. Dishes were flavorful and portions were perfectly sized. Multiple options for hot beverages were much appreciated when the...More

Thank Kyle_from_Colorado
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are there gluten free options
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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
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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