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Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

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431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
+1 919-929-3833
11:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Carrboro, North Carolina
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57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Don't let the counter service fool you. This place has THE best Indian food in town. Maybe its the commitment of this establishment to offer a living wage to its workers, or its insistence on sourcing local high quality ingredients, or its policy that all people eat regardless of their financial ability... or maybe its just the love that Vimala... More 

Thank RainbeauReiki
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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106 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We often take out from Vimala's and the food is always delicious! They offer a number of different options, including different sauces. When ordering take out, the food is always ready when promised. The only drawbacks to Vimala's is there is no 'non-pay' parking that you can use legally for a 5 minute pickup and sometimes paying for a take... More 

Thank LonestarSpartan
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is just the best Indian in Chapel Hill. It is lovely to sit outside during nice weather. There is paid parking behind the restaurant so don't be dismayed by it being on Franklin St.

Thank 934kirstinf
Montclair, NJ
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192 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to have Vimala take our order. I adore restaurant owners whose pride is palpable and who take the time to talk with their customers. We had a great sampling: a lamb dish, pork vindaloo, eggplant curry, and saag paneer. The flavors were complex, the food satisfying and the bread delicious. Highly recommended.

Thank Jaewriter
Lynchburg, Virginia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

The only thing I don't like about Vimalas is deciding what to pick from on the menu. Everything tastes so good that it is a shame to have to pick. Would recommend highly to anyone looking for Indian food in the chapel hill/carrboro area

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Cary, North Carolina
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We visited Vimala's as a part of the Taste Carolina food tour. The location is super cool, on one side of a beautiful little atrium which would have been so nice if it wasn't freezing outside! We were able to get a table immediately despite it being packed! The staff was awesome and they brought us samosas and fried okra... More 

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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I love Indian food. I love this little place. It is a true gem. The staff is very helpful if you have never tried Indian food before. They will explain the spices, etc. to you to help you decide what is right for you. It is not the "Americanized" version of Indian food. It is the real deal. I had... More 

Thank Helen W
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Best Indian food in Chapel Hill. There are great options for food allergies - vegetarian/vegan/gf. They also have great dessert options and many delicious teas and drinks. The people that work at Vimalas are truly wonderful probably because the owner is so wonderful and is very involved in the community. They feed anyone in need and often donate food. Staff... More 

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Breda, The Netherlands
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Ok, we went with a very large group (30+), so this could have effected the service& food, but when looking at the reviews before hand I was dissapointed with the restaurant. Indian tasting food, but not very flavoured or spicy or special. Agree the seating outside is nice, but not enough chairs for the table's and no napkins or such.

Thank 88henk
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Vimala's feeds everyone. No kidding. No one is turned away. And not only does this community love make you want to eat her to support Vimala, but the food brings you back. The menu has something for everyone and the portions are for the most part generous. Curries are the best.

Thank Valerie B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-929-3833

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