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Cholanad

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308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (Mallette St)
+1 800-246-5262
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Today
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
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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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North Carolina
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130 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been twice with another couple. Both times everyone ordered something different. So, we've have sampled 8 entrees, the breads, and other appetizers. The food is distinctive and delicious with the right amount of spice and heat. We appreciate the impeccable service and the quiet atmosphere.

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Thank RossNorthCarolina
Saarbrucken, Germany
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered the paneer tikka masala, and was quite disappointed with the paneer itself. The sauce is kind of generic as well.

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Thank hsu123
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Slightly upscale place on franklin street with its own parking ! It's a white tablecloth affair. They have some typical Indian dishes - but , try Tamil dishes that you don't get anywhere else. Loved shrimp chettinad - flavorful, succulent and spicy without being too hot. Lamb varuval is good too. The star of my meal was the whole fish... More 

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Thank Curious_and_Skeptic
Richmond, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been to this restaurant recently. The service was excellent. The food was really good. Excellent menu to choose. Really enjoyed the food. Would love to go back again a and again when I feel like eating authentic Indian food.

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Thank Mahesh R
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

This was an attractive Indian restaurant with very good food. Dishes were pricey but the potion size justified the cost. Chicken chettinad was a unique curry in brown sauce. Tikka masalla. Biranyi tandoori chicken were all very good. Service was attentive at a relaxed pace.

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Thank Bnj333
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

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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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

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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270 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 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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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

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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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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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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, Vegan Options, 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?