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Chai Pani

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22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
+1 828-254-4003
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 15:30
Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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Burnsville, North Carolina
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153 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love this restaurant! The service is excellent, the food exceptional, and the atmosphere is fun. Chai Pani offers the dinner a taste of Indian Street food and gives the dinner, who may never be able to travel to India, the sport of adventure with the unique, amazing and exotic tastes of marvelous delicacies that they probably would never be... More 

Thank Mootheart
New York City, New York
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1,530 reviews
751 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,139 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a rare Indian restaurant outside India that does not have the usual tandoori, North Indian, chicken type menu. The intention is good but Meherwan slips on the execution. Indian street food, which Chai Pani claims to serve, is spicy and hot. Here, it is very, very mild. There is no point in offering something as original and authentic... More 

Thank ZenHealer7
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So good! We shared and got the tray for two! Great idea and a bread plate. Mmmm. So the kale fritters were AMAZING. This was not traditional either some interesting menu items. A great experience!

Thank Brandy B
Shalimar, Florida
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161 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited Chai Pani during a visit last year and couldn't wait to get back. We had the Kathi Kebab Roll and Chicken Pakoras. Both really very good. Including a coke and Iced tea the total was $25.11. Great atmosphere, good service and lovely food.

Thank Martino52
Windermere, Florida
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88 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wish I had one of these restaurants in my town. Great authentic Indian street food at affordable price. Highly recommend this restaurant for lunch, buzzing atmosphere.

Thank Mike D
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Originally, we planned to go here Friday night after our long drive in from the coast. Due to traffic, we postponed it until Sunday night since we had plans to be at the Biltmore that morning/afternoon. They opened a half-hour later for dinner and since we were there at 5, we waited. Service was quick, food was just as good... More 

Thank Elizabeth N
Fort Worth, Texas
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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Meal was amazing, service was great, would definitely go back again. Must try the bhel puri, would go back just for this dish.

Thank roropatel27
Karachi, Pakistan
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147 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While shopping we wanted to have some quick meal .they ha be very good chaats but not much variety in the main course

Thank rushdaamjad
Cary, North Carolina, United States
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Second time here is as many visits to Asheville. First time went by server's recommendations. This time we were more adventurous (only second time eating Indian food) and were not disappointed!

Thank Daniel M
Poitou-Charentes, France
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really wanted to enjoy this experience as there are few Indian food eateries in town. There were only a few diners at our early evening visit. The meal I chose was served on a small oval platter with potato cakes, garbanzo stew and chutneys in a pile, and whilst the overall flavour was pleasant it was impossible to discern... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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
Child-friendly, Kids
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?