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Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan
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431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
919-929-3833
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Indian food with courtyard seating

Vimala's serves excellent Indian food. You order at the counter and pick a table in the courtyard, where a server will bring your food. The restaurant is located behind Kipos on Franklin Street. A hidden gem!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A friend of mine raved about this place, so I decided to check it out. It’s got a cool feel to it, I was hoping it would be this hidden gem. You order at the counter and they bring the food to you, you can sit inside or out in the courtyard. I was told that the owner cooks all... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Vimala's serves excellent Indian food. You order at the counter and pick a table in the courtyard, where a server will bring your food. The restaurant is located behind Kipos on Franklin Street. A hidden gem!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

We like Vimala's for Saturday lunch. Inside includes community tables usually available. But outside is great in good weather like a Saturday in early May. Dosas, currys, salads -- everything extremely good. Most of all the owner chef Vimula is extraordinary -- great cook and committed to making everyone comfortable and welcome. A Chapel Hill original not to miss.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I had dinner at Vimala's several times during a short summer stay in Chapel Hill. The food was delicious, from the generous thalis to the delicious uttapams. The desserts are worth trying as well. Overall, this is some of the best Indian food I've ever had out of India. The courtyard is absolutely fantastic - a very nice place to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My friends and I tried chicken curry plate, saag paneer plate, the mysore masala dosa and idli puffs. Both of my companions have traveled to southern India and were impressed by the meal. The prices were definitely fair. You also can't beat the outdoor patio; perfect on a sunny Spring afternoon in beautiful Chapel Hill.

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Danville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Good food made simply. Very fresh, very tasty, good proportions. I am from India and this meal definitely has been the closest-to-home Indian food I have tasted anywhere outside India. The general perception of Indian food is it is "spicy" - implying it is "hot". Indian food can be most delicate and subtle and cover a wide range of tastes.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

The food was overall pretty good; the naan was very good. It's an excellent atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating. The service was a little slow, but the staff was polite and nice. I would return.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Excellent variety of authentic Indian food, with meat, vegan and vegetarian options. Good variety of great draught and bottled beers, wines and friendly staff. Great specials, lots of seasonal things to try. Also do catering for private functions - we've had them for a party. A little disorganized, but in an endearing way! I also love Vimala's supportive philosphy towards... More 

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Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been to Vimala's on several occasions. The food is always good, fresh, and interesting. Check the board for daily specials. No matter what you order, it will be better than you expected. Portions are substantial. I am somewhat addicted to the mango lassi, so be careful.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

if you're looking for something different to take your friend or even a date, it's the place to go! I got the tandoori chicken and its a huge portion for an appropriate price. I also got the mango lassi and it's really yummy! The seating is limited since they're busy but it's totally worth it! We got lucky and they... More 

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Additional Information about Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

Address: 431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
Phone Number: 919-929-3833
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: 919-929-3833

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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