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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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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 26
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  • 11
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  • 2
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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
Authentic Indian food, casual setting, reasonable prices

Authentic Indian food, casual setting in the courtyard, and good beer. Reasonable prices and good helpings. We were particularly impressed with the lamb curry - its usually difficult to get a good lamb curry - its frequently over-cooked or has fatty pieces of lamb - this one was perfect. The breads... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Authentic Indian food, casual setting in the courtyard, and good beer. Reasonable prices and good helpings. We were particularly impressed with the lamb curry - its usually difficult to get a good lamb curry - its frequently over-cooked or has fatty pieces of lamb - this one was perfect. The breads were really good and we enjoyed sitting in the... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We sometimes forget we have a jewel here in Chapel Hill. First, the goat stew is to die for!. And Vimala's samosa, eat one and you are full with a smile on your face. It is so big and laden with all that good ingredients. And the folks who serve are so enthusiastic and personal. There is energy in that... More 

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Winston Salem NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The best Indian food in Chapel Hill, and the competition is fierce. Love the lavender lemonade, vegetable curry and the dhosas. Detailed spicing, excellent staff. Nice courtyard dining. Good menu selection. Bulletproof coffee is smooth. Desserts are killer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Best Indian restaurant I have ever been to. Vimala's is a unique restaurant. The food is a fusion of everything that is good. Great atmosphere. Lots of gluten and dairy free options.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Had lunch from the Cafe for 12 days during training at Duke . Excellent food and a wide variety of dishes every day . A must visit when you are in Duke or Chapel Hill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Best Indian food I ever tasted. A must try restaurant. It is located in a convenient area.Menu offers cuisines from Various Indian states( those who are new to Indian food; india is a vast country with so many different varieties of food) Food is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced. The dishes I like most: Masala dosa, Kerala beef fry ,... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I walked past a sign on a sidewalk pointing down a hallway to Vimala's Café, wandered in, and found that it opened to a lovely, plant-filled courtyard and café. There is inside and outside seating. I've been here once, so far, and had take-away, and was very impressed by the flavor and quality of this little Indian café. When I... More 

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