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Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
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Ranked #29 of 249 restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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84% Recommend
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English first
Greensboro, North Carolina
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187 reviews 187 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Tried to eat lunch here recently - what a disappointing experience. The place is beyond funky, you order lunch in the small, worn bar area, and the lunch menu choices are few if you are a meat eater. And what is there is incredibly overpriced. We initially ordered Chicken Curry and Pork Vindaloo, with an order of Naan, an order... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Very good vegetarian southern Indiian menu, and the restaurant is run with a great deal of idealism. Helpings are decent, services is reliable and fast, and they even have a good wine selection.

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Cary, North Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I have truly loved frequenting to this place but my last visit was so disappointing. The food was not good at all. I love everything about this place and hate to give it a low rating. We had the vegetarian platter which consisted of roti (parts of it were not cooked evenly), dal (no taste to it), beet koftas (weird... More

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212 reviews 212 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I'm not a connoisseur of Indian food so I can't vouch for the authenticity or taste, but I can say this place is aptly named. Vimala is the owner who transformed her home cooking and catering business into a restaurant. I don't know what "curryblossom" is but it sounds exotic. Finally, cafe is a casual eatery. Put them all together... More

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Advance, North Carolina
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127 reviews 127 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Stopped by Chapel Hill to dine at Vimala's after seeing it featured on NC Weekend on PBS. The restaurant is located in a newer area down Franklin Street heading toward Carboro. We had to pay $3 to park in an adjacent lot because all on-street parking was taken. We ate dinner on a Saturday night at 6 p.m. on graduation... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Need to clean bathrooms more often! Kind servers, food is most often well prepared. Have sometimes received over cooked chicken which was blackened and dry. Bland rice. Lassi is inspired as well as their signature lemonade with lavender. Good food, a little more attention by the cleaning crew would make us feel a lot more confident!

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State Road, NC
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We love Indian Food and Vimala's is our favorite in Chapel Hill. Tucked into a court yard just off Franklin Street, the food is delicious and very reasonably priced. Very casual; check out the menu and order at the counter, then food is delivered to your table. We love the Behl salad, saag paneer, lamb curry, chick pea curry, and... More

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Winston Salem NC
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99 reviews 99 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Visited our Chapel Hill kid and her yoga studio is nearby. Decided to try Vimala's. Wow. Loved the goat curry, fish curry and the side dishes. Incredible lassi and lavender lemonade. Go. Eat. Go back. We will.

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Orlando, Florida
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192 reviews 192 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Vimala's Curryblossom Café was not what I had expected. I walked in thinking I was going to a normal Indian restaurant and became a fan of the not-so-normal Vimala's Curryblossom Café! I was late, and I maybe went to a restaurant as they were closing. Thank you for staying open. The food was wonderful, the experience too and to top... More

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Mebane, North Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I very much enjoy Indian food, as do all of the people I was with when we visited Vimala's. All of us are vegetarians, and they did have a fair amount of vegetarian options, which was nice. However, none of us were particularly impressed with our orders. What were ordered were traditional Indian dishes, but they were not prepared in... More

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