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Cholanad

308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(800) 246-5262
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Ranked #9 of 243 restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Indian
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Mallette St
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Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Mallette St
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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

While most Indian restaurants create that same curry base and put different things in it, Cholanad makes each dish unique - like it is supposed to be. I had fish (Pomfret) wrapped in banana leaf. It was perfectly cooked with just right spices, not too hot. My wife had the Dosa and Sambhar (lentils). She was very pleased with both.... More

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chapel hill, nc
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Although not an authority on Indian food, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our recent meal at Cholanad. The menu had an interesting variety of dishes, many of which I had never heard of before. The dishes we had were all outstanding and the portions were generous to say the least. There is an adequate wine list -- we certainly... More

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Wilmington, NC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My husband has been here many times for business, but this was my first trip to Cholanad. The restaurant in clean and has a quiet fresh ambiance. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu. We order the Samosa Chaat appetizer and devoured it! It was a great mix of sweet and savory. I could not make up my mind... More

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Owings Mills, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The food was very original and had the the same authentic flavors as I've had in South India. There is no dilution in the original preparations and the food is nice and spicy. Overall service was excellent and the cocktails were also very interesting (I liked the Kabaddi Kick). We had the Tiger Sampler, the Pepper chicken and the Crab-Lentil... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

March 15, 2014, was our second visit, two of us vegetarians, one vegan friend and one vegan & gluten-free friend. The men enjoyed the IPA, women the blueberry mojitos, all four of us shared two appetizers (assorted bajji and medhu vadai) and three entrees (spiced baby eggplants, spring dosa and gobi mancurian on thai style friend rice). Truly one of... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I begin by saying that I enjoy eating Indian food & was happy to go here after there recent recommendation from News & Observer. When I entered into Cholanad, I thought that it was a nice location with an open and airy feel. We did not make a reservation and arrived at 6 on a Saturday. We started off with... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Went with wife after we saw it won Best Indian in the area by News And Observer. We were not disappointed. It was on the day before snowmaggaedon and we were lucky they were open, since some nearby restaurants were closing. The food was great. The samosa chaat and chicken 65 were recommended by our server to share and it... More

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Orlando, Florida
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174 reviews 174 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I had heard so many great things about Cholanad - I'm in Chapel Hill, asked for directions and off I went. I think I went to a fake "Cholanad" restaurant - As there is no way anything can be this bad. First I sat, and sat at the bar for service, while the guy behind the bar did nothing but... More

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Highland Park
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The room is bright and comfortable. Lots of light wood and white table cloths, but not formal. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The menu is interesting including traditional recognizable Indian fare as well as more rustic dishes. My wife and I dined at CholaNad on a Friday night (2/7/2014) We made reservations that night for later that night which... More

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Mebane, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

My fiance and I went to Cholanad on a weekend night after it being suggested to us by many friends. First off, if you know you're going, MAKE A RESERVATION. This restaurant is in the heart of Chapel Hill, and was very busy. The food was unlike any Indian food you can find in NC... completely authentic with no corners... More

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