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Cholanad

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308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (Mallette St)
(800) 246-5262
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Give Southern Indian a try

We recently tried Cholanad for the first time. We enjoyed the food that was just a little bit different from the food you find on a regular Indian menu. You will find a few familiar items, but there are plenty of new things to choose as well. The service was good - the food was served very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
SuzKMo
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
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163 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We recently tried Cholanad for the first time. We enjoyed the food that was just a little bit different from the food you find on a regular Indian menu. You will find a few familiar items, but there are plenty of new things to choose as well. The service was good - the food was served very quickly. The price... More 

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Thank SuzKMo
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a medium priced restaurant and bar. The food is outstanding. The wait staff is very professional. Located very near the UNC campus, it has a nice family atmosphere. There is a small parking lot for customers next to the building. During busy times this lot can get filled, however it is not difficult to find a spot on... More 

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Thank Joseph T
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently we enjoyed an excellent evening at Cholanad. Indian food with a clear south India influence, very delicate and fruity. The food was all very tasty and interesting. Our waitress Patricia was very helpful as we explored the different menu. We often find Indian restaurants serve very similar food and you often feel "full" when you leave. This evening we... More 

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1 Thank Glenn T
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we made the mistake of ordering take-out food after having had a disappointing dining experience (and a complimentary meal in between). the vegetarian meals weren't and the ones that were supposed to have meat in them had so little that the chicken is still probably alive. nouveau Indian, perhaps, but i would heartily suggest you skip dinner instead.

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1 Thank bruce h
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This restaurant offers a pleasant atmosphere. The specialty is Southern Indian food and it is good. Service is excellent Order a dosa.

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1 Thank ScottJG
NC
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Cholnand is one of the best Indian Restaurants in Chapel Hill (the other one is Raagan). It has a nice collection of Indian dishes that are difficult in find in most of Indian restaurants, such as a very nice variety of Dosa, but also classical Indian dishes with a Western nuevo twist. The dishes are not greasy and very flavorful.... More 

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1 Thank FTravelerNC
El Dorado Hills
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204 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

My daughter was craving Indian food, having been in a dorm for 3 months, and this was a great find. Both food and service was excellent, and we ordered a normal dosa as well as some samosas and a chicken curry. We'll definitely go back next time we're in Durham.

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Oakland, California
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93 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

I eat a lot of Indian food, this is one of the best meals I've enjoyed in some time. Very good food. I enjoyed Dal Fritters, then followed up with their chicken curry (Chettinad Chicken). Plus some papadums. My choices were rather traditional but check out their menu - some really interesting looking meals. Lots of gluten free selections (all... More 

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1 Thank GPToak
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Situated on Franklin Street, this is gem of a restaurant. The quality of food was amazing, with excellent service. All the dishes that we ordered, made us eat more than our appetite! We will definitely visit it again.

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1 Thank Sanjay S
Switzerland
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Went to Cholanad with a group of friends and kids. Ordered many different meals and appetizers, vegetarian and chicken. Each and every bite was delicious. Service is friendly and attentive. When there they had a great value for money wine special. We all agreed that this was a great experience and we will absolutely be back!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    (Mallette St)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: (800) 246-5262

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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