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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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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 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

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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very satisfying Indian food and interesting menu

I just visited Cholanad for the first time. I dine in a lot of Indian restaurants and I have to say that I found this one intriguing and enjoyable. The food was good and the menu contained many dishes that one does not see on the average Indian restaurant menus. I decided to have the non-vegetarian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I just visited Cholanad for the first time. I dine in a lot of Indian restaurants and I have to say that I found this one intriguing and enjoyable. The food was good and the menu contained many dishes that one does not see on the average Indian restaurant menus. I decided to have the non-vegetarian Thali as it is... More 

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Morrisville, North Carolina
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

awesome food... great ambiance... also the wait staff is customer focused.. food is exactly or if not better than as it is served in India.. highly recommended

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I ate dinner at the bar. The bartender recommended the Mutton Biryani and it was delicious. Also interesting cocktails. This was one of the best Indian meals I have ever had. I will definitely go back.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The Big Bad Tiger Dosa was the main attraction of the evening. Have a good spread in their menu. Amazing service.

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Chapel Hill, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Not as many tourists vist southern India, home of the Cholanad Cuisinart, but the food is as special as that in the north. Just one gigantic dosa is enough for a meal or a good choice for a meal or to share. There is a variety of dishes that makes the choice easy for a single or for a big... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Went to Chapel Hill to meet some friends.. and they took us to this AMAZING Indian restaurant. Coming from New York, I wasn't really sure how good this Indian restaurant would be, but Boy! was I in for a treat! Everything on their menu was different from the run of the mill Indian food, and everything was delicious!! Loved all... More 

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Saxapahaw, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I coudn't even tell you how many times I've been to Cholanad. I've been for both lunch and dinner and have never had a bad experience. The service and food are both always excellent and they have a different drink special every day of the week. While I've never had a bad dish, I usually stick with the paneer tikka... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Went here with my friend and his wife. Both are from India and guiding me. They feel that this represents traditional food they are used to. I don't have a lot of experience with Indian food, but enjoy it. The food was amazing, the service excellent. Overall a very good experience. Need to go back soon to further my knowledge.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Amazing food. The night we visited they short staffed. The manager apologized and we were in no hurry. The food was excellent and I look forward to visiting again. They had a good selection of veg and non-veg options. I liked the beer selection and they do have a full bar.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We ate here on Christmas Day, 2014. This narrow, rectangular restaurant on Chapel Hill's main drag, Franklin Street, is one of the best Indian restaurants I have ever experienced. They say they are "focused on delivering the South Indian culinary experience in a world class style" and we think they deliver on that. The name Cholanad is derived from the... More 

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Additional Information about Cholanad

Address: 308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone Number: (800) 246-5262
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
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
Average Prices: USD $30 to $30
Cuisine: Indian

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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 to $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?