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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

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    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
different take on Indian Food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
linda c
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Chapel Hill, NC
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Chapel Hill, NC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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ottawa canada
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106 restaurant reviews
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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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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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203 reviews 203 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
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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Greensboro
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21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We had a wonderful late lunch after Saturday's UNC-GT game ('heels!) and enjoyed every morsel. We ordered that samosa app which is just amazing with these tiny little jewel-like samosas on top of a delicious melange of beans, cilantro, toasted coconut, etc. We then enjoyed shrimp-mango dosa, chicken sag with wonderful garlic naan, and a fish curry. Every sauce was... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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78 reviews 78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Cholanad was a pleasant surprise on a cold winter evening. We had several of the specialties of the house - medieval rice balls, the dhosa, the thali. We were very pleased with the variety and the uniqueness of the food. Our waiter used an ipod to take our orders and wirelessly send them to the bar and the kitchen. They... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I give 2 stars just because the ambience was good, the waitress was very polite,professional and good. Now getting into the cuisine: We ordered paneer tikka, chicken 65 for appetizers. Both of them were good. They were served with tomato rice. These were pretty good raising our expectation. For the main course we ordered "whole fish on banana leaf, kothu... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

ALWAYS go there for Tiger on Diet. Sumptuous, delicious Dosa that comes in a great size with flavorful, finger-lick-worthy chutneys. The ambience is great and parking is convenient. Must Go.

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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?