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Cholanad

308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(800) 246-5262
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Ranked #11 of 249 restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Mallette St
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London
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73 reviews 73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

You need to book to avoid disappointment - this restaurant is recommended by the number of patrons from southern India who enjoy its food. The food is very tasty, presented in sensible portion sizes and varied, tasting of spices rather than flavouring or being just 'hot'. Wait staff are very helpful and will recommend dishes for new diners. The atmosphere... More

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McMinnville, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I've recently eaten Southern Indian, and particularly Tamil, food in 5 star hotel restaurants in Sri Lanka, and this is as good as any of them. CholaNad isn't your ordinary Indian curry house. Unsure what to order for 3 of us to share, the waitress pointed us in absolutely the right way. It was nice to have the help. Get... More

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North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I grew up eating curry and Indian dishes - Durban South Africa has a large Indian and Pakistani population and there were more options than even I could experience! Living in America for the past 20 plus years I have yearned for a meal that could satisfy the senses in the same way those dinners and lunches in Durban did.... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We were a little afraid the food was too spicy, but it wasn't. The waiter said the Fish on Banana Leaf would take about twenty minutes to be ready, but in 10 minutes all we ordered was on the table and tasted very good, making us want to get there again and try a few more dishes!

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Denver, Colorado
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9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I am an Indian so you should trust me when I say this Indian food is authentic and good :) Cholanad is right on Franklin and one of the best in that locality. I have been to this place a few times and always left happy with the great food in my belly. I like the Fish on Banana Leaf... More

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Was over in Chapel Hill on work and came across this restaurant. It is very nice atmosphere, calm and sober and does not feel like an Indian restaurant. some items on the menu had run out which was a shame as it was what I ( and the next table) actually wanted. The food was tasty and plentiful and had... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Three of my friends and I had lunch at CholanNad this week. This was our first visit to this restaurant. We were happy to find free parking adjacent to the restaurant and I even got a shady spot! We were surprised to see so few patrons when we arrived. There were only 3 tables of people so we were surprised... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I tried Cholanad for dinner and was impressed. The dining experience was a step above many Indian restaurants I have eaten at in the past. The vegetable sampler was excellent. They also had dishes that were not Indian. I got scallops with Thai fried rice. It was very good and surprisingly filling. Our waiter was very good. The drive through... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 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
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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