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Himal Chuli

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Asian, Vegetarian, Nepali
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318 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2021
(608) 251-9225
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice lunch on a cold day

We picked Himal Chuli for lunch our first day in Madison mostly because it was close to our hotel and had vegan options for our daughter. We enjoyed it - the soups especially were very good. The sampler is a good choice, too -- giving you a variety of flavors. The Himal coffee is also very good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
KF3000
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Morristown, New Jersey
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Morristown, New Jersey
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We picked Himal Chuli for lunch our first day in Madison mostly because it was close to our hotel and had vegan options for our daughter. We enjoyed it - the soups especially were very good. The sampler is a good choice, too -- giving you a variety of flavors. The Himal coffee is also very good. It's a small... More 

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Thank KF3000
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved up to the reviews. Agree the himal sampler is a good thing to try, the samosa was good, the momocha was ok. Ordered the momo to have some meat, I liked that one way better. The sauce on both was the same and made the dish for sure. Also has the takari with roti, which was a nice wholesome,... More 

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Thank Mathieu W
Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
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100 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Delicious! This was just the thing for a chilly wet October evening (when we'd been outdoors for much of day). The Nepalese food seemed very authentic to me, with subtle unique flavors that distinguish it from run-of-the-mill ethnic restaurants. The starter course of Dal is a perfect example - flavorful without over-the-top spice, simple but satisfying. Most of the food... More 

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Thank phelsuma90
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This was my first time experiencing Nepalese food and it was insanely good! I had the Veggie Momocha, Katahar Kabob, and Quati. Each were a delight to eat and share. Wish we had good Nepalese food in Chicago! Loved that it was vegan-friendly.

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Thank Justine B
Madison, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

One of the more unique locations in Madison for cultural cuisine. Well worth a visit! I am fairly certain this is the only Nepalese place anywhere near this area. Great vegetarian options, very authentic, outside seating available in summer. Will definitely visit again!

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Thank g1ng3r_girl
Montreal, Canada
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87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Prices are average, the dishes are really good, and the service is excellent (we had one dish was way too salty for our taste, and it was exchanged for another without a single problem). The servings are on the small side though, but this seems to be part of the cultural experience. The restaurant has limited seating capacity (about 20... More 

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Thank DavidCatriel
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

We visited Madison for the first time and enjoyed the vibe of State Street. We sat in Himal Chuli 's outdoor seating area. Between us, my husband and I have been to Nepal and Tibet, and the food tasted authentic. It was a nice way to finish our visit.

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Thank Sherri M
Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I've been eating at Himal Chuli for more than 20 years. The food is delicious. But know what you're getting into <smile>. The restaurant is small, and homey (if your home contains photos and items from Nepal, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama). You can easily eat a veggie meal here, and the meat dishes are well-balanced with veggies. Once you... More 

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Thank e_street_gmw
Cranford, New Jersey
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Lot of vegetarian dishes. Tarkari and Daal were excellent. Ask for their spicy chutney on the side for the people who like hot food.

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Thank StrikerSam7
Center Valley, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Excellent food. Excellent. Never had Nepali food before, but if I had to compare it to another ethnic style, I would say there are similarities to Indian style cuisine. Limited seating, with a small outdoor table section. Went for lunch. Had the Palunga Saag, which is sautéed spinach and mustard greens with potatoes, and some yummy spice blend. Hubby had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 318 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2021
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: (608) 251-9225

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Vegetarian, Nepali
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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