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Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

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431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vimala's is a casual indian restaurant that delivers some of the best indian food I have had in the U.S. It is in a great location off of franklin street with a nice courtyard for outdoor seating. The menu is refined and they also offer a decent beer and wine selection. The lamb roganjosh and bhel salad are my favorites... More 

Thank C M
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since my kids love this place we had lunch there last summer. The food was very good, but you order at a clubter and they bring it out to you. Seating is fairly limited and super casual....I personally prefer a little better atmosphere.

Thank Lola122
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Let me start by saying that I am the pickiest eater in the entire world. Literally. I eat off the kids menu whenever possible, and can't stand people trying to "broaden my horizons." Spicy food doesn't sit well with me either, so Indian has never been my thing. We went to Vimala's for a church get together, and I was... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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74 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

I have been wanting to try Vimala's for ages -- I've heard wondeful things both about the food as well as Vimala's community service focus. And the seating in the courtyard is a lovely oasis in the middle of Chapel Hill. So I was pre-disposed to like Vimala's through our blind taste-test comparing Tandoor, Mint, Guru and Vimala's. We ordered... More 

Thank Holly R
Denver, Colorado, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

Casual place where you order at a counter and food is delivered to your table by number. They have local beer on tap and wine. Great variety of flavors, and the thali platters are a little voyage in and of themselves. Thy also have a mission and will feed anyone who is hungry and can't pay. Good value for doing... More 

Thank Kristin M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I came here with my cousin who was touring and my husband amazing people. Great food. It was my first time eating Indian food, we enjoyed it defenetly comming back... great atmosphere very peaceful...loved it

Thank Kiromy94
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Very casual atmosphere with excellent food. One can eat out in the peaceful courtyard or inside in their nice atmosphere. I've never had a bad meal - or bad service (staff is always friendly).

Thank Jayelle13
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Vimala's is a special place. She provides an exceptionally creative take on Indian food, using the freshest ingredients--you'll find her at the Farmer's Market each Saturday shopping for the week. She and the staff provide a low key welcome in a funky environment and I have yet to try a dish that wasn't delicious. Her community connections make the place... More 

Thank MarkPeifer
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Casual atmosphere - order at counter, get a number, seat yourself and they bring your food out. Very community friendly establishment which is a wonderful thing but the food is why you go out to eat and Vimala's excels. Fresh hot dosa ...........Mmmmmmmmmm. Love this place. Eating in the courtyard is really nice if the weather is good.

Thank 1Summey1
Carrboro, North Carolina
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43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe received a $100,000 grant in 2015 in recognition of its contributions to the community, especially non-profits. What matters to travelers, however, is the outstanding food drawn from both northern and southern traditions. Specials change daily and feature veggie, lamb, and chicken with yellow rice on the side. Owners Vimala and Rush are often available for quick conversations.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: 919-929-3833

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