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Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

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431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
919-929-3833
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Kristin M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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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).

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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 

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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.

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Thank 1Summey1
Carrboro, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Good Indian food, but not as good as I had expected from some review I had seen. We had some pakora, but the cauliflower pakora was under-cooked (batter was still runny inside). The curry was good, though.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

This restaurant isnt fancy or upscale...you go up to the register to order and the interior is very basic, but the food is excellent. Our group had the chicken biryani special and a shrimp dish on the menu and some naans. Portions arent large but they are decent. Service was slow -- took 35 minutes before they brought out our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
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?