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Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

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431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank Art_Menius
Ottawa, Canada
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank MI1004
Raleigh, North Carolina
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259 reviews
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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 

Thank docnc
Brussels, Belgium
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249 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Small place inside, nice patio outside, limited menu, staff were very nice and helpful. I don't eat Indian food very often and when we do my wife makes the choices for me. But my daughter wanted to go, so we went, Order at the bar and the food comes to you. get your own water, cutlery and napkins. Prices were... More 

Thank Mr G
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

It's a studenty place. Friendly and informal. The food isn't good though and we don't understand the high recommendations. The pakora were stodgy with little or no fillings. Lamb rogan josh was ok but heavy, no subtlety in spicing. Chicken curry hadn't had the spices cooked out properly. The nan wasn't cooked through and was as flat as a pancake.... More 

Thank canuckabroad_13
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I got an experience to try food here in the starting of my pregnancy. I really enjoyed each and every food which they serve it was authentic south indian dish. And even the service here is excellent.

Thank Neenu R
Robbinsville, North Carolina, United States
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

They *really* need some signs or something even to find the entrance is a bit iffy if you've not been there before as it is through what looks like an alley or an entrance to a private residence. There is a ramp, so once someone told me that it was the entrance, I could get into the courtyard. There, an... 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, Vegan
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?