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308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (Mallette St)
(800) 246-5262
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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128 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cholanad is a good spot to bring out of towners to dine. The L-shaped dining room never gets to noisy and the staff is friendly and helpful. The menu has more than the Indian classics and whether it is lunch or dinner the portions do not disappoint.

Thank Walter N
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Damn it was good - and with a party of 13 restaurant people celebrating an employee moving on in the world, we ate it all. Yum! Exciting, varied, flavorful. Fabulous drink options too.

1 Thank Marianne L
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited about 3 weeks ago to try something new. The food was excellent. We got there early and the staff was very helpful.

1 Thank bruce128
Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is situated in the busy Franklin street and is placed with the chipotles and Mediterranean restaurants. From the outside it looks a small space with limited parking. The inside is too not very upscale. We are given a couple table. The tables are small though and I found that a bit irritating. The menu card did suggest that... More 

1 Thank Sajo K
Charlottesville, Virginia
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there for dinner on a Friday night.Food is amazing and service was fast. One of the best Indian restaurants I have been to.Conveniently located on Franklin st., easy to locate; and just few mins from the nearby public parking garage.I definitely recommend Cholanad.

1 Thank Debalina B
Southeast Florida
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

The ambiance of this restaurant makes you thing it's a typical white-table-cloth, high-end Indian restaurant, like those you see all over the U.S. However this is not a typical Indian restaurant. Neither is it a typical South Indian restaurant -- far from it! South Indian food is something I know a little about, having been married to a South Indian... More 

Thank meredeschats
Cary, North Carolina
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

food taste is awesome .parking is very difficult as they have a very small parking space . just had vegetarian excellent taste . high end restaurant bit pricey food .Worth trying it once

Thank vajra2402
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for an early dinner after dropping our son off at UNC. Maybe they're not fond of early diners-that's the only explanation I can think of for the chilly reception we received. The waitress seemed annoyed from the beginning and when my husband asked what accompanied his meal was told to look at his menu. The food was fine... More 

3 Thank Linda L
New Delhi, India
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

Friends, you will love the food of this place. Its a very unique mix of South Indian dishes with Non veg and you get a real quality of food. I loved their lamb chaat.

1 Thank Raman S
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146 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016 via mobile

Don't get me wrong, this is a nice restaurant, but it is overrated. The environment is very loud, service seems understaffed, and food is good-not-great. The prices are good, reservations easily obtained, and the staff is very friendly. If you are looking for Indian, give it a shot - but it isn't the best in town....

Thank MBFNCNative

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Indian, Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    (Mallette St)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: (800) 246-5262

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