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308 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2521 (Mallette St)
+1 800-246-5262
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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218 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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
North Carolina
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178 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2016

We recently tried Cholanad for the first time. We enjoyed the food that was just a little bit different from the food you find on a regular Indian menu. You will find a few familiar items, but there are plenty of new things to choose as well. The service was good - the food was served very quickly. The price... More 

1 Thank SuzKMo
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2016

This is a medium priced restaurant and bar. The food is outstanding. The wait staff is very professional. Located very near the UNC campus, it has a nice family atmosphere. There is a small parking lot for customers next to the building. During busy times this lot can get filled, however it is not difficult to find a spot on... More 

1 Thank Joseph T
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2016

Recently we enjoyed an excellent evening at Cholanad. Indian food with a clear south India influence, very delicate and fruity. The food was all very tasty and interesting. Our waitress Patricia was very helpful as we explored the different menu. We often find Indian restaurants serve very similar food and you often feel "full" when you leave. This evening we... More 

1 Thank Glenn T
Portland, Oregon
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107 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2016

we made the mistake of ordering take-out food after having had a disappointing dining experience (and a complimentary meal in between). the vegetarian meals weren't and the ones that were supposed to have meat in them had so little that the chicken is still probably alive. nouveau Indian, perhaps, but i would heartily suggest you skip dinner instead.

1 Thank bruce h
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed December 15, 2015

This restaurant offers a pleasant atmosphere. The specialty is Southern Indian food and it is good. Service is excellent Order a dosa.

1 Thank ScottJG
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57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2015

Cholnand is one of the best Indian Restaurants in Chapel Hill (the other one is Raagan). It has a nice collection of Indian dishes that are difficult in find in most of Indian restaurants, such as a very nice variety of Dosa, but also classical Indian dishes with a Western nuevo twist. The dishes are not greasy and very flavorful.... More 

1 Thank FTravelerNC
El Dorado Hills
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247 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2015

My daughter was craving Indian food, having been in a dorm for 3 months, and this was a great find. Both food and service was excellent, and we ordered a normal dosa as well as some samosas and a chicken curry. We'll definitely go back next time we're in Durham.

1 Thank visual
Oakland, California
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282 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2015

I eat a lot of Indian food, this is one of the best meals I've enjoyed in some time. Very good food. I enjoyed Dal Fritters, then followed up with their chicken curry (Chettinad Chicken). Plus some papadums. My choices were rather traditional but check out their menu - some really interesting looking meals. Lots of gluten free selections (all... More 

1 Thank GPToak
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
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68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Situated on Franklin Street, this is gem of a restaurant. The quality of food was amazing, with excellent service. All the dishes that we ordered, made us eat more than our appetite! We will definitely visit it again.

1 Thank Sanjay S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions
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 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2521
    (Mallette St)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 800-246-5262

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