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Chai Pani

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22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Houston, Texas, United States
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74 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is so crowded on weekends , we had to wait for nearly an hour before we got the table but it was worth the wait . The food is not very oily or spicy but was full of flavour . We tried Thali ,vada pav, uthapam and okra.. except the curry in the non veg thali everything was... More 

Thank KovaiTraveller
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently visited this place because I saw the food network was coming there. Oh man, I can understand why now. The food is not what I expected from "street food"! It is very classy presentation, high quality stuff that is bursting with flavor. Our entree wait time was maybe 10 minutes in a packed restaurant, and the service was top... More 

Thank Bryan W
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98 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First of all, I do not care for Indian food but went here with my daughter and family. She chose several items from the menu for us to all share. I have to say it was WONDERFUL ! There was not one item that I did not like. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank gardens100883
Lake Norman, North Carolina
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have had this on my list and finally went....was so impressed with the flavors and choices. Went for lunch and had the chicken wrap: SO much flavor oozing from it, I'd definately order again. We also had one of the lunch specials. Served on a metal tray with Rice, soup, bread, butter chicken, cabbage salad and cucumber sauce. Was... More 

Thank 208janice208
Lexington, Kentucky
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We absolutely loved the food and ambience of this place. This is the real deal. Street food that is commonly eaten across various cities and towns in India. The servers were friendly and helpful. Will definitely go back!

Thank ADM511
Toronto, Canada
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183 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were happy with our visit and very happy the food at Chai Pani. The food had the right amount of spice for the dishes we ordered. The half hour wait was well worth it. Saturday's are usually busy, so give your name and take a walk around the block and your table will probably be ready by then. There... More 

Thank Uptownfoody
Lexington, Kentucky
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stop here. Have a small plate. I haven't seen many of these dishes at other Indian places. Most Indian food is flavorful, and this place definitely lives up to that standard and then some!

Thank Alexadian
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful cozy place in Asheville. Wait staff recommended the best dishes and we sampled quite a few! Great price point and delicious food!

Thank Pamala W
Savannah, Georgia
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101 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't think it qualifies as "authentic" Indian food. Perhaps a bit Americanized but they pull it off very well. Standouts were the okra fries, chicken pakora and naan w/ chutneys. Servers are knowledgeable and willing to suggest dishes if you're less familiar with Indian food. The line can go out the door but tables turn over relatively quickly.

Thank BND0131
Irvine, California
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200 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Indian street food - packed with Indian guests, always a sure sign of authenticity and a great meal

Thank eheyman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $15
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Phone Number: 18282544003
Innovative, fun, affordable, delicious, mind blasting Indian Cuisine featuring "chaat" - crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks and "Thalis" - traditional family meals highlighting India's amazing culinary diversity. Recommended by the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetite, Food & Wine and GQ Magazine.

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