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Chai Pani

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22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
+1 828-254-4003
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Poitou-Charentes, France
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really wanted to enjoy this experience as there are few Indian food eateries in town. There were only a few diners at our early evening visit. The meal I chose was served on a small oval platter with potato cakes, garbanzo stew and chutneys in a pile, and whilst the overall flavour was pleasant it was impossible to discern... More 

Thank ArtisanLuc
Candler, North Carolina
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36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Recently order a lunch for an office meeting, so we had several dishes. My favorites were the Bombay Chili Cheese Fries (potato sticks and ground lamb), Matchstick Okra Fries, and Kathi Kabab Roll (chicken wrap). All were nicely seasoned and cooked. The strange thing was that each dish is similarly priced, but the "helping size" was vastly different. The okra... More 

Thank Micah D
Newport News, Virginia
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Walked in on a whim due to a poor experience elsewhere. Server was super nice and very helpful as we are not from the area. Food was delicious. Had a tequila cocktail that was also really delicious. I would definitely return.

Thank ria1741
Greenville, South Carolina
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318 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My son and I were in town for a concert, and having read the reviews, decided to try this place. We decided to share, and ordered the Kathi Kabab Roll and Sloppy Jai (Kheema Pav) and an order of Bombay Chili Cheese Fries. We split the wrap and each had a slider (sloppy Jai). We shared the fries also. Everything... More 

Thank music_fanatic1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was recommended to us by a stranger from Cincinatti that we met in Washington DC. We drove 2 hours from Pigeon Forge, TN to eat here and we are so glad we did. The service, flavor, presentation, beer and decor are so thoughtful as satisfying. We are lucky that it's so far away. Otherwise, we would certainly gain... More 

Thank Magee82
Schleswig, Germany
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114 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved everything. The restaurant is small, but not small, good enough to be intimate. One could while an evening away easily with a good friend here. i was with the fan, and we love Indian food. This was perfect. We loved every mouthful. We have a gluten free, lactose free eater and had no problem dining here. I am... More 

Thank Orad O
Tampa, Florida
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent the Easter weekend in Asheville and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. After visiting the Biltmore and River Arts we headed downtown for the evening and were overwhelmed with the variety of restaurants from which to choose. We decided on Chai Pani and sat outside. Service was fast and friendly and the food.....we're still obsessing over it. We shared Samosa Chaat,... More 

Thank BabsGo
Hartsville, South Carolina
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the food at Chai Pani and the prices were so reasonable. Great variety and delicious spicy treats.

Thank Leslie P
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small portions .. too costly and not even tasty food .. serving random food as Indian street food.. very disappointed

Thank Swathik A
Cincinnati, Ohio
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76 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best choice our table ordered: Bombay Chili Cheese Fries with the spiced lamb hash! Not too spicy at all, just right and so delicious. Loved the Mango Lassi and the Tiger cocktail, can't remember the full name, sorry! Our waiter was extremely helpful to us in placing our order, really went the extra mile. We'll go here every time we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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, Wine and Beer
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 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: +1 828-254-4003
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?