Raaga
Raaga

Raaga

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.raagafinedining.com/
  • Phone: 9192407490
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Saturday - Sunday 12pm - 3pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Master Chef Gamer Rawat
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room can accommodate up to 35 people for any of your business or causal events. See our banquet menu at

    http://saffronofchapelhill.com/banquet-menu
  • Private Party Contact: Drew Smith 9192407490

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hamilton Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Covered parking deck.
A word from Raaga
Raaga features the traditional and contemporary Indian cuisine of James Beard-nominated Chef Durga Prasad. The extensive menu features a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices using local, organic produce and seafood, as well as the finest quality halal meats. The wine list is extensive and eclectic, and features selections hand-picked by our resident sommelier. Experienced and friendly staff guide you through your dining experience. Located in the idyllic East 54 community, less than a mile from the UNC-Chapel Hill Campus and a short commute from Durham and Raleigh.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Raaga reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (11)romantic (11)good for groups (9)special occasion (8)great for outdoor dining (6)great for lunch (5)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Great food--poor service
    EALNC
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have been to Raaga many times, but this time was a real disappointment. Our waiter seemed bored out of his mind or asleep at the wheel. There was a 30-45 minute interlude between the appetizers and the mains when he didn't seem to remember that we were there, and when the food arrived it tasted like it had been sitting under a heat light for about that long. The tandoori murgh shanhaz, a favorite of ours, is supposed to arrive on a sizzling platter--this time it was lukewarm and distinctly not sizzling. Also, we ordered some white wine, which was set on the table just before this little "intermission" without an ice bucket or even a damp cloth; it was warm by the time the food finally arrived.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Generally excellent.
    Dorothy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    However, we thought that the portion size for the Chilean Sea Bass was much too small for the $25 price and wouldn't order it again for that reason. (Just for context, we were a party of six who ordered four appetizers and four entrees for a table with two very light eaters.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RogerWVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went for lunch and had the buffet. The food was quite good, but the buffet was not kept adequately filled.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!!
    Sbs01
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Raaga. The decor is unique and beautiful and the good was delicious. The menu has so many appealing things; we definitely want to go back and try some other items. I love Indian food and this was one if the best Indian meals I have had. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Mary
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food and ambience. We're wonderful about filling water in timely manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    yumyum
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Except for the fact that their air conditioning was not working that night, we had a great dinner. It's a beautiful restaurant, very attentive and well trained servers, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    TriangleFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It took over two hours to dine here. Three different serves, none sure who was really serving our table. Took 30 minutes just to get drinks, the manager did not even apologize when we complained. It took another 40 minutes to get the food. Appetizers were extra spicy, Lamb Vindaloo had potatoes in it (It says so on the menu, but I have never seen that at any other Indian restaurant). It must be a way to reduce the amount of lamb. I used to recommend this restaurant before to my non-Indian friends. But no more.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Raaga Review
    Willtravelforgoodfood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great service, interesting menu of different Indian regions dishes,
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    drdahhanVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    One of the best Indian cuisines I ever tasted. It's great. The chef has a great talent. Like it with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful and tasty
    cydc86
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Stunning interior decor with covered patio seating. Enjoyed every dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian food with a gourmet feel
    ncmathsadist
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Yes, this is a little more expensive than most Indian restaurants. But the food truly comes in a higher level. It is a worthy pick when you want a high-quality meal with a little difference. They have an excellent selection of wines and beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet elegance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I hate restaurants that have exposed ceilings with no soundproofing - some consider that a modern style, but it makes the place unpleasantly noisy and hard to converse. This was great food in a quiet, restful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I've had better
    wescoastunc
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Been to Raaga several times - even more times when it was still Sitar. This time the food was extremely bland. Tikka masala had no spice and was oily with a lot of small bits of chicken (all dark meat) as opposite to the more chunky cuts of chicken typically in the dish. The mango lassi was terrible this time - there was very little mango and they used too much yogurt. The garlic naan was undercooked. Hopefully this was just a anomaly.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok Indian Food
    durhamite
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Very cute decor, but the food was only ok. Service was slow, but maybe they were training new folks? If you're in the area and hungry, stop in for sure. But for impressive south Asian food, there are better options.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DiDiTuTuVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Great neighborhood restaurant. Good parking . Nice decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 136 reviews are from the Raaga reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We've never been disappointed, always outstanding dishes and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raaga rocks
    notthere56
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food at Raaga is wonderful. We have never had a dish there that we didn't think was less than great. I hesitate to recommend anything over anything else because it's all so good, but I'd go so far as to say that the scallop dishes and the appetizer sampler are great and the chicken I had was the only thing that was just okay. The service is fine; if I have any complaint about this restaurant it'd be that sometimes more than one person waits on us and it gets confusing. They have two TVs over the bar, which were playing sports when we came in, which greatly cheapens the overall vibe to us. However, when we asked if they'd be willing to turn them off, they did, and they remained off the rest of the time we were there.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty restaurant, lovely food
    SBGNC
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    They have done a nice job of converting a sterile box into something that feels authentically Indian. There are nice alcoves and booths for group privacy. The sound level is nicely muted. I have been there three times and the food is consistently good. Murgh Tikka Masala is very good. This time we tried a vegetable stuffed pepper dish and it was really nice. There are so. Many Indian restaurants in town now that competition is tough. Mathis one deserves to be near the top.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Raaga
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food is authentic and delicious. We dine here at least once a month and have tried almost everything in the menu. We haven't found a thing we do not like yet.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and appealing
    allen96VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We went to Raaga for dinner and I was very impressed. The food was some of the best Indian I've had, the service was quite pleasant, and the sitar was nice background music. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Indian Food
    sumtan
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    excellent menu and food. Extensive menu. Lots to choose from. Great location. Easy parking. Service was also very good. I would recommend RAAGA to those interested in exceptional INDIAN cuisine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Indian cuisine!
    samboli
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We experienced Raaga for the first time last week and were delighted by the complex flavors and comfortable surroundings. The dal was the best we've tasted outside of India. The flavors of nan were numerous. The Malabar Machee was exquisite. We recommend the appetizer sampler. We will definitely go back. Also, the harp music was sweet for background ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening in India
    LSMa
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We were devotees of this restaurant when it was Saffron and are pleased to see that it has continued the same quality dining experience. Because of its location near UNC campus, Ragaa is perfect for when we entertain visiting professors. The food is delicious and the ambience conducive to discussion with guests. We enjoyed the Bhindi (lightly battered and fried okra) and sample platter appetizers. The okra is a favorite - crisp, light, and flavorful. I had the scallops which were perfectly cooked (soft in middle - not overcooked and dry) and my husband had the chicken tika masala which is sweet and delicious. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine list and assisted in our order of a French Malbec. A lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find!
    NittanyLyons
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We were looking for a nice Indian restaurant in our trip to Chapel Hill. It had a great little atmosphere, delicious food, and kind servers. A great find in a Chapel Hill in a trendy new shopping center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful food, great ambience
    Brian
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We've been several times ---while it was called Saffron and since it became Raaga. On weekend nights they often have a sitar player, which we very much enjoy. The vibe is chill the lights are low. A key element for us is that while they don't specifically have a kids menu, crayons, etc. (which is OK by us) they are totally cool with kids provided they're not unruly. Given our babysitter challenges this aspect is greatly appreciated. It helps too that our son (5) likes chicken tikka masala. Overall, whether you're with kids or not, the staff are all very courteous. We definitely recommend it and plan to return. At the very least, if you enjoy Indian cuisine, Raaga is a restaurant worth trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible wait time
    foodie123
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    When we arrived table wasn't ready. Too slow in food to arrive. We waited more than hour to get to our food. Total time spend was 8 pm to 11.30 pm service was that slow !!!! Food is amazing can be less oily. But wait time kills the wish to visit the restaurant again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The buffet was great. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The buffet was great. The fact that they didn't have any disabled parking in front of the restaurant was problematic. Like most restaurants in Chapel Hill, disabled parking is limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Indian Restaurant
    ravikanuri
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    WE always enjoy our visits to Raaga -- great food and consistently good service. We had out-of-town visitors this visit and the owner and the Manager of the restaurant made us and our guests very special!! We really appreciated that kind gesture. I would highly recommend this special restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night to celebrate!
    FoodSeeker
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    It was my birthday, and I've always wanted to check Raaga out, so my friend treated me to dinner. It was a Monday, and not very crowded, so the surroundings were quiet. Funny, we both felted a little chilly at first, but from the first bite of food, we forgot about a chill, and were totally warmed before finishing our chicken appetizer! the entire experience was WONDERFUL!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special experience
    AllisMom
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great ambience and decor, fabulous food, and courteous, attentive service. Unobtrusive sitar music sets the mood of quiet, romantic, escape. This chef deserves his fine reputation. You should try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty tasty tasty
    RyanW
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The chef is a James Beard nominee and relocated to Chapel Hill from NYC. Everything we had was outstanding and we'll be returning. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a buffet!
    DougCVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We visited for Restaurant Week. The menu choice was limited, of course, but every item we had was very well prepared and presented. It was a Saturday night so there was live Sitar music, nery nice but not obtrousive. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff who care
    cyanne
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I was here Friday night on January the 27th for dinner with a friend. The food was, as expected, really delicious but what really blew us away was the service. The table next to us had a customer who had a gluten intolerance. Their server, who was also ours, took care to make sure that the customer's meal could be prepared gluten free and even went so far as to ask if it was alright if the fried appetizers could be prepared in the same fryer as ones that had gluten. After the customer confirmed that this was okay, a manager came by a few minutes later. He wanted to make sure that it was simply gluten intolerance and not Coeliac disease. My friend and I were impressed by the manager's knowledge and his concern for the customer's health.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    AustintouristVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The Triangle has a good number of excellent Indian restaurants; Raaga is definitely among the top few. We enjoyed everything -- the flavors were incredible and the presentation gorgeous. Our server was very helpful with recommendations and our food came promptly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Okay but nothing special
    UNCchick24
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The restaurant has a contemporary decor, which is nice. The food was good but nothing to make it stand out to other Indian food I've had--in fact, I've had much more memorable food from small, cheap Indian restaurants. Also, the food is served in much smaller portions than you may expect; they seem to care more about presentation than taste. We came for lunch a little on the later side (1:30) and we were passed off from one server to the next, and had difficulty getting attention from our server. I wouldn't seek out coming back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TRW at Raaga
    CathyJVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    We had been to Saffron before it changed, but this was the first time we'd visited Raaga. It was delicious! We went for triangle restaurant week, which included 2 menus (vegetarian and non) priced at $30 and $20. It was a great deal- there was plenty of food! We started with a fried cauliflower dish that was probably my favorite of the meal- super crispy with a delicious, mildly spicy sauce. The other appetizers (samosa, grilled paneer) were tasty also. Our entrees were fantastic- the palak paneer was my favorite. This is typically not my preferred dish, but Raaga's version was incredibly smooth and flavorful. The desserts were average- the rice pudding a bit watery. Overall, great meal and I'm looking forward to leftovers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    MmmMcG
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Wonderful, gourmet Indian food in an exotic environment - a must visit! Had the prix fixe for restaurant week, and it was just as scrumptious as previous visits here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty indian food
    krishiyerVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    We went there for lunch during restaurant week and we all enjoyed the vegetarian food. The service was a little slow but the food was prepared fresh and was very good. All in all, would definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING FOOD!!!
    Gregg
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    We visited during the Triangle Restaurant week. Their menu was well priced and the food was outstanding. We will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food. Good parking.
    DiDiTuTuVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Very good food. Good parking. Like the decor of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate