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Raaga Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.raagafinedining.com
  • Phone: (919) 240-7490
  • 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 (919) 240-7490

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great neighborhood restaurant. Good parking . Nice decor."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We've never been disappointed, always outstanding dishes and great service."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Very good food. Good parking. Like the decor of the restaurant."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We visited during the Triangle Restaurant week. Their menu was well priced and the food was outstanding. We will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "I had an exceptional experience at Raaga and highly recommend it. The Triangle is rich with Indian restaurants, but the relatively new Raaga (formerly Saffron) stands with the best of them. In terms of atmosphere, its modern Indian style may even beat them out. I had the three-course prix fixe. After the customary papadum, I had Gobi Lasooni, which is fried cauliflower covered in a delicious savory garlic red sauce. This first course was the best of the night and is one of my favorite appetizers in general. For the entree, I had Lamb Rogan Josh - spiced lamb in a tomato onion curry. It was delicious and came in a huge portion. The dessert, mango mousse, worked beautifully as a sweet finish after the spice of the first two courses."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "There was almost no chicken in the butter chicken. It took us forever to get a waiter. We seemed to have better service before the name change."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "This restaurant was good, but food wasn't authentic. The fish entree was great. The butter chicken and naan were disappointing."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "excellent food and service, as good as any Indian restaurant in which I've dined."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "One of the best meals I've ever had!! Absolutely incredible! Will definitely go back when I am in town again."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Raaga has a lot to offer anyone in the mood for good food. The cuisine is the best indian in the Chapel Hill/Durham area and the prices are fair. The service was excellent, the server was attentive without being interruptive of my experience. The wine selection was great and the recommendations I received from the server were excellent. The restaurant itself is gorgeous and if you want to dine somewhere different than most places, you should definitely check it out."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "We've been going to this place since it was called 'Saffron.' Same excellent food, slightly nicer decor. This time, we shared two appetizers: cauliflower in a chili-garlic sauce and 'chicken 65,' a slightly spicy, gingery special that night. For entrées, we went all lamb: lamb chops and lamb shank. Both were amazing. Server was friendly and knowledgeable. She recommended excellent wine pairs for each course and took good care of us throughout the meal. Sizzling platter that neighboring table ordered smelled delicious; wish we could have eaten more!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I recently dined at Raaga and had an amazing experience. The ambience and decorations really make you feel like you are dining at an authentic indian restaurant. I've eaten at many Indian restaurants in the area before and would say the food at Raaga exceeded expectations. The staff was very friendly and well versed with the menu. They were able to recommend good dishes for you and your guest. Raaga has a great selection of drinks and food items whether you are vegetarian or non vegetarian. Overall I had a great time and would recommend all of my friends to check it out. I had hot garlic naan and malai kofta and it was very delicious. The new name Raaga is very appealing to me. It's trendy and modern. It is a unique name."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place!!! We could not wait to get back to Saffron (now Raaga) when we were visiting Chapel Hill! When we arrived, we noticed the name had changed, but it was still the best Indian restaurant we've ever been to! The food is incredible! Service was outstanding and the ambiance is awesome in this trendy restaurant. Wish so much we could relocate Raaga to our hometown! Highly recommend to anyone looking for an excellent dining experience/date night/fun, group dinner!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "If the service had been better this would have been a great meal. Spoons that fall completely into food before one gets the dish and are not retrieved, no draught beer, running out of a bottled beer, no dessert of choice because they omitted to make it but left it on the menu all led to a less that recommendable experience. I will congratulate the chefs on some exquisite food. Service was a failure."
    Dined on 11/26/2013