Cholanad Restaurant and Bar
Dinner: Sun - Thur 5 - 9:30
Fri - Sat 5 - 11pm
free of charge for CholaNad customers.
FREE Valet parking for Cholanad Customers opposite to Carolina Ale House
in Franklin Street
Haven’t been in more than 3 years- and we were unsure whether it would live upto our previous experiences- and it did, and then some!
Food was delicious- authentic without being over the top. Spicy, in a natural, balanced way. Service was excellent. Overall experience was outstanding!
We tried the lamb chops this time....wow couldn’t stop saying how savory, tender just so delicious! We’re are never disappointed coming here!
Good fine for the occasion.
Excellent food, good service, but a bit too loud for comfortable conversation.
Great evening on the patio. Food and craft beer on tap were terrific. Adjacent parking is an added plus
Great food! There is a reason why this restaurant is said to have the best Indian food in town. Worth every penny.
This was our first time having South Indian food. The tartlet appetizers (I can’t remember the Indian name for it) were delicious and a big portion. We then had chicken curry which was spicy which we like was very good and eggplant in tomato sauce. It came with giant pieces of naan. The street fried rice was our favorite. We will be back to try other entrees and appetizers.
Excellent start to finish
The waiter suggested dishes based on what we had last visit . They were delicious . The mixed drinks were great
The food has so much flavor, the desert was spectacular
The service was unmatched
Can’t wait to go back
And the price low for the quality and amount of food we had.
Love this place! Come here any time I have an excuse for a nice dinner!
Very limited parking, took 15 mins for someone to greet us at our table and bring waters, waiter was sweating profusely, prices too high for quality, didn't get enough rice with our entres and they tried to charge us extra for more rice when we requested it. Over all a poor experience and will not be returning there.
Food was delicious. Large portions.
Had a reservation at 7pm on a busy UNC graduation weekend. At 7:25pm we were offered free drinks for the delay which were greatly appreciated. Ended up being seated at 7:40. Very good Indian food. Will be back.
A delicious Lamb Saag and garlic Naan! Would definitely go back again when in the area.
We've been a fan of Cholanad for a long time, but our latest dining experience at the restaurant might be our last. The food was okay but not nearly as good as it was, and the best we can say about the service is that it was uninspired. Clearly our waiter was either having a bad day, or simply doesn't like what he is doing. Non-alcoholic beverage options are extremely limited; there is no hot tea served at all.
Service was quick and the plates were really excellent. They made my dish spicier than normal when I asked and they hit the mark.
Lovely dinner. We had the Samosa and also goat apps. The Samosa app was superior and unlike any we've ever had. Out entree was a mussel curry. Also quite unique and very good. We'll be returning.
The food was average relative to other Indian cousins restaurants in the area. The service was just ok, nothing out of the ordinary. In summary, this was an average dining experience for a friday night.
Had samosas for an appetizer and fish mango red curry with nan for a main course. Both were delicious! Attentive service as well. We were there early and it was very quiet then, so I’m not sure what it would be like later in the evening with more customers.
Great food, excellent and fast service - this is our go to restaurant in chapel hill
Great food, reasonable pricing and great location to UNC Chapel Hill.
South Indian food. I was pleased with the subtle flavors. We ordered a variety of dishes to share. We'll be back!
Great food and service!
The food was really yummy. I'm not an expert on Indian food, but I enjoyed the diverse, multilayered, and distinctly different flavors in every bite. Quantities we're plentiful enough for us to share an entree after the sampler appetizers and naan. Service is a bit hit and miss, but with good intentions and a sincere effort to please. Be adventurous.
Absolutely amazing food and service. Will definitely be going back.
We had a lovely meal before a concert. We selected this restaurant from the website and from on-line reviews. And we enjoy Indian cuisine. The service was calm, not rushed. The food was fresh, tasty and lovely. The Masala Navratan Tartlets were outstanding - so flavorful! I would highly recommend Cholanad to family and friends.
Wish there was a Winston-Salem location.
Curry dish was great - seafood dish had too much salt...
Waiter was missing in action.
I've eaten here a few times. Service has been consistently excellent. Almost every food item has been wonderful as well and would justify 5 stars. Every entree has been awesome, the crepe like wraps, the chili chicken, and curry pots are a highlight.
Some of the appetizers we ordered at our last visit were on the bland side, even the accompanying sauces were rather mild.
Good food, but tables are too close together for private conversation.
The food was delicious and the service was great!
It was the night of the Super Bowl, and therefore not many diners. Our server, Jarrett, was excellent. He was the highlight of the meal. One diner thought a "mild" entree was a bit too spicy, but everyone else was very pleased.
Wonderful Southern Indian dining experience, lots of interesting dishes, knowledgeable server, the Manager stoped at our our table twice. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!
Excellent wine & drink list.
Good Indian food and it’s nice to have access to a full menu at lunch rather than a buffet.
Food was very good, portions large. But the service was abysmal. Waiters need lengthy training in all aspects of serving.
My husband and I had been to Cholanad once in the past and were impressed by the authentic menu items and great flavors we got to experience -- as such, we were excited to return. Unfortunately, our repeat was a bit disappointing. The food was definitely still on point, but the service was far from ideal. We sat for 25 minutes before having to tell the hostess that nobody had waited on us.
From there on, I'm pretty sure the hostess just decided to go ahead and wait on our table herself (which was appreciated). But there was no apology for the wait, and she clearly was not used to waiting tables -- our bottle of wine was just sat on our table (we opened and poured ourselves).
Not her fault but perhaps maybe an understaffing issue? Great food, just unfortunate service experience.
Food and service were great. I recommend using the valet parking located in front of Elaine's during peak hours. There is no charge if you are eating at one of the restaurants.
Great food as always. Friendly helpful wait staff - very knowledgeable about the menu.
Cholanad is the best Indian in NC! The big bad tiger was incredible !
Always excellent Indian food and choices at Cholanad. Excellent value.
I would definitely go back. The food was good and the price was reasonable. The menu is extensive. I had shrimp tikka Marsala and wish there were more shrimp but the flavor was great. Went for my birthday and they gave me a complimentary glass of champagne!!
Not the best Indian food in the area. Basmati was not particularly aromatic. Lamb saag lacked depth of flavor.