Cholanad Restaurant and Bar

4.2
294 reviews
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$30 and under
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South Indian
Cholanad Team is focused on delivering the South Indian culinary experience in a world class style. We are aspiring to become a world leader in ethnic cuisine experience that includes food, ambiance and service.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
South Indian, Seafood, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Mon - Sun 11:30 - 2:30


Dinner: Sun - Thur 5 - 9:30


Fri - Sat 5 - 11pm
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Phone number
(800) 246-5262
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Available Private dining on Advanced booking. We provide custom menus for groups of more than 20 guests.
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Private party contact
Kumar: (800) 246-5262
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mallette St
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Parking details
Limited parking located on premises. Chapel Hill downtown valet parking tickets are validated
free of charge for CholaNad customers.

FREE Valet parking for Cholanad Customers opposite to Carolina Ale House
in Franklin Street
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Wheelchair Access
What 294 People Are Saying
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D
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our food was good, service was way below average. We were a party of 2, one person’s food order arrived 10 minutes before the other. Drinks (including water), which were ordered before food, arrived 5 minutes after all food, when we asked for them. No one checked on us during meal. Food was very good, but way overpriced given the service we had.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the dishes are too spicy. I need to eat the mild dishes.

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GH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! Great authentic Indian restaurant, with a modern feel to it.

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DS
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food consistently good. Bathroom is consistently gross

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Insouciant. No regard to get folks seated. No serving water till asked for (15 mins after being seated). No interest in taking the order. I think the only reason this place runs is because of the decent food they serve. Lack of hospitality is cringeworthy.

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JD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations but we asked to stay seated at the bar when we arrived early. We enjoyed some conversation with the manager who also helped serve us. We enjoyed some great cocktails, and specialties on the menu. I particularly liked the inclusion of Thali (essentially sampler platters) options on the weekend. They are clear about what food is spicy and what is mild. They do not hold back on the spicy! Everything was well-presented cuisine but it was relaxed. We asked if we could bring our kids next time and they were happy that people want to bring them more. With that said, it was certainly a fancier place than any buffet, but the quality of the food was well worth it, and our hosts were good to get along with.

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H
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good Indian food! Everyone at our table loved their dishes. Nice atmosphere, good service and value.

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V
Greensboro
64 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food with a long and divers menu. Good list of beers (not only Indian). Very good service. Has both indoors and outdoors options. Wood recommend the place where you can have a pleasant evening whil enjoying your food

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Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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F
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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T
Raleigh
60 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good fine for the occasion.

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J
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, good service, but a bit too loud for comfortable conversation.

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LF
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening on the patio. Food and craft beer on tap were terrific. Adjacent parking is an added plus

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W
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! There is a reason why this restaurant is said to have the best Indian food in town. Worth every penny.

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H
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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LH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Come here any time I have an excuse for a nice dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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.

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DB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Large portions.

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N
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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DF
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A delicious Lamb Saag and garlic Naan! Would definitely go back again when in the area.

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HD
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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A
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was quick and the plates were really excellent. They made my dish spicier than normal when I asked and they hit the mark.

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j
Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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AC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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l
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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SI
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent and fast service - this is our go to restaurant in chapel hill

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WS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonable pricing and great location to UNC Chapel Hill.

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U
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

South Indian food. I was pleased with the subtle flavors. We ordered a variety of dishes to share. We'll be back!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

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LP
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

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LD
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and service. Will definitely be going back.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RF
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Curry dish was great - seafood dish had too much salt...

Waiter was missing in action.

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SG
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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DD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Good food, but tables are too close together for private conversation.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great!

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EB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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CD
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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S
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Indian food and it’s nice to have access to a full menu at lunch rather than a buffet.

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