Cholanad Restaurant and Bar
Food and service were excellent. We were worried because of recent reviews, but they were quick, attentive, the food came out quickly and was delicious!
Food is always consistently good. Not traditional spicy so if you want it to be you must ask. We had a waiter in training - no former experience and had no clue how to wait…can’t be too hard on him I guess but would recommend having him tag along with the more seasoned wait staff before letting him deal directly with diners. We waited 54 minutes for our food which was a real downer and should never happen. It was ‘busy’ but not overly so. Kitchen must be getting used to post-Covid crowds. The hostess and owner did check on us a few times which was appreciated. We will dine here again. Hope they can get the wait staff and kitchen back to operating more efficiently.
Very slow service. Our server came to our table to take our order and to give us the check. Had to ask for drink refills and took forever to get our food. Food was good but not sure worth the wait
Food was good, friendly service, kitchen was slow getting food out. Would recommend.
Some of the best Indian food I've ever had. Their new location is very swank, including lots of outdoor seating, which we took advantage of. Like all places, they're a bit short staffed, but the staff that was there was enthusiastic and worked hard to give a good experience.
Most restaurants in town were a bit overwhelmed by Parents Weekend at UNC, and had a challenge handling all the bookings and food orders. Cholonad was no exception, so it took a long time to get the table and the food, but it was very tasty and a good value.
Didn’t get outdoor table as requested and service was very slow. Food was pretty good after about an hour and a half after we had ordered. It was very busy, as it was UNC parents weekend. We liked that it had free parking.
Food was very good and the host was super helpful given we don't have lots of experience with Indian cuisine
We recieved our food before the appetizer. When we asked about it the waiter said he forgot to put the order in. I had to get someone's attention to get a refill on our drinks, also had to asked for our check.The food itself was good.
We were excited to go here but the service was not very good. Our waiter told us he was tired and looked miserable (which I totally get). Unfortunately it was reflected in service. We tried helping by stacking our used plates and things like that. But he would leave them there and just bring our next course. Then he brought us the check and never asked if we wanted dessert. We told him hey we want to try to dessert. He brought us dessert and we had no where to eat it at the table because there were stacks of old entree plates and appetizer plates.
We’ve missed dining at Cholanad. Our return trio was very satisfactory. The distancing and ventilation were excellent, and the service was very attentive. The food was what we remembered, an we love. We’ll be back soon.
Short staffed. Waited an hour after ordering.
My first time & I will definitely be back. A more nuanced taste in the food than what I have eaten in other Indian restaurants. I really liked it!
We had a wonderful experience. Food was amazing
Amazing authentic food and great service!
Everything was amazing! Will definitely visit again!
Great place we have been many times and will continue to go to.
The food was above the ordinary Indian fare with a great flavor profile. My gripe is really the price point for lunch. There is no lunch or brunch menu and everything is ala carte. Three people split one appetizer and each had an entree. With good tip came to 76 $ way too much for lunch.
the food was very good , we were alone in a big room opened to the outside , like garage doors opened, I would definitely say this is fine Indian cuisine with a specialty of South India , which I love.
Service was slow, but it was Father's Day and they were slammed. The food was delicious, and worth waiting for!
We were a party of 6 out of towners visiting Raleigh area. We went here based on a friend’s recommendation. We were amazed by the menu selection, quality and service! Authentic home made taste. Very personable owner and his nephew who made us feel at home, and gave us free advice on the real estate around here, as we were here on a scouting mission.
A must go place. Will return here anytime we come back to this area
Service was very poor. It took over an hour to get the food.
Food - tapas portions
Authentic labeling was questionable
Excellent variety of different flavors. Many choices for Gluten Free. Great service.
We had a graduation lunch for my daughter. Every item we ordered was exceptional. The five of us cleared every plate. Two appetizers, five entrees and bread. Tis might have been the best Indian we have ever eaten, and we have eaten a LOT of Indian before!
Great food and experience. Glad they are in the new location. We will be back often.
Great food but terrible service. I was wondering why so many people recommended this restaurant but it only had around a 4.1 star rating on Google. The food here is unparalleled and may be the best Indian food you can get in the Triangle. However, this restaurant seemed severely understaffed and we had to wait over 20 minutes for our drink orders. Over the course of a (pretty spicy) meal we also only had our water cups refilled one time but only after flagging down a waiter. Food was 10/10 but consider hiring more wait staff to ensure the dining experience is better.
Food was good but our main dishes were all barely warm and the service was friendly but very slow
Awesome food amd service
Great food and variety of dishes. Nice inside and outside seating options
Excellent food. Friendly service. Lots of vegan and veg options.
Cocktails used stock mixer add-ons and were not very strong.
Fantastic Indian food in the heart of Franklin St. Great service, great food, great location.
Great food and drinks! Highly recommend.
We were surprised and saddened to find Cholanad had moved next door into the old Mellow Mushroom. We both preferred the old location and the ambiance it had. The new location has some nice perks with the patio area, but it certainly lost some of the charm the other building had. It has been years since we dined here and it seems the menu has grown. I think it would be better to pare it down and simplify. It was overwhelming to try and choose and large menus generally signify there is less attention to detail in the food. The food itself was good, but it didn’t wow us like it did years ago. Overall, the experience was good, but probably not enough to draw us back again for a long time.
Great new location. Same amazing food.
Food is delicious and new space with covered outdoor seating is great.
Cholanad has moved to the building where the Mellow Mushroom used to be, and they certainly have benefitted from the move. The new locale is perfect for outside and pseudo-outside dining during COVID. The excellent cuisine has not changed.
The food and service was great - prices reasonable. Had Indian food in England and Europe and to find this authenticity in NC was great....
The best Indian restaurant in the triangle region. By far!
Cholanad Restaurant and Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Cholanad Restaurant and Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (800) 246-5262.
Cholanad Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 417 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.