Cholanad Restaurant and Bar

4.5
395 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KiranP
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service was very poor. It took over an hour to get the food.

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ElmiraM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food - tapas portions
Authentic labeling was questionable

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Foodjunkie
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent variety of different flavors. Many choices for Gluten Free. Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
19 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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DateNightatJuJu
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and experience. Glad they are in the new location. We will be back often.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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.

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vipAndreaA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good but our main dishes were all barely warm and the service was friendly but very slow

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vipnancyoctober
Las Vegas
57 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food amd service

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vipDiane
Portland
44 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and variety of dishes. Nice inside and outside seating options

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DanielC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Friendly service. Lots of vegan and veg options.

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vipAsianfusiondisappoints
New England
26 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Cocktails used stock mixer add-ons and were not very strong.

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LennieF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Indian food in the heart of Franklin St. Great service, great food, great location.

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Jen007
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

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DateNightatJuJu
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new location. Same amazing food.

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vipHeidiB
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is delicious and new space with covered outdoor seating is great.

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CogitoErgo
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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PAULB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great - prices reasonable. Had Indian food in England and Europe and to find this authenticity in NC was great....

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PraveenC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Indian restaurant in the triangle region. By far!

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vipEatHereOften
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visited for the first time in a year since the pandemic. Wait staff wear masks and tables were six feet apart. Food of course was good!

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k559
County Durham
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. However, the "outdoor" seating option is not really as outdoors as one would expect. It is more like an enclosed patio.

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vipnancyoctober
Las Vegas
58 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always excellent. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We waited about 10 minutes for someone to take our order and then about 45 minutes for the food to come out. The excuse was it is a difficult dish to prepare?

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

The food was terrific. I got chicken curry and my date got chicken tikka masala, both at a spice of 3/5. We both like spicy and thought it was perfect at 3. The garlic na’an was yummy, too. The service left a bit to be desired but we weren’t in a hurry so it didn’t bother us. We will definitely return soon.

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vipFrankK
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Great food and personal attention from manager was great. But waitress was disinterested , slow and constantly texting on her cell phone - not paying attention to our table.
Bright lights and low occupancy in the restaurant made us feel more like we were in a fast food joint with wait staff.

Food was excellent - but overall dining out experience only so-so.

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ThomasH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, service was very prompt. The best South Indian Food in the Triangle area. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone that's want try true authentic South Indian Food. We will be returning soon.

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KMC3
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was your first visit to Cholanad and it was a Valentine dinner, our first as well. The atmosphere was great. Romantic, spaced out, and felt very safe. The menu was laid out well and the food was out of this world. The staff was very attentive and even the manager came over and spent some time with us. Would highly recommend for a date night.

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vipRalphJ
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best Indian food anywhere in the Triangle. Fantastic for a date night.

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DeetraT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy visiting Cholanad when in Chapel Hill. The menu is extensive and it’s fun trying new dishes each visit.

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kmb12
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal. Highly recommend the Thali for a fun sampling experience.

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vipliblib
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was wonderful but customers were seated back to back at booths -not covid compliant

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vipnancyoctober
Las Vegas
58 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an awesome restaurant. Fantastic food and service is excellent.

Cholanad Restaurant and Bar
Responded on December 17, 2020

Thank you for your feedback and We are glad we live up to your expectations!

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Prabha
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food has kept up its standard in the quality since its beginning

Cholanad Restaurant and Bar
Responded on December 17, 2020

Thank you for your review and can't wait to serve your party soon!

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JSC0701
Wilmington
20 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cholanad is one of our "go to" restaurants. We ate in, and felt very safe with the efforts they took to make sure we felt so. The food, and service, were perfect. We've come to expect this . . .

Cholanad Restaurant and Bar
Responded on December 17, 2020

Thank you for your review! You made our day!!! Glad we live up to your expectations and continue to raise the bar with the support of our beloved customers!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food in the Triangle. Try their Chettinad curry and dossai rolls. I’ve never had better chettinead curry and the dossier are perfect. Highly recommend this gem!

Cholanad Restaurant and Bar
Responded on December 17, 2020

Thank you for your great feedback! We would love to serve your party near future!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Rasam was super sour - not the best taste .
Spring dosa was amazing
Sambhar and a coconut chutney was the best
Chennai omelette was good too

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KristenO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty food, full of flavor. Lots of selections. Great wine. Friendly and timely service.

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sparty
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great service, great food. Definitely going back

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vipRalphJ
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best Indian restaurant in the Triangle...hadns down.

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MarisaK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic South Indian food that is consistently good. We enjoyed the crisp Indian pancakes called dosas and not so crisp uttapam.
Creative variations of traditional Indian appetizers. I would have given them a 5 ,but the Navratan tartlets were not crunchy. The little puris were stale.
Service is excellent and very accommodating to our needs.

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vipnancyoctober
Las Vegas
58 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are excellent. Highly recommend.

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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 4.5 stars by 395 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.

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