Cholanad Restaurant and Bar

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$30 and under
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South Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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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vipAndreaA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The new location is wonderful and the service warm and engaging. I love the new menu!!

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Patrick
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Great value. Can’t wait to eat there again.

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SteffanyR
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Would highly recommend. It was my sons birthday and we also got a free dessert!

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Christine
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. I'm moving out of state and chose to visit Chola Nad one last time. Best decision ever. The food was immaculate as always. I always order the Shrimp Tika Masala. && The new location is huge and clean. I was in heaven. 100% recommend.

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Archer
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with wide variety of distinctive dishes. Good cocktails

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PhillipB
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with friends who guided us through the menu and everything we had was excellent. Loved the sauces and the Doza.
We loved the experience so much that we returned in a few days with some of our neighbors, and we helped guide them through the menu.
It was all very good.

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vipRebeccaB
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our vegetarian granddaughter to Cholanad for the first time on Sunday night. We ordered a vegetarian sampler before the meal and it was superb with light flakey, tarts that I've never had before in other Indian places. I ordered something for my main that was out, but our server was great and recommended another dish--a peppery chicken. I absolutely loved it! My husband thought his rogan josh was the best he's ever had and our granddaughter loved the chick pea stew. We will definitely be going back!

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DaulP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was okay compared to other times we've eaten there (usually is great). Everyone seemed overwhelmed. There were some issues with the reservation (Valentine's Day) that had guests quite upset and waiting for a table (we were only delayed 10min).

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vipTarheel95
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation one month in advance for Valentine’s Day however upon arrival there were 7 couples with reservations waiting. Very disorganized and tried to sit a couple at the same 4 top table as another couple! Told it would be a wait but could not tell us how long. As we waited a couple showed up 25 minutes late for their reservation and they were out at the front of the wait. Thanks to Cholanad they ruined our valentine’s dinner as we ended up leaving instead of waiting for an endless period of time. Of course there were no other restaurants with availability so we ended up eating at a cafe. Will never return, thanks Cholanad for making our Valentine’s Day memorable:(

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MJRJ
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great for vegetarian and gluten free folks in our group. Low key very accommodating service. Loved our craft cocktails too. And a parking lot!

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vipPMAS
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was quite slow but the food was excellent.

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elizbo
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant. The best Indian food I've ever had and I've eaten plenty, including in NYC, where I lived for years. I recommend it highly.

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vipDavid
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very disappointed after good experiences in the past. Poor food quality, dirty glasses and 4 out of 5 in the party did not finish or want to finish the entrees. Maybe the ownership has recently changed ?

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WillRun4Food
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We went for Thanksgiving dinner. It was very good. The portions were generous and the food was really tasty. The only negative comment is that we both wanted a cocktail, however, we were told that their bartender didn't arrive until 7pm (it was 5:30pm when we arrived). We were offered wine instead. I can pour myself a glass of wine at home, so I prefer to have a cocktail when I'm dining out. Otherwise, the waitstaff was knowledgeable and helpful. We will definitely go back!

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vipJGrigston
Raleigh
106 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Too much sauce, and not enough actual ingredients in the sauce. Their idea of mild is still spicy, and they are unwilling to change anything to suit their customers. My friend's mom couldn't eat her "mild" saag paneer because it was too spicy. My mom had really wanted to try this place, having had it come highly recommended. We liked it, but not as much as some other Indian restaurants. This is still a solid choice if you are in town and do not mind that your mild dish is actually somewhat spicy.

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vipTandJ
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Food was very good although lamb was not as tender as expected. Cocktails were a big disappointment served in a water glass full to the rim with ice.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. Helpful staff, very friendly and explained different dishes on the menu to us. We will be back!!

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vipcenterbeamer
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Authentic South Indian cuisine including many dishes (includieng dosas) not usually found elsewhere. Private parking lot just to the West of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great food was delicious!

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GigiR
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful atmosphere and terrific tasing food. We always bring our guests here to eat.

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vipStephenB
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. Chef is innovative and creative. Service was superior

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vipRichardM
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. The tastes were fresh and clear, the presentations were refreshing modern. We really enjoyed eating on the patio with a great view of the foot traffic up and down Franklin St

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Murbith
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was delicious, but the restaurant and especially the bathrooms were grimy enough to affect my appetite.

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LauraD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cholanad has 5 star chefs making good use of quality ingredients creating South Indian food. Eating here is a great way to learn about world class food which is not the usual Indian food, instead it is true culinary South India dishes. When you climb the few steps of this Tamil architecture inspired building and open its door one gets their first glimpse of the restaurant stylish interior. My husband, children and I feel relaxed in this environment. I have eaten so many dishes here, what stands out is the Madurai Curry Dosa coated with egg & curried Lamb which is addictive. I called the next day and ordered another one to be delivered to my home. Yum! Also we love the mutton biryani & raita which is a Hyderabad Dum Biryani style of many many spices, rice and tender mutton, the raita cooled our palate as we enjoyed this spicy dish. I suggest you come and eat here, and try something you are unfamiliar with in order to experience exotic flavors, and great cooking. Also Cholanad as has a parking lot the left of the building which helps with parking on Franklin Street.

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mrp0511
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and super great service - our waiter was kind, helpful, and patient (my family can be indecisive when it comes to food ordering, and often have questions to ask!). We all went home with doggie bags of food, too, so the portions are quite decent. Highly recommend!

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vipAlixandra
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great South Indian dinner.

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lindaW
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is perfection - food, service, happiness.

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vipkrishiyer
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is our go to indian restaurant and we have never been disappointed. The food was awesome and many vegetarian choices.

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vipskeptical1
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The service during our recent dinner at Cholanad was so poor that it was comic. First we were puzzled, then irritated and finally felt the only way to salvage the experience was to have a laugh seeing what came next. The first thing we noticed was that our server was sullen. He took our order accurately, I will give him that, but welcoming he was not. We were four, each pair ordering two appetizers and two main dishes, eight dishes in all. Two of the appetizers and two of the mains were the same, making it a fairly simple order. The food came out a dish, or maybe two, at a time, with long intervals between and no sense to the order - one appetizer and one main, followed by a long wait, etc. At last, long after we'd decided we were tired of it all, out came the last main dish, a twin to the first. Water was refilled in the same way, no rhyme or reason. I can't imagine how any restaurant can survive treating customers this way. We will not be back.

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Hanish
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I had Tiger Dosa (non veg). Not good at all. Lamb and Chicken in it doesn't look fresh. And its expensive!!!

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KojoM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food that I ordered was great, but my family was not upgraded by their incorrect orders. The wait for the food is at least 30 minutes, which did not help their case after having us wait 15 minutes to be seated for a reservation we had made. Also, one of the waiters did a poor job of managing the incorrect food order by just apologizing instead of fixing the meal.

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KarthikK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The hostess was great. Our Server (Dan) was good but even hostess acknowledged thet he can be spacey. There was no napkin or silverware on our table. We had to ask the support staff twice and once were told by one of the staff to ask our waiter. I asked for some pickles and I am still waiting for it. The food is good but that might be my last time there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food, but somewhat poor service. We were here on UNC Graduation weekend, and the restaurant was overrun. We were seated 45min after our reservation, and our server was not very attentive, only returning to fill up water when flagged down. Having visited this restaurant several previous times, we can say that this was an especially poor showing for the restaurant, but the food remained high quality.

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vipOrangeman
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Very good authentic southern Indian cuisine. However, the plating detracted from the experience. The bar was not well stocked. Do not order any cocktail that is not on their limited menu. It will not be made correctly. They also have the servers use electronic devices to take the orders. This is very slow and does not permit any modification to a menu item. From time to time our server disappeared for an extended period. Had to flag down other servers to ask for items. Also, not sure why we were seated at a table next to the kitchen when we had a reservation and there many other seating options.

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KarenNC
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!

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viplouist
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Simply very very good!!! The menu was broad, thecsetbice attentive, the atmosphere comfortable. This is a must "go to" if you want to experience quality Indian food in Chapel Hill...

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I made a reservation 4-5 days earlier.
Restaurant was almost empty except 2-3 tables at 6pm. Waiter took us to the last table by the kitchen door. Extremely disappointed.
We Would surely have left right then if we didn’t have to wait for our friends arrival.
I can understand if it was the last and only table left. Even then you should ask how we feel sitting there. We are still furious just thinking about the incident. We stayed only because of our friends.

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AJAYA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Its a pretty decent South Indian restaurant, food is as expected - don't go with huge expectation...

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SandraP
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great bussell sprouts in tikka Marsala and dosa. Bottled beer could be colder. We enjoyed our dinner

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Happy
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such wonderful food! The service was excellent and the spices divine.

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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 4.4 stars by 352 OpenTable diners.

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