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Cholanad Restaurant and Bar

4.4
283 reviews
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$30 and under
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South Indian
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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 283 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 7 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Food was delicious. Large portions.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food and service!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

Waiter was missing in action.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great!

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was very good, portions large. But the service was abysmal. Waiters need lengthy training in all aspects of serving.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food as always. Friendly helpful wait staff - very knowledgeable about the menu.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Cholanad is the best Indian in NC! The big bad tiger was incredible !

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Always excellent Indian food and choices at Cholanad. Excellent value.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

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!!

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Not the best Indian food in the area. Basmati was not particularly aromatic. Lamb saag lacked depth of flavor.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We were first seated in the far back with no other patrons and the waiter must not have been told we were there due to the long wait to see anyone come with water or to take a drink order. We had to get up and go to the main dining area, ask to be seated there, then we were waited on. The waiter seemed overwhelmed.
However, the food was amazing and we enjoyed the meal and wine.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

This was my first experience with Indian cuisine...the waiter was very patient in explaining the different dishes. I was amazed and delighted at the choices and how delicious everything was!

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was authentic and fantastic. We will be back.

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