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Party Size
For 2
Date
Tue, 1/23
Time
10:30 PM
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Booked 6 times today

Cholanad Restaurant and Bar

4.3
251 reviews
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$30 and under
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South Indian
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  • Authentic (9)
  • Spicy (7)
  • Good Vegetarian Options (7)
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 251 People Are Saying
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4.3
  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

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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Rich (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined 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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vipVicki (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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aaaabbbb (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0
Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0
Dined 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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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined 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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viponjaEats (Raleigh)
4.0
Dined 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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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 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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vipDerekB (Raleigh)
4.0
Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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