Chennai Chimney

3.6
19 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Set in the historic town of Princeton, New Jersey, Chennai Chimney, an Indian restaurant, offers exotic dishes in authentic flavor from the traditional kitchens of Southern India where the city of Chennai is located. Our contemporary version of rustic Indian food will be beyond your expectation and take you on a mouthwatering journey to its origins.
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3.8
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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

We went to buffet on Friday afternoon.
Food was great, Service is really bad though.
We waited for more than ten minutes along with other people to get “plates” to get food.
Not sure if this is a everyday occurrence.

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BK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We love Chennai the food is always tasty. Today the food was tasty but not very temperature hot.

The restaurant was freezing too, with the outside doors to the back of the kitchen being opened every 2 seconds, sending a gale through the restaurant.

Not our best experience there today.

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RN
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Lacked authenticity of taste that one would associate with chennai

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food is good, but the management of the restaurant is terrible. People are waiting for 30 min to be seated while half of the restaurant is empty. We had reservations and got seated, but still it took one hour for us to get our food. We will not be coming back there.

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ED
Adelaide / SA
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered a lamb dish, it was tasty but I would have liked the lamb to be more tender. The atmosphere is very nice and service was excellent.

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I've been here once before and the food was delicious. However we were seated right next to the bathroom which ruined the ambiance. This time I didn't even sit down. I wanted to take my cousin out for lunch while she was home from college. We showed up after making a reservation and no one acknowledged our presence for about 10 mins. I had a two managers and a waitress walk by us numerous times. There were only two families in the restaurant so it wasn't even because it was busy. Finally a waiter talked to me then walked away again. After the third time we were passed I told my cousin we were leaving. There are plenty of great places to eat in Princeton. What a shame.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always amazing and very inexpensive for the level of service and quality of cuisine provided. Decor and ambiance are warm and inviting, and it's BYOB so you can bring a bottle of wine and settle in. Vegan and vegetarian options are offered alongside traditional meat dishes, so anyone is sure to find an appealing option. I recommend Chennai Chimney without reservation.

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a
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The atmosphere was nice and the food delicious. The wait staff was friendly but service very slow, especially since the restaurant was fairly empty. It’s a BYOB which is definitely a plus. We will be back for sure!

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D
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice addition to the Princeton dining scene. Occupies the old Masala Grill space but is an improvement on all counts. Better food, service, choices and decor. The variety of the menu can be overwhelming to the uninitiated. Several visits, focusing on Deccan, Tandoori and the rest of the culinary types should be made to fully assess the choices and find favorites. Well priced and since they do not yet have a liquor license, bringing own libations can further reduce the cost. Highly recommended. The manager was gracious even though we missed our reservation time by 40 minutes on a very busy Friday night.

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K
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious good. Substantial servings. Good service. We had a theater curtain and finished in plenty of time. The dosa was great and quite a presentation. A bargain. It’s BYOB, something we didn’t know in advance.

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WD
New York Area
961 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My second visit to the restaurant was as good as the first. The food was very good as was the service.

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R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The service was slow and a couple of items served really late but they made up for the mistakes.

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k
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Server could have been a little friendly although he did go out of his way when we had a problem with the cork on our wine bottle. He needs to smile and not look so somber!

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F
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very delicious and staff was very friendly, street samosa and chicken 65 are my favorite dishes here! I would definitely go back there for the delicious indian food.

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GF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

My wife and I arrived on time for our reservation, but the restaurant had no record of a reservation through Open Table. We showed the host our confirmation email, but we were instructed to wait on a line to be seated. Wait time was estimated to be 30-45 minutes, but seemed longer. We decided to leave and go somewhere else after we heard other patrons complain that they'd been seated for a while and not yet seen menus. There were a few large events in the area that night, and perhaps the restaurant was overwhelmed. That's understandable. Not having the reservation, less so. The place seemed to have a nice atmosphere. Sorry we didn't get to try the food.

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WD
New York Area
961 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I haven't been here since they first opened; I think the food is much better, now. I thought the size of the portions small, or so I thought by looking at the pictures on the online menu. That is not the case and the entre I had, with roti, raita with cucumbers, and a portion of raita served with my meal more than enough for a filling dinner. Sometimes I feel like a meatless meal, and there are some interesting things on the menu that I'll try in the future.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've been several times and always had a great experience.

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SN
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Food is good but, based on the two times I’ve visited this restaurant, the service was poor. The waiters seem very disorganized, stressed & slow. Everything takes way too long. We waited over 15 minutes for a booked table, we weren’t given enough menus so had to ask for more, we had to ask for forks, we waited a while to order and when the food eventually arrived, the waiter had his tie in the lamb dish!! The food is good and reasonably priced so I might go back but service needs to be improved!

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SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

They could handle the crowd resulting in poor service. People didn't look into your eyes, just placed food on the table. I told them I had a reservation and that didn't check me in. After the meal I was told to wait 15 minutes for someone to do it. It was all very disappointing. Also, they charge you for every little thing: bread, chutney, etc. I did like the mango lassi. That's it

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