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Chennai - Chennai Chimney, Princeton, NJ

Chennai Chimney

3.3
3.3
60 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 11:00 am–1:45 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 608-0104

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

Menu

From the Fields

  • Marina Salad$7.95

    The Chennai beach style salad of chickpeas, mango, coconut, carrot and scallions tempered with mild spices

    • Curried Caesar Salad$6.95

      Crunchy romaine lettuce, plum tomatoes, cottage cheese tossed in curried Caesar dressing, topped with crisps

      Soups

      • Naattu Kozhi Egg Drop$6.95

        Hot broth of chicken, fresh herbs, southern spices and egg drop

        • Tamatar Shimla Mirch Shorba$5.95

          Spicy. Roasted tomato puree and shimla peppers with garlic croutons

          Clay Oven Char-Grilled

          Served with basmati rice

          • Reshmi Kabab$13.95

            Boneless chicken delicately flavored with white pepper, yogurt and cream, grilled in tandoor

            • Kalmi Kabab$13.95

              Chicken drumsticks marinated with a mild house spice and yogurt, grilled in Tandoor

              Poultry & Lamb

              Served with basmati rice

              • Milagu Kozhi Chettinad$15.95

                Succulent pieces of bone-in-chicken cooked in authentic chettinad pepper gravy

                • Nanjilnadu Kohzi Curry$15.95

                  Boneless chicken curry made with fresh coriander, shallots, curry leaves, pepper and yogurt

                  Seafood

                  Served with basmati rice

                  • Nadan Fish Curry$19.95

                    Catch of the day cooked in a tangy tamarind sauce

                    • Meen Polichathu$18.95

                      Catch of the day cooked in a traditional red sauce wrapped in banana leaf pan seared

                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                      What 60 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                      3.3
                      3.3 based on recent ratings
                      • 3.4Food
                      • 3.4Service
                      • 3.3Ambience
                      • 3.5Value

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                      1. UC

                        UziCarroll

                        New York Area

                        8 reviews

                        vip
                        2.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall2food2service3ambience3

                        We ate at Chennai Chimney on Mother's Day and they were busy with a private party. The service was slow (we had to ask for a corkscrew several times), but they tried to get us food as it became available so I can't fault them too much. The biggest problem was the food. The Gobi Manchurian and Pakora were good and we were excited about our main courses, but they were dreadful - sauce with various lumps in it. The lentils were particularly bad - it was like a bowl of dishwater with a few lentils floating around. And everything was bland. Truly one of the worst Indian meals I have had, and I wanted it to be great. I'll say this for it though, it wasn't expensive.

                      2. L

                        Lys74

                        New York Area

                        6 reviews

                        5.0

                        6 reviews

                        Dined on March 27, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Excellent food with dishes that I had not had in other Indian restaurants before.

                      3. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        3 reviews

                        vip
                        3.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on February 17, 2022

                        overall3food2service4ambience4

                        Service was prompt despite being short-staffed. However the masala dosa was very bland as if they forgot to add salt.

                      4. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Francisco

                        2 reviews

                        1.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on January 24, 2022

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        I used OpenTable to make a reservation at this restaurant and arrived at the time of my reservation to see that the restaurant was closed. The sign on the door said open but there was no one there. Very embarrassing as I had invited a guest to meet me there. Thankfully we were able to walk around the corner and find another restaurant quickly.

                      5. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on November 14, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great food, very tasty

                      6. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        3 reviews

                        4.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on November 5, 2021

                        overall4food5service3ambience4

                        The food was delicious and hot. Particularly enjoyed the samosas and a lamb dish that came in a sweet red/orange sauce. The only disappointment was service. The waiter had us wait 20 min before taking our drink order. We almost walked out, as this was our first experience trying the restaurant. However, it is Byob (a plus) and the great food convinced us to return! I’d give it a try.

                      7. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on November 4, 2021

                        overall2food3service5ambience3

                        Heating didn’t work on a cold day, guests were warring jackets while eating Restaraunt smelled like cleaning fluid or gasoline, was a strong smell

                      8. HJ

                        HJS8

                        Canberra

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on October 17, 2021

                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                        Sensational food!!

                      9. KG

                        KenG

                        New York Area

                        15 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        15 reviews

                        Dined on October 10, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Excellent South Indian restaurant. We especially loved the dosas.

                      10. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Francisco

                        14 reviews

                        4.0

                        14 reviews

                        Dined on June 20, 2021

                        overall4food5service4ambience3

                        Food was good. Especially the Chennai curry which we’d not had before.

                      11. L

                        Lulu

                        Baltimore

                        18 reviews

                        vip
                        2.0

                        18 reviews

                        Dined on June 18, 2021

                        overall2food2service2ambience1

                        Giving at least FAIR review. We have had several Indian dishes so this was out from my expectation. I ordered buttered chicken but hardly no chicken, bits and pieces and mainly tomato base sauce. Not what i wanted. Plus no wine and never did mentioned that they never offer wine. Server never say a word and never came back to check on us if the food was ok or if we need anything . As soon as we come in there's this FOUL smell, like bathroom smell. If I have not with my bf I would have walked out. Would not come back nor recommend.

                      12. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Toronto

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on May 9, 2021

                        overall5food4service4ambience3

                        Food was better than expected. Nice flavor, Great chicken appetizer recommendation from the waiter. My lamb tandoori was excellent as well as the vegetarian dish and chicken vindaloo, which was ordered by the others in my party. I would go back again.

                      13. S

                        Sterzy

                        New York Area

                        2 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on April 30, 2021

                        overall4food5service3ambience4

                        No wine or beer, bring your own.

                      14. A

                        Amazed

                        Caribbean

                        13 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        13 reviews

                        Dined on April 10, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Picked this place just on a whim because we felt like having some Indian food. And OH WOW!!! It was the most amazing experience! The flavors out of this world. Everything we ordered was amazing, delicious and beautifully presented! The service was great. We kept ordering more food because couldn’t get enough of the flavors!! Will definitely come back!

                      15. SK

                        SharonK

                        New York Area

                        9 reviews

                        vip
                        1.0

                        9 reviews

                        Dined on March 19, 2021

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        Everything was terrible. They gave us the wrong food, what we got wasn’t good. Service was terrible. Will never go back. Ants on table Got wrong dish Papadum was drenched in oil and came at end of our meal after asking 3 times Channa masala was filled with oil Was my favorite place until this experience and will never go back

                      16. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Philadelphia

                        5 reviews

                        vip
                        1.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on March 13, 2021

                        overall1food3service1ambience2

                        Visit was an absolute disaster. Arrived for 630 reservation. Apps came out quickly and were tasty. However, by 7pm the kitchen was backed up and owner kept taking orders (dine in and takeaway) which further compounded things. The owner did not delegate effectively which left some of the staff just standing around. We hadn't received our main courses by the time 830pm rolled around. Other tables were also complaining. Kids were very hungry, and told the owner that we were going to leave. He insisted that it would only take another few mins, but didn't happen. As we got up to leave, he, said it was ready, but we were put off and asked him to pack the food. We picked up fast food on the drive home (we live in Yardley, PA) for the kids and wife and I ate at home...it was nearly 10pm. Such a shame as the food was good. But service was non existent.

                      17. J

                        Jerseyans

                        Philadelphia

                        21 reviews

                        4.0

                        21 reviews

                        Dined on March 6, 2021

                        overall4food5service2ambience4

                        The food was great! Although the portions could have been a little larger. The was less than half protein and was drowning a bit in sauce. The service was sub par. Server was courteous but forgot two items we had ordered and still put it on the bill! They did correct it but was a bit annoying. They also gave us water in the beginning and didn't come by after bringing the entrees to offer us water or anything else again. It wasn't until I flagged down (the owner?) that we got some attention and got our bill. The server should have done what I used to do when I waited tables...write things down! Also there were only about 7 or 8 tables filled which was shared between two servers. So they should have been more on point. We will go back at some point because of the food but they need to improve on service.

                      18. S

                        Sam918

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 26, 2021

                        overall4food3service3ambience5

                        This was my first recent visit to the restaurant in a long time, having visited it once many years back when it had just opened. It was a great experience overall. We were greeted at the door by the host who walked us through some quarantine safety measures and then promptly led us to our table, which was by the window. The tables by the tall and narrow windows give you a nice view of the street. One can tell that both natural and artificial lighting play a part in illuminating the seating area. The courteous host checked up on us periodically to see if we had decided on our order. Like many restaurants during this time, Chennai Chimney uses a QR code through which their menu can be accessed. The menu was very varied, from their appetizers and small bites to the entrees and desserts. We decided on Indian staples, the Chicken and Lamb biriyanis. The food was great. The meats were well-cooked and were delicious. By virtue of the quarantine, the restaurant had limited seating, which was nice. The place didn't feel very crowded and the noise level was quite low. The overall ambience was great. I would definitely visit this place again.

                      19. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 1, 2020

                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                        the experience was very good and pleasant, unfortunately in the middle of dinner a large group of diners arrived and the noise and atmosphere became unbearable

                      20. DM

                        DrewM

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 15, 2020

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        We had made reservations a head of time but when we got there the restaurant said they would not be taking any reservations that were made after a certain time. They asked us to wait, were super rude to some other customers and we decided to leave. Not giving my business to rude people.

                      21. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Philadelphia

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 8, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Drove from Doylestown,PA for dinner and then concert in Princeton. Will definitely eat here again. Taste buds so excited

                      22. a

                        adh1

                        Chicago

                        84 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        84 reviews

                        Dined on January 30, 2020

                        overall4food5service3ambience4

                        Slow initial service but food was great

                      23. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        2 reviews

                        4.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on December 29, 2019

                        overall4food3service3ambience5

                        We had a good experience at the restaurant. The staff was attentive and respectful. We had a late reservation on a Saturday and although I understand the staff wants to leave on time after a long day, I did feel a bit rushed towards the end of the service. The food was okay (I ordered butter chicken and malai kofta) although I felt the portion sizes were small for the price. I enjoyed the paneer baajis a lot. They were really delicious. It’s BYOB so that’s a great bonus and parking was easy. I would definitely dine here again but make sure that I have an earlier reservation and perhaps order more of the appetizers.

                      24. B

                        Bruno68

                        New York Area

                        32 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        32 reviews

                        Dined on December 28, 2019

                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                        The Vegetable Byriani was fantastic, as was the gobi manchurian.

                      25. JF

                        JoeF

                        Phoenix

                        10 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined on December 14, 2019

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Restaurant smells great, the food was delicious, service was on top of their game. Overall great experience and I look forward to going back.

                      26. MS

                        MindySoup

                        Philadelphia

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on November 24, 2019

                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                        Delicious food! Wonderful service. Only problem is that there were too many delicious options to choose from! Veggie friendly too.

                      27. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Philadelphia

                        4 reviews

                        3.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on November 9, 2019

                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                        Average Indian food.

                      28. PA

                        PaulaA

                        Philadelphia

                        12 reviews

                        vip
                        3.0

                        12 reviews

                        Dined on October 26, 2019

                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                        We kept trying to find a way to be happy with our experience. The wait time to place an order and the wait time to be served was very long despite asking about timing multiple times. The restaurant was just not that full. Additionally my dish was hard to eat as there was bone/gristle in it. Looks like there could’ve been better care taken in preparing the meal. Overall a pretty disappointing experience which I’m onhappy to report as we really kept trying to find ways to be happy with our visit. Really do miss Masala Grille. I have never left a negative report for a restaurant before as I feel like there can always be factors that influence that one visit that might not occur on the next visit. But this is my second visit here and the second visit was worse than the first. I’m hoping my feedback will let the restaurant make some improvements.

                      29. a

                        alecg

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on October 18, 2019

                        overall4food5service3ambience3

                        Food was delicious. They seemed pretty understaffed though.

                      30. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Philadelphia

                        5 reviews

                        1.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on October 5, 2019

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        The food and service was disappointing. They did not have our registration and the time we waited on receiving our food was unacceptable.

                      31. NA

                        NataliaA

                        New York Area

                        2 reviews

                        1.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on September 21, 2019

                        overall1food1service1ambience3

                        This place used to be great. Not sure what happened but never going back.

                      32. WD

                        WineandDine

                        New York Area

                        1152 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        1152 reviews

                        Dined on August 28, 2019

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        This was an excellent dinner; although I wasn't impressed by the weekday buffet, dinner courses are really well created.

                      33. LA

                        LAURENCEC

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on August 9, 2019

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        perfect. the best place i n princeton to have a great dinner

                      34. WN

                        WilliamN

                        Los Angeles

                        20 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        20 reviews

                        Dined on July 20, 2019

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Elegant dining, gourmet food, and excellent service. What more could one want!

                      35. WD

                        WineandDine

                        New York Area

                        1152 reviews

                        vip
                        3.0

                        1152 reviews

                        Dined on June 26, 2019

                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                        The lunch buffet was recommended to me. The food was very ordinary compared to some wonderful dinner entrees that I've enjoyed, here. The eleven dollar price was fair for what was offered.

                      36. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on June 22, 2019

                        overall5food3service5ambience4

                        The price in Princeton is reasonable, we had a party of 18 ppl with the bill less than 350 dollars. The food is good and the recommendations from the waiter is good for our party with a mix of Indiana and non Indians. The giant 75mm dosa was the highlight for my husband who miss dosa so much! For non Indians who want to have a decent place to taste the Indian food, it is a good place.

                      37. WN

                        WilliamN

                        Los Angeles

                        20 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        20 reviews

                        Dined on June 8, 2019

                        overall4food4service3ambience4

                        Very nice as always but only buffet available at noon.

                      38. G

                        George

                        Philadelphia

                        14 reviews

                        4.0

                        14 reviews

                        Dined on May 12, 2019

                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                        Good dependable Indian food in Princeton area. Also has some regional Indian dishes not readily available on other menus.

                      39. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Francisco

                        2 reviews

                        2.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on April 21, 2019

                        overall2food2service2ambience2

                        I was not able to eat here because they only offered buffet. They should have been upfront with that information. I never would have made the reservation otherwise. Also, the tables are too close together. Buffet looked good, just not food I could eat.

                      40. WN

                        WilliamN

                        Los Angeles

                        20 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        20 reviews

                        Dined on April 13, 2019

                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                        The food was wonderful but service was slow and the noise level from distant patrons who were almost shouting was very bothersome.

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                      Chennai Chimney is rated 3.3 stars by 60 OpenTable diners.

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                      Booked 6 times today
                      Google Map for Chennai Chimney

                      19 Chambers St Princeton, NJ 08542

                      Additional information

                      • Cross street

                        Nassau St

                      • Neighborhood

                        Princeton

                      • Hours of operation

                        Tue–Sun 11:00 am–1:45 pm
                        Dinner
                        Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

                      • Cuisines

                        Indian

                      • Dining style

                        Casual Dining

                      • Dress code

                        Casual Dress

                      • Parking details

                        Public Lot

                      • Payment options

                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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