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Cholanad Restaurant & Bar

308 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2521
+1 800-246-5262
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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308 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2521
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Reviewed 5 August 2018

The food is outstanding here but the service is not on the same level as the food. We were greeted when we entered and promptly seated, drink orders were taken. I love the decor and the atmosphere here. I ordered the pineapple mango dish again...More

Thank NCTraveler2015
Mathivanan P, Owner at Cholanad Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback! We had discussed the service issues with the team and I am sure you will notice that in your next visit! Have a good one! Mathi

Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Have been to this restaurant a few times, food has always been tasty, good portion and the quality is great!

1  Thank FoodieMahi
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed this Southern Indian style menu. Exciting dishes ranging from curry pots to filled dosa pancakes. A must try.

1  Thank Richard R
Reviewed 30 June 2018

We had dinner here and received excellent advice from Rakesh, our waiter. The menu is extensive and has a large number of dishes we'd never seen before--unusual cocktails, reasonable Indian beer list. We had a single dosa which was enormous (lamb and egg) and was...More

1  Thank CandG2014
Reviewed 30 May 2018

What a great meal. Our server was very patient and attentive even though they were quite busy, helping us to navigate the outstanding menu. The bread before dinner was out of this world and the tikki sauce was incredible. Great great meal!

1  Thank Rdub56
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Went here for a post-graduation dinner. It's easy to book a reservation on OpenTable. Overall, we enjoyed the food here. The knowledgable people in our group said not everything is necessarily authentic but that overall the flavors are good. The Tiger Dosa has a lot...More

Thank kate554433
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Cholanad serves some decent South Indian food. It's not authentic South Indian, but for a small town like Chapel Hill, it is quite good. They have quite a few vegetarian and vegan options. We also had the "Tiger on Diet", a table length dosa that...More

Thank Ronak S
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

This restaurant offers a lovely upscale atmosphere, with pleasing decor and starched white tablecloths. If you are fond of hot & spicy food, this would be a good option, for us it was too hot. The meal was beautifully presented and smelled delicious. The Garlic...More

Thank sgec1105
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely ambience great food friendly and courteous service. Will adjust level of spiciness to order. Very unusual preparations. All delicious when each of the four of us ordered something different so we were able to try a lot.

1  Thank traveler46466
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Less than average Indian food and horrible service. Vimala is a much better choice with more authentic food and outstanding service by the owners as well as the staff. Vimala owner/ chef served us our meal and took the time to speak with us about...More

4  Thank Loandiner
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2521
    (Mallette St)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 800-246-5262
A contemporary authentic South Indian cuisine. 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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