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308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (Mallette St)
+1 800-246-5262
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was an attractive Indian restaurant with very good food. Dishes were pricey but the potion size justified the cost. Chicken chettinad was a unique curry in brown sauce. Tikka masalla. Biranyi tandoori chicken were all very good. Service was attentive at a relaxed pace.

Thank Bnj333
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Durham, NC and have been to Cholanad many times since it opened several years ago. I had not been there for several months and decided to go back with a few friends. I could immediately tell that the food was different, and not of the high quality that I had come to expect. I also noticed that... More 

Thank Roger M
Salem, Virginia, United States
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my few visits to an Indian restaurant, so was I was unsure about whether I would like it. I needn't have worried. The food was excellent and made for a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.

Thank Jim C
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263 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My first time here and it is great. So many different flavors and great vegetarian options. Wonderful service and authentic Indian flavors you won't find at a lot of Indian restaurants

Thank Paul S
Nairobi, Kenya
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Cholanad is a standby every time I'm in Chapel Hill, and a place that I always recommend to others. Their food is familiar Indian dishes but always with a unique twist that makes it interesting. The samosa chat is super tasty and a meal in itself. The only thing I don't understand is why they don't serve chai of any... More 

Thank L Y
Burlington, Vermont
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Dinner while visiting family. Had a craving for good Indian food, and Cholanad had everything we wanted. Food was delicious, and service was very good. Atmosphere was comfortable and we all enjoyed ourselves.

1 Thank PattyD67
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Decided to go to Cholanad for brunch today (Sunday); We arrived by 1.50p and sat outside; order our food and specifically asked if the chicken used in the curry is white meat - we were assured it was and that 'they only use white meat, except for in the wings'. After about 15 mins, we were served luke warm water... More 

3 Thank 997USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Nice environment. Nice food. Good service. Not much crowd on a Saturday afternoon but we were served quickly. Toilet could have been cleaner. Suggestion: CholaNadu is something to do with South India and Tanjavur where the world famous Brahadeeswara Temple is situated. The advertisement in the hotel shows Jaipur HawaMahal and may I suggest to use the Temple picture instead.... More 

Thank SriCethar
Austin, Texas
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Incredible curry and other dishes. Full of flavor and imaginary presentation. A nice ambiance and building make this a place to go visit and enjoy Superb

Thank John A
Boston, MA
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

When visiting friends in Chapel Hill, they took us to Cholanad for dinner, knowing that we love Indian food. We started with a couple of appetizers and then ordered 3 dinners plus a garlic naan. We are not new to Indian food, having been to India multiple times, and developing a love for the spices, fascinating blends of vegetables and... More 

1 Thank Boston1019

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    (Mallette St)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 800-246-5262

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?