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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
All hours
Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Burlington, Vermont
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10 reviews
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 10 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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50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We loved this when it first opened but recently have been disappointed. On our last visit the food was delayed, the appetizer came out last and the manchurian cauliflower dish appeared to have been reheated. Something happened here and it is no longer the special place that it was.

1 Thank sbgtrav
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The food is fresh and delicious. Authentic Indian food, great, friendly service. Pleasant atmosphere.

1 Thank 929virginiac
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Indian cuisine is our life. Wandered into Cholanand with our newly minted UNC undergrad. Holy Korma! The food was great and service form Brad was impeccable.Kumar is totally dedicated to innovative South Indian cuisine with fresh ingredients and wonderful spices. If you like Indian Cuisine, Cholanad is not to be missed.

2 Thank BonVivant57
Raleigh, North Carolina
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599 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 339 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I finally made it to CholaNad after wanting to dine there for a while. While I really enjoyed my food, the service just wasn't there. It took at least 20 minutes to get the bill taken care of and I'm not sure why as it was not overly busy. I am assuming someone just forgot. I ordered a mango pineapple... More 

1 Thank NCTraveler2015
Columbia, SC
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266 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

The Wife, The Sister, the Niece, the Brother in Law and I enjoyed a good lunch at Cholanad. The following dishes were shared with entire group: Spring Dosa - A Crispy Crepe filled with assorted vegetables. The four different sauces help make each bite unique and delicious Lamb Saag - Lamb Cubes cooked with Indian spices. This dish might not... More 

1 Thank Mountaineer_Steve

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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
USD 30 - USD 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?