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Chai Pani

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown Asheville
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22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
+1 828-254-4003
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 15:30
Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Asheville, North Carolina
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is my boyfriend's favorite place. Lots of good finger-food choices. Good also for vegetarians. Delicious teas too.

Thank Janis G
Westbury, New York
Level Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I hate leaving a bad review but…my husband and I were pretty disappointed by the food. It was nothing special.. The atmosphere could stand some improvement by simply putting the lights on a dimmer and turning them down a bit so you can enjoy the little oil lamp on the table. The wait staff was caring and friendly. What I... More 

Thank Lisa E
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every time I come here I get the vegetarian thali. This is the traditional South Indian fare with amazing service. Being able to eat with your hands and having your American friend try an authentic meal is great. This is a place that you must go to when your in a Asheville. As always this will be on the menu... More 

Thank Arulram S
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The chai black tea was superb. I had the Daal Makhani (lentils) and that was excellent! I have had Indian food several times but not Indian street food. The price was good too...about $21 each. I loved it and will return!

Thank Chuckygii
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cool bar, interesting drinks, weird (and I mean weird) music. Menu looks good, but we just cam for the atmosphere.

Thank Pam P
Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An enjoyable visit!! Ordered the sloppy jai, paneer spinach thali and okra fritters, along with a few cocktails!! Highly Recommend!!! Great food and service was okay!

Thank aspadd
outer banks
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

this restaurant was recommended by our hosts at the ABNB we were staying. but i had heard of this place years ago from friends and was excited to try it. and it was awesome. the waitress was friendly and knowledgable and our food was excellent. i can't wait to back to asheville and try another dish.

1 Thank jtlassiter
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I have been wanting to go here for a long time. I was in the Asheville, NC area and decided to try. The food was really delicious and the atmosphere was nice. You can order several shareable snacks. I had Samosa Chaat where were very good. I also order a type of chicken wrap which was delicious. I will plan... More 

1 Thank 543dannyw
Asheville, North Carolina
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152 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Imagine strolling down the streets of Bombay and stopping at different street vendors and eating your way through town. That's how I like to go through the menu at Chai Pani. It is the Indian version of the Spanish tapas style. Great small plates of many different taste sensations as you work through the menu. Everything we tried was fresh... More 

1 Thank SEAN D
Browns Summit, North Carolina, United States
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148 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

No joke, this might be the best spot in all of downtown Asheville. Super imaginative take on authentic Indian food: Food truck style! Super friendly staff makes you feel right at home and take the time to help you find just the right meal for you and your family. Bite size offerings allow you to try many options on the... More 

Thank Randall M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Street Parking
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-254-4003
Innovative, fun, affordable, delicious, mind blasting Indian Cuisine featuring "chaat" - crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, brightly flavored Indian street snacks and "Thalis" - traditional family meals highlighting India's amazing culinary diversity. Recommended by the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetite, Food & Wine and GQ Magazine.

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