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Chai Pani

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22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
+1 828-254-4003
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
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Sun 12:00 - 15:30
Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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Fair Oaks, California
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a great dinner at Chai Pani. We aren't experts in Indian cuisine, but our server made excellent recommendations and every dish was very flavorful and delicious. Service was quick and friendly. The vibe was easy-going and relaxed with a wide range of customers.

Thank Marie607
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We frequent Chai Pani's basement bar whenever we can. Their handcrafted cocktails are delicious and unique. Not to mention, they have great finger food and a couple traditional dishes on the menu as well. The upstairs restaurant has a bigger selection of food, and we've eaten here as well and it's very good. The wait staff is always nice and... More 

Thank Caren B
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are only 2 Entrees and lots of sandwiches and Appetizers. If you are looking for a real Indian meal go elsewhere. Waited 50 minutes despite the 20 minutes that they quoted us. For those who are not accustomed to Indian food they may not know the difference in Indian apps vs entrees however we do. Tiny restaurant, not a... More 

Thank Mom2lane
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been here and to their Decatur GA location. Food is always consistent and delicious. We enjoyed ourselves and will always return. Our only comment is, we don't care much for restaurants that have their servers wait on tables and prepare drinks. I comprehend but the balance of slow business and slow service, speed up your service and maybe you'll... More 

Thank jim w
Garner, North Carolina
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small restaurant with a very authentic Indian feel. Chai beer was great be sure to try it. Best masala I've had since eating at with my friends who are from India.

Thank Andrew D
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think if you've been to many Indian restaurants, this place is definitely subpar. I was excited by all the many great reviews but was solely disappointed. The samosa Chaat is good and so is the bhel puri, but seriously they're overpriced! The veg Thali was definitely a disappointment. Like one reviewer said, the "roti" looks and tastes store bought.... More 

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Big Canoe, Georgia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must try Indian spot. Friendly staff, delicious food, reasonable prices, and so beautifully served.

Thank Equifax
Lakeland, Florida
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173 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By now, we've been to dozens of Indian restaurants in our lifetimes and have rarely been disappointed. By the stellar reviews here, we were really excited and didn't think this would be any different. Instead, we left extremely dissatisfied. First off, the food itself was sub par. It honestly didn't taste like much at all, lacking flavor and any substance... More 

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ChaiPani, General Manager at Chai Pani, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your review. I'm very sorry to hear you did not have a good experience here at Chai Pani. Of course, everyone has different tastes, and if you did not like the food that is absolutely your right to share that opinion, and honestly we take all reviews, both positive and negative, very seriously, so thank... More 

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99 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Chai Pani MANY years ago during the Asheville Food Tour and the sample of the sloppy Jai stayed me with me. We were able to have lunch there on Friday and it was better than I remembered it. The service and food were outstanding. The flavors are so memorable. I had the sloppy Jai and my husband had... More 

1 Thank brouillymarie
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food ☆☆☆☆ Location ☆☆☆☆ Service ☆☆☆☆☆ Ambience ☆☆☆☆☆ A very cozy environment to enjoy typical Indian chai and street food. Dont miss the free refills for your chai !!

1 Thank Parveer G

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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, Gluten Free 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, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 21:30
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?