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Cholanad Restaurant and Bar, Chapel Hill, NC

Cholanad Restaurant and Bar

4.6
4.6
466 Reviews
$30 and under
South Indian
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    South Indian, Indian, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 2:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 2:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (800) 246-5262

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Available Private dining on Advanced booking. We provide custom menus for groups of more than 20 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kumar: (800) 246-5262

  • Neighbourhood

    Chapel Hill

  • Cross Street

    Mallette St

  • Parking Details

    FREE Parking located on the back of the Restaurant via W Rosemary Street.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 466 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Fit for Foodies

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Hot Spot

  • Durham

    Fit for Foodies

  • Durham

    Hot Spot

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  1. RG

    RaviG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    CholaNad experience has generally been very good but this was probably a one off thing (related to short staff?). Food was totally cold upon arrival after waiting long. Server was kind to replace the dosa and roti but the experience was already spoiled. Thali presentation was not up to their own standards. I’d really hope to be back again but on weekdays when customer volume is low and possibly manageable.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed our meal. However felt overpriced
  3. l

    luv2dine

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Indian food. Great food and service Unfortunately, parking is what will make you not want to come back.
  4. ED

    ElizabethD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our son's birthday celebration was perfect! The food was fantastic, the service was exceptional - and that combination made everything perfect. We were able to sit "outside" and enjoy the evening's fresh air. Our server even called me after we left to let me know I'd forgotten my umbrella! We can't wait to go back again!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Waiter was not great… food was OK
  6. R

    Rich

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday, service was outstanding . The waitress was very attentive helping navigate the menu and making really great recommendations.
  7. N

    Nehasunshine

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    i have fond memories of the restaurant when it opened a decade plus ago, and i haven’t been there since 2013. I was excited to eat there on my way back to DC.. however the location had changed and while the space seemed bigger, it lacked the warmth that i remembered. We ordered sambar dosa ( which in my memory was the best i have ever had) fell short. Dosa was cold and sambar was very thick and i didn’t eat past a bite Aloo poori were warm but lacked flavors. In dessert the pongal was nothing to rave about overall i was disappointed
  8. MS

    MicS

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. They have some unique dishes from Tamil Nadu on top of the typical Indian menu you see in other places. We don’t live in RTP area, but always stop by when we are in the area
  9. CJ

    CatJay

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, as always. Service was prompt and accommodating and genuinely friendly. Very nice dining experience.
  10. D

    Diane

    Portland

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a favorite when we are in Chapel Hill. Yummy food and always dependable to be tasty.
  11. E

    Ellen

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were new to Cholanad and I and 3 friends were very happy with the quality of the food. Everyone agreed that everything was delicious. And the young man who served us was very patient and helpfu as we navigated the very extensive menu. We really had a lovely time. And we’ll be back!
  12. L

    Larry

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moved across the parking lot to bigger space at former Mellow Mushroom. Lots more free parking in the back off Rosemary Street. Same great food as before. Loved the mango lassi for dessert!
  13. DF

    DFWMax

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal! Great service. Elevated south Indian fare at its finest.
  14. a

    algreens

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First of all didn’t get into town until 10pm. Thank goodness Cholanad’s kitchen is open until 11. The food was outstanding and the service and staff were so nice and welcoming. They did excellent job at describing ingredients etc. Will definitely be going back.
  15. F

    Foodfriend99

    Raleigh

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Gathering for a delicious dinner with friends
  16. F

    Franco

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The atmosphere of the restaurant is nicely conceived with both indoor and finished outdoor spaces. We had two types of masala dosa and two curries, chicken saag and chettinad chicken curry. The dosas were very good. The curries were OK but otherwise forgettable. We were served by a young man who also greeted diners at the front podium. He was confused, slow, and forgetful the entire evening. He blamed the repeated and lengthy delays we experienced in getting our drinks and meals upon the restaurant's being "busy," even though both spaces were nearly empty while we were there.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The food seemed to be very inconsistent in terms of taste and freshness. Our waiter was inexperienced and we had to track him down to arrange to pay the bill. After three attempts, I’m giving up on this restaurant.
  18. AW

    AWL2

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Sadly, the servers were understaffed and overwhelmed with UNC Graduating Seniors and Mother's Day families. I would have hoped that the restaurant's manager might have anticipated a busy evening and staffed accordingly. The wait times for food were over 1 hour. We've been here many times in the past and had a much more pleasant experience.
  19. DM

    DaveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Indian meal I have had in a long time. If you aren't sure what to get, just ask. The staff had great recommendations.
  20. t

    turnepf

    Greensboro

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were slammed between graduation and Mother’s Day, but they worked very hard. The food was excellent as always.
  21. LB

    LisaB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside - great service, great food. Friendly people.
  22. C

    Carol

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We’ve been here many times and this was not as good as previous visits. We waited at the front entrance for more than five minutes until someone acknowledged us, abs they weren’t very full. Just on the phone, on a computer, etc. Our meals came out, and the “mild” dish was very spicy, and the spicy dish was mild. My husband and I had to switch our meals. We’ve enjoyed eating here many times, but this was the worst experience.
  23. ML

    MarilynL

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Delicious foid and the atmosphere is nice both i side and put, a great find on franklin street!
  24. MJ

    MarionJ

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easter meal with family!
  25. S

    Steenrod

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I am in chapel hill for an event and arrived early evening from my flight. I had 7:45 reservations. We arrived at 7:45 and left at 8. There were about 6 active tables outside. We stood in atrium next to the hostess stand, waiting to be seated. Waiters ran past us with food, but not one employee acknowledged us. The food may be very good, but we were unable to try any of it. I looked for a host or menus, but after searching for 15, we gave up. To be fair, there was a sign that they were short handed. I was willing to be patient, but we were literally ignored.
  26. A

    Amaury

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am not Indian but my 2 friends are and they took care of the ordering a d was amazed with the freshness and deliciousness of the food. Very authentic with many southern Indian authentic dishes.
  27. JS

    JohnS

    Raleigh

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall the food was very good with a great selection to choose from. My only complaint is the naan that we ordered was tough and somewhat tasteless.
  28. GK

    GoviK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time - tasty food, creative drinks, friendly service - recipe for more!
  29. AL

    AlyssaL

    Tallahassee

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went for a girls' night out dinner and this was a great choice. The entrees and Naan were delicious and the waitresses were very patient with us to help us figure out what to order. I'd definitely go back.
  30. t

    tarheel1992

    Greensboro

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    We were the first people of the evening and literally the only people in the entire restaurant for our entire meal. There was one person working and the service was very minimal. We had to find him to place our order and once he brought us our food we did not see him again until it was time for our check. Sad to say that we most likely won't return...
  31. KN

    KatieN

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, unique, and delightful. Fantastic vegetarian options.
  32. PC

    PamC

    Naples

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food is so delicious! A must when in Chapel Hill!!!
  33. G

    Gigi

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Food is excellent and everyone is so nice and attentive. The space is very well done and the outdoor seating when weather permits is fab.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good but when we arrived with our reservation they did not have any seating available and still had to wait about 15 to 20min to be seated
  35. AS

    AnkitaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Not good. got table after 50 mins even when made reservation
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Service was very slow but the food was great
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Can’t wait to go back and take friends.
  38. RJ

    RalphJ

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always top notch. The best Indian food in the Traingle.
  39. GG

    GiaGia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers are really helpful and understanding. Will definitely be coming back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wonderful cuisine. Service was prompt and friendly.

FAQs

Cholanad Restaurant and Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Cholanad Restaurant and Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (800) 246-5262.

Cholanad Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 466 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Cholanad Restaurant and Bar

310 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Mallette St

  • Neighbourhood

    Chapel Hill

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 2:30 pm–10:30 pm Sun 2:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    South Indian, Indian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    FREE Parking located on the back of the Restaurant via W Rosemary Street.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (800) 246-5262

  • Private party facilities

    Available Private dining on Advanced booking. We provide custom menus for groups of more than 20 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kumar: (800) 246-5262

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