Cholanad Restaurant and Bar

4.1
426 Reviews
$30 and under
South Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Casual
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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EmilyL
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It’s good to have South Indian dishes along with some of the more expected, but delicious, standards. The restaurant light is dim and atmospheric.

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JuleeW
County Durham
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was mediocre as was the service. It’s not a bad restaurant. The servers were nice and polite which is good but lacking in experience. We understand that it’s difficult to find workers in the restaurant business at this time. I wouldn’t recommend to a friend, it’s not particularly good food.

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Shelley
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

This was my first time dining at their new location. Unfortunately we did not have a good experience.

The waitress was very nice and pretty attentive.

The sampler plate was really good. The Grandma's Specialty (not sure this is the correct name) was disappointing. We chose the bone-in option to get the fish of our choice rather than tilapia but it truly was more bones than meat.

The most frustrating part of the dining experience was the fruit flies that were constantly flying around us and our food the entire time. We informed the waitress and the hostess about this issue.

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DouglasB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I graduated from UNC in 1982. I predict this restaurant will have the longevity of famous UNC restaurants like Spanky's, Crooks Corner and Rathskellers.

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vipMaryC
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu, great service, safe atmosphere. We had a selection of the curries, all were great! The veggie appetizer sampler was amazing! ….and the sauces, the sauces, each one amazing! Perfect Dosa! We will definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our party left without eating after receiving no table service for 10 minutes. We were the only customers in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was terrible. We didn’t see our waiter for 30+ minutes. Our drinks were empty. Lots of staff walking around appearing to survey but no one actually noticing unattended customers.

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TheWee
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening and great food. Vegetarian and vegan foods are not cooked in the same oil as meat foods, so great for those with that concern.

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ReneM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. We were worried because of recent reviews, but they were quick, attentive, the food came out quickly and was delicious!

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StephenC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food is always consistently good. Not traditional spicy so if you want it to be you must ask. We had a waiter in training - no former experience and had no clue how to wait…can’t be too hard on him I guess but would recommend having him tag along with the more seasoned wait staff before letting him deal directly with diners. We waited 54 minutes for our food which was a real downer and should never happen. It was ‘busy’ but not overly so. Kitchen must be getting used to post-Covid crowds. The hostess and owner did check on us a few times which was appreciated. We will dine here again. Hope they can get the wait staff and kitchen back to operating more efficiently.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Very slow service. Our server came to our table to take our order and to give us the check. Had to ask for drink refills and took forever to get our food. Food was good but not sure worth the wait

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paelov
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, friendly service, kitchen was slow getting food out. Would recommend.

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vipDFW24
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently flavorful and delicious food. Try to make it here whenever in the Chapel Hill area.

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vipturnepf
Greensboro
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Indian food I've ever had. Their new location is very swank, including lots of outdoor seating, which we took advantage of. Like all places, they're a bit short staffed, but the staff that was there was enthusiastic and worked hard to give a good experience.

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JimKim
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Most restaurants in town were a bit overwhelmed by Parents Weekend at UNC, and had a challenge handling all the bookings and food orders. Cholonad was no exception, so it took a long time to get the table and the food, but it was very tasty and a good value.

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DeniseS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Didn’t get outdoor table as requested and service was very slow. Food was pretty good after about an hour and a half after we had ordered. It was very busy, as it was UNC parents weekend. We liked that it had free parking.

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vipFleming
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good and the host was super helpful given we don't have lots of experience with Indian cuisine

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MichC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We recieved our food before the appetizer. When we asked about it the waiter said he forgot to put the order in. I had to get someone's attention to get a refill on our drinks, also had to asked for our check.The food itself was good.

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Emma
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We were excited to go here but the service was not very good. Our waiter told us he was tired and looked miserable (which I totally get). Unfortunately it was reflected in service. We tried helping by stacking our used plates and things like that. But he would leave them there and just bring our next course. Then he brought us the check and never asked if we wanted dessert. We told him hey we want to try to dessert. He brought us dessert and we had no where to eat it at the table because there were stacks of old entree plates and appetizer plates.

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vipGuido
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve missed dining at Cholanad. Our return trio was very satisfactory. The distancing and ventilation were excellent, and the service was very attentive. The food was what we remembered, an we love. We’ll be back soon.

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daddyruchir
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Short staffed. Waited an hour after ordering.

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xandras
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first time & I will definitely be back. A more nuanced taste in the food than what I have eaten in other Indian restaurants. I really liked it!

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JackR
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. Food was amazing

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TracyD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing authentic food and great service!

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CharletteB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Will definitely visit again!

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DateNightatJuJu
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place we have been many times and will continue to go to.

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Poetaster
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was above the ordinary Indian fare with a great flavor profile. My gripe is really the price point for lunch. There is no lunch or brunch menu and everything is ala carte. Three people split one appetizer and each had an entree. With good tip came to 76 $ way too much for lunch.

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Rackam
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

the food was very good , we were alone in a big room opened to the outside , like garage doors opened, I would definitely say this is fine Indian cuisine with a specialty of South India , which I love.

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CarrboroDiner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was slow, but it was Father's Day and they were slammed. The food was delicious, and worth waiting for!

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sashi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 out of towners visiting Raleigh area. We went here based on a friend’s recommendation. We were amazed by the menu selection, quality and service! Authentic home made taste. Very personable owner and his nephew who made us feel at home, and gave us free advice on the real estate around here, as we were here on a scouting mission.
A must go place. Will return here anytime we come back to this area

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KiranP
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service was very poor. It took over an hour to get the food.

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ElmiraM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food - tapas portions
Authentic labeling was questionable

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Foodjunkie
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent variety of different flavors. Many choices for Gluten Free. Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
19 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a graduation lunch for my daughter. Every item we ordered was exceptional. The five of us cleared every plate. Two appetizers, five entrees and bread. Tis might have been the best Indian we have ever eaten, and we have eaten a LOT of Indian before!

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DateNightatJuJu
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and experience. Glad they are in the new location. We will be back often.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food but terrible service. I was wondering why so many people recommended this restaurant but it only had around a 4.1 star rating on Google. The food here is unparalleled and may be the best Indian food you can get in the Triangle. However, this restaurant seemed severely understaffed and we had to wait over 20 minutes for our drink orders. Over the course of a (pretty spicy) meal we also only had our water cups refilled one time but only after flagging down a waiter. Food was 10/10 but consider hiring more wait staff to ensure the dining experience is better.

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vipAndreaA
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good but our main dishes were all barely warm and the service was friendly but very slow

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vipnancyoctober
Las Vegas
62 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food amd service

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vipDiane
Portland
48 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and variety of dishes. Nice inside and outside seating options

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DanielC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Friendly service. Lots of vegan and veg options.

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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 4.1 stars by 426 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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