Where to eat Indian food in Chapel Hill: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 6, 2019 Leonardo Torrence

Reviews on Indian food in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. Calling itself "the southern part of Heaven," the town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is home to the grassy malls and brick walkways of the University of North Carolina's historic campus. The presence of the country's first public university has allowed a vibrant arts and culture scene to grow in Chapel Hill. Check out a concert by a local band, watch the star's fly at the Morehead Planetarium or catch a varsity game pitting the wildly popular Tarheels against their historic Southern rivals.
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1. Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2319 Indian Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Live Music +1 919-929-3833 http://www.curryblossom.com
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4 based on 176 reviews

Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

Reviewed By gayleruth

We were impressed with the southern style cooking. Really wanted to try the Rasam but we were too full. The samosas were very good with fresh ingredients and the sauces were fresh and lovely. The saag paneer was light and delicious. Tamarind shrimp yummy and the shrimp were done perfectly. The heat was just right for young to old. On our to do list to go back next time in town.

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2. Cholanad Restaurant & Bar

308 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2521 Indian Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service +1 800-246-5262 http://www.cholanad.com
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4 based on 196 reviews

Cholanad Restaurant & Bar

A contemporary authentic South Indian cuisine. 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 servi

Reviewed By tomc947

Reasonably busy on a Tuesday evening and we were seated promptly. Server gave us time to review the menu, but also gave us recommendations. We selected the Chicken Chili Roast with parota salna, a first time for us. Nicely seasoned, tasty meal. And plenty for the two of us to share.Thank you for your business! We're glad we lived up to your expectations.

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3. Mint

504 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2317 Indian Dinner, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +1 919-929-6188 http://www.mintunc.com/
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4 based on 118 reviews

Mint

Reviewed By S7139VEjimg

Lots of choices for Indian food in this town. We tried mint and we were pleased. We both had an eggplant dish that was excellent. Nice and spicy and flavorful. Rosemary nan and pappadam good as well. Lots of other menu choices. Nice wine list. Friendly service. Reasonable prices.

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4. Raaga

3140 Environ Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517-4437 Indian Dinner, Lunch Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Digital Payments, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service [email protected] +1 919-240-7490 http://raagachapelhill.com/
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4 based on 131 reviews

Raaga

Located in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, Raaga Restaurant & Lounge offers the best fine Indian cuisine served in an upscale, authentic Indian ambiance. Dive into our splendid menu, featuring a collection of authentic recipes that have been passed d

Reviewed By mary2love

We go to this family run restaurant frequently. They have Thai and Indian food, all fantastic. The staff is personable and attentive. My spouse just had a surprise party for me there and it was so well handled, we left a good tip. Goat curry, yum!You can't go wrong here. Great private environment, great food, fair prices. Try it, you'll like it! Watch out for ordering spiceyness 1-10. 4 is hot!

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5. Guru India Restaurant

508A W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2317 Indian, Asian Dinner, Lunch Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 919-942-8201 http://www.guruindianc.com/
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4 based on 18 reviews

Guru India Restaurant

Reviewed By HollyR56

Last night we hosted an Indian Restaurant Cook-Off. We ordered Chicken Tikka Masala and Lamb Rogan Josh from 4 local Indian restaurants (with some slight variations as two of our "tasters" didn't eat lamb, so we substituted a Mango Shrimp from Tandoor. And Vimla's Curryblossom Cafe doesn't offer a Tikka Masala so we substituted a Chicken Curry. But otherwise, it was a blind taste tasting to compare dishes from Tandoor, Guru, Mint and Vimla's. I had never eaten at Guru before, and the Trip Advisor reviews had given it an edge in my mind -- so I was expecting great things. (Since I was serving the food, I was not blind to the restaurants, but everyone else was) There wasn't a unanimous vote for any one restaurant, and the most votes for chicken were different than the most votes for lamb. But in our small (seven person) taste-off Tandoor was the winner for the Chicken Tikka Masala. And Vimla's received the most votes for the Lamb Rogan Josh.Guru came in second for the Chicken Tikka Masala with 2 votes vs. 4 for Tandoor and 1 for Mint. So you can see it was quite a divided group. One of the things that was unusual at Guru was that the chicken was cut into large perfectly square chunks. The chicken was all white meat and seemed like good quality, but the presentation seemed unnatural. In addition the chicken was called out as dry and the sauce "ordinary" and "not that flavorful". I also thought there was a lot of sauce compared to the amount of chicken. But two people liked it best. The Rogan Josh was universally disliked. The lamb was dry and tough, the sauce thin and included chunks of green and red peppers that no one seemed to like, including people who like peppers. While we didn't consider price as a factor in the contest, Guru's was at the lower end of cost and offers a student discount. For 3 dishes and an order of naan, Guru (with the discount) was $44. Mint was at the top at $58.00 and Vimla's is a bargain at around $35. Tandoor was about $50. I was disappointed with Guru's and would not likely choose it again. But one always has to be fair and we only tried two dishes. Others speak highly of the restaurant so perhaps we didn't choose wisely.

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