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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 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
Open now
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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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Gloucester, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I first ate and Chai Pani 5+ years ago. I could not wait to get back to Asheville and eat there again. Food is excellent and very creative and yummy mixed drinks. If i lived in Asheville , I would be a regular at Chai Pani.

Thank Emily A
Alexandria, Virginia
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We picked up take-out here around 9:20pm in the evening (they close at 9:30pm) and took it back to the Haywood Park Hotel, right across the street. The woman at the counter helped us select several tasty items to share. Quick, convenient, and delicious.

Thank NancyDrew76
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had another wonderful meal today at Chai Pani. I have already given a review, but had to do another after a nice lunch today in Asheville. I was able to try a few other items on their menu such as Bhel Puri (vegan) dish. I also tried Chicken Pakoras. Delicious chicken pieces lightly breaded in chickpea batter which included... More 

Thank 543dannyw
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I just found out recently that we love Indian food so we thought we'd try this place. The service was excellent, the food was so colorful and tasty. We got the Samosa Chaat for an appetizer and I got the Sloppy Jai while my husband got the Kathi Kabab Roll. We loved both our meals. Would definitely... More 

Thank Joy G
mystic, ct
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really, really wanted to love this place based on my love of Indian food and the great reviews. Here were the problems.... 1. The okra fries came out cold 2. The pakoras came out cold 3. The chicken thali was so salty we could barely eat it and the sides were watery and bland 4. I told our server... More 

Thank lbern001
Norcross, Georgia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything we ordered tasted amazing. Staff was friendly and eager to help us figure out what to order. Will definitely visit again next time we are in the area.

Thank Andrew P
Mount Vernon, Kentucky
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We try to eat here at least once every trip. The menus small and anything g you order is great... you must get the fried Kale!!!!

Thank Bobby A
Asheville, North Carolina
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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 

1 Thank Lisa E
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 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 

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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
US$5 - US$15
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, Kids, Cheap Eats
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?