Tandoor Indian Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1301 E Franklin St

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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  • 919-967-6622

About Tandoor Indian Restaurant

Hours
Monday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Tuesday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Wednesday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Thursday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Friday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Sunday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Tandoor Indian in Chapel Hill had a $12 for $25 Groupon. We went to use this groupon a couple weeks back and it was the worst experience.
Staff was very rude and not professional. Treated us like second class citizens since we had a

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Tandoor Indian in Chapel Hill had a $12 for $25 Groupon. We went to use this groupon a couple weeks back and it was the worst experience.
Staff was very rude and not professional. Treated us like second class citizens since we had a

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Was enticed to the restaurant with a Groupon but even at half price was not worth it. The staff ( I believe family members) were bickering while we were there and though not very busy, were left to wait at the "bar" (a couple of stools in

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★★★★★

Was enticed to the restaurant with a Groupon but even at half price was not worth it. The staff ( I believe family members) were bickering while we were there and though not very busy, were left to wait at the "bar" (a couple of stools in

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I took some European friends who have lived here for the last 10 years. Best Indian they've had since living in the UK.

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★★★★★

I took some European friends who have lived here for the last 10 years. Best Indian they've had since living in the UK.

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Besides the bad food and expensive price, they mandatory 20% gratuity is ridiculous for their rude service.

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★★★★★

Besides the bad food and expensive price, they mandatory 20% gratuity is ridiculous for their rude service.

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I've had both the buffet and a la carte. Their food is good, especially when ordered from the menu. There food is authentic without being overpowering. A great local place for a taste of India.

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★★★★★

I've had both the buffet and a la carte. Their food is good, especially when ordered from the menu. There food is authentic without being overpowering. A great local place for a taste of India.

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Tandoor is what I'd consider good comfort food - it's not as good as some other Indian food I've had, but I know I can go and order anything off of the menu and enjoy it. The owners recognize regulars and are always friendly when I come in.

This is a good place for first-time Indian food diners - the mild food is pretty mild, but those of you who are more adventurous can get dishes blazing hot with the option of amazing homemade hot sauce as well. There are a lot of vegetarian options, which I appreciate.

I'm not crazy about the lunch or dinner buffets (the food is very mild and there aren't as many vegetarian options) but the off-the-menu entrees have never let me down.

Those of you who haven't been fond of their decor can take heart - there's been a significant remodel and the dining room looks much nicer than it did before. Tandoor is still nothing fancy, but it's the sort of place that always makes me glad I went there.

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★★★★☆

Tandoor is what I'd consider good comfort food - it's not as good as some other Indian food I've had, but I know I can go and order anything off of the menu and enjoy it. The owners recognize regulars and are always friendly when I come in.

This is a good place for first-time Indian food diners - the mild food is pretty mild, but those of you who are more adventurous can get dishes blazing hot with the option of amazing homemade hot sauce as well. There are a lot of vegetarian options, which I appreciate.

I'm not crazy about the lunch or dinner buffets (the food is very mild and there aren't as many vegetarian options) but the off-the-menu entrees have never let me down.

Those of you who haven't been fond of their decor can take heart - there's been a significant remodel and the dining room looks much nicer than it did before. Tandoor is still nothing fancy, but it's the sort of place that always makes me glad I went there.

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We always eat here. They are very friendly and accommodating to children. The food is decent, not the best I've ever had, but it is convenient for us and we are always treated well.

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★★★★☆

We always eat here. They are very friendly and accommodating to children. The food is decent, not the best I've ever had, but it is convenient for us and we are always treated well.

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Tandoor Indian Restaurant is located in the basement of a building on Franklin Street- it's in a dark, old spot, but the food is great. If you've never tried Indian food, this is the place to try it for the first time. I go there during lunch for the buffet and it's great. Not everyone wants to spend $8.00 on a lunch buffet but if you want healthy- lots of vegetables in delectable sauces- give it a try.

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Tandoor Indian Restaurant is located in the basement of a building on Franklin Street- it's in a dark, old spot, but the food is great. If you've never tried Indian food, this is the place to try it for the first time. I go there during lunch for the buffet and it's great. Not everyone wants to spend $8.00 on a lunch buffet but if you want healthy- lots of vegetables in delectable sauces- give it a try.

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I have been looking for an Indian restaurant and I came upon Tandoor. They have pretty decent Lunch Buffet prices but dinner is a tad pricey. The food is good but not great, and they don't have a very large selection. The service is very good and the waiters always make sure you have drinks, no dirty plates on your table. The one reason I wouldn't go here is when you come into the restaurant you have to walk down a flight of steep stairs, and that's not very easy to do with 1year old. I would go but don't wouldn't recommend it to too many.

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I have been looking for an Indian restaurant and I came upon Tandoor. They have pretty decent Lunch Buffet prices but dinner is a tad pricey. The food is good but not great, and they don't have a very large selection. The service is very good and the waiters always make sure you have drinks, no dirty plates on your table. The one reason I wouldn't go here is when you come into the restaurant you have to walk down a flight of steep stairs, and that's not very easy to do with 1year old. I would go but don't wouldn't recommend it to too many.

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Decor: Normal family owned substandard decor that is to be expected. Since this is not a fine dining restaurant, not really a big deal. Only concern was the very loud telephone next to our table.

Food: Ordered chicken tikka which was very tender but really needed more spice. Mild had no heat whatsoever. Also, the food came in metal dishes which was not appetizing and only a small portion of rice was placed for two people. They really should upgrade to better serving dishes.

Service: Service was great. Waiter was attentive and very hospitable.

Prices: Prices are average w/ entrees ranging from 10 dollars and up. Only issue here is that the portions are very small for an Indian restaurant.

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★★★☆☆

Decor: Normal family owned substandard decor that is to be expected. Since this is not a fine dining restaurant, not really a big deal. Only concern was the very loud telephone next to our table.

Food: Ordered chicken tikka which was very tender but really needed more spice. Mild had no heat whatsoever. Also, the food came in metal dishes which was not appetizing and only a small portion of rice was placed for two people. They really should upgrade to better serving dishes.

Service: Service was great. Waiter was attentive and very hospitable.

Prices: Prices are average w/ entrees ranging from 10 dollars and up. Only issue here is that the portions are very small for an Indian restaurant.

Pros: Chicken was very tender, service was great

Cons: Spices were too mild, portions were very small, serving dishes are not appetizing

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Tandoor?s onion chutney boldly varied in flavor and color from the average offering. It was tulip red and somewhat sweet, which was a pleasant counterpoint to the bitterness of raw onion. The green sauce (no, I don?t know it?s proper name) was also refreshingly different from its peers?smooth and bursting with flavor.

For decor, Tandoor?s claim to be a fine-dining establishment falls short. Its walls are the standard glossy cream that reminds me of a rest home. I?m never a fan of glass-top tables over white linens, as the glass just never seems to get clean enough. At least there was an Indian painting framed beneath the glass and cloth, adding a necessary splash of color.

We opted for the $32 dinner for two, including appetizer, coffee or tea, a variety of dishes, rice, naan, and dessert. If you are a lover of spice, ask for the maximum heat level. We chose medium and there was little to tantalize the taste buds.

Samosas with a thick mango chutney started the meal out. The chutney was a tad too sweet but I didn?t mind as the strong mango flavor was welcome when laced onto the bland samosa. I?m not actually sure if the mashed potato in the samosa was even spiced at all. There definitely weren?t any peas, carrot, or meat.

For the main course, we received tandoori chicken and sausage, lamb vindaloo, and a vegetable dish, which I loved. It melted in your mouth, except for the corn kernels that popped on each bite. Delicious. The tandoori meats were well cooked and the lamb vindaloo was the same as always, which isn?t a complaint.

For dessert, we received small saucers of a plain rice pudding. I ate it all but it almost wasn?t worth the effort.

I?ll definitely head back to Tandoori, as it?s the best Indian food I?ve had yet in the Triangle. As you can tell, I wasn?t thrilled, just satisfied. I?m not sure anywhere else could beat the price for the dinner for two, however.

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★★★☆☆

Tandoor?s onion chutney boldly varied in flavor and color from the average offering. It was tulip red and somewhat sweet, which was a pleasant counterpoint to the bitterness of raw onion. The green sauce (no, I don?t know it?s proper name) was also refreshingly different from its peers?smooth and bursting with flavor.

For decor, Tandoor?s claim to be a fine-dining establishment falls short. Its walls are the standard glossy cream that reminds me of a rest home. I?m never a fan of glass-top tables over white linens, as the glass just never seems to get clean enough. At least there was an Indian painting framed beneath the glass and cloth, adding a necessary splash of color.

We opted for the $32 dinner for two, including appetizer, coffee or tea, a variety of dishes, rice, naan, and dessert. If you are a lover of spice, ask for the maximum heat level. We chose medium and there was little to tantalize the taste buds.

Samosas with a thick mango chutney started the meal out. The chutney was a tad too sweet but I didn?t mind as the strong mango flavor was welcome when laced onto the bland samosa. I?m not actually sure if the mashed potato in the samosa was even spiced at all. There definitely weren?t any peas, carrot, or meat.

For the main course, we received tandoori chicken and sausage, lamb vindaloo, and a vegetable dish, which I loved. It melted in your mouth, except for the corn kernels that popped on each bite. Delicious. The tandoori meats were well cooked and the lamb vindaloo was the same as always, which isn?t a complaint.

For dessert, we received small saucers of a plain rice pudding. I ate it all but it almost wasn?t worth the effort.

I?ll definitely head back to Tandoori, as it?s the best Indian food I?ve had yet in the Triangle. As you can tell, I wasn?t thrilled, just satisfied. I?m not sure anywhere else could beat the price for the dinner for two, however.

Pros: It's the best Indian I've had in the triangle, which isn't saying a lot.

Cons: Boring decor.

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The restaurant is buffet style (an EXPENSIVE buffet- $13 dinner not including drinks), and the food is not really that great. The tables are smooshed together and it is incredibly loud. For this price, you can do better.

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The restaurant is buffet style (an EXPENSIVE buffet- $13 dinner not including drinks), and the food is not really that great. The tables are smooshed together and it is incredibly loud. For this price, you can do better.

Pros: seated promptly

Cons: even the samosas were bad

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I have never tried indian food before moving to the area. A group of friends were going here and I thought I would try it. I truely am hooked. The flavor is amazing and everyone in their restaurant from the greeter to the bus-boy was so nice and accomadating. I have since tried 3-4 other Indian spots around the triangle but none compare to this one!!! For those prior reviews that complain about blandness....this restaurant will cook your food to order and as spicy as you want it. Trust me, there is no lack of flavor!! Their buffet is good but not as good as ordering off the menu. Give it a try!!!

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★★★★★

I have never tried indian food before moving to the area. A group of friends were going here and I thought I would try it. I truely am hooked. The flavor is amazing and everyone in their restaurant from the greeter to the bus-boy was so nice and accomadating. I have since tried 3-4 other Indian spots around the triangle but none compare to this one!!! For those prior reviews that complain about blandness....this restaurant will cook your food to order and as spicy as you want it. Trust me, there is no lack of flavor!! Their buffet is good but not as good as ordering off the menu. Give it a try!!!

Pros: Flavor, price, service

Cons: wished they used more white meat chicken in the dishes

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The food is excellent and its a great price for a buffet. The mango flavored sweet yogurt drink is delicious!

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★★★★★

The food is excellent and its a great price for a buffet. The mango flavored sweet yogurt drink is delicious!

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Just moved here from Pittsburgh--we had 10 Indian places within 5 miles (FYI Taj Majal was the best), and I feel confident saying I know Indian food. This was our first venture into Indian cuisine in Chapel Hill and I took a gamble on it, figuring I'd try the one with the worst rating so I could only go up from there (perhaps odd you may think, but whatever). We had takeout so can't comment on the service. The food was decent. They had a buffet at night ($6 for kids>5 and $12 for adults), with which I am not accustomed. The place was packed--I've never seen that either. I spoke with a woman there who said she has tried every Indian restaurant in the RTP area and this one has them all beat. In summary, not the Taj Mahal in Pittsburgh, but decent chow--we'll go back.

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★★★★☆

Just moved here from Pittsburgh--we had 10 Indian places within 5 miles (FYI Taj Majal was the best), and I feel confident saying I know Indian food. This was our first venture into Indian cuisine in Chapel Hill and I took a gamble on it, figuring I'd try the one with the worst rating so I could only go up from there (perhaps odd you may think, but whatever). We had takeout so can't comment on the service. The food was decent. They had a buffet at night ($6 for kids>5 and $12 for adults), with which I am not accustomed. The place was packed--I've never seen that either. I spoke with a woman there who said she has tried every Indian restaurant in the RTP area and this one has them all beat. In summary, not the Taj Mahal in Pittsburgh, but decent chow--we'll go back.

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I disagree with other reviews citing food as bland. It is truly far from it. The staff & owver are cheerful and courteous. While eating in a basement is not the best, the owner has done a wonderful job remodeling. Try this place...you'll return for more. Also, best Indian takeout in the area.

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★★★★★

I disagree with other reviews citing food as bland. It is truly far from it. The staff & owver are cheerful and courteous. While eating in a basement is not the best, the owner has done a wonderful job remodeling. Try this place...you'll return for more. Also, best Indian takeout in the area.

Pros: Food, Staff, Price

Cons: Basement

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extremely disappointing, worst indian food we've ever eaten. would not recommend ordering off the menu or doing the buffet.

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★☆☆☆☆

extremely disappointing, worst indian food we've ever eaten. would not recommend ordering off the menu or doing the buffet.

Pros: inexpensive

Cons: food, ambiance

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Used to be the spot... it has slippe din 10 years.

Bland food, go here for the nostalgia if you are a UNC grad like me who scraped together $6 every week for the buffet on Saturday. You will be disappointed though.

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★★☆☆☆

Used to be the spot... it has slippe din 10 years.

Bland food, go here for the nostalgia if you are a UNC grad like me who scraped together $6 every week for the buffet on Saturday. You will be disappointed though.

Pros: , Good ambiance

Cons: Bland Boring Buffet

 

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