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Chai Pani

22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
+1 828-254-4003
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“thali” (125 reviews)
“butter chicken” (60 reviews)
“samosas” (53 reviews)
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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2715
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The lunch special is awesome and my go to pick for lots of flavor and lots of food at a good price. Don't skip the table top green mango spicy goodness, but proceed with caution. The cocktails are good too. I never get tired of...More

Thank abigailgriffinavl
Reviewed 1 week ago

During my visit, Chai Pani was temporarily housed at their Riverside Drive location. The owners and hipster-clad staff successfully turned a stark warehouse and industrial park setting into a lively, fiery, and oh so laid back indoor nukkadwala (No need for a google search, "Indian...More

Thank LoveTravel173602
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious experience at Chai Pani with locals. Each dish was fantastic, but the fried okra put the evening over the top. Ready to go again!

Thank terrikhnc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was so good when we went here for dinner that we decided to come back for lunch the next day! And this in Asheville, city of incredible food. It really was that good. My husband and I each had different kinds of Chaat,...More

Thank Kelly B
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

This small restaurant advertises that it has Indian street food. Whatever it is called, it is incredible. Everything was delicious. You can get half orders of some of the items so you can try everything. They have a large drink menu, and my wife tried...More

Thank Larry G
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

This is the one restaurant that we visit every time we come to Asheville. The food is delicious! We always get the Thali Plate, be it the Butter Chicken or the special for that day. The Okra Fries are delicious!! Squeeze the lime on top,...More

Thank Morgan E
Reviewed 14 August 2018

I've been there several times and everything I got was delicious. I don't know a lot about Indian but I understand the menu has an Indian street food spin to it, setting it apart from the other delicious indian restaurant in town.

Thank tristancollinsart
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

We just loved all the dishes we tried at Chai Pani. Our favorites were Bhel Puri, Chicken Pakoras and the Butter Chicken Thali......runners up and also very good were the Chicken Tikka Roll and Paneer Tikka Roll. And you have to try the Nimbu Pani......first...More

Thank April B
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

We visited while on vacation and had an amazing experience. Everything we ate was full of flavor, the portions were generous and the service was excellent. If you’re in Asheville you can’t leave this one off of your list.

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Indian street food. Not your everyday Indian food. Service was quick, atmosphere was pleasant and will definitely go back.

Thank travelingmom54
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7 June 2018|
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Response from Fairladyzee | Reviewed this property |
I have never really had a long wait. I go multiple times a year; holiday season, summer time.. you should be fine if you're in a group of 5 or less.
20 November 2017|
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Response from ZenHealer7 | Reviewed this property |
When you say "you", you mean the restaurant. "You" need to pose that question to the restaurant, not here.
30 March 2016|
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Response from ChaiPani | Property representative |
We do indeed have many gluten-free options--please ask for our "Super Duper Mega Secret Awesome Special Diets Menu," and our servers will be able to walk you through all your options. Hope to see you here soon!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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
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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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