The history of Indian food tells us that during the reign of the British Empire in India (the British Raj), the local cuisine was considered by the Europeans closely to what Gods taught of ambrosia: a delightful, heavenly and delicate dish. Indian dishes can easily be considered some of the world’s most flavorful. The large variety of appetizers, snacks, side dishes and desserts have found numerous fans on an international scale. Combining all tastes possible, the Indian cuisine is bound to satisfy spice-lovers, “salty” people and persons with a sweet tooth alike. At Mint we acknowledge our wonderful history and constantly strive to push the boundaries to modernize traditional authentic tastes and elevate them to new, interesting and fascinating delights. Join us at Mint Indian Cuisine while we explore the limits and discover new taste sensations and establish new “traditions” from a firm foundation.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
$30 and under
There is ample street parking near Mint.
Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Mint Ratings and Reviews
I've tried many restaurants in the triangle area and although I don't think mint has the best food in the triangle, I believe it has the best food for the value. This is especially true if you go there for their Sunday brunch! For $14 you get unlimited Indian food and mimosas. This past time I really appreciated having garlic naan as an option on the buffet menu, something you don't see often at Indian buffets, but I will say I'm disappointed they had tofu mahkini instead of making it more traditionally (and better tasting!) with paneer. Only one fault against mint, is that every time I go there I feel that the service could be better.
We had read a couple if negative reviews of this restaurant regarding slow service. So when we, as a family of 5, dined we were prepared for this. However, I will tell you that the service was fine, they were very courteous and accomodating. But best of all...the food was fabulous!!!
Food was delicious, but service is slow. We sat at the restaurant (we were a larger party) for 20 mins before anyone came to take our drink order. We arrived at 7:20 and didn't get our entrees until over an hour later. The appetizers came quickly. We were a larger party- 8 adults, 3 kids.
I would recommend the restaurant but just allot enough time.
Overall poor, inattentive service - servers rarely stopped by to check on our party and drinks were often empty; restaurant staff did not look at reservation notes in regard to seating requests; tandoori meat was very dry and over-cooked. Naan was the only redeeming part of the experience.
The standard and quality of service at Mint has steadily declined. The food is still good. The ambience is confusing and too busy. Layout of tables could use a change. The staff is friendly but inattentive sometimes. I took my wife for dinner there recently. The food was still very good but the service wasn't up to par. The staff doesn't interact much with the guests. They charge for every single thing. Even papad and chutney which by Indian tradition should really be complimentary. Much like chips + salsa at any Mexican restaurant. If we're in the area again, and there are no other options we'll try Mint again but this is certainly no longer our first choice Indian place in Chapel Hill
The food was absolutely delicious and the portions quite generous. Pricing was very reasonable. I believe a little more help with getting descriptions for the menu items would be a big plus however, we certainly managed and were very pleased with everything we had which included appetizer and main course.
My wife and I decided to try a new restaurant on Valentine's Day and weren't disappointed. The service was good. The food was very good, although we are not Indian food connoisseurs, but we really liked the ability to request the heat level in each of our dishes. I had the mixed meat plate which had lamb, chicken and pork in various sauces. It was a great way to taste the various dishes they offer as single plates. I had mine hot (American hot, not Indian hot) and my wife had the mild chicken tikka masala. She really enjoyed her meal as well. For dessert we had the gulab jamun which we have come to enjoy when we do dine Indian. Theirs was good but not the best I've had, however, there was no complaining and nothing left to take home!
I would recommend Mint for a good Indian meal and would go back again.
Valentine's Day Eve (Sat nite) had a reservation at 6:45 got there about 10m late and waited at the bar for a table. After 20m at bar had to ask manager if we could order drinks and he actually made them. Drinks were fine and yes it was busy but frustrated that we had to ask the manager for getting orders at the bar.
Another 15m (with drinks) at bar and our table was ready. To our surprise, the manager served us. Food and appetizer took a while but again we have no issue as the restaurant was clearly very busy. Food was excellent which made up for most of the untended wait at the bar. We want to go back on a more typical Sat nite and hopefully the service level will match the quality of the food.
Overall I would recommend Mint. My wife and I have both been servers and bartenders and are very patient when a restaurant is slammed. But 20m without any kind of greeting, etc. was frustrating. Outside of that the food was excellent. We look forward to going back.
Went here on Valentine's Day with my wife. I will have to say that I am not a huge Indian food fan, although I've spent a good amount of time in India and a decent amount of meals in typical Indian buffets. We ordered the 2 person set meal for $45. Came with a appetizer that had a samosa and some deep fried veggies that was ok nothing special and not anything better than you would get at a typical lunch buffet. Then two curries-- a lamb masala and a veggie korma. These were excellent and a cut above Indian buffet quality. Then we had tandoori chicken and shrimp-- tasty but not much better than buffet. Finally desert which they didn't bring out until I asked for it, and was just two of those sweet fried dough balls in syrup (I forget what hey are called.) again typical buffet fare. So in all, apart from the curries which were quite good, there was nothing really special about the meal compared to a $10 Indian buffet, at more than twice the price ($22.50 per person). They were busy so service was not very attentive.
In all satisfied with the food but not a great value.
Loved everything except having to pay for mimosas I didn't want. Food was tasty; energy in the spot was upbeat; wide range of folks from singles, to pairs, to groups including families. Servers were good but a little scarce and took a long time to get a hot tea at the end of the meal. When we were ready to leave, it arrived. I would definitely go again and if I lived in CH, I would go often.
The brunch is buffet style and although a small selection the dishes were found to be quite tasty. We were with a party of eight which they had absolutely no problem seating us and everyone in our party especially the vegetarians enjoyed the fair. You couldn't beat the price for 8 of us $111. The mimosas and Lassie flowed endlessly.
Mint does not lack for competition for northern Indian restaurants in Chapel Hill/Durham, including two others on the same street within a half-mile, but it is the best by a full mile. Dinner entrees are properly spiced, and the vegetables are not overcooked (thank you!). Regrettably, Mint (as so many others) seems to confuse pepper with spice; we could go for less of the former and more of the latter, but this is a standard failing of most mid-range Indian restaurants. As this is Chapel Hill, not NY or DC, Mint remains the place to go.
Mint is a decent, but unexciting Indian restaurant. Our lamb in cashew-type gravy was adequate but no flavor of cashew. Our clay pot salmon did not come out in a clay pot and the accompanying sauce/gravy was unimpressive. It was clean and lively inside and the staff we nice. I would go here in a pinch if need be but would not go out of my way to make plans to eat there.
Mint has been a favorite and I must say we have not visited frequently enough (I think we will now). We live in Durham, so it's a bit of a drive to get over to Chapel Hill but it's definitely worth it. Terrific Indian food and nice bar selection. And the prices are quite moderate. Definitely recommend.
We were very disappointed that everything on the vegetarian appetizer sampler was deep fried. The menu did not say that. Neither of us eat fried foods. It all looked and tasted the same. We have enjoyed Indian food all over the world and this was not up to standards.
I was very disappointed because I was at Mint years ago several times after it first opened. It was excellent. Because I have to follow a strict gluten-free diet, I really loved that many or most of the items on the menu were GF - often using native flours such as chickpea flour rather than "western" flours made from wheat. This time, the waiter did not seem to even know what gluten was. He seemed to think that gluten was milk. He told me options I couldn't eat that were GF and items I could eat that weren't. I should have asked to speak to the chef. The server brought shrimp chilly that he told us was GF. When the meal arrived, it seemed the shrimp was breaded. He had to go ask the kitchen. He returned saying it was breaded - "sorry about that". Not ok. In this day and age, especially in Chapel Hill, most restaurants are well versed in what is and is not gluten free. The palaak paneer and samosas we had were excellent. I just hope the kitchen and staff become better acquainted with dietary restrictions.
Mint has an extensive menu with lots of protein choices. I would like to see more vegetable options. The seasoning was extremely good and I liked that you could order the amount of "fire" you preferred. The wait staff was very polite and knowledgeable. We will go again.
I'll begin this review by saying that the food at Mint is probably the best Indian cuisine I have ever had. Unfortunately, we had to wait quite a long time to be waited on and to eat. I don't know if this is the norm, as I have not been to Mint in quite some time. We waited at least 15 minutes for anyone to take our order and at least 40 minutes for our food to arrive. Once it did, it was heavenly. There were two waiters running around and I believe the manager was even taking orders, so perhaps it was just an unfortunate evening for us to be there. I would certainly visit Mint for the incredible food, but I would be in no hurry.
The food at Mint was very good. The Naan was actually very soft, which I wasn't used to. I got one of the samplers which was amazing. The lamb was well cooked and the flavor on the Chicken Tikka Masala was also outstanding. I don't tend to like that dish, but it was amazing! My boyfriend had Lamb Pasanda which was also amazing. I would recommend this restaurant, for sure!
We had an Indian friend sort through the menu and suggest: App - Paneer tikka, Vegetarian - Daal Makhani, Chicken Tikka masala, kachumber salad and try assorted bread. Everything was spot on. You can request different spice levels. Even my wife who was leary was pleased.
The food was ok, the Naan was cold, and I didn't like making my own mimosa. Would have been better if the servers were refilling the drinks. There was plenty of staff.
Keep in mind I drove 45 minutes for brunch. If I walked down the street, it would have been worth it.
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