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Mela Indian Restaurant

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Downtown Asheville
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70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
+1 828-225-8880
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Buffet, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located on Lexington Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville, Mela...
Located on Lexington Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville, Mela Indian Restaurant specializes in North and South Indian food made from scratch with local and organic ingredients. We are certified by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project for using ingredients produced by local farmers. Come sample our lunch buffet which has a range of delicious options including chicken and naan cooked in our authentic tandoor oven, raita prepared with house-made yogurt, and seasonal vegetarian specialties. The atmosphere at dinner is warm and intimate; specials include such favorites such as pistachio lamb and spinach and goat cheese naan which are baked in our genuine tandoor oven. Mela welcomes children and offers a kids menu. In addition to dine-in, we also offer catering services. We have many options available - please contact us for more details. At Mela, our goal is to provide our community with a taste of traditional Indian cuisine. We hope you'll come and join us soon!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great lunch buffet

As always, their best deal is the lunch buffet. There are a variety of chutneys, dishes, soups, and more to choose from. They always play vintage Bollywood movies on the TV (without sound). Stands up as solid Indian food - and that's after spending the last three years in Asia.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Nicole B
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Amman, Jordan
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  • Entertaining clients
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Amman, Jordan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

As always, their best deal is the lunch buffet. There are a variety of chutneys, dishes, soups, and more to choose from. They always play vintage Bollywood movies on the TV (without sound). Stands up as solid Indian food - and that's after spending the last three years in Asia.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visit Asheville often. We tried Mela on one of our first visits, and we like it so much, we've rarely eaten dinner anywhere else in town. We love the garlic naan--soft, hot, and aromatic. We've both had various lamb dishes, which rank among the very best--in fact they are THE very best Indian lamb dishes we've... More 

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

It really says a lot that you all continue to eat at my place every time you're in town -- thanks for the loyalty! This entire review has been a pleasure to read, and I know I won't soon forget it. I'll see you next time you and your husband make it to town. If you see me, say hi!... More 

Owings Mills, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I'll just say it: I'm pretty picky when it comes to Indian food. However, upon a recent visit to Asheville, when I asked for recommendations the one restaurant that consistently was mentioned was Mela. Even when walking around town and asking locals about their favorite restaurants, Mela kept coming up in conversation as a "must go." So, we did....and we... More 

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow, I'm so glad my place impressed you! It's really great to know how many locals recommended us too -- thanks for taking their word and trying us out! It's high praise that our Chicken Tikka Masala rivaled that which you had in London, and we'll take it. Again, thank you, and I can't wait for you to make it... More 

Greenville, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Our dinner at Mela was one of the best Indian meals we have ever had. Prepare yourself for a unique culinary experience. The flavors were sophisticated, complex, and truly delicious. Our 8 year old son loved the chicken tikka masala, which says a lot as he is an extremely picky eater. The naan was delicious -we tried both the regular... More 

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

There's nothing better than hearing that your eight-year-old son loved his food as much as you did! I really appreciate your detailed review of all your dishes, from the naan to the lamb. Sounds like the service was great, too -- thanks for mentioning it! I hope you all will be back for another dinner soon. All the best, Anoop,... More 

Bunnlevel, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This was hands down, the best Indian meal we have ever had anywhere. And we LOVE Indian, and cook it at home as well. Everything was great and portions were awesome.

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

The best anywhere? That's better feedback than I could've ever hoped for! Thank you kindly -- hope to see you all again very soon. Until next time, Anoop, Owner More 

Cumming, GA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We visited for the lunch buffet on a Sunday and arrived as the restaurant opened. We were warmly greeted and offered beverages as soon as we sat down. We proceeded to the buffet line and found a very delicious assortment of delicious Indian dishes, chutneys, salads and bread presented beautifully. The reviews for Mela were all very promising and Mela... More 

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Knowing that you had pretty high expectations, I'm so happy you left feeling impressed, Pat. It sounds like all of your dishes were great, and I can't tell you how much it means to me that you came to TA to spread the word. I'll see what we can do about the buffet line -- thanks for your candid feedback... More 

Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Looking for an Indian restaurant..? Look no further. I have to say that the food here is very different to what I am accustomed to eating. I had never had Indian food before and the wait staff was very good to help me find something that I would enjoy. I sure did enjoy it...! To top it all off their... More 

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so glad my staff was there to help you throughout your first Indian-food experience! Sounds like you were pretty pleased with your experience -- I couldn't be happier to hear it. Thank you so much for recommending us, and I hope you get a chance to return very soon. All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Tampa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

There is one thing my husband and I always do when we are on vacation, and that is to have Indian food. You know you have found a gem when your Uber driver tells you how great Mela is. The restaurant is very nicely decorated. Our server was a delight. We had Chicken Pakoras, Chicken Tiki Marsala and an eggplant... More 

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Sounds like you and your husband had a lovely meal, Cat. I'm pleased that the welcoming atmosphere and service and the exceptional dishes were to your liking. Thanks for spreading the word! Hope you'll make it back soon. Until next time, Anoop, Owner More 

North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

A wild combination of funky atmosphere and delicious Indian cuisine creates a memorable Asheville night. Large open room with many tables, high ceilings, some non-descript music - was it techno? Who knows? The acoustics add to the vibe of the place - the constant chatter creates a din and the thin waitresses sashaying about in their black dresses lull you... More 

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

This is awesome! I'm really glad you had a great experience and loved the lamb pistachio curry especially. It'd be great to welcome you back soon! All my best, Anoop, Owner More 

Asheville, NC
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

DELISH!!! And you know when an Indian restaurant is frequented by Indians, it's gotta be good. The salmon tikka is always outstanding. Never disappointed here. Fun location on a busy street.

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Sounds like everything was just perfect, and it always is. It really makes me happy to hear it! Thanks a lot -- see you next time! Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

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Additional Information about Mela Indian Restaurant

Address: 70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
Phone Number: +1 828-225-8880
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 11 - 30
Cuisine: Indian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-225-8880

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 30
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Entertaining clients

Description

Located on Lexington Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville, Mela Indian Restaurant specializes in North and South Indian food made from scratch with local and organic ingredients. We are certified by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project for using ingredients produced by local farmers. Come sample our lunch buffet which has a range of delicious options including chicken and naan cooked in our authentic tandoor oven, raita prepared with house-made yogurt, and seasonal vegetarian specialties. The atmosphere at dinner is warm and intimate; specials include such favorites such as pistachio lamb and spinach and goat cheese naan which are baked in our genuine tandoor oven. Mela welcomes children and offers a kids menu. In addition to dine-in, we also offer catering services. We have many options available - please contact us for more details. At Mela, our goal is to provide our community with a taste of traditional Indian cuisine. We hope you'll come and join us soon!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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