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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Doing business
Entertaining clients

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  • 241
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  • 102
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 15
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  • 13
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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
Memorable Dinner in Downtown Asheville

Loved the fish curry made with grated coconut and coconut milk, white rice, mango lassi, yellow dal, parathas, and masala papad. There were so many items we ate here. I have honestly forgotten what else I at here. But I did manage to put down name of a few of the items that managed to remain in my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Douglas F
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California
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  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Loved the fish curry made with grated coconut and coconut milk, white rice, mango lassi, yellow dal, parathas, and masala papad. There were so many items we ate here. I have honestly forgotten what else I at here. But I did manage to put down name of a few of the items that managed to remain in my memory :)... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is one of our favorite restaurants and we visit at least monthly! Lots of variety for the buffet and great Chai Tea! wonderful value that can't be beat!

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Wow the Mela Indian Restaurant is AWESOME! I had the Chicken Tikka Masala, which is marinated boneless chicken breast pieces simmered in a thick, spicy sauce made with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and spices. It was delicious! I can't recommend this restaurant enough & if you go order the Chicken Tikka Masala! The service is friendly, the restaurant is clean,... More 

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

It's such a joy to be your new favorite restaurant! I couldn't be more pleased with your take on the Chicken Tikka Masala, the service, and the drink menu. Thank you kindly for brightening my day with this review. Hope to see you again soon. Much appreciated, Anoop, Owner More 

Miami, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

We stopped for a quick lunch at Mela to try the buffet. This place is fantastic. Quick service but very friendly. The buffet has several choices which are all delicious. The food is fresh and tasty. The place is clean and inviting. This is awesome Indian food for a great price. Definitely recommend!

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

Wow, it sounds like your entire experience was just perfect! I'm so glad you stopped in for the buffet, and that you left us your awesome feedback. I really hope you'll get a chance to visit again soon! Many thanks, Anoop, Owner More 

Lausanne
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We had a superbe diner at this restaurants. The Kashmiri chicken curry special was delicious as well as everything else we tried. The service was also very good. I would recommend this restaurant to everybody but make sure to arrive early because it gets filled quickly.

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

It's awesome to hear that your Kashmiri chicken curry was superb! I'm thrilled that the service as great, too, and that you'll recommend us to others. I hope you'll get a chance to visit again soon! Best, Anoop, Owner More 

West Chester, Ohio
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

What a great way for someone not familiar with Indian cuisine to experience it! A lunch buffet that was appealing to the eye as well as the tummy. Thanks to Mela, I am now a fan of Indian food. Service was excellent. Our server answered all of my questions about what the recipes and ingredients. She also made sure to... More 

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

Welcome to the club, Johanna! We're so happy that our buffet could make an Indian-food lover out of you. I'm really happy to hear how great your server was, too. Good to know she was able to answer all of your questions, and warn you about that spicy chutney! Glad the Blood Orange Mimosa was delicious, as well. Thanks for... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The Food was very good. The restaurant beautiful setting with a very Indian ambiance.However the funny thing to note was that there doesn't seem to be many or any Indian people working there! ;)! Also the Mango Lassi was good but didnt have a strange saffron aftertaste!

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

I'm so happy to hear you call my restaurant beautiful, Issa -- thank you! It's even more of a pleasure to know how great the food and the Mango Lassi were. I hope you'll get a chance to visit again soon! Best wishes, Anoop, Owner More 

Columbus, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We got in for dinner on a Thursday evening with no wait and had a great server. Our food came out pretty quickly and was delicious!

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

I'm beyond glad to hear that your service was friendly and quick, and the food was delicious, Kathy! Thanks for joining us for dinner, and for your kind review. I hope you'll make it in again soon. Many thanks, Anoop, Owner More 

Asheville, North Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

never ever eat at MELA Indian Restaurant, there are cockroaches everywhere and they don't clean behind their lunch buffet bar, GROSS! food was insanely too spicey. Waitress and host were Both rude!

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

As I said in my Yelp response, I'm pretty surprised to hear this, as we're always in compliance with all health and food safety standards, and cleanliness is of the utmost importance. In eight years of being in business, I've never heard this feedback once from another guest. As for the service, I'll work on making that better. Thank you... More 

Ocoee, Tennessee
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I was very much looking forward to dining here as Indian food is one of my favorite foods. I am sad to say that I was very disappointed. The chai was very weak and watery, most of the food was tasteless. I did enjoy the mango chutney but that was really all. The food did not have the rich complex... More 

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

I'm disappointed to hear that your meal was so underwhelming you wrote your first review, Robyn. I'm even sorrier that you feel like you wasted your money on a meal at our place. To be honest, I'm pretty shocked to hear that the food was bland, and the naan was flat. We've been serving Indian food in Asheville for a... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: Families with children, Doing business, 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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