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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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  • 234
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  • 102
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
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 Indian food!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Kathy F
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Columbus, Ohio
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Buffet
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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388 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Columbus, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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

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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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 

Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Mela's was recommended to us by an Asheville native, and it lived up to our expectations. It's roomy - not like restaurants that try and jam as many tables in as possible. The aromas coming from the kitchen were wonderful and added to the overall atmosphere (literally). Our server was prompt, casual and friendly, but highly professional, and offered suggestions... More 

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

I couldn't be happier to hear that your server suggested the curried goat, and it was a hit! Your kind words about our atmosphere and service have brightened my day. I'm so grateful your friend sent you to our place, and I hope you'll get a chance to come back next time you're in Asheville! All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Florida
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We have had dinner here a few times and usually eat the same Indian dishes. This past visit I tried the Tandoori Lamb a boneless pieces of lamb, marinated in a lightly spiced sauce and charbroiled in tandoor oven. delicious!!! I generally order masala and the server mentioned adding a side of the sauce to go with the meal. Was... More 

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

The Tandoori Lamb is a personal favorite as well, so I love hearing how much you enjoyed it! I'll be sure to let the kitchen know, and I hope we can welcome you back again soon. All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Asheville, NC
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We accepted an invitation from friends to visit a craft brewery in downtown Asheville and have dinner at Mela's Indian Restaurant. This indeed a most delightful and relaxing evening. Mela's menu is quite varied; consequently, all four of us were able to enjoy our favorite. There were three chicken entrees along with one lamb. Varying levels of chef's expertise were... More 

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

I'm so happy our place could provide you with a relaxing evening after your trip to the brewery. Sounds like you got to enjoy some of the best things downtown Asheville has to offer: good beer and good food! So glad you and your friends each got a dish that delighted and impressed you. It's wonderful to know my team... More 

Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Every time we visit Asheville, we make a point of enjoying at least one meal at our favorite spot - Mela!

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

So, we're your favorite Asheville spot, huh? What a compliment! It's wonderful that you make a point to come in every time you're in town. We hope to see you again soon. All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I gave this place a second chance at the recommendation of the asian grocery store they buy from. Last time we went nothing had any flavor so the grocery supplier recommended we let the returant know and to request more spices in the food (not hot spices, just flavor). We were informed they could not do this because the sauces... More 

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

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't find our food to have much flavor or freshness. I can't say that I've heard this feedback before. As you can see from some of our other reviews, our food is considered to be some of the best in Asheville, so I think the way we're doing things is working out pretty well.... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

Yes, a taste of "curry" when one has the need, but hardly a "stand out" Indian restaurant. Particularly disappointing is the Naan bread; you know, the bread that is slapped on the inside of the red hot tandoor. Mela version clearly didn't go that route!

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

I'm disappointed to hear that our food doesn't stand out in your mind, David. I'm glad we could satisfy your curry craving, but I wish it'd been more impressive to you. We usually get better feedback on our naan. We actually have a real tandoor clay oven managed by a tandoor chef -- we'd love to give you a tour... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
187 reviews 187 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Our server made great recommendations based on our tastes. Everyone was more than pleased with their choices. The breads were especially delicious. The bill was very reasonable as well.

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

I'm happy your server suggested some great items for you all! It's really great to hear how much everyone enjoyed their dishes as well as the breads. And a great price, too -- can't beat that! We hope you'll stop in again next time you're in the area. All the best, Anoop, Owner 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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