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Mela Indian Restaurant

70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823 (Downtown Asheville)
+1 828-225-8880
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Ranked #50 of 633 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
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!
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The lunch buffet is s total joke... Im from NYC and eaten in the best Trust me The Naan is a total dough ball.... The whole experience was funny to me They had two chicken main dishes and maybe three veggie dishes all prepared like a high school cafeteria would throw out.... I really dont want to go on just... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Five of us ate in this wonderful restaurant last night and we all had exceptional meals, especially the lamb with pistachio nuts! Good friendly service as well. Would definitely recommend to anyone and cannot wait to return.

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

Thanks for the fantastic recommendation! Happy to hear you and your party enjoyed your dishes so much. We look forward to seeing you next time! Best, Anoop, Owner More

Hickory, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We eat at Mela as often as we can when we visit Asheville - it's always delicious! Our home town does not have an Indian restaurant so this is always a real treat. You can't go wrong if you like Indian food. Excellent service, attractive decor and reasonable prices too.

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

Thanks for the continued support! I'm glad you always enjoy your visits to our place and think the food is consistently delicious. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you're in town! Best, Anoop, Owner More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I've been to Mela several times. The food is outstanding. Service is great. I highly recommend this place.

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

Thanks for the great recommendation. I'm glad you always enjoy your visits to our place and think the food and service are consistently top notch. Hope to see you again soon! Take care, Anoop, Owner More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Mela Restaurant was ok. The food was fantastic. But the service was extremely bad. We arrived in the restaurant and ordered our food. A few minutes later, the waiter brought out the naans we had ordered. So we were waiting and waiting for our food to come out, but after 30 minutes, the only thing we had were cold naans.... More

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

While it's great to hear that you thought the food was fantastic, I'm really sorry if you were let down by the service. I appreciate your feedback and plan to follow up with the staff about your experience so we can make sure to be more clear and efficient in the future. I hope you'll give us another chance to... More

Jamesburg, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Sunday night, 30 minutes wait. No problem. Seated on a table that was not ready. No candle lit. Ordered 2 veg Thalia platter. The thali came after 30 minutes. The dishes looked sloppy and incomplete. Upon inquiring the waitress said oh...we are out of stuff because we have been so busy tonight. (They could have cared to inform before hand).... More

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

It sounds like you caught us on an off day -- It's a shame you were so disappointed with your experience. You should only expect flavorful dishes and professional service when you dine with us, so I'm really sorry if we fell short when you visited. I know you said you won't return, but I hope you might give us... More

Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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167 reviews 167 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My mother and I stopped in on a Friday night. Parking in the area was tight but the hostess gave us change for parking even though she wasn't sure we would be eating at the restaurant. There was a wait so we chose to eat at the bar. My mother had a Sassy Lassi which is a mango lassi with... More

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

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit so much -- thanks for the great review! It's wonderful hearing that you and your mom thought the drinks and entrees were tasty, and I hope to see you again sometime in the future! Take care, Anoop, Owner More

Hudson, Ohio, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Enjoyed a breezy window table on our first night in Asehville-the cococunt curry seafood and the lamb chettinand were fresh, tasty, and full of flavor. Great atmosphere and comfortable and noting that about a third of the tables were occupied by those of Indian heritage, it only confirmed the overall menu quality! Would definitely put this one on your list... More

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

Delicious Indian food and a comfortable and inviting atmosphere are what we're going for, so it's great to read your review, Rick! Thanks for the awesome feedback, and I hope you'll join us for another meal the next time you're in Asheville! Best, Anoop, Owner More

Naples, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

From the first bite we both knew this was the best Indian food we had had. The owner just has the best spice combinations. I had the favorite dish called Chicken Tikka Masala and it was outstanding! My wife , the Mela Lamb Curry...again outstanding! We were debating to go here with so many other places to choose from and... More

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

Sounds like love at first bite! It's wonderful hearing that you enjoyed the Chicken Tikka Masala so much and plan on returning for another meal the next time you're in town. Take care, Anoop, Owner More

birmingham
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

what ever you do don't miss the rack of lamb. we also had the oven baked chicken. staff was professional and the overall vibe was very nice.

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

Glad you enjoyed the lamb and chicken and thought the service was friendly and professional. Hope to see you again sometime! Take care, Anoop, Owner More

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