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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 #47 of 629 restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $30
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
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We chose Mela's based on reviews that were glowing. We were not disappointed. It was a rainy night, and we were lucky to get seated on the weekend without reservations. It felt very warm and cozy inside after being out in the rain. We had a simple meal, but it was very tasty. The naan bread we ordered was delicious,... More

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

Happy to hear that we didn't disappoint! Delicious food and a cozy atmosphere are what we aim for, so it feels great to read your review. We look forward to seeing you again in the future! Best, Anoop, Owner More

Columbia, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

At last a great Indian restaurant, great service great interior and more importantly great food I am not a buffet guy but this was really good- fantastic choice of finger food, pickles, daal and chutney Only one main meal but when it tastes this good who cares, best chicken ever at an Indian in the USA Buffet was busy so... More

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

The best chicken you've had at an Indian restaurant in the USA? That's awesome to hear, Gilbert! Thanks for the great review, and I'm glad you enjoyed the buffet so much. I hope you'll pay us another visit the next time you're in Asheville! Best, Anoop, Owner More

Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I had eaten dinner here once before and it was great. The lunch buffet was equally good. The service is excellent and the surrounding were fun

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

Thanks for spreading the good word about us! I'm glad you enjoyed the lunch buffet as much as our dinner items. We look forward to seeing you again in the future! Take care, Anoop, Owner More

Memphis, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I guess that each nation will cast a different approach to Indian food but Nth Carolina, s Mela Restaurant seems to have taken it to a new level that for me just does not work. The ambiance was good, lots of patrons, generous bar area, open kitchen with the staff knocking out lots of meals in general a comfortable venue.... More

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

I appreciate your candid feedback, Ted. Our style is to take traditional Indian cuisine and put a modern twist on our dishes. That being said, I'm sorry if you didn't enjoy the Lamb. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you don't like something, and we'd be happy to get you a different dish that you might enjoy more.... More

Jacksonville, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This restaurant came highly recommended and did not disappoint! We had a bit of a wait, expected on a busy holiday weekend but it was well worth it! I had to order the cornish hen as they were out of the daily special and boy was I satisfied. So many wonderful flavors and spices, I wish I lived closer so... More

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

It's awesome to hear that we lived up to the hype! Thanks for the thoughtful review, Kimmy. I'm glad you thought our food was flavorful and tasty. Hope to see you again the next time you're in Asheville! Best, Anoop, Owner More

Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I love this place, it is definitely a favorite for us. Every time we come to Asheville, we always make sure our first dinner here is at Mela. It has never disappointed. The food is always great and service is always wonderful. The ambiance is also perfect (if I had any 'complaint', it would just be that some tables are... More

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

Thanks for the amazing review! I'm so glad that you always visit us when you're in town. Delicious food and excellent service are what we're going for, so it's a great dose of encouragement to read your review. I look forward to seeing you next time! Best, Anoop, Owner More

Schenectady, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Love Indian food, and this restaurant prepared it beautifully. Easy to get into, friendly and helpful staff, and a great meal!

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

Great food and friendly service are what we're aiming for, so it's awesome to read your review! Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you'll join us for another meal in the future. Best, Anoop, Owner More

Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Everything we ordered was fantastic. They were busy, so service was a bit slow, at times -- but it didn't detract from the experience at all. When we return to Asheville we'll almost certainly return to Mela.

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

It's wonderful hearing that you thought the food was fantastic, William! I'm sorry if the service was a bit slow at times, but I'm glad it didn't take away from your meal and you still enjoyed your experience overall. I look forward to seeing you again the next time you're in Asheville! Take care, Anoop, Owner More

Asheville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I have eaten at Mela before and probably reviewed it before but hadn't been in some time before last night. Two friends and I had intended to go to Bouchon but found the wait, as usual, too long, so we headed two doors away to Mela. Unlike most Indian restaurants in the US, Mela is in a really lovely room.... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to leave us such an honest review. While I'm happy to hear you thought your meal was as delicious as it has been on past visits, I apologize if the service was lacking at all. I appreciate you bringing this to my attention and plan to put your feedback to good use. Take care, Anoop,... More

Cary, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were told this was a great restaurant to go to by two locals. I had never had Indian food before and was a little worried about the spiciness. Their food had a great amount of flavor but was not too spicy for me. But if you do like spicy food, definitely don't rule them out! My boyfriend loves spicy... More

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

It's wonderful to hear you decided to check us out, Adrienne! Thanks for the glowing review. I'm glad you both enjoyed your food and the spice levels were adjusted to fit each of your preferences. I hope you two will have a chance to dine with us again in the future! Take care, Anoop, Owner More

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