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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, Breakfast, Dinner, Buffet, 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
Excellent food and value

Very good location; friendly staff; excellent food with a wide variety of dishes on the buffet; and very reasonable. Will go again and recommend to friends.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
SinLoi
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Richmond, Virginia
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  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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Tampa, Florida
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We go to Asheville a few times a year and is one of our 'must do' each time. It's always our dinner the first night in town. We always look forward to it and anticipate the yummy food. I also always suggest it to everyone when in town. It's the best Indian I've had. Sometimes we make reservations, sometimes we... More 

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

Thank you for the feedback here. Did you see my comment on your other review? I'd love to continue the conversation, so I hope to hear back from you there. Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Out for lunch in Asheville with my fiancée (from Asheville), her brother and his partner. We decided to try Mela because the Sunday brunch was meant to be good. We walked in the door and were greeted with a grimace. She showed us to our table, threw a drink menu down and walked off. 10 minutes or so later another... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Very good location; friendly staff; excellent food with a wide variety of dishes on the buffet; and very reasonable. Will go again and recommend to friends.

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

I'm glad you liked the buffet so much you'll be back, SinLoi! Thanks for the nice comments about our food and location here. We'll see you next time! All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Miami
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We ate here twice in 7 days. Both times we had the bigger chicken, chicken korma and chutneys with naan. Everything was outstanding. Only the raita was quite liquidy. I could eat there again and again. Perfect Indian food

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

I wish you could eat here again and again, too! I'm so glad you made it in twice in a week, and that all of your dishes were exceptional. I hope you'll make it back again! Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The food here is so good that I had no problem when the server got my order wrong. I had been torn between two choices and asked the server about each to help in my decision. When the food was delivered, it soon was apparent that she confused the order but was gone before I could say anything. Since it... More 

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

What a happy accident! I'm sorry about the confusion, but I'm thrilled that your meal was delicious, nonetheless. I guess it was just meant to be! I hope you and your husband will make it back soon! Best wishes, Anoop, Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If you find yourself in Western North Carolina and have a yen for some Indian food, this is definitely the place to go. The lunch buffet is a bargain, the selection is very good, and I keep coming back whenever I get the chance. The ambience and service are average, and finding parking nearby can sometimes be a little challenging,... More 

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

It's such an honor that you visit every chance you get, Ro! From the well-seasoned dishes, to the reasonably priced buffet, I couldn't be happier to hear about everything you love at my place. Thanks for the awesome review! As for the service, I'll definitely mention this to my team. Hopefully next time you're in, it'll be a perfect meal... More 

Cary, North Carolina
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This was good Indian food. We eat Indian food everywhere we go, because I don't eat meat. We went to the Sunday Buffet. The selection was fair: three Indian dishes, two meat. There were several salads. I enjoyed the Kale salad. Great Rice Pudding. Not very spicy, so if you are looking for a more authentic experience, I'm not sure... More 

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

It's great that you all were pleased with our buffet, Candi, especially since you're an Indian food pro! Thanks for the kind words about the rice pudding and kale salad. Hope you'll make it back soon! Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The buffet included a delicious variety. Our server was gracious and attentive and surprised me with a birthday sweet. The flavors are intense but not too hot for the American pallet. Chicken Tika Masala as tasty as I have ever had. Salads were very fresh. I will definitely be back.

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

Thanks for celebrating with us! I'm happy to hear that the food and the service made for the best birthday lunch ever, and that you even got a little extra surprise. Hope to see you soon for some Chicken Tika Masala! Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The food here is terrific. The blends of flavors and fresh ingredients make every dish unique. The chutney platter is lovely and comes with 4 varieties. Garlic Naan is delicious. Tried the special goat curry and it was spectacular. My husband tried the Rogan Josh and it too was great. Our server Rachael desperately needs training and does not appear... More 

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

I'm thrilled to hear about how much you appreciated the flavors and ingredients in everything you ate, Julie -- thank you for letting me know! As for the service, we'll certainly work on that, and I appreciate the feedback there as well. Hope to see you again soon! All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The menu is the star here, and they offer a wide variety of tastes. From their naan to the dessert, you will enjoy every bite. I had the lamb vindaloo as an entree, and it packed some nice heat. Tasted a friend's chicken tikka masala which was also quite tasty. They did have belly dancers come in at one point,... More 

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

So happy you loved the food, Michael! It's really great to hear that you enjoyed every bite and that the heat was just perfect. I'm sorry that bench wasn't too comfortable, though. I'll see what we can do about that! Many thanks, 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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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

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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