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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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5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings
Description: Located on Lexington Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville, Mela Indian...
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
Expensive but tasty

First, let me say that I have not been to India so I cannot vouch for authenticity but I can say that the food doesn't taste as if they used cheaper fillers. I particularly like the Sunday buffet - and hubby, who eats a lot, can load up his plate to his hearts content for $10. That's a deal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

MIR is a well appointed restaurant in a quaint part of Asheville; seating ample, parking less so; food generous in portion if not in seasoning--not bad flavor, just mild. Prices typical for the area; service on a busy weekday night quick and pleasant. Extensive eclectic adult beverage menu, with wine and beer selections as well. One of many good dining... More 

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Thank Homepete
Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First, let me say that I have not been to India so I cannot vouch for authenticity but I can say that the food doesn't taste as if they used cheaper fillers. I particularly like the Sunday buffet - and hubby, who eats a lot, can load up his plate to his hearts content for $10. That's a deal. Otherwise,... More 

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Thank red-tm
Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so glad you appreciate our quality ingredients! Thanks a lot for this review, and for joining us for our Sunday buffets. Hope to see you and your husband again soon! All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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197 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent Indian food. Well prepared versions of some traditional dishes. Very Good nana. Very tasty appetizers especially the sauces used. Had some creative drinks. Service was professional, prompt and not pushy. Very enjoyable meal

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

I'm so glad you had such an enjoyable meal here, Dean! Thank you for the awesome review, and for mentioning our drinks and service, too. I hope you'll make it back soon! All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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83 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lunch buffet is really good, especially if you are a vegetarian. But there are meat options for that partake.

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Thank MountainMe47
Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Glad you're loving our veggie options. We'll keep serving them, and I hope you'll keep coming in! Thank you, Anoop, Owner More 

East TN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My fiancé and I love Indian food, we try out Indian restaurants in every city we visit. We consider ourselves pretty knowledgeable and well versed. This is not authentic Indian at all, it is very Americanized to the point that I don't think they use any spices at all. My tandoori chicken was basically grilled chicken. It was decent for... More 

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Galax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Better than any Chinese buffet i ever had. Lots of variety for meat lovers and vegans. Less oily and salty meal you will always crave if you check calories and health meal. There is a free parking garrage or $1 an extra hour in an adjacent street few minutes walk across the road.

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

Thanks for this, Ayere! Glad we're one of the best buffet's you've ever had. Hope you'll make it back soon! Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

My friends and I eat the lunch buffet at Mela once a month. Their food is very good.The spices are unique for each dish. There are mild and hot spicey dishes. The hot spiced tea (chai) is nice. People who don't like much curry can make a meal on tandoori chicken, rice, salad and bread. Vegetarians and meat eaters both... More 

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

We're always glad to have you and your friends in for lunch, Karen -- what a great tradition! I'm happy to hear how much you love all of the food we're making. Thanks a lot for this review -- it means a lot to us! See you next time, Anoop, Owner More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

This is by far our favorite Indian restaurant. We have been to the area quite a few times traveling all the way from Wisconsin. Every time we visit Asheville we go to Mela once or twice. I think I have been there at least 10 times in the last few years. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is fantastic!... More 

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

Thanks for visiting every time you're in the area! I love that you love our food so much! We hope you'll be back soon! Wishing you the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Haiku, Hawaii
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Always super fresh, and tasty! The lunch buffet options change slightly too, so if you go more than once, you will get a few different choices. The kale salad is divine, sweet and tangy, crunchy and filled with raisins. I love the soups. Of course, the standards are fantastic too: the curries are sublime, the masalas mesmerizing. I try and... More 

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

Oh, these adjectives! I love 'em! Thanks so much for your dazzling review -- I'm glad to know you like the lunch buffet so much. I hope you'll make it back soon! All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

The staff in a well sincronized team everyone one is pitching in doing apart. The buffet is a sampling for the menu at night. It is so delicious and varied. Accompanied by chai tea on a Mango Lassie , the better choice. The service is outstanding, friendly , and prompt ... some of them there five or six years. A... More 

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Thank cjb9x
Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for this! I'm thrilled to hear that you think we're one of Lexington Avenue's best places to eat, and that our team's hard work pays off. Hope to see you again soon! Take care until next time, 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 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, Business meetings

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
5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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