We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mela Indian Restaurant

70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823 (Downtown Asheville)
+1 828-225-8880
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #40 of 632 restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Indian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
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!
Write a Review

335 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
    197
    93
    22
    15
    8
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
birmingham
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

As a local, I have been to Mela for lunch at least 20 times. For the most part the buffet offers the same items from day to day. That said, I LOVE it EVERY SINGLE TIME! The food is that good. I am not sure what is up with the hiring practices here as everyone that works here seems to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Asheville, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Fantastic food. I've had dinner there (pricey when you throw in a cocktail or two, but SO worth it) and I've eaten their lunch buffet a couple times. This place rocks. Delicious every time. Lunch buffet is cheap (like $10?), plentiful, and fresh. Cocktails are not cheap ($9) but they are good. I highly recommend this place. Service is always... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the excellent recommendation. I'm glad you're such a fan of our food and think the lunch buffet is delicious, plentiful and affordable to boot! Hope to see you again soon. Best, Anoop, Owner More

Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I don't usually like buffets but this place really knows how to serve buffet style. Hot, fresh, good variety, and they kept it coming during the lunch rush. Expect a bit of a wait but it's worth it! Good service even though it was packed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm glad you thought the wait was worth it and enjoyed our lunch buffet so much! I hope you'll stop by again sometime soon. Take care, Anoop, Owner More

Tampa, Florida
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The food was spot on! The best Indian Buffet I've been to. Tandoori Chicken was my favorite. There were many Vegan options too. All the Curries were delicious. We'll definitely be coming back here the next time we're in Asheville.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the glowing review! Glad you enjoyed the buffet so much. We look forward to seeing you the next time you're in Asheville! Best, Anoop, Owner More

Boca Raton, Florida
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We had tried Katmandu a couple of nights before and were disappointed with the food and the prices, were not worth the food. Charlie the waiter at karmandu, was an attentive waiter, but everything stoppe X there. Even the restroom at Karhmandu was filthy and not useable. So. Mela Indian restaurant is th we best Indian food and service in... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Glad we stood out above the other Indian food restaurants in town! Thanks for the great rating. Hope to see you again soon! Take care, Anoop, Owner More

Raleigh, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
27 reviews 27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
49 reviews 49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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

Travelers who viewed Mela Indian Restaurant also viewed

Asheville, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Asheville, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
 
Asheville, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Asheville, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
 

Been to Mela Indian Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Mela Indian Restaurant, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing