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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 #30 of 646 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Indian
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
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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English first
Weaverville, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The dinner is worth the extra price you pay especially when you share and appetizer and then an entre'. At lunch there is a line and A LOT of starch on the buffet with a few small pieces of chicken at the end.

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

Sounds like you're a fan of our dinner menu, Carolyn -- that's great to hear! Thanks for sticking with us for the lunch buffet, even when there's a wait. We'll take your feedback into account going forward. Hope to see you soon! Best wishes, Anoop, Owner More 

WNC
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

...and it was wonderful again. The buffet goes until 2:30 PM, and finding parking can be tricky, so get there by 1:30 at the latest.

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

Thanks for coming back! I couldn't be happier to hear how much you enjoyed your meal. Hope to see you again soon. All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Arden, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Mela has the trifecta of a great location, authentic decor/ambiance and delicious food. The lunch buffet leaves nothing to be desired and has many options for taste and diet preferences. The service is prompt and professional. There was an old Bollywood film playing on the TV and fun Indian music playing as well. Great all around environment. Make sure to... More 

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

Thanks for spreading the word! I'm beyond happy to hear that our food and atmosphere has made such an impression on you. Couldn't be happier to hear that the lunch buffet has always satisfied you, too. And I'm thrilled that the service is so great. We hope you'll get a chance to come back soon! Best wishes, Anoop, Owner More 

Winston Salem, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Very friendly staff and great food. Did the lunch buffet for $10.95 and everything I tasted was very good or better. The mushrooms were awesome and the chicken marsala was fantastic. I like my naan a little crispier, but the flavor was still great.

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

Sounds like you enjoyed every bite of your meal, Rob! We're so happy our buffet and our staff did right by you. The chicken masala is one of my favorite dishes, too. Thanks so much for coming in and for sending us your feedback. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Anoop, Owner More 

New York, NY
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is my most favorite Indian restaurant in the US. I eat there every time I am in Asheville. They have a great bar and amazing food. You must eat there if you are in Asheville.

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

Wow, I'm so happy to hear that we've got your favorite Indian food in the whole country! It's especially awesome that our food made an impression on you when you've got so many options in New York. Thanks for always visiting when you're in town and for spreading the word. Hopefully, we'll see you soon! All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Vicksburg, Mississippi
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Everything was excellent and the old building was well cared for. They also have a "frequent eater" card if you eat there often. We love Indian food.

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

I'm thrilled to hear that we could impress an Indian-food lover like yourself, Bill. It's so great that your food was excellent and you liked our spot. We hope you'll come back next time you're in the area! Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

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8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

By far some of the best Indian food I've ever had! The garlic naan, chutney platter and the tandoori prawns are phenomenal! A must go when in Asheville!

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

I'm more than happy to read this review, Lindsay -- thanks for stopping in! It's fantastic that you enjoyed everything so much from the naan to the tandoori prawns. We hope you'll get a chance to come back soon. Happy New Year! Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This place was truly amazing. We had the best curries and the tandoori prawns were to die for! I would recommend if anyone was in Asheville they need to eat here!!!!!

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

Thanks for spreading the word, Kyle! The best Indian food you've ever had? That's the best compliment we could ask for. It's fantastic that you enjoyed the curries and tandoori prawns so much. We hope to see you again soon! Happy New Year, Anoop, Owner More 

Ohio
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Location downtown, very good lunch buffet and from the crowd I would guess that many agreed especially the locals.

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

I'm so pleased you enjoyed our lunch buffet! It's great that you stopped in while you were in town. We hope you'll come back next time. Best, Anoop, Owner More 

Asheville NC
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Just down the street from Bouchon, another of our Asheville favorites, is Mela where you will enjoy some of the finest Indian food this side of London. We have dined in many Indian restaurants in Atlanta and London and this is our favorite. Quiet, roomy, excellent service, inexpensive. What more could you ask for?

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

Best Indian food this side of London? That's high praise, and I'm very grateful for it. Thank you for leaving us 5 stars! It sounds like you've had the kind of experience I want to offer every guest -- a relaxed, delicious meal. Hope to welcome you back soon! Thanks again, 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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