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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, 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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    Very good
  • 25
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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 service from Sarah

We have experienced, in the past, some servers at Mela who clearly struggled with providing basic steps of service. And also some that had little grasp of "hospitality". Last Thursday we were seated in Sarah's section, and I'm happy to report that we were very well taken care of. She had a quick... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
Ktip99
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Naples, Florida
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Naples, Florida
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We have experienced, in the past, some servers at Mela who clearly struggled with providing basic steps of service. And also some that had little grasp of "hospitality". Last Thursday we were seated in Sarah's section, and I'm happy to report that we were very well taken care of. She had a quick smile and a gentle, easy way about... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We visited for the buffet lunch. The food was tasty and good value for money. An average selection of dishes however. There is also a good selection of bottled and draft beers. I live in a city on the UK and there are a lot of Asian restaurants to choose from with a larger buffet selection, usually including poppadoms and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Good indian food. Buffet is also great! Flavorful and always busy with local crowd. Enjoyed with family and friends!

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

Glad you loved the flavor of our food and our crowd, Anil! Thank you so much for stopping in with the family, and for this great review. Hope you'll make it back soon. All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Hands down, this is the best lunch buffet I have ever had. For $11, you get an all you can eat lunch buffet with tons of variety. This is also the best Indian restaurant in Asheville. The service is great and the atmosphere is lovely. They have a neat selection of cocktails as well. Will return each time I am... More 

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

I'm seeing a lot of bests in your review, and I couldn't be happier to hear it! It's really fantastic to know that we're your favorite place for lunch in Asheville, and that you'll be stopping by every time you're in town. I hope it's soon! Many thanks, Anoop, Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

$11 lunch buffet was SENSATIONAL! Many many many vegetarian selections (almost all of them were vegan too). Clearly labeled food, freshly made, the kale salad was amazing (and I totally don't even like kale salad!). There's a good reason this is perennially voted the best Indian restaurant in Asheville. Servers were all friendly and attentive, decor was gorgeous hardwood and... More 

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

I couldn't be happier to hear how perfect everything was, Sarah! Thank you so much for the high praise here -- it means a lot, and I'll be sharing it with my team. It sounds like this was your first time in; I hope you'll come again soon! Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

Maryville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Awesome! A local recommended Mela to us and told me that I should try Chicken Tikka Masala and Nann. I am so glad that I did. It was wonderful. My friend had Lamb and it was good but we both agreed that my Chicken Tikka Masala was the Best. I gave it five stars because I Loved what I ordered... More 

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

What an honor to be your first place to try Indian food! I'm so glad you were impressed with what you tasted at my place. Thanks for the feedback about the service, too. I'll mention this to my team. I hope you enjoyed Asheville and that you'll make it back soon! All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Wonderful food, great drinks, lovely atmosphere. Good service. Highly recommend the lamb. In beautiful town town Asheville.

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

Thanks for checking us out on your trip to Asheville! I'm so glad you loved everything from the lamb to the friendly service. I hope you'll make it back soon! All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Radford, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

From an authentic genuine Indian food standpoint the food here is absolutely average at best, service much below par…

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

I hate to hear that you think our food's average, prashants17. We've actually been voted "Best Indian Restaurant" in Asheville every year we've been open, so I'm pretty confident in the dishes we're serving. I'll look into the service, though. I'm sorry it was sub-par. Thank you for the feedback! Best wishes, Anoop, Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

After walking by this restaurant many times we decided to give it a try. Indian cuisine is not my first choice in fine dining, but this restaurant is a treasure. We split two dishes-Kozi Milagu Chettinad (chicken in a sauce of tomatoes, yogurt, onion,cardamom, cloves & cinnamon) and Madras Jihnga Masala (prawns in onion, ginger, garlic, cumin,turmeric,tamarind and coconut). Each... More 

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

So glad you decided to stop in, Joshire! I'm even happier to hear how pleased you were with your decision. Thank you for the detailed review, and for recommending others try our place out. I hope you'll make it back in soon! All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

So while the food was fantastic my friend and I had two very different experiences at Mela. I ordered the Saag Paneer and it was spicy and delicious. Just the way I like it. Also my naan and my samosa were fantastic, however, my friend ordered the lamb Josh Rogan and instead received a Lamb Korma. We carried out and... More 

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

I'm happy you enjoyed the food, Sarah! Thank you so much for giving us your input. I'm sorry your friend's order was wrong, though. We'll keep an eye out for that in the future. I hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, 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 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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