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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Doing business
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Buffet
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 231
    Excellent
  • 102
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Relaxing dinner with friends

We accepted an invitation from friends to visit a craft brewery in downtown Asheville and have dinner at Mela's Indian Restaurant. This indeed a most delightful and relaxing evening. Mela's menu is quite varied; consequently, all four of us were able to enjoy our favorite. There were three... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
grabba
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Asheville, NC
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Buffet
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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383 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Asheville, NC
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We accepted an invitation from friends to visit a craft brewery in downtown Asheville and have dinner at Mela's Indian Restaurant. This indeed a most delightful and relaxing evening. Mela's menu is quite varied; consequently, all four of us were able to enjoy our favorite. There were three chicken entrees along with one lamb. Varying levels of chef's expertise were... More 

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

I'm so happy our place could provide you with a relaxing evening after your trip to the brewery. Sounds like you got to enjoy some of the best things downtown Asheville has to offer: good beer and good food! So glad you and your friends each got a dish that delighted and impressed you. It's wonderful to know my team... More 

Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Every time we visit Asheville, we make a point of enjoying at least one meal at our favorite spot - Mela!

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

So, we're your favorite Asheville spot, huh? What a compliment! It's wonderful that you make a point to come in every time you're in town. We hope to see you again soon. All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I gave this place a second chance at the recommendation of the asian grocery store they buy from. Last time we went nothing had any flavor so the grocery supplier recommended we let the returant know and to request more spices in the food (not hot spices, just flavor). We were informed they could not do this because the sauces... More 

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

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't find our food to have much flavor or freshness. I can't say that I've heard this feedback before. As you can see from some of our other reviews, our food is considered to be some of the best in Asheville, so I think the way we're doing things is working out pretty well.... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

Yes, a taste of "curry" when one has the need, but hardly a "stand out" Indian restaurant. Particularly disappointing is the Naan bread; you know, the bread that is slapped on the inside of the red hot tandoor. Mela version clearly didn't go that route!

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

I'm disappointed to hear that our food doesn't stand out in your mind, David. I'm glad we could satisfy your curry craving, but I wish it'd been more impressive to you. We usually get better feedback on our naan. We actually have a real tandoor clay oven managed by a tandoor chef -- we'd love to give you a tour... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
184 reviews 184 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Our server made great recommendations based on our tastes. Everyone was more than pleased with their choices. The breads were especially delicious. The bill was very reasonable as well.

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

I'm happy your server suggested some great items for you all! It's really great to hear how much everyone enjoyed their dishes as well as the breads. And a great price, too -- can't beat that! We hope you'll stop in again next time you're in the area. All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Asheville, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Buffet was wonderful. excellent service. great beer and cocktail selection. I recommend the chicken tika masalla. Late night on Fridays they clear the tables and have Salsa dancing. Some sats they have late night blues. No music during the week.

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

Glad you were impressed with our buffet, service, and drink selection! The chicken tika masala is one of my favorites, too -- great recommendation. Sounds like you're a fan of our late-night entertainment, too. I'm thrilled to hear it! Thanks for your kind review, and we hope to see you again soon. All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

Weaverville, North Carolina
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
33 reviews 33 reviews
26 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
Contributor
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 

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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, Entertaining clients

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?