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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 #37 of 644 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
Asheville NC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Have been here many times and never disappointed! The food is consistently tasty and plentiful. If you love Indian food made fresh, go for the lunch buffet - you can't beat the variety of items for the money. Vegetarians will be happy to know there are plenty of options to choose from.

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

Thanks for being a regular and for sending others our way! It's wonderful that you've always enjoyed the variety of dishes and the fresh taste. We hope to see you again soon! Until next time, Anoop, Owner More 

Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

My first visit to Mela on Sunday 11/23 was excellent. The lunch buffet is a great value, loved the Chicken Masala. Will be back!

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

We can't wait until you come in again! Thanks for giving us a shot -- it's great to know that you were impressed. The Chicken Masala is a classic dish -- I'm glad you loved it. See you next time. Best wishes, Anoop, Owner More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

My experience at Mela Indian Restaurant was great. It was not what I was expecting as authentic Indian restaurants are hard to come by. A good friend of mine who spent a year in West Bengal has taught me to appreciate good Indian cuisine, and I was delighted to find that Mela indeed meets the criteria. The chai tea was... More 

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

It's wonderful that you enjoyed the food so much, Trent! I'm glad we could live up to your high standards for Indian cuisine. Sounds like the chicken pakoras hit the spot -- that's great! I'm happy your service was spot-on, too. I'll definitely congratulate my team on a job well done. Anyway, I'm glad you and your friends had such... More 

DeLand, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

My wife and I found this restaurant on our honeymoon in 2006. We just revisited on our vacation in October 2014. We are foodies and love trying all types of food everywhere we go. This is some of the best Indian food we have ever had. We tried both dinner and the lunch buffet. Both are great. However the lunch... More 

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

It's amazing that you and your wife came back after so many years! It really is great to hear how much you all appreciated our food, especially since you're so well-versed in different cuisines. I'm glad to hear the lunch buffet suits your adventurous dining style, and it doesn't break the bank. Thanks so much for coming back and recommending... More 

Sevierville, Tennessee
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124 reviews 124 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The restaurant is very upscale, nice decor and ambiance. The food was absolutely fabulous and very fresh and spicy! My only complaint would be they are a little slow but for food this good I do not mind waiting!

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

Thanks for the support, Gary! We're so happy that you think we're doing a good job. If there's ever anything else we can do for you, please let us know. All the best, Anoop, Owner More 

San Diego, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

On a Saturday in October we could not get dinner reservations so lunch buffet was what we decoded on it was an even better choice. All you can eat of the most delicious Indian food is a Indian lovers dream come true. You will mot be disappointed and the wait is worth it.

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

I'm happy you were pleasantly surprised! Thanks for coming in and giving us a shot. It's great that you loved the food and the variety so much. We hope you'll skip the reservation and come see us for dinner again soon. Best wishes, Anoop, Owner More 

Johnson City, Tennessee
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I don't usually eat at buffets because most seem to substitute quantity for quality. Mela is an exception. The price has gone up quite a bit since I first started going (it's now up to about $11), but it's still a good value given that the quality hasn't slipped. The buffet items change, another nice feature, since that's part of... More 

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

It feels so good to hear we're your favorite lunch buffet! I'm glad you appreciate our variety, but always enjoy the chickpea salad -- it's one of my favorites. Thanks for sticking with us for so long, and recommending us to others. We appreciate loyal customers like you! Best wishes, Anoop, Owner More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Delicious Indian food with a great location in downtown Asheville. Great place to grab a big table with family/friends and share a bunch of appetizers and mains.Very fresh ingredients and not greasy like some Indian food can be. Lunch buffet every day!

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

I'm happy to hear how much you appreciate our fresh food, Leah! Thanks for coming in and enjoying a meal with loved ones. We hope to see you all again soon. Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

Cedar Bluff
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68 reviews 68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We heard about Melas from our daughter who used to live in the area. We live in a small town where there are few dining options so We take advantage of outings to try something different. Melas was a great experience, the food was much fresher tasting than some Indian buffets we've tried. We really appreciated the gf labels also.... More 

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

We wish you were closer, too! I'm happy that your daughter recommended us to you and that you we were able to prove her right. The kale salad is a delicious and healthy option -- I'm glad you liked it so much. We hope you'll get to make the trip again soon. Best wishes, 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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