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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: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Late Night, 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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  • 249
    Excellent
  • 107
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Soo Flavorful

So I was born in India and grew up in the States. I have eaten Indian food all over the world and this place was AWESOME! Had the lunch buffet. The food was flavorful yet not too spicy. The staff very attentive and friendly. Highly highly recommend!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Ajkal
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Fort Myers, Florida
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  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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Fort Myers, Florida
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

So I was born in India and grew up in the States. I have eaten Indian food all over the world and this place was AWESOME! Had the lunch buffet. The food was flavorful yet not too spicy. The staff very attentive and friendly. Highly highly recommend!!

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

I'm so happy to have your stamp of approval, Ajkal! So glad the spice and the service were just right. Thanks for your kind words -- hope to see you soon! Best, Anoop, Owner More 

Louisville, Kentucky
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is the best Indian food we have ever had. The service was great and the buffet well supplied. We went there for lunch on a Saturday around 1PM. There wasn't a wait, and our server was very friendly and hospitable. Don't pass up the Mango Lassi - an incredible Mango and yogurt smoothie. Yum!

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

I can't tell you how happy I am to know how much you loved the buffet, Patti! Sounds like it was a lovely Saturday lunch. I'll definitely have my staff read your review -- thanks for mentioning their service. I hope you'll make it back to Asheville soon! Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

Fredericksburg, Texas
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The front entrance to the Mela is not especially attractive and may not entice tourists to enter, and that is just fine for the locals who pack this Indian restaurant daily. The daily menu set outside the door to Mela enticed us inside for lunch where a cheerful atmosphere prevails. Lots of parents with kids were there, and the children... More 

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

Sounds like the promise of a good meal brought you in the other day -- so happy we could deliver on that promise! Thanks for bringing up our kids menu, and of course the mango chutney! That's one of my favorite things to eat with the naan too. Anyway, hope you had a great day exploring Asheville! Hope to see... More 

2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Great atmosphere and location. Had a nice window seat and was able to take in all the local color downtown while dining. The food was divine. I recommend the vegetable samosa appetizer (think Indian pot pie, but much better than what you're imagining), the lamb chops for the main course (if available and you like lamb). Mine were cooked to... More 

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

Wow, Will, I couldn't have asked for a better review! It really means a lot to know that you think our food, service, and ambiance are some of the best in town. Glad you mentioned the vegetable samosas, too -- they sure are great. Thanks a lot -- hope to see you soon! Best, Anoop, Owner More 

Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The Food here is fantastic. A must if you are in Asheville, NC. The belly dancers are great and they also have a wonderful lunch buffet.

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

Hey, Robin -- I'm glad you had such a good time at my place! It's great to know you really enjoyed the buffet and the belly dancers. I hope you'll get a chance to stop by again next time you're in Asheville. Take care, Anoop, Owner More 

Asheville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Outstanding fresh and authentic Indian food. Bring house guests at lunchtime and all you need for the evening is a salad. Awesome find.

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

Sounds like your lunch was just perfect! I couldn't be happier to hear it, Mimf. Thank you for bringing your guests in and for leaving your wonderful feedback. Hope to see you soon! Many thanks, Anoop, Owner More 

Charlotte
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

My brother recommended this restaurant while we were visiting Asheville and it was one of his best ideas!. Very lovely, clean and spacious atmosphere. We tried different dishes (butter chicken, roghan josh, calamari porichachu) and we were all very satisfied. All meats were tender and flavorful as was the rice that accompanied each entree. The chai tea (with milk) was... More 

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

I'm so happy your brother sent you in! It's wonderful to know that all of the meat was tender and flavorful, and that the chai tea made such in impression. Thanks so much for your kind review. We hope to see you again! Best, Anoop, Owner More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Delicious food and lovely atmosphere. Try the Jalapeno Margarita, it is surprisingly yummy. It is a happy place.

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

Guests like you are what make our place a happy one! It's wonderful to hear how much you love our food. Thanks for recommending the Jalapeno Margarita, too -- it's one of our favorite cocktails! I hope you'll stop in again soon. Best, Anoop, Owner More 

Boone, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I have been trying to find a good Indian restaurant for years. The food was superb and the service was the most outstanding service I've ever had. The wait staff were happy to be there and always smiling and made me right at home. I felt that the food was authentic in flavor. I'll be coming back for my birthday... More 

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

We're so glad you found us! I couldn't be more pleased to know how awesome the food and service were. In fact, I can't wait to tell my team that they're the best servers you've ever had. We're happy to be your go-to spot for all your future celebrations. Can't wait to have you back! Best, Anoop, Owner More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Love their food... Yummy as always . Nice service n reasonable price. Parking the only problem coz located in downtown area

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

Great food and service for a reasonable price -- couldn't ask for higher praise than that! Thank you so much. Hope to see you soon! All the best, 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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