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Mela

#721 of 2,670 Restaurants in Boston
#797 of 2,882 Places to Eat in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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578 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
(617) 859-4805
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations

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  • 30
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  • 27
    Very good
  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great lunch buffet

Indian food is a favorite of mine and I thought the lunch buffet I had at Mela was very, very good. I will definitely be coming back for the buffet.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2014
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We'd been to this restaurant twice before and whilst the service has always been a bit lack-lustre the food was good. We returned for a third visit and were seated in the window. We ordered two main courses and a bottle of wine but asked if they could switch the two complimentary rice dishes for one plain naan as neither... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

We came here for dinner and when ordering our meal decided we did not want rice but would prefer naan bread, the waiter said he would ask his manager, when he came back he told us he could not do this and we must have rice. We explained that we really didn't want to eat rice so he said he... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It was a big disappointment. Food was not memorable and the service was just okay. I am really surprised that this place had a 4 star rating on TripAdvisor. We would not go back.

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Boston, MA
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Indian food is a favorite of mine and I thought the lunch buffet I had at Mela was very, very good. I will definitely be coming back for the buffet.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Their cauliflower dish, gobhi charchi, is so delicately seasoned, I dream of returning to have it again. The Tandoori grill is flavorful. Portions are generous. Not your usual Indian place; some love and care goes into these dishes.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

Even though it takes 45 mins to reach this restaurant from my place, we went there with all the excitement to taste our Indian food. But we were really upset with the taste. We had chat, naan, saag paneer and basmathi rice from lunch buffet. None of them were good. Saag was half cooked with no goodness of spices. Chat... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We went to Mela for a small group dinner. The food was decent and the choice was standard fare for an Indian restaurant. We ordered a vegetarian plate and non vegetarian plate for appetizers. The vegetarian plate was average. Our friends ordered a lot of lamb dishes and said they were good, but since I am a vegetarian, can't be... More 

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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Our unpleasant dining experience started right at the beginning, when we found out that Mela does not give complimentary poppadum (which is something we've been given in every Indian restaurant until now). Mela was charging $2 - we passed, on principal. The appetizer plate was good - the highlight of the meal, actually. Although portions were small, the items were... More 

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Salvador, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Delicious indian food with friendly service and cozy ambient!!! Excellent option in South End!!!!! Try the curries!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

My wife and I stopped at this Indian joint in the South End in Boston. The hostess was very helpful and nice. We had ordered Chicken Tikka as an appetizer. It was yummy. For main course, we had Dal Makhni, which was good, and Sheek Kebab. I was not very impressed with the Kebab, which was little disappointing. Overall B+... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 578 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South End
  • Neighborhood: South End
  • Phone Number: (617) 859-4805

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?