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Mela Indian Restaurant

70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
+1 828-225-8880
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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5:30 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Mela restaurant in Asheville NC is a must for me whenever I visit. It's the first authentic Indian restaurant I've dinned at and what a surprise it was. The atmosphere, food, & health benefits of the food are such a welcome change to standered American...More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place was in downtown Asheville. Had to park few blocks away . Went there at lunch time. I had the buffet which was good. My husband ordered some take out. All in all the service was good too. The ambiance was OK only because...More

Thank Rama1004
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My mom and I went here for their buffet right after our visit to the sensibilities spa around the corner. The items on the buffet were super fresh and delicious. Every single item was awesome. Their bread pudding dessert was so yummy we had to...More

Thank Brendahmal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just gotten off of a LaZoom tour and people were talking about this place. It is in a pretty good area of Asheville. Pay to park lot was close by. We had about 15 people in front of us and the place was packed (Memorial...More

Thank cindybeeisme
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We eat at Mela every time we visit Asheville because the food is terrific as is the service. Love the sassie lassie cocktails. And..across the street is an excellent old and used book store.

Thank Maggymuffin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some of the best Indian in Asheville, if not the best. The staff is excellent too. Try the weekend buffet.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Being on the road, you get bored with the repetition from the chains. Most ethnic restaurants are a welcome change, especially if the food is good. This place is a winner- got seated quickly on a busy Saturday night and served very well (Maxine). Even...More

1  Thank walthorticulture
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

While craving Indian on a trip through Asheville, my husband and I stopped by Mela for the first time. Overall we had a nice dining experience. My husband tried the Kozi Milagu Chettinad, which had a nice level of spice to it and complex flavors....More

Thank kmayes23
Reviewed May 3, 2018

Mela is a very good Indian restaurant. We're eating vegan now and they had a lot of vegan options. Good samosas, vegetable korma, and more. Wait staff was very good about telling us what was spicy and what was not (or at least less so).

Thank Jerome B
Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

This establishment hit every one of my tastebuds with a big, Mmmmmmm. I knew it when I walked it the door it was going to be fab from the aroma. Thank you for a fantastic experience. I will be back!

Thank Probablyreturn
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July 26, 2016|
Response from Jamie L | Reviewed this property |
We intend to try more Indian restaurants. There aren't many in Kansas but we love to try different things when we are traveling.
March 27, 2015|
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Response from AshevilleNCTravelers | Reviewed this property |
Our last time at Mela was $26 per person for 4 with wine tax and tip. Several great starters. Always reasonable, always great.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$11 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
5:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-225-8880
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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