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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
5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Derby, Kansas
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first time eating Indian food. I checked out the menu online before arriving and had already decided I was going to order the chicken curry. (I figured it was a safe choice! Lol) I was disappointed to find out the only option at lunch time was the buffet. But I was pleasantly surprised. Being forced to eat... More 

Thank Jamie L
Asheville, North Carolina
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80 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to Mela - wow! We arrived at about 11:45 am and the place was already buzzing with a hungry lunch crowd of couples, small groups and solo diners. The atmosphere and decor are inviting and warm. Service is prompt and friendly. The quick look to the long buffet and a whiff of the typical Indian... More 

Thank Levannah
North Carolina
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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for authentic Indian cuisine, this is the best place to eat in Asheville. There is a variety of Indian dishes to sample and are customized depending on the taste buds of each person. Waiting times are high especially during weekends, but the staff do their best to accommodate everyone. Do plan a reservation in advance. It... More 

Thank ArthiRaga
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144 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I love Indian food. After several meals of rather fancy cuisine, we were ready to get back to basics. This meal delivered. We each ordered a drink (I had a glass of cava, he had a Jack and Coke). I ordered the Chicken Vindaloo, the most spicy item on the menu, and he had a daily special... More 

Thank TNsnowflake
Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened upon Mela for lunch and found a delicious $10 buffet that my husband loved and I liked as well. All of the dishes were labeled and most were gluten free. We would go again.

Thank Susan S
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Super delicious food. Had the vegetarian platter which was enough for 2-3 people so shared lunch the next day...yum. My group did the pub crawl and this was opened late for dinner. The service was great and all the employees very cheerful. My husband had the vindaloo which he called the best he ever had. We all really enjoyed the... More 

Thank Carly H
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant takes traditional Indian food to a different level offering representations of many regional choices, delicate curries (spice level to your choice), We enjoy most Indian restaurants but found this to be in the top 20% of any we have enjoyed over the years. I had the Kashmiri Curry with boneless chicken breasts -- simply great flavors. Nan was... More 

Thank 505sailor
Hope, Maine
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293 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mela is one of our favorite restaurants in Asheville. The service is perfect, with attentive, welcoming, professional servers. The food is excellent, fresh and well-prepared. We've enjoyed the buffet which is always brimming over with selections.

Thank Sonia T
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever I visit a new city, I research vegan-friendly restaurants ahead of time and, oddly enough, this Indian restaurant in downtown Asheville did not show up in my searches. I stumbled across a reference to it on a map showing me how to get to another restaurant and decided to give it a try since I love Indian food and... More 

1 Thank Colleen F
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just ate here with my husband and oh my goodness it was amazing. We had the appetizer special, plantain bonda, which was very good. For our entrees I had the madras vegetables and he had the chicken korma. We were both really impressed. The vegetables in my dish were so fresh and I loved the coconut flavor. Mela was a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$11 - $30
Indian, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Vegan
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?