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Mela Indian Restaurant

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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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19 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an upscale/fine dine Indian restaurant and may be only such option Asheville. I have to admit I have been by far disappointed with all five of upscale indian restaurants I have visited in US. This was the worse of all, the food only looked Indian. We were a group of 6 visited during the fall season and for... More 

Thank Hemanth C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am kind of an Indian Cuisine snob, which I can't help when my husband is from India. I will give you his two cents: Food is average, made more for American taste. Sometimes the increase of spice is use to cover the lack of authentic taste. We went on a Monday night, so not overly busy and waited 45... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is excellent, fresh, and always the best. We have visited almost monthly for about 5 years, and never have been disappointed. (EXCEPT when they took the Orange Chicken Sause away for short time...) But that's been a while ago. LOVE IT.

Thank mrfixnit
Conway, South Carolina
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, so i stopped in on a whim and i had the buffet. Im not impressed, the only thint i liked was the chicken masala and the chicken was cut up small enough. I definitely regret coming here when i could have gone to a better restaurant. Regardless, i ate my money's worth and it was only $11. Ive been... More 

Thank Evan D
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food ( but spicy )!! Buffet style Great staff and service Friendly environment Amazing chai ( hello ginger ! ) And the best dessert Gulab Jamon we've ever had ! Highly Recommended

Thank Bash A
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have been fans of Mela for a long time, and the food has always been good, but yesterday we both had the best meals we've ever had, and we were told by our server that the previous chef has returned. I had a shrimp dish with jumbo shrimp in a Masala sauce, and they were absolutely... More 

Thank drjim1941
Beaufort, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to Mela's several times and it remains one of our favorites. We stopped here before going to a concert and had a reservation which was a wise choice. Within 10 minutes of being seated, the place was full. The food is delicious. We started with Peshwari Nan and it was fantastic. I had the tandoori chicken and... More 

Thank scbean
Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

A lot of Asheville old-timers seem to have a nostalgic fondness for Mela, which I believe was the first Indian restaurant there. After several years of eating elsewhere, we decided to try it. First, I should note that we've lived and traveled in India and have eaten plenty of Indian food. Properly prepared, each dish should be uniquely seasoned and... More 

Thank Asianista
Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Excellent service with a very good buffet. Very nice relaxed and friendly atmosphere with daily meal and drink specials. If you like Indian cuisine I would definitely go to Mela!

Thank manofbend
Columbia, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

This was the best restaurant I went to during my short stay in the Asheville. I am a little biased because I love a good Indian buffet. The price was about $11. They have a great selection of mostly vegetarian fare. The service was top notch even though they were quite busy at noon on a Friday. You will probably... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $30
Indian, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
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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