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“My favorite place!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mela Tandoori Kitchen

Mela Tandoori Kitchen
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Ranked #710 of 5,627 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Van Ness Avenue
Description: Mela Tandoori Kitchen is San Francisco's premier Indian and Pakistani restaurant.Here at Mela, we offer the most exquisite assortment of Indian and Pakistani dishes in the Bay Area. With an extensive menu, serving only Halal and Zabihah meats, a brilliantly designed decor with a beautiful ambiance and silk sarees, candles and wall tapestries, we have more to offer than just great food and a cool vibe. We have perfected the most memorable experience in Indian and Pakistani dining!For starters, may we recommend some spicy tandoori wings, or perhaps the milder chicken or vegetable samosas? Better yet, how about the tandoori paneer, a vegetarian delight? The menu is filled with selections to please each individual taste bud and the seasoned veteran of Indian/Pakistani dining.
Mountain View, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“My favorite place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

Mela's vibe is very cool and cosy and overall just a perfect place to bring your loved ones and friends for fabulous food and lively atmosphere. I am writing this review because I absolutely love the Indian food here, they add something just a little bit more unique in every dish! The mixed grill plate is amazing and the butter chicken with some cheese naan bread is delicious.. The service is always spot on and the decor is delightful. We have take out here on a weekly basis and we usually always choose somewhere new for our anniversaries. But because we adore this restaurant so so much we chose Mela this year, simply because we knew we wouldn't get disappointed, the food is amazing.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Vicki L
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Sohel S, Owner at Mela Tandoori Kitchen, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
We're thrilled to hear you love coming to eat with us so much, Vicki. Your review is so touching! We'll be sure to mention it to the team. It will make their day for sure. Hope to welcome you back in soon for another delicious meal.

Thanks and congrats on the recent anniversary!
Sohel Subedar
Owner
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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71 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

We had dinner at this restaurant while we were at San Francisco. The place was close to our hotel and we had 6pm reservation. The place was not crowded at all. One interesting thing I noticed was that the kitchen was upfront and not at the back! The food was really good and they have a lassi sampler in 3 flavors, which is highly recommended. The chicken biriyani and fish vindaloo were excellent. The quantity of food was more than we expected. This restaurant is highly recommended and they offer great food at reasonable price. One thing to note was the aggressive server girl who kept taking dishes away before we were done!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Skarolina
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Sohel S, Owner at Mela Tandoori Kitchen, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
I'm so happy that you checked us out while you were in town, Skarolina! It's wonderful to get word that you loved everything from the Lassi to the Chicken Biryani. You can rest assured that I'll pass your kind words onto the kitchen staff.

As far as service goes, I apologize if you felt that it was ever a bit pushy. We aim for attentive service and I'm sorry if we went a bit overboard while you were here; I'll be sure to have a talk with our wait staff about that.

Needless to say, we'd love to see you back here next time you find yourself in San Francisco!

All the best,
Sohel Subedar - Owner
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

I visited this restaurant with my mother while we were in San Francisco. My mother is vegetarian and she really appreciated the diverse veggie food the restaurant offers.

I would definitely recommend it also for non-vegetarian people, my mixed grill dish was superb!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mj4318
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Sohel S, Owner at Mela Tandoori Kitchen, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
We're delighted to hear that you and your mother had a wonderful meal and we really appreciate you spreading the word about our restaurant. Thanks for that! Next time you find yourself in San Fran, please don't hesitate to stop in. We'd love to see you. — Best, Sohel Subedar - Owner
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“Amazing place..unbelievable food..unforgettable experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

This is an amazing restaurant with great food and great service.. i look forward to returning here with more friends and family..

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Thank Elite8raja
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Sohel S, Owner at Mela Tandoori Kitchen, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
We're so happy that you loved the restaurant. Thanks for taking the time to spread the word about our spot -- we really appreciate the support. We can't wait to see you back in for more food with all your friends and family in tow.

All the best,
Sohel Subedar - Owner
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