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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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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
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Reviewed today via mobile

Contrary to another reviewer we thought the service was great , the waiter very attentive and engaging. We had a lamb dish that we thought to very good , however the Chicken Tikka Masala was a chefs take on a very common staple for Indian...More

Thank Bigskylvr
Reviewed 4 days ago

We've been going to this upscale spot for years. Mela has an excellent reputation among the locals. Even those who do not prize Indian food love their sophisticated, mildly spiced entrees. Try their alcoholic lassies too. Excellent.

Thank Irene R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there on a Thursday evening and there were 24 people having dinner, mostly locals (in Asheville, you can really tell!). We had naan, chicken tikka masala, and lamb roghan josh. Everything was excellent. Prompt, attentive service and comfortable atmosphere. We'll definitely be back.

Thank wbjii
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I joined his parents for lunch. We all ordered the lunch buffet. There were loads of different options for meat eaters and vegetarians. I enjoyed a vegetarian paneer dish and a vegetarian curry with potatoes. My husband went back for seconds on...More

Thank KellyAnneBlount
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hubs and I tripped over to Asheville for an anniversary celebration recently and craving Indian food, we settled on Mela for lunch. We were in for a treat! They had a wonderful lunch buffet complete a huge variety of vegetable dishes and Tandoori Chicken...More

Thank HickoryHoney
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a little unusual when you arrive at an Indian restaurant and most of the staff are not ethnically from Asia. But be that as it may, the people are friendly and efficient. We were seated and our needs were promptly met . We ordered...More

Thank lewwjr
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

Great ambiance! If you love Indian cuisine this is your place, went twice, once for dinner and for lunch buffet. To get more bang for your buck the buffet is amazing! Tandoori chicken and chicken marsala were my favorite dishes.

Thank Vincent F
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Wonderful, savory spinach and goat cheese naan. Excellent food with tender chicken masala and strong wine selection. Sweet chutney with pineapple was delicious.

Thank PatriquaPatriqua
Reviewed 23 January 2018

We loved this place! We LOVE Indian food and this place has Amazing vegan Indian cuisine!! The staff was attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is very nice, and again, the vegan food was awesome!! Definitely recommend eating here if you love Indian food!

Thank VeganVacation
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

The service at Mela is fantastic. Everyone is friendly, the facility is clean, and has nice atmosphere. The food was decent but was not spiced like authentic Indian food. It was a little too mild. Great menu with lots of options.

Thank Fairladyzee
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26 July 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.
27 March 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
US$11 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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