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Mela Indian Restaurant

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70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
+1 828-225-8880
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
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Staten Island, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped here as soon as they opened at 11:#0 on a Friday, and by another 20 minutes it was packed. The food is fantastic, which is unusual for a buffet type setting. Everything was hot, fresh, and full of flavor. Price was really reasonable and the chai tea was fantastic.

Thank Pietrosmom
Auburndale, Florida
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The best Nann bread ever. Chicken Tikki Masala (Butter Chicken) was great, huge pieces of chicken. Great portions.

Thank Claire22176
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Tasty meal and pleasant service! The server brought a special dessert as a birthday treat which was on the house. Whenever we're in Asheville again, we'll be sure to come back!

Thank Klive F
Kenna, United States
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I showed up at the restaurant at 12:45 on a Saturday and they were packed! We had a 35 minute wait. The food was great. They did run out of pakoras and naan for an extended period of time, but the flavors were great. There was an eggplant and potato dish, vegetable korma, saag with mushrooms, lentils,... More 

Thank Shayna T
Raleigh, North Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mela had a different decor that i liked, the service was Great!. The food was good, it was good presentation, and tasty, but i am from India and i like my food spicy, they did make it spicy for me but there was still sweetness in the dish, which is not for my taste buds. If you are not into... More 

Thank Kodynya
Wilson, North Carolina
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice restaurant, nice decor. The service was very good, food was tasty and plentiful. The menu had everything we were looking for along with a good selection of wines.

Thank NewEnglander106
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170 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our favorite for Indian food. We had excellent service despite the fact that it was very crowded. Our food was served quickly and thoughtfully. The dishes were plated impressively and beautifully. The food was very, very good at a very good price. Don't miss this hidden gem in the mountains!

Thank Wunder3
Clyde, North Carolina
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I drive over to the next county about once a month to eat at Mela Indian Restaurant in Asheville. It is outstanding in every way. They offer a buffet or you can order from the menu - we get the buffet because there is a large selection of wonderful Indian food. We have never been disappointed with... More 

Thank Jean B
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116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They've got Chimay Bleu for $5! That's a great deal. Not very Indian, but hey. Dinner was good. Service was quick, price was reasonable. Arrived early on a Friday night, place was filled up by 7pm. Will go back. Everyone enjoyed it.

Thank NATOPatsFan
Atlanta, Georgia
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90 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have passed by this place so many times on our previous visits to Asheville, and it was always slammed - so we thought the experience HAD to be great! Wrong. This visit, we made reservations, although at 6 pm the restaurant was still fairly empty. Thus, there was no excuse for the inattentive service throughout the meal. For starters,... 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
US$11 - US$30
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?