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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 2 weeks ago

I try and eat here each time I visit Asheville on business. I've always had a great meal and friendly service. Window seats allow great people watching up and down Lexington Ave. Not your typical Indian restaurant vibe. Asheville is an eclectic town, and the...More

Thank TNTruth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were delighted to find this Indian restaurant in Asheville, NC. It was a freezing cold night and some hot spicy food seemed light a great idea. The restaurant itself doesn't have much of an Indian feel to it it's large and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Taking a break from the hullabaloo of holiday shopping, my family decided on dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. We went at 7:00pm and were pleasantly surprised there was no line and we were seated right away! The food was flawless and the service...More

Thank David K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Numerous visits to this establishment for both lunch buffet and a la carte dinners. I have spent a fair amount of time in India over the years, know what I expect and the excellent food here is "the real McCoy". Can at times be overcrowded...More

Thank Doug S
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Good food and nice lunch choices! Went on a Saturday so it really felt like a mela(fair) inside! Good food though so no complaints 👍

Thank Jess_mohan
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Ok, it's definitely not the largest lunch buffet, but it is SO good. We loved it all. Plenty of great choices including several gluten-free and vegan options if you need those. The desserts were great, too. We got there right at 11:30am on a Tuesday...More

Thank Mitch S
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Made a reservation for 5:30 when they opened because we were going to a concert. We were seated at the best table in the house. Ambiance and food were wonderful. Our waitress was terrific as well. We ordered drinks and a spinach feta naan appetizer...More

Thank Bobbie G
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Wow was I pleasantly surprised to find this gem. After reading reviews and discovering that this had a buffet, I just had to try this new cuisine for me. I figured the reviews were good and on a buffet, I could try several different dishes....More

Thank Greg H
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I happened upon the restaurant after visiting other restaurants all with an hour+ wait. We were able to be accommodated at the bar (very nice setting) and were quickly greeted by our waitress. This was admittedly my first time trying curry and...More

Thank Cole M
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Everything, I mean, EVERYTHING in this restaurant was amazing. Friendly greeter, attentive waitress, fast service, and DELICIOUS authentic Indian food! Definitely the BEST Indian restaurant I've ever been to, by far. If you happen to be in Asheville, you need to eat there. You won't...More

Thank HealthCoach G
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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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
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
  • 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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