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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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5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.All hours
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
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Reviewed yesterday 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 January 2018

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 January 2018

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

1  Thank Catherine D
Reviewed 22 December 2017 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 17 December 2017

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
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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