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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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Open Now
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Hours
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
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Reviewed today via mobile

We eat at Mela every time we visit Asheville because the food is terrific as is the service. Love the sassie lassie cocktails. And..across the street is an excellent old and used book store.

Thank Maggymuffin
Reviewed 5 days ago

Some of the best Indian in Asheville, if not the best. The staff is excellent too. Try the weekend buffet.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being on the road, you get bored with the repetition from the chains. Most ethnic restaurants are a welcome change, especially if the food is good. This place is a winner- got seated quickly on a busy Saturday night and served very well (Maxine). Even...More

Thank walthorticulture
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While craving Indian on a trip through Asheville, my husband and I stopped by Mela for the first time. Overall we had a nice dining experience. My husband tried the Kozi Milagu Chettinad, which had a nice level of spice to it and complex flavors....More

Thank kmayes23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mela is a very good Indian restaurant. We're eating vegan now and they had a lot of vegan options. Good samosas, vegetable korma, and more. Wait staff was very good about telling us what was spicy and what was not (or at least less so).

Thank Jerome B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This establishment hit every one of my tastebuds with a big, Mmmmmmm. I knew it when I walked it the door it was going to be fab from the aroma. Thank you for a fantastic experience. I will be back!

Thank Probablyreturn
Reviewed April 6, 2018

Having visited India five times, we are particularly critical of Indian food. At Mela, we found nothing to complain about in that is was one of the best Indian buffets we've enjoyed. The only reason that we don't put it number one on our own...More

1  Thank markmd
Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely loved the food including the tandoori lamb and chicken tikka masala. Beware! Go hungry! Portions are huge. Very tender lamb and chicken and the naan bread was straight out of the Tandoor oven. Yummy!

Thank Darla C
Reviewed April 4, 2018

We were craving Indian food for some time and were delighted to find Mela. The food was delicious and the staff friendly and helpful. The portions were large enough to have take away for the following day's lunch. We will return.

Thank Andrea T
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We tried the buffet at Mela and loved absolutely everything. The chutneys and pickles were freshly made and just yum. The broccoli and mushroom pakoras were absolutely delish - do not miss them! We tried the vegetarian dishes and each one of them was full...More

Thank IndTravelller
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Questions & Answers
July 26, 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.
March 27, 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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