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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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23:30 - 14:30
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Moneta, Virginia
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197 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a great destination if you like Indian food. The buffet is the way to go - always hot and fresh with exceptional food. If you like beer, sit at the bar and ask for the special. It was the same price as the buffet, but included beer. A great deal.

Thank MonetaMan
Clyde, North Carolina
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131 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mela located in downtown Asheville offers a very good lunch, for those looking for a diverse international cuisine. The lunch buffet is very fresh a wonderful combination of Indian flavors and spices. A soup and dessert of the day, assortment of salads and GF dishes. Excellent chicken Tandoori and chicken Masala, rice, raita, chutneys and Naan bread. Will be back... More 

Thank chefricardo3553
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service and food was good compared to other experienced national and international Indian cuisine. However, the issue I had was when the Golab Jamon arrived and both pieces had three different textures and colors from semi soft brown to an entire piece which was solid burnt black. Watching the reaction of the, important to note anglo, cook/chef/sous-chef was a... More 

Thank spaceflight
Columbia, South Carolina
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can only say what all Connoisseurs of Indian food said on this website about Mela. Very disappointing experience. The sauces bland the rice had cinnamon in it! The naan was off, the pappadam soaked in oil and the paneer fried! Nothing authentic here and when I wanted to order Vindaloo I was told they would only offer it to... More 

Thank mw123123
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Asheville over the weekend and went to Mela for lunch. We went early because we were told that it fills up for the lunch buffet. We arrived around 11:45 and got a table right away. The buffet was awesome....soups, salads, lots of veggie and GF options and some killer tandoori chicken and chicken masala! Not sure you... More 

Thank JJ K
Asheville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tends to not be as busy as other restaurants in downtown Asheville, which is nice. The atmosphere here is great. Service is hit or miss. Went today and our waitress was fantastic, but have been other times when service was not as spot on. I like going for dinner better than the lunch buffet, but either is good.

Thank djames5
Johnson City, Tennessee
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This used to be my go to spot for Indian food. Mainly because they advertise gluten free. I got sick here a few times. I discussed the problems I have been encountering. Together we tried to figure it out. She steered me away from certain items. I still got sick. I corresponding back and forth a few times with someone... More 

Thank 427nonya
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this restaurant on Christmas Eve based on the high review ratings. Did not find anything to rave about. The dishes were Indian in name only and had no resemblance to the real Indian dish. Maybe these dishes are OK for the Western palate but there was nothing authentic Indian. Ordered two dishes, one being the Chettinad style and other... More 

Thank Chitra G
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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195 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in need of an Indian food fix and decided to visit Mela again. Mela opens at 11:30 and was quite busy even right after opening. The stars of the Mela buffet are the fresh vegetable dishes all made distinctive with Mela's signature. Everything was fresh, flavorful and abundant. Overall, it was quite satisfying and a good value. Paying... More 

Thank Levannah
Asheville, North Carolina
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Mela always does a great job with solid indian food. We shared a number of dishes and all were great. The Kashmir chicken was really tasty and tender. Can accomodate large parties. Good beer selection. Wait staff is super nice. Hard to go wrong here if you want Indian. They do a great lunch buffet that will really fill you... 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, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Romantic
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?