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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 yesterday 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are in Asheville for a few days and Mela was recommended by some locals. It was a very pleasant experience. We started out with Palak pakoras which had a very good bite to them and are very different from Palak chatt with which we...More

Thank crkoer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Buffet has amazing variety, lots of veggie options, and a reasonable price point. Also good for dinner/drinks

Thank K4166ZJjessicas
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Contrary to another reviewer we thought the service was great , the waiter very attentive and engaging. We had a lamb dish that we thought to very good , however the Chicken Tikka Masala was a chefs take on a very common staple for Indian...More

Thank Bigskylvr
Reviewed 16 March 2018

We've been going to this upscale spot for years. Mela has an excellent reputation among the locals. Even those who do not prize Indian food love their sophisticated, mildly spiced entrees. Try their alcoholic lassies too. Excellent.

Thank Irene R
Reviewed 9 March 2018

We were there on a Thursday evening and there were 24 people having dinner, mostly locals (in Asheville, you can really tell!). We had naan, chicken tikka masala, and lamb roghan josh. Everything was excellent. Prompt, attentive service and comfortable atmosphere. We'll definitely be back.

Thank wbjii
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Questions & Answers
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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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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