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Mela Indian Restaurant

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Downtown Asheville
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70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
+1 828-225-8880
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05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
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23:30 - 14:30
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Key West, Florida
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194 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped for lunch to discover they were only serving brunch, we are not brunch people but we stayed and partook! I really hate standing in a line waiting for the person in front of me to decide what they wanted while wondering if the people in front of me watched their hands. We stepped up and stayed in line.... More 

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Thank Michaelkasperski
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141 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't have the luxury to eat there but we got take out... the food was awesome and the service was fantastic...!! Based on this experience, I would definitely want to go here again. I would definitely recommend it.

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Thank gladacya
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83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a Sunday night - large restaurant not at max capacity but fairly busy. I hate spicy food and they were happy to ensure I found non- spicy items....made to order. The portions were huge and I couldn't stop eating them. Nice place I would go again.

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Thank Carey O
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mela has a great variety of food, meat dishes, veggie, specials. The Rock star was definitely the naan though, best I've ever had! Beautifully decorated as well.

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Thank Meaghan M
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I beg you! Try Mela's! Whether you go for their lunchtime buffet, or a quiet dinner, I promise you'll be impressed. The Tikka Masala dishes are to die for! Selections are plentiful, and the service is top notch as well! Best Indian in AVL!

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Thank Daltynn11
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been to this restaurant many times for the buffet lunch and for dinner. Never had anything I didn't love. Favorite restaurant in Asheville.

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Thank Brian E
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went out to eat here while visiting friends on our way through Asheville. I would come back here and eat again and again. I can not imagine anything they have not being excellent. We all shared our dishes had multiple starters and apps. with our meal and everything was excellent, could hardly walk when we left I was so stuffed!... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I eat at Indian restaurants in every single city we visit (a lot). Mela was absolutely beautiful from the entry door to being seated at the open windows that let out onto the street. I mean passersby are within arms reach and they are definitely looking and smelling your plate! They were so jelly. We had a... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my third visit to Mela. It's what I would consider "upscale" Indian food. While the menu choices have the usual Indian fare you find in US Indian restaurants the availability creative specials, the freshness of the food and the presentation put it a notch above the norm. I had a Vindaloo which was as hot as I wanted... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looking to dine somewhere new in Asheville. So glad we tried Mela. Seated right away, everyone friendly & attentive. Hot chai tea outstanding on a cold night. Madras Jihnga Shrimp delicious as was Lamb Pistachio. Don't forget the spinach & goat cheese naan. No room for dessert & lots of leftovers to take home. Will definitely return.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 30
Cuisine
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
Monday
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
Tuesday
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
Thursday
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
Friday
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?