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Mela Tandoori Kitchen
Mela Tandoori Kitchen
  • Address:
    536 Golden Gate Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Mela Tandoori Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.MELATANDOORI.COM
  • Email: melakaraja@hotmail.com
  • Phone: (415) 447-4041
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm
    Dinner: Daily 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Moiz Subedar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Delivery, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: check with Management for details..

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Van Ness Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of street parking is available as well as reasonably priced parking garages nearby
A word from Mela Tandoori Kitchen
Welcome to Mela Tandoori Kitchen, San Francisco"s Premier Restaurant specializing in Indian and Pakistani Cuisine !!! Here at 'Mela' we offer the most exquisite assortment of Indian and Pakistani dishes in the Bay Area. With an extensive menu, serving only Halal/Zabihah meats, brilliantly designed decor, blending a beautiful ambiance with silk sarees, candles and wall tapestries we have more to offer than just great food and a cool vibe, we have perfected the most memorable experience in Indian and Pakistani dining !!!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was really outstanding! Large and diverse menu, not just the usual Indian standards. Everything is a la carte, but our total tab including two main courses and sides of rice, naan, chutney and raita was quite modest. And we had more food than two people could eat! Decor is metro-trendy, not at all typical Indian restaurant. A terrific addition to the Symphony/Opera/Ballet neighborhood!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We went there for lunch after finding out there was a lunch buffet. The food was good, I just wish there was more to choose from. I would have ordered something from the regular menu, but our server took a while to come to the table, so I just opted for the lunch buffet. Definitely worth 11.95. The next time that I'm in San Francisco, I will try this restaurant for dinner."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Excellent South Asian cuisine - Indian, Pakistani, etc. A great addition to the Civic Center / Hayes Valley restaurant scene. Mixed grill is very generous and delicious. Highly recommended. We have already scheduled a return visit with friends."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We arrived right on time for our reservation, there were multiple empty tables but we were kept waiting."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Outstanding quality food, especially the curries. Great spot for pre-Opera, etc. dining in the Civic Center area."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Everything was flavorful, the spices were fresh and the presentation of the dishes was inviting. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "How refreshing to find a comfortable, moderately-priced restaurant in the Civic Center with well-prepared, delicious food. I have not had better Indian/Pakistani food in San Francisco. I was there for dinner on a Monday night -- ordinarily not a good restaurant night, especially in the Civic Center -- but everything was fresh and flavorful. Service was friendly and professional. The background music was a bit loud, but I think that the management would have accommodated us by turning it down had we asked. Overall, this is a great find for those looking for a place to eat before the symphony or ballet, or after work. Mela also serves a lunch buffet. I haven't yet tried it, but I expect that it would be delicious, and a great deal."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Food is cooked fresh, the Naan was soft and fluffy. Best Indian. Food period!! L"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My last review I complained about the speed of service (we had an unexpectedly long traffic jam and were late - we told them we had a curtain but and they assured us it was ok but that didn't make anything faster). This time we got there at 6om - the traffic was unexpectedly easy and had no trouble making our curtain. It is a wonderful restaurant, foodwise. The chicken tikka masala, the kulcha (special naan), the lamb vindaloo was wonderful. The Indian Chenin Blanc is also really nice. Light, not very sweet, not very dry. They are closed on Sunday but for the rest of the week, parking on the street just before 6 and taking your time to eat before the show is a very pleasant plan. There is little enough in the area that isn't $$$$"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We love this restaurant - great food and flavors, nice wait staff, and reasonably priced. We've been 3 times, and will be back"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Good Indian food, at least most of the dishes. Very crowded pre theater though and the staff had trouble keeping up. Since everyone was heading for the theater, it was a bit of a problem."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I came in on Valentines Day with my girlfriend and was promptly seated for our 7:45 reservation. All the servers where very courteous and made great recommendations on food choices for the both of us. Will come back very soon and try the traditional seating area."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I read about the opening of this restaurant and decided to try it Thursday evening before the ballet. Very friendly staff and extremely attentive making excellent recommendations; it's clear they have an intimate knowledge of the menu items. There is a lot of care put into the presentation from the stoneware plates carrying the restaurant name and heated to the well laid out menu and lighting that was low enough to be cozy yet still bright enough to read the menu with ambient lighting. This is definitely a step up from most of the other Indian/Pakistani restaurants in the area. Prices are a couple of dollars more the but quality of the meats and sauces are top notch and worth the bit extra. I will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We've been here before and will go back again and again. We especially love that the sauces all have distinct flavors but are not too spice for American tastes. The eggplant is not to be missed (I wish I knew how to make it - I'd eat it every day). The Tandori chicken is succulent and tender."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I was searching for a good place to eat before going to the ballet and I have found it! Mela's food is superb - I had the Palak Paneer and Garlic Naan - the staff were friendly and prompt, and the atmosphere was nice. I didn't feel too dressed up, eating here before going to the opera house around the corner, and the value for all of that cannot be beat."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Mela Tandoori and it was better than ever. I cannot imagine the food being more delicious and the service was excellent. Absolutely our favorite and a great pre-show choice!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "This Indian restaurant has terrific food at reasonable prices. The portions are very large. The tables are far enough apart and the background music at low volume that it is fairly quiet,. allowing easy conversation. The mixed grill was heavenly; samosas and lamb with spinach excellent. Just back from India, I found the food as good as much that I had eaten there. The outside is now covered with scaffolding, but the inside is dim and reasonably attractive. Cost was $50 for two with appetizer, 2 main dishes, beer, and rice."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and service. It should be noted that though the main room is in a neighborhood rather than special occasion style, there is a banquet room upstairs with traditional seating that would be good for a special group event."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "After living in Europe for two years, we thought we'd never find any Indian food that equalled what we ate in London . . . until we ate at Mela Tandoori Kitchen last week. The flavors were exquisite. Service was thoughtful, super-attentive, and friendly. Ambience perfect. And what's more? The prices are more than reasonable. Super affordable for the amazing quality of food you receive. We are recommending this place to everyone we know. Eat here before the ballet, opera, or show at the Golden Gate. What a gem!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Good spot for meal before an event in the Civic Center area. We ordered a lamb tikka marsala, tandoori chicken, rice and naan. The food was flavorful and plentiful. The chai was skimpy and weak; it was served in a small juice glass, whereas I am used to it being served like a cup of coffee. Service was friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I came here with high expectations after reading all the rave reviews but, was disappointed. First off we tried to order veggie samosas but, were told they ran out. What indian restaurant runs out of samosas?! We then ordered the chili paneer which was okay, a tad salty for my taste though. The main meal dishes weren't anything spectacular either."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "If you're looking for your favorite Indian food this place is great. Much of the food is moderately spicy which is what I love."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "This was so good I don't know if I will ever go anywhere else for Indian food. It looks like a hole in the wall on the outside but inside the restaurant is quite lovely. We tried the chicken samosas and the chicken tikka masala that were listed as house specialties and the tikka masala was so good I wanted to cry. I also got a rose lassi and garlic cheese naan and highly recommend them also. The staff is flawlessly polite and attentive and when I complimented the food to our waiter he seemed genuinely thrilled that we had enjoyed it so much. Food was perfectly spiced and the extra effort they put into presentation really goes a long way. Even the rice was prepared with extra flourishes. The entree was only $11.95, but felt very high end."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "A convenient restaurant near Civic Center for reasonably priced, good Indian food. Lunch is served buffet style. The entres were very tasty and the staff very nice. Enjoyable."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "... such as I imagine Indian construction workers relishing. I mean that as a compliment; this is cooking for people who are hungry. The tandoori chicken was zesty, the vegetarian dishes were distinctive and flavorful, and the naan was exceptionally good. Portions are adequate; don't over-order. This is a neighborhood where many restaurants are pretentious without being truly special. I dine in the 'hood often because of its proximity to music venues, but I often feel exploited by "trendiness." At Mela, I can get a meal and then proceed to the main course, music. However, Mela is a narrow, stuffy, unattractive facility, with altogether too much noise (the biggest problem in so many SF restaurants). If you need ambience, you won't like it."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "A pleasant surprise awaits in this large space, occupied by only a few people early on a Friday night. Cordial service, delicious food - and street parking. What more could you want?"
    Dined on 8/9/2013