Great find near the opera house
This little place serves wonderful food. Allow plenty of time- it takes awhile.
3/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Met a friend for lunch. Did
Met a friend for lunch. Did not realize the restaurant specializes with a buffet lunch for $11.95. Buffet offerings were varied with both meat and veggie options. Upon inquiring, we found the menu option, although not advertized, is available for lunch as well as dinner. Shared an order of chicken vindaloo and lamb with spinach, a single order of rice and some onion naan. Also split a 22 oz Kingfisher. Food was excellent. Restaurant uncrowded,but a woman sitting at the next table had a very loud voice and stayed as long as we did. Ambient music also a bit loud for comfortable table conversation. But, all in all, we enjoyed lunch, especially the price, less than $20 each with tip. Will try it for dinner before a show.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good restaurant, very good service
I'm not an expert of Indian cuisine, but I have found everything delicious. Probably the choice of dishes was not wide as in other restaurants, but that's ok for the price of everything.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
I've been here for the Lunch
I've been here for the Lunch Buffet with co-workers, a casual dinner with friends.and most recently an event with a big group. Every time the experience is outstanding. This is my favorite Indian restaurant in the city. Everyone at the event agreed the food was top notch! The staff was flexible about accommodating our group and the service was excellent. Highly recommended this restaurant to anyone for any occasion.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Casual atmosphere. The Garlic
Casual atmosphere. The Garlic Naan and Spicy Chicken Wings appetizer were especially good. Will add this restaurant to our list of places to go before the Symphony.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our second dinner here and it was as good as the first. Excellent chicken tikka masala and tandoori chicken. Love the fragrant naan and rice. The service is exceptional. We will return again.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is excellent. Service
The food is excellent. Service supportive. Looking forward to a return visit
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great first time at mela tandoori
The chicken tikka masala was super good. The mixed tandoori was also pretty good. I liked how the chai tea was sugarless and we got to add as much sugar as desired. The service was really good, and the waiter confirmed that we had an opentable reservation. This wa especially nice since the ladt couple times I've made a reservation from opentable I didn't get credit. We found parking like right away too! We will be back again!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great pre-concert Indian food
Surprisingly good Indian food. Very convenient to all the Civic Center cultural venues - more people should consider it as a pre-concert dinner stop.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kind of stark but clean decor
Kind of stark but clean decor in an odd location off Van Ness. The night we were there they were getting ready for a private party so was not crowded so no idea about noise level when they are full. Very friendly service and excellent food. Not a place to go for good wine or beer but great location if you are going to ballet/opera or concert and very reasonably priced. Would definitely go there again.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived shortly after opening on a Saturday, and the staff was just getting going. We waited about 20 minutes for our foood to arrive, becoming slightly anxious at the end as we had a performance to attend. But then the Lamb Tikka Masala and Palak Paneer arrived very hot and delicious. The finger bowls at the end were a nice touch. We will definitely return.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you like it hot
My friend and I ordered several dishes, they looked small, but there was so much food, we had plenty to take home for another meal. I like my food mild, my friend likes it hot. He was very happy, so in order to cool my tongue, I ordered a Mango Lassi. Just right . My favorite is the Tandoori chicken. Not too hot and so tasty.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food before the Opera
This was the second time we dined at Mela Tandoori. It is convenient to the Symphony and Opera, and has excellent food. We ordered the spicy chicken wing appetizer and the garlic naan which we liked on our first visit, and had an excellent eggplant dish and shrimp curry. It is unpretentious, has excellent food and is moderate priced. We will be back!
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed dining there
I really enjoyed dining there they got variety of excellent dishes i would recommend all foodies eat there. At the end they served us a complimentary falooda for our wedding anniversary which was so delicious and the staff is so nice. I would just say its worth trying you would love it!!
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tandoori Taste Treats
Our experience at Mela Tandoori Kitchen was excellent. We started with the vegetable samosas--bite size and delicious, accompanied by two sauces: a dark hard-to-describe-but-tasty sauce and a somewhat spicy yogurt/mint sauce. First rate Tandoori chicken and beef dishes and a well-executed lamb curry dish were our main courses.
The limited wine list featured only Indian wines but the sauvignon blanc was good and went well with the dishes we ordered.
We have no hesitation in recommending Mela Tandoor Kitchen.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service, selection
Excellent service, selection of meal choices. The tandoori beef was overcooked, but the chicken dishes were perfectly moist and tasty. The eggplant was the best I've had at an Indian restaurant in the US. Very conventien location to Opera and Symphony.Will return.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic East Indian Food!
Every item of this Tandoor eatery was most excellent, presented in silver dishes and reasonably priced. The Lassi and Nan were excellent, and the service most gracious.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is outstanding in
The food is outstanding in quality and service was excellent.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is great though we came
Food is great though we came at the opening time and they were a little scattered- seemed to arrive same time we did and food took quite awhile to come to table. We were in a bit of a hurry since we were headed to Opera otherwise would not have minded. Need a better wine list-
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious variety and great svc
Wonderful atmosphere, with superb service. I was delighted to see so much variety on the menu. As for the food, nothing short of delicious. I've been to quite a few Indian establishments and this has to be up there.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there for my moms Birthday dinner, and i was really surprised with everything. Customer service to the food was awesome. We were referred to the restaurant by one of my good friends and she was correct about it. Keep up the good work, really had a great time there.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasant surprise awaits
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?
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amazing taste without the high cost
First time eating at Mela after a movie at Opera Plaza. Was a little unsure when you walk in and the kitchen up-front seems more boarded up. But the food was incredibly tasty (think Amber India but yet different) but you don't have the high prices that other high-end restaurants have.
The Mango Lasi was the best I've had in SF. Highly recommend the Chicken Keema too, and the samosa bites. Presentation on the meals was quite nice. You get ample helpings of rice and naan. The staff is very friendly and attentive.
Next time I'll want to try eating in their traditional dining room upstairs. I'll definitely be coming back again.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'd been looking for a good
We'd been looking for a good Indian restaurant in the city. Finally found one!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Find!
The food here is excellent! Every dish we tried was wonderful and we had several. I recommend the saag gosh if you like food a little spicy. We also had a chicken biryani and a chicken daal dish and I had the daal soup which was very tasty as well. Be sure to come hungry so you can try several dishes.
The place is somewhat small and fairly quiet, but we got there right when they opened for dinner. There were a good number of patrons by the time we left and it was a Thursday. I would recommend reservations if you want to go on a weekend. You'll be glad you did!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good Indian food
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.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pre-opera, ballet, or symphony
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.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM