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About Mela Tandoori Kitchen

The word "mela" means carnival or fair. When the mela comes to your village, it means an explosion of color, fun and good times (not to mention good eats)! Mela Tandoori Kitchen evokes the mela spirit with colorful striped walls, glittering candles and fragrant Indian dishes. This place is all about family: Mela's North Indian and Pakistani recipes come from three generations of Indian restauranteurs. Brothers Sohel, Zoaib and Moiz run the show now, but it was their father who opened Mela's original location as one of the cities first Indian restaurant in the early 80s.

Mela's food is family-oriented too. It can be ordered family-style to take in the full range of deliciousness on the menu, like the prawn biryani, creamy chicken tikka masala, and house specialty tandoori mixed grill. Save some room for the faluda dessert (an Indian-style ice cream sundae). Sounds like the carnival is in town, and it’s headed to your mouth!

536 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian, Pakistani, Halal

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Thursday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Van Ness Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 447-4041

Website:
http://melasf.com/

Catering:
Please consult the Management Team for details.

Parking Details:
Plenty of street parking is available as well as reasonably priced parking garages nearby

Executive Chef:
Moiz Subedar

Private Party Facilities:
A Perfect Space for groups between 20-40 people, located in our upstairs Mezzanine, this "traditional" setting is popular with the masses for birthdays, graduations, work events, etc.

Private Party Contact:
Sohel: (888) 925-8840

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mela Tandoori Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Spicy (13)
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Cozy (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was fantastic, good levels of spice and really well prepared. They have a nice, varied menu with standard favorites, but also some dishes you don't see on everyone else's menus. We were there on a Saturday evening just before show time so they were slammed and service was really slow. The staff was courteous, but simply too busy to really pay proper attention (we waited a very long time to order, then drinks took more time than you'd expect and we had to ask for water several times). I would still go back since the food was wonderful, I will just pick a less busy night/time.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We dined at Mela before the Opera, on a Saturday night. Even though it was very busy we were seated, fed and out the door in time for our event.

The meal was delicious, including a vegetarian dish with Okra that I would recommend. The lamb Tikka Masala was very good as well.

Tags: Spicy, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

It's quieter when we go in the middle of the week!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Mela makes consistently good Indian food at a price that is more than fair. We had a quick dinner before a performance at the opera house -- two dishes and two naans. A tandori chicken marinated in yogurt and herbs was perfectly spiced and cooked, flavorful and tender. The bindi (okra) here is more interesting than at some restaurants, with onions and other vegis mixed in. Onion kulcha and a seeded naan rounded out the meal. Friendly staff too.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

It had been awhile since I last visited Mela Tandoori Kitchen while in San Francisco. It was even better than I remembered. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I especially recommend the Lamb Saag. Enjoy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Mela is a great dinner spot in San Francisco's Civic Center district. We'll often eat there before opera or theater performances, and we've never been disappointed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Very tasty North Indian fare (plus beef, as it's Pakistani) and not really very spicy. Samosas were OK, mixed grill and a full range of sauced dishes were excellent, each distinctively spiced. Huge variety of naan, both the chili and the garlic were wonderful.

Pleasant environment a short walk to Opera/Davies. We had 6:00 reservations on a Tuesday before 7:30 opera and made it, as there were few other customers. The wait staff was attentive, knowledgeable and professional. Longest wait was actually to get the bill, for which their standards apparently require that all the plates be cleared, so will initiate sooner next time and there will definitely be a next time!

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Service was terrible. Three waiters covered the entire restaurant while the owner or manager sat in the corner counting money and doing whatever else he was doing. Rediculous way to run a business. Food was mediocre. Quantities for appetizers were very small. Entree portion was appropriate. Our waiter was a nice guy but he was running in many directions. He forgot our second round of drinks (we just gave up and did not bother to remind him again). Would not go again.

Tags: Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful place. This is my go-to restaurant when I am going to the opera or symphony. I love it! :-)

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed both the attentive service and special dishes. We each ordered a dish outside our usual picks so were even more surprised at how delicious our selections were. We were seated at 6 when there were few present. But by 7 p.m. every table was taken!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Good for Groups, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was extremely slow. We waited over 15 minutes to be seated (even with having a reservation). We were also seated for over an hour and a half before we got our food.

Food was good, but the service made it unenjoyable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Vegetarian and chicken dishes were tasty and well prepared. Beef and lamb barbeque dishes were overdone and dry. One in our party waited almost 15 minutes extra for her main dish. Friendly staff.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Authentic, high value, courteous & efficient. Feels like home cooking. Clientele is a mix of South Asians & others. Young as well as old. I usually order Chicken Tiki Masala, Garlic Nan, a wonderfully aromatic rice & a glass of wine. The also have great beer. And I bring home enough leftovers to have a second meal. They have an upstairs club for late night. Thanks!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Ordered 2 mains.New hotel with ocean view as upgraded 👍😁xxxx
First was the Chicken Tikka Masala
with separate sauce.
It arrived yep with sauce on.
Told waiter order was wrong & it was brought back with seperate chicken this time but obviously just taken out of the sauce as still covered!!
Sauce was flavourless & runny as water.
Luckily the other dish which was Chicken Jalfreze was great.
We put all the chicken in the Jalfreze sauce & tucked in.
Was good now & ate the lot.
Not great restaurant but enjoyable enough for price.
Wouldn't rush back as lots of choice in San Fran

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This was my third time bringing friends to Mela. It was so wonderful again- great authentic dishes, attentive service, easy to hear your own table conversation

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food. Good service but could be better!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Ordered Saag Chicken and Benghan Burjia. Chicken dish full of bones (no warning
on menu or by waiter) and the Eggplant dish was very poor. Rice and Naan
were fine. Will definitely not return to this restaurant.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent Indian restaurant. The food is delicious.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Awesome restaurant. Delicious food and great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Was perfect. Just need to notice that the medium spicy is very Spicy

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Good Indian food with good choice and good service

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Very good Indian cuisine, good atmospher, tasty, spicy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Spicy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food was very authentic. The spice level was similar to that I had in India. That being said the restaurant was unable to accomadate my friends who cannot eat much spicy food. They suffered through their meal. The waiter also did not write down our order and multiple things were forgotten.

Tags: Spicy, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Will be back, great food and service.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Mela Tandoori was delicious and the staff is SO friendly :) I will definitely be back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Normally, we go for the paneer butter masala and baingan bharta at other restaurants. Without drifting too far from our norm, we ordered Mela's paneer tikka masala and baingan bhujia. Both were outstanding and I really appreciated finding whole, cooked spices in the spoonfuls of deliciousness. Naan serving was a bit smaller than we're used to elsewhere, but what they served was loaded with flavor. Will happily go there again next time I'm in the vicinity of the SF Civic Center.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Alway a great standard is maintained

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Everything was so delicious! We were glad that we had made reservations. It was a busy place. The service was prompt which was important as we were going to the theatre after dinner. We did have to ask for our check a few times in order to get out on time. Would love to go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Food was bit spicier side.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Mela Tandoori Kitchen was perfect for a family and friends get-together. Food was very tasty and the service was excellent. We shared a bunch of appetizers and main dishes and they were all good, not a clunker in the bunch. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We were very pleased by our first visit to Mela Tandoori Kitchen. The food was quite good, with lots of interesting choices, and the restaurant is very modestly priced for San Francisco. The staff was very friendly. We were going to theatre and there was a bit of a crowd when we arrived. When we ordered, the server warned us that it might take some time, given the rush, but in fact the food came relatively quickly. The server even asked if we would mind things coming in other than the order we might have expected. We would go back.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Loved the food, but the service staff seemed over worked. Our group of four went before the theater and it was very busy. We had a reservation, but it still took several minutes utes to be acknowledged and then sat. It took about 15 minutes before anyone came back for our drink or food order. It was an hour from the time we sat until we received our food. We had to eat in five minutes to make our theater start time. I'd eat here again, but leave yourself plenty of time. Try the Indian wine too!

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

One of the top casual Indian restaurants I've been to in the Bay Area. Been three times and twice the food was fantastic - flavorful, unusual, worthy of going out. The middle time it was OK. Only downside to this place is the block - it's on a pretty bad block re homeless, etc.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Great Indian food! Beautiful decor, friendly service (with warm water to wash hands at the end!), and not as expensive as other Indian restaurants. Great find; we'll be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We were seated right away and service was very efficient. Both the chicken tikka masala and lamb gosh we ordered were excellent. Both meats were tender with delicious sauces.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Mela has very good Indian food at a reasonable price. Service is excellent. A great place before events at the Opera House or Davies Hall.

Tags: Great Beer, Authentic, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great meal, as always. Good is excellent, my favorite Indian restaurant in SF

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Our first visit. Food superb. Service friendly, exceptionally accommodating.........a bit slow. Cleanest restroom I've seen in a long time. We loved this restaurant and will be back.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Mela is our favorite restaurant because of the wonderful Indian food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Our family recently went to Mela Tandoori Kitchen for a birthday and everything was perfect. The food was delicious and the staff very helpful. We even tried the Indian wine choices and it was a hit.

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