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Mela Tandoori Kitchen

4.3
330 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Top Tags:
  • Spicy
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Pakistani, Halal
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Thursday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 447-4041
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Moiz Subedar
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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.
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Private party contact
Sohel: (888) 925-8840
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Catering
Please consult the Management Team for details.
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Cross street
Van Ness Avenue
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Parking details
Plenty of street parking is available as well as reasonably priced parking garages nearby
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 330 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
3.8
service
4.0
ambience
4.3
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StephenS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Over the course of the evening, we found ourselves dealing with about four different members of the staff, all of whom tended to be clueless about their basic job.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was delicious. The portions a bit small. Service was great. Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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TomR (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

We reserved a table at Mela Tandoori for dinner before a 7:00 event at the Herbst Theater, only 2 blocks away. We were immediately seated, had a very tasty dinner, the price was moderate, and we had no trouble getting to our event.

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Lisa 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was wonderful. The wait staff very attentive and courteous. We will certainly come again when we are in the city.

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Robin (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Took my girlfriend there on Valantine‘s Day and we both loved it, even though we had to wait quite a bit, because there were a lot of people. It was worth the wait. We love indian food and this is one of the best places we ever went to.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The wait was painful, they didn’t account for Valentine’s Day (somehow). Our reservation for 7pm got us seated at 7:30. First appetizers came at 8, and food came at 8:30 (we ordered promptly at 7:30 since we had half an hour to read the menu).

The food was fantastic but I certainly won’t go on a busy night.

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Leon (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Really enjoyed our meal. The seafood tandoori wad very good, the naan excellent and a spicy chicken appetizer that was a special of the day was very tasty.

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Fatman (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Then food is pretty good but you need to know what to order. The service staff but seemed overwhelmed by the number of parties that showed up. As another reviewer noted, be prepared to wait for 15 minutes to be seated even if you have a reservation. This place is good for everyday Indian food.

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vipAmandaN (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing, amazing food. Just the worst service I’ve ever experienced. But if you have time for your dinner to take over two hours, the food is truly fantastic!

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FKKDiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We tried Mela Tandoori for dinner before we went to the symphony. It proved to be a very good choice. The food was very good, the service prompt and friendly and the atmosphere was lively.

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klee (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

A really nice range of different dishes for different palates. Well prepared with fresh ingredients. We got the mixed grill, the eggplant, chicken biryani... all standout and yummy. Friendly and efficient staff, as well. It's a big space and looks like it could accommodate a pretty serious group. We saw some other customers getting hookah, which is a nice option. We went on a Monday night when it was pouring rain, and it was pretty quiet, which was perfect for being able to talk.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Had a LONG line to be seated with a hostess that only showed up about every 10 minutes. Waited for water until about 15 minutes after papadum came (when I asked a second time). Very slow service and just okay food. I would head to another restaurant for better Indian food in the area!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Everything was delicious. We had chicken samosas to start, and shared chicken tikka Masala, prawn spinach dish and another spicy prawn dish, and naan. Do yourself a favor and order the cheese naan! Looking forward to going back soon. Great place to go before a show. Bring a bottle of wine or try an Indian wine. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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StephenS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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vipMacrodiver (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

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vipCrochetsmith (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

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!

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vipGenerallyHappyDiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 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.

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FoodLover94028 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 28, 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!

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