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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
10:30 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Mela Tandoori Kitchen.
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Mela Tandoori Kitchen

4.3
328 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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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 328 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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3.8
service
4.0
ambience
4.4
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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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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