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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

3.8

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3.9

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Cozy, Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Toronto)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Spicy, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·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!

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 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 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 16, 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 15, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 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 4, 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 3, 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 26, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 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 20, 2017

Great food. Good service but could be better!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent Indian restaurant. The food is delicious.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Awesome restaurant. Delicious food and great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Good Indian food with good choice and good service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 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 17, 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 4, 2017

Will be back, great food and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 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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 (Vietnam)·Dined on July 21, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Food was bit spicier side.

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