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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!
San Francisco, CA 94102
Indian, Pakistani, Halal
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Thursday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Van Ness Avenue
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please consult the Management Team for details.
Plenty of street parking is available as well as reasonably priced parking garages nearby
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
Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mela Tandoori Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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