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Mela Tandoori Kitchen

4.3
322 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 322 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.7
service
3.9
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4.3
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAmandaN (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 9, 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 7, 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 17, 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 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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 9, 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 7, 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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