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Mela Indian Restaurant, Asheville, NC

Mela Indian Restaurant

4.5
4.5
45 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian

Mela Indian Restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina offers authentic Indian food made fresh daily from local and organic ingredients. It has been voted the Best Indian Restaurant every year since 2007 by the Mountain Xpress Readers� Poll and even received a very favorable review in the New York Times. If you like Indian breads, you�ll appreciate the many options available at Mela. There is naan, garlic naan, peshwari naan, pudine naan, poori and paratha available. While Mela offers many traditional vegetarian menu items, there are plenty with meat in them, too. You can order the tandoori chicken salad, Mela chicken curry or the chicken pakoras, just to name a few.

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Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 225-8880

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    email melaindiancatering@gmail.com for catering needs and questions!

  • Neighborhood

    Asheville

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Lunch Buffet | 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM; Dinner | 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Aagaz - Appetizers

  • Palak Pakoras$6.95

    Baby spinach dipped in spiced chickpea and rice batter

    • Vegetable Samosa$6.95

      Handmade pastry triangles stuffed with mildly spiced potatoes and green peas. Served with tamarind and mint chutney

      • Chowpatti Ragada$6.95

        Potato patties topped with curried chickpeas, and tamarind and mint chutneys. Garnished with cilantro and raita

        • Punjabi Pakoras$6.95

          Vegetable fritters made with spring onions, cilantro and peppers in a spiced chickpea and rice batter

          • Chicken Pakoras$8.95

            Strips of boneless chicken marinated with ginger, garlic, chili paste and spices and deep fried. Served with mint and tamarind chutneys

            • Samosa Chat$7.95

              Samosas topped with masala chick peas, mint and tamarind chutney, garnished with onions and cilantro and raita

              • Papadum$3.95

                Indian lentil wafers, served with mint-cilantro chutney

                • Calamari Porichachu$9.95

                  Fresh calamari dusted with curry flavored chickpea and rice flour batter. Served with mint and tamarind chutneys

                  Shorba - Soup

                  • Dal Shorba$5.95

                    A mild lentil stew finished with cream, spinach, herbs and spices

                    • Milagu Rasam$5.95

                      Pepper flavored tamarind and tomato soup garnished with fresh chopped cilantro

                      Side Orders

                      • Rice$2.00

                        Basmati rice flavored with spices

                        • Raita$2.00

                          Made with yogurt and cucumbers, mildly spiced

                          • Cilantro Chutney$2.00

                            • Tamarind Chutney$2.00

                              • Mango Chutney$2.00

                                • Chutney Platter$5.00

                                  Mint-cilantro, tamarind, coconut and tomato chutneys

                                  Salads

                                  • Tandoori Chicken$15.95

                                    Spring mix, cilantro and tandoori chicken breast with balsamic vinaigrette

                                    • Spinach and Grilled Paneer Salad$13.95

                                      Baby spinach leaves, tandoori grilled homemade paneer cheese and balsamic vinaigrette

                                      • Tandoori Salmon Salad$16.95

                                        Spring mix topped with tandoori roasted salmon garnished with cherry tomatoes and tossed with balsamic vinaigrette

                                        • Tandoori Shrimp Salad$16.95

                                          Large tandoor grilled shrimp served atop a bed of spring mix, cherry tomatoes & tossed with balsamic vinaigrette

                                          Tandoori Oven

                                          Dinners served with basmati rice and papadum

                                          • Tandoori Chicken$16.95

                                            Tender pieces of bone-in chicken marinated and roasted in the tandoor oven

                                            • Chicken Tikka Kabab$17.95

                                              Boneless chicken breast marinated in spices and roasted on skewers

                                              • Tandoori Lamb$19.95

                                                Boneless pieces of lamb marinated lightly in spiced sauce and roasted in our tandoor oven

                                                • Salmon Tikka$18.95

                                                  Salmon marinated in ginger, garlic, yogurt and tandoor spices and cooked in the tandoor oven

                                                  • Tandoori Shrimp$17.95

                                                    Shrimp marinated in ground spices and grilled in our tandoor oven

                                                    Murg - Chicken

                                                    Dinners served with basmati rice and papadum

                                                    • Chicken Korma$17.95

                                                      Boneless chicken cooked in an almond and cashew sauce, topped with nuts and raisins

                                                      • Chicken Tikka Masala$17.95

                                                        Marinated boneless chicken breast simmered in a creamy, slightly spicy sauce made with tomatoes, ginger, garlic and spices

                                                        • Chicken Vindaloo*$17.95

                                                          Boneless chicken cooked with potatoes in a very spicy and tangy curry sauce

                                                          • Kozi Milagu Chettinad$17.95

                                                            Boness chicken cooked in a sauce made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, black pepper, cumin, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom

                                                            • Mela Chicken Curry$17.95

                                                              Chicken cooked in an aromatic onion and ginger curry with cilantro and okra

                                                              Sumundri Moti - Seafood

                                                              • Kerala Fish Curry$18.95

                                                                Mahi-mahi lightly cooked in a coconut curry leaf and tamarind sauce

                                                                • Meen Chettinad$18.95

                                                                  Mahi-mahi cooked in sauce made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, black pepper, cumin, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom

                                                                  • Madras Jihnga Masala$18.95

                                                                    Shrimp, shelled and deveined, cooked in a sauce made with onions, ginger, garlic, cumin, tumeric, tamarind, mustard seeds, coconut and spices

                                                                    • Shrimp Vindaloo*$18.95

                                                                      Shrimp simmered in a very spicy and tangy curry sauce. A classic dish originating from Goa

                                                                      Gosht - Lamb

                                                                      • Gosht Roghan Josh$18.95

                                                                        Lean cubes of lamb cooked Kashmiri style with ground almonds, cardamom pods, and cream

                                                                        • Lamb Vindaloo*$18.95

                                                                          Boneless pieces of lamb cooked in a very spicy and tangy curry sauce

                                                                          • Mela Lamb Curry$18.95

                                                                            Boneless, tender pieces of lamb cooked in a traditional onion and ginger curry sauce with cilantro and okra

                                                                            • Lamb Chettinad$18.95

                                                                              Boneless lamb cooked in a sauce made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, black pepper, cumin, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom

                                                                              Subzi - Vegetarian

                                                                              • Saag Paneer$15.95

                                                                                Homemade cheese cubes with spinach and ground spices

                                                                                • Punjabi Chole$13.95

                                                                                  Chickpeas cooked in a tomato base with coriander, paprika and chili

                                                                                  • Baingan Bharta$13.95

                                                                                    Tandoor-roasted eggplant mashed, seasoned and sauteed with onions, tomatoes and peas

                                                                                    • Mutter Paneer$15.95

                                                                                      Peas and paneer cheese in a mildly spiced creamy gravy

                                                                                      • Bhindi Masala$13.95

                                                                                        Fresh okra in spicy sauce of onions, cilantro, coriander, and cumin seeds

                                                                                        • Madras Vegetables$14.95

                                                                                          Fresh vegetables cooked in a mild coconut and curry leaf gravy.

                                                                                          • Aloo Gobi Masala$13.95

                                                                                            Potatoes and cauliflower in a spicy sauce of ginger, garlic, and tumeric

                                                                                            • Shahi Paneer$15.95

                                                                                              Fresh paneer cheese cubes cooked in a rich tomato cream spiced sauce

                                                                                              • Vegetable Vindaloo*$13.95

                                                                                                Fresh vegetables cooked in a very spicy sauce, a Goan specialty

                                                                                                • Vegetable Chettinad$13.95

                                                                                                  Fresh vegetables cooked in a sauce made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, black pepper, cumin, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom

                                                                                                  Roti - Breads

                                                                                                  • Naan$3.00

                                                                                                    A light bread baked in the tandoor oven

                                                                                                    • Garlic Naan$4.00

                                                                                                      A multi-layered bread flavored with garlic and cilantro

                                                                                                      • Peshwari Naan$6.00

                                                                                                        Naan filled with nuts, dried fruit and raisins

                                                                                                        • Onion Kulcha$5.00

                                                                                                          Naan stuffed with onions

                                                                                                          • Pudina Naan$4.00

                                                                                                            Naan stuffed with fresh mint

                                                                                                            • Paratha$4.00

                                                                                                              Whole wheat multi-layered bread baked in the tandoor oven

                                                                                                              • Poori$4.00

                                                                                                                Whole wheat, deep fried puffed bread

                                                                                                                Desserts

                                                                                                                • Mango Cheesecake$5.95

                                                                                                                  Classic mango cheesecake

                                                                                                                  • Kheer$4.95

                                                                                                                    Caramelized basmati rice, almonds, pistachios and raisins in a sweet milk pudding

                                                                                                                    • Gulab Jamun$4.95

                                                                                                                      A North Indian treat - deep fried homemade cheese balls served in rose flavored syrup

                                                                                                                      • Kulfi$4.95

                                                                                                                        Homemade Indian ice cream flavored with mango and pistachios

                                                                                                                        Beverages

                                                                                                                        • Sodas$2.00

                                                                                                                          • Iced Tea$2.00

                                                                                                                            • Coffee$3.00

                                                                                                                              • Ginger Beer$4.00

                                                                                                                                • Mango Lassi$4.00

                                                                                                                                  A sweet yogurt drink with mango

                                                                                                                                  • Salty Lassi$3.00

                                                                                                                                    Traditional style. It's Salty!

                                                                                                                                    • Chai Tea$4.00

                                                                                                                                      Spice infused tea with milk

                                                                                                                                      • Hot Tea$4.00

                                                                                                                                        A selection of Mighty Leaf bagged teas

                                                                                                                                        Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                        What 45 people are saying

                                                                                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                                                        4.5
                                                                                                                                        4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                                        • 4.5Food
                                                                                                                                        • 4.5Service
                                                                                                                                        • 4.5Ambience
                                                                                                                                        • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                          Great food, the chicken tikka Marsala and garlic naan are fantastic! We will def come back next time we are in Asheville.

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                                                                                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

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                                                                                                                                          Fantastic Indian cuisine, great service and fresh entrees.

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                                                                                                                                          TRose

                                                                                                                                          New England

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                                                                                                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

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                                                                                                                                          Short staffed servers and kitchen. We waited for our meal for over one hour. Though the waitress was incredibly apologetic, it was inexcusable for the kitchen to take so long. Though the food is great, it is not worth the wait.

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                                                                                                                                          bisbob

                                                                                                                                          Western NC

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                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          30 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                          Love the food, as always. Excellent server, although my wife’s meal went to two other tables before it got to her because the table numbering was … hmmm…. disjointed.

                                                                                                                                        5. K

                                                                                                                                          Kenneth

                                                                                                                                          New England

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          The food was top quality and the flavors were unique and very delicious. This was our second visit at Mela Indian Restaurant and it is one of our favorites.

                                                                                                                                        6. OT

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                                                                                                                                          Denver

                                                                                                                                          16 reviews

                                                                                                                                          3.0

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                                                                                                                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

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                                                                                                                                          Nothing bad but just kind of an average experience. Expected higher quality service and food.

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                                                                                                                                          PattyP

                                                                                                                                          Western NC

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

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                                                                                                                                          I had an reservation for over a month and when I showed up the restaurant was closed with only a paper note posted out front😞

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                                                                                                                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

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                                                                                                                                          Overall we totally enjoyed our dining experience

                                                                                                                                        9. SE

                                                                                                                                          SandraE

                                                                                                                                          Exclusive

                                                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

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                                                                                                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                          We live here, and whenever we forget to make reservations for something more famous, we make last minute reservations at Mela, and we always get in and it's always super good, and the service is great and we are still early enough to stroll downtown and have coffee and a sweet little something somewhere else. We love Mela, and so do our visitors!

                                                                                                                                        10. JD

                                                                                                                                          JohnD

                                                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          A customer requested we go to Mela. He’s from out of town and it’s one if his favorite Asheville spots. I didn’t think I was a fan of Indian food. Mela changed my mind, breads and dipping sauces were amazing, tandoori chicken was over the top for sure. Our server was Piper, knowledgeable, very pleasant and attentive. I’ll be back for sure. John.

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                                                                                                                                          ProfDan

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

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                                                                                                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Melancame highly recommended and absolutely lived up to rhe hype. Great food, friendly folks, good vibe. We can't wait to go back!

                                                                                                                                        12. CT

                                                                                                                                          ColoradoTraveler

                                                                                                                                          E. Tennessee

                                                                                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          One of our favorite places in Asheville. Mela never disappoints!

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                                                                                                                                          Barbara

                                                                                                                                          Western NC

                                                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on March 25, 2022

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                                                                                                                                          Very nice presentations. Delicious food. Pleasant and efficient wait staff.

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                                                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                          E. Tennessee

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                                                                                                                                          5.0

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                                                                                                                                          Dined on March 22, 2022

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                                                                                                                                          My husband recently was diagnosed with an alpha-gal allergy, meaning he is allergic to all dairy, beef, pork, and lamb. When I made the reservation, I mentioned this, and the manager reached out to let me know what would be compliant with my husband’s dietary restrictions on the menu. It was so helpful, and we appreciated feeling like this “new” allergy wouldn’t be such a big deal when there were plenty of delicious options. Dinner was great. Can’t thank the staff at Mela enough!

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                                                                                                                                          DavidR

                                                                                                                                          Dallas

                                                                                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                                                                                          3.0

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                                                                                                                                          Dined on March 20, 2022

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                                                                                                                                          Menu somewhat limited, lamb chops good but masala sauce was Campbells Cream of Tomato soup !

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                                                                                                                                          JourdanD

                                                                                                                                          Western NC

                                                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                          It was a great birthday meal with friends, we enjoyed ourselves.

                                                                                                                                        17. EV

                                                                                                                                          ElizabethV

                                                                                                                                          Western NC

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          AMAZING FOOD my sister and i are huge fan of indian food and it tasted so authentic and delicious! 100% will go back!

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                                                                                                                                          JasonM

                                                                                                                                          Western NC

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          First time at Mela despite being longtime Asheville residents. We were really happy with the service, food, and overall experience.

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                                                                                                                                          CaryC

                                                                                                                                          Miami

                                                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

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                                                                                                                                          Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Great food. Naan was amazing. Great service. Lamb was perfect

                                                                                                                                        20. PD

                                                                                                                                          PradeepD

                                                                                                                                          Raleigh

                                                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                          Indian cuisine for Americans! Like most such Indian restaurants in this country, this too caters primarily to the Americans with toned down spices and flavors and "non family" style of serving, neither of which does justice to the authentic Indian cuisine. The entrees are now served in a plated format with rice and a mini bowl of dal. As always, the vegetarians subsidize the carnivores. Nonetheless, compared to the other 3 -4 Indian restaurants in Asheville, this one is a notch above thanks primarily to its excellent service.

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                                                                                                                                          LaurenC

                                                                                                                                          Denver

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall3food1service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Tikka masala tasted like spaghetti o-s? Never had that experience at any other Indian restaurant I’ve been to

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                                                                                                                                          RobertS

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                          Fantastic food. Really great flavor. Much higher-level quality of spices used. Excellent seafood quality.

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                                                                                                                                          LonnieE

                                                                                                                                          Western NC

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Great food. Good atmosphere. Authentic Indian food.

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                                                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                          Charlotte

                                                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          I took my boyfriend here for Valentine’s dinner and he was really impressed. The chicken was cooked perfectly and had so much flavor. We will definitely be back!

                                                                                                                                        25. OT

                                                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                          Western NC

                                                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on February 5, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Wonderful ambiance and the food was great!

                                                                                                                                        26. TC

                                                                                                                                          TeriC

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on January 30, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          This restaurant never disappoints. Everything is seasoned perfectly, the wait staff is delightful, and the prices are very reasonable.

                                                                                                                                        27. CW

                                                                                                                                          ChuckW

                                                                                                                                          Pittsburgh

                                                                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on January 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Wonderful supported by warm and gracious service. Four of us dined there and everyone enjoyed the meals.

                                                                                                                                        28. OT

                                                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on January 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall3food3service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                          The appetizers were fabulous. The main dishes seemed like the curries were pre-prepared and the fish or chicken was mixed in to it at time of order. We did not think it was freshly cooked made to order all the way. The drinks were fabulous .

                                                                                                                                        29. JT

                                                                                                                                          JuliaT

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on January 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Great food, great staff, for a fair price! We will be back!

                                                                                                                                        30. OT

                                                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                          Birmingham

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on December 30, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Great food and great service!

                                                                                                                                        31. RS

                                                                                                                                          RetSurfer

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on December 22, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                          Good food, Great Service! My girlfriend's favorite Asheville restaurant

                                                                                                                                        32. m

                                                                                                                                          michaelh

                                                                                                                                          Columbus

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on December 18, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                          Very nice dining experience as always. Great traditional Indian food.

                                                                                                                                        33. OT

                                                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                          Western NC

                                                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on December 18, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                          Fantastic food and cocktails but it was definitely a little loud

                                                                                                                                        34. OT

                                                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Food, service, value were excellent. Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu which is so appreciated when dining at a place where you don't have a lot of experience with the type of food. Everyone at the table was thrilled with there dinner. Drinks were good. Loved that the specials were an insert in the regular menu and had clear descriptions.

                                                                                                                                        35. k

                                                                                                                                          katr

                                                                                                                                          Greensboro

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                          Too loud but excellent food/service servers nice flavor good

                                                                                                                                        36. c

                                                                                                                                          crystalregulars

                                                                                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on November 28, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                          Another of Asheville's gems. Good food. Limited, but diverse, menu. Knowledgeable server not afraid to give opinions and offer advice. Could have been a little more attentive at beginning -- gave us waters and didn't reappear for ~15 minutes. Drinks, appetizers, and main course appeared promptly. We did not order dessert. To-go box provided on request.

                                                                                                                                        37. S

                                                                                                                                          Sheila

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on November 24, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          All three of us enjoyed our dinner. Food was excellent and service was good. Will be back!

                                                                                                                                        38. DS

                                                                                                                                          DavidS

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on November 23, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          The only negative was: I had an ulcer in my mouth and i asked for my food to be not spicy and for me it was very hot but it still tasted good.

                                                                                                                                        39. OT

                                                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                          Western NC

                                                                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                                                                          Dined on November 22, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Great service!

                                                                                                                                        40. JB

                                                                                                                                          JenniferB

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                                                          Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                          Thank you so much for the service! The food was absolutely delicious!!

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                                                                                                                                        You can order delivery directly from Mela Indian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Mela Indian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 225-8880.

                                                                                                                                        Mela Indian Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                                        Google Map for Mela Indian Restaurant

                                                                                                                                        70 N Lexington Ave Asheville, NC 28801-2823

                                                                                                                                        Additional information

                                                                                                                                        • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                          Asheville

                                                                                                                                        • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                          Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

                                                                                                                                        • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                          Indian

                                                                                                                                        • Dining style

                                                                                                                                          Casual Dining

                                                                                                                                        • Dress code

                                                                                                                                          Casual Dress

                                                                                                                                        • Parking details

                                                                                                                                          Street Parking

                                                                                                                                        • Payment options

                                                                                                                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                        • Additional

                                                                                                                                          Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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