Mela Indian Restaurant

4.4
20 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 20 people are saying
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ChuckW
Pittsburgh
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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 .

JT
JuliaT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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vipNichols10
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Weird atmosphere because of COVID precautions but great food and service.

RS
RetSurfer
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

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michaelh
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food and cocktails but it was definitely a little loud

OT
OpenTable Diner
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.

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katr
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Too loud but excellent food/service servers nice flavor good

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crystalregulars
Washington DC
10 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.

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Sheila
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!

DS
DavidS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

JB
JenniferB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JS
JoyS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Both our appetizers were cold and, well, they weren’t supposed to be. Our meals were very simple, nothing elegant nor exciting about them. It could’ve been lunch just as well. It took a bit for our meal to arrive so we had to ask for refills on drinks, which isn’t all that bad, however, the take-out orders seemed to be flying out the kitchen door.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

I’m on vacation in Asheville and I had the worst Baingan Bartha I’ve ever had here. It was sour and had no flavor. It was like an Indian version of tomato sauce with too much onion and peas. I couldn’t even eat it.

My friend had okra which was really mediocre. I love Indian food and this was one of my worst Indian meals ever.

JC
JeremyC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Messed up my ticket, & put me down for a no show, & we were early

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Vegetable samosas were amazing!!! Lots of great vegan options.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Overall food was not great. The okra was OK but not as good as you can get in other places.

FAQs

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 4.4 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.