Mela Restaurant

4.7
298 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
Boston’s South End has rapidly become a culinary destination in its own right. To find the neighborhood’s first Indian restaurant, look for the striking blue and gold windows of MELA on Tremont Street, a unique dining space that has struck a chord with residents here since the day it opened in 2007.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 298 people are saying
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RJR52
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite for after theater dinner on Tremont Street. We enjoy the wide variety of dishes and selections. Nice ambience and enjoyable experience. Really like the complete meal for two options, with appetizers, entrees and desserts... Both vegetarian and non vegetarian choices!

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ErinC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky enough to grab a table outside last minute - it was truly a delicious meal!

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RobbieG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lots of variety everything looked good. The food I did choose was amazing.

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BeccaCora
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was great. The waitstaff was very kind and friendly, but they still seem to be learning the rhythm of service. Had to ask for utensils and plates after our food came out.Would come back again, just curious to see if the service improves.

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ChrisCFaulkner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mela is always great

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Do they cook anything fresh? Pre made food, reheated and served. we were in, served, and out in 45 min. Poor service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place

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victoria
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Mela. Their staff is incredible and so helpful, I felt super safe and LOVE their food. One of our fav spots in the city

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vipAmyMcN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a word fantastic!!!

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Veronique
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful little gem in South End at the previous Geoffrey's location. GREAT Indian food! Best garlic nan I've ever had! Not to mention the Lychee Martini! Definitely worth a try. Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Love love love it!!! I have been coming here for over 10 years. Still my favorite place for Indian food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great ambiance is beautiful and vibes is great and they gave great recommendations on what to eat

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vipNewOrleans
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

B-ball access At Aujonibbh can B. Babywhh us b tbhu

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Brookline
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted to return to Mela after the pandemic. We ate outdoors, which was delightful.

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vipCharlie
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of our favorite places, Mela does not disappoint.. we had a wind meal at a reasonable price . The staff is friendly and accommodating. We will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I’m actually obsessed with this place I think it’s the best Indian food in all of Boston!! Their coconut curry and chicken tikka masala are so good. I also love their lychee martinis. The ambience isn’t amazing but it’s fun sitting outside and pretty casual. I wouldn’t go there for a date but I would definitely go there for every day dining. Prices are also super reasonable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was good—they tend to under spice—and wonderfully presented.

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vipPetersonDavis
New England
82 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was pretty good but I couldn’t get the right cocktail due to a l

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

If you are looking for authentic Indian this is not the place for you.
We started with the meat and veggie platters to start which were delicious but it went down hill from there. We asked for medium (heat wise) chicken tikka and various veggie and naan breads and there was no spice or flavour what so ever.

Sauces tasted more like Italian pasta sauce than spicy flavourful indian.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Lovely food and cocktails! Very affordable menu as well. The only improvement I would suggest is making the restaurant look less takeout-esque. The indoor dining seemed a bit out of place and it wasn’t a great ambiance.

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vipDylanM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

great food great service

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vipBostonphotobill
New England
204 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Indian food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so accommodating and friendly! We made a last-minute reservation with a friend and their dog, and the team at Mela was so welcoming. The food was absolutely delicious, the drinks were excellent, and the staff was phenomenal. This is my first time dining here. I’m excited to return!

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vipJunBoston
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Indian food. I noticed that they're doing fine on their take out which is definitely a plus for their business, given the current situation.

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vipMaureenH
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious and wonderful, kind service! Highly recommend!

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vipBostonphotobill
New England
204 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good Indian food. Small space limits tables. Outdoor space available when weather is ok.

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vipPurpleLadyEats
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As you can see this is one of my favorites. The food and service never disappoint. I love their garlic naan and the lentils. Stop in and enjoy

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MattF
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a huge foodie and health care provider who has not been able to enjoy the wonderful offerings of our local restaurants due to the present covid chaos. During such stressful times where caution is appropriate but sanity is important, Mela was the perfect choice. The outdoor seating was great and we were warm with the gas lamps. The staff were really attentive with excellent service and provided great humor throughout the dining experience. The food was fantastic and the cocktails were amazing. From a date, to takeout, to a get together with friends (covid responsible for course), Mela is the spot for you...

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KParker
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a reservation at Mela and could not have been happier!

I get take out from here all the time, and was excited to finally go in person. I got the Paneer Chili, and I highly recommend it - it was so good, especially with some onion kulcha. The food came super quickly and the noise level was really low, so I could easily hear the person I was with.

Definitely recommend!

JP
vipJamesP
New England
41 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service. Very romantic

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vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
67 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Indian spot!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food is absolutely delicious.

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bostonH
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A favorite in the South End! Every dish is delicious

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vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
67 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! 10/10 would recommend!

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JessicaL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Indian food in Boston. Lovely dinner out side.

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vipAngel
New England
33 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted and sat outside, the service was excellent and the food delicious. The menu items we selected were the butter chicken, vegetable samosas, naan, and a mango lasi . A huge thanks goes out to the staff, you were awesome and we highly recommend this spot!

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vipJohnK
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection - the specialty cocktails were a surprise standout and the mezzanine plate was a great way to try everything.
What made the evening was the staff - So Kind and solicitous.

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Lola
London
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This is a good spot to have a quick, inexpensive meal in the South End.The menu is extensive and there are good vegetarian options. There's lots of beer and wine options (there is a full bar). Everything about the place is fine, nothing exceptional. We were going to a show at Calderwood so it worked out well. I would recommend it for all these reasons.

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Eliza
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good Saturday buffet!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mela Restaurant using the Order Online button. Mela Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Mela Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 859-4805.

Mela Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 298 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.