Mela Restaurant

4.4
209 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 pink 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Lunch:
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner:
Monday- Sunday : 3:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(617) 859-4805
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Paramjit Singh
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Catering
Of course we cater!
We provide full catering services on site live cooking showcases, to large scale buffets, to box- lunch service. Some of our specialties include mobile tandoor ovens, live dosa station and make your own chaat station.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Darthmouth St.
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Public transit
Just 10 min walk from Back bay station , and 43 bus goes right in front of Mela .
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
What 209 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PS
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Indian cuisine, very moderately priced, generous portions, pleasant atmosphere, conveniently located for pre-theatre meal.

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s
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered the lamb shank special and it was obviously precooked (as you would expect) but it was still cold after having been removed from the refrigerator...this was fifteen minutes AFTER my companion was served her main course. disapppointing

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JD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Adequate Indian near Calderwood Pavilion for a pre-theater dinner.

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B
New England
54 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

They subsist on volume - no one cares.

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S
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place! I’ve been here every week that I’ve traveled to Boston. Excellent food served in a cozy, quiet atmosphere.

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S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

The chaat papri was just sweet sauce over wafers, did not have sev/chick pea etc- not aunthentic. The paneer makhani and malai kofta had the same gravy. The kofta was not cooked well. The next we went to Holi and it was so much better and great value for money!

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t
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our meal was delicious and reasonably priced. We eat Indian food frequently but found some new dishes here that we had not had before. Service, unfortunately, was poor. We had a reservation and were seated quickly but then it was a long time before a server came to take our orders. My husband ordered a glass of wine and received about a half of a glass (this seemed to be an anomaly, as other diners at other tables had more standard quantities). The wine was excellent and we were going to order a bottle, but our server never returned so that we could place the order.

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LC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very good prompt service. Friendly wait staff.

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JC
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

If your taste buds are seeking authentic Indian cuisine, then you must try Mela Restaurant. The food is fresh, expertly prepared, and the Indian spices season the dishes wonderfully. Accompany your meal with its oven-baked Nan or Roti and you get the fully outstanding eating experience.

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GT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were made to wait for 30 minutes after arriving because they didn’t honor reservations. Don’t bother making one.

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RS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall, it was very good. The service was average. Out waitress may have been new. she was a little confused and quite timid, but the food was excellent.

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CB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Small place with a unique decor, but the music selection was odd. Food was great! We had multiple servers over the course of our dinner so that was confusing bc they didn’t seem to communicate about our Groupon, they didn’t know what we’d had to drink, etc but we’d go back. The coconut sorbet was phenomenal! And GREAT curry

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BW
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Often go here when visiting Boston for great Indian food with vegetarian options

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OT
New England
57 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our first time there and the food and service were wonderful. We will be back!

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PL
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend the lamb chops! so tender and tasty that you are so sad when you take the last bite. Everything was delicious.

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PT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent Indian from the perspective of a spoilt for choice Brit. A good menu and genuinely good food. Well worth a visit.

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CS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was not my first time at Mela. I am out of state and enjoy this restaurant when I am staying in this neighborhood (This was my 4th time.) As a solo diner it had been a big disappointment not to have an option of a Thali meal to have a variety of dishes. This time, because I had a frig where I was staying, I got the idea to have the dinner for 2, take half to go, and that way I got the variety that I had been wanting: and a couple more meals for later!
I really liked all the dishes: soup, samosa- crispy and not too greasy-, naan, raita, palak paneer, vegetarian balls in a delicious curried sauce, rice, rice pudding, and chai. Also, tasted delicious the next day, reheated for dinner. The server was a little confused at first about my plan, but once understood, he- and the management- accommodated my choice. (They also held the food in a big bag in the take out containers for me until after the play at Calderwood was over and I would come back by on my walk back to were I was staying.) I still want to have it work to do the buffet...I'll keep coming back either way.

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B
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I've been here many times. I have to say I was disappointed with the food this time. The only fresh thing we received was the Garlic Naan. All of the food was refried or reheated. No one goes to a restaurant for reheated food.

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SP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We arrived on time for an 8 pm reservation and we were seated right away. The server didn’t come over to the table until 20 minutes after we were seated. Once we placed our order, the appetizers came out fairly quickly and were very good. We ordered the vegetarian appetizer platter. The main course however took a very long time to arrive. When it was brought to the table it was lukewarm instead of hot. The food was good and nicely spiced, but it would have been much nicer if it was hot. Dessert was a nice finish to the meal. Overall, we enjoyed the meal and would go back to Mela again, but the waitstaff needs to work on their timing for taking orders and delivering food so that meals arrive at the table hot. Otherwise the food was enjoyable and I would recommend Mela to friends.

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JS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

They were understaffed and it showed. Too busy paying attention to take out orders.

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EC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Expensive entrées no better than the food you can get in Central Square for half the money. The environment is mildly tacky. The drinks were good.

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K
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful cosy neighborhood gem. The food was great, all staff are extremely friendly.

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s
New England
154 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place!

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ME
New England
60 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian food ever!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous and delicious, staff was very nice

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KB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, the warm, kind staff at Mela gave us an excellent meal!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good and healthy Indian cuisine, with a wide choice on the menu. Prices are reasonable.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!! The food was great and the service very good!

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

not good sitting arrangement, chairs were loosing cushions , smell in environment

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m
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice owners and wait staff but food was ordinary and wouldn’t go back.

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P
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I love Indian food, and have had the fortune to enjoy great Indian food in NYC and London. My favorite in NYC is Tamarind. And this is my comparasine. I’m happy to have good Indian in Boston, as at Mela and Nirvana, Cambridge. So happy about that. But this is at another level than the best in NYC. This is more 6th Street, East Village. But so happy to have good Indian food in Boston.

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JL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I would say the food was very good and well prepared . Sad to say felt cleanliness if place could be a lot better also better atmosphere would be appreciated.Its a shame would have most certainly been back .

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DT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for authentic Indian cuisine and great place to get together with friends. Vegan friendly as well!

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T
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I am so glad I chosse to try Mela. I had not been to Mela in many, many years, thinking it was somewhat bland. Reality is quite the opposite. The food was excellent; very tasty. It is now back in my regular rotation.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with good attention for details. Lots of vegetarian options.
I suggest to order bunch of stuff and share them!

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d
New England
20 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable and everything was cooked to order and perfectly prepared. We were especially pleased with the chicken saag.. We will be back.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service! Food was great, fit to the spiciness level we requested!

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SF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful service. I came here with my family a few years ago and we have always remembered it for it's fantastic all-you-can-eat lunch. I brought my boyfriend there last night and we absolutely loved it. Very affordable, very satisfying, and extraordinarily homey. Would 110% recommend.

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ND
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great little place right near the theaters on Tremont Street. The ambiance is nice, the food is very good, and the service is great. I will be coming here more often!

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PS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was first time at Mela; I feel I would need to give it another chance before being able to recommend it. For Indian food, prices were on the higher side, which would have been fine if the sauce to ingredient ratio was generous. Sadly, I found myself fishing for pieces of seafod and vegetable in the Marsala sauce of my dish. My dining companion ordered duck, specifically requesting "spicy" seasoning. The tough pieces of bird that she got were disappointing, even more so because the spice was so mild, we sent it back for heat, which they provided by sprinkling more curry powder on the dish. The service was good and attentive. We went for a pre-theater meal and were served quickly and made our curtain time comfortably. The tamarind margarita was delicious. We were seated in a section that had young children at tables on either side of us, so it seems to be a family friendly destination. As I said, not a satisfying first impression, but would like to give it another chance before crossing permanently off my list.

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