Mela Restaurant

4.4
226 reviews
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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.
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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I still do like Mela a lot, but service was not nearly as attentive as I'd expect on this visit.

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PW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was very good, but it took almost 45 minutes to get to the table after we ordered. Our waitress was very nice, and apologetic about the wait, but we had to really rush to eat and get to our show on time. Definitely not worth the price we paid for the meal.

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S
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a 'go-to' restaurant for me and my colleagues when we're in Boston!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good Indian food in the middle of Boston. We started with the Gillafi Kebabs - awesome and succulent. This was followed by a shrimp curry and a lamb biriyani. The shrimp curry was excellent - well balanced gravy and large prawns. The biriyani was reasonable. The coconut sorbet is highly recommended.

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MB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for a restaurant close to SpeakEasy where the ambient noise allowed an intimate conversation and found this delightful restaurant, food delicious and service attentive. I will return.

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t
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Seemed a bit dingy and curry quality varied from batch to batch, but most dishes seemed on point!

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EF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Their meal for two people (comes either with or without meat) will leave both people stuffed.

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RH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an awesome experience celebrating a birthday for our co-worker

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F
New England
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Mela is consistently excellent and the service great. Staff seem to be truly happy in their jobs and that comes across the way they try to serve. Best Indian Restaurant in Boston!!

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a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was deliciously authentic and well-cooked. Man who seated us was extremely uninterested and rude, for no plausible reason. Main course took a weirdly long amount of time to come out. All servers were very nice. The quality of the food and the ambience mostly made up for the negatives; will definitely be returning!

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BB
New England
130 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Mela has very good, authentic Indian food and a surprisingly great (and affordable) cocktail menu.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Would not return... did not like food at all

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BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Mela was a small neighborhood Indian restaurant with excellent and reasonable entrees and great hot appetizers. We would definitely recommend it and go again.

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F
New England
40 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent experience. Without hesitation I would recommend this as one of the best Indian Restaurants in Boston. Superb.

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C
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always looks like Groupon has more value than it has. We end up paying almost full price, when you account for the cost of the Groupon--plus the Tip and Tax.

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d
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Mela! The service and food are consistently very good.

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KY
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service! I left my debit card there by mistake and they kept it safely for me.

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PS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
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
4 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
58 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

They subsist on volume - no one cares.

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S
Denver
8 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 1, 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 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JC
New England
28 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 7, 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
10 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
10 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
59 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 10, 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
13 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 11, 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 7, 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
159 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place!

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