I still do like Mela a lot, but service was not nearly as attentive as I'd expect on this visit.
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.
This is a 'go-to' restaurant for me and my colleagues when we're in Boston!
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.
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.
Seemed a bit dingy and curry quality varied from batch to batch, but most dishes seemed on point!
Their meal for two people (comes either with or without meat) will leave both people stuffed.
This was an awesome experience celebrating a birthday for our co-worker
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!!
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!
Mela has very good, authentic Indian food and a surprisingly great (and affordable) cocktail menu.
Would not return... did not like food at all
Mela was a small neighborhood Indian restaurant with excellent and reasonable entrees and great hot appetizers. We would definitely recommend it and go again.
Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent experience. Without hesitation I would recommend this as one of the best Indian Restaurants in Boston. Superb.
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.
Love Mela! The service and food are consistently very good.
Great customer service! I left my debit card there by mistake and they kept it safely for me.
Authentic Indian cuisine, very moderately priced, generous portions, pleasant atmosphere, conveniently located for pre-theatre meal.
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
Adequate Indian near Calderwood Pavilion for a pre-theater dinner.
They subsist on volume - no one cares.
Love this place! I’ve been here every week that I’ve traveled to Boston. Excellent food served in a cozy, quiet atmosphere.
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!
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.
Great food. Very good prompt service. Friendly wait staff.
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.
We were made to wait for 30 minutes after arriving because they didn’t honor reservations. Don’t bother making one.
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.
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
Great food. Often go here when visiting Boston for great Indian food with vegetarian options
It was our first time there and the food and service were wonderful. We will be back!
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.
Excellent Indian from the perspective of a spoilt for choice Brit. A good menu and genuinely good food. Well worth a visit.
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.
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.
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.
They were understaffed and it showed. Too busy paying attention to take out orders.
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.
Wonderful cosy neighborhood gem. The food was great, all staff are extremely friendly.
Love this place!