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Mela Restaurant, Boston, MA

Mela Restaurant

4.7
4.7
370 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 859-4805

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paramjit Singh

  • Catering

    Of course we cater!<br /> 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.

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Cross street

    Darthmouth St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Just 10 min walk from Back bay station , and 43 bus goes right in front of Mela .

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 370 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Healthy

  • Boston / New England

    Neighborhood gem

  • Boston / New England

    Indian

  • Boston

    Healthy

  • Boston

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. RJR52

    New England

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again.... Excellent. Never disappointed.
  2. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food, the best service, the best atmosphere.
  3. Rudy

    New England

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was deli
  4. laurag

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice people serving excellent food. Samosas are outstanding.
  5. MichaelK

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Delicious food, excellent service. Consistency good. Very clean space with nice ambiance.
  6. SophiaR

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Really delicious and the staff was friendly. The service was also super quick
  7. Josephine

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food., fresh, flavorful and delicious! Waiter is great and professional
  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal!!
  9. wellesleyresident

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    It was a strange experience to say the least. I’ve been coming to this restaurant off & on for over 10 years. The staff seemed really inexperienced and it was hard to know who was in charge? We got water right away but it took a while for a drink order to be taken. We ordered appetizers with our drinks and they were clearly interested in taking our entrée order as soon as possible. This would be understandable if we were the only party in the restaurant but we were not-there were two other tables. When we did get our entrees we had to follow up for the naan several times and it probably took 15 minutes to get it. There were multiple servers/employees in the dining room but we had a different person each time. While those other two parties had paid and left, another two seperate groups arrived and were seated. The oddest part was when a server came over to the table with a wireless credit card machine, announced the total and asked us to pay! We had not even been offered dessert or had gotten an itemized bill yet! We got the itemized bill and paid it. They then told us (at about 9:15) that they needed to start clearing the table because the restaurant was closing. And by cleaning the table I mean they took everything off including linens. And yet five minutes later a table of two walked in and was seated? In summary, it was an odd service experience. Keep your expectations low. If management is reading this, you need to do a better job training your staff. You have enough people - they just need to work on customer service!
  10. NancyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of the ingredients and the culinary skill of the chefs really stood out. The Lamb Curry was beautifully cooked with tender pieces of lamb in an excellently spiced balanced sauce! I wished we lived closer as I would tolerate the noise level and the closeness of the tables to enjoy these wonderfully prepared dishes.
  11. Chic413

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    In spite of the great reviews, I was very disappointed. To start, the water bottle stopper had mildew on it. Our food came out room temperature, and while we ordered it spicy, it’s was mild at best. When we brought it to the waitresses attention, she brought a sauce that was supposed to be spicy but it was flavorless and not spicy at all. the vindaloo looked and tasted like spaghetti-o’s. The saving grace was that when we brought these issues to the manager’s attention, he graciously refunded a portion of our bill.
  12. RJR52

    New England

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! This visit we tried dishes we've never had from the vegetarian menu... Just for something different. The Baingan Bhartha (eggplant ) was very good and our server suggested the Gobhi Charchi, a cauliflower dish, and was another winner. We love this restaurant after our theater visits to Boston!
  13. JunBoston

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Mela Restaurant is a neighborhood gem. Their food is consistently good and not too expensive.
  14. Lioretti

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I would recommend Mela for those who enjoy delicious Indian food. The service was good; waitstaff were polite, attentive, and helpful. My only concern was that my reservation for Open Table may not have been delivered to the staff; when I arrived the staff did not seem to have my name (even though I had the confirmation) and so we were seated in the small, less idea side section of the restaurant.
  15. Charlie

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly and caring service along with always delicious food have brought us back to Melo for 20 or so years.
  16. Budd

    New England

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The best Indian food we have found on this coast.
  17. DrKanner

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Mela is a busy local Indian restaurant 2 blocks from the Calderwood theater. We went there pretheater partly because every other nearby restaurant was fully booked. I appreciate Indian food but am hardly a devotee. The duck comes in a heavy tomato-based creamy sauce and was decent. The tandoori chicken and tandoori mixed grill were just okay. The chicken was overcooked. Not fatally, but significantly. The meat in the mixed grill was tough and hard to identify. That chicken was also on dry side. I thought the sauces were flavorful, but they do drown everything. Nan was fine (this is not a high bar) and the meat samosas were flavorful though also dry. Service attempted to be attentive and largely was. People were friendly. My wife, by contrast, simply can't abide the curry-related flavors in Indian food. She accused me of tricking her to eat there (not true). So her dislike of the food was preordained. So we are unlikely to repeat visit.
  18. Lwynne1

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great, as was the service; nice neighborhood spot.
  19. Roseanneg50

    Naples

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Cleaner restroom needed
  20. Josephine

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service are great! Love this place!!
  21. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food was fine.. kind of bland, luke warm. Service was fine, I guess. Felt rushed to order but when we asked for extra time we had trouble finally getting a waiter’s attention.
  22. scrod

    New England

    305 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    305 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food
  23. SrikumarM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful experience. Enjoyed the meal thoroughly. Service was outstanding.
  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and service was prompt. Waitstaff was pleasant. We will return.
  25. BenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The best Indian food we'd ever had! Servings weren't huge...but more than adequate. The flavors were out of this world.
  26. VahramE

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Mela, while being a rather well-established non-European eatery in an otherwise mostly European-inspired eateries in a rather well to do neighborhood, could (and should) have made a better effort to upgrade its menu offerings: the Gilaffi kebab (an item under the Tandoori section) was anything but appetizing (neither optically nor in taste). The chicken curry my companion ordered was, again below average: very bland and uninspiring. The vegetarian appetizer platter was equally boring. This is my second time at Mela (first being several years ago) and it confirms my previous evaluation of this place. One big plus is the friendly and unpretentious service as well as the good value (not my primary concern) in a neighborhood where pretense in the majority of eateries exceeds what is actually on offer. Over the past seven to eight years that I have come to live in the South End/ Back Bay areas of Boston, the creativity and taste in a lot of eateries sadly went downhill.
  27. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was not tasty at all. Tomato Coconut Soup was awful
  28. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent! We ate inside in the light filled dining room. Cocktails were also very good! I highly recommend it if you like Indian food,
  29. Angel

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience2
    The service was excellent, “Mela” was training a new person, and he did great. The food which is typically delicious, was ok, this round. The Mango Lassie was missing a bit of flavor, the chicken Tikki Masala was missing lots of flavor. The cauliflower vegetarian dish had very little sauce, and the flavor was different than in the past. (We visit quite a bit) The review above is not standard, This is a place you should try, it’s a fantastic spot for Indian food. On the plus side, the naan was delicious, we had the plain, and chicken, the vegetable samosas were out of this world, good. We have been long time customers and plan on returning many times over, not sure if Mela has a new chef or is changing recipes. We appreciate Everyone at Mela. See you soon. Grateful customers
  30. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best Indian food in Boston!
  31. ChristineT

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food in a nice outdoor setting!
  32. MITprof

    New England

    125 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Always good Indian food in a clean hospitabl environment. Good location for pre-theatre dining.
  33. Lex83

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was excellent. The servcie and atmosphere were good. I would rate service and atmosphere very good except that as the result of COVID there continues to be a brisk (good for them!) take out business and that detracts a bit from the ambience and attention of staff. But we would defininitely go back. Great location in the South End and near Theater.
  34. AlexS

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was great, the setting is nice, and the staff was polite and efficient. I’ll definitely return for more food in the near future.
  35. SamC

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Worth the cost of Uber from our hotel. Very authentic Indian cuisine.
  36. Neha

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a must try! The samosas are delicious and the expresso martinis are great
  37. MITprof

    New England

    125 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Always excellent food
  38. Finedyne

    Washington DC

    109 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The waitress was atrocious. She was rude, bossy, lazy, late with everything. Insisted that we tell her whether we wanted each and every dish, “mild, medium or hot.“ Even raita had to be specified such. Never mind that when we got our food, all of it was absolutely tasteless. Any of it would’ve been helped by a “hot“ rating instead of the non-flavor. The absolute worst of it was that the dining room has an opening to the kitchen for pass-through carry out and delivery orders. There was a constant stream of people picking up dishes through a ver small (hot) room. We were subjected to the whistling of one of the kitchen workers. Someone please tell this person that whistling sounds good only to the whistler. When we pointed out to the waitress that we had been waiting an excessive length of time for our check, she threw her trainee under the bus. She said oh, my new worker. I interrupted her and told her that if she was training her, it was her own responsibility to see that it got done and not to blame it on someone who didn’t know how to do it. When one of our party asked for her name, she informed us that giving her name was not allowed. What a joke. It was right on the check! But Nona me waitress was not giving it out! When she realized we wanted her name to write a review, she changed her tune and became civil, but that was too late. I will never, ever go back to this restaurant.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The only downside to our meal was that we got too full to finish all the delicious food! Would absolutely return!
  40. MicaeleH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious authentic Indian food!

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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mela Restaurant using the Order Online button. Mela Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now, 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 370 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Mela Restaurant

578 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Darthmouth St.

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Just 10 min walk from Back bay station , and 43 bus goes right in front of Mela .

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paramjit Singh

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 859-4805

  • Catering

    Of course we cater!<br /> 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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