Mela Restaurant

4.2
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258 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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3.9
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3.9
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B
New England
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Mela in years, and I was pleased that it was as good as I remembered. I highly recommend it.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience2

Overwhelming smell of Lysol/ cleaning supplies during entire visit. Terrible service. We felt invisible. We were never checked on during the meal after food was dropped in table. No background music—just noise from kitchen and staff speaking loudly back and forth. All staff in other room eating dinner together while we were completely ignored. Very clean bathroom. Mediocre food/ small portions. Overall, VERY disappointing.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pre-theater location. Very friendly staff, excellent spices. You smell the wonderful flavors as soon as you open the door to the restaurant.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is ok, service is not very good. Mostly because servers are not well-trained.

RJ
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always a favorite of ours. Not too busy on a snowy Saturday night. The combination meals for two are a excellent value.

KJ
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food. Pleasant and friendly waitstaff. Would recommend scrapping the tablet for taking orders -- a pen and a pad would have been more efficient.

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our party of four enjoyed the food and the ambience. Will look forward to eating here again.

l
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Have now eaten at Mela several times. Food and service are consistently excellent. Have had a variety of dishes and never been disappointed. Restaurant is small and tables close together so perhaps not the best spot for intimate dinner but highly recommend overall

TD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not honor our OpenTable reservation on a holiday. What's the point of being open? Rude on Christmas Eve with plenty of room in the place?

N
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious flavors

AD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Mela offers the most romantic/put-together ambiance of any Indian restaurant I've been to in the Boston area over the years. I highly recommend the lunch buffet for variety and value. The chicken dishes are perfectly tender, although later at lunch time, the meat items get diluted with less meat and more sauce. Service was on top of removing plates and managing drinks, unlike some Indian buffets in the area.

n
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was mediocre. Server was rude, unhelpful with questions about the menu, and refused to clean the table! We'll never return!

AH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. The mango mimosa was phenomenal. New favorite Indian Restaurant in Boston.

S
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and solid service. Second visit. Consistent thus far.

CM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Vegetarian appetizer was okay. Chicken Vindaloo was awesome! Clove, cardamom, hot peppers, and layers of flavor to mull over while you let the sweat on your eyelids evaporate.

DG
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service. A great spot before theater.

BG
New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant all-round. The menu is fairly standard Indian, with a few things you might not find elsewhere.

OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!! Highly recommend this place

N
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a very nice, elegant Indian restaurant. The service Was on point and the food was served very very quickly to my surprise. I highly recommend this restaurant for the authentic Indian experience

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Food was fantastic but restaurant was hot and service was terrible. Our waiter barely spoke English and we had trouble communicating. The bartender had to come help him several times. Wine was served warm, and it was a $58 bottle of Sancerre. When we finished and the plates were cleared they came by and put down the check without even asking if we wanted anything else.
The ambience was lacking as well. The host stand by the entrance had a coat rack right behind it with a lot of the employees personal clothes hanging on it. It looked tacky.
I would recommend this place for takeout only. The food is really quite good, but the dining in experience is not.

DV
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This restaurant has gone downhill. The wait staff constantly turns over. The wine prices have soared. The ambiance was nonexistent on my last visit, with the lights turned brightly on.

JC
New England
35 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoy Mela’s traditional Indian cuisine; the best in my view!

R
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Was sitting next to a large group that was very noisy. Manager moved us to another seat that was very quiet from then on.

BP
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food
Very nice server
Sweet ambiance
If I lived in Boston this would be my go to restaurant

n
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian restaurant in Boston. Unpretentious. Good food with excellent variety. Service is attentive. Noise level is good even when the restaurant is full.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday. Love food in Maiella, service also great!

t
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The curry goat was excellent. We also loved the spicy naan. We’re Indian and it hit the spot. In the past I’ve had their lamb chops which were excellent too. Overall it’s our go to place.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful. Food was great! My wife and I will definitely return when we are back in the area. Very generous portions.

MW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, great service. Unfortunately it wasn't very clean.

RJ
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a go-to restaurant for us after theater. We always enjoy the food, the service is awesome, and the value is the best in the South End. I'd suggest the full meals for two, with choice of entrees with appetizers and dessert. They offer both a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option.

NJ
London
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

If you're craving an authentic Indian biryani or rogan josh, don't go here. The staff were friendly (although our server didn't ask if we wanted naan or drinks with the meal) and the venue had a nice ambience, the main courses did not satisfy any craving for "authentic indian food".

The starter meat platter, good (especially the samosa). But honestly, our hearts sunk to the floor when the generous portion of "meat biryani" came to our table looking more like vegetable fried rice (the one with frozen veggies and red onions(?!!)) with added meat than the aromatic, colourful and fragrant biryani the menu promised. Same with the Rogan Josh, although filling, it looked more like a curry from my wife's early days of cooking where it was too watery to be called a Rogan Josh (that is supposed to be think and spice infused) and the added yogurt was not added at the right time, for enough time, proof being the little dots of curdled yogurt (she wrote most, if not all of this review).

Although the food made for good leftovers the next day (once we accepted biryani was not served), we will not be returning. The hunt for real Indian/Pakistani food with a side of worth-it heartburn continues...

d
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

PW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

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.

S
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

MB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

t
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

EF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

RH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

F
New England
42 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!