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Mela Restaurant, Boston, MA

Mela Restaurant

4.6
4.6
403 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

9:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 403 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greater Boston

    Healthy

  • Greater Boston

    Neighborhood gem

  • Boston

    Healthy

  • Boston

    Neighborhood gem

403 Reviews
  1. EmronMo

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. The service was exceptional. The place looks beautiful.

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  2. EatRepeat

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was so nice to be back at Mela after their renovation! My dad and I enjoyed the vegetarian special for two at the bottom of the regular menu. What a great value!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time trying Indian food and I was so happy it was amazing and I’m so glad I found this place I’ll definitely be back

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  4. AnneH

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food with excellent service in a nice location. Everything was top notch.

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  5. Rudy

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Mela offers great service and delicious food.

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  6. JCC1

    Greater Boston

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It is an outstanding and genuinely Indian cuisine experience!

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  7. KJHW

    Greater Boston

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very attentive staff. Food arrived promptly and was very tasty. We definitely plan to return.

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  8. MITprof

    Greater Boston

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. We go there at least once a month to enjoy their excellent Indian food.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very flavorful. The tandoori shrimp was a tad salty but ok. The food came out quickly- but then we seemed to have been forgotten-- we sat a while - which actually we didn't mind too much since we were just enjoying the whole vibe

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  10. ToniC

    Houston

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fabulous find during our trip to Boston. Everything about the experience from ambience to service and food quality was great! Highly recommend!!

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  11. ralphwaldo

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As other reviewers have noted, the staff is very well-meaning but a bit out of its depth at times. The food: terrific. Ambience: Lovely. Location: Appealing, as is the decor. When we arrived, on time for our 8pm Saturday reservation for three, they were slammed and tried to persuade us to sit outside (46ºF), but after we waited about 20min (in from out of town, meeting friends), they seated us up front and served us caringly. We'd be delighted to eat here again, en famille, and would plan as craftily as possible to avoid timing snafus.

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  12. JPAmy

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food here is very good, and it is convenient. They clearly do a big take-out business. The waitstaff is not well trained- they can take a standard order but they can't answer much in the way of questions. The waiter (incorrectly) told me that the Masala chai had no black tea in it, and thought Mezcal was a wine. But if you stick to the basics, you will have a lovely time.

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  13. KimW

    Dublin

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very disappointing food was very bland both meat & vegetarian we mainly eat Nan bread & rice , lovely bottle of red. Service was good but waiter had no clue when I asked about wine if it was full bodied. Would not recommend

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  14. CambridgeZach

    Greater Boston

    182 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    182 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent.

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  15. Chris

    Chicago

    80 reviews

    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Staff was very attentive. Decor modern and chic. Loved the tamarind margarita

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  16. MITprof

    Greater Boston

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We are long customers of Mela. Tonight’s food —every course — was without question the best ever. An outstanding meal! Of course, we’ll be back again SOON!

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  17. SVFoodie73

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent. Food was inedible. We were served spoiled prawns. The chicken daal lacked flavor. The naan, paratha, and cauliflower were good. The samosa was passable, as was the papadum. The servers were lovely, as was the ambience, I just wish the chefs and bartender would step it up. My Manhattan was barely a “Queens”.

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  18. ScottM

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, service and location.

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  19. michaelt

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoy the service, selections and the food. We dined outside. Definitely will go back.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I both had a great time at Mela. The butter chicken and chicken vindaloo were both amazing, came out really quickly and the service was fantastic. We will both definitely be back again

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  21. BenSahn

    Greater Boston

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice Indian vegetarian food, well presented. Nice outdoor dining on a summer evening.

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  22. JunBoston

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mela Restaurant has consistently been serving incredible Indian food in our area, the South End.

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  23. CeCe

    New York City

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We’re international travelers and frequently eat Indian curry. We decided to try Mela based on the reviews but were quite disappointed. The tables are crammed and you’re just about touching the table next to you. The server did ask if we wanted to move but it wouldn’t have made a difference. We did not enjoy our starter, main course, papadums and naan bread. Service was very rushed. Unfortunately we did not enjoy the food and seating, and will not go back the next time we’re in Boston.

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  24. JimTheHood

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great staff, delicious food. Nice doh d level. Prices have gone up quite a lot despite consumer prices for meat and vegetables habits g dropped continuously since August of 2022.

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  25. ClarkP

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Bread is fresh so takes a bit more time. But worth it.

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  26. Schwaa

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter and I love tapas and Mela had an awesome menu to choose from. It was so hard to narrow down our selections as we could have eaten there all night if only we hadn’t been so full lol. The potatoes bravas and the corn were especially yummy!!

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  27. Rudy

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food, service and atmosphere was great. This is my go to whenever I am in the area and in the mood for Indian food.

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  28. MITprof

    Greater Boston

    138 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb genuine Indian food which we frequently enjoy at Mela. Last night we tried one of the very few that it lists as “modern Indian cuisine”. It was outstanding. It will be among our choices on our next visit too.

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  29. maxdaddy

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I had never eaten here before so were tried some of our Indian standbys. They were well-prepared! So we will look forward to returning and exploring the menu further. Excellent service, attentive but never overbearing. Plenty of energy but quite manageable noise level.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I selected birthday as a special occasion through open table. They celebrated a birthday with another group, so I thought they’d do the same here. They didn’t :(. Not even a remark in that regard :(.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. Smboston

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Friendly! We are so happy to e had dinner here tonight.

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  32. LeeC

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Mela wasn't what it once was... The service was quick and abrupt, the dinner felt rushed.

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  33. foodie

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun spot for a special outing! The staff were very attentive, the drinks were amazing, and the food was delicious!

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  34. RJR52

    Greater Boston

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again.... Excellent. Never disappointed.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best food, the best service, the best atmosphere.

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  36. Rudy

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was deli

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  37. laurag

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice people serving excellent food. Samosas are outstanding.

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  38. MichaelK

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Delicious food, excellent service. Consistency good. Very clean space with nice ambiance.

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  39. SophiaR

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really delicious and the staff was friendly. The service was also super quick

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  40. Josephine

    Greater Boston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food., fresh, flavorful and delicious! Waiter is great and professional

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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 4.6 stars by 403 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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