Mela Restaurant

4.6
273 Reviews
$30 and under
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 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.

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
What 273 people are saying
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vipBostonphotobill
New England
175 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good Indian food. Small space limits tables. Outdoor space available when weather is ok.

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vipPurpleLadyEats
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As you can see this is one of my favorites. The food and service never disappoint. I love their garlic naan and the lentils. Stop in and enjoy

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MattF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a huge foodie and health care provider who has not been able to enjoy the wonderful offerings of our local restaurants due to the present covid chaos. During such stressful times where caution is appropriate but sanity is important, Mela was the perfect choice. The outdoor seating was great and we were warm with the gas lamps. The staff were really attentive with excellent service and provided great humor throughout the dining experience. The food was fantastic and the cocktails were amazing. From a date, to takeout, to a get together with friends (covid responsible for course), Mela is the spot for you...

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KParker
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a reservation at Mela and could not have been happier!

I get take out from here all the time, and was excited to finally go in person. I got the Paneer Chili, and I highly recommend it - it was so good, especially with some onion kulcha. The food came super quickly and the noise level was really low, so I could easily hear the person I was with.

Definitely recommend!

JP
vipJamesP
New England
38 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service. Very romantic

MM
vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Indian spot!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food is absolutely delicious.

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bostonH
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A favorite in the South End! Every dish is delicious

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vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! 10/10 would recommend!

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JessicaL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Indian food in Boston. Lovely dinner out side.

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vipAngel
Adelaide
23 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted and sat outside, the service was excellent and the food delicious. The menu items we selected were the butter chicken, vegetable samosas, naan, and a mango lasi . A huge thanks goes out to the staff, you were awesome and we highly recommend this spot!

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vipJohnK
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection - the specialty cocktails were a surprise standout and the mezzanine plate was a great way to try everything.
What made the evening was the staff - So Kind and solicitous.

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vipLola
London
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This is a good spot to have a quick, inexpensive meal in the South End.The menu is extensive and there are good vegetarian options. There's lots of beer and wine options (there is a full bar). Everything about the place is fine, nothing exceptional. We were going to a show at Calderwood so it worked out well. I would recommend it for all these reasons.

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Eliza
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good Saturday buffet!!

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Bobbi
New England
37 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipBill
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.

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RJR52
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
vipKJHW
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
JaneM
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.

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localdiner
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

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TessD
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?

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vipNaify
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious flavors

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vipADelightfulDiner
New England
10 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.

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vipnhshh
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!

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AndrewH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipShawltz
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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CM452
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.

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

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

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vipBelGufo
New England
36 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.

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

Great service and food!! Highly recommend this place

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Navdeep
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

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reidn
New England
4 reviews
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.

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vipDonV
New England
7 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.

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JCC1
New England
35 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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vipRemy2007
New England
20 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.

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BreahP
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

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nyceater
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.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mela Restaurant using the Order Online button. Mela Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar, 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 273 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.