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Mela Indian Restaurant

70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
+1 828-225-8880
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“naans” (58 reviews)
“vindaloo” (26 reviews)
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05:30 - 21:30All hours
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is simply great. Friendly staff, great selection of dishes and drinks and a great location to watch the world go by. We had the Chicken Tikka Masala and a Chicken special that were both fantastic. We are British expats now naturalized citizens who...More

Thank Ian H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is worth a visit. The food is very good, the setting nice, open and clean. Good service and good food. The waitress cautioned me that my curry was spicy but it really was more moderate in my opinion so if you want spicy...More

Thank ExportIng
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I ordered two curry dishes. We both asked the waitress to make them hot. Not spiced or spicy but Indian HOT. What we received was the absolute blandest Indian food we have ever eaten. We are talking blander than your average Indian...More

Thank Cisco255
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I seek out Mela whenever we are in Asheville. It has spoiled us though and all other Indian food disappoints. If we lived closer we'd be there at least once a week. Our favorite dishes are the vindaloo and rogan josh. The...More

Thank mckjenks
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Was attracted to this place as they carefully labelled dishes GF do assumed they would be great for allergy sufferers. Although very concerned and helpful virtually nothing they had was nut free. My daughter left hungry. Nice enough place otherwise.

Thank poolegw
Reviewed 17 August 2017

My husband and I rarely go to a restaurant twice during a short stay in a city. We met a person while on our trip to Asheville who said the same thing but made an exception after dining at Mela. He said he was going...More

Thank Kathy53Usa
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Relatively inexpensive and somewhat varied offerings. Sometimes noisy. Generally good to v. good local beers available. Desserts generally very good but limited variety.

Thank Rufus M
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Run don't walk (because you need your cardio now before you have to roll yourself home after stuffing your face) to this delicious, amazing, Indian delight. The Veggie Samoa, Chicken Tikka Masala and Vegetarian Thali Platter? More please, and don't forget the Nan!!!!

Thank KellyScott0114
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Not mind blowing, but then I'm not an Indian food expert. The lunch buffet was excellent, and cheap. I would be back if I were downtown and hungry for something that's not a burger or pizza.

Thank AshevilleSemiLocal
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

My first food stop in Asheville is always Mela. It's my favorite Northern/ Southern Indian restaurant. Order from the menu or feast on the lunch buffet- where everything is fresh/ well spiced/ and locally sourced (when possible). When you typically think buffet- it's likely not...More

Thank Sonya_Travels
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Questions & Answers
27 July 2016|
Response from Jamie L | Reviewed this property |
We intend to try more Indian restaurants. There aren't many in Kansas but we love to try different things when we are traveling.
27 March 2015|
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Response from AshevilleNCTravelers | Reviewed this property |
Our last time at Mela was $26 per person for 4 with wine tax and tip. Several great starters. Always reasonable, always great.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
05:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-225-8880
Located on Lexington Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville, Mela Indian Restaurant specializes in North and South Indian food made from scratch with local and organic ingredients. We are certified by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project for using ingredients produced by local farmers. Come sample our lunch buffet which has a range of delicious options including chicken and naan cooked in our authentic tandoor oven, raita prepared with house-made yogurt, and seasonal vegetarian specialties. The atmosphere at dinner is warm and intimate; specials include such favorites such as pistachio lamb and spinach and goat cheese naan which are baked in our genuine tandoor oven. Mela welcomes children and offers a kids menu. In addition to dine-in, we also offer catering services. We have many options available - please contact us for more details. At Mela, our goal is to provide our community with a taste of traditional Indian cuisine. We hope you'll come and join us soon.
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