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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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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 6 days ago via mobile

I appreciate the options of gluten free selections. fabulous food and wait staff. Wonderful Indian food!

Thank Shari R
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a wonderful treat to dine in such an inviting and "clean" vibe space! Wondering if there is a "no karma on me" pageant to become a staff person here, for all were as was cheerful and beautiful as the food that was being served!...More

Thank MissionSpirit
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Several blocks away from my hotel on the fun filled street of Lexington. It's a must! Beautiful decor and friendly staff. The specials were tempting. I ended going with the staff favorite and have to say the best saag paneer I have ever consumed. Saved...More

Thank Kristin G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So I have never been to a true Indian Restaurant before. Yes, I was a virgin to this experience. I had been on the fence about Indian cuisine hearing some horror stories of long nights perched above a hotel toilet while lifting off to space....More

Thank stinkydeer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The spinach & feta cheese naan bread was excellent, but the bread with nuts and figs (I think that's what is was) was even better. Freshly made and still warm, I'd go there just to sit at the bar (it looks quite nice) and order...More

Thank InMyOpinion411
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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

When you think of Indian food when you're in Asheville MELA on Lexington is the best place to be. Great and wonderful atmosphere and a mesmerizing food menu that will drift you into India, and lift your spirits into another time.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 June 2017

VERY good food and service! Everything was absolute deliciousness and not overly spicy. It has great prices too! I'm definitely making this a regular stop on our trip! They staff if very friendly and ontop of things.

Thank Jenny C
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We were there for lunch today. The buffet was fine and the waitress was nice, but the kitchen refused to accommodate my mother's severe food allergy. We asked if anything in the buffet was made without garlic and were told she could eat the naan...More

Thank polyesterbridesmaid
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Every single thing on their buffet is amazing. This was one of the best meals of my life. Their food was flavorful and seasoned perfectly. The desserts were so good that I was thinking about them for hours!

Thank WVhikers
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Wow. What a great place to meet friends and experience the flavors of Indian food. I enjoyed a lunch buffet here and was pleasantly surprised. There are several choices for you to experience Indian food. I can't remember all the names of the food that...More

Thank 543dannyw
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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.
28 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
USD 11 - USD 30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic, Groups
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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