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Mela

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578 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118-1603
+1 617-859-4805
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11:30 - 23:00
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Bengaluru, India
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143 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for lunch yesterday (though booked in advance, through online profile, it was not needed as you can walk in). Was greeted nicely (I love it!)...At 15$ good buffet spread....with somosa, pani puri and naan included... loved the mutton curry and roasted / grilled chicken...and saag-paneer.. and, must add, nice service... sure to re-visit.. (pls note the phone number in... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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403 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was not very hopeful given the number of subpar reviews here. But I was pleasantly surprised. I was visiting Boston for a few days on a business trip and came here with a large group. We shared a lot of dishes most of which were very good to excellent. I thought the lamb korma was the star of the... More 

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Thank Ness S
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7 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a buffet lunch here. Very good, clean and tasty food. the buffet lunch is cheaper on weekdays a little more on weekends. Buffet has raita, veg and non veg curries, rice and roti's

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Thank MILIND B
Ferney-Voltaire, France
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301 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a bit reluctant to try Mela because of some less than positive tripadvisor reviews, but we decided to take a chance, and were impressed by the food, staff, décor - a great evening. We had mulligatawny soup, chicken korma, beef coconut curry, garlic naan, raita, and 2 large Taj Mahals. And it was affordable. Large portions, very pleasant... More 

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Thank Marshall B
Oneonta, New York
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We did the vegetarian dinner for two. For $40 we got soup, naan, samosas, two entrees, two desserts and coffee/tea. The food was tasty (but it could have been spicier) and the service was great.

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Thank Diana M
Boston, Mass.
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108 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

After our favorite local Indian place closed down, we despaired of finding something as good at a good value. Mela filled that void for us! Nice selection, friendly staff, great location too!

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Thank Boston41
Burlington, VT
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We love Mela. This was our third time eating at this wonderful Indian restaurant. The food is well prepared and super flavorful. Be careful, it is extremely easy to overeat! Try the rogan josh.

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Thank VTMommy_8
New Delhi, Delhi, India
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Whenever I am in Boston I visit Mela for my Lunch Buffets. Buffet is great with so many great Indian options. It's cheap and Authentic unlike other Indian restaurants around food in which doesn't taste like authentic Indian Cuisine. Highly recommended if you are looking for Authentic Indian food in Boston.

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Thank AbhishekBhardwaj
1 review
Reviewed 1 December 2016

For lunch, I frequently go to Fooda in the Prudential. Mela often serves food there, but today I had a very poor experience with their food. The rice was a little crunchy, the chicken tikka masala and palak paneer were very salty, and the mango lassi had a weird texture. Although Indian is my favorite type of food, I do... More 

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Thank Hannah G
Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Nice location, but food was not tasty, especially for the price. We ordered Baingan Bharta (eggplant dish), chicken vindaloo, and garlic naan. We asked for spicy. Spice level was as expected, however, the dishes lacked 'depth' of flavor...the curry in vindaloo tasted very watery and the Bharta seemed to lack certain spices. What was surprising is that the food was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 30
Cuisine
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 23:00
Monday
11:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 578 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118-1603
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South End
  • Neighbourhood: South End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-859-4805

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Stroll down the beautiful brownstone lined streets while capturing views of Boston’s tallest buildings from a distance. Some of Boston’s best restaurants are scattered around this neighborhood. There are many gems to be found, from jazz clubs to classy bars and restaurants. It is also home to art galleries, interesting boutiques, artsy stores and SOWA open market during the summer months. The South End is a true find in the city, with a more residential feeling than Back Bay.
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