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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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Open Now
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 3 days 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best meals ever!! It was my birthday weekend so this was a great opener to the weekend. Atmosphere was superb, our waitress took the time to explain menu items. Food was more than I expected.

Thank Guiliano B
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Husband and I needed a lunch after the Moog factory tour. This restaurant was right up the street, and they had a buffet. Everything was delicious and fresh, and though they were packed they did not let any of the dishes run out. Best kale...More

Thank crabbysandy
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

This place is a great destination if you like Indian food. The buffet is the way to go - always hot and fresh with exceptional food. The food is constantly being "Refreshed" and is abundant. Sauces are tasty. If you like beer, sit at the...More

Thank MonetaMan
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We visited Mela for dinner on a Thursday night and came away happy and loaded down with leftovers. We started with vegetable samosas -- tasty and filling with really good accompanying sauces. Our entrees -- vegetable masala and chicken saffron kebab (a special) -- were...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
HI Jamie, First off you need to know the the term curry means gravy. From Japan to the Mid East they all have an endless number of curries. It is not like curry is a singular item like a hamburger. Keep trying those "Indian" restaurants. Often they are owned and operated by Pakistanis, or people from the Himalayan countries but it is an addictive cuisine and you will grow more fond of it as you graze through the endless selection.
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.
What is the typical cost per person for dinner (no alcohol)? I want to bring my wife's family here, but I don't want to put them in a difficult position of paying a more expensive meal if they are not anticipating it (even though I am sure it's absolutely worth it!) I am definitely going to be coming here regardless, but it would be great if I could give them a head's up! Thanks, Kyle
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, 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
  • E-mail
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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