Authentic Indian food made from scratch with local and organic ingredients.

Voted Best Indian Restaurant in the Mountain Xpress Readers' Poll every year since 2007

Welcome to Mela Indian Restaurant

Located on Lexington Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC. Recommended by the New York Times and first-place winner for Best Indian Restaurant in Western North Carolina¬†in the Mountain Xpress Readers’ Poll every year since we opened in 2005, as well as overall Favorite Restaurant two years in a row.

Come sample our lunch buffet with 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 as pistachio lamb and spinach and goat cheese naan. Mela welcomes children and offers a kids menu. We are certified by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project for using ingredients produced by local farmers.

open 7 days a week

Telephone 828.225.8880
Address 70 N Lexington Ave. Asheville
lunch buffet 11:30-2:30pm
5:30-9:30pm or later


New York Times

This sumptuous ethnic hideaway blends imported spices with local ingredients. The dark, wood-paneled space of the Indian restaurant draws a mixed crowd with dishes like Chowpatty ragada, potato patties topped with curried chickpeas, tamarind yogurt and mint chutney, and shrimp bhuna, cooked with ginger, tomatoes and green chilies. Wash it down with a Chimay beer, brewed by Belgian Trappist monks, or a glass of Champalou Vouvray. After 10, dining tables are cleared to make way for a salsa club.

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