About us

Authentic North & South Indian Cuisine

About us

Mela Indian Restaurant specializes in North and South Indian food made from scratch in-house, every day.

Authentic Indian Cuisine

Located on Lexington Avenue in the heart of Downtown Asheville, Mela Indian Restaurant specializes in North and South Indian food made from scratch in-house. 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 favorites such as Butter Chicken, Lamb Pistachio, authentic Biryanis, and Spinach & Goat Cheese Naan. Mela welcomes children and even offers a kids menu, as well. In addition to dine-in, we also offer catering services. We have many options available – please contact us for more details at [email protected].
Mela Indian Restaurant first opened its doors in 2005. Since then we have gained a great customer base among the community and have won numerous awards. We have been the First Place winner for Best Indian Restaurant in Western North Carolina in the Mountain Xpress Readers’ Poll every year since we opened in 2005, putting us in the WNC Best of "Hall of Fame." We've also been recommended by the New York Times!
Thank you so much for your support over the years!

Traditional Cooking Methods

Tandoori Oven

Mela uses a traditional tandoor to cook its iconic dishes, including our famous Butter Chicken and Mughlai Lamb Chops. We always use traditional Indian cooking methods to make the best naan, curries, kababs, and desserts for you to enjoy. Book a table for your next special occassion!

Award-Winning Indian Food

Daily Lunch Buffet

Since 2006, Mela Indian Restaurant has won First Place for both Best Indian and Best Buffet/Hot Bar Restaurant in Asheville in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Awards.

Plan Your Gathering

Catering Services

We love to celebrate life's special moments with you! Our full-service catering options will add a touch of spice to your next party or event. We offer a range of all-inclusive catering options for events and special occasions, from birthdays and weddings to corporate lunches and more.


Book your table

Reserve online, pay when you arrive. No reservation costs, no credit card fees, no service charges.

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