South End

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In a Nutshell

  • Casual, chic Indian cuisine
  • DIY hot stone cooking
  • South End location

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Promotional value expires Nov 19, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. Tax and gratuity not included. Dine-in only. Not valid with other offers or toward lunch buffet or restaurant week prix fixe menu. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Indian subcontinent is a giant piece of naan that drifted slowly through the ocean before slamming its flavors into Eurasia. Align your face's tectonic plates to give the continent a nibble in return with today's deal: for $15, you get $35 worth of casual, chic Indian cuisine at Mela on Tremont Street. This Groupon is valid for dine-in only, and is not good toward the lunch buffet.

Mela specializes in delectable Indian cuisine that's lighter than the victuals offered at many traditional dining establishments. Its menu is best known for featuring India's answer to the open grill, hot stone cooking, in which a large, volcanically hot slab of rock is brought to your table. Place marinated lamb chops ($21), prime filet ($27), or a seafood platter ($24) on the rock, watch it sizzle, and take it off once it's been cooked to perfection. As any backyard barbecueist knows, nothing stimulates conversation like watching meat cook (unless you spring for the Moon Bounce), so bring be sure to bring some friends along, whether they be old pals, new co-workers, or a gang of teeth-baring, anachronistic pickpockets.

For the equally adventurous but less DIY diner, Mela also serves up modern recipes such as the flavorful subz panchmael ($15), which consists of red, yellow, and green peppers, artichokes, asparagus, and bean sprouts stir-fried with panch phoran tomato and green cardamom sauce. Seasoned Indian foodies can sample all their favorites, from fresh-baked naan ($3–$5) to vegetarian vittles such as Mela's specialty baingan bharta ($15), an eggplant that is baked over open flame, then mashed and sautéed with onions, garlic, ginger, and spices. The spiced and herbed malai kofta ($16), consists of veggie balls cooked in creamy nut sauce. Any meat-eaters in tow will find plenty of chicken, lamb, and seafood dishes to sate their carnivore cravings or toss out the window of the local meat-lovers safari wagon. For a one-stop feast, try the mixed grill of sizzling tandoori specialties and kebabs ($12–$26).


Mela is a top-listed Zagat restaurant, getting a 24 (or "excellent") rating for the food. More than 130 Yelpers give the restaurant a four-star average, and 86% of more than 90 Urbanspooners like it, with Gayot giving Mela an average rating:

  • Chicken tika masala is the best this side of the UK. You rarely need a reservation and the friendly staff won't let your glass run dry. – CarolineM0404, Zagat
  • Love Mela's!!! (Indian cuisine) romantic setting: copper covered walls, the floor resembled polished earthenware, billowy shear mauve curtains; small space overlooking Tremont. And the food!!! delicious servings just kept coming. – Betsy Alexandra Vasquez, Urbanspoon

Customer Reviews

496 Ratings

This restaurant is lovely, the staff is so gracious and polite, and the food is flavorful and plentiful, with 3 'stages'' of heat; I prefer mild. The restaurant has comfortable seats and it is not noisy loud even when full. The sauce to the lamb coconut curry was so good that I requested to take the remainder home; our waitress packaged it up and even packed extra rice. Wonderful! Mela is in the heart of the South End close to my destinations- theatre and ballet. I will go back next week, or maybe every week.
Michael T. · March 31, 2016
A very nice small restaurant very convenient to the Boston Center for the Arts. Been there a handful of times and have always thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Generous helpings -- plan on some leftovers unless you just share an entree. Very fresh ingredients, and very friendly staff.
Eveline R. · February 10, 2016
Excellent food.
Tricia L. · January 31, 2016
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    South End

    578 Tremont St.

    Boston, Massachusetts 02118

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