Where can you order delicious Indian food in Asheville, NC? As locals, don’t miss the best Indian restaurants in Asheville for dine-in and takeout.
One of the reasons that we love living in Asheville, NC is because of all of the delicious food options. Asheville is filled with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and food trucks.
In fact, Asheville is nicknamed “Foodtopia.” We are not sure that we’ll ever be able to eat or taste it all, but still, we try.
We especially love Asheville’s Indian restaurants. Nothing warms up your insides like delicious curries, okra fries, chickpeas, and spiced meats.
So, where can you order such savory Indian food in Asheville? How about Indian street food or Indian fine dining? And, what are the best Indian restaurants in Asheville for dine-in and takeout?
Below, we are sharing just a few of the best Indian restaurants in Asheville, including Downtown, Biltmore Village, and South AVL. One of these Asheville Indian restaurants is pretty famous too…
Please keep in mind that ‘best’ is subjective, and we’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments. Let’s get started!
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8 Best Restaurants For Indian Food In Asheville, NC
1. Chai Pani
The New York Times named Chai Pani one of the top 50 restaurants in the United States. That’s no surprise with five-time James Beard-nominated chef Meherwan Irani in the kitchen.
Chai Pani is by far one of the most famous and best places for Indian food in Asheville, NC. Head here for all of your Indian street snacks, especially if you want to try a little of everything.
Chai Pani has been featured in The New York Times, GQ Magazine, and New York Magazine – and for good reason.
Chef Meherwan Irani is a five-time James Beard-nominated chef, and in 2022, Chai Pani won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant.
In fact, Samantha Brown stopped by (in 2022) to grab a bite. Because of its renowned popularity, though, we suggest dining at Chai Pani during non-peak hours to avoid lines out the door.
Personally, we love Chai Pani’s okra fries, chicken pakoras, and simple rice and daal plate. The corn bhel and bhel puri make for mouthwatering sharable plates too.
Chai Pani has vegan and gluten-intolerance-friendly options along with a stellar seasonal cocktail menu. Imagine cocktails like a lavender lemonade with gin or cardamom Old Fashioned.
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Chai Pani | 22 Battery Park Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 254-4003
Located in Biltmore Village, Andaaz is one of Asheville’s newest fine dining Indian restaurants.
One of the most talked-about new Indian restaurants in Asheville, Andaaz Indian Fine Dining Restaurant is perfect if you are looking for spicer fine dining dinner options.
Andaaz is also an Uncorked Asheville readers’ favorite choice — we receive tons of messages from subscribers and followers telling us how much they love the food here.
Located in Biltmore Village, you’ll love their gorgeous and colorful decor and large bar. The food is incredibly spicy and delicious — with plentiful portions. We had leftovers for days.
For lunch and dinner, Andaaz offers an Indian food buffet. At dinner, you can order a la carte. We highly suggest making advanced dinner reservations here.
Andaaz also has a stellar cocktail list — Indian spice included — and is a gluten-free and vegan-friendly restaurant.
Please keep in mind that this area grows a tad congested, especially at dinnertime and rush hour. Andaaz has a small parking lot, and there is nearby parking throughout Biltmore Village.
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Andaaz Asheville | 28 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 552-3200
Mela is our personal favorite go-to for Indian food in Asheville. We love to order takeout tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, naan, and extra rice.
One of our favorite Asheville Indian restaurants, Mela serves large portions of rich spicy goodness inspired by both North and South Indian cuisine.
Mela boasts of fresh and local ingredients (where possible) and has gluten-free and vegan Asheville Indian food options.
We love their tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, garlic naan, and lamb Chettinad. For us, Mela is one of the absolute best places to get Indian food in Asheville. Their convenient downtown location helps!
Afterward, enjoy Downtown Asheville’s rooftop bars or dessert shops.
Mela Asheville | 70 North Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 225-8880
4. India Garden Restaurant
If you are looking for authentic Indian food in Asheville, India Garden on Tunnel Road promises fresh food prepared daily.
Indian Garden offers a large menu of traditional Indian cuisine with protein options for lamb, shrimp, salmon, or chicken. India Garden also caters.
India Garden Restaurant | 80 South Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805 | (828) 298 – 5001
5. Cinnamon Kitchen Indian Cuisine
For South Asheville Indian restaurants, Cinnamon Kitchen has a large menu with unique selections. Find pakoras, curries, tandoori dishes, lamb, scallops, and salmon.
Cinnamon Kitchen | 1838 Hendersonville Road, Suite 103, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 575-2100
6. Biryani Express
Biryani Express is one of the new Pakistani and Indian restaurants in Asheville. We especially love them for takeout.
One of the newer Pakistani and Indian restaurants in Asheville, Biryani Express has some of our favorite dishes like aloo gobi and aloo mutter.
Full disclosure that we haven’t been inside for dine-in, but we have ordered tummy-warming takeout. These guys make for a great weekend takeout lunch option in Asheville.
Biryani Express | 129 Bleachery Blvd, Asheville, NC 28805 | (828) 424-7322
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7. Kathmandu Cafe
Kathmandu is one of the Indian food restaurants in Asheville on our bucket list. They offer Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan cuisine.
Their signature drinks and dishes include matar paneer, Nepali thali, and jaljeera.
Kathmandu Cafe | 90 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 252-1080
8. Blue Dream Curry House
Blue Dream Curry pairs delicious Indian food with international Asian cuisine, including Asian fusion dishes inspired by Thai, Korean, and Filipino flavors.
Find curry, naan tacos, yummy soups, and bowls. Blue Dream Curry also serves local beers and craft cocktails.
Blue Dream Curry House | 81 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 258-2500
Delivery Services For Indian Restaurants In Asheville, NC
Craving Chana Masala from Andaaz but exhausted? Order takeout or delivery.
Looking for delivery options for your Asheville Indian food cravings? These are the two apps that we use the most:
North Carolina has its own local takeout app and delivery service, Takeout Central. Download the free app to your device, and you’ll see all of the areas and restaurants they serve, including Asheville.
Like other food apps, place your order in the app, write notes to the kitchen, and add a payment method. You can also leave special instructions for the driver.
Along with Takeout Central, we also use GrubHub. Sometimes they have slightly different menus — even though the restaurant is the same — and/or they service different Asheville Indian food restaurants.
You can also use Uber Eats, Kickback AVL, and DoorDash, but we mostly rely on Takeout Central and GrubHub for our Asheville food delivery options.
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Which Indian restaurant in Asheville do you love?
What Indian food restaurants in Asheville have you tried? Is there a restaurant that you love ordering takeout from? Let us know in the comments.
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