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Mel and Faye's Diner

31 N State Highway 49-88, Jackson, CA 95642
(209) 223-0853
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Ranked #12 of 44 Restaurants in Jackson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Thu 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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  • English first
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English first
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This diner is where you can take in the old time burger joint atmosphere and hang out with the locals. We are here before wine tasting at several nearby vineyards and it was perfect. The waitresses make you feel like family and the sweet fries melted in our mouth! Don't miss this experience on your California travels!

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

It was our first visit to Mel and Fay's Diner for dinner. It was a busy Saturday night, with the counter seating and booths filled. The menu is broad and probably has something for everyone. There is good variety at the salad bar. Soft serve is available on the dessert menu along with a banana split that left us speechless.... More 

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La Ropa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

If you go away hungry its your own fault. The portions are large, the food is good and the service is great. We've also been in their banquet hall for various events. The food served is not on the menu upstairs. Its also excellent.

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Pioneer, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Good old fashioned all american food, you can't go wrong here. A must visit when in gold country. Go for breakfast and stay for lunch.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

"Classic" diner complete with license plates on the wall. Good food--mostly burgers. Disappointing that there was no BLT. Would definitely return.

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So. Utah
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69 reviews 69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Had been a while since we had been in Jackson. Saw that they had moved to a new place. Liked the location. Had hot sandwiches. They were good. Noticed that most of the people working there were young. Looked to be good workers. Noticed that had a bar but did not go in. I think the locals like this place.... More 

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Castroville, California, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A great place with good and a lot of fun. Had several meals during our stay. Best burgers and pastrami sandwich in town.

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Valley Springs, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This used to be one of my favorite spots in the gold country. The last three times has been ungodly slow service and the food has been marginal at best. After waiting more than 45 minutes last time for sandwiches and fries, our food finally arrived cold and soggy. Sorry my $ will be spent elsewhere.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Some people on town said this was the best spot to eat so we took our kids... The service was slow, the busboy was more attentive than the waitress. The good was good but I returned my margarita for another. It was watery with no flavor. My husband's steak was yummy but the salad bar was messy with lettuce the... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Called in an order to go, and was rushed off the phone, by a young girl, who must have been in a hurry to get back on her cell. Only got half my order right. This place doesn't have to care, because of all the tourists that stop by on the way to Tahoe. Be fair warned, by a local,... More 

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Additional Information about Mel and Faye's Diner

Address: 31 N State Highway 49-88, Jackson, CA 95642
Phone Number: (209) 223-0853
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Jackson
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: American

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