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Mel's Drive-In

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South San Fernando Valley
Coffee Shop, Hamburgers, Delicatessen, Diner
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14846 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403-3453
(818) 990-6357
Today
7:00 am - 3:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 3:00 am
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 16
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Chow in Hollyweird

A little worn on the edges, but a solid and clean presentation. Exotic patrons with eclectic looks only made the experience better. Food was all hot and well prepared. Recommend this to all my friends traveling across this land.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
Harry F
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Normal, il
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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44 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Normal, il
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A little worn on the edges, but a solid and clean presentation. Exotic patrons with eclectic looks only made the experience better. Food was all hot and well prepared. Recommend this to all my friends traveling across this land.

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Mahwah, New Jersey
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

When we arrived in LA we were starving. We found Mel's and were pleasantly surprised with this 50's diner. Burgers and sandwiches were good.

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great for last minute meals with reasonable prices. Good service with that vintage 50's flair. Friendly neighborhood hang out.

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Lake Wales, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Visited Mel's a couple of weeks ago. Fun place to eat, juke boxes at the table with great old music to choose from. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about all the music played there and interesting to talk to. The food was good with nice sized portions. The atmosphere was like being in an old time drive in. Everything was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good, inexpensive and quick, Mel's is the best clean 50's eating version restaurant/hang-out complete with table jukeboxes.

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Los Angeles, California
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193 reviews 193 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My family and I eat here on a regular basis and love the atmosphere and food. The restaurant is located on Ventura Blvd, across the street from the Wells Farge Bank and Pavillions grocery store. They have a very large menu to choose from, and everything we have tried is very good. The atmosphere and decorations are rights out of... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The staff and very friendly and helpful, the food is good with plenty to choose from, price range OK for where it is. The atmosphere and decor are great.

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Perth
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

A taste for overseas travellers to experience the Happy Days era. Liked the personal juke boxes. Huge food serves, a bit of a put off for us.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I was ignored at the counter for about 10 minutes. Never offered water or a silverware set-up. When I finally got service, the waiter was friendly but the food almost tasteless. This was my first (and last) visit. Oh, yeah---I got over-charged and didn't realize until I was out of there.

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Manaus, AM
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

It's a very tradicional dinner from the city. I love the fact they have pictures of all kinds of artists that went there from the 50's until these days. The food is delicious, the price is okay and they have all kinds of choices, even for vegans. Also, the place is beautiful and takes your to the 50th's in a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14846 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403-3453
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > South San Fernando Valley
  • Neighborhood: South San Fernando Valley
  • Phone Number: (818) 990-6357

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Hamburgers, Delicatessen, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?