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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
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7:00 am - 3:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 6
    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
Open all night for a bite

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
darylmarx
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Mahwah, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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New Jersey
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Perhaps it is not what we are use to, but we did not have a particularly good breakfast here. We are use to the great breakfast that are served at the diners in NJ. I ordered a cheese omelet, it was a fluffy version of an omelet and absolutely tasteless even the little bits of cheese in the omelet was... More 

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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
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109 reviews 109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant 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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18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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210 reviews 210 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
258 helpful votes 258 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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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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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 20
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Hamburgers, Delicatessen, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?