We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mel's Hard Luck Diner

2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
417-332-0150
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #29 of 314 Restaurants in Branson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $8
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Write a Review

892 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    474
    268
    99
    36
    15
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
San Antonio
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

An extensive menu, great food and desserts and each member of the wait staff must audition, singing, to get a job here. There are a number of American Idol finalists who have taken up roots in Branson and work at Mel's. Their CD's are available here too. A worthwhile stop for the family. Bring your appetite!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Missouri
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We were looking for a small diner with personality and this place absolutely exceeded our expectations. The food was great and the service was the best we had all week in Branson. Our one year old son was mesmerized by Casey, who by the way came over and sang directly to him. Charming little place with terrific food, can't wait... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Jerseyville, IL
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

The burgers are HUGE and good along with everything that we ordered. The waiters/waitresses singing was a nice addition to the restaurant, however the choice in songs were odd. We figured they would sing oldies (because of the diner theme) but there was a variety while we were there...classical, christian rock, country... The "Clean Bathroom" was not very clean at... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lafayette, Indiana
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and it was due to the singing servers. They were lively and fun, and some of them sang really well. Even though it was fairly busy and our server sang several times, she was still very friendly and efficient. We enjoyed the meal, but the food, while not at all bad, was average. There were... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful time dining at Mel's Diner. Our daughter (age 13) actually enjoyed the experience so much that she wanted to return during our vacation, however we did not have an opportunity. We enjoyed the meals we purchased and the dessert was excellent. Our server was excellent and sang 3 songs during our visit even joining our table... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indiana
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We were with a tour group (one of several there) the lines to get seated were long, but seating went fairly fast. We shared a table with a couple from Virginia (we are from Indiana) the food was very good and generous portions. The decorations were from the 50's and entertaining to see all the different ones. I would recommend... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ankeny, Iowa
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Loved the entertainment and the malts. The hamburger filled my plate and was tasty. Because of large crowd, we spent more time than we'd hoped waiting for our food. They have ice cream for malts frozen in tins - then just add your choice of ingredients and mix! Yum. The family owns several shops at the Landing.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Grand Forks ND
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We ate here one of our first days in town. It looks like a 50s restaurant. Your server has CDs that you can purchase. The food was good, but we didn't get lucky with our server. He could sing, but he can't serve. He never came back to us to see if we needed drink refills or ask how the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Weatherford, Texas
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This was a very different experience for us. The diner food was good, the service was slow but the guys that were the wait staff were singing songs...... So, I suggest you go for the fun of the establishment and not for the service or food. It was a fun dinner and that is why we chose it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Mel's is a fun 50's diner. The waiter's and waitress's sing as they deliver your meal. They were very good singers and had CD's of their own if you wanted to buy. Did not push for you to buy tho. You get a lot of food. One malt/shake is more than enough for two people. Highly recommend this diner as... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Mel's Hard Luck Diner also viewed

 

Been to Mel's Hard Luck Diner? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Do you own or manage Mel's Hard Luck Diner?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing