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Mel's Hard Luck Diner

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2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-332-0150
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Takeout
Description: Home of Branson's original singing servers. A 50s themed diner offering...
Home of Branson's original singing servers. A 50s themed diner offering music from the decades of the 50s and 60s and on up to today. A variety of singing styles, pop, rock, showtunes, opera, gospel, country, etc. Food offerings include burgers, sandwiches, great salads, blue plate specials and save room for some of the best and biggest desserts to be found.
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  • 50
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Singing waiters!

We have been here many times and it never disappoints! Fifties style diner with a wide variety of food to choose from. It's all yummy and the best part is, the waiters/waitresses walk around periodically and sing to you! Tons of talent, and there has been several American Idol contestants who... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Over rated by tourist books. Food was ok but a little pricey for what we go but the entertainment by the waiters was good. They were very friendly and talented.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We have been here many times and it never disappoints! Fifties style diner with a wide variety of food to choose from. It's all yummy and the best part is, the waiters/waitresses walk around periodically and sing to you! Tons of talent, and there has been several American Idol contestants who work and sing there!! If you haven't experienced Mel's... More 

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Tavares, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Loved the singing servers and was impressed by their talent. The food is also good and overall a very relaxed dining experience.

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Grain Valley, Missouri
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

We loved that even at lunch time we were able to walk right in for a table for six. We have been several times and always had to wait in the past. Must be we got it just right. Food was wonderful as always. Children's portions were as large as the adults. A lot of food for the price. Excellent... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We have been at this diner several times but took our friends there for the first time. We went on an off season between Summer and fall activities so they weren't as busy as usual so we could stay longer and listen to the entertainment. We heard several waiters and even a cook perform. I'm amazed at the quality of... More 

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Conway, Arkansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We stop here on most trips to Branson. I can not speak for everything on the menu, but I can say that they have a great burger and shake. The singing waitstaff make it a fun experience. This was our first trip with our little girl, and she loved it. Will continue to go back.

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Acworth, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Carrot cake..excellent. .not overly sweet..caramel sauce..background servers singing fabulous! Really enjoyed the fun..

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Went on my birthday (mistake). Aug,23rd. My food was ok.....husbands was lousy. Had to be sent back 3 times. Tried 2 different things. I even tried because he thought he was being picky. How could picky be cold food, raw , uncooked beans and the grilled cheese tasted like it was cooked in ld old oil. YUCK!!!!! You could taste... More 

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Muskogee, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The singing waitstaff is fun and is a very nice experience the first time around. The food is nothing special. No complaints, but no returned visits planned.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Fun place for a quick lunch. Wait staff sing and they deliver your food. Basic food, but tasty. Good milkshakes.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2800 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Branson
  • Phone Number: +1 417-332-0150

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 19
  • Cuisine: American, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

Home of Branson's original singing servers. A 50s themed diner offering music from the decades of the 50s and 60s and on up to today. A variety of singing styles, pop, rock, showtunes, opera, gospel, country, etc. Food offerings include burgers, sandwiches, great salads, blue plate specials and save room for some of the best and biggest desserts to be found.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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